~ The dynamic executive will address CTO Student Colloquium as part of Sandals Foundation’s support for region’s biggest tourism marketing event in North America  ~

(BRIDGETOWN, Barbados) 18 April 2014.  The next generation of Caribbean tourism leaders are about to get some inspiration from the youthful and dynamic leader of one of the world’s leading resort companies during Caribbean Week New York.

The CEO of Sandals Resorts International, Adam Stewart, 33, will deliver the motivational speech at the Student Colloquium – a contest among Caribbean tourism students at tertiary institutions, who are challenged to present well-researched, practical and financially viable sustainable tourism projects.

Described as “a maverick on a mission, an energetic change agent, and an innovator who is not constrained by convention,” Stewart is expected to share his experiences in leading the growth and expansion of the global brand since he took over as its chief executive officer at the age of 25. His presentation forms part of the support for Caribbean Week New York by the Sandals Foundation, nonprofit philanthropic organization. The Foundation is also supporting the Diaspora Forum and will make a presentation there.

“The Sandals Foundation is thrilled to take part in Caribbean Week in New York and to specifically sponsor programming such as the Diaspora Forum and Student Colloquium that champion the cause of Caribbean people,” said Stewart, who is also president of the Foundation. “Since its inception in 2009, the Foundation has maintained a holistic approach toward ensuring sustainable national development in the region, improving the lives of our neighbors with programming aimed at education, community and the environment.  We look forward to coming to New York to share our plans with friends of the Caribbean.”

Caribbean Week New York, which is scheduled to take place from 1-7 June, is the largest, most engaging regional tourism activity in the New York area.  Produced by the CTO in partnership with its members, its primary objective is promoting the Caribbean as a vibrant and exciting travel and business destination.

“We see the support of the Sandals Foundation as demonstrative of the Caribbean’s growing global prowess as a sustainable tourism destination,” said Sylma Brown, the head of the CTO New York Office, the producer and executor of Caribbean Week.  “Through this support we plan to enhance our Caribbean tourism management strategy through two important pillars: stronger relations with our large Diaspora and by honing the creative skills of the next generation of Caribbean tourism leaders.”

The Caribbean Diaspora Forum takes place on Monday 2 June from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, while the Student Colloquium will be on Tuesday 3 June from 2:00pm-5:30pm. Both events will be held at the Hilton Times Square, 234 West 42nd Street, New York.

Caribbean Week is supported by Academy Engraving, Antigua and Barbuda, the Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME), the Atrebor Group, Barbados, Blue Sky Luxury-Greensleeves, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cititech Solutions, CTO Allied Members, David Williams Funeral Service, El Dorado, Empire State Building, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Hilton San Juan Collection, Jamaica , the Sandals Foundation, Saint Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Martin and Travel+Leisure.

About The Sandals Foundation 

The Sandals Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was created to continue and to expand upon the philanthropic work that Sandals Resorts International has undertaken.  It is the culmination of over three decades of dedication to playing a meaningful role in the lives of the communities where Sandals operates across the Caribbean. The Sandals Foundation funds projects in three core areas: education, community and the environment.   One hundred percent of the monies contributed by the general public to the Sandals Foundation go directly to programmes benefiting the Caribbean community.

To learn more about the Sandals Foundation, visit online at www.sandalsfoundation.org

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.

In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: CTObarbados@caribtourism.com.

The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: CTOny@caribtourism.com;

The CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: CTOlondon@caribtourism.com;

For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization please visit www.OneCaribbean.org.

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