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The 4th annual CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP will again offer an outstanding program that all participants will enjoy and can benefit from. We are in the process of selecting presentation topics and appropriate speakers.


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Giselle Hollander

Willemstad, Curacao


topic: Caribbean Airlift Policy Approaches and Strategies

Giselle Hollander is the Director of the Sector of Traffic and Transport at the Ministry of Traffic, Transport and Spatial Planning of the Government of Curacao

Under her direction are:
The Curacao Civil Aviation Authority,
The Organization of Traffic Safety and (Public) Transport,
The Meteorological services of Curacao,
The Maritime Authority of Curacao.



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Cleatus P. Hunt Jr.

Dallas, TX, USA


topic: U.S. Preclearance

Cleatus Hunt is Area Port Director at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is leading the negotiations and supervising the U.S. Preclearance for Sint Maarten international Airport.

Mr. Hunt has served as the Director of Preclearance Expansion for the 2016 solicitation period, and in temporary capacities as the Acting Director of Preclearance operations and Assistant Port Director for passenger operations in Miami. He is currently serving as the Area Port Director for the Area Port of Dallas, where he has oversight of CBP operations at the Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Midland, Lubbock, and Amarillo Ports of Entry (POE) in Texas, as well as the Tulsa and Oklahoma City Ports of Entry in Oklahoma.

Prior to reporting to Dallas, he served as the Port Director in Phoenix, Arizona overseeing Customs and Border Protection operations at Sky Harbor International Airport and Scottsdale and Phoenix/Mesa Gateway user fee airports.

Cleatus began his Federal government career in 1992 with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Until 2014, he served in various capacities and worked in six locations across the USA and in Canada. While serving at CBP Headquarters he managed numerous agency programs and initiatives such as the National Security Entry Exit Registration System, expansion of arrest authority program, and oversight of the Foreign Language Awards Program.

Mr. Hunt is a graduate of the DHS Fellows Leadership Development Program 2014 cohort. Upon graduation Mr. Hunt was selected as the first recipient of the Derek T. Jensen memorial award in recognition of his uncompromising professionalism, compelling leadership and endearing humility. He is also an alumni of the CBP Leadership Institute, cohort 1502. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.



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Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace

Nassau, Bahamas


topic: Friendly Skies; Liberalizing Airlift in the Caribbean

Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace is Principal Partner of the Bedford Baker Group, a collection of independent professional advisers offering services in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality. He was Minister of Tourism and Aviation of The Bahamas. He was Secretary General & CEO of the CTO, Caribbean Tourism Organization. He is a much sought after speaker and advisor to both private companies and governments in the tourism and hospitality arena

Vincent has been the principal architect of policies to ensure robust public-private sector cooperation in all of his initiatives as a result of bringing a unique perspective to the growth and development of businesses and destinations that rely on hospitality for their profitability and their economies. His tenure covered the best performing years in Bahamas tourism whether measured by total visitors, by hotel visitors, by cruise visitors, by tourism revenues or by levels of visitor satisfaction.

Mr. Vanderpool was named one of the 50 most influential people in Caribbean Tourism in the past 50 years, selected by Fast Company magazine as one of the Fast 50 global champions of innovation, selected as Person of the Year for the Caribbean by Travel Agent magazine named as one of the most extraordinary minds in Hospitality & Travel by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association (HSMAI) and being recognized for Lifetime Achievement by both HSMAI and the Association of Travel Marketing Executives International (ATME). In 2009, he was included in Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Honours List and awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his contributions to Tourism. More recently, he was selected to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA).

People who worked with him in the past described him as "an erudite, results-oriented and well-read individual with a passion for performance and modernization. A natural leader, he readily embraced technology, statistics and a clarity of vision to inspire colleagues at CTO to strive for excellence. His knowledge of tourism marketing is encyclopedic and exemplary but he never lost the common touch and always looked out for rank and file staff."

Vincent holds a bachelor's degree of Harvard University and an MBA of the University of Miami.


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speakers will be added when confirmed
twenty five presentations are planned for the program



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