CTO gears up for SOTIC 2023 in Turks and Caicos Islands

Neil Walters, Acting Secretary General, Caribbean Tourism Organization
Neil Walters, Acting Secretary General, Caribbean Tourism Organization

Preparations for the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) much-anticipated State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) are well underway, with the program set to take place at The Shore Club Turks & Caicos on Providenciales from Oct. 9-13, 2023.

CTO said on Monday that its business meetings and destination media briefings will precede the official conference program, which features panel discussions spanning diverse themes – from tourism investment and financing to aviation competitiveness and the burgeoning film industry. CTO’s popular Caribbean Youth Congress also makes its return this year. 

Neil Walters, CTO’s acting secretary general, anticipates a “plethora of meaningful discussions and industry networking to unfold in Turks and Caicos. 

“SOTIC has traditionally been the CTO’s flagship event held in the Caribbean; and, with its return this year under the leadership of our newly appointed Secretary General Dona Regis-Prosper, we are confident the forum will set the stage for sharpening our industry’s collective vision to become even stronger and more effective in positioning the Caribbean as the world’s leading destination for leisure as well as business trave,” he said. 

Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands, shared her pride in hosting the return of SOTIC after a hiatus of five years. 

“The selection of Turks and Caicos reflects our dedication to hospitality and excellence,” she said. “As the first major event being held under our new destination marketing and management organization, SOTIC is a significant opportunity for us to collectively shape the narrative of our region’s growth in a post-COVID environment.” 

As Minister of Tourism and Vice Chair of the group of British Overseas countries and territories within the Caribbean Tourism Organization, your presence at SOTIC 2023 holds immense importance,” added Connolly, as she extended a heartfelt invitation to delegates.

She said she looks forward to showcasing the captivating beauty of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Territory’s dedication to sustainable tourism development. 

Connolly underscored “the potent impact of coordinated action and regional collaboration that conveys a strong message of unity to stakeholders within and beyond the region’s borders.” 

For further details as the event draws near, visit https://sotic.onecaribbean.org.