PM to address tourism summit and trade show event in Miami

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PM to address tourism summit and trade show event in Miami
PM Anthony.
PM Anthony.

St. Lucia’s prime minister and other regional and international officials with an interest in tourism are due to hold discussions on new trends in the industry at the 18th annual Africa American Hotel Ownership and Investment Summit and Trade Show from July 16-19, 2014 in Miami.

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony and other regional officials are scheduled to speak at the event, particularly on the issue of Caribbean development and investment.

The forum will be held at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel and will involve sessions on under the topics: ‘Introduction to the ABC’s of Hotel Ownership’, ‘Industry Outlook’ and  ‘Hotel Financing.’

New forward-thinking sessions like ‘The Power of The Purse: Women Shaping and Influencing the Hospitality Industry’ are also expected to be convened.

This year’s summit and trade show is  themed “Creating Opportunities for a Diverse Generation” and according to Andy Ingraham, the chief executive officer of the National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers (NABHOOD), this will be highlighted throughout the event.

“It’s everything that you can expect from a summit of this magnitude, but every year we keep adding on to it to customise unique opportunities for everyone in attendance,” Ingraham said.

“We want to make sure that every year, stakeholders can leave here gaining something new from this experience that they can take with them out in their communities and businesses and build upon.”

Other speakers from the Caribbean region who will deliver remarks include Minister of State for Investments in the Bahamas Khaalis E. Rolle; Conseillere Territoriale of the Office De Tourisme de Saint Martin  Jeanne Rogers-Vanterpool and Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism & Sports, Anguilla, Haydn Hughes.

President/CEO, Wyndham Hotel Group Geoff Ballotti; and President, SLS Hotels Sam Bakhshandehpour are among others who will address the event.

The summit was due to open this morning (July 16) with the NABHOOD Historically Black College or University Scholarship Deep Sea Fishing & Shark Tournament to raise money for minority hospitality students.

An orientation programme for new and prospective hotel owners, committee meetings, opening general session and a welcome reception in the evening will follow from noon.

General sessions and workshops will take place on Thursday and Friday with student workshops on Friday and Saturday morning and will be followed by the NABHOOD Career Fair and Job Expo.

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  1. always the same people talking shate u all must b uwp because nothing goodcomesfrom them

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  2. YOU KENNY DO YOU REMEMBER TELLING INVESTORS DO NOT COME TO INVEST IN ST LUCIA UNDER THE UWP.WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND SO YOU SPOIL IT FOR ALL THEY NOT COMING PERIOD.YOU TO DAM Ridiculous,PETTY.STOP PLAYING POLITICS WITH ST LUCIA'S FUTURE.

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    • Toni's Greatest investment hits: Frenwell, Black Bay and Grynberg.

      The tricksters came into town. They told their yarns and then made off laughing, all the way to the bank with millions.

      Being such buddy friends with CUMMUNIST CUBA and Fidel Castro, which foreign investor in his right mind would want to dare risk putting down money in a country run by a communist? Too much risk is involved here. There is economic risk, and even more obvious is the political risk. In addition to that, stated verbal hostility towards investors is not easily overturned in the minds of cautious investors just by making trips all over the map.

      Only en rouge idiots can not see the liability that mate has become. Keep that one. If granted a chance to vote, the voters may well disabuse your backward myopic moronic minds.

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  3. "African American Hotel Ownership and Investment Summit and Trade Show"

    This might sound ignorant but, Kenny going to look for MORE hotels, like that's going to help fix the economy right now or in the near future? Give me a break, focus and get to the REAL issues! Nou ha las!

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  4. joke, going to crappy trade fair. What's with that NABHOOD group as well, don't understand the need to make common cause with hotel operators of the same skin colour - weird.

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  5. I'm not a fan of Kenny and his ahndling of the economy. However, we must understand that the Prime Minister of the country has a responsibility to represent the country overseas (sometimes its not enough to send the Minister of Foreign Affairs) and his mere presence can bring St. Lucia to the attention of people who can help the country. Also, whether you like him or not and as much as he is criticised at home, Kenny commands much respect overseas and this can only help to raise the profile of St. Lucia. If he was not respected he would not be invited to so many events.

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    • Agreed! Now take all of this and pour that into a boiling pot of water, or slip into the micro-wave. Pooffe! Food is ready! A table! jackass voters give us jackass governments.

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  6. Here we go again,Kenny traveling like there's no end to the tax payers money...That's it Kenny,spend spend spend my boy,Feed your friends because you never know when the well will run dry.

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  7. Smfh, how are you and your government going to reduce the deficit, at least tell them in Miami I don't know much about finance but once a debt can't be serviced it results an increase interest and possible penalties , nobody ain't saying shit , Mr. Vennor, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Preville, Mr. Hinkson, Mr. Peterkin someone the youth are watching and listening, lets see who or whom going say something.

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    • Who is in charge? De man running away from the problems he created? Shows the character of de man? No? The idea of there being any crisis is a farce. Plain. Ain't it so?

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    • Is there a real crisis or one that is being manufactured by this government? The behaviour of the prime minister is consistently very inconsistent with someone managing a real crisis. Is this his idea of management? Quite novel indeed.

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  8. Bolivia, Brussels, Antigua, UK and now MIA - all in the last five weeks. BAGGAI WED? KOTAY A....Ridiculous leadership

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