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Caribbean Council


26 April 2010

Issue 98

S(ARiR AcN Will Cuba Become the Number
,o One Tourism Destination in the
CARIBBEAN HOTEL& TOURISM Caribbean Hotel & Tourism
May4-6,2010 Puerto Rico Convention Center 4-6 May, 2010, Puerto Rico
Caribbean Tourism's Official Investment Conference The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment
Conference (CHTIC 2010) will focus on the
potential, and much anticipated, lift of the US travel restrictions to Cuba, with a session
titled "Cuba Will It Become The #1 Tourism Destination."

Speakers on the panel include Emily Morris, a UK based Cuba specialist who writes for the
Economist Intelligence Unit, David Jessop, Director of Britain's Cuba Initiative and
Executive Director of the Caribbean Council; and Dr. Timothy Ashby, a US specialist on
trade and investment strategies for Cuba.

For the first time CHTIC will explore the background on the Cuban tourism sector, the
opportunities it presents for investment and an insight into how it is developing its tourism
infrastructure. A major focus will be placed on the outlook for U.S. legislation that aims to
end the travel ban and the economic impact it will have on other destinations throughout
the Caribbean.

"The opening of Cuba for U.S. tourists will have profound implications on the entire
region," said Enrique De Marchena Kaluche, President of CHTA. "It's an exciting, long
overdue moment in our history, but it must be carefully strategized to ensure the right
kind of developments are in the pipeline as we prepare to welcome Cuba back into the
mainstream tourism sector for the U.S. market," Mr De Marchena noted.

The Caribbean Council publishes a news briefing "Cuba briefing" that provides detailed
social, political and economic insight in to Cuba. The weekly electronic publication is
available free of charge to members of the Cuba Initiative and is also available on a
subscription basis. For more information please contact Stephanie Whittle

For more information on CHTIC 2010 including sponsorship opportunities please
contact CHTA events@caribbeanhotelandtourism.com or visit

The UK election and the Caribbean Community
As the UK General Election campaign draws to a close, it has become clear that in some
marginal constituencies minority communities could have a significant effect on the
outcome. The Caribbean Community is a good example of this, with many marginal seats
in cities such as London and Birmingham, being home to sizeable communities from the

For the most part the one million plus Caribbean community in the UK has until recently
played only a very small part in the UK's domestic and foreign policy agenda. However,
this began to change as the increase in Air Passenger Duty has become an election issue
for many in the Caribbean community and has created a greater awareness of the need to
become in involved in questions affecting the UKs relations with the region.

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Events Diary

28 April, 2010
Black Britain Decides, London, UK

29 April, 2010
INTERLINK Trinidad and Tobago
Networking Event, London, UK

30 April, 2010
Caribbean Community Meeting on
UK Air Passenger Duty, Reading, UK

30 April 16 May, 2010
ICC World Twenty20

4-6 May, 2010
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism
Investment Conference, Puerto Rico

12-24 May, 2010
West Midlands Market Visit to the
Caribbean, Barbados, Jamaica,
Trinidad and Tobago

19-22 May, 2010
Trade and Investment Convention,
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

17-20 June, 2010
EXPO Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica

For information on any of the above
events please contact
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This newsletter is sponsored by:


In 2009, Virgin Atlantic celebrated
25 years of flying. In this time it has
become the largest scheduled airline
between Europe and the Caribbean,
carrying 825,000 passengers on its
ten Caribbean routes in 2008.

Virgin Atlantic flies to Antigua,
Barbados, Grenada, Havana,
Kingston, Montego Bay, St Lucia,
Puerto Rico and Tobago from
London Gatwick and to Barbados
and St Lucia from Manchester.

For more details and to make
bookings, please visit www.virgin-

Recognising the importance of the forthcoming general election, the Caribbean community has been actively engaged over the last
three months in a series of events including a Caribbean Question Time series aimed at encouraging the Caribbean community to
become more involved in the political process. Others have been focused on single issues such as Air Passenger Duty.

r Caribbean Question Time
C&Iib-bAr" The Jamaica National Building Society, with support from the Caribbean Council, organised a
Q ues ,i U UJIK series of meetings in the UK in a 'Question Time' format to which one member from each of the
r2 C,,K,- .. three main political parties, well known members of the Caribbean Diaspora and others with
recognized expertise in the Caribbean or Diaspora relations were invited to sit on a panel to
address questions from the audience. Question Time is a popular BBC television and radio programme in the UK.

The inaugural event took place in Central London on 24 February and attracted an audience that represented a
wide range of ages, interests and backgrounds from the Caribbean Community in Greater London. This was
followed by events in Manchester on 25 February, Birmingham on the 26th and the final Question Time was held in
Bristol on 27 February.

Each event had a different panel that included MPs, Parliamentary Candidates, Church Leaders, Entrepreneurs and
Councillors. Bishop Dr Joe Aldred (pictured right) proved to be an efficient, witty and challenging moderator -
certainly a prime candidate for the television role should David Dimbleby ever retire from the BBC television and
radio programme!

Overall, the feeling was that the Caribbean community in the UK should seek to engage more in the political process, whether as
voters or as prospective members of political parties standing for elected office. There was a clear feeling that while the Caribbean
community has traditionally tended to vote for the Labour party, the Diaspora should seek to engage with all political parties to ensure
that their needs and interests are addressed. The majority felt that, if it did exist at all, the 'special relationship' between the UK and
the Caribbean was at best weak in comparison to the past, and that a new kind of relationship founded on equality should be pursued.

A full review of Caribbean Question Time, including the questions submitted to the panel and an overview of the discussion, can be
found at http://www.inbs.com/Review%200f%20Event%20Series.pdf

Air Passenger Duty
More recently, a committee of activists from the Caribbean community have coordinated a series of meetings to specifically discuss Air
Passenger Duty, the changed structure of the tax and the 1 November 2009 increases which mean that flights to the Caribbean are
now taxed more heavily than those to destinations further afield such as Los Angeles and Hawaii. Passionate about the issue, that
many feel is discriminatory, the community has already organised two events in London and Birmingham, with a third scheduled to
take place in Reading on 30 April, 2010. These events have provided a forum for discussion about the changes that have taken place;
what they mean to the Caribbean community in the UK; the policies of the three main political parties; and what the community can do
to make their views known to parliamentary candidates.

There is a wealth of information about APD, including a list of marginal constituencies with larger Caribbean communities, on the
Caribbean Tourism Organisations UK web site http://www.caribbean.co.uk/apd/Update.aspx

CBBC Member Honoured on
Queen's Birthday
Kestrel Liner Agencies has been awarded
S the UK's most prestigious award for
business performance, the coveted
Queen's award for Enterprise International

THE QUEEN'S AWARDS Kestrel is an independent liner agent and
FOR ENTERPRISE' provides freight management services to a
2010 global client base. The company has a
strong presence in the Caribbean, where it has been providing
services for the past sixteen years. With an office in London
and another in Miami, Kestrel employs over thirty people.

The Award is for Continuous Achievement in International
Trade, resulting in substantial overseas earnings with growth
and commercial success that more than doubles export
earnings against strong international competition. The award
also takes account of services concerned and the size of the
applicant's operations", said the Queen's Awards Office.

In response Andy Thorne, Chairman (Pictured
right) said, "The Awards are only granted to
business units that maintain the highest
standards of propriety and we feel that the
Award echoes all the sentiments that Kestrel
values in terms of Quality of Service. I am -'
absolutely thrilled to receive this award on behalf of everyone
at Kestrel who has worked so hard to achieve these very high

Kestrel is a member of the Caribbean Britain Business Council
and has been working in the Caribbean for over fifteen years.

New Jamaican High
Commissioner to London is
Ambassador Anthony Johnson (pictured
left), former Ambassador to the USA, and a
former Senator, Member of Parliament and
University Lecturer, is to be the new
Jamaican High Commissioner in London. Ambassador Johnson
is replacing HE Burchell Whiteman, who retired earlier this
year. The new High Commissioner is expected to take up his
post in May.

Ambassador Johnson took up his posting in Washington in
January 2008 succeeding Professor Gordon Shirley, Principal of
the University of the West Indies. He has pursued a career
path embracing a number of different fields, including being a
politician with the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, serving as
Minister of State in the 80s with the Ministries of Industry and
Commerce, and Agriculture during his stint as a member of
Parliament in 1983-1993. Previously he had been Opposition
spokesman on a variety of subjects including Education,
Agriculture, Mining, Energy and Technology. From 1980 to
1983 and 1993 to 2007, he was a Senator serving as Minority
Leader from 1991 to 1995. He has also been a member of the
Jamaican Electoral Advisory Committee, a senior economist,
journalist and civil servant.

Actively involved in business, Ambassador Johnson has
previously been an Executive Director of the Private Sector
Organization of Jamaica and an executive of a number of
business concerns.

Winner of a number of awards in the fields of business,
academia and journalism, Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the
University of California with a M.A. degree in International
Trade and Finance, and a B.A. in Economics.

Trinidad and Tobago High Commission Food and Beverage Event
7pm, 29 April, 2010, London
The Trinidad and Tobago High Commission in London is holding a networking event for investors and stakeholders in the food and
beverage industry. At the reception there will be a showcase of Trinidad and Tobago brands and a menu by Trinidad and Tobago's
International Chef Tricia Jadoonanan. The event will take place at the High Commission in London. All members of the Caribbean
Britain Business Council are invited. For further details please contact Claudia Cupid ccupid@tthclondon.ora or 0207 245 9351

Ansa Caribbean Award for Excellence
Guyanese environmental and community activist, Sydney Allicock; Kathleen Coard, professor of anatomical
pathology at the University of the West Indies; and Adrian Augier, a poet, playwright and Carnival artist from St
Lucia have received the Ansa Caribbean Award for Excellence at a ceremony held in Trinidad on Saturday 17

Each laureate received a gold medal, a citation, and a cheque for TT$500,000.
CARIBBEAN AWARDS This is the third presentation ceremony hosted by the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence. Since
w FXCFI I FNCF 2006, awards in Science & Technology, Arts & Letters, and Public & Civic Contributions have been given to
outstanding Caribbean people.

The laureates are nominated by Country Nominating Committees, comprising leading academics, professionals, and respected persons
from Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, the OECS and Trinidad and Tobago. The nominees are then adjudicated and selected by a regional
Eminent Persons Panel, after research is done into their achievements and status among their peers, and potential for future work.

For more information on the awards please visit www.ansacaribbeanawards.com


West Midlands Market Visit to the Caribbean
Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, 12 24 May, 2010
The West Midlands Ethnic Minority Business Forum, with support from UKTI and Advantage West Midlands, is
organising a twelve day market visit to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados in May. The visit is open to
businesses based in the West Midlands. The itinerary is as follows:

May 12 Group Briefing in Jamaica
May 13 Reception and One to One Meetings
May 14 15 Individual Delegate Programme
May 16 Travel to Trinidad
May 17 Group Briefing in Trinidad and Reception
May 18 Individual Delegate Programme
May 19 Participation at www.tic.tt.com and one to one meetings
May 20 Travel to Barbados
May 21 23 Group Briefing in Barbados, Participation at www.bmex.bb and one to one meetings
May 24 Travel back to the U.K

This programme is funded by ERDF, there is an available 1000.00 intervention towards a minimum spend of 2000.00 towards the
cost of: Travel, Accommodation, Marketing, Training and Subsistence.

For more information please contact Ajay Desai on 07889 807476 or email aiavd@cw-chamber. co. uk

Trinidad and Tobago Trade & Investment Convention (TIC)
19-22 May, 2010, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
TIC is a multi-sectoral tradeshow that brings together local, regional and international
businesses. Exhibitors at TIC expect to meet large numbers of buyers seeking new suppliers,
goods and services. TIC offers structured networking events, a business education programme
and help from an experienced team on hand to provide guidance and matchmaking services.

Over the last ten years according to the conference organizers, TIC has facilitated more than US$400 million in trade deals, hosted
thousands of international buyers and exhibitors and earned a reputation as the Caribbean's biggest business-to-business event.

In Port of Spain the British High Commission is hosting an exhibition stand offering UK companies the opportunity to have a presence.

For 500, UKTI will:
Include your company's logo/name in a printed banner for the booth.
SCo-ordinate receipt of your company's marketing material
Display & distribute your business cards, brochures, promotional items etc.
Collect & issue business cards of interested customers' etc.
Prepare & issue visitor feedback forms to ascertain leads for follow up
Prepare a market report customised for your firm based on the above

The deadline for UKTI bookings is Friday 30th April, 2010. For more information on the UKTI offer please contact Natalie Dookie
Natalie.dookie@fco.ov. uk. For information about TIC please visit http://www. tic-tt com/

FL^TI Brand Jamaica to the World: EXPO Jamaica
17-20 June, Kingston, Jamaica
The Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) and the Jamaica Exporters' Association (JEA) have
JA I lA partnered to host a trade exposition to promote the products and services that Jamaica has to offer

Expo Jamaica provides an opportunity to UK and other companies to join other European importers
and investors who have partnerships with Jamaican businesses as well as to consider the island's
high value and innovative products and services.

At the event it is expected that over 200 Jamaican firms will exhibit some 2,000 products and services in the areas of Food, and
Beverage; Textile and Apparel; Cosmetics; Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals; Printing and Packaging; Furniture and Bedding; Minerals
and Metals; Services; Building and Construction; ICT; and Electronics.

Jamaica Trade and Invest is offering registered buyers:
One night free hotel accommodation for the first 60 registered buyers
Business matchmaking to suit their needs
Special networking sessions
SGround transportation from hotel to Expo venue
Access to Exporter Directory Online
Cultural Tour of Kingston

At the vent buyers will be able to meet producers and visit their manufacturing plants.
Visit the Expo Jamaica website at www.expoiamaica.com.im or do not hesitate to contact Laurence Jones, European Regional
Manager, J77/JAMPRO at liones@ti. org. im for further information and to discuss your interest

Black Britain Decides: Event on the UK General Election
6.30pm 28 April, 2010, The Methodist Church, Westminster, London, SW1H

SA coalition of Black leaders including church leaders, business leaders, activists, faith groups, Operation Black
Vote, The Peace Alliance, 1990 Trust, Just West Yorkshire, Equanomics UK, The Muslim Council of Britain
(MCB), BEN TV, OHTV and many others will be hosting a political rally which then organizers hope will be the largest seen in the UK for
a generation.

The event is intended to press the political leaders and their parties on matters concerning black and minority ethnic groups (BME)
today. In an anticipated closely fought election battle, the organizers state that the BME vote has become crucial. All three party
leaders (Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat) have been invited along as well as other prominent speakers.

To register and for further information please visit http://www.blackbritaindecides.com/

ICC World Twenty20: Fixtures


Country Match


Fri 30 April Guyana Sri Lanka v New Zealand (13:00 local)
West Indies v Ireland (17:00 local)
Sat 1 May St Lucia India v Afghanistan (09:30 local)
Pakistan v Bangladesh (13:30 local)
Sun 2 May St Lucia South Africa v India (09:30 local)
Pakistan v Australia (13:30 local)
Mon 3 May Guyana Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe (09:30 local)
West Indies v England (13:30 local)
Tue 4 May Guyana New Zealand v Zimbabwe (09:30 local)
England v Ireland (13:30 local)
Wed 5 May Barbados Bangladesh v Australia (13:00 local)
South Africa v Afghanistan (17:00 local)
Wed 5 May St Kitts West Indies v South Africa (10.00 local)
England v Australia (14.00 local)
Thu 6 May Barbados Al v D2 (09:30 local)
Cl v B2 (13:30 local)
Thu 6 May St Kitts Sri Lanka v Pakistan (10.00 local)
New Zealand v India (14.00 local)
Fri 7 May Barbados A2 v C2 (09:30 local)
B1 v D1 (13:30 local)
Fri 7 May St Kitts Australia v South Africa (10.00 local)
England v West Indies (14.00 local)

Country Match

Sat 8 May Barbados Al v B2 (09:30 local)
D2 v C1 (13:30 local)
Sat 8 May St Kitts India v Pakistan (10.00 local)
New Zealand v Sri Lanka (14.00 local)
Sun 9 May Barbados C2 v D1 (09:30 local)
B1 v A2 (13:30 local)
Sun 9 May St Kitts England v South Africa (10.00 local)
Australia v West Indies(14.00 local)
Mon 10 May St Lucia Al v C1(09:30 local)
B2 v D2(13:30 local)
Mon 10 May St Kitts New Zealand v Pakistan (10.00 local)
India v Sri Lanka (14.00 local)
Tue 11 May St Lucia B1 v C2(13:00 local)
Dl v A2(17:00 local)
Thu 13 May St Lucia Men's Semi (11:30 local)
Women's Semi (16:00 local)
Fri 14 May St Lucia Men's Semi (11:30 local)
Women's Semi(16:00 local)
Sun 16 May Barbados Men's Final (11:30 local)
Women's Final (16:00 local)

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