People will know CARICOM is working when they see, taste, feel – The Bahamas Prime Minister

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New Prime Minister of The Bahamas delivering his inaugural address to the Conference
New Prime Minister of The Bahamas delivering his inaugural address to the Conference
“CARICOM is a community of the people we serve, not a club of officials and politicians. We need to cast our nets far and wide to engage the combined spirit and the collective brain-trust of the Region. We must blend various languages and accents in order to speak to the world with one voice about the aspirations of our people and the mission of CARICOM.” Dr. Hubert Minnis
Dr. The Hon. Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, has signalled his readiness to help deliver the mandates of CARICOM to provide better, healthier and more prosperous lives for the people of the Community.

In doing so, the newest Member of the Conference of Heads of Government also expressed confidence in organs and institutions of the Caribbean Community to deliver benefits of integration.

His inaugural address to the Community, at the opening of the 38th CARICOM Summit, in Grand Anse, Grenada, Tuesday evening, was punctuated with an urgent call for unity. (more…)

Travis Robinson – youth serving on tourism front-line

Travis Robinson is a 22-year-old Member of Parliament from The Bahamas and still a university student.

A former junior minister of tourism who participated in the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO)’s Tourism Youth Congress, he’s now parliamentary secretary in the ministry of tourism.

During Caribbean Week New York, he spoke about being his country’s youngest ever MP and what lies ahead. (Caribbean Tourism Organisation)

CARPHA and Guyana Launch Novel Public-Private Partnership Program to Boost Tourism and Health

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(l-r) : Mr Indranauth Haralsingh, Director Guyana Tourism Authority; Dr Lisa Indar, Head CARPHA Regional Tourism and Health Programme; Dr C. James Hospedales, Executive Director CARPHA; Dr Karen Cummings, Minister within the Ministry of Public Health; and Dr Shamdeo Persad Chief Medical Officer Ministry of Public Health.

Georgetown, Guyana, 26 April 2017.  Tourism growth and sustainability in the Caribbean face serious health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats. These include disease outbreaks and deficiencies in food safety and environmental sanitation.  This contributes to reduced tourism arrivals which in turn impacts those whose livelihoods depend on the sector, and possibly lead to adverse economic and social burdens.

Recognising the critical need for public-private cross sectoral partnership to address these HSE threats, and to ensure the health and safety of its visitors and residents, the Ministry of Public Health Guyana, and the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) launched the Tourism and Health Programme, under the theme “Your Experience, Your Health, Your Safety Matters”.

The opening ceremony of the launch took place yesterday at the Umana Yana, and was marked by the presence of the Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Karen Cummings and other high level officials and chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persad.   (more…)

Regional patriotism, CSME in focus at end-of-summit press conference

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The CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government recently concluded their Inter-Sessional meeting, which was was held  on February 16 -17, 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana. The meeting ended with a press briefing at the Marriott Hotel, which was addressed by Chairman of the Conference, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell who will be the next Chairman, as well as CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Some of the topics addressed included  the CSME, Correspondent Banking, CARICOM-US Relations, Regional Security, Tourism, and CARIFESTA, which will be held in Barbados this August.  More in this video report:

 

CTO, CHTA applaud CARICOM decisions on tourism

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From left: Hugh Riley, CTO secretary general; Bahamas minister of foreign affairs and immigration Fred Mitchell; CHTA president Karolin Troubetzkoy; and CHTA CEO and director general Frank Comito. (Photo via CTO)
From left: Hugh Riley, CTO secretary general; The Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell; CHTA president Karolin Troubetzkoy; and CHTA CEO and Director General Frank Comito. (Photo via CTO)

Two Regional tourism organisations have  applauded Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government for taking the lead in recognising the critical contribution of tourism to the economies of member countries and for their commitment to advancing a regional tourism agenda.

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the umbrella private sector organisation, signalled their appreciation in a  press release issued on Tuesday 21 February.

At the recently-concluded Twenty-Eighth Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government, the CTO secretary general, Mr. Hugh Riley delivered a presentation that was prepared in collaboration with the CHTA. The Heads of Government supported the advancement of a series of steps addressing transportation and the facilitation of travel, human resource development, building the creative industries, and the marketing of the Caribbean brand.  They also invited CTO and CHTA to present additional information to address the Region’s competitiveness and financing for the sustainability of tourism.

They called for an urgent meeting of the Council for Trade and Development (COTED)-Transportation to address air transport issues in particular, including those related to the tourism sector; and supported the establishment of an interim tourism working group to coordinate with regional public and private sector stakeholder groups, the development of specific solutions which can be advanced in priority areas. (more…)