Recover and Rebuild – the Future of Caribbean Tourism

Recover and Rebuild – the Future of Caribbean Tourism

This three hour program is designed to explore and examine the issues and key recommendations that should be considered as we seek to rebuild the Caribbean after the traumatic impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

8:00 – 8:20:      The Impact – Observations: Mitigation &  Preparedness in Caribbean Tourism

Disaster mitigation and preparedness are key components of any sustainable tourism plan for a destination.  The readiness of the Caribbean in this respect came into sharp focus with Irma and Maria.  In this presentation, observations from an expert in this area give insight into what needs to be done to improve resilience in the sector.

Presenter – Elizabeth Riley, Deputy Executive Director, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management  Agency

8:30 – 8:50:      The Cost – The Real Economic Cost of Disaster

One of the elements in planning for recovery is assessing the real costs of any disaster.  The impact of this season’s hurricanes not only significantly affects the economy of the countries that were directly hit, but the economy of the entire region.  This presentation will outline and contextualize what this means at the national and regional level for the sector.

Presenter – Dr. Justin Ram, Director, Economics, Caribbean Development Bank

9:00 – 9:20: The Blueprint – Recovery from Crisis: Building a path to Sustainability

The presentation will provide a comprehensive set of proven guidelines and considerations that should be included in the recovery planning process.  This section of the programme will be led by an expert in the area of crisis management in the tourism industry.

Presenter – Jean-Marc Flambert, VP, Marketing & Sales, UK & Europe, Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

9:30 – 11:00: Panel Discussion: Key Recommendations for Moving Forward – The Stakeholder Perspective

This panel brings together representatives from the major entities that help to position and sell the Caribbean in the source markets.  These stakeholders will offer recommendations on what they would like to see and what they will need implemented to successfully reposition the Caribbean.


Shawn Sullivan, Policy Lead, Latin America & the Caribbean, Airbnb

Fernando Fernandez, VP Development, Apple Leisure Group

Frank Comito, CEO, Caribbean Hotel  & Tourism Association

Marie McKenzie, VP Global Ports and Caribbean Government Relations, Carnival Corporation

Juan Bailey, Regional Sales Director, C&W Business

Marty St. George, EVP, Commercial and Planning, JetBlue

Julie Reifer-Jones, CEO, LIAT (1974) Ltd.

Moderator – Hugh Riley, Secretary General, Caribbean Tourism Organization

11:00 – 11:35: The Members’ Experience – Lessons learned

The experience, the knowledge gained, the next steps.  This section of the programme gives a voice to the CTO member countries that were directly impacted by natural disaster.


Hon. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Grenada

Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, Minister of Tourism, Aviation and BahamasAir

11:40 – 11:55: Global Partners Perspective

The challenges that now face Caribbean tourism have not escaped the notice of the region’s global partners, namely the UNWTO and the WTTC.  During this segment, these partners will provide an update on how they will be supporting the Caribbean recovery.


Hon. Ed Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica / Coordinator, UNWTO Disaster Recovery Working Group

Helen Murano, SVP, Government and Industry Affairs, World Travel and Tourism Council

11:56 – 12 noon: Wrap Up & Thank you

Moderator:  Hugh Riley, CTO SG