June 3, 4, 8, 10, 2017


Price: Free & open to the public
Venue: Bloomingdales 59th Street & Williams-Sonoma, Columbus Circle

The Caribbean is well known for its incredible smorgasbord of culinary offerings influenced by our European, African, Indian and indigenous heritage.  During Caribbean Week this collection of mouth-watering gastronomic delights is available for sampling when renowned Caribbean chefs from world-class resorts and restaurants spice up the city with Caribbean flair and flavors.
The Caribbean Celebrity Chefs will demonstrate their mastery in preparing authentic Caribbean dishes at a variety of upscale and highly visible locations that support Caribbean Week and whose customers match the profile of potential Caribbean vacationers.

These dishes are available for sampling by discerning consumers at a variety of high end locales, the Caribbean Tourism Awards Luncheon and Rum and RhythmTM Benefit and Auction and elsewhere in the program.

Click here to find out more about the Chefs!


Sunday June 3, 2017


Price: Free &, open to the public; registration required
Time:  11:00 am
Venue: St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 331 Hawthorne Street, Brooklyn, NY

Members of the Diaspora, the Caribbean Diplomatic corps and Caribbean tourism industry personnel are invited to join the Caribbean Tourism Organization to observe the 44th Caribbean Week in New York, give thanks for the Caribbean, and pray for continued growth and success of the industry.

Register using the form below.

Church Service Attendee form

Monday June 5, 2017

Theme: Optimising the Economic Potential of Cultural and Heritage Tourism

Price: Free – Seats are limited. First come, first served; registration required
Time:  6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Venue: Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225

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The Diaspora’s loyalty to the Caribbean is unquestioned and their commitment to regional tourism is undisputed. While they tirelessly act as unofficial tourism ambassadors for their home countries and the region on a whole, many also want to play an even more direct role. Diaspora entrepreneurs wish to invest at home and want to know what opportunities are in the tourism sector and how to access them.

The theme of this year’s forum is Optimizing the economic potential of cultural and heritage tourism. The Caribbean is recognized as having a vibrant and diverse, yet unique heritage, and a culture so rich as to be enviable. With culture and heritage contributing an estimated $625 billion to the global economy, the economic potential for the Caribbean is enormous. And with a sizeable, well-educated, and affluent Diaspora whose large majority is interested in investing in its countries of origin, according to the World Bank, the Caribbean Diaspora is well poised to fulfill this potential.


  • Explore how true partnerships can be forged with home
  • Explore Where the opportunities lie for tourism
  • Explore What members of the Diaspora have to offer
  • Explore How the true value of the region’s culture and heritage can be augmented for the members of the Diaspora and Caribbean tourism
  • Celebrate the Caribbean’s many contributions to the United States
  • Showcase the richness and diversity of the Caribbean through Culture and Heritage.

Bring Your Caribbean Spirit!

Register for the Diaspora Forum.

Tuesday June 6, 2017

Theme: To The Collaborators Go the Spoils

Price: Open to the public; CTO Members: $125  | NON CTO Members: $175
Time:  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Venue: Crystal Ballroom, 2nd Floor


Karen Kent – Chief Marketing Officer, Leisure Brands, Flight Centre Travel Group, USA
Eusi Skeete – Vice Counsel/Senior Business Dev. Manager, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.
Gai A. Spann – Founder & Travel Artist, SPANNING the Globe Tours

Innovation and collaboration are the keys to thriving businesses. In times of uncertainly and rapid technological advances, it is important that the tourism industry’s supplier and retail professionals share ideas and work together to unlock the potential for exponential growth.  This session will provide information that highlights the results of greater collaboration between critical segments of the industry, changes the way the industry does business and help national tourist offices with limited budgets realize the advantages of operating in an environment where collaboration is at the heart of how they function.

Register for the Industry Workshop:



Price: Free, open to the public
Time:  sunset – 2:00 am
Venue: Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10118

In recognition of Caribbean Week in New York, the Empire State Building is lit, from top to bottom, in the following colors that represent the Caribbean:

  • ANTENA – Magenta
  • HALO – Rubine Red
  • TOP – Orange
  • FINS – Green
  • MIDDLE – Process Blue
  • BOTTOM – Purple

Wednesday June 7, 2017

“Students Taking Center Stage: A Forum for Rising Stars in Caribbean Tourism”

Price: Free, open to the public, registration required
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 2nd Floor
Venue: Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Sponsored by:


Tourism Education is a critical element of tourism sustainability.   The aim of sustainable tourism is to ensure that development is a positive experience for residents, tourism companies and visitors.  At college and university campuses in the Caribbean and the United States, students are deeply interested in sustainable initiatives and want to be involved in their implementation.  The Students Colloquium was created by CTO interns, to encourage greater youth involvement in the activities for Caribbean Week.  Interns continue to be involved in the organization of this program, which challenges students studying at the tertiary level to research and present a sustainable tourism project that is practical and, if implemented, could provide a sustainable source of income and enhanced quality of life for Caribbean nationals.

There will be a selection process based on submitted presentation.  A maximum of five teams will be vying to capture the coveted title of 2017 Student Colloquium Championship.

These free-style presentations of the finalists promise to be as interesting for the students as they are for the audience.  They will be judged by a panel of sustainable tourism practitioners and the industry is invited to give the Colloquium its full support.

Register for the Student Colloquium.

2017 Participants:

  • Monroe College | New Rochelle | New York
  • TCI Community College | Provincials | Turks and Caicos Islands
  • University  of the Bahamas | Nassau | Bahamas
  • University of the Cayman Islands – School of Hospitality | George Town | Cayman Islands

Past winners include:

  • 2011 – New Haven University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2012 – 2014 – Monroe College, Bronx, New York
  • 2015 – TCI Community College, Turks and Caicos Islands
  • 2016 – University of Technology (UTECH) Jamaica

Thursday June 8, 2017

Theme: Marketing Caribbean Tourism in the New “Ab”Normal

Open to the public; (Breakfast and Lunch are included.) CTO Govt members $275; CTO Non-Govt (Allied, Affiliate) members $375 ; Non CTO Members $575
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 noon 2nd Floor
Venue: Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

The Caribbean Marketing Conference remains one of the highlights of Caribbean Week. The Conference which is hosted by the CTO Allied members in conjunction with ATME, presents the latest cutting edge marketing trends to an audience of public and private sector tourism representatives. Delegates are treated to a Continental Breakfast before the Conference.

Keynote Speaker: Scott Wiseman| CEO | Travel Impressions
Travel Distribution in the Age of Disruption – Tom Bacon | Airline Industry Consultant | Colorado
Marketing in a Time of Chaos and Change – Michael Kraabel| VP, Creative + User Experience | Bolin Marketing
The Art of Science and Marketing – Claud Monro | Chief Innovation Officer | SK+G ; Marc Lindevelt | Chief Creative Officer | SK+G

Register for the Tourism Marketing Conference.

SCHEDULE & OUTLINE - Marketing Conference

Thursday June 8, 2017

“Honoring Industry Leaders and Top Caribbean Stories”

Price: Open to the public; $150
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue: Crystal Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Buy Tickets for the Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon.

Co-sponsored by Jamaica.

Anytime is a good time for the region to show its appreciation to industry professionals for their contribution to the development of our tourism product, but Caribbean Week takes on special meaning when the awards are presented in the major media and Caribbean tourism market, in the presence of peers and top Caribbean tourism officials and executives.

The Caribbean Tourism Awards Luncheon is the occasion at which the Caribbean Tourism Organization recognizes journalists and photographers who have published captivating and influential stories on the region; the allied members for their continued support of the work of the Organization; and other industry professionals who do excellent work in the spirit of industry legends – the late Marcia Vickery Wallace and Marcella Martinez.

More details on Media Awards.

More details on Allied Awards.

Friday June 9, 2017

“The Ultimate Caribbean Epicurean Experience”

Price: Open to the public; $125
Time: 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Venue: Capitale, 130 Bowery, NY 10013

Buy Rum & Rhythm Tickets Online.

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Rum and Rhythm Benefit and Auction, The Ultimate Caribbean Epicurean Experience scheduled for Friday, June 9 returns to the historic Capitale.

Patrons will be given a virtual journey throughout the Caribbean through skillful set design and lighting displays using the colors of the Caribbean, as they experience the culinary diversity, live entertainment and the spirits of CTO member countries.  The return to this venue is part of CTO’s efforts to continue to maintain the panache of this high-energy event, a fund-raiser for the organization’s scholarship programme, the CTO Foundation.   Capitale, a Roman classic 1895 landmark adorned with Corinthian columns, Venetian glass, marble mosaic floors and 65 foot ceilings was the former Bowery Savings Bank building, designed by the famous architect Simon White, whose portfolio includes Washington Square Arch, the New York Herald building, The Tiffany Building, the Boston Public Library and several branches of the New York Public Library.

Rum and Rhythm Benefit and Auction showcases the talent of top Caribbean Celebrity Chefs and features cocktails by popular mixologists.  Caribbean vacations and other interesting pieces or art are also available at the Auction, so come prepared to bid.


Chef Andre Fowles – Jamaica
Anthony Smith – CTO
Chef Damain Leach – Barbados
Chef Charles Joseph – Turks & Caicos

CTO’s Rum and Rhythm by Slidely Slideshow. Music:

This memorable evening will be the highlight of the social calendar for Caribbean Week in New York.  Top Caribbean personalities and celebrities make special appearances.  All proceeds go scholarships and study grants offered by the CTO Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides financial assistance to Caribbean nationals to pursue studies in tourism, hospitality and languages.

Rum & Rhythm™ Benefit & Auction attracts a demographic with the means and propensity to travel to the Caribbean, for the real experience.

Public sector members as well as and Private sector rum companies, hotels, restaurants are invited to participate and showcase the talent of their chef or mixologist.

Buy Rum & Rhythm Tickets Online.

Participant Information and Commitment Form for Rum & Rhythm (PDF)