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Caribbean Week Comes to New York

Caribbean Week Comes to New York

Posted by Shanelle Weir on May 20, 2014

The annual event “celebrating the unique holiday attributes” of the region, “Caribbean Week in New York,” is much more than seven days of sessions and activities.

Coming June 1-7 , Caribbean Week will highlight the pluses of vacation, holiday and business travel, and, importantly, focus on the future for Caribbean people and what lies ahead for one of the most tourism-dependent areas in the world.

Yes, scores of Caribbean heads of state, their tourism ministers and other government dignitaries will meet, network and strategize in closed-door sessions during Caribbean Week, which is organized by the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization that represents more than 30 nations in the region. But, along with the private meetings are public activities, presented each year during June's commemoration of Caribbean American Heritage Month.

After commemorative Sunday church services at area churches on June 1, the week’s public events continue with the Caribbean Diaspora Forum on June 2 at the Hilton Times Square hotel, 234 W. 42nd St. (between Seventh and Eighth Aves.) in Manhattan from 6-9 p.m. The gathering, sponsored this year by the Sandals Foundation, is an opportunity to discuss Caribbean-Americans’ important role in tourism in the region and their respective nations and territories.

The future of tourism and the involvement of young people are the focus of the Student Colloquium on June 3, to be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m., at the Hilton Times Square. Sandals Resorts International CEO Adam Stewart will address the gathering of young leaders, who will present the creative and practical sustainable tourism projects they’ve developed.

Throughout the week, the prized cuisine of the region is on the agenda of the Celebrity Chef Program demonstrations and tastings in Manhattan. Some sessions have fees, but most are free. Caribbean kitchen veterans James Murphy (Antigua), Elise DuBois Forde (Haiti), Digby Stridiron (U.S. Virgin Islands), Devin Johnson (Bahamas), Suzanne and Michelle Rousseau (Jamaica), Shorne Benjamin (St. Lucia) and Yvette LaCrette (Grenada) will be featured. Visit for a schedule of appearances.

Another highlight, the Caribbean Romance Pavilion, featuring destinations and services for honeymoons and weddings, will be held June 4 at 404 NYC, 404 Tenth Ave. (at W. 31st St.). There will be a spa and relaxation area, wedding fashion displays, door prizes and more.

Along with the pleasures that abound in the region are opportunities for business and Caribbean Week activities, such as Invest Caribbean Now! and the CAFÉ@CTOF fashion gala .


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