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5 October 2007
Commercial Director of Gaviota Visits UK
The Cuba Initiative is arranging a series of business
Og GAVIOTA, S.A. meetings for the Commercial Director of Gaviota, Mr
Tourist Group Adolfo Santa Cruz Llerena when he visits the UK later this
month. Gaviota is the Cuban enterprise responsible for
developing some of Cuba's most successful hotels. It is seeking UK companies interested in
management contracts. It also wants to meet with companies interested in investing in new
build hotels and golf courses. Gaviota is also responsible for major buying decisions for many
Cuban hotels. If you would be interested in meeting with Mr Adolfo Santa Cruz Llerena during
his visit, or in obtaining further information, 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.
The reception is now fully subscribed. There has been an excellent response from members of
both Houses of Parliament, as well as a broad range of guests from government, the private
sector and members of the Cuba Initiative.
This reception is supported by Standard Bank and Nectar Shipping. 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 in Havana. Virgin Atlantic has 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.
TICKETS: Due to the postal strike, anyone who is expecting tickets but has not yet received
them should contact us with a fax number so that we can send them before Tuesday. Please
contact Daisy Kenward regarding tickets for the event daisy.kenward@caribbean-council orq.
CBBC Meeting with the CARICOM High Commissioners Cbb -r
The CBBC will hold its next meeting with the CARICOM High Commissioners Ban.uz Coundi
in London on 15 October. Meetings take place twice a year, offering the
opportunity for the CBBC's leadership to update the High Commissioners on
recent and future activity and for discussion about other matters of mutual interest. Lord
Foulkes, President of the CBBC, and HE Mr Laleshwar Singh, High Commissioner for Guyana and
Doyen of the Caribbean Diplomatic Corps, will be co-chairs of the meeting. Any CBBCmembers
who would like to put forward comments or issues for the agenda should contact Stephanie
Whittle stephanie. whittle@caribbean-council. orq
Meeting of the Cuba Initiative Business Executive Committee
The Business Executive Committee of the Cuba Initiative met on 4 October to discuss the Cuba
Initiative's plans for the next twelve months. These include an ongoing seminar programme,
inward visits from Cuba and a trade mission to Cuba most probably in March 2008. The
Committee also discussed current UK policy towards Cuba and the current debate in Cuba about
the process of economic change.
8-13 October 2007
Tourism Harvesting Wealth
Through Tourism, Jamaica
9 October 2007
Cuba Initiative Annual
Parliamentary Reception, London
12 October 9 November 2007
CHOCO: Colour and rhythm from
15 October 2007
CBBC Meeting with CARICOM High
17-18 October 2007
Whisky Extravaganza, Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic
5-10 November 2007
International Fair of Havana
(FIHAV), Havana, Cuba
12-15 November 2007
World Travel Market, London
3-7 March 2008
International Meeting on
Globalisation and Development
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.
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Cuba Initiative Seminar: Dr Peter Bourne presents iSalud!
The Cuba Initiative screened the film iSalud!, an award winning documentary about the Cuban health system and the extensive
medical programme that Cuban health professionals are delivering around the world in terms of training people in remote or poorly
served communities to become doctors. The film follows the experience of doctors practicing medicine and training medical
students in Cuba and around the world in countries as varied as South Africa, Gambia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Pakistan.
The Executive Producer of the film, Dr Peter Bourne, introduced the film and took questions afterwards. In the discussion, he
explained how Cuba is the only state globally providing development assistance by training local doctors in disadvantaged
communities. If you would like to obtain a copy of the film, it is available for purchase from the website:
http://www.saludthefilm.net/ns/index.htmL For more information about the Cuba Initiative seminar series please contact Chris
Bennett Chris.bennett@caribbean-counci. org.
International Fair of Havana (FIHAV), 5-10 November 2007, Havana
FIHAV is the most important opportunity in the year in Cuba to see a wide range of Cuban exporters exhibiting or for foreign
companies to exhibit products / services which they would like to import. 2007 is the 25th anniversary of FIHAV. In 2006, there were
companies from over 42 countries present at the Fair. Many companies also attend to strengthen their existing relations with
commercial partners or as a way of consolidating their existing presence in the Cuban market.
For further information, please contact PABEXPO, Tel: (537)271-6614/271-0758 Fax: (537) 271-9065 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scotch Whisky Tasting Event, 17-18 October, 6pm-Midnight, Santo Domingo
The British Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic is organising a whisky tasting extravaganza at the Hilton Hotel in
Santo Domingo on the 17-18th October. The event aims to provide an opportunity to learn about how whisky is made, what is
distinctive about Scotch whisky, and what makes Scotch whisky unique to Scotland.
This charity event will raise funds for three Dominican charities: the Dominican Institute for Development, the Cigar Family
Charitable Foundation and the Friends against Infantile Cancer Foundation. For more information about the event, please visit the
Chamber's website: or contact Elsa Turull email@example.com or tel 001 809 616 2335.
CHOCO: Colour and Rhythm from Cuba, 12 October to 9 November, The Chambers Gallery, 23
Long Lane, London, EC1A 9HL
In England, Cuban artist Choco is almost unknown. He is well-known on the Continent (in Spain, France, Greece,
Switzerland) and in North and South America (in the USA, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico). In Japan, he became the
first non-Japanese to win First Prize at the Fourth Kochi International Triennial Exhibition 1999 (which received nearly
4,000 works from 1,500 artists around the world). In Spain he won First Prize at the Engravings Salon, Orense, and
he has won many awards in his native Cuba. In the USA he is best-known in California, and his work has been
acquired by (among others) Steven Spielberg and Robert Redford.
He will be travelling from Cuba to attend the opening of this exhibition at The Chambers Gallery his first in the UK. The full range of
his work will be on display (painting, engraving, mixed media and collography). For further details please contact Evgenia Georgiadis
evaeniaa@chambersandartners. co.uk or 0207 778 1600.
Caribbean Council to moderate session at Caribbean Tourism Conference
David Jessop, Executive Director of the Caribbean Council, has been invited to moderate a panel at the Caribbean
Tourism Organisation's thirtieth annual conference. The four day event, which will this year be held in Puerto Rico, is
entitled The Next generation: Learning from the Past, Preparing fro the Future.' He will moderate a panel on climate
change and its impact on tourism. Speakers in the session are; Dr Daniel Scott from the University of waterloo,
.W Canada; Dr Ulric Trotz from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Belize; and Dr Barbara Ekwurzel from
the Union of Concerned Scientists, USA. The conference takes place on 21-24 October. For further details please see
International Meeting on Globalisation and Development problems, 3-7 March 2008, Havana
The tenth symposium looking at globalisation and development will take place in March 2008 bringing together economists,
sociologists, political and other social scientists and representatives of regional and international organizations to look at alternative
solutions for global development. The conference will cover a wide range of issues including: environment, the Millennium Goals,
finance for development, multilateral trade negotiations and food and energy security. More information is available on the website:
http://www. eleconomista.cubaweb.cu; Alternatively contact anecnac@anec. co. cu or telephone (537) 209-2084, 209-3303, 204-5331.
Other News: The UK Parliament returns from recess on Monday 9th October.
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