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…)

Promoting Caribbean Tourism on a Global Market

logo_carpha_45x255The Caribbean as a tourist destination took centre stage at the World Travel Market, the largest gathering of global tourism stakeholders.   Highlighting the work of its Tourism and Health Programme, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), became the first regional health institution to be represented at this forum. (more…)

St. Kitts and Nevis aiming to attract more high-end tourists

The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club
The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club

Officials at the St. Kitts Tourism Authority are investing more time and energy to increase visitor arrivals from Canada and the United Kingdom, as part of the overall strategy to attract more high-end tourists. Tourism Minister, Honourable Lindsay Grant, said articles about St. Kitts will be featured in two Canadian publications: ‘West of the City Magazine‘ and ‘Taste‘. According to its official website, West of the City reaches 35,000 of the most affluent homes and has a select distribution based on proven research which targets “discriminating, well-travelled and passionate” individuals.

The partnership will result in a feature article … on the emergence of St. Kitts as a luxury destination in the September issue and a follow up five-page advertorial in December 2016,” Minister Grant said.

The island’s growing number of quality golf courses is also being used to appeal to affluent individuals. The tourism minister said that emphasis for this initiative is being placed in Ontario, Canada where, he reports, there are 2.3 million golfers that spend $11 million overseas annually. A 2015 partnership with the Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) resulted in the staging of the St. Kitts 2-ball Shootout at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club last December.

Starting this Spring, it will provide us with over 40 events integrations for the 2016 golf season,” Minister Grant stated.

In a previous press release, GAO President Chris Osborne said his members “are very well travelled” and that his association aims to provide its members with “something new, something different, something special … and St. Kitts is all of that”.

The efforts in golf tourism also extend to the United Kingdom (UK) with a strategic partnership with Barmy Army Golf. During the next three years, St. Kitts and Nevis and Barmy Army will host exclusive annual golf events with the inaugural function scheduled to take place in November this year, Minister Grant stated. Additionally, several travel agents in the UK received specialised training about the tourism product in St. Kitts and Nevis and were certified as destination specialists.

 

Caribbean tourism sector to be enhanced by better health systems

(L-R) Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Hugh Riley; Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism; Dr James Hospedales, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
(L-R) Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Hugh Riley; Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism; Dr James Hospedales, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) (Photo via Caribbean News Now)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago is one of six Caribbean countries to benefit from a US$800,000 Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) grant to develop and implement a Regional tourism health information, monitoring and response system. The other Caribbean nations that are beneficiaries of the IDB grant, as disclosed at Wednesday morning’s grant signing ceremony, are The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Guyana and Jamaica.

The Caribbean region is the most tourism dependent region in the world and the recent pandemics – SARS in 2000, HINI in 2009, chikungunya in 2013 and now the zika virus – have accelerated the need to monitor and respond to travel related illnesses and support the tourism sector to adopt comprehensive and effective health and environmental sanitation practices.

In welcoming this three-year Regional tourism health initiative, Shamfa Cudjoe pledged the support of the ministry of tourism as “strengthening the public health system will strengthen our tourism product”.

Read more at: Caribbean News Now