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.
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.
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.
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...
Caribbean Leaders Promote Youth Development
- Jun 28, 2018 - 6:19:05 PM
The Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Sport
and Youth Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago convened a Youth
Entrepreneurship and Directors of Youth meeting from the 20th the 23rd
of June 2018 at the Hilton Hotel, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Present were Directors of Youth, Youth Council leaders and young
entrepreneurs representing fourteen countries from across the Caribbean
region. The meetings were two-fold as each country produced an action
plan for the development of a Youth Entrepreneurship Policy and the
Directors agreed to a Statement of Priorities for Action...
St. Lucia’s Damon Walters and Dwayne Mendes are Appleton Estates Best Dad’s
- Jun 27, 2018 - 12:45:37 PM
In a world where fathers are rarely celebrated, Appleton Estate, the
Caribbean’s finest rum, has embarked on a campaign to recognize
dedicated dads, who demonstrate day after day, true parenting, love and
responsibility for their children. The best fathers in St Lucia were,
gifted Appleton Estate Reserve-Limited Edition with “best dad” labels as
part of Father’s Day celebrations. Distributed through Peter &
Company Distribution in St Lucia the best dad promotion sought to reward
the most caring dads..
Kayak Nature Tours named Caribbean’s # 1 Tour Operator by Carnival Cruise Lines
- Jun 27, 2018 - 9:18:46 AM
Management and staff of Kayak Nature Tours (which includes Grand Bahama
Nature Tours, Garden of the Groves and Garden Cafe) were very pleased to
receive this prestigious award. A plaque and official letter arrived
last Friday via the Carnival Pride and were presented by Manuel
Sushanth, Shore Excursion Manager, to Erika Gates and her management
team, Denise Neely, Kayak Nature Tours, Marilyn Laing, Garden of the
Groves and Melanie Ferguson, Garden Café.
Ms. Erika Tache, Carnival’s Director of Product Development, explained in a letter to Kayak Nature Tours...
2018 Ultimate Honeymoon Sweepstakes Launched
- Jun 26, 2018 - 11:29:15 AM
The Saint Lucia Ultimate Honeymoon Sweepstakes 2018 has been launched in
the United States. The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority partnered with
NBC6 Miami and the Harbor Club, the island’s newest resort, to offer the
latest instalment in the sweepstakes series. The official launch took
place on Monday, June 18 with an interview special on South Florida’s
lifestyle and entertainment show "6 in the Mix" on NBC6 Miami. While
interviewing Saint Lucia Tourism Authority’s Director of Marketing – USA
Kelly Fontenelle, Host – Johanna Gomez shared a testimonial from one of
the show’s producers who spent his honeymoon in Saint Lucia.
PwC officially re-opens its doors in St Lucia to continue to create a sustainable strategy for its clients
- Jun 20, 2018 - 9:48:19 AM
PwC’s return to St Lucia is a sign of the significant potential for growth in the Eastern Caribbean.
at a cocktail event to announce the official re-opening of its St Lucia
office, Frazer Lindsay, CEO, PwC in the Caribbean, said “We are very
excited to be re-opening our doors in St Lucia. Being here, in my view,
is about creating and implementing a sustainable strategy that can help
our clients to grow their business...
Bay Gardens properties enlisted in Trip Advisor's Hall of Fame
- Jun 19, 2018 - 12:31:30 PM
Bay Gardens Hotel and and its sister property Bay Gardens Beach Resort
& Spa in St. Lucia have entered the TripAdvisor "Certificate of
Excellence" Hall of Fame after being recognized for outstanding
hospitality for five consecutive years by the influential travel site.
Destang, Executive Director of the locally owned Bay Gardens Resorts
chain of hotels in the north of St. Lucia, announced the group's honor
after two of its four hotels entered the prestigious category...