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Readers are invited to submit information on relevant activities, at least 45 days prior to date of your activity. Mail to: Caribbean UPDATE, 116 Myrtle Ave., Millburn NJ 07041. U.S.A. Email: Some dates are tentative, all are subject to change; readers are urged to reconfirm prior to making travel plans.

Sept. 29-Oct. 1: Premier Global Trade Event for Sewn Products Industry Returns to Miami Beach Convention Center for Fall 2003 Edition. An official event of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the semi-annual Material World exhibition returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center. Strategically timed to showcase Autumn/Winter 04 trends, the event will once again offer sewn products industry exhibitors and attendees a one-stop resource for sourcing, textiles and technology. Details: See website:, or contact Urban Expositions at 1.800.318.2238/ 678.285.3976, fax: 678.285.7469. Or, write to Urban Expositions at 1395 South Marietta Parkway, Building 400, Suite 210, Marietta, GA 30067.

Oct. 2-4: The Miami International Wine Fair, to be held Oct. 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Miami, has confirmed dozens of wineries from 12 different countries and expects to attract over 300 more. Some 5,000 attendees are expected, including professional wine, spirits and food buyers from the U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America. Details: Tel: (305) 777-2255. Web: Media Contact: Aimet Arill. (305) 532-4519.

Oct. 4: National Summit on Cuba, Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Fla. Former Soviet leader President Mikhail Gorbachev is Scheduled to attend and will discuss historic perspectives on U.S. policy toward the island. Gorbachev will join a host of Cuban-American and elected leaders from the state of Florida, former American government officials, current members of Congress, heads of the two major international human rights organizations and international representatives to discuss how changing dynamics affect now and future U.S. policy toward Cuba.

Oct. 6-18: 26th annual Caribbean Tourism Conference (CTC 26) at Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. This year's conference will place emphasis on public/private sector cooperation. A number of business meetings will precede the conference, from October 13-15. These include meetings of the Ministers of Tourism, the Directors of Tourism, CTO's Board of Directors and Chapter Presidents. The program for travel agents and press begins on October 14, when they arrive in the USVI. Oct. 15 is Media Day, when CTO member countries will each have an opportunity to host the press for an hour. The travel agents product tour is also scheduled to take place on that day.

Oct. 10-11: Aruba hosts its second annual music festival, which will include performances by rock 'n roll hall of famers Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) and the American rock band Chicago. CSN will take the stage on Oct. 10, and Chicago will perform on Oct. 11. Details: Tel: 1-800-TO-ARUBA or visit And: Everett Clay Associates, Miami. Millie Acebal-Rousseau/Melisa Mendez. Tel: 305/261-6222 / Toll-free: 877/261-6222

Oct. 10-14: 59th General Assembly, Inter-American Press Association. The Westin on Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. Details: Tel: 305 634 2465. Email: Web:

Oct. 13-18: 26th Annual Caribbean Tourism Conference & Meetings, Marriott Frenchman's Reef Hotel in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI). The theme of this year's conference is "Recovery & Growth in a Fiercely Competitive Environment." Caribbean tourism professionals will explore various strategies to build on the positive signs of recovery that are emerging in the region's tourism industry when they meet for the Caribbean region's premier tourism educational and networking event. A series of business meetings will precede the official conference opening on Thursday, October 16, 2003. These CTO business meetings take place Oct. 13-15 and include meetings of the Ministers of Tourism, the Directors of Tourism, CTO's Board of Directors and Chapter Presidents. The Marketing Committee, Sustainable Tourism Development Committee, Blue Flag Committee, Human Resource Development Committee, Executive Committee, Cruise Committee and the Aviation Committee will also hold meetings ahead of the official opening. Details: Johnson JohnRose. Communications Officer. Caribbean Tourism Organization. Email: Tel. (246) 427-5242. Fax: (246) 429-3065. Web:

Oct. 16-18: The U.S.-Cuba Travel Conference will be held in Cancun, Mexico. A delegation of more than 20 Cuban officials led by Cuban Minister of Tourism, Ibrahim Ferradaz, will meet with leaders and members of the U.S. travel industry for several days of presentations and one-on-one meetings. Details: U.S.-Cuba Trade Association. Tel: 202-530-5234. Fax: 202-872-5073. Website:

Dec. 8-10: 27th Annual Miami Conference on the Caribbean Basin, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Florida. This year's conference, "Strengthening The Third Border," will address the key challenges faced by the small economies of the region in confronting worsening poverty for many of its people and increased global competition for many of its businesses. Details: Federico Sacasa, Exec. Dir. Web:

Dec 8-11: 6th International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) will take place at the Barcelo Bavaro Resort Convention Center > in the Dominican Republic. Organized by Reed Travel Exhibitions. The IGTM is the annual focus for the whole of the golf travel industry.


February: The U.S.-Cuba Trade Association will organize the 6th U.S.-Cuba Business Summit which will focus on the growth and development of the energy sector in Cuba and how U.S. firms can prepare for potential business opportunities. More than 30 Cuban officials and specialists will travel to Cancun to meet their U.S. counterparts. Details: Tel: 202-530-5234. Email: And: Website:

March 12-15: Midyear meeting, Inter-American Press Association. Fiesta American Grand Hotel, Los Cabos, Mexico. Details: Tel: 305 634 2465. Email: Web:

May 5-7: Apparel Sourcing Show of Guatemala 2004. Convention Center of the Hotel Grand Tikal Futura, Guatemala City. To receive more information about the Apparel Sourcing Show 2004, contact: Carla Caballeros Tels. 502 362 1990-3 Fax 502 362 1994 . Websites:
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