BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The next generation of Caribbean tourism leaders are about to get some inspiration from the youthful and dynamic leader of one of the world’s leading resort companies during Caribbean Week New York.
The CEO of Sandals Resorts International, Adam Stewart, 33, will deliver the motivational speech at the Student Colloquium – a contest among Caribbean tourism students at tertiary institutions, who are challenged to present well-researched, practical and financially viable sustainable tourism projects.
Described as “a maverick on a mission, an energetic change agent, and an innovator who is not constrained by convention,” Stewart is expected to share his experiences in leading the growth and expansion of the global brand since he took over as its chief executive officer at the age of 25. His presentation forms part of the support for Caribbean Week New York by the Sandals Foundation, nonprofit philanthropic organization. The Foundation is also supporting the Diaspora Forum and will make a presentation there.
“The Sandals Foundation is thrilled to take part in Caribbean Week in New York and to specifically sponsor programming such as the Diaspora Forum and Student Colloquium that champion the cause of Caribbean people,” said Stewart, who is also president of the Foundation. “Since its inception in 2009, the Foundation has maintained a holistic approach toward ensuring sustainable national development in the region, improving the lives of our neighbors with programming aimed at education, community and the environment. We look forward to coming to New York to share our plans with friends of the Caribbean.”
Caribbean Week New York, which is scheduled to take place from 1-7 June, is the largest, most engaging regional tourism activity in the New York area. Produced by the CTO in partnership with its members, its primary objective is promoting the Caribbean as a vibrant and exciting travel and business destination.
“We see the support of the Sandals Foundation as demonstrative of the Caribbean’s growing global prowess as a sustainable tourism destination,” said Sylma Brown, the head of the CTO New York Office, the producer and executor of Caribbean Week. “Through this support we plan to enhance our Caribbean tourism management strategy through two important pillars: stronger relations with our large Diaspora and by honing the creative skills of the next generation of Caribbean tourism leaders.”
The Caribbean Diaspora Forum takes place on Monday 2 June from 6:00 PM to 9:00 Pm, while the Student Colloquium will be on Tuesday 3 June from 2:30pm-5:30pm. Both events will be held at the Hilton Times Square, 234 West 42nd Street, New York.