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Bevan Springer

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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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St. Lucia resort offers sweet deals

In celebration of Chocolate Heritage Month in St. Lucia, Anse Chastanet, one of the Caribbean’s leading resorts, is offering two exceptional travel deals.

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Caribbean Medical Facility welcomes regional neighbors

A new medical facility in the Caribbean is offering affordable, world-class services to its neighbors as an alternative to the rising health care costs typically found throughout the region and North America.

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Choice Hotels appoints new Caribbean director

Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, has assigned Atlanta-based hospitality executive Dennis Wynn to oversee the lodging company’s franchise sales efforts in the Caribbean.

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St. Lucian chef appointed culinary ambassador

Caribbean Connection

Chef Nina Compton, first runner-up and fan favorite in the “Top Chef New Orleans” series, plans to put the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia on the culinary map.  Recently appointed as the first culinary ambassador of St. Lucia, the Caribbean chef hopes to lure legions of foodies and visitors to the island with promises of indigenous ingredients and forward-thinking food producers.

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Julian Rogers gets high honor

Caribbean Connection

Distinguished Barbadian journalist Julian Rogers has been appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his outstanding contributions to journalism in the Caribbean.

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President Obama salutes Caribbean-Americans

Caribbean Connection

The president of the United States honored the contributions of Caribbean-Americans on the occasion of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, which began this week.

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Bahamas has new tourism chief

Caribbean Connection

Joy Ann Jibrilu is the new Director General of Tourism of the Bahamas, replacing 30 year-tourism veteran David Johnson, who will become the new chief executive officer of the Hotel Corporation of the Bahamas and lead that organization’s transition to the Tourism Development Corporation.

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JetBlue launches more Caribbean flights

Caribbean Connection

JetBlue Airways has launched four new nonstop routes to the Caribbean as it expands its reach throughout the region.

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Progress on Caribbean tourism marketing

Caribbean Connection

The Caribbean Tourism Development Company’s (CTDC) website, CaribbeanTravel.com, is making significant strides in promoting the region to the world.

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LIAT calls for lower taxes

The newly appointed CEO of LIAT, the Caribbean Airline, believes a reduction in taxation on intraregional travel will help increase revenues for the governments of the Caribbean

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John Lynch exits office

John Lynch, Jamaica’s director of tourism, is leaving office in a month’s time.

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LIAT CEO takes office

Caribbean Connection

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (April 24)–The newly appointed CEO of LIAT, “the Caribbean Airline,” arrived from the United Kingdom on Sunday with a promise to listen to staff to determine how to improve the regional carrier.

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Sales exec starts consulting practice

A veteran hospitality sales executive is offering high-impact sales and marketing services at affordable rates to clients in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

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USVI to launch ‘Nice’ summer campaign

Caribbean Connection

The United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has joined forces with international music sensation Delyno “Pressure Busspipe” Brown to promote travel to the Territory this summer.

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LIAT appoints new CEO

Caribbean carrier LIAT has appointed British national David Evans as its new CEO, effective April 22.

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LIAT chairman’s book receives high praise

Caribbean Conneciton

The launch of LIAT Airlines Chairman Jean Holder’s book “Caribbean Tourism” drew regional dignitaries who lavished praise.

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P.R. property has new ‘View’

Caribbean Connection

The charming Comfort Inn and Suites hotel in Levittown, Puerto Rico, has opened a new seafood restaurant

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Caribbean mourns tourism colleague Veronica St. Louis

You know immediately when you meet a remarkable human being, and so it is that I pause to pay tribute to an accomplished woman who I met only once.

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Caribbean Week returns to NYC

Caribbean Week returns to New York City from June 1 to 8, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has announced

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Counting it all joy

Caribbean Conneciton

Earlier this month, I experienced a bout of the flu so foreign to my system that during the ordeal, I wondered whether I would recover

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Entrepreneurship is key in the Bahamas

The path to personal and national economic growth for the most part is the same, according to a leading financial specialist.

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Caribbean tourism registers growth

ST. THOMAS (Feb. 13)–The Caribbean has recorded a rise in visitor expenditure in 2013, with the spending rate outpacing that of visitor arrivals for the first time in three years. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), an authority on Caribbean

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Sandals Barbados to undergo facelift

The Jamaica-based company Sandals Resorts International has announced that Sandals Barbados, its newest acquisition, will close its doors in the spring to undergo a facelift.

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Around the world for the holidays

I knew I would be doing a lot of traveling during the holidays to connect with friends and loved ones across the globe, but it was only toward the end of trip that I realized I would circle the entire planet.

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Small islands to meet in Nassau

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization, will stage a two-day high-level tourism conference

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Round Hill Hotel in Jamaica earns hospitality certification

One of Jamaica’s best known and most charming resorts, Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has earned the highly regarded Hospitality Assured certification

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Blame game unhelpful, says economist

With the new year upon us, a leading Caribbean economist has called on the region’s citizens to take charge of their personal financial destiny and waste no time with playing the “blame game,” which he says is unhelpful.

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Faith and action key in the new year

Happy New Year! It’s a brand-new year with new opportunities for renewal, refreshing and reorganizing.

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Caribbean call to strengthen agro-tourism linkage

Such local linkages, asserted Barbadian hotelier Ralph Taylor, generate several benefits: “First, tourists want to savor the local delicacies. In fact, one of the most common complaints is the dearth of local dishes.”

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Barbados rating downgraded, but publisher sees hope

“The lowering of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) long-term rating for Barbados is of interest to us because of the possibility of wider consequences on the country’s economy,” asserted Melissa Marchand.

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Blacklist warning from business publisher to Guyana

The blacklisting of Guyana and the citation of Belize by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) could have serious ramifications

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Grenada Prime Minister for Caribbean Media Exchange

Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell will be honored by the Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) for contributions to the region.

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In everything, give thanks

A Happy Thanksgiving to everyone

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Life so needs the Caribbean!

I often look forward to my travels to the Caribbean

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Barbados hotel specializes in ‘targeted excellence’

LONDON (Nov. 14) – A new luxury hotel on Barbados’ vibrant south coast is finding its niche and enjoying success in an area typically known for its mid-market properties. Caribbean hotelier Ralph Taylor is reporting positive results since the SoCo Hotel opened in June.

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‘Evenings of Excellence’ set for Florida and New York

Zhivargo Laing is set to focusing on economic prosperity

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Caribbean Tourism Organization examines airline security

The annual Caribbean Tourism Organization State of the Industry Conference in Martinique this week will examine issues affecting the region’s bread and butter tourism industry

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Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association appoints Jeff Vasser as new CEO

After an extensive search, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) was unable to select a Caribbean national to the vacant post of director-general and CEO of the organization.

USVI Ports to exhibit in Colombia

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (Oct. 3) - The Ports of the U.S. Virgin Islands are fielding a strong delegation to the annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s Cruise Conference and Trade Show in Cartagena, Colombia, this week.

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Tips to overcome financial despair

NEW YORK (Sept. 26)—”The Power to Be Better in Good Times and Bad” is a principle message conveyed by economist Zhivargo Laing, who urges people lashed by the recession to “not feel bad, because these have been momentous times, with shifting fortunes leaving legions in states of anxiety, hopelessness and despair.”

Bahamas hotel renovations near completion

With a sweeping, multimillion-dollar renovation of Comfort Suites Paradise Island nearing completion, anticipation is building, and the hotel is already getting high marks from its travel partners and guests alike.

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Caribbean cricket stars off to the Pacific

WEST INDIES (Sept. 5)—West Indies cricket stars are stepping way out of their customary creases to go to bat for their sport on the other side of the world.

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Virgin Islanders to celebrate the Caribbean in Harlem

NEW YORK (Aug. 29)–Reggae sensation Pressure Buss Pipe will headline this weekend’s Caribbean Cultural Fest, presented by Virgin Islanders United (VIU) in the village of Harlem on Sunday, Sept. 1 from 2 to 7 p.m.

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Delta exec to visit Martinique

How important are airlines to small island states? Well, tourism is by far the largest sector for island states, and airlines fly visitors to the destinations, where they use their disposable incomes to purchase and enjoy the many vacation offerings and, in turn, feed the local economies.

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