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Joe Boschulte nominated as U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Commissioner - Jan 16, 2019 - 5:00:45 PM

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Joe Boschulte, a U.S. Virgin Islands businessperson and tourism specialist, has been nominated as Commissioner for the Department of Tourism.

At a press conference Tuesday, Virgin Islands Governor Albert A. Bryan, Jr. appointed Boschulte to lead the Territory's major economic driver.
 
Boschulte brings to the tourism department vast experience in business and in government as well as a track record of improving organizational performance and growth...
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CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Kerry Jordan named to BAFT’s Future Leaders Program Class Of 2019 - Jan 15, 2019 - 1:59:10 PM

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BAFT, an international financial services association, recently announced its Future Leaders program class of 2019 and for the first time an employee of a regional bank has landed a place in the prestigious programme.   

Kerry Jordan, Manager, Trade Finance with CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank was one of 32 individuals selected to participate. The program – now in its fourth year – recognizes upcoming leaders in the transaction banking industry...
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St. Lucia's Prime Minister New Year Address 2019 - Jan 13, 2019 - 8:05:32 PM

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I have chosen to address you at this time for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s a brand new year and traditionally, we look to every New Year with renewed hope and expectation.

I also wanted to say thank you to the many people who continue to believe and pray for my Government, who recognize the gravity of the problems we are grappling with and to offer you all assurances that we are beginning to turn the corner in our plans to put our country back where it belongs...
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St Lucia's Prime Minister to deliver New Year’s Address - Jan 10, 2019 - 7:30:37 PM

Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet will deliver his New Year’s Address to the Nation on Sunday 13th January 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

The Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation and External Affairs will speak on the state of the nation and on varying issues, including security and justice, health care and investments for 2019 and beyond.

The Address will be carried simultaneously by local television stations at 8:00 p.m...
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Zuiderdam makes Inaugural Call at Port Castries - Dec 31, 2018 - 2:48:39 PM

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On Sunday, December 30, 2018 Saint Lucia welcomed the inaugural call of the Zuiderdam at Port Castries. The Zuiderdam is the first of the Holland America Line Vista-class ships which started sailing some seventeen years ago.

Officials of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA), along with representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), and Cox and Company Limited greeted the arrival of the vessel with an exchange of plaques and pleasantries onboard...
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A Life-changing Christmas Gift: Surgery Repairs Guatemalan Baby's Heart - Dec 30, 2018 - 10:16:25 PM

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A toddler from Guatemala celebrated Christmas with a new chance at a normal life after surgery in a Cayman Islands hospital to correct pulmonary valve stenosis, a congenital heart defect.

Nicolás García-Granados was admitted at Health City Cayman Islands with the serious heart condition, and immediately underwent a six-hour open-heart surgery that was highly successful...
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A New Year's Message from President of Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) - Dec 28, 2018 - 4:07:11 PM

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As we look back over 2018 and look forward to the New Year, I am reminded of the C.S. Lewis quote: "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."
 
Our region's rich tourism past and our many successes have served us well, providing a sound foundation for the future.

Looking ahead, I have a real sense of optimism about our opportunities if we learn from the past, stay clearly focused on the future and appreciate the critical importance of reinventing and improving our businesses...
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New Year Message from Hugh Riley Secretary General of CTO - Dec 28, 2018 - 12:59:39 PM

As the Caribbean tourism sector prepares to welcome the New Year, we look forward to 2019 with a sense of optimism, excitement and much hope. We are optimistic because we are seeing signs that the lows which Mother Nature imposed upon us during the latter part of 2017 into 2018 are being reversed. We are excited about our prospects because of the incredible turnaround that we are seeing in the most impacted destinations. And we hopeful that the progress of our member countries and supporters can continue unabated...
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Special Needs Children and Teachers enjoy Christmas at Government House in St. Lucia - Dec 24, 2018 - 2:53:16 PM

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The Annual Prime Minister’s Christmas celebration for children with special needs was held at a different venue this year, much to the delight of students and teachers as they got to experience Government House in a different light.

On Monday December 10, 2018, His Excellency Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, Governor General of Saint Lucia, warmly opened up the Official Residence of the Governor General, Morne Fortune, where the event was held for the first time...
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SLASPA welcomes the announcement of funding for the Redevelopment of Hewanorra International Airport - Dec 19, 2018 - 9:57:35 AM

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The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) welcomes the announcement of the loan guarantee by the Government of Saint Lucia (GOSL) for the redevelopment of the Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort.

Mr. Daren Cenac, Acting General Manager for SLASPA states “We welcome the announcement of the loan guarantee by the Minister for Finance, Hon Allen Chastanet...
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Seaborne, Cape Air to increase Flights To St. Croix - Dec 16, 2018 - 8:38:59 PM

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The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has embarked on a marketing initiative with Seaborne Airlines and Cape Air to promote new flights between San Juan and St. Croix, helping to meet the demand for travel to the island this winter season.

On Seaborne Airlines, the San Juan-St. Croix route will see an increase from two to three daily flights beginning on December 20, 2018. Then, on January 8, 2019, Seaborne will increase its frequency from three flights to six daily flights.
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Caribbean Tourism Organization Declares 2019 ‘The Year of Festivals’ in the Caribbean - Dec 14, 2018 - 10:20:10 AM

On the heels of the past year’s successful Year of Rejuvenation, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has declared 2019 the Year of Festivals in the Caribbean. Throughout 2019, the region will celebrate the unique rhythm and tempo of each CTO destination.

“The Year of Festivals will focus on the fascinating events that have become an integral part of the Caribbean tourism calendar. Festivals help to energize communities across the region, while giving visitors more reasons to enjoy our destinations,” said Hugh Riley, Secretary General of CTO...
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Caribbean Angel Investor Ecosystem Raises Private Capital and Launches Regional Business Angel Network - Dec 13, 2018 - 12:15:57 PM

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“Driving Growth Through Private Investment,” was the focus of the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s (Caribbean Export) hosting of the 2nd Caribbean Angel Investor Forum at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  The Forum which was held November 29-30, gathered a distinguished group of prominent policy makers, entrepreneurs, private and angel investors.   

Minister of Trade and Industry with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, Paula Gopee-Scoon in her opening remarks underscored the challenges entrepreneurs face with the limited options found within traditional banking systems which often require collateral and venture capital to secure.  “If our businesses are to compete globally, the support of diverse investment modalities is crucial...
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Airport Redevelopment Project Ready to Take Off - Dec 12, 2018 - 3:00:50 PM

The People of Saint Lucia are finally set to see the Hewanorra International Airport Redevelopment Project take off as the Government of Saint Lucia continues to deliver on its promise to expand and improve local infrastructure.

This project is essential to Saint Lucia’s overall economic growth, especially as the island continues to expand as a leader in leisure and business travel. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation and External Affairs...
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ECADE urges the Eastern Caribbean to stand up for human rights - Dec 11, 2018 - 12:48:43 PM

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Seventy years later, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) remains even more relevant than ever as we witness a rolling back of rights around the world. The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE), notes with distress, the continued lack of progress towards achieving justice and equality for all in the eastern Caribbean, as we join the world in observing Human Rights Day 2018 and the 70th anniversary of this historic document.

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the EC remain among the most vulnerable and at risk for marginalisation simply for expressing their authentic selves,” says ECADE Executive Director Kenita Placide...
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Tourism, Food Security Among High-potential Areas for Expanding UAE-Caribbean Cooperation - Nov 29, 2018 - 2:51:54 PM

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Tourism, food security, manufacturing, logistics, and renewable energy have been identified as high-potential areas where companies in the UAE and Caribbean region can expand economic cooperation, according to new analysis from Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The findings, released on sidelines of the first UAE-Caribbean Cooperation Forum in Dubai, revealed that the value of non-oil trade between Dubai and Caribbean countries totaled $273 million in 2017...
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CHTA President calls for greater investment in Caribbean people - Nov 27, 2018 - 4:45:39 PM

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While millions are drawn to the Caribbean's natural beauty and attractions every year, it is the creativity and warmth of the people that keep visitors returning, asserts Patricia Affonso-Dass, President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

Affonso-Dass, who will address this week's 9th Tourism Human Resources Conference hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, applauded the work of CTO, CHTA and many companies and destinations in the region...
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An orthodox cabinet as the Westminster system prescribed - Nov 27, 2018 - 12:26:18 PM

Reactions to the announcement by the office of Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of adjustments to ministerial portfolios effective November 1, 2018, that many regard as a measly de-cluster of the hitherto cluster cabinet of ill-defined intentions in Saint Lucia, reinforce the planned vote of no confidence that has the government on the defensive.

There is also the analysis that the current adjustment in portfolios augments the superficial nature of a cabinet that is unable to condense the expenditure of central government and improve performance, albeit the prime minister’s thinking “to ensure greater synergy...
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Caribbean tourism organization to publish disaster risk management guide for Caribbean tourism - Nov 26, 2018 - 11:34:00 PM

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, is soon to publish a disaster risk management (DRM) guide for the region’s tourism sector as part of its objective to foster a culture of preparedness in destination management.

The publication, which targets tourism businesses and policymakers, will help guide the tourism sector’s preparedness, response and recovery from the multiplicity of hazards that impact and/or potentially threaten the region...
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Plastered in Pretty by N.C. Marks, a new pop culture novel from St. Vincent & the Grenadines - Nov 26, 2018 - 8:34:01 PM

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Plastered in Pretty by N.C. Marks is a new pop culture novel published here by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

Marks, from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has written a “ferocious depiction” of a world dominated by social media appearances, said Gerty Dambury, a Prix Carbet author based in France.

Plastered in Pretty is “a dystopian tale set in a Caribbean paradise. Facebook and Instagram are virtual religious icons. A pyromaniac burns a new-born in the late night, and civil servants chat only via WhatsApp,” said HNP president Jacqueline Sample... 

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