Caribbean Tourism Organization

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization headquarters

The Caribbean Tourism Organization's main objective is the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of Caribbean people.


The CTO, with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency. Its member countries and territories include the 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 other benefits, the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning and execution, and research and information technology.

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.

CTO's offices are located in the USA, UK, Canada and Barbados. CTO chapters are located in France, Germany, the Netherlands, across the US and in the Caribbean.


The CTO was established in 1989 with the merger of the Caribbean Tourism Association (founded in 1951) and the Caribbean Tourism Research and Development Center (founded in 1974)

The body is primarily involved in the joint promotion and marketing of Caribbean tourist destinations in North America and Europe.

Media agency

The CTO appointed the7stars as its media planning and buying agency in 2010.[1]

Member countries


  1. ^ "Caribbean Tourism Organisation appoints The7stars". PRWeek. 2010-04-08.
  • CTO: Region earned over US$23b from tourism
  • The Caribbean Tourism Organization pushes for a more sustainable tourism product
  • CTO Conference on sustainable tourism
  • Statement by the Caribbean Tourism Organization[permanent dead link]

External links

  • - Official tourism site of the Caribbean
  • - Official tourism business website of the Caribbean Tourism Organization
  • - Highlights of Toronto's annual Caribbean Week
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