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Antigua-Barbuda hotel stakeholders impressed with tourism marketing strategy

July 22, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda hotel stakeholders impressed with tourism marketing strategy ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The marketing strategies for Antigua and Barbuda’s main source markets in the USA, UK and Europe, Caribbean and Canada, were scrutinised by local stakeholders at a public/private sector market consultation hosted by Antigua and Barbuda’s ministry of tourism and and the Antigua and...

Winair flying towards a bright future

July 19, 2017
Winair flying towards a bright future PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The Winair shareholders from St Maarten and the Netherlands attended the annual general meeting on July 12, 2017, to receive the managing and supervisory boards report on the company’s business and activities for the fiscal year 2016, and to present the audited...

Expansion of private sector to continue in Cuba

July 18, 2017
Expansion of private sector to continue in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban President Raul Castro said on Friday in Havana that the country will continue developing the self-employment sector and experiment with non-agricultural and animal cooperatives. During the closing of the plenary session of the Cuban Parliament, Castro told the deputies...

Regional developer aims to make a difference through CSR agenda

July 17, 2017
Regional developer aims to make a difference through CSR agenda DUBAI, UAE -- Leading regional resort developer Range Developments has announced the formal launch of its corporate and social responsibility (CSR) program. It will focus its efforts on four main areas: 1. Children 2. Family 3. Entrepreneurs 4. Communities. One of the foremost developers of luxury...

Drought affecting future sugar cane harvest in Cuba

July 17, 2017
Drought affecting future sugar cane harvest in Cuba SANTA CLARA, Cuba (ACN) -- The drought that has affected Cuba since 2015 is delaying the sowing time of sugar cane in Villa Clara province, especially in areas located in the north of the province, because it impedes irrigation of the soil destined for this crop. Andres Duran Fundora, the provincial...

Marketing Strategies Today: How to use images

July 17, 2017
Marketing Strategies Today: How to use images When you want to add images to your marketing it is very important to make sure that you are not violating copyrights. That can be done by making sure that you are able to learn all of the information that will ensure that you are going to protect yourself and that means that you want to make sure that...

CDB signs MOU with Export-Import Bank of China

July 15, 2017
CDB signs MOU with Export-Import Bank of China BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which will allow both parties to discuss opportunities for cooperation and coordination in CDB’s borrowing member countries (BMCs).

CARIFORUM firms supported in leveraging the EPA

July 15, 2017
CARIFORUM firms supported in leveraging the EPA PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Supporting CARIFORUM firms to leverage the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is at the forefront of the Caribbean Export Development Agency’s work programme as it implements the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme.

Cuban tourism grows 23 percent in first half of 2017

July 15, 2017
Cuban tourism grows 23 percent in first half of 2017 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban minister of tourism Manuel Marrero has reported that, in the first six months of 2017, almost 2.7 million tourists visited the island, for a 23.2 percent growth compared to last year. Marrero said Canada, the largest source market of tourists for Cuba, is recovering its numbers.

Use of Chinese currency could help safeguard region's access to global finance

July 14, 2017
Use of Chinese currency could help safeguard region's access to global finance BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- As global financial institutions continue to withdraw banking services from the region, the Chinese renminbi could help to safeguard the region’s access to global financial services. This was one of the topics explored at a conference hosted by Caribbean Development Bank.

Patois-speaking doll promotes Jamaica and culture

July 13, 2017
Patois-speaking doll promotes Jamaica and culture KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- “Wha gwaan… Weh yaa seh… mi come from the beautiful island of Jamaica…wi have the best beaches and sunshine all through di year…nuff respect…to di worl,” are some of the sentiments ‘Toya’ utters to her playmates at the press of a button. She is the first-ever patois...

The state of online gambling in Caribbean nations

July 11, 2017
The state of online gambling in Caribbean nations There are plenty of remarkable casinos in the Caribbean, from the massive Atlantis Casino of The Bahamas to the 18 brick-and-mortar options in Puerto Rico alone. Less visible, but arguably more influential, is the online gaming industry. With gamblers from all over the world playing on sites hosted...

Jamaica tourism minister calls for more inclusive sector

July 10, 2017
Jamaica tourism minister calls for more inclusive sector KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In the wake of record performances, Jamaica’s tourism minister has questioned how to ensure that this tourism success translates into benefits for all citizens in communities across Jamaica. Minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, announced that the tourism sector is continuing...

Marketing Strategies Today: How to make a recorded gif for your business

July 10, 2017
Marketing Strategies Today: How to make a recorded gif for your business When it comes to making sure that you can stand out in social media channels you want to make sure that you are able to use a gif in a way that is going to bring attention to your business. When it comes to a gif, they are quick and they are a great way to make sure that you are able to grab the attention...

Real estate and construction industry leaders meet in Cuba to discuss new opportunities

July 8, 2017
Real estate and construction industry leaders meet in Cuba to discuss new opportunities HAVANA, Cuba – RICS, a global professional body that promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, property and construction, recently led a three-day study tour to Havana, Cuba, gathering more than...

Honduras improves transparency on public-private infrastructure investments

July 7, 2017
Honduras improves transparency on public-private infrastructure investments TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras has achieved an information disclosure rate of 85.3 percent regarding its public-private partnerships (PPP) -- up from just 27 percent in 2014. The finding comes from a report issued by Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) Honduras, an effort to...

Jamaica tourism minister discusses pension plan for tourism workers

July 6, 2017
Jamaica tourism minister discusses pension plan for tourism workers KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, addressed tourism stakeholders in Kingston recently about the tourism workers’ pension scheme, which is expected to go to tender soon. The fund is expected to benefit some 90,000 persons employed in the tourism industry.

UK firms pursuing linkages with Barbados businesses

July 5, 2017
UK firms pursuing linkages with Barbados businesses BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A delegation of UK firms is bringing a trade mission to Barbados to attend the first CARIB Food and Hospitality Exhibition being held 6-8 July 2017. The purpose of their visit is to pursue business opportunities and partnerships with local stakeholders in the food and beverage...

BVI beneficial ownership search system goes live

July 5, 2017
BVI beneficial ownership search system goes live ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The government of the British Virgin Islands’ beneficial ownership secure search system (BOSSs) has successfully gone live following the 1 July deadline. BOSSs has so far seen significant activity, with the necessary information for tens of thousands of companies having already...

Honduras president urges Central American neighbours to join customs union

July 5, 2017
Honduras president urges Central American neighbours to join customs union SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica -- Last week, while attending the Central American Integration System (SICA) Summit in Costa Rica, Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández proposed expanding the Honduran-Guatemalan customs union to include other Central American nations. "Guatemala and Honduras...

Defamation claim by regional citizenship consultants opens in Dubai court

July 4, 2017
Defamation claim by regional citizenship consultants opens in Dubai court DUBAI, UAE -- The first hearing in legal proceedings for alleged defamation filed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by well known regional and global citizenship consultants Arton Group against the International Migration Council (IMC) and its representative office in Dubai began this week.

Caribbean credit unions want a greater role in regional development

July 3, 2017
Caribbean credit unions want a greater role in regional development VARADERO BEACH, Cuba -- Caribbean credit unions are more alive and active and can play a greater role in national and regional development, but that much is either not known or recognized by the region's government's -- and they want to change that. That's the word from the president of the...

ILO and CDB hold policy dialogue on social protection and youth employment

July 3, 2017
ILO and CDB hold policy dialogue on social protection and youth employment BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Members of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean met with representatives of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for a policy dialogue on social protection and youth empowerment and employment.

Marketing Strategies Today: How to build a social media sales funnel for all your company's needs

July 3, 2017
Marketing Strategies Today: How to build a social media sales funnel for all your company's needs If you have a blog for business there is no way that you do not want to be able to grow your company in a way that is going to move all of your clients through the sales cycle. In order for that to work you need to make sure that you know how to build a marketing funnel and that means that you need...

Cuban economy performs as forecast in first six months of 2017

July 1, 2017
Cuban economy performs as forecast in first six months of 2017 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban minister of economy and planning, Ricardo Cabrisas, reported to the Council of Ministers that, during the first six months of 2017, the country’s economy has performed as expected. Cabrisas said that, in order to meet the 2017 plan, they continue taking measures to...

US-Cuba policy: 'The mother of all blunders'

June 30, 2017
US-Cuba policy: 'The mother of all blunders' WASHINGTON, USA -- An in-depth analysis prepared by US intelligence and foreign policy experts has concluded that the failed US approach of refusing to engage in a constructive relationship with the government in Havana and the 55-year trade and financial embargo imposed on Cuba...

Cuba and New Zealand to strengthen bilateral ties

June 30, 2017
Cuba and New Zealand to strengthen bilateral ties HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla and his counterpart from New Zealand, Gerry Brownlee, expressed interest on Wednesday in Havana in strengthening bilateral relations in the political and economic sectors. Rodriguez, who welcomed the top diplomat...

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