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Bevan Springer

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Soufrière resorts named to top resorts list

Two of Soufrière, St. Lucia’s top resorts have been included among the Top 25 Caribbean Resorts by one of the world’s leading travel magazines.

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Miss Universe visits the Caribbean

Positively affected by Health City Cayman Islands’ humanitarian approach to healthcare, the reigning Miss Universe has pledged her support to advance the mission of the internationally-accredited hospital.

ACOYA Curacao names new general manager

A highly experienced hospitality professional, Ronald Kooistra, has taken the helm of ACOYA Hotel Suites and Villas, a member of the Ascend Hotel Collection, in Willemstad, Curaçao.

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President hails Caribbean Americans

The dynamism and diversity of Caribbean Americans have contributed to America’s story in extraordinary ways, says President of the United States Barack Obama.

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CTO appoints tourism specialist

Dominica’s Amanda Charles is the new sustainable tourism specialist at the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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Bahamas hotel registers record performance

Comfort Suites Paradise Island in the Bahamas is expecting a record-breaking year for 2015, reports its founder and senior managing partner, William Naughton.

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American surgeon saved in Grand Cayman

A doctor from Massachusetts is alive today thanks to quick reactions by hotel employees, first responders and the skilled medical teams and surgeons at Health City Cayman Islands. Now he plans to partner with the facility that saved his life.

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Puerto Rico hotel enhances team

A Puerto Rico hotel is capitalizing on the hospitality management experience of a seasoned professional to improve guest satisfaction and support the professional development of younger members of the staff.

Jamaican businesswoman heartened by Caribbean hospital

Jamaican businesswoman is giving thanks for the lifesaving heart treatment she recently received in the neighboring Cayman Islands.

Caribbean hotels chip in for Dominica

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association raised funds to help the people of Dominica.

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Jamaican-American leader honored in Philly

Jamaican-American nonprofit executive Kwayera Archer-Cunningham was honored.

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St. Croix to host Restaurant Week

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has launched Restaurant Week on the island of St. Croix, the event running from Wednesday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Nov. 8.

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Caribbean Cultural Fest in Harlem

The 2015 edition of Caribbean Cultural Fest, presented by Virgin Islanders United, features the rich flavor of the Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean Sunday, Sept. 6 at Harlem’s Jackie Robinson Park.

JetBlue chief Caribbean bound

The head of one of the leading U.S. carriers will keynote an important tourism gathering in the Caribbean.

New leadership at the Landings St. Lucia

The Landings St. Lucia has appointed international business executive Kathy Taylor interim general manager after the departure of Caribbean hospitality veteran Kashmie Ali, who led a turnaround of fortunes at the premier Caribbean resort over the past year.

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Caribbean tourism growth needs collective strategy

Bill Clegg, a respected hotel industry professional, believes that as the Caribbean tourism industry recovers, its leadership should work more collectively to ensure growth in the region is sustained.

Couple celebrates 30th anniversary with Caribbean surgery

For many married couples, a wedding anniversary is an opportunity to enjoy a special luxury or a romantic getaway to a destination far away from the realities of everyday life.

Jade Mountain No. 1 in the Caribbean

The influential travel magazine Travel + Leisure again named St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain as one of the top 100 hotels in the world and number 1 in the Caribbean.

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One Caribbean TV goes to US Congress

WASHINGTON (July 9)—One Caribbean Television went to the U.S. Congress last month to honor legislators who contributed to the proclamation of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

Language skills needed for Caribbean tourism

It’s time for stakeholders in the Caribbean’s hospitality industry to more broadly represent the multicultural nature of the region and serve the growing diversity of visitors to the Caribbean by learning to speak more than one language.

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President Obama salutes Caribbean-Americans

”As the United States begins to normalize our relations with Cuba, we have the potential to empower a nation and end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere,” said President Barack Obama on the occasion of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, which kicked off this week with ceremonies and activities.

TV network to honor Rep. Barbara Lee

One Caribbean Television will host a reception in the nation’s capital to celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month, which is observed in June.

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Dennis Walcott to give commencement address

Former New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott will give the commencement address as Kingsborough Community College celebrates its 50th Commencement Exercises Tuesday, June 16 in Brooklyn.

Cable & Wireless locks arms with hotel group

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Cable & Wireless Communications, a full-service communications provider operating in 16 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

St. Lucian resorts switch on for Earth Day

Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet resorts marked Earth Day this past Wednesday by switching their lighting systems to an energy efficient, ecologically friendly light-emitting diode solution.

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Sandals relaunches Ochi resort

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (April 16)—After a multimillion-dollar renovation project, Sandals Resorts has relaunched the chain’s largest and Jamaica’s newest resort to date, Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.

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Health care tourism on the rise 

CAYMAN ISLANDS (April 2)—Health care tourism is an opportunity for the Caribbean region, according to an article outlining “13 Opportunities for the New Caribbean.”

Turks and Caicos resort appoints new GM

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos (March 26)—Seven Stars Resort, located on the island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, has appointed Wilbert Ashbert Mason as its new general manager.

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Comfort Suites Grand Cayman records best year ever

CAYMAN ISLANDS (March 19)—The Choice Hotels International Caribbean portfolio continues to gain guest appeal. Comfort Suites Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman has recorded its best year since it began operations 14 years ago.

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Hotelier honored by St. Lucia

ST. LUCIA (March 9)—A visionary champion of excellence in the Caribbean hospitality sector has been honored by the government of St. Lucia.

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Caribbean media group helps Trinidad school

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (March 5)—Students with learning disabilities in Trinidad recently received a helping hand from the Caribbean Media Exchange when the U.S.-based nonprofit organization donated sporting equipment to Eshe’s Learning Centre in Woodbrook.

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New sustainable tourism chair

ST. LUCIA (Feb. 26)—Prominent Caribbean hotelier Karolin Troubetzkoy has been appointed chairman of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism.

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Hotel group names new CEO

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Feb. 12)—Respected hotel association executive Frank Comito is the new head of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, replacing Jeff Vasser, who left office at the end of December.

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More free treatment for Haitian children

Four children from Haiti have received free lifesaving surgery at Health City Cayman Islands, bringing the number of young Haitians who have benefited from Health City’s ongoing commitment to support the tertiary health care needs of Caribbean youth to eight.

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Antigua appoints marketing execs

Antigua and Barbuda has appointed two Caribbean hospitality veterans to lead its marketing charge this year.

New Caribbean food thrust

Renewed hope for the region’s agricultural sector is on the horizon, with the launch of a global initiative to transform the Caribbean’s food and beverage industry.

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Sisters ‘Point’ to Jamaica

Legendary American R&B sibling group the Pointer Sisters and singer-songwriter Peter Cetera have been added to the lineup of the 19th Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

Cayman Hospital performs another historical heart surgery

Health City Cayman Islands has performed its second successful left ventricular assist device heart surgery, allowing another ailing Caribbean national to move to a new beat.

Mariah Carey Jamaica-bound

Global music sensation Mariah Carey will be headed to the 2015 edition of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

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Paul Brock, Kaye Chong honored in Brooklyn

A pioneering media visionary who gave Black journalists a voice of their own was recognized for his vision and outstanding leadership at the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage-sponsored Evenings of Excellence and Caribbean Media Exchange leadership awards ceremony in Brooklyn last week.

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St. Lucia resort appoints Kashmie Ali

Experienced hospitality executive Kashmie Ali, who has spent 25 years in corporate leadership, has returned to St. Lucia as the new managing director of the Landings St. Lucia.

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Hospitality Jamaica Celebrates 10 Years

More than five years ago, I penned a story about the work of Jamaican journalist Janet Silvera, who has kept tourism, the region’s bread winner, in the news and business pages of the Jamaica Gleaner and, in so doing, helped connect the Jamaican people to an industry that some across the region view as patronizing and subservient.

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Choice Hotels exec named to CHTA leadership

Choice Hotels International executive Bill Clegg has been named among the new slate of officers elected to the executive board of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, underscoring the global hotel franchisor’s expanding presence and commitment to developing travel in the rebounding Caribbean market.

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Young Jamaican mom gets free heart surgery

A young woman from Jamaica is the latest beneficiary of life-enhancing surgery and care provided free of charge by the skilled team of cardiac surgeons at Health City Cayman Islands.

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Caribbean TV producer to receive media award

Caribbean media veteran Lukkee Chong will receive the 2014 Caribbean Media Exchange Leadership Award this month in South Florida.

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Travel veteran to receive CMEx award

Travel and tourism industry veteran Horace Hord will receive the 2014 Caribbean Media Exchange Leadership Award next month in Miami.

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Cultural centers to host ‘Evenings of Excellence’

The second annual “Evenings of Excellence” series will be held at the Miramar Cultural Center in the Miami area and Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn this fall.

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St. Croix to host bridal event

Caribbean Connection

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism will host the second annual Bridal Educational Symposium Nov. 18-19 at the Renaissance Carambola Resort.

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Caribbean Cultural Fest returns to New York

CARIBBEAN CONNECTION

Caribbean music, food, and fun return to Harlem this year when the 2014 Caribbean Cultural Fest: The Kings of Soca event comes to town at month’s end.

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Tourism talks for St. Thomas

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Aug. 14)—Caribbean and global tourism leaders gather in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, next month to discuss and devise strategies to position Caribbean tourism for major change.

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