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Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season

December 19, 2014
Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season NEW YORK, USA -- Elite Traveler Magazine has just reported the top ten destinations to enjoy the benefits of private jet charter flights during last year's peak winter season, which resulted in revenues of $867 million from 12,566 flights. Nassau in The Bahamas, St Maarten and Turks and Caicos...

Expedia announces substantial growth in intra-Caribbean travel

December 11, 2014
Expedia announces substantial growth in intra-Caribbean travel BELLEVUE, USA -- Travel to the Caribbean has long been focused on the US traveler, but new data from the Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, revealed that intra-Caribbean travel is on the rise, with a 50 percent bump in demand in the first three quarters of 2014.

UK and Overseas Territories leaders meet in London

December 10, 2014
UK and Overseas Territories leaders meet in London LONDON, England -- The political leaders and representatives of the United Kingdom and the Overseas Territories met as the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on 2 and 3 December. The newly elected leader of the government of Montserrat, Donaldson Romeo...

US hospitals sue Cayman Islands insurance company for $1.4 million in unpaid medical bills

November 27, 2014
US hospitals sue Cayman Islands insurance company for $1.4 million in unpaid medical bills MIAMI, USA -- Two Miami, Florida, area hospitals have filed complaints in US federal court claiming over $1.4 million in unpaid medical bills from the Cayman Islands National Insurance Company (CINICO), which is a government-owned company formed to provide health insurance coverage to...

New judge joins the Cayman Islands court of appeal

November 8, 2014
New judge joins the Cayman Islands court of appeal GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Sir Bernard Rix, a recently retired Lord Justice of Appeal with 20 years’ experience in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales, commenced sitting this week in the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. As a barrister, judge, and more recently...

Chikungunya cases increase to 30 in the Cayman Islands

November 6, 2014
Chikungunya cases increase to 30 in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) -- The total number of confirmed chikungunya cases in the Cayman Islands has reached 30 to date. Meanwhile, the number of locally transmitted cases is now six. Twenty-four have reported travel history to countries experiencing outbreaks.

Sick tourist sparks Ebola scare in the Cayman Islands

October 29, 2014
Sick tourist sparks Ebola scare in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A female visitor to the Cayman Islands taken to the Government Hospital on Monday morning does not meet the criteria for the Ebola virus, according to statement from the Premier’s Office. Emergency Medical Services were called to a house in Grand Cayman early on Monday.

No Ebola travel ban for Barbados; Antigua-Barbuda imposes restrictions

October 20, 2014
No Ebola travel ban for Barbados; Antigua-Barbuda imposes restrictions BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados has not banned travel to or from West Africa but the ministry of health has recommended that residents defer travel to the region unless absolutely essential until the current Ebola outbreak is brought under control. Travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone...

Chikungunya cases continue to rise in Barbados, Cayman now reports 25

October 17, 2014
Chikungunya cases continue to rise in Barbados, Cayman now reports 25 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Health Minister John Boyce has revealed that the number of confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados now stood at 49, with another 200 suspected cases on record. Meanwhile, in the Cayman Islands the total number of confirmed chikungunya cases reached 25 this week.

BVI ranked as world's leading offshore centre in new reports

October 15, 2014
BVI ranked as world's leading offshore centre in new reports ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has come out top in two new independent surveys of offshore financial centres. The BVI achieved the highest rating of offshore centres in the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI 16), the 16th bi-annual survey of over 3,500 international financial...

Cayman Airways named a top eight airline in the world

October 14, 2014
Cayman Airways named a top eight airline in the world GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Respected travel critic Richard Bangs has just issued his choice of top eight airlines worldwide, and Cayman Airways is on the list.  In his article “The Eight Great Airlines for 2015” written for the Huffington Post, Bangs says that in the past months...

British officials may face inquiry after former Cayman premier acquitted

October 10, 2014
British officials may face inquiry after former Cayman premier acquitted GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Thursday’s acquittal by a local jury of former Cayman Islands premier McKeeva Bush on abuse of office and corruption charges may have ramifications for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The allegations against Bush arose after...

Chikungunya cases in Cayman Islands now 20

October 10, 2014
Chikungunya cases in Cayman Islands now 20 GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The total number of confirmed chikungunya cases in the Cayman Islands reached 20 this week. Sixteen reported travel history to countries experiencing outbreaks (two to the Dominican Republic, three to Guyana, ten to Jamaica and one to St Lucia).

Caribbean investment advisor and attorney sentenced for money laundering

October 9, 2014
Caribbean investment advisor and attorney sentenced for money laundering ALEXANDRIA, USA -- Eric St-Cyr, an investment advisor based in the Cayman Islands, and Patrick Poulin, an attorney practicing in the Turks and Caicos Islands, were sentenced last week to serve 14 months in prison and three years of supervised release each for conspiring to launder monetary instruments.

Confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados now at 40, Cayman records 11 new cases

October 4, 2014
Confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados now at 40, Cayman records 11 new cases BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The number of confirmed cases of chikungunya in Barbados now stands at 40, while in the Cayman Islands, 11 of 13 results of samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing during September 16-24, 2014, have come back positive.

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

Cayman Islands now has six confirmed chikungunya cases

September 19, 2014
Cayman Islands now has six confirmed chikungunya cases GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The total number of confirmed cases of chikungunya in the Cayman Islands has now reached six, as at September 15, 2014. Since the last update on 8 September 2014, five new cases were placed under investigation during the week of 9-15 September.

FIFA suspends Cayman Islands businessman pending outcome of corruption probe

September 18, 2014
FIFA suspends Cayman Islands businessman pending outcome of corruption probe GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The head of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee on Monday announced the temporary suspension of Cayman Islands businessman Canover Watson from FIFA’s financial monitoring panel in the North and Central American and Caribbean region...

Cayman-based investment advisor sentenced for using offshore accounts to launder and conceal funds

September 8, 2014
Cayman-based investment advisor sentenced for using offshore accounts to launder and conceal funds ALEXANDRIA, USA -- Joshua Vandyk, an investment advisor based in the Cayman Islands, was sentenced on Friday to serve 30 months in prison for conspiring to launder monetary instruments. Vandyk, a US citizen, and Eric St-Cyr and Patrick Poulin, Canadian citizens, were indicted...

St Lucia firm surfaces in Cayman Islands corruption probe

August 30, 2014
St Lucia firm surfaces in Cayman Islands corruption probe GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The former chairman of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) board was released on bail Thursday evening following his arrest on suspicion of a number of offences, including abuse of public office, breach of trust, conflict of interest and...

Cayman Islands attractive to Canadian insurance captives

August 28, 2014
Cayman Islands attractive to Canadian insurance captives GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Canadian and Cayman Islands insurance markets are made for each other, says representatives from the Insurance Managers Association of Cayman (IMAC), who have been going regularly to Canada to discuss the advantages of captive structures.

New Cayman Islands court of appeal judge appointed

August 14, 2014
New Cayman Islands court of appeal judge appointed GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- An advocate and judge, who is widely known in the Caribbean and elsewhere in the Commonwealth for his advocacy for the rights of citizens against government actions, has been appointed to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. Sir George Newman was sworn in on Monday.

Cayman Islands police said to be covering up for British officials

August 7, 2014
Cayman Islands police said to be covering up for British officials GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- In a decision that has been described by local media as part of an “ongoing cover up”, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) has concluded that allegations that a former Cayman Islands governor, the attorney general and a British...

Cayman Islands government expands protection for Stingray City

July 31, 2014
Cayman Islands government expands protection for Stingray City GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- For more than 30 years, divers and snorkelers to Grand Cayman have enjoyed a unique first-hand encounter with dozens of friendly stingrays that gather at two sites in the clear waters of the North Sound -- Stingray City and the sandbar. This creature experience is...

Caribbean medical facility welcomes regional neighbours

July 30, 2014
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A new medical facility in the Caribbean is offering affordable, world-class services to its neighbours as an alternative to the rising health care costs typically found throughout the region and North America. Founded by Narayana Health's Dr Devi Shetty...

Barbados and Cayman Islands report first locally transmitted chikungunya cases

July 24, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The ministry of health in Barbados has reported the first case of chikungunya in a resident with no known travel history. Another six cases confirmed so far have all been imported into the island. In the Cayman Islands, out of seven cases tested...

UK territories reaffirm commitment to economic development at Cayman meeting

July 21, 2014
UK territories reaffirm commitment to economic development at Cayman meeting GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Elected leaders of the UK’s Overseas Territories, met in the Cayman Islands on 15-17 July 2014 to discuss the forthcoming Joint Ministerial Council Meeting (JMC), scheduled for December in London. The purpose of the Joint Ministerial Council is to implement...

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