Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) – Press Release



Newly elected Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and Minister of Tourism and International Transport in Barbados Hon. Richard Sealy to speak at opening ceremony of 2014 Soccerex Americas Forum in Barbados.

Hon. Richard Sealy, recently elected Chairman of the CTO, will be a keynote speaker at the anticipated Soccerex Americas Forum, scheduled to take place in Barbados October 21 and 22 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Minister Sealy will join other keynote speakers, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and Soccerex Chairman Tony Martin at the opening ceremony of the Soccerex Americas Forum.

This is the first time Barbados will be the host country of this prestigious forum, which  brings together key industry decision makers from the world of football and provides a unique commercial environment where delegates will benefit from exclusive business opportunities, networking and bespoke educational content.

The Forum will be the playing field for sports buyers, suppliers and key decision makers within the Americas – and the rest of the world – to network and do business.  It will also feature an agenda-setting programme, covering topics such as league development, player development and retention and sport tourism – a key focus for countries within this region with their attractive climates and rich sporting culture. There will also be a focus on major events with the 2016 Copa America and a potential CONCACAF 2026 World Cup bid high on the agenda. The event will include a host of footballing legends sharing their opinions on the beautiful game, including a review of the 2014 FIFA World CupTM.

Commenting on the new event, Petra Roach, Interim President and CEO, Barbados Tourism Authority, said: “We are proud and privileged to be the host location for this year’s Soccerex Americas Forum.  As a nation of sporting enthusiasts, we take football very seriously, and thus are delighted to be able to facilitate an event whereby the beautiful game is at the core of the discourse.”

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About Soccerex

Established in 1995, Soccerex is the leading provider of business events for the global football community. Bringing together key industry decision makers from the world of football, Soccerex provides a unique commercial environment where delegates can benefit from exclusive business opportunities, networking and bespoke educational content.  Since its launch 18 years ago, Soccerex has hosted over 33 events across five continents. The Soccerex portfolio includes an annual Global Convention complemented by regionalised Forums.

About Barbados

The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes.  Rated as one of the world’s sexiest beaches in 2008 by; Barbados’ Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travelers.  Barbados is also the first Zagat-rated Caribbean island and is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Barbados has hosted several world class events including: The annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival; the 2006 PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in 2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in 2010, and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010, and the Rihanna LOUD concert in 2012. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. Barbados was voted eighth in the World by Trip Advisor’s “2008 Travelers’ Choice Destination Awards” in its Top 100 Destinations category.  For more information on travel to Barbados, visit, follow on Facebook at, via Twitter @Barbados.

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