BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – In 2017, the Caribbean felt the full brunt of climate change with a warning that current trends indicate that there will be no respite.
Within a two-week period, Hurricanes Irma and Maria brought home the reality of the impact of climate change as they churned their way across the Lesser Antilles destroying everything in their paths. Hurricane Harvey had in August set the stage for what was to come; with devastation in Houston, Texas, amounting to nearly US$200billion.
“The unprecedented nature of this climatic event highlights the unusual nature of weather patterns that continue to affect nations across the globe,” the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque said in a message to United States President Donald Trump, as Harvey made landfall in the United States after whipping up strong winds and heavy rains in the Caribbean.
It took less than a month for his statement to bear fruit. Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two Category 5 storms left so many Caribbean islands devastated in September that the CARICOM Chairman and Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said “there can be no question that for us in the Caribbean, climate change is an existential threat”. (more…)
Amid flourishing tourism and a growing reputation as one of the world’s premier travel destinations, Anguilla has been selected to host the 2014 World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final, to be held December 7, 2014. Award-winning actress Vivica A. Fox (“Independence Day”, “Batman & Robin,” “Why do Fools Fall in Love”) will headline this prestigious event among an exciting array of presenters and performers.
For the first time in its rich history, Anguilla will host the distinguished gala ceremony, hailed as the “Oscars of the Travel Industry.” The heralded event is set to take place on the picturesque island, celebrating the year’s top performers in travel, tourism and hospitality who continue to innovate and drive the industry forward. Joining those honored will be hundreds of dignitaries, luminaries and international media, as well as government and industry leaders who continue to set the standard of excellence in travel.
Six Caribbean nations are making history by holding the largest, multi-destination Black Friday sales event. With nearly 400 participating hotels and resorts, travel enthusiasts have never seen such wide cooperation among the Caribbean’s top destinations.
From 12:01am on Black Friday to 11:59pm on Cyber Monday, travelers will save 20.15% off virtually every hotel and resort in Barbados, Antigua, Trinidad, Tobago, Saint Lucia, Anguilla and Nicaragua. The 20.15% discount is in honour of 2015 and is good for stays between January 5, 2015, and December 15, 2015, without any blackout dates.
“With such wide participation among the islands, every type of traveler can find their perfect 2015 vacation and know they’re getting a huge discount,” said Ashwin Kamlani, founder and CEO of Regatta Travel Solutions. “It is exciting to see the major Caribbean destinations unite like this and offer travelers so many options at such a deep discount. The willingness and ability of the islands to come together in this manner and market themselves to the consumer as a region is the key to the future of the Caribbean as a premier tourism destination.”
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