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POST PANDEMIC 246 ERA!

May 28th, 2020 – As the Caribbean island of Barbados reopens its full swing of operations on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020, uncertainty still looms for businesses, schools and contact-based entrepreneurs to regain their financial footing. Places such as daycares, dentistry, pediatricians, dry cleaners, gas stations, malls and cinemas are set to etch their way back into full operation with fears of the public not responding immediately to their services.

Will wearing masks stop?

Will some places still require a mask to be worn, at least for the first week of reopening?

So many irrelevant comments have been voiced during the pandemic that a New Normal is not just a new normal but a cautious way of living from here on out!

At ease? Flights will resume out of Barbados and some visitors will brave the fear and seas to experience our island home with hopes of learning our way of life and verbally giving us a victory badge on how well we have been led during the present pandemic. Beyond this is educational institutions in debt, rented properties in debt, unreasonable landlords and underpaid persons. Hardship comes with a new normal as self-employed persons not registered with at least NIS and the Small Business Association will be skipped from their 2 month worth of benefits. It sheds light on worth and somewhat gives a slap in the face from many perspectives.

Do entrepreneurs stay hopeful that their NIS contributions act somewhat as a 401k-type retirement plan after so many years? There’s a lot to be questioned.

2 Pros & 2 Cons of reopening on the helm of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pros:

  1. It will rebuild state financial reserves and give the country access to other financial organizations that lend a hand.
  2. It reduces public stress and worry on the next steps for the country or state.

Cons:

  1. It’s near to impossible to keep track of persons’ in’s & out’s once the island goes back to full swing.
  2. Just like a common cold, citizens and visitors alike can overlook symptoms, therefore giving fuel to community spread and health risk.

 

Article Source: Mareka Marks It

Location: Barbados

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mareka-haynes-2a6aab24/

CHTA WARNS SOME CARIBBEAN HOTELS COULD COLLAPSE

For Immediate Release
Source: Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
Contact:
Greta Andzenge, Marketplace Excellence
+1 201 861-2056
Frank Comito
CHTA WARNS SOME CARIBBEAN HOTELS COULD COLLAPSE IF SOME TOUR OPERATORS DON’T PAY MONIES OWED
MIAMI (May 3, 2020) – Citing the unprecedented pressures facing Caribbean hotels and resorts because of the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) called on those international tour operators which have delayed paying hotels for services delivered to the operators’ clients as early as January to expedite reimbursements.
Frank Comito, CEO and Director General of CHTA, in a letter to major trade organizations representing the bulk of tour operators that do business with the Caribbean, asserted that 69 percent of hotels report that they have not been receiving timely reimbursements from tour operators for services provided during the first quarter of 2020. The average amount owed to hotels by tour operators is US$219,000 per hotel, “with a number of hotels reporting outstanding amounts in excess of $1 million and one hotel being out-of-pocket $15 million,” Comito reported.
Noting the global crisis was threatening the survival of many Caribbean properties, particularly the small- and mid-sized independent properties, which are a staple element of tour operators’ business, Comito wrote: “We have become alarmed in recent weeks to learn of the extent to which some of your member tour operators are withholding reimbursements to hotels for services which were rendered as early as January and into February and March.”
Acknowledging hotels had been advised to expect reimbursement to take an average of 60 additional days, and as long as 120 days, from certain tour operators who cited staff shortages, high demand, and reduced cash flow as primary reasons for delays, Comito pointed out that “these payments were made to the tour operator by consumers, often many months in advance and were to be held in trust for payment to hotels shortly after the delivery of the services.”
Comito requested the international tour operator associations help CHTA by “reaching out to your member operators who work with the Caribbean urging them to make every effort to expedite their obligation to reimburse Caribbean hotels for services which have been rendered.”
The CHTA chief said he understood the dilemma facing all in the travel industry, but he stressed “the reimbursement of funds which were collected from the consumer far in advance and are obligated should take priority.”
Inferring the survival of Caribbean hotels was threatened, Comito warned that the consequences of contributing to the demise of some Caribbean hotels “will also be long-term for your members and the reputation of the sector, having already impacted the ability of many Caribbean hotels to meet their own financial obligations to employees, vendors and Government for taxes owed related to past activity.”
Stressing the interdependence of Caribbean hotels and tour operators, Comito reminded the recipients of CHTA’s letter that the association had been a longstanding resource for many tour operators working to develop their Caribbean portfolio: “Through our B2B marketing efforts, advocacy work, and reach to our 33 member destinations and hundreds of properties, we’ve helped to create an environment which has supported the growth of your members’ business into the region.”
Looking to future cooperation, Comito asked the associations to rein in some tour operators which are considering “one-sided attempts to revise future contracts as they seek new rate and payment terms, already asking for deep discounts which are difficult to provide in an extremely high-cost/low-revenue operating environment.”
The business relationships developed by tour operators with Caribbean hoteliers over many years had been key to their mutual success, and Comito voiced the hope to maintain and build upon those relationships as the world emerges from this crisis. “This will require give and take by all parties,” he stated.
CHTA confirms that correspondence has been transmitted to major trade associations representing tour operators in Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States.
About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean’s leading association representing the interests of national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 55 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working with some 1,000 hotel and allied members, and 33 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean’s future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether helping to navigate critical issues in sales and marketing, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, climate change, data and intelligence or, looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on issues which matter most.
For further information, visit www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.
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International Reggae Artist Warrior King Releases Lead Single From Forthcoming 2020 Album

 
Kingston, Jamaica (MPR CONSULTING) – Music aims to heal, provoke thoughts, make you feel good or engage in social conversations, such is the music journey of Warrior King and no exception is his latest release “Blak Ah Kill Blak“, the lead single from his forthcoming 2020 album.”Blak Ah Kill Blak is about reminding African people around the world of their great history, their great legacy, ancestors and contribution to the world at large, so fighting against each other, killing each other is a NO! That is what the song is about.” explains Warrior King. “The song was written by Ras Brando and myself. It talks about issues in the community, in Jamaica we call it a crab in a barrel mentality. That’s an issue plaguing our community here at home, in the diaspora and Africa. And yes I know people of all color, races and creeds kill each other, but as a black man, I must speak to my black brothers and sisters. It starts at home.”

Charismatic reggae recording artist Warrior King has crafted a name that precedes him with prolific lyrics, social conscious commentary, messages about upliftment, worldwide performances, and a strong captivating hit filled discography. The latter has garnered him such indubious honors as Marcus Garvey Awards for his contribution to music, Warrior King Day in the city of Buffalo, and a nod from President Barack Obama when in 2008 he revealed that Virtuous Woman was one of his favorite songs and Warrior King as one of his favorite reggae artistes on CNN Live and NBC !

Yet a humble Warrior King takes such honor in vain as he quotes Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe “No man however great is greater than his people“.

Produced by renowned producer Sheldon “Calibud” Stewart, “Blak Ah Kill Blak” is available on all major streaming platforms and digital outlets at https://smarturl.it/warriorking-blak

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MORE ACTION AND FUNDING NEEDED TO PROTECT CARIBBEAN COASTS AND MARINE AREAS

For Immediate Release
Source: Caribbean Challenge Initiative
Contact:
Greta Andzenge, Marketplace Excellence + 1 201 861-2056
Dr. Gale Rigobert, St. Lucia’s Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development (left), receives the Caribbean Challenge Initiative pin from CCI Special Envoy Karolin Troubetzkoy.
ST. LUCIA (February 9, 2020) – More action and funding are needed to protect the region’s coral reefs and to conserve fisheries and other marine resources, asserted Karolin Troubetzkoy, special envoy for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI).
Troubetzkoy called on businesses located in or doing business with the Caribbean to support conservation efforts by collaborating with national conservation funds across the region.
The St. Lucia-based hotelier, executive director of the award-winning Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet resorts, said that 2020 is an important year for taking stock of the two major goals of the CCI. The first, known as the “20 by 20”, challenged Caribbean destinations to effectively conserve 20 percent of the region’s coastal and marine habitat by 2020.
The second goal, the “Sustainable Finance Goal”, is aimed at ensuring ongoing progress in conservation in the region, through the establishment of financing mechanisms that provide reliable funding.
While much more commitment is needed to arrest the decline of coral reefs and to encourage more sustainable fishing practices in the Caribbean, she said there were some notable successes, including the establishment of over 50 new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), which raises the total protected marine area across the region from seven to 10 percent.
Additionally, she lauded the five Caribbean countries and territories which had already met or exceeded the 20 percent targets. The Dominican Republic leads at 75.54 percent, declaring 31 new marine and coastal protected areas totaling 3.2 million acres. The Bahamas added over 11 million acres to its protected areas system, and St. Kitts and Nevis declared a new marine managed area encompassing a two-mile radius around the entire island, creating 49.93 percent marine area protection for the twin-island state. Other countries and territories over the 20 percent mark are Haiti, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands.
Progress has also been made in aligning financing mechanisms. Under the Sustainable Finance Goal, 10 Conservation Trust Funds have been set up which could access funding from the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF), an umbrella fund focused on regional resource mobilization. With the assistance of the CBF, National Conservation Trust Funds have been established and supported in Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Troubetzkoy wants to encourage more private sector support for the national conservation funds that would unlock matching donations from the CBF.
Major activities planned for CCI and the CBF in 2020 include a conference planned for July when participating countries will assemble in The Bahamas to report on progress toward the “20 by 20” goal, and the establishment of sustainable financing mechanisms to support conservation and management activities in the protected areas.
Before the July sessions, she reported that “a CCI Secretariat roadshow will visit our member countries to engage stakeholders in the countries and to participate in engagements highlighting CCI activities in those destinations.”
About the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI)
The Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI) is a coalition of governments, companies and partners working together to accelerate action on the marine and coastal environment. Founded in 2008 by a group of Caribbean governments eager to enhance the conservation of their marine and coastal resources, CCI has since grown to include private sector membership and garner over US$75 million in funding commitments. CCI governments and territories signed a CCI Leaders Declaration in May 2013, committing them to effectively conserve 20 percent of their marine and coastal resources by 2020. CCI companies committed to changing business practices and supporting the conservation actions of the CCI Leaders Declaration by endorsing the CCI Corporate Compact.
For additional information about the CCI and CBF, contact secretariat@caribbeanchallengeinitiative.org or secretariat@caribbeanbiodiversityfund.org.
For further information, visit www.caribbeanchallengeinitiative.org.

Gender Equality and Women’s Autonomy

Gender Equality and Women’s Autonomy Must Be at the Core of the New Development Model that the Region Urgently Needs: ECLAC

In the framework of the XIV Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be inaugurated this Tuesday, January 28, in Chile, the United Nations regional organization will present a document entitled Women’s Autonomy in Changing Economic Scenarios.

(January 27, 2020) Latin American and Caribbean countries must accelerate their compliance with the commitments adopted by governments to achieve gender equality and women’s autonomy in the region, in the current, complex economic context and taking into account the many challenges posed by the technological, demographic and climatic transformations under way, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) sustains in a new publication.

“Gender inequalities are an obstacle to sustainable development and the shifting scenarios that the region faces are proof of the urgent need for a decisive step towards development models that include gender equality and women’s autonomy at their core, as well as guaranteeing the rights of everyone without exception,” ECLAC indicates in the document Women’s Autonomy in Changing Economic Scenarios.

The region is growing less, while at the same time inequalities and poverty increase. This presents a complex situation in terms of social spending and, above all, the policies that have repercussions for women’s lives, according to the report that will be officially unveiled by Alicia Bárcena, the regional organization’s Executive Secretary, during the XIV Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held from January 27 to January 31, 2020 in Santiago, Chile.

Participants in the gathering – organized by ECLAC with support from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) – will include the Vice Presidents of Colombia, Costa Rica and El Salvador, twenty-odd ministers of women’s affairs and senior authorities from mechanisms for women’s advancement in the region, as well as representatives of civil society organizations, academia, intergovernmental agencies and the United Nations system.

The report, containing over 200 pages, recognizes significant progress on gender equality and women’s autonomy in the region. Advances have been made particularly with regard to regulatory and institutional frameworks for designing and implementing policies on the three dimensions of women’s autonomy: physical, economic, and decision-making. However, numerous structural challenges remain that must be overcome, the Commission contends.

The percentage of women without their own income dropped from 41.0% in 2002 to 27.5% in 2018; however, this latter figure is still above that of men in the same situation (13.1%). This means that nearly one third of women in the region fully depend on others for their subsistence, which is coupled with the fact that women are overrepresented in the population experiencing poverty: the regional average of the femininity index of poor households (which includes 18 countries) rose from 105 women for every 100 men in 2002 to 113 women for every 100 men in 2018.

In contrast, the document indicates that women are underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which limits their possibilities for better economic insertion and, in a global context of the financial markets’ increasing expansion and volatility, they continue to face unfavorable conditions for accessing credit. The total amount of women’s current credit is equivalent to 57% of that of men in the case of Chile, 67% in the case of Costa Rica, and 59% in the case of Guatemala.

Automation, the study notes, will bring changes to the way paid work is organized, primarily affecting activities that have a high concentration of routine tasks. It is estimated that 50.1% of women in the region perform precisely those jobs that are unskilled or service-related – occupations that have a high probability of being automated.

One of the structural constraints of gender inequality in the region is the sexual division of labor and the unjust social organization of care. On a daily basis, women in the region spend triple the amount of time on domestic and unpaid care work than men do.

The report indicates that in Latin America and the Caribbean, women are primarily responsible for meeting the care needs of older adults, in a context in which there is also a feminization of old age: for every 100 men 60 years of age and older, there are 123 women in that same age bracket, while in the case of the population 80 years and older, the figure rises to 159 women for every 100 men.

According to ECLAC, it is necessary to redouble efforts to design public policies for equality that would recognize women’s contribution to the economy through domestic and unpaid care work, and promote co-responsibility and a fairer distribution of workloads. If States do not provide adequate public benefits and services, families – and women in particular – will have to meet the increasing demands of caring for older persons on an individual basis, often at the expense of their labor market participation, their well-being and their personal fulfillment, the Commission says.

At the same time, the report denounces how indigenous and Afro-descendant women are rendered invisible. For example, the proportion of Afro-descendant young women who neither study nor have paid work is 2.6 times higher than that of non-Afro-descendant, non-indigenous young men.

“A comprehensive and transformative approach to public policy is required to advance the achievement of women’s autonomy and rights in the current context. The interaction between macroeconomic, production, innovation, climate and employment policies and policies on care, education, migration, health and the eradication of violence against women must be analyzed, in a move to overcome these challenges as a whole,” ECLAC proposes.

 

Members of the media are invited to cover this Regional Conference, which will be held at ECLAC’s headquarters (Av. Dag Hammarskjöld 3477, Vitacura, Santiago, Chile). Journalists must have their media credentials or identity documents with them to gain access to the building, and they must get accredited ahead of time using this form.

The event will be transmitted live via ECLAC’s website www.cepal.org.

More information:

 

Queries regarding press coverage of the conference should be addressed to Guido Camú, Chief of ECLAC’s Public Information Unit.

Email: prensa@cepal.org; Telephone: (56 2) 2210 2040.

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CARIBBEAN TRAVEL MARKETPLACE 2020 TO WELCOME TOP-TIER TRAVEL AGENTS TO SELL THE REGION

For Immediate Release
Source: Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
Contact:
Greta Andzenge, Marketplace Excellence
+1 201 861-2056
The region is getting ready for another Caribbean Travel Marketplace next week.
CARIBBEAN TRAVEL MARKETPLACE 2020 TO WELCOME TOP-TIER TRAVEL AGENTS TO SELL THE REGION
CHTA creates more business opportunities for Caribbean tourism suppliers attending the region’s largest tourism marketing event

MIAMI (January 18, 2020) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has introduced a pilot program to include a group of leading travel agents from across the United States at next week’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace in The Bahamas.

Karen Whitt, CHTA’s First Vice President and Chair of Caribbean Travel Marketplace, announced that in addition to the wholesalers and tour operators who traditionally attend Marketplace from around the world, top Caribbean-selling travel agents from New York and Rhode Island to Tennessee and Texas will assemble at the popular Baha Mar resort campus in Nassau to meet with operators of Caribbean hotels, resorts and attractions.
“Throughout the years we’ve discussed the idea of how to incorporate the travel agent industry into our event and we have a lot of different ideas on how this could be done successfully,” said Whitt, who serves as Vice President of Marketing and Brand Development for the Hartling Group in Turks and Caicos Islands.
She explained that to kickstart the process, CHTA invited a select group of top-tier agents to experience Marketplace 2020, participate as a buyer, and provide feedback on the event. “This feedback will help shape policies into the future. However, what we can assure is that our Caribbean suppliers are very excited about this pilot program and its potential to increase business to the region,” Whitt added.
Whitt, who leads the marketing team at The Shore Club Turks and Caicos, which was recently named #1 Caribbean resort by Travel + Leisure readers, said that while the agents are in Nassau they will meet with executives from a cross-section of destinations and hotels, in addition to participating in site inspections with select hotels on the island.
The 2020 edition of Caribbean Travel Marketplace, slated for The Bahamas from January 21 to 23, 2020, is a collaboration with local partners Baha Mar, the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, and the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board.
The event will be held at Baha Mar’s Performing Arts and Convention Center, at one of the newest and most impressive resorts in the Caribbean.
There has been strong interest in buyer delegates with 225 delegates from 115 companies registered for the meetings from Australia, The Bahamas, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, Puerto Rico, The Russian Federation, Spain, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.

Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, this year’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace host sponsors are the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Baha Mar, and Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, while Platinum sponsors include ADARA; AMResorts; Figment Design; Interval International; Marketplace Excellence; Mastercard; STR; TravelClick, an Amadeus company; Travelzoo; U.S. Virgin Islands; and HM&B.

Gold sponsors are American Airlines, Best Western International, Caribbean Airlines, Caribbean Travel + Life powered by Islands, Caribbean Wellness & Education, HCP Media, playAWARDS, Questex Travel Group (Travel Agent and Luxury Travel Advisor), Questex Travel & Meetings Events, Sojern, Symova, Travel Relations LLC, and TravPRO Mobile.

Silver sponsors are 7 Pillars Marketing on Demand; Arrivalist; BCV, a Rategain Company; Caribbean Journal; Condé Nast; Copa Airlines; Gamemasters Escape Solutions; interCaribbean Airways; Mitel; Northstar Travel Group; Pegasus; Saint Lucia Tourism Authority; SiteMinder; St. Martin / St. Maarten Tourist Office; Travel + Leisure | Blue Group Media; and TripAdvisor.

To register and for more information on Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2020, visit www.chtamarketplace.com or contact events@caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.
About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean’s leading association representing the interests of national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 55 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working with some 1,000 hotel and allied members, and 33 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean’s future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether helping to navigate critical issues in sales and marketing, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, climate change, data and intelligence or, looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on issues which matter most.
For further information, visit www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.

BAHAMIAN BUSINESSWOMEN PRODUCE DELEGATE BAGS FOR CARIBBEAN TOURISM CONFERENCE

For Immediate Release
Source: Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
Contact:
Greta Andzenge, Marketplace Excellence
+1 201 861-2056
NASSAU, BAHAMAS (January 19, 2020) – Close to 1,000 delegates who will converge in Nassau this week for the 2020 edition of Caribbean Travel Marketplace will collect some meaningful mementos produced by entrepreneurs who survived last year’s Hurricane Dorian, which displaced thousands in northern Bahamas.
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), along with the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) and the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, led the fundraising initiative to support the creation of authentically Bahamian “swag bags” for the region’s largest and longest-standing tourism marketing event being hosted at Baha Mar resort in Nassau.
Bahamian arts and crafts industry matriarchs Agatha Mackey and Mavis Dean have been overseeing the project for months during which they have trained displaced workers to create stylish and useful bags incorporating straw and raffia.
“We are so pleased to be able to add this personal touch to Marketplace, showcasing and supporting Bahamian talent while supporting those who were impacted by Hurricane Dorian,” said CHTA President and Barbados hotelier Patricia Affonso Dass, who said this year’s initiative is a departure from the promotional items that are predominantly sourced from Asia.
Comfort Smith
June Bassett
Abaconians June Basset and Comfort Smith both lost their homes and have been living in a shelter in Nassau since the Category 5 storm in September. They have expressed their sincere thanks for the training and look forward to rebuilding their lives and expanding their trade back home in The Abacos.
The bags will feature the Bahamian flag in raffia and include handmade chocolates produced by the Grand Bahama-based Bootleg Chocolates, which is co-owned by entrepreneur Amanda Ormerod-Mullenmade. The treats are made with fresh fruit, berries, spices and rum that are indigenous to the region.
A special feature of this year’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace will be the integration of the Tru Tru Bahamian mini-marketplace experience that celebrates rich Bahamian culture and entrepreneurship.
According to Carlton Russell, President of the BHTA, the annual festival was created to showcase the best of Bahamian food, music, dance, arts and crafts. “It is a celebration of what is truly Bahamian and we are pleased to be able to share a sample of it with the regional and global tourism community.”

Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, this year’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace host sponsors are the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Baha Mar, and Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, while Platinum sponsors include ADARA; AMResorts; Figment Design; Interval International; Marketplace Excellence; Mastercard; STR; TravelClick, an Amadeus company; Travelzoo; U.S. Virgin Islands; and HM&B.

Gold sponsors are American Airlines, Best Western International, Caribbean Airlines, Caribbean Travel + Life powered by Islands, Caribbean Wellness & Education, HCP Media, playAWARDS, Questex Travel Group (Travel Agent and Luxury Travel Advisor), Questex Travel & Meetings Events, Sojern, Symova, Travel Relations LLC, and TravPRO Mobile.

Silver sponsors are 7 Pillars Marketing on Demand; Arrivalist; BCV, a Rategain Company; Caribbean Journal; Condé Nast; Copa Airlines; Gamemasters Escape Solutions; interCaribbean Airways; Mitel; Northstar Travel Group; Pegasus; Saint Lucia Tourism Authority; SiteMinder; St. Martin / St. Maarten Tourist Office; Travel + Leisure | Blue Group Media; and TripAdvisor.

To register and for more information on Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2020, visit www.chtamarketplace.com or contact events@caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.
About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean’s leading association representing the interests of national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 55 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working with some 1,000 hotel and allied members, and 33 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean’s future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether helping to navigate critical issues in sales and marketing, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, climate change, data and intelligence or, looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on issues which matter most.
For further information, visit www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.

YOUNG GIRL TRAVELS FROM THE AMAZON TO GRAND CAYMAN FOR LIFE CHANGING SURGERY

Source: Health City Cayman Islands
Contact:
Christina Trumbach
Marketing & Communication Manager
Health City Cayman Islands
Tel. +1 (345) 526-2203
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Health City Cayman Islands treats first patient from the Amazon at its state-of-the-art Hybrid Catheterization Laboratory
CAYMAN ISLANDS (December 30, 2019) – An Amerindian mother in Bolivia knew there was something wrong with her daughter when she was a baby but she could not afford to go to the city to receive medical attention.
Fortunately, the charity Samaritan’s Purse arranged transportation from the emerald banks of the Amazon to the sandy Caribbean shores of the Cayman Islands.
Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Sripadh Upadhya of Health City Cayman Islands recalled that young Nelly Maldonado lived deep in the Amazon with the nearest medical facility a three-day boat trip away. Nelly’s parents were deeply worried because she suffered from tiredness, fatigue, and repeated infections, so they arranged for Nelly and her mother, Carmen, to go to Health City Cayman Islands, far away from anything they had experienced in the Amazon.
“So when I arrived to the Cayman Islands, I was afraid and when I met the doctors I was afraid, too, because (everything) was new for me.” But Carmen relaxed when she saw how well her daughter was being treated by the attentive Health City staff.
Dr. Upadhya immediately observed Nelly had a hole in an enlarged heart and her lungs were flooded, severely limiting her physical ability to do anything. “And then over a period of time she would have dealt with pulmonary hypertension (or) high lung pressures, which would be irreversible.”
He was pleased, however, to note Nelly’s condition did not require open heart surgery, so to correct the anomaly Dr. Upadhya carried out a procedure called a percutaneous device closure. “It’s not open heart surgery. It’s a cath procedure … we punctured the groin, and then we plugged the hole with a special device.”
Dr. Sripadh Upadhy, Pediatric Cardiologist, Health City Cayman Islands 
Dr. Upadhya said the procedure, which took about an hour, went well – the hole was sealed shut and Nelly was discharged the following day. This was made possible because Health City possesses the Caribbean region’s only state-of-the-art Hybrid Catheterization Laboratory.
Nelly happily concurred with the doctor: “Before the surgery I got tired a lot. Now I feel better.”
Nelly’s mother observed the patience of Health City’s staff with children. “And they are also patient with the moms,” she added.
Dr. Upadhya was delighted to see the marked improvement in his little patient: “She’s a changed girl now. She’s jumping around. She’s playing. So it makes me feel good to see that kind of change.”
He lauded the special relationship between Health City and Samaritan’s Purse: “It’s a blessing for us that we at Health City have been able to do these kinds of procedures for children from most parts of the globe … I thank Samaritan’s Purse for giving me an opportunity to do this, to give wonderful life back to children.”
Dr. Upadhya said Health City’s excellent relationship with the charity helped to provide treatment for young children with congenital heart disease in many of the least developed countries around the world.
After working with them for more than three years Health City has now increased the number of children it receives from the charity. “This year we are targeting about 100 patients. Last month was the busiest month for us, with about 20 patients being admitted from all over the globe.”
One of them was Nelly, who with her healed heart and lungs left on her long journey back to the embrace of the mighty Amazon, a region commonly referred to as the heart and lungs of the planet.
About Health City Cayman Islands
Health City Cayman Islands, the vision of renowned heart surgeon and humanitarian Dr. Devi Shetty, is supported by Narayana Health, one of India’s largest private health care systems. Health City, only the second hospital in the Caribbean to receive the Joint Commission International’s “hospital accreditation”, provides compassionate, high-quality, affordable health care services in a world-class, comfortable, patient-centered environment. Offering health care to local, regional and international patients, Health City Cayman Islands delivers excellence in adult and pediatric cardiology, cardiac surgery, cardiac electrophysiology, medical oncology, orthopedics, sports medicine, pediatric endocrinology, gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery, hepatic and pancreatic surgery, neurology, interventional neurology and neuro-diagnostics, neurosurgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, gynecology, urology, colorectal surgery, sleep lab and pulmonology services.
For further information, visit www.healthcitycaymanislands.com.

CARIBBEAN’S LARGEST TOURISM MARKETING EVENT ON TRACK FOR THE BAHAMAS

For Immediate Release
Source: Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
Contact:
Greta Andzenge, Marketplace Excellence
+1 201 861-2056

From left: Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar; CHTA CEO and Director General Frank Comito; and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Deputy Director General Ellison ‘Tommy’ Thompson

CARIBBEAN’S LARGEST TOURISM MARKETING EVENT ON TRACK FOR THE BAHAMAS


CHTA renews commitment to bring premier Caribbean travel and tourism marketing event to Baha Mar, Bahamas in 2020

MIAMI (October 24, 2019) – Citing the new tourism offerings in The Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean and the opportunity to showcase the nation of islands to the travel world following Hurricane Dorian, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) reaffirmed that all systems are go to bring the region’s largest and longest-standing tourism marketing event to The Bahamas January 21 to 23, 2020.

The 38th Caribbean Travel Marketplace (CTM) will bring together hotel and destination representatives as well as other tourism providers; wholesalers and tour operators; online travel agencies; along with media representatives for two intensive days of business meetings, including thousands of prescheduled appointments.
This marquee event will be held at Baha Mar’s Performing Arts and Convention Center, at one of the newest and most impressive resorts in the Caribbean region. The Bahamian government also recently announced that Baha Mar is pushing forward a $300 million dollar expansion of the resort. This will not only bring exciting new features to the resort but create employment opportunities for Bahamians.
The CHTA meetup is a collaboration with local partners Baha Mar, the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA), the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, and the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board.
CHTA President Patricia Affonso-Dass asserted that the destination is ready for the event: “Our immediate assessment following Dorian revealed that most of The Bahamas was unaffected by this situation and without question we knew that The Bahamas and in particular the Baha Mar complex remain the ideal location for CTM 2020. The travel trade is interested in seeing one of the region’s newest and largest resort complexes and supporting The Bahamas.”
She also noted that attendees will have the opportunity to experience The Bahamas Out Islands before and after the conference thanks to a special initiative of The Bahamas Out Islands Promotion Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation.
Bahamas Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar encouraged attendees to register: “Prior to Dorian’s impact, The Bahamas was trending towards its best tourism performance ever and expectations are that with the exception of Abaco and Grand Bahama, the rest of The Bahamas will continue on that trajectory for 2020. Hosting CTM will facilitate the remaining 14 destinations in The Bahamas to proudly showcase the resiliency of the destination, while tourism dollars will help to support the recovery of Abaco and its Cays and Grand Bahama.”
“We are looking forward to an incredible travel event in The Bahamas, that brings together all stakeholders and business prospects to one location presenting the tourism industry with an opportunity to showcase the diverse products of the region, including many newly opened and upgraded properties,” stated Frank Comito, CEO and Director General of CHTA.
“It’s a one-stop gathering for hotels, attractions, airlines, tour operators and wholesalers, and destination DMOs to meet with the world’s key decision-makers who influence consumer travel. It also is the industry’s key forum for attracting new decision-makers who otherwise would not be familiar with the region – thus opening up new markets to the Caribbean, both from different geographic areas around the world as well as with new niche markets,” he added.
The meeting will build on the success of the previous Marketplace in Jamaica, which attracted 64 new buyers, including 18 new Chinese entrants.
To register and for more information on Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2020, visit www.chtamarketplace.com or contact events@caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.
About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean’s leading association representing the interests of national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 50 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working with some 1,000 hotel and allied members, and 33 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean’s future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether helping to navigate critical issues in sales and marketing, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, climate change, data and intelligence or, looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on issues which matter most.
For further information, visit www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.

JADE MOUNTAIN AND ANSE CHASTANET IN ST. LUCIA EARN TRAVELIFE GOLD RECERTIFICATION

For Immediate Release
Source: Jade Mountain
Contact: Darcel Choy, Marketplace Excellence + 1 201 861-2056
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JADE MOUNTAIN AND ANSE CHASTANET IN ST. LUCIA EARN TRAVELIFE GOLD RECERTIFICATION

 

 
Travelife Gold certification showcases the sister resorts’ commitment to sustainability and fair practices

 

ST. LUCIA (October 24, 2019) – Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy, owners of Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia, have announced the hotels’ recertification for the internationally renowned Travelife Gold Certification for Hotels and Accommodations. The twin properties are the only Gold-certified accommodations on the island.

Travelife, the sustainable tourism certification system, has reassessed Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet’s performance in responsibly managing their socioeconomic and environmental impacts. The resorts first achieved certification in 2017 and have worked hard to maintain the title.

To gain a Travelife Gold certification, Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet were assessed against 88 sustainability criteria that take into account the following environmental issues and positive social impacts:
  • Protecting the environment, by minimizing the amount of energy, waste and water used;
  • Respecting and treating employees fairly;
  • Respecting the local community, including its residents and the safeguarding of children;
  • Protecting the local culture, heritage, and wildlife of the destination; and
  • Supporting the local economy and its businesses.

The Troubetzkoys said of the accolade: “We are absolutely delighted to have achieved Travelife Gold Certification once again, as environmental efforts have always been at the heart of our resorts. It is incredibly important to us that we continue to commit to sustainability and to supporting the local community year-over-year.”

Environmental concerns, sustainability and community efforts are at the epicenter of Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet, with daily practices set up to conserve water and energy and increase recycling efforts. These include but are not restricted to the following:
  • The design of Jade Mountain reinforces the connection to the natural environment with passive ventilation of the rooms and natural day-lighting. Heating and cooling of the sanctuaries (rooms) are based entirely on the natural rhythms and cycles of the world. Not being dependent on artificial cooling or lighting of the rooms decreases the use of precious energy resources and minimizes the carbon footprint of the resort.
  • The exterior plaza of Jade Mountain was designed to capture all the rainwater in Koi ponds and planting areas. The plants are then harvested for use in the resort’s restaurants.
  • A natural coral tile was used for exterior walkways and roof areas. It is highly reflective and effectively diminishes any “heat island” effect in the local micro-climate.
  • Potable water for the resorts is produced by collecting it in a reservoir that was originally constructed and used by the British and French to power the water wheels that crushed sugar cane. The reservoir was repaired after decades of not being used and now collects over 1.5 million gallons of water annually that is gravity-fed to a state-of-the-art water purification system.
  • Only local, indigenous plants were used in the landscaping, which minimizes the need for watering and protects a precious resource.
  • The resorts were the catalyst behind the coral reefs of St. Lucia being declared a marine reserve to protect this valuable resource.
  • The resorts provide alternative transportation for its employees. On a daily basis, shuttles are scheduled hourly to transport workers from the resort to the local community, keeping carbon emissions to a minimum.
  • During the construction of Jade Mountain, any left-over construction materials were distributed to the local workforce for use on their own properties.
  • Construction materials that were used primarily came from the island, reducing the use of fossil fuels for transportation and the resultant pollution. For example, wood used was harvested from a managed forest.
  • During construction, the workers were protected through the implementation of an Indoor Air Quality plan that minimized worker’s exposure to harmful airborne compounds.
  • Low emitting materials (paints, adhesives, etc.) were used throughout the resorts, which effectively eliminated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are detrimental to a person’s health.

Guests are given the opportunity to learn about the resorts’ sustainability programs and actively participate in environmental activities such as reef cleaning and tree planting.

Nightly rates at Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain start at US$375 and US$1,080,  respectively, per room based on double occupancy. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT. To book visit www.ansechastanet.com or www.jademountain.com.

About Jade Mountain
Rising majestically above the 600-acre beachfront resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain Resort on St. Lucia’s southwestern Caribbean coastline is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating the island’s stunning scenic beauty. Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has expanded upon his philosophy of building in harmony with Caribbean nature in his creation of Jade Mountain. The bold architectural design – individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky – makes Jade Mountain one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences.
For more information, visit www.jademountain.com.

Anse Chastanet is set amid a lush 600-acre estate with two soft-sand beaches and breathtaking views of St. Lucia’s twin Pitons mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amidst St. Lucia’s lush tropical beauty, activities range from jungle biking, hiking and bird watching to snorkeling on the reef within swimming distance of the beach. The environmentally friendly, award-winning resort comprises 49 individually designed rooms, 37 of which are scattered about a lush hillside, and 12 that are nestled within a tropical garden at beach level. Innovative menus – one of which is entirely vegetarian – are offered in four different locations and feature fresh produce served up from the resort’s organic farm. Guests can partake in interactive chocolate-making classes in the resort’s chocolate laboratory and a variety of water sports are also on offer.

For further information, visit www.ansechastanet.com.

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ST. CROIX’S STANLEY AND THE TEN SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS TO BE HONORED

For Immediate Release
Source: United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
Contacts:
Alani Henneman-Todman, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism +1 340 774-8784
Bevan Springer, Marketplace Excellence +1 201 861-2056
 
 Stanley and The Ten Sleepless Knight
Photo credit: Malek Bascombe

Iconic Quelbe Band will be celebrated at 2019/2020 Crucian Christmas Festival
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (October 5, 2019) – St. Croix’s renowned musical group Stanley and The Ten Sleepless Knights will be honored at this year’s Crucian Christmas Festival on its 50th anniversary in the music business.

Newly-appointed Director of the Division of Festivals, Ian Turnbull, announced that the iconic group will be celebrated at the festival, whose carnival village has been named “Stanleyville” this year.

One of three major cultural events celebrated annually on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, this year’s Crucian festivities will be held on “The Big Island” between December 6, 2019 and January 5, 2020.

“It’s hard to find another musician (Stanley Jacobs) or musical group deserving of this honor after working tirelessly to keep our quelbe music and Crucian culture alive for more than five decades,” said Turnbull, who confirmed that culinary icon and culture bearer Lena Schulterbrandt will also be honored during the festival’s “Cultural Night”.

With the theme “What a sight to see: music, culture and pageantry”, this year’s festival schedule is undergoing a revival and will include calypso and soca events, a boat parade, food fair, pageants, reggae and latin nights, along with the traditional children’s and adult parades.

Shamari Haynes, the division’s assistant director for St. Croix, stated that new components of this year’s festival include a Sweet Bread and Jam Breakfast Fete in Christiansted, and Jou’Day, a day-time street party, each of which will showcase the food truck cuisine of St. Croix. Food trucks will also be able to park on the periphery of the festival village.

He reminded vendors participating in the festival of a committee meeting on Wednesday, October 23 at Gertrude’s restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

All vendors doing business with the Division of Festivals are required to have a valid USVI Business License and DUNS number.

For further information, vendors can contact the Division of Festivals at the Department of Tourism.

Assistant Director Haynes can be reached at 340-772-0357 or shaynes@usvitourism.vi, while Director Turnbull and Assistant Director for St. Thomas Halvor Hart III can be contacted at 340-774-8784, or iturnbull@usvitourism.vi and hhart@usvitourism.vi, respectively.

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