The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) announced in October that, as part of a major restructuring exercise, it will close its UK office at the end of January 2020. The New York office is scheduled to follow suit, and shut next December; the CTO also intends to carry out a ‘comprehensive audit’ of its Barbados office.
The statement read, “Over the past two decades, there has been much discussion surrounding the promotion and development of tourism in the Caribbean, the world’s most tourism-dependent region.
“While there have been many visions, plans, papers written and philosophies espoused, there has been widespread acceptance that much improvement is needed to elevate tourism development in the region.”
The CTO notes that their restructuring exercise will inevitably lead to some displacement, but says that it’s a necessity in their process to ensure tourism plays its most vital role as a means to bring about opportunity and prosperity for the people of the Caribbean.