GTA Strengthens Tourism Ties during CTO Week New York

Chef Yvette LaCrette receives Celebrity Chef of the Year Award. Photo CTO

With a robust schedule that included one-on-one media interviews, MOU signing with Airbnb and participating in the Rum & Rhythm event, Caribbean Week 2017 was a success for Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean.

Caribbean Week in New York, hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), proved to be a successful endeavour for the promotion of Grenada’s tourism product. Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen led Grenada’s delegation, which included Chief Executive Officer of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), Patricia Maher and Director of Sales and Marketing (USA), Christine Noel-Hosrford. The destination’s participation in the week-long schedule of events from 5 to 9 June was supported by the island’s North American public relations agency Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications, under the leadership of Cheryl Andrews, President and Director of Client Development, Jennifer Johnson.

The Grenadian delegation spent the first half of the week attending trade-focused events including:

  • 6 June — Travel Agent Trade Show and Educational Forum, a targeted event that provided a platform to showcase the destination’s offerings and interact with Caribbean-selling agents based in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut;
  • 7 June — Caribbean Marketing Conference, an interactive seminar dedicated to enhancing marketing initiatives;
  • 8 June — Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon, an occasion where the CTO recognises journalists and photographers who have published captivating and influential stories spotlighting the region.

On 8 June, in a private conference held during Caribbean Week, Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen, on behalf of the Government of Grenada, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), to formalise and implement a cohesive partnership with the global home-sharing company, Airbnb. The signing of the MOU is part of ongoing efforts by the GTA to maximise exposure of the destination and will act as a streamlined framework for the collaboration between the GTA and Airbnb.

At Media Marketplace, the Grenada booth was a favourite of the more than 100 media in attendance, all eager to hear and learn about the latest news, developments and industry offerings from the island. This event provided yet another valuable opportunity to be top-of-mind with niche and general destination writers across all platforms including print, digital, online and social media. Additional one-on-one media appointments included a Facebook Live video interview with Travel Agent Central Magazine on 6 June and sit-down meetings with Recommend and Travel Pulse magazines on 9 June.

The week wrapped up with a festive evening of dining and dancing at CTO’s Rum and Rhythm Benefit and Auction, held at the historic Capitale in New York. Grenada’s table was one of the most popular. The team led by Yvette Michelle LaCrette served up curried goat, mashed breadfruit and callaloo with coucou dessert. It was a great night to represent Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique with Chef Yvette declared Celebrity Chef of the Year and winning the People’s Choice Award. Melissa Noel from Caribbean Beat called her Grenada’s Ambassador of Spices and wrote an award-winning piece on her time with Chef LaCrette in Grenada. Thanks to Yvette Michelle LaCrette visitors will seek out Pure Grenada for their next culinary vacation.

“Caribbean Week continues to be an important platform for us to showcase Pure Grenada and the destination’s unique tourism product,” noted CEO Maher. “In addition to strengthening ties with our regional and international tourism counterparts through the CTO business meetings and educational events, our participation in the industry seminars and Media Marketplace provided us with the opportunity to place Grenada front of mind with key trade and consumer journalists in our largest market, and to share what new travelers and returning visitors can expect for the summer and upcoming winter season.”

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Christine Noel Horsford, GTA Director of Sales USA, Chef Yvette Michelle LaCrette, GTA CEO Patricia Maher and Competition Judge and Executive Chef Raymond Mohan. Photo CTO

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