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Bevan Springer

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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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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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