March 27, 2003 The secretary-general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization will speak on "The State of Tourism in the Caribbean after 9-11" as part of the University of the Virgin Islands Social Sciences Division's Distinguished Lecture Series.
Jean S. Holder will make his presentation April 10 on St. Thomas and April 11 on St. Croix.
Holder, having worked in tourism in the Caribbean for more than 25 years, will address concerns about how the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States have affected and will continue to affect tourism in the Caribbean.
Dion Phillips, chair of the Social Sciences Division on the St. Thomas campus, said, "Many islands in the Caribbean, even those that in the past have depended on the staple crops of sugar and bananas, have turned to tourism."
Phillips added, "None of us are exempt from the rippling effects of terrorism."
Holder will discuss what measures can be put in place to buffer and counter those effects.
In addition to his CTO post, Holder serves on the executive committee and board of the Caribbean Hotel Association and of the Center for Management and Development at the University of the West Indies and is a trustee of Caribbean/Latin American Action (CLAA). He is a graduate of Oxford University and the University of Toronto.
Holder's lecture on St. Thomas will be at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Sports and Fitness Center, Room 222. The St. Croix lecture will be at 11 a.m. April 11 in the Melvin Evans Center Theater.
For more information, call Mary Dickinson at 693-1260.
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