Caribbean Tourism Ministers Meet with Commonwealth Secretariat

LONDON, UK (8 Sept, 2010) – A high-level delegation of Caribbean tourism ministers in London this week as part of a regional mission to develop closer ties and lobby British government, has been meeting with the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Hon. John Maginley MP, Minister of Tourism Civil Aviation and Culture for Antigua and Barbuda and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization said: “This  meeting was set up to explore ways in which the Commonwealth Secretariat might be able to support Commonwealth Caribbean nations and also other countries in the Commonwealth concerned about the legal and technical aspects of the UK’s Air Passenger Duty and the proposed 2012 European Emissions Trading Scheme. What is increasingly clear is that many organisations and countries share the same concerns as the Caribbean region and we will all have a greater voice by working closely together.”

 

Representatives from six CTO Member Countries took part in the discussions with the Commonwealth Secretariat including His Excellency Tony Johnson,  High Commissioner Jamaica, Hon. Edmund Bartlett MP, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica, John Lynch, Director of Tourism, Jamaica, Senator the Hon. Allen Chastanet, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, St Lucia, His Excellency Hugh Anthony Arthur, Barbados High Commission, Senator the Hon. Richard Skerritt, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, St Kitts and Nevis and Hon. Glynis Roberts MP, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Grenada, Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

 

The Caribbean delegation has also been meeting with the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

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