Youngest Tourism Association President demits office, highlights St. Lucia successes
- Jul 21, 2018 - 10:20:07 AM
The outgoing president of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association
(SLHTA), and the youngest to date, expressed his appreciation to the
executive and membership of the trade association for their
accomplishments over the past two years.
In his final appearance
as president at yesterday's Annual General Meeting, Sanovnik Destang,
37, stated the collective work of the influential private sector body
contributed to the growth of tourism on the island, pointing to
statistics showing double-digit increases in stay-over arrivals and
expenditures in 2017, and similar advances in cruise arrivals.
OAS condemns violence in Nicaragua calls on government to agree to electoral calendar
- Jul 19, 2018 - 9:59:47 AM
The Organization of American States (OAS) today condemned the acts of
violence in Nicaragua, called on all parts to participate “actively and
in good faith” in the National Dialogue and urged the Government “to
support an electoral calendar,” in a resolution approved by the
Permanent Council with 21 votes in favor.
specifically condemns “the attacks on clergy, the harassment of Roman
Catholic bishops engaged in the National Dialogue process, the acts of
violence at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN), the
headquarters of CARITAS, and other peaceful protesters.”
2nd Batch of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit being trained in Barbados
- Jul 16, 2018 - 5:46:56 PM
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Unit
(CDEMA CU) and the Regional Security System Headquarters (RSS HQ)
convened a second training workshop of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit
(CDRU) to serve the region during the period August 2018 to July 2019.
The training workshop is taking place from July 16 – 20, 2018, at the
Frank Walcott Labour College in St. Phillip, Barbados with funding
support from the United States Government through the US Southern
A first batch consisting 33 members of the CDRU was
trained in Antigua and Barbuda earlier this year in May, taking into
account a range of recommendations from the After Action Review
conducted on the Hurricanes of September last year...
Commonwealth mission to observe elections in Pakistan
- Jul 16, 2018 - 2:58:35 PM
The Secretary-General will deploy a Commonwealth group to observe the
forthcoming general elections in Pakistan, scheduled for 25 July.
by Nigeria’s former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, the
Commonwealth Observer Group comprises eminent persons drawn from across
the regions of the Commonwealth, with distinguished backgrounds in law,
election administration, diplomacy, human rights, civil society,
politics and media, among others.
The mandate of the Group is to consider the factors that affect the
credibility of the electoral process as a whole. Members will form...
Apple Leisure Group inks first resort management deal in St. Martin
- Jul 16, 2018 - 11:15:29 AM
AMResorts, an Apple Leisure Group (ALG) company, announced today its
entry into St. Martin with the signing of a new resort brand management
deal to bring its Secrets Resorts & Spas brand to the island. With
the addition of this new resort, ALG maintains its position of having
the largest pipeline of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, with
more than 6,000 rooms in development.
OAS to Support legislature of autonomous city of Buenos Aires
- Jul 14, 2018 - 10:47:23 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Legislature of the
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires today signed an agreement to modernize
and provide greater transparency in the management of the legislative
The First Vice President of the Legislature of Buenos
Aires, Francisco Quintana, highlighted the common values shared by the
Buenos Aires legislative body and the OAS, adding that the agreement
aims to "work on issues of innovation, transparency, accountability and
OAS and PADF to support social inclusion policies in destination Countries of Venezuelan migrants
- Jul 12, 2018 - 11:18:39 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Pan American
Development Foundation (PADF) today agreed to support the governments of
countries receiving Venezuelan migrants. The main objective of the
agreement is to implement actions in areas related to the protection and
local integration of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, the development
of social inclusion policies, and the generation of economic
opportunities that facilitate their autonomy and allow them to
contribute to the communities that receive them.
At the signing
ceremony, the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, referred to the
magnitude of the exodus of Venezuelan citizens and the social and
political implications of the situation...
Global Travel Magazine gives top marks to Jade Mountain & Anse Chastanet
- Jul 12, 2018 - 3:36:12 PM
Jade Mountain resort is the number one hotel in St. Lucia, according to
readers of the influential Travel + Leisure (T+L) magazine, which also
placed its sister hotel Anse Chastanet in the top five on the island.
According to the magazine's 2018 World's Best Awards, the renowned
resorts took the first and third place, respectively, on the island of
St. Lucia, and second and sixth spots, respectively, in the Caribbean,
Bermuda, and the Bahamas category. Additionally, Jade Mountain was
ranked among the Top 100 Hotels in the World.
OAS Experts meet to advance drafting of Model Law on femicide/feminicide
- Jul 12, 2018 - 3:18:14 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) deployed six electoral
observation missions in five countries of the Americas in 2017, with 373
international experts and observers present at more than 2,000 polling
stations, according to the Annual Report of the OAS Department of
Electoral Cooperation and Observation (DECO) presented this week. The
OAS Missions observed presidential, legislative, municipal, local and
parliamentary elections that affected the lives of more than 43 million
citizens of the Americas.
Experts meet to advance drafting of model law on Femicide/Feminicide
- Jul 12, 2018 - 3:09:46 PM
On July 10th and 11th 2018, the Follow-up Mechanism to the Belém do Pará
Convention (MESECVI) and UN Women organized the second external
consultation of experts on femicide/feminicide in Port of Spain,
Trinidad and Tobago. The objective of the meeting was to advance the
consolidation of the draft "Comprehensive Model Law to prevent, punish,
and eradicate violent deaths of women based on their gender
(Femicide/Feminicide)" that is being prepared by the Committee of
Experts of the MESECVI.
A more Inclusive model for Saint Lucia’s Tourism
- Jul 12, 2018 - 3:08:25 PM
While there’s no use crying over spilt milk, to not investigate why the
milk spilt, nor determine how to mitigate against further spills is to
invite more of the same and a recipe for disaster. With this truth
established the Allied Sector of Saint Lucia’s tourism must as a
collective identify solutions to the challenges we face as a matter of
Create an Allied Sector Advocacy sub-Committee consisting of 3 - 5 allied members to champion change…
Establish a business facilitation desk at the SLHTA and/or the Ministry
Bringing CE-INTELLIGENCE to the Caribbean
- Jul 11, 2018 - 2:49:01 PM
Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The Caribbean Export
Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in collaboration with the European
Union officially launched their market intelligence portal, known as
At the media launch held at the newly renovated
Warrens Great House on Tuesday 10th, July 2018, Executive Director
Pamela Coke-Hamilton outlined the importance of the CE-Intelligence
portal for private sector firms looking to grow their businesses through
exporting to new markets...
Exotic Saint Lucian recipe featured US TV network
- Jul 11, 2018 - 12:31:51 PM
Saint Lucia’s culinary attraction has been showcased on primetime
television in the United States. NBC6, Miami’s “In the Mix” program
featured Saint Lucian-born Chef, Shorne Benjamin, joining host, Johanna
Gomez live to prepare one of the island’s signature dishes – green fig
salad. Gomez was invited to assist in preparing the exotic, yet simple
dish, with cooked green bananas, mixed vegetables and avocadoes,
accented with stewed salt fish, peppers and onions, all mixed together
to create the dish. Chef Benjamin also served up a creative golden
brown mango bread that was all the rave.
Small states negotiators ‘better prepared’
- Jul 3, 2018 - 8:31:25 AM
Officials from Commonwealth small states have completed a
specially-designed course to strengthen their negotiation skills in
international decision-making forums.
The two-day training was
the first such activity delivered by the Commonwealth Small States
Centre of Excellence and the United Nations Institute for Training and
Saint Lucia Clarifies Position on LIAT
- Jul 2, 2018 - 6:43:33 PM
Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has clarified the Government
of Saint Lucia’s position on LIAT following reports carried by local and
regional media that Saint Lucia will subsidise the airline.
support LIAT as a regional airline and remain committed to seeing the
necessary restructuring and some real change in operations at LIAT,”
explained Prime Minister Chastanet...
Haiti Hotel Promotes "Urban Mural" Culture
- Jul 2, 2018 - 4:13:13 PM
A historic Caribbean hotel is beautifying the streets of downtown Port-au-Prince with a stunning mural of Haitian art.
mural, commissioned last summer by the hotel's management team and
created by renowned Haitian graffiti artist Jerry Rosembert Moise, wraps
around the popular Le Plaza hotel to feature the globally-famed
creativity of Haitian artisans.
Rosembert Moise, assisted by
Nadia Todres, an American photographer resident in the country since
2010, is known for highlighting the vibrancy of Haiti's art and culture...
Best practices for FAD Fisheries being finalized for Caribbean and Pacific SIDS
- Jul 2, 2018 - 9:51:24 AM
The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has been working along
with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to develop a
set of best practices for small-scale fisheries centered around Fish
Aggregating Devices (FADs) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The
best practices are being documented following a Pacific-Caribbean
Nearshore FAD Fisher Exchange with representatives from 7 SIDS in the
Caribbean and the Pacific who recently participated in a study tour in
Barbados, Grenada and Dominica.
Fishers and Fisheries officials
from the Cook Islands, Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga were in the Caribbean
for 12 days, up to the end of May, on a mission organized by the CRFM,
in collaboration with the FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands
(FAO SAP) in Samoa...
Impact Of Britain's Air Passenger Duty should guide Caribbean Tax Decisions
- Jun 30, 2018 - 6:00:36 AM
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) strongly urged
Governments in the region to consider carefully the impact of leveling
high air travel-related taxes and fees on travel demand as they wrestle
with balancing budgets.
"We recognize the challenges facing
countries, but it is our duty to point out that taxing for additional
revenue may have a reverse effect as tourists may choose not to travel
to or within the Caribbean and instead select other destinations because
of the high cost of our destinations," stated CHTA's Director General
and CEO Frank Comito...
Kingston cops Nearshore City of the Year at Nexus Illuminate Awards
- Jun 29, 2018 - 5:30:42 PM
Kingston has received the award of Nearshore City of the Year at the
Nexus Illuminate Awards, hosted by Nearshore Americas in San Francisco,
USA. Jamaica’s trade and investment promotion Agency, JAMPRO, received
the honor at the awards ceremony on June 26, 2018. The Illuminate Awards
recognizes the leading Outsourcing companies and countries in the
Caribbean and Latin America, for their innovation and excellent
Kingston received the award as a result of its
performance in the Outsourcing sector in the past year, which included
5,000 new jobs being created by existing and new Business Process
Outsourcing (BPO) players in the city...