Tourism

  • Photo of Trinidad Names New Tourism Minister

    Trinidad Names New Tourism Minister

    Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has appointed Senator Gerry Hadeed as the country’s new Minister of Tourism. Hadeed, who had been serving as the country’s Minister of Communications, succeeds former Tourism Minister Chandresh Sharma, who resigned on Monday after allegations that he had assaulted a woman. Hadeed’s appointment makes him the fourth tourism minister in Trinidad since Persad-Bissessar’s…

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  • CARIBBEAN-TOURISM-Public and private sectors unite towards sustainability of tourist destinations

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, , CMC -In an effort to assist some of the world’s most popular travel destinations that are vulnerable to issues such as climate change and unsustainable development, the new Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas (SDAA), was launched here on Thursday. The alliance stems from the largest scale effort to date through which public and private entities have…

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  • Photo of CARICOM SG welcomes APD revision

    CARICOM SG welcomes APD revision

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has welcomed the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom, the Hon. George Osborne that the UK will restructure the four-band Air Passenger Duty (APD) system. This tax has negatively affected the Region’s tourism sector and the realignment to a simpler…

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  • Brazilian diamond hints at vast water reserve deep inside Earth

    WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – A dirty-looking, commercially worthless brown diamond found in Brazil is yielding priceless information about the composition of a layer deep inside our planet. The diamond contained a mineral called ringwoodite that entrapped a significant amount of water, an international team of scientists reported this week. The discovery of the water-rich mineral indicates that mammoth amounts of water…

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  • Photo of BLACK HISTORY IS OUR HISTORY

    BLACK HISTORY IS OUR HISTORY

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 06, 2014 (SKNIS): As part of their History Heritage Day, the History Department of the Verchilds High School recently held a concert which transported the students through time. The journey to the past started off with a song entitled Stand Up, Defend Your Rights, a song which students said spoke volumes about the injustices of black…

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  • Bahamas-China Visa Exemption Agreement Officially Begins

    The new mutual visa exemption agreement between the Bahamas and China has officially taken effect. The agreement, which was signed in December 2013, allows Bahamian and Chinese citizens to travel to one another’s country visa-free for up to 30 days. It does not allow the holder to engage in gainful employment, to study or reside in that country, however. The…

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  • Statisticians zone in on distinction between travel, tourism

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Travel is not equivalent to Tourism. This was a key message that was impressed upon participants at a Regional Workshop on Travel and International Tourism Consumption, hosted by the Central Statistics Office, Roseau, Dominica, 14–17 May, 2013. Workshop participants were advised that while travel and tourism were strongly related, they were not totally overlapping.…

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  • TRAVEL AND TOURISM STATISTICS FOCUS AT REGIONAL WORKSHOP

    ​(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Travel and Tourism statistics will be in focus this week in Roseau, Dominica, as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States continue to place greater emphasis on the development and use of statistics to respond to tourism and trade information needs. The four-day Regional Workshop on Travel and International Tourism Consumption, hosted by the Central Statistics…

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  • Photo of Sharp Focus On Transportation, Agri-tourism Linkages At Special COTED On Agriculture

    Sharp Focus On Transportation, Agri-tourism Linkages At Special COTED On Agriculture

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers of Agriculture wrapped up a Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) Friday, recording movement on the linkages between agriculture and tourism and agreeing on the need for intensified action to address the transport of goods within the Region. The Special COTED Meeting on Agriculture was…

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  • CARICOM to set up Task Force on Sports Tourism

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     In the wake of calls to harness the resources of sports for development, the CARICOM Council on Human and Social Development (COHSOD) at their 22nd Meeting in Georgetown, last week, agreed to establish a Regional Task Force on Sports Tourism to develop a strategy for harnessing the Region’s potential in sports. The COHSOD, which…

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