Will ganja and medicinal herbs offer Caribbean new path to wellness?
(Caribbean Tourism Organisation Press Release) – Bryanna Hylton, the Westwood High School, Jamaica student who won this year’s Caribbean Tourism Organizstion (CTO) Tourism Youth Congress, will join the CTO’s programme of activities for Caribbean Tourism Month (CTM) which is observed during the month of November.
The 17-year-old Hylton will join an online panel for the Thursday, 1 November launch of the month of activities linked to the year of rejuvenation and wellness. The panellists will debate whether marijuana and/or medicinal plants offer the Caribbean a new path to wellness.
The remainder of the panel includes the CTO’s secretary general, Hugh Riley; Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to Ethiopia and member of the Caribbean Community’s commission on marijuana L. Franklin “Ras Franki” Francis; Jerry Rappaport, the president of the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association; Canadian journalist Adrian Brijbassi and Barbadian pollster Peter Wickham.
The hour-long discussion, which begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time (11:00 a.m. in New York, 10:00 a.m. in Jamaica and 3:00 p.m. in London), can be viewed on the CTO’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTourismOrganisation/.
Hylton was one of a record 18 secondary school students who participated in the Youth Congress at the State of the Tourism Industry Conference in The Bahamas earlier this month. Her presentations focused on designing and creating a new wellness and rejuvenation tourism product or service offering, which has a Caribbean flair, feel and/or touch. She emerged winner ahead of St. Maarten’s Kiara Meyers, who placed second, and Caroline Pain of Martinique, who was third.
Thursday’s discussion is one of a number of activities planned by the CTO in observance of Caribbean Tourism Month, a period during which attention is placed on the region’s most important attribute, its people, as well as the product, profile and partnerships. Other activities include:
• A month-long contest to determine the Caribbean wellness ambassador, with support from the Grenada Tourism Authority
• A tweet chat on Monday 19 November at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time during which Caribbean and international students – as well as others – pursuing studies in tourism and related subjects get to quiz the secretary general
• A social extravaganza on Tuesday 20 November at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time during which CTO member countries will showcase their tourism wellness offerings on Facebook Live.
CTO member countries will also organise activities in observance of Caribbean Tourism Month, which is meant to provide an opportunity for everyone in the industry to open their doors to citizens and to help them understand and appreciate tourism, to help them feel that they too are part of the industry, and they have a role to play in its growth and development.
About the Caribbean Tourism Organisation
The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados, offices in New York and London and representation in Canada, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of the region’s finest countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.
Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.
The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: CTObarbados@caribtourism.com;
The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: CTOny@caribtourism.com;
The CTO’s London office is located at Suites 52A & 53, 5th Floor AMP House, Dingwall Road, Croydon CR0 2LX, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: CTOlondon@caribtourism.com.
CTO has representation in Canada; Tel: (905) 857-1986; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.