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JetBlue to Launch Service to Haiti

 Above: a JetBlue plane By Alexander Britell Continuing its Caribbean expansion, New York City-based air carrier JetBlue announced Thursday that it would begin service to Haiti’s Port-au-Prince. The flights, which will include one daily nonstop flight between New York’s John …

Barbados Plans “Hotel Innovation Fund”

 Above: Bridgetown (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbados is planning to create a “Hotel Innovation Fund” that would provide low-cost financing to hoteliers and other tourism providers. The government is currently meeting with tourism stakeholders to design the …

PetroCaribe Member States Agree to Establish “Economic Zone”

 Above: the summit in Caracas By the Caribbean Journal staff The seventh PetroCaribe summit in Caracas concluded this weekend with an agreement by member countries to establish a PetroCaribe “economic zone.” The move would expand the PetroCaribe oil agreement, which …

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 Above: Tourism Minister John Maginley and Ambassador Ren Gongping By the Caribbean Journal staff Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Minister John Maginley met with newly-appointed Chinese Ambassador to Antigua Ren Gongping during a courtesy call on Thursday. Maginley, who will speak …

 Above: the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall in Jamaica By Alexander Britell Travel demand for Jamaica is on the rise, according to the latest report from Expedia. More than 230,000 room nights in the country were booked through Expedia’s platforms in 2012, …

 Above: Port of Spain (CJ Photo) By Alexander Britell PORT OF SPAIN — Echoing the recent call of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Minister Stephen Cadiz suggested Thursday that the Caribbean’s political leadership hold a …

 Above: Parliament in Belmopan By the Caribbean Journal staff New York-based Moody’s has upgraded the credit rating on Belize’s government bonds, the firm announced Monday. The rating has been lifted to Caa2 from Ca, with a “stable” outlook. The move …

 Above: St Lucia PM Dr Kenny Anthony By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony will be on hand in Grenada for the upcoming Special Meeting of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank …

 Above: a Cape Air plane in Vieques (CJ Photo) By Alexander Britell The last flight from Tortola on Sunday night marked the end of the American Eagle era in the Caribbean, a process that has been in the works for …

 Above: the last American Eagle flight By the Caribbean Journal staff American Eagle launched its last flight from the British Virgin Islands on Sunday, after almost 27 years of service. The move is part of the carrier’s gradual phaseout from …

 Above: Andrelton Simmons The Caribbean’s supreme baseball talent was on full display last month at the World Baseball Classic, when the global tournament’s final game pitted two Caribbean teams against each other: Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. And while …

 Above: Antigua PM Baldwin Spencer at the OECS Assembly By the Caribbean Journal staff The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States held its first-ever session on Tuesday in Antigua. The assembly is made up of appointed members from both the governments …

 Above: Jamaica Foreign Minister AJ Nicholson By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica is likely to be graduated from receiving grant funding from the World Global Fund and other funding agencies, due to its status as a “middle-income” country. But the …

 Above: Dominica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association has launched its search for a new Chief Executive Officer, the organization announced Monday. The CEO is the top position in the CHTA, with responsibilities …

 Above: Barbados (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Construction on a pipeline that will bring natural gas from Trinidad and Tobago to islands of the Eastern Caribbean will begin next year, according to the Eastern Caribbean Gas Pipeline company. …

 Above: Digicel’s new headquarters in Kingston By the Caribbean Journal staff In what could prove to be a significant lift for Jamaica’s capital, Digicel has officially opened its new regional headquarters in downtown Kingston. The property will house more than …

 Above: the OECS Regional Assembly in Antigua By the Caribbean Journal staff The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Assembly will hold its first official sitting on Tuesday. The regional assembly, consists of a group of appointed government and opposition Parliamentarians …

 Above: the drilling rig in Cork Hill (Photo: PWD) By the Caribbean Journal staff Montserrat officially begun drilling for geothermal energy on Sunday, the government announced. After resolving “a couple of last minute mechanical issues,” the drilling began in Cork …