Month: April 2014

Grenada Foreign Minister Visits Qatar

 Above: Qatar By the Caribbean Journal staff Grenada Foreign Minister Nickolas Steele recently wrapped up visit to Qatar. The purpose of the trip was to pave the way for Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell’s upcoming trip to Qatar this …

Trinidad, China Plan to Partner on “Agricultural Innovation Park”

 Above: Trinidad (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Trinidad and China are planning to partner on the development of an “Agricultural Innovation Park,” according to Trinidad’s government. The University of the West Indies St Augustine campus recently hosted a …

Rum Journal: Pusser’s, Don Q, El Dorado Among RumXP Winners

 Above: Lost Spirits rum By the Rum Journal staff It was another solid class at this year’s Miami Rum Festival, which released the winners of its RumXP tasting competition on Wednesday. The competition featured three days of blind tasting trials …

LATEST NEWS

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Caribbean hotel occupancy continued its slow start to 2014 with another decline, according to STR. The region’s hotel occupancy fell by 0.4 percent in March compared to the same month in 2013, following a similar …

 Above: Curacao PM Ivar Asjes and Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina (Photo: DICOM) By the Caribbean Journal staff Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina and Curacao Prime Minister Ivar Asjes held talks this week in the context of the VI Summit …

 Above: Mexico By the Caribbean Journal staff Hyatt is continuing its expansion push in Mexico. The company has signed a franchise agreement for a Hyatt House property in Mexico City, part of a wave of new hotels set to open …

 By Gerard BestCJ Contributor Above: Bevil Wooding, left, one of the founders of CaribNOG, leads a session at the seventh installment of the regional technology development event, held in Roseau, Dominica (Photo: CaribNOG) ROSEAU – Regional and international technology experts …

 Above: St Lucia By the Caribbean Journal staff The 23rd annual St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival officially launches Wednesday, bringing together more than 65 musical performances. The 12-day festival, which runs through May 11, will also include art showcases, …

 Above: a JetBlue plane By the Caribbean Journal staff Air carrier JetBlue has announced the departure of its Chief Operating Officer, Rob Maruster. Current President Robin Hayes will oversee operational leadership for the airline in the wake of Maruster’s exit, …

 By Alexander Britell (All photos by CJ) Curaçao — The sights; the smells; the hum. Willemstad isn’t like many places in the region — it’s a historic but bustling urban area with an energy all its own. Our new Portrait of …

 Above: the opening ceremony for the newest Sandals resort (all photos by CJ) By Guy Britton GRENADA — The Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa held its grand opening on Monday with a lavish affair. The resort, which first opened …

 Above: Then-Mexican President Felipe Calderon at the last CARICOM-Mexico summit in 2012 (CJ file photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Caribbean heads of government and Mexican officials are gathering in Merida, Mexico on Tuesday for the third-ever CARICOM-Mexico summit. The …

 By Dennis ChungCJ Contributor AS Jamaica starts the 2014/15 fiscal year with the reports that we have successfully passed all four IMF tests so far, and with a feeling of greater confidence and hope for economic and fiscal improvements, it …

 Above: Kittitian Hill By the Caribbean Journal staff The Kittitian Hill project in St Kitts has named Carlos Salazar as the general manager of its Belle Mont Farm and Villas hotel, which is slated to open at the end of …

 Above: Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs Secretary General Maarten Camps and St Maarten Tourism Minister Ted Richardson By the Caribbean Journal staff St Maarten Tourism Minister Ted Richardson made a working visit to the Netherlands this week. Richardson’s trip included …

 Above: Kingston (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica’s government has officially received a new “Roadmap to Seismic Safety” that is a major step on the country’s road to seismic resilience. The Caribbean is a seismically active region, a …

 Above: Martinique By the Caribbean Journal staff The island of Martinique is set to host the “Martizik” music festival beginning next week. Martizik, which will take place from May 2 to May 4, will be hosted in the area of …

 Above: a rendering of the new look of the Mount Nevis Hotel By the Caribbean Journal staff The Mount Nevis Hotel in Nevis has officially broken ground on a $60 million expansion project. The expansion will see the addition of …