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Caribbean Council


7 September 2007

Issue 49

E CBBC Seminar Series
The Future of Air Travel in the Caribbean
Guest Speaker: Ben Leon, Vice-President Commercial, Caribbean Airlines
Chairman: John Bowers, Bowers Consulting & Chairman of the Caribbean
Tuesday 11th September at 6.15pm, Canning House, 2 Belgrave
Square, London SW1X 8PJ
The last two years have seen significant changes in the structure of the airlines market in the
Caribbean with the birth of Caribbean Airlines following BWIA's demise, the merger and
integration of other regional carriers such as LIAT and Caribbean Star, and concerns about
increasing flight prices and related taxes.
Governments of the region are very aware of the importance of an effective, efficient and
economic airline service between Caribbean countries to enable the region to function as a single
economic block. Business people who travel frequently in the region are also aware that, all too
often, the necessary air-links are absent and it is necessary to travel via the United States in
order to cover what in physical terms, are quite short distances.
Ben Leon will analyse some of these recent trends and discuss how he sees the future of
regional air travel in the Caribbean.
There is no charge for attendance. Due to the popularity of this seminar, limited places are now
available and CBBC members will receive priority. For further details and to book a place please
contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie. whittle@caribbean-council.ora.

Caribbean Airline News
For anyone interested in following developments in the Caribbean aviation industry,
Caribbean Airline News is an invaluable tool. This electronic newsletter is published
by the Caribbean Insight team and distributed via email twice a month. It details any changes to
routes and services and gives a brief on what is happening with airlines servicing Caribbean
countries. This publication is members-only, available as part of the Caribbean-Britain Business
Council benefits package. To receive a sample issue of airline news or to find out more about
CBBC membership, please contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie. whittle@caribbean-council ore.

STHE CUBA Cuba Initiative Seminar Series
S lud INIATIVE Screening of documentary film iSalud!
With an introduction by the film's Executive Producer, Dr. Peter
s.m.tiesh.lp ...o.me .un.expecte..iplc... Bourne. 6pm, 25 September The Library, Canning House, 2
Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PJ

iSalud! Sometimes help comes from unexpected places...
iSalud! is directed by Academy Award nominee Connie Firle and was produced with support from
Atlantica Philanthropies and the Rockerfeller Foundation. It is the first film to examine the
results of Cuba's health care system and the island's global cooperation programme, which sends
30,000 health professionals abroad. The documentary was filmed in Cuba, South Africa, The
Gambia, Honduras and Venezuela, and includes testimonials from former President Jimmy carter,
Harvard University's Dr Paul Farmer, and George Washington University's Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan.

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Events Diary
11 September 2007
CBBC Seminar: Future of Air
Travel, London
25 September 2007
Cuba Initiative screening of
documentary film iSalud!, London

27-30 September 2007
Caribbean Gift & Craft
(CGCS) 2007


4-7 October 2007
Building & Interiors Trade Show
(BITS), Trinidad
8-13 October 2007
Tourism Harvesting Wealth
Through Tourism, Jamaica
9 October 2007
Cuba Initiative Annual
Parliamentary Reception, London
17-18 October 2007
Whisky Extravaganza, Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic

5-10 November 2007
International Fair of
(FIHAV), Havana, Cuba


12-15 November 2007
World Travel Market, London
For information on any of the
above events please contact

This newsletter is sponsored by:

-3 atlantic
Following Air Jamaica's decision to cease
loss-making services between Jamaica
and the UK, from the end of October
Virgin Atlantic will operate two new
frequencies per week between London
Gatwick and Kingston. This is in addition
to Virgin Atlantic's current twice-weekly
operation to Montego Bay. Kingston will
be Virgin Atlantic's eighth destination in
the Caribbean and its 30th globally. All
Caribbean routes are operated with
Boeing 747-400s and include Virgin's
award winning onboard service. In
addition to Jamaica, Virgin Atlantic also
serves Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua,
Grenada, Tobago and Havana.

The Cuba Initiative is delighted to welcome Dr. Peter Bourne, one of the Executive Producers of the documentary, to make an
introduction prior to the film's screening on 25 September. Following Dr. Bourne's introduction, the film will be screened (total length is
90 minutes.) Dr Bourne will then take questions after the film and the screening event will close with an informal drinks reception.

Unlike the majority of Cuba Initiative events, this screening is open to anyone who wishes to attend and so Cuba Initiative members
are welcome to invite guests. For further details or to register for this event please contact Chris Bennett chris.bennett@caribbean-
council ora

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Cuba Initiative Annual Reception, 9 October 2007, House of Lords, London
The annual reception of the Cuba Initiative will take place at the House of Lords in the Cholmondeley room from 7pm-9pm on 9
October. Invitations have been sent out to members of the Cuba Initiative this week. Members of the Caribbean-Britain Business
Council and the Anglo Dominican Trade Council may purchase tickets to attend. CBBC Premier Members will all receive
complimentary tickets.

The reception has proved a great success in the past with an excellent turn out by members of both Houses of Parliament, as well
as a broad range of guests from government, the private sector and well-known public figures with interest in Cuba.

This reception has been kindly supported by Standard Bank and we are seeking other partners to sponsor the event. If you would
like to discuss the sponsorship and advertising opportunities that are available in connection with the reception please contact
Stephanie Whittle Stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.org.

Any members of the Cuba Initiative who have not received their emailed invitation, or those members of the CBBC or Anglo
Dominican Trade Council wishing to attend should contact Daisy Kenward daisy.kenward@caribbean-council.ora.

CBBC Chairman Steps Down
Jeffries Briginshaw, the Chairman of the Caribbean-Britain Business Council has stepped down from his position
following his acceptance of an appointment unconnected with the Caribbean. Jeffries, who has been the CBBC
Chairman since 2002, was until recently the Head of International Political & Regulatory Affairs at British American
Tobacco. He has now taken the position of EU Executive Director of Transatlantic Business Dialogue, based in
Brussels. The CBBC would like to thank Jeffries for his dedication and commitment to the CBBC and the Caribbean and
wish him well in his new role.

The CBBC is currently in the process of selecting a new Chairman. Members will be informed as soon as this process is complete.

www.caribbean-council.org is back on line
The Caribbean Council web site is back online following a
period of maintenance. The site has been developed so that
it contains the most up to date information about the
Caribbean Council and each of its membership organizations.
The site now contains a detailed events page on which we
will list all of our events alongside other events that we feel
may be of interest to those interested in the Caribbean. The
events pages contain details of past events, with useful
documents available for download. The useful links page has
also been enhanced.
The revision of the web site enables us to offer a more
comprehensive package of benefits to sponsors and
advertisers. If you are interested in having a sponsored link
from the web site and would like to benefit from a special
introductory rate, please contact Stephanie Whittle

Honorary Consul for India in the
Dominican Republic
The Indian government has officially announced
the appointment of Fernando Gonzalez Nicolas as
its Honorary Consul in the Dominican Republic.
Mr Gonzalez is a long time associate of the
Caribbean Council. In 1990, he founded the
Consorcio Comercial del Caribe, a firm that promotes trade and
international investment. Fernando co-founded the British
Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic, to which the
Anglo Dominican Trade Council has strong links, in 1987. He is
also a board member of the Dominican Association of Exporters
(Adoexpo) and the Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce. In
1991, he was appointed Honorary Vice Consul for the UK and was
awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by
Queen Elizabeth II in 1996.

Crystal Palm Awards Gala Dinner, 10 November 2007, Riverbank Park Plaza, London
The Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) will once again be holding their prestigious awards ceremony gala dinner
in London on 10 November. The Crystal Palm Awards, which are given each year at the dinner timed to
coincide with World travel Market, are based on the votes cast by Caribbean hoteliers and tourist boards, as well
as tour operators and trade press from the United Kingdom and Europe. The gala was established in 1997 to
honour the Caribbean's leading travel partners in the UK and Europe. The President of the CBBC, Lord Foulkes
of Cumnock, was honoured last year with the award for Outstanding Individual in recognition of his dedication
and commitment to developing meaningful contact with Caribbean nations.

This year guests will be treated to a three course dinner prepared by Puerto Rican chef Fernando Parilla, winner of the 2007 Caribbean
Chef of the Year Award. Reservations for this black tie event can be made for individual places or corporate tables. For further
information please contact Ruth MacNeil ruth@amaltd.biz (UK) or Victor Lebrdn vlebron@caribbeanhotelassociation.com (Caribbean.)

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Whisky Extravaganza, 17-18 October, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Recognizing the popularity of whisky in the Dominican Republic, the British Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic is
organising a Whisky Extravaganza that will take place in October. The event has been designed to showcase the products of the five
main whisky distributors in the DR and also to offer those attending the opportunity to learn about the origins, history and flavour of
Scotch whisky. Around 600 people are expected to attend each evening and the profits of both nights will be donated to charitable
foundations in the Dominican Republic. For further details please contact Elsa Turull de Alma administracion@britchamdr.com

Cb Special Offer for CBBC Members
( The Caribbean Hotel and restaurant Buyers Guide is offering members of the Caribbean-Britain Business Council
._, a discounted rate for advertising in their next publication. Members will receive a ten per cent discount against
all new advertising bookings. For further details please contact Stephanie Whittle Stephanie. whittle@caribbean-
council org.

Agriculture Harvesting Wealth through Tourism, 7th Caribbean Week of Agriculture: 8-13 October 2007,
Gran Bahia Principe Hotel, Jamaica
CWA has been taking place under the aegis of the Alliance for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and Rural Milieu ("The
Alliance"). From its inception, the main collaborating agencies were IICA and CARICOM Secretariat. In October 2002, FAO joined
these two organizations that established the Secretariat to "The Alliance".

This year's theme has been chosen in light of the importance of tourism to Caribbean economies and the need to integrate the
agriculture and tourism sectors.

A total of nine (9) countries participated in the sixth staging of CWA in Bahamas. The event has attracted approximately 260
participants at the regional and international levels. Participants normally include Government officials, NGO's and private sector.

CWA is held in the context of declining contribution of the agriculture sector to the Gross Domestic Product of most Caribbean
countries and the need to foster competitive agricultural production and trade and agri-business development.

A key component of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture is an Agricultural Exhibition and Trade Show of high quality showcasing
Caribbean Primary produce and processed agricultural products, handicrafts, etc. Exhibitors meet with potential buyers / importers
and conduct business while in the Host Country, and visitors to the booths buy quality products that are on display and for sale.

Key themes in this year's agenda are; the situation and outlook of agriculture and rural life in the Caribbean; the framework for
developing a Caribbean Common Agricultural Policy; a business development (entrepreneurship) process in the Caribbean; and
strategies to obtain endorsement from the Alliance in the fields of agroenergy, agro-tourism, biotechnology and organic. Formore
information please see htt://www.moa.qov.im/expo/index.html

S 182nd Anniversary of Floridita Havana, 1 4 November, Havana, Cuba
To celebrate the 182nd birthday of Havana's Floridita, a favourite of Hemingway's, Floridita Travel has organised an
exclusive trip. Leaving on 1st November with Virgin Atlantic, guests will be met by a vintage American car. Guests
will enjoy a cocktail party with some of Cuba's best musicians; a gala dinner hosted by David Soul and the Buena
Vista Social Club's Eliades Ochoa; salsa dancing; and a visit to the original Partagas cigar factory. The finale of the
trip is dinner and cocktails at El Floridita. For more details about this unique trip please contact Mike Mirecki mike@floridita.co.uk.

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