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The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will be staging its annual Caribbean Tourism Week in New York City, New York from June 11 to 17.
The annual week long series will feature business meetings, industry presentations and consumer-focused events including vacation specials, which will offer New Yorkers the opportunity to experience the unique sights, sounds and culture of the region.
In an effort to bring everything Caribbean to New York, CTO has added two new events to the schedule – a gospel-fest and a celebrity cricket match, which will both be held on June 11.
Jamaica’s Hopeton Lewis will headline an all-star Caribbean gospel concert at the Hanson Place United Methodist Church, downtown Brooklyn, which will feature performances by Wendy Mitchell and Wayne Johnson (Trinidad & Tobago); Joan Myers (Jamaica); Joseph Niles (Barbados); Cora Williamson (Guyana); Harrella Goodwin (Montserrat); Janice Charles (Grenada) and Miriam Drakes (St. Lucia).
No doubt influenced by the staging of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean, the regional tourism planners will bring together an invitational team from the Caribbean to challenge a team of US-based players in a limited overs fixture.
Meanwhile, visiting tourism ministers will be given an opportunity to interact with stakeholders in New York at a town hall meeting at the Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, on June 12 at 6:30 p.m.
New York City’s historic South Street Seaport will again provide the setting for the popular Caribbean Fair on Tuesday, June 13. One new aspect of the fair, the Caribbean Vacation Mart, will offer specially priced vacation packages to more than 30 destinations in the region. The day’s activities, which will get underway at 9:00 a.m., will also include a flag raising ceremony, two weddings hosted by the Cond