The Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Foundation, Jacqueline Johnson, announced that the Board has welcomed Juergen T. Steinmetz, publisher of eTurboNews Group, as its newest member.
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Mr. Steinmetz, who’s also Chairman of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and acting Chairman of the African Tourism Board, will serve on the CTO Foundation Board for the 2018-2020 term.
Juergen has continuously worked in the tourism and travel industry since he was an adolescent in Germany, up through today as publisher of eTN beginning as a travel agent at Hapag-Lloyd, among the world’s most-read global tourism and travel publications.
“I am hoping my experiences in collaborating and dealing with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, in addition to non-profit and private organizations, will be of great benefit to the CTO Foundation Board. Encouraging teenagers to become our next leaders in this wonderful industry ought to be important for today’s leaders. Providing the required education through scholarships is sustainable and important, and in the Caribbean specifically, where most economies depend on the tourism and travel industry,” Steinmetz said.
The CTO Foundation premiered by the Caribbean Tourism Organization in 1997 to show its commitment to creating a cadre of well-trained and highly-skilled tourism professionals who is able to create a strong contribution to the entire competitiveness of the regional tourism sector.
The primary goal of the building blocks would be to provide scholarships and study grants to Caribbean nationals who wish to pursue studies in tourism/hospitality and language training. Led by way of a volunteer Board of Directors, the Foundation’s first group of study and scholarships grants were awarded in 1998. Up to now, it has disbursed $1,029,398 in study and scholarships grants benefitting 280 deserving Caribbean nationals.
Chairman Johnson said: “An integral focus of the building blocks would be to look at means of profiling our company and generating fundraising activities. We think that Mr. Steinmetz can create a significant contribution in these certain specific areas, and we have been seeking to his participation forward.”