CTO Foundation


The Foundation aims to support persons interested in pursuing studies in the area of tourism, hospitality and language training, who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and leadership, and who express a strong interest in making a contribution to Caribbean tourism.


The Caribbean Tourism Organization Foundation was established in 1997 as a not-for-profit corporation, registered in New York State, in the United States of America, and formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors, originally chaired by Dr. Karl Rodney of Carib News in New York, the Foundation’s first set of scholarships and study grants were awarded in 1998. The first recipient of a scholarship was Ms. Acolla Lewis from Trinidad & Tobago, who successfully completed a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism
Management from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom and who was invited by Buckinghamshire College in the U.K. to pursue a doctorate in Tourism Education immediately after completing her Masters programme. Since 1998 the CTO Foundation has provided 88 major scholarships and 137 study grants to deserving Caribbean nationals, amounting to almost US $1 million. Over the years, major Foundation sponsors have included American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, Royal Caribbean International, Travel Agent Magazine, LIAT, Architectural Digest, CTO chapters worldwide and numerous allied members.

The Foundation's Board of Directors

  • Jacqueline Johnson, Chairperson (MarryCaribbean.com)
  • Sylma Brown Bramble - Treasurer (Caribbean Tourism Organization-USA,Inc.)
  • Bonita Morgan, Secretary (Caribbean Tourism Organization)
  • Barry Brown (Afar Magazine)
  • Neil Kolton (Interval International)
  • Richard Kahn (Kahn Travel Communications)
  • Barbara Gillam
  • Michele Paige (Florida Caribbean Cruise Association)
  • Roger Caruth, JD, PhD (Cutlass & Cane)
  • Zamani Thomas, Esq. (Zamani Thomas P.A.)