Trinidad and Tobago was in the spotlight at the recent VII Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) held in Panama City, Panama from October 2nd to 4th, 2013. This event brought together both the private sector and government leaders from the region to collaborate and share on the best practices for enhancing the competitiveness, innovation and prosperity of the region. The Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau attended the Forum with the objective of promoting destination Trinidad & Tobago. The Forum garnered strong participation from high level officials such as the President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli and the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago the Honorable Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
The Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau is responsible for the promotion of Trinidad and Tobago as the Meetings and Conference Capital of the Southern Caribbean. Given that Trinidad and Tobago will be hosting this prestigious conference in 2014 from October 8th – 14th at the Hyatt Regency, the Convention Bureau was well positioned to highlight the product offering of the destination and build excitement about attending next year’s Forum in Trinidad & Tobago, as well as to promote the services of the Bureau. The Convention Bureau is a one-stop shop for meeting planners and provides professional advice and support to ensure that events under their care surpass the expectations of every participant. Their services include provision of promotional literature for meeting planners and information kits, planning pre and post conference tours for participants and spouses, assistance with official bids, general advice on ground logistics and conference marketing. With over 1600 hotel rooms available within walking distance from the nation’s capital Port of Spain, it is no wonder that Trinidad and Tobago was selected as the first English-speaking Caribbean nation to host this auspicious forum.
At the official opening of the Trinidad and Tobago booth at this year’s Americas Competitiveness Forum, the Convention Bureau shared pertinent information on the destination, networked with international delegates, and generated leads for future international conferences that can be held in Trinidad & Tobago. Trinidad and Tobago was the star of the forum’s last day when it was announced as the host destination for the VIII ACF 2014 and the forum’s website, www.competitivenessforum2014.gov.tt was officially launched. Two lucky delegates who participated in a business card raffle held at the Trinidad and Tobago booth walked away with the country’s national musical instrument, the Steelpan, as a prize. All delegates were then treated to delectable Trinidad and Tobago culinary fare that has made the islands the pick of food enthusiasts across the globe.
The hosting of the VIII Americas Competitiveness Forum in Trinidad & Tobago in 2014, coupled with the presence of the Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau, has cemented Trinidad and Tobago’s position as the destination of choice for meeting planners and a powerful player in the international arena. Trinidad and Tobago is next!