Lessons on tourism and sustainability from schoolchildren

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Caribbean tourism leaders could take some lessons from the schoolchildren of the region, whose insights into the opportunities and challenges of tourism development are pretty amazing.

Not to mention their creative writing abilities, which were evident from the four elementary school winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s Caribbean Primary Schools Tourism Writing Competition. Awards will be presented to the winners at the CTO’s Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum in St. Kitts next month.

These four emerged from a field of 44 participants from 26 schools in the region.

Students were split into two age groups: 8- to 10-year-old students were asked to write about what sustainable tourism meant to them or how visitors and locals should act towards one another to promote peace. Those in the 10-to-12-year-old category were challenged to design and describe a new adventure tour or to suggest ways that the CTO could help make tourism more sustainable.

Read more at: Travel Weekly

Caribbean Export brings regional designers to CARIFESTA XIII

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FLASHBACK: Fashion at CARIFESTA XII in Haiti (CARICOM Secretariat photo)
FLASHBACK: Fashion at CARIFESTA XII in Haiti (CARICOM Secretariat photo)

BRIDGETOWN – At this year’s CARIFESTA XIII hosted in Barbados, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) will be facilitating the participation of designers and artisans from across CARIFORUM within their Design Caribbean and Caribbean Essence export promotion platforms.

The assistance, in the tune of 50 000 euros is funded by the European Union (EU) via the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), will allow seven fashion designers and four artisans to showcase their creations at the Grand Market & Buyers Shopping Mall from August 18 to 27 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Barbados.

Read more at: Barbados Nation

CDF grant ensures further development of ‘De Strip’

The Frigate Bay Strip in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)
The Frigate Bay Strip in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Development on the South Frigate Bay Beach Enhancement Project, popularly known as “De Strip”, is set to enter a new phase, after the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis signed an agreement effectively securing additional financing for the project.

The South Frigate Bay Enhancement Project was commissioned in November 2016 to revitalise the strip experience, making it more viable and sustainable by improving its infrastructure, security and its identity on a whole.

 During a brief ceremony held at the Office of the Prime Minister at Government Headquarters on Friday, August 4, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris and Chief Executive Officer of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) Mr. Rodinald Soomer signed the agreement that will see funds totaling US$1.2 million pumped into the project.

Prime Minister Harris and CDF CEO Mr. Rodinald Soomer sign CDF agreement (Photo via SKNIS)
Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris and CDF CEO Mr. Rodinald Soomer sign CDF agreement (Photo via SKNIS)

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Maximum exposure for CARIFESTA XIII

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Barbados Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley. (Photo via Barbados Government Information Service -  FP)
Barbados Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley. (Photo via Barbados Government Information Service – FP)

CARIFESTA XIII will not lack for exposure thanks to the signing of two agreements – The Host Broadcasters Agreement with the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC); and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU).

In a brief signing ceremony (Friday) at his Ministry in Sky Mall, Culture Minister, Stephen Lashley, announced that CBC had been appointed the host country’s broadcasting agency responsible for all the television broadcasting arrangements in relation to CARIFESTA XIII. The festival will be held in Barbados from August 17 to 27.

Explaining to the media that CBC’s responsibility was “very critical” to the successful broadcasting of all elements of the regional festival, Mr. Lashley indicated that the island expected to welcome approximately 3,000 cultural artistes from 27 countries.

“The last occasion that Barbados hosted CARIFESTA was 1981, and we want to ensure going forward we are able to document appropriately and, of course, ensure maximum coverage to persons, particularly in the diaspora … We expect those in Barbados will be participating by actually going to the events but of course CBC through its various services will make it available to all and sundry,” he stated.

Read more at: Barbados Government Information Service

PM Holness heads to CARICOM Summit in Grenada

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Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon. Andrew Holness
Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon. Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness left the island this afternoon (Monday, July 3) for the Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in St. George’s, Grenada.

The Regular Meeting will be held under the chairmanship of Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, from July 4-6.

The conference provides a forum for Heads of Government to engage in discussions on issues of critical importance to the Region.

It also provides an opportunity to develop innovative programmes of action in response to the challenges facing the Community in the areas of security, trade and economic development.

Read more at: Jamaica Information Service