Caribbean destinations will be tempting delegates with cocktails, aircraft simulators, prize draws and more.
Here are the Caribbean stands you don’t want to miss.
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Trinidad and Tobago
It may be November but there’s plenty of sunshine at ExCeL this year – and nowhere more so than on the Trinidad and Tobago stand.
Visitors will have the chance to fly off on a simulated trip inside a special room fitted out to look like an aircraft cabin. Film footage, sounds and even the islands’ scents will transport you to paradise – with none of that nasty carbon guilt.
That should be reason enough to sign up for Trinidad and Tobago’s e-learning programme, launching at World Travel Market.
Prizes are the name of the game in Jamaica as well. The Jamaica Tourist Board will announce the name of the 2,000th agent to have completed its Jamaica specialist programme, who will win a trip for two to the island and dinner in London’s top Jamaican restaurant.
WTM visitors can also win big with a prize draw on Thursday based around the JTB’s five themes: luxury, small and friendly, affordable, attractions and destination Jamaica. Another holiday for two is up for grabs.
Also look out for Superclubs, which will be pitching up alongside the JTB to offer spot prizes throughout the show. It is also offering agent training with the Jamaicans on Thursday with a holiday at one of its Caribbean resorts on offer.
After all that excitement, you will want to relax, so head for the Dominican Republic, where home-produced coffee, chocolate and cigars will be available.
The nation is keen to highlight its water sports on Puerto Plata in the north, the natural beauty of Samana in the northeast and the history and culture of capital Santo Domingo.
If you like your treats a little more wholesome, stop off at St Lucia, where you can sample traditional banana bread while finding out more about the return of Virgin Atlantic’s direct Manchester service this month.
The island’s marketing message – The Future’s Bright – publicises luxury properties opening by 2009.
Antigua and Barbuda
Of course, it’s not the Caribbean without cricket. As usual, West Indies legends Sir Viv Richards and Richie Richardson will be part of the Antigua and Barbuda delegation.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the islands will be promoting their online training programme with a question and answer lucky dip.
British Virgin Islands
In the British Virgin Islands, talk will be about its Nature’s Little Secret training programme. Those who sign up and complete all six modules qualify as secret agents and are awarded James Bond-style selling packs and the chance to win a trip to the millionaires’ playground.
After a long day on your feet, you will be in need of a drink – something the Caribbean does brilliantly. Anguilla might only be 35 miles long, but it is out to make a big noise at WTM with its largest trade delegation.
There’s an open invitation to the stand for drinks on Monday at 5.30pm, where visitors can find out more about new luxury hotel developments.
Caribbean Tourism Organisation
On Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation will hold its traditional parties.
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Don’t miss the famous mudslide cocktails from the Cayman Islands.
The Bahamas delegation will be letting its hair down at the stand’s backyard party between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday. Agents are invited to sample Kalik, the national beer.
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