By Cathy O'Gara on 27th September, 2013


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Antiguan Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer

“Ambassador (John) Ashe has also championed the government’s position on the issue of Climate Change and sustainable development. We are very much pleased that he has accepted the Presidency of the (General) Assembly and are confident that he will represent our nation and the United Nations with distinction.” – Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister, Antigua and Barbuda

“This World Tourism Day … is an opportunity for us to reflect on all aspects of our vital tourism sector – the social, cultural, economic and environmental aspects – and the impact they have on our precious water resources. Water is such a natural part of the Caribbean, with a seemingly endless supply of both fresh and sea water, that we risk taking it for granted.” – Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Commissioner, US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism/ Chairman, Caribbean Tourism Organization

“The Turks and Caicos Islands is home to the world’s third largest barrier reef system and an abundance of marine life; the fabric of our entire industry is largely centered around water. Water is life, we must preserve it.” – Dr. Rufus Ewing, Minister of Tourism, Turks and Caicos Islands

“Today’s tourism marketplace is truly a global one, and the smaller nations of the Caribbean region are heavily dependent on aviation to bring visitors to our shores. Considering the future increases likely to be passed through to consumers from the US aviation taxes, the continuously increasing UK APD tax, and possibly the proposed EU carbon emissions tax, it is only a matter of time before the airlines serving our region again raise fares. Further airfare increases would be certain to hurt the price-sensitive tourism and travel market, and subsequently our small vulnerable economies.” – Richard Skerritt, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, St. Kitts and Nevis  

“Fast forward to today and the number of travel agents working from home is quickly approaching the number in storefront of office locations. They crossed the 40 percent threshold more than two years ago and they are most likely equal to, or even greater than, the retail storefront crowd. Talk about a shift!” – Mark Murphy, President and CEO, travAlliancemedia 

“Although your countries may be small, your influence can be big. CARICOM members have strong democratic traditions. They have a history of multilateralism. The Caribbean region can share valuable lessons with the world.” – Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations  

“It takes a real storm in the average person’s life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.” – Bruce Barton, American author, advertising executive, and politician

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