Carlos Vogeler
Carlos Vogeler

“Cuba’s full entry into the game can strengthen the Caribbean’s position as a tourism destination in the global context. We have seen in similar cases in the past that the entry of a new competitor helps a market grow.” – Carlos Vogeler, Regional Director for The Americas, World Tourism Organization (Miami Herald)


“Despite the concerns raised by some, I am convinced that there is no need to be worried about any major fall-out in our tourism sector from this move, when it fully materializes. The fact of the matter is that brand Jamaica is very strong and our destination is already very competitive in the global tourism arena. The reality is that we are already competing with Cuba for visitors from the source markets of Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe. In addition, our sector is doing very well and we boast local hoteliers who have built some of the strongest hotel brands in the world.” – Dr. Wykeham McNeill, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Jamaica (Jamaica Observer)


“The easing of relations between the US and Cuba means that local manufacturers will have more confidence to engage with the Cubans without fear of reprisals by the US.” – Ramesh Ramdeen, CEO, Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (Trinidad Guardian)


“We hold no illusions of the task before us. St Maarten is at a critical stage in its development and growth as a nation. Our mission is clear: To ensure that St. Maarten thrives and grows, to stress on and maintain financial discipline, integrity and transparency in government and to build a nation of character where people live quality lives.” – Marcel Gumbs, Prime Minister, St. Maarten (Caribbean Journal)


“Even with falling gas prices, we believe this area of the country (Texas) offers great opportunity for the Caribbean, St. Lucia and our resort team here at The Landings.” – Kashmie Ali, Managing Director, The Landings St. Lucia


“We are bringing the world to St. Croix and St. Croix to the world.” – Jose Rivera, Sales Account Manager for U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean, Delta Air Lines (St. Croix Source)


“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

– Vincent van Gogh, Dutch artist


“Quotable Caribbean” is compiled by Marketplace Excellence Corporation, a full-service, integrated marketing agency committed to excellence in the fields of public relations, marketing and media coaching.


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