NEW YORK (March 6)—Caribbean Week returns to New York City from June 1 to 8, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has announced.

The region will again display its collective holiday attributes to New Yorkers and visitors to the “Big Apple,” reminding them why the Caribbean is one of the most desirable warm weather destinations.

A revitalized program is being planned, offering CTO member countries and private sector partners opportunities to showcase the appealing and attractive features of the Caribbean. The program includes the inaugural “CAFE @ CTO,” the launch of the Caribbean American Fashion Exchange at a gala to benefit the CTO Foundation, the agency’s scholarship program. On display will be the creations of Caribbean-Americans who continue to make significant contributions to the fashion and style landscape. “CAFE @ CTO” will be held on Thursday, June 5.

Another major highlight this year is the Caribbean Romance Pavilion, introduced for the first time last year. There, couples will have the opportunity to purchase their perfect Caribbean wedding or honeymoon getaway. However, unlike last year when the Romance Pavilion was part of the Caribbean Vacation Mart, this year it will be held as a stand-alone event.

The Caribbean Travel and Cultural Fair and Vacation Mart is also being planned this year and, for the first time ever, it is scheduled to be held on a weekend (Saturday, June 7).

Other events include a Caribbean Diaspora forum (Monday, June 2), student colloquium (Tuesday, June 3), Caribbean Media Marketplace (Thursday, June 5), Caribbean Marketing Conference and Awards Luncheon (Friday, June 6), and the signature “Rum and Rhythm” evening (Friday, June 6), where rum and food lovers sample top-shelf, award-winning Caribbean rums and enjoy traditional Caribbean cuisine and rum-infused delicacies prepared by celebrity chefs from the Dutch, English, French and Spanish Caribbean.

Caribbean Week in New York features a series of business meetings and consumer events organized by the CTO’s New York office to showcase the warmth, spirit and vibrancy of the Caribbean. In addition to direct contact with consumers, it also provides extensive media exposure for participating CTO members and partners.