Trinidad and Tobago Welcomes Fifth Summit of the Americas
Trinidad and Tobago, hosts of the Fifth Summit of Americas from April 17 to 19, has advanced a warm Caribbean welcome to visiting leaders of the Western Hemisphere, including new US President Barack Obama.
The energy and culture capital of the Caribbean region, the twin-island Republic has rolled out the red carpet for an estimated 5000 visitors, including 1,200 international media, business leaders and delegates attending the Summit.
A historic event for the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago - the first Small Island and Developing State to be Summit host - is ready for the challenge.
The most southern islands in the Caribbean, the destination has a proven track record, hosting international conferences and high profile events, including the FCCA 15th Annual Cruise Conference & Trade Show and 12th Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference in 2008.
The Summit is the first of two major international conferences to be held in Trinidad and Tobago this year. The second will be held in November, from the 27 to 29, when leaders of Commonwealth countries, including the UK’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown, meet in Port of Spain at the Hyatt Regency, Trinidad.
Bolstered by a growing economy, stable political environment and strong manufacturing, ICT and energy sectors, Port of Spain, the island’s capital, boasts a glittering modern skyline. The Hyatt Regency, a new five star luxury hotel and the country’s flagship conference centre, sits on the city’s waterfront with stunning views of the Gulf of Paria and the lush northern mountain range.
Delegates attending the Summit in Port of Spain will also be treated to a range of culinary delights, from the best international fare to sumptuous local delicacies.
The warmth of Trinidad and Tobago’s multi-ethnic people, who live in racial harmony, the islands’ bountiful natural appeal and rich cultural melange are also an integral part of the islands attractions and the Summit experience. Spouses of leaders will enjoy a comprehensive programme, including tours, which will acquaint them with the scenic and cultural attractions of Trinidad and Tobago, the land of Carnival and birthplace of calypso, limbo dancing and steelpan.
About the Fifth Summit of the Americas
The Fifth Summit of the Americas will bring together 34 democratically elected leaders of the Western Hemisphere to exchange ideas and opinions on the main political, economic, social and security challenges facing the Hemisphere and to develop strategies and solutions to collectively address these challenges.
The theme of this year’s Summit is “Securing Our Citizens’ Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability” and the global economic crisis is expected to be a major talking point during the three day session.