The Caribbean Tourist Organisation UK & Europe chapter claims to have had a productive lockdown by expanding its membership.

New members include the Dominican Republic and Curacao, the adults-only Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba and Bequia Beach Hotel on Bequia in St Vincent & the Grenadines.

The four new members take the total membership to 65.

With recovery on the horizon, ten destinations have been declared Covid-19 free as the Caribbean reopens up to tourists.

Antigua and Jamaica are already receiving visitors and the Dominican Republic is focused on a July 1 reopening.

A series of travel agent roadshows are planned from September including Plymouth, Bristol, Oxford and London with the aim of driving bookings for autumn and winter 2020-21.

CTO Chapter chairman Colin Pegler said: “We’re delighted to welcome our new members.

“A key objective of the Chapter is to grow and expand membership and its extremely positive to see that despite the challenges at the present time the value of being part of a membership organisation is recognised.

“Our comprehensive events programme and weekly meetings give members access to the travel trade and our proactive and operational support across areas as diverse as IT, sustainable tourism development and marketing in invaluable to those with smaller budgets.”

Sabrina Cambiaso, director of the Dominican Republic Tourist Board, said: “The Dominican Republic is delighted to have joined the CTO Chapter UK & Europe. The organisation is extremely proactive providing opportunities to share best practice and insights with our peers which feels particularly valuable right now.

“Their programme of events gives us effective access to media and the trade ensuring we’re in a strong position to capitalise on the recovery.”