Month: July 2014

Ranking the Caribbean on Human Development

 Above: the Bahamas (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff What are the most developed countries in the Caribbean, according to the United Nations Development Programme? The UNDP just released its annual Human Development Report, which scores countries on a …

Haiti, Bahamas Sign Three Agreements

 Above: Haiti President Michel Martelly with Bahamian officials in Nassau (Photo: OP Haiti) By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti and the Bahamas have signed three new wide-ranging bilateral agreements, the two sides announced this week. The agreements were signed during …

Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Agree on New Action to Combat Illegal Migration

 Above: TCI and Bahamian officials in Nassau (TCIG) By the Caribbean Journal staff The governments of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas have agreed on new action to “combat illegal immigration, drug smuggling and illegal fishing,” the countries …

LATEST NEWS

 Above: Barbados Tourism Minister Richard Sealy and OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza in Washington (OAS Photo/Maria Patricia Leiva) By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbados will soon play host to the 22nd Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of …

 Above: Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Dominican Republic’s tourism boom continues. The region’s leading tourism destination received just under 2.7 million tourist stopover arrivals in the first half of 2014, an …

 Above: the Abaka Bay Resort in Haiti By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti’s renewed focus on tourism seems to be paying off so far in 2014. After a 2013 that saw a 20.2 percent improvement in arrivals compared to the …

 Above: the Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Tourism to Grenada is surging, according to new data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Tourism stopover arrivals to the island increased by 18.6 percent in the first …

 By David RoweOp-Ed Contributor The government of Jamaica recently issued a statement criticizing the current bombardment of Gaza by the Israel Defense Forces. The statement was signed by Ambassador Courtenay Rattray. Of course, the Jamaican position does not differ greatly …

 Above: Willemstad, Curacao (CJ Photo) By Alexander Britell JetBlue’s Caribbean push shows no signs of slowing down. The New York City-based carrier announced Wednesday that it would be launching service to another new Caribbean destination, beginning service from New York …

 Above: Panama President Juan Carlos Varela and Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos (Photo: OP Panama) By the Caribbean Journal staff Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos and Panama President Juan Carlos Varela met this week for high-level talks in Panama City. …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Caribbean hotel occupancy is up just 0.2 percent for the first half of 2014, compared to the first six months of 2013, according to newly released data from STR. Hotel occupancy in the region stood …

 By Jaime SuchlickiOp-Ed Contributor IN THE 1960s, Fidel Castro mocked Chinese leader Mao as a senile, old man. Naturally, in his quest to oppose the US, Castro sided with the Soviets and opened Cuba’s door to nuclear missiles. Three decades …

 Above: Haiti President Michel Martelly and Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago have signed a memorandum of understanding on energy cooperation. The MoU provides for “cooperative initiatives in energy, energy security …

 Above: Dominica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Dominica’s Agricultural Industrial and Development Bank will soon be implementing a pilot project to finance energy efficiency investments by micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the country. The project is being …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor I spent a week in Nevis recently, a magical trip that revolved around two resorts and imbibing at least that many tumblers of rum punch a day. After all, every hotel seemed to have their …

 Above: the British Virgin Islands By the Caribbean Journal staff The British Virgin Islands’ new Arbitration Act is set to come into force in October. In a statement, the territory’s government said it would “usher in a modern era for …

 Above: the Inter-American Development Bank’s headquarters By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti will soon receive a $14 million grant to help the country’s government reduce plant and livestock losses and increase exports. The grant, which was approved by the Inter-American …

 Above: a rendering of the new Hotel Cacao By the Caribbean Journal staff A new boutique hotel is coming to Mexico’s Playa del Carmen. The Hotel Cacao, the brainchild of hotel management firm Cornerstone, is set to open in September …