Title: Caribbean Council newsletter
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Publication Date: September 21, 2007
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Caribbean Council


21 September 2007

Issue 50

CBBC Seminar Series: The Future of Air Travel in the
Benjamin Leon, Vice-President Commercial (Ag), at Caribbean Airlines
led a CBBC seminar about the current challenges facing the Caribbean
air industry and the future trends which are emerging. The event
looked in detail at the particular logistical and management challenges
which Caribbean Airlines faced in setting up a new operation following
the close of BWIA at the beginning of this year. It also identified what
the airline has achieved, in terms of delivery of on-time arrival and
baggage handling to standards far higher than those generally achieved by other major global
airlines, and the likelihood that the airline will meet the financial forecasts in its business plan.

The group discussed the potential to increase the number of multi-destination holidays in the
Caribbean thereby increasing the demand for inter-regional airlift and bringing new customers to
tourism industries across the region.

Caribbean Airlines noted that it has recently launched a dual destination programme with the
Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana inbound tourism associations, and will be working with other
regional associations to encourage multi-destination holidays.

The airline also discussed how in the future a single regional
airline, properly resource and structured, might compete and
partner more effectively with international carriers while
delivering a more efficient service than the current mix of loss
making national airlines. -

The event was chaired by the Chairman of the Caribbean
Council, John Bowers, Bowers Consulting.

For further information about the CBBC Seminar Series, please contact Chris Bennett

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 Nectar. Those who regularly
attend the reception will know that one of the highlights (besides the rum punch) is the prize
draw. This year the top prize in the draw is a one week holiday to the Caribbean. Virgin Atlantic
have kindly donated return flights and 7 nights accommodation has been provided at the
Occidental Miramar Hotel courtesy of Explorecuba.com. In addition to the holiday, there are a
number of prizes donated by Havana Holdings and Tropical Ltd. The celebrated rum punch will
make a welcome return, courtesy of Havana Club and Tropical.

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Events Diary
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:

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.

There are still some advertising opportunities available in relation to the reception. If you would like to discuss the sponsorship and
advertising opportunities that are available in connection with the reception please contact Stephanie Whittle
Steohanie. whittle@caribbean-council.ora.

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 daisv.kenward@caribbean-council. or.

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Cuba Initiative Film Screening: iSALUD!, 25 September 2007, 6pm
iSALUD! is a thought-provoking documentary which highlights the Cuban health system and its successes, ,a-
and looks at examples of the work which Cuban health professionals are currently carrying out around the
world with particular focus on the Gambia, South Africa, Central America, and Venezuela. The
documentary confronts vital issues about the continuing absence of accessible healthcare in the
developing world, in spite of huge global wealth, and shows the inspiring efforts Cuba is making to -
provide access to healthcare where it can; both by training foreign doctors in Cuba and by sending teams
of doctors to practise abroad.

The film will be introduced by one of its Executive Producers, Peter Bourne, who is also Chairman of the
Board for Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC). The film will be followed by an informal
reception kindly sponsored by Havana Club.

If you would like to attend the film screening, please contact Daisy Kenward Dais.Kenward%@Caribbean-council.orq for more
information and to register.

Fidel Castro: Life and Legacy, 10 October 2007, 7pm, London Metropolitan University
Speaker: Ignacio Ramonet, editor of Le Monde Diplomatique and co-author with Fidel Castro of My Life. Ignacio Ramonet has been
editor-in-chief of Le Monde Diplomatique since 1991. In addition, he is one of the founders of the NGO Media Watch Global, and is
currently its president. Mr Ramonet frequently contributes to the Spanish Daily newspaper El Pais and participates in an advisory
council to Telesur, the new alternative TV channel for Latin America. Mr Ramonet will be a guest at the Cuba Initiative Annual
Reception of the House of Lords on 9th October.
This seminar will be in Spanish with English interpretation. For further details please contact admin@cubastudies.orQ

Spanish Hotel Investors Come to the Table with Caribbean Tourism Industry
Spanish hotel interests have steadily expanded their presence beyond successful ventures in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and
Cuba, and are now investing across the English speaking Caribbean. Recognising the role Spanish investors are now playing in the
development of Caribbean tourism, Peter Odle, President of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA), and the Hon. Edison Briesen,
Vice Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), led a delegation from the Caribbean hotel and tourism sector that
met Mallorca on September 14th with the Presidents of the main Spanish hotel chains operating in the Caribbean. The meeting
was facilitated by Enrique De Marchena, President-Elect of CHA.

Global competitiveness, Spanish investment, the United Status passport requirement, and global warming and the areas in which
strategic alliance might be created between the two industries were amongst the issues discussed at the meeting that was
attended by around thirty of Spain's most powerful hotel investors, including Sol MeliM, Grupo Iberostar and Barcel6 Enterprises.

Amongst those participating was the Director of the Caribbean Council, David Jessop, in his role as European policy adviser to CHA.

The Caribbean-Britain Business Council has a special negotiated rate for Allied Membership of the CHA. The standard rate is
450.00 per annum but CBBC members can sign up for 100.00 per year. For further details about this member benefit please
contact Stephanie Whittle Stephanie. whittle@caribbean-council org.

Cubanismo Exhibition of Cuban black and white photography, spanning the 1930's, the revolutionary era and
recent years.
A major perspective of Cuban black and white photography, spanning the 1930's, the revolutionary era and recent years will be
exhibited from 27 September to 3 November at Capital Culture in Covent Garden. The exhibition includes work by: Arturo Martinez Ilia
(1930's Cuba), Ernesto Fernandez (1950's-1970's), and work by two contemporary photographers, Laura Portilla Arias and James
Sparshott. Ernesto Fernandez is well known as one of the great photographers of the Revolutionary period of Cuba photographing
Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and other important figures in the new system.

The exhibition is being held at Capital Culture, 3 Bedfordbury, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4BP. More information can be found at
their website: http://capitalculture.eu.

Exhibition of Batik at Trinidad and Tobago High Commission
Trinidad and Tobago's High Commissioner to the UK H.E. Glenda Morean Phillip, is hosting an exhibition of Batik
material designed by Ms Althea Bastien. The exhibition will be officially launched on Thursday 18 October 2007
(6.30pm 8.30pm) and will also be open for viewing until Thursday 25 October 2007 between the hours of 10.00am
and 2.00pm. For further details please contact Romaine Maharaj tthc.rmaharai@btconnect.com.

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