As Filipinos, we are familiar with the Caribbean as a tourism destination only for the rich and famous. The nearest common ‘Pinoys’ can relate to about the Caribean would be in the movies.
Kidding aside, this is the stereotype the newly-formed Caribbean Tourism Trade & Investment Bureau in SouthEast Asia would like to change. They believe that the Caribbean has a lot of similarities with the Philippines, and this a good start for a better tourism and trade relations between the two countries.
Some of which we share in common with the Caribbean is the tropical climate, abundance of fruits, and the archipelagic topography. Just like the Philippines, the Carribean is a popular global tourist destination because of its sceneries and natural resources.
For the unfamiliar, the Caribbean is a vast expanse of more than 700 islands in the region of the Americas covering the islands and surrounding coasts of the Caribbean Sea. The region comprises 34 sovereign nations and associated territories including Bahamas, Aruba, Barbados, Cuba, Belize, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, among others
Trade: Beyond Tourism
Heralding Caribbean, another area the bureau sees great potential in – would be trade. They believe that shown the right opportunities, our local businessmen and investors would easily realize the potential of the Caribbean as an investor haven for trade and labor.
These was the core topic discussed in the recent press conference held at the Jump Digital office at the TV5 Media Center in Mandaluyong City, Philippines. It was organised by the Caribbean Tourism Trade & Investment Bureau – a collaboration of the Caribbean ASEAN Council (CAC), and The Jump Network (TJN).
The meeting sealed the regional partnership between The Jump Network and the Caribbean ASEAN Council to promote Caribbean opportunities and to foster the Caribbean region’s tourism and economic cooperation in Southeast Asia.
The intimate gathering was also attended by Caribbean diplomats and a few mainstream & online media.
Trade and Tourism in Southeast Asia
With this collaborative development, the Caribbean region is expected to become an open market for inbound tourism, trade opportunities, and foreign direct investment for ASEAN countries with the establishment of the aforementioned “The Caribbean ASEAN Bureau”
“The Caribbean is known as an immense area composed of the world’s best beaches and oceanic wonders. But there is more to the Caribbean than just sun, sea, and sand. It is a region of diverse opportun ities for trade, investment, and tourism. TJN recogn izes this remarkabfe potential that can greatly benefit a niche market of high-net-worth tourists and families and medrum-to-large companies in Southeast Asia“, said Datu Sadja Matthew Pajares Yngson, Representative Councillor of the Caribbean ASEAN Council.
With the establishment of the Caribbean ASEAN Bureau as a competent managed service, business and trade communities in the ASEAN, countries will be able to conveniently liaise with Caribbean enterprises and governments in exploring opportunities for inbound tourism and trade investments to the Caribbean region.
“With TJNs formidable regional presence and local management services capabilities, we are proud to partner with the Caribbean ASEAN Council in making the Caribbean ASEAN Bureau as the gateway for commercial representation for the ASEAN nations in the Caribbean region,” announced TJN President & CEO Jed Marcaida.
The Caribbean ASEAN Council ls an International civil society volunteer advocacy programme and Swiss Verein, a LIfetime Member of CIVICUS-the World Alliance for Citizen Participation, and registered with the NGO Branch of the U. N.-DESA. The Council’s Secretariat is the Eastern Caribbean-Southeast Asia Economic & Cultural Chamber, a non-government initiative certified in England and Wales, and recognized by the U. N.-OHRLLS as part of the SIDS Global Business Network. It is also an Associate Member of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the U. N.
The 10 member countries of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) include the following strong and emerging economies of : Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
For more information on the Caribbean ASEAN Bureau and its wide range of services for Caribbean tourism, trade, and investment in Southeast Asia, visit The JUMP Network”s website at http:TheJump.Network/.
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Congratulations to the Caribbean Tourism Trade & Investment Bureau in SouthEast Asia and may their plans come into fruition for the sake of sustainable tourism and trade between the Philippines and the Caribbean.
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