JAN. 28-30, 2015 Region’s Most Important Marketing Event Expected To Draw Over 1,200 International Delegates THE CARIBBEAN (June 2, 2014) – Caribbean Travel Marketplace will return to Puerto Rico Jan. 28-30, 2015 where the region’s largest and most important marketing event will be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan for the first time since January 2010. Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Caribbean Travel Marketplace is attended annually by more than 1,200 delegates from international tour operator and wholesale companies as well as representatives from Caribbean hotels, destinations and attractions. “We have chosen Puerto Rico as the host country for Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2015 because of the world-class facilities offered at the Puerto Rico Convention Center as well as the accessibility of the destination for the CHTA membership and the international delegates that will be in attendance,” said Jeffrey S. Vasser, CHA, director general and CEO of CHTA. In addition to CHTA, the Puerto Rico Destination Team comprised of the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association (PRHTA), the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) and Meet Puerto Rico, will organize Caribbean Travel Marketplace along with host sponsors Interval International and MasterCard. “Puerto Rico is honored to have been chosen by the CHTA as host of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2015, an event vital for the hotel and tourism industries of the entire CHTA membership,” stated Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “As host country, we can showcase our five-star destination to delegates so they can experience our excellent accommodations, attractions, meeting venues, and sample our unique culture first-hand,” Rivera Rocafort added. “We are very excited to host the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s premier tourism marketing event, Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2015,” said Clarisa JimÃ©nez, president and CEO of the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association. “In the five years since Puerto Rico hosted Caribbean Travel Marketplace there have been many changes to our tourism product in that time. We anticipate a high participation rate from our local association who will share the latest developments at their respective properties,” JimÃ©nez added. Over the course of its two days, Caribbean Travel Marketplace affords hotels and destinations of all sizes the opportunity to meet face-to-face with wholesalers selling Caribbean vacation travel. Registration for Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2015 will open up in July 2014 with full conference details available via the CHTA website www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com. In 2014, Caribbean Travel Marketplace saw 11,560 pre-scheduled appointments between Caribbean hoteliers, destinations and attractions and the international buyers. Another highlight from the 2014 edition was first time buyers from Chile, the Czech Republic and Hungary as part of the wholesaler companies from 20 total countries which also included Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom and United States. CHTA is seeking sponsors for Caribbean Travel Marketplace. Companies interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities should contact Deborah Sas at firstname.lastname@example.org or (305) 443-3040. Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) facilitates the full potential of the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry by serving members’ needs and building partnerships in a socially responsible and sustainable manner. CHTA is the voice of the Caribbean hospitality industry for the development of the region in the highly competitive and sophisticated environment of international tourism. Today, tourism is widely recognized as a pivotal industry in the economy of the region – and CHTA functions as the common denominator for this industry in a region of diverse nationalities, languages and styles, identifying mutual problems and marshaling the resources of the active and allied members to devise solutions. CHTA represents all facets of the hospitality industry with more than 600 member hotels and over 300 allied members. For more information, visit http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com . Follow CHTA on Facebook Facebook.com/CaribbeanHotelandTourismAssociation and Twitter Twitter.com/CHTAFeeds .