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YOU’VE battled public transport, deciphered your map and
finally made it to the Caribbean section of World Travel Market. So
sip a mudslide cocktail, have a slice of banana bread, chill to the
sounds of a steel band, and soak up the vibe like the sea is
lapping your toes on a golden beach – and try not to think of
your journey home.
Also drawing your attention to the stand are details of the new
US Virgin Islands
11:30am: in the UK, the US Virgin Islands are not as
familiar as other Caribbean islands, so here’s your chance to
find out more about them on the destination’s stand. Apart
from a new marketing campaign planned for the UK, commissioner of
tourism Pamela Richards will be outlining the country as three
unique experiences – St Thomas, St Croix and St John –
within one exotic destination.
The island and its neighbours are all talking cricket –
1pm: visit the Bahamas to learn more about the 700 islands
that make up the archipelago. Copies of a new guide to the
destination’s Out Islands will be on the stand, while the
director of the Bahamas Out Islands Promotion Board, Kerry
Fountain, will answer questions. Make sure you also enquire about
the website and new agent training programme. But it’s not
all work – sample a rum punch to keep you going.
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2pm: if you’ve never been to the picturesque islands
of St Vincent and the Grenadines, this could be your chance. The
tourist board is holding a prize draw for agents to win places on a
fam trip next year. Simply drop off your business card at its stand
and keep your fingers crossed when the draw takes place on the last
day of WTM.
If you’re there on Wednesday afternoon join the party when
3pm: head to the Cayman Islands stand for a demonstration
of its new on-line agent training programme in conjunction with the
Travel Weekly Academy, which will go live on November 18. Agents
can sign up to become specialists and follow the 10-module course,
which involves multiple-choice tests and incentives along the
Pick up a new DVD about the Caymans and, if it’s not too
early, indulge in a secret-recipe Caribbean mudslide cocktail,
guaranteed to add a little kick to your day.
That’s not all. Test your musical skills when you join in
5pm: on Wednesday it’s time to celebrate at the
Caribbean Sunset Hour cocktail party with the entire Caribbean
Village. After all, you deserve a few drinks after signing up for
the Caribbean Training Programme, which costs £19.99. If
you’ve signed up you’ve already been convinced about
the comprehensive training scheme, with opportunities to join fam
trips, and been promised a copy of the new Caribbean Tourism
Organisation Travelfax, packed with essential information and
designed with agents in mind.
Now grab a rum punch or two and soak up the warm West
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