BASSETERRE: St. Kitts & Nevis Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Richard “Ricky” Skerritt, has been appointed to co-chair a regional aviation committee to facilitate air transportation in the Caribbean.
The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) said the committee, which also includes officials from the United States Virgin Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Antigua and Barbuda and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, will seek to enhance airlift into the region.
“The composition of the committee reflects technical, regulatory and policy-making experience and has public/private sector representation from tourism professionals, accommodations, airlines, airports and aviation consultancies,” the CTO said.
The CTO said that the committee was one of the initiatives outlined by newly-elected chairman, Beverly Nicholson-Doty, during the CTO State of the Industry Conference in St. Kitts last month.
“The CTO recognizes that air transportation is crucial to the success of Caribbean tourism and it is imperative that we seek convenient, affordable and reliable air service if we are to realize our vision of positioning the Caribbean as the world’s most desirable, year round, warm weather destination in five years,” said Nicholson-Doty, who is also the United States Virgin Islands’ Commissioner of Tourism.
The CTO Aviation Committee will be responsible for the development and implementation of strategies for increasing intra-Caribbean tourism, examining the volume and potential of air service into and within the Caribbean, reviewing the status of regulations governing air transportation to and within the region and encouraging and facilitating the establishment of practices and procedures that ease the movement of passengers to and throughout the region.