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5 November 2007

Issue 53


ac Virgin Atlantic Director of External Affairs & Route
W atlantic Development to Become the New CBBC Chairman

The CBBC is delighted to confirm that Barry Humphreys of Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd has been
appointed as the new Chairman of the CBBC. Barry has been the Director of External Affairs &
Route Development at Virgin Atlantic since 1995.
After completing his PhD in Air Transport Economics at the University of Leeds,
Barry joined the UK Civil Aviation Authority as an economist, subsequently
becoming Economic Adviser. During a lengthy career with the CAA he worked
in several areas within the Economic Regulation Group, eventually becoming
Head of Air Services Policy, a member of the CAA's Senior Management Group.
Barry Humphreys continues to lecture widely and has published numerous
papers and studies on air transport economics and regulation. He is a Director
of National Air Traffic Services Ltd (NATS, the provider of UK ATC services), the Airline Group
(which owns 46% of NATS), Airport Co-ordination Ltd. and the Board of Airline Representatives
UK.
Commenting on this new appointment, Lord Foulkes, President of the CBBC, said:
"I am particularly pleased that Barry has agreed to become Chairman of the Caribbean-Britain
Business Council. This is an important moment in the UK/Caribbean relationship. Tourism,
aviation and its allied industries are now driving the economy in most Caribbean nations. We are
also seeing an upsurge in investment in the regions hospitality sector. It is therefore significant
that a senior representative of the industry from an airline that has done so much in recent years
to develop new tourism and business travel markets in the Caribbean should have agreed to take
on the role of Chairman".
Speaking about his new role, Barry said:
"I am delighted and honoured to be invited to become the next Chairman of the Caribbean-
Britain Business Council. Virgin Atlantic has expanded its services to the Caribbean substantially
over recent years to become the largest airline serving the region from Europe, with a total of
eight destinations.
The Caribbean is an important and growing market for us. As Chairman of the CBBC I hope to
be able to build on the excellent work carried out by my predecessor Jeffries Briginshaw,
formerly of British American Tobacco."

The Chairman of the CBBC is the primary voice of the organisation in its meetings with Whitehall
and with Caribbean Governments and regional institutions. Alongside the President, the
Chairman acts as the official representative of the CBBC. He/she plays a central role in the
CBBC's dialogue with the public and private sector in achieving the primary objective of
supporting development through two-way investment and trade. In 2008 the Chairman will lead
CBBC participation in relevant aspects of the UK/Caribbean Government to Government Forum.
Among the organizations that the CBBC engages in regular dialogue with are the Caribbean
Hotel Association and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.
The CBBC is a membership organisation comprising of over 100 companies in the UK and
Caribbean. To find out about how to join the CBBC please contact Stephanie Whittle
Steohanie. whittle@caribbean-council.ora or visit www. cb-bc ora


Caribbean Tourism Investment Fund Details Announced
` Those who attended the conference "Transforming the Caribbean Economy" in
November 2006 will recall the (then) Prime Minister Tony Blair announcing the
British Government's commitment to assist in the development of a Caribbean
Tourism Investment Fund. One year on, the details of the fund are now
available.

The establishment of the Fund is intended to address the investment needs of specific sectors of the
are currently not being addressed by traditional sources of finance.


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


Havana


3 November 2007
Artists from the Cuban Music
Awards 2007 playing at the
Floridita, London
10 November 2007
CHA Annual Crystal Palm Awards,
London
12-15 November 2007
World Travel Market, London


14 November 2007
Romancing Quisqueya
/iew, London


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14 November 2007
[ISC Seminar: After Castro An
American Prospective, London
Metropolitan University
20 November 2007
CBBC Seminar: The Caribbean
Overseas Territories in a changing
world what lies ahead, London
3-7 March 2008
International Meeting on
Globalisation and Development
problems, Havana
For information on any of the
above events please contact
daisv.kenward@caribbean-
council.org


...................................................................
This newsletter is sponsored by:

Molatlantic
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.



Caribbean tourism industry which


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It is widely recognized in the Caribbean tourism industry that there is a financing gap which limits access to third-party equity and
financing for owner/operators of resorts up to 150 rooms looking to expand, renovate, and/or takeover underperforming assets. In a
region as dependent on tourism as the Caribbean is, the fund will aim to bridge this financing gap.

The Fund will provide support to applicants evidencing strong management teams with a proven track record and a robust business
plan. It is expected that the Fund will particularly foster the further advancement of indigenous entrepreneurs participating in the
development of the regional hospitality industry. For further details please contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie.whittle@caribbean-
council org


Practical Issues Facing the Overseas Territories in the Caribbean to be discussed
20 November, Central London
The next event in the CBBC seminar series will be held jointly with the Institute for the Study of the Americas and will look at the
practical issues facing the Overseas Territories (OTs) as they look ahead. Peter Clegg from the University of the West of England,
Gert Oostindie from the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, and Justin Daniel from the
University of the French Antilles and French Guyane in Martinique will all address the issues that the British, French and Dutch
overseas territories face.

Alongside a discussion about the political and economic futures of the OT's and other issues such as environmental security and the
threat from increased levels of crime, the seminar will assess the OTs relationships with a changing Caribbean region.

Following the evening event, there will be an informal drinks reception. Invitations to CBBC members have now been sent but
limited places are available to non members with an interest in the OT's. For more information about the event, please contact
Chris Bennett chris.bennett@caribbean-council.orq.



After Castro: An American Perspective, 7pm 14 November 2007, London Metropolitan University,
London
Philip Peters, Vice President and Chief Cuba Policy Analyst at the Lexington Institute, Washington DC.
Philip Peters, the Chief Cuba policy analyst at the US Lexington Institute will speak at a seminar at Metropolitan
University on November 14.

Mr Peters has traveled throughout Cuba to monitor the market based changes in Cuba's economy. He has published
studies on small business, foreign investment, information technology, historic preservation, state enterprise reform, and other topics.
He is also an analyst of US policy toward Cuba whose articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune,
The Christian Science Monitor, Barron's, The Miami Herald, National Geographic Traveler, and specialized publications. He regularly
provides interviews and commentary on CNN, NBC, Fox News Channel, Univision, and numerous radio programmes. Philip is an advisor
to the Cuba Working Group that formed in January 2002 in the House of Representatives and has testified before Congress and the
U.S. International Trade Commission. Prior to joining the Lexington Institute, he served as a State Department appointee of
Presidents Reagan and Bush (six years), and as a senior aide in the House of Representatives.

In this seminar he will discuss the prospects for change in Havana and Washington and whether Washington is likely to change its
policy of attempting to isolate Cuba through its economic embargo, travel prohibitions, and diplomatic standoff. For further details
please contact admin@cubastudies.ora.

Artists from the Cuban Music Awards 2007 playing at the Floridita, 8 November
In association with Havana Club, Floridita are hosting the best of CUBADISCO 2007, the most prestigious music
event in Cuba. Contemporary Cuban bands will mix music from jazz and pop to hip hop, with the traditional
beats of the island. The two headline acts are Interactivo (a group of Cuba's hottest contemporary musicians)
and rap artist, Telmary Diaz. The event will be hosted at The Floridita in Wardour Street, London on Thursday
8th November. Doors open 7pm and the first band will be on stage at 8.30pm. The Floridita will give a
complimentary mojito with each ticket purchase and a second complimentary mojito is available for all CBBC
members. For more information and details of how to book tickets go to www.cubanmusicawards.com or
www.mysoace.com/cubanmusicawards2007.

Private view of Art from the Dominican Republic, 14 November, London
B X Selected artists from the Dominican Republic will be exhibited at Art-Space galleries from the 12-18 November
2007. The exhibition, brought to London by Art-du-Monde, is called Romancing Quisqueya and comprises
impressive and striking works from five Dominican artists Enriquillo R Amiama, Guillo Perez, Mayobanex Vargas,
Amaya Salazar and Miguel Pineda.

There will be a private view on the evening of 14 November to which CBBC and Anglo
Dominican Trade Council members are cordially invited to attend. It will take place from ( -MDNDE
6.30pm to 8.30pm at 18 Maddox Street, London, W1S 1PN. For more information about the exhibition see .a-dumond.co
www.art-dumonde.com. To confirm your attendance to the private viewing, please contact Monica Raful on email:
monica.raful@codetel.net.do.


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2 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PJ Te l: 0207 235 9484 Fax: 0207 823 1370 Email: admin@caribbean-council.org Web: www.caribbean-council.org Copyright 2007 The Caribbean Council 1 Caribbean Council Newsletter 5 November 2007 Issue 53 y our window to the Caribbean Virgin Atlantic Director of External Affairs & Route Development to Become the New CBBC Chairman The CBBC is delighted to confirm that Barry Hump hreys of Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd has been appointed as the new Chairman of the CBBC. Barry has been the Director of External Affairs & Route Development at Virgin Atlantic since 1995. After completing his PhD in Air Transport Economics at the University of Leeds, Barry joined the UK Civil Aviation Authority as an economist, subsequently becoming Economic Adviser. During a lengthy career with the CAA he worked in several areas within the Economic Re gulation Group, eventually becoming Head of Air Services Policy, a member of the CAA’s Senior Management Group. Barry Humphreys continues to lecture widely and has published numerous papers and studies on air transport econom ics and regulation. He is a Director of National Air Traffic Services Ltd (NATS, the provider of UK ATC services), the Airline Group (which owns 46% of NATS), Airport Co-ordinatio n Ltd. and the Board of Airline Representatives UK. Commenting on this new appointment, Lord Foulkes, President of the CBBC, said: “I am particularly pleased that Barry has agreed to become Chairman of the Caribbean-Britain Business Council. This is an important moment in the UK/Caribbean relationship. Tourism, aviation and its allied industries are now driving the economy in most Caribbean nations. We are also seeing an upsurge in investment in the regi ons hospitality sector. It is therefore significant that a senior representative of the industry from an airline that has done so much in recent years to develop new tourism and business travel markets in the Caribbean should have agreed to take on the role of Chairman”. Speaking about his new role, Barry said: "I am delighted and honoured to be invited to become the next Chairman of the CaribbeanBritain Business Council. Virgin Atlantic has expa nded its services to the Caribbean substantially over recent years to become the largest airline serving the region from Europe, with a total of eight destinations. The Caribbean is an important and growing market for us. As Chairman of the CBBC I hope to be able to build on the excellent work carri ed out by my predecessor Jeffries Briginshaw, formerly of British American Tobacco." The Chairman of the CBBC is the primary voice of the organisation in its meetings with Whitehall and with Caribbean Governments and regional institutions. Alongside the President, the Chairman acts as the official representative of the CBBC. He/she plays a central role in the CBBC’s dialogue with the public and private sector in achieving the primary objective of supporting development through two-way investment and trade. In 2008 the Chairman will lead CBBC participation in relevant aspects of the UK/Caribbean Government to Government Forum. Among the organisations that the CBBC engages in regular dialogue with are the Caribbean Hotel Association and the Caribbe an Tourism Organisation. The CBBC is a membership organisation comp rising of over 100 companies in the UK and Caribbean. To find out about how to join the CBBC please contact Stephanie Whittle Stephanie.whittle@caribbean-council.org or visit www.cb-bc.org Events Diary 5-10 November 2007 International Fair of Havana (FIHAV), Havana, Cuba 8 November 2007 Artists from the Cuban Music Awards 2007 playing at the Floridita, London 10 November 2007 CHA Annual Crystal Palm Awards, London 12-15 November 2007 World Travel Market, London 14 November 2007 Romancing Quisqueya – private view, London 14 November 2007 IISC Seminar: After Castro An American Prospective, London Metropolitan University 20 November 2007 CBBC Seminar: The Caribbean Overseas Territories in a changing world – what lies ahead, London 3-7 March 2008 International Meeting on Globalisation and Development problems, Havana For information on any of the above events please contact daisy.kenward@caribbeancouncil.org 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. Caribbean Tourism Investment Fund Details Announced Those who attended the conference “Tra nsforming the Caribbean Economy” in November 2006 will recall the (then) Prime Minister Tony Blair announcing the British Government’s commitment to assist in the development of a Caribbean Tourism Investment Fund. One year on, the details of the fund are now available. The establishment of the Fund is intended to address the invest ment needs of specific sectors of the Caribbean tourism industry which are currently not being addressed by traditional sources of finance.

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It is widely recognised in the Caribbean tourism industry that there is a financing gap which limits access to third-party equi ty and financing for owner/operators of resorts up to 150 rooms looking to expand, renovate, and/or takeover underperforming assets. I n a region as dependent on tourism as the Caribbean is, the fund will aim to bri dge this financing gap. The Fund will provide support to applicants evidencing strong management teams with a proven track record and a robust business plan. It is expected that the Fund will particularly foster th e further advancement of indigenous entrepreneurs participating i n the development of the regional hospitality industry. For further details please contact Stephanie Whittle stephanie.whittle@caribbeancouncil.org 2 Belgrave Square London SW1X 8PJ Te l: 0207 235 9484 Fax: 0207 823 1370 Email: admin@caribbean-council.org Web: www.caribbean-council.org Copyright 2007 The Caribbean Council 2 Practical Issues Facing the Overseas Territories in the Caribbean to be discussed 20 November, Central London The next event in the CBBC seminar series will be held jointly with the Institute for the Study of the Americas and will look a t the practical issues facing the Overseas Territories (OTs) as they look ahead. Peter Clegg from the University of the West of Engl and, Gert Oostindie from the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of So utheast Asian and Caribbean Studies, and Justin Daniel from the University of the French Antilles and French Guyane in Martinique will all addre ss the issues that the British, French and Dutc h overseas territories face. Alongside a discussion about the political and economic futures of the OT’s and other issues such as environmental security and the threat from increased levels of crime, the seminar will assess the OTs relationships with a changing Caribbean region. Following the evening event, there will be an informal drinks reception. Invitations to CBBC members have now been sent but limited places are available to non members with an interest in the OT’s. For more information about the event, please contact Chris Bennett chris.bennett@caribbean-council.org . After Castro: An American Perspective, 7pm 14 November 2007, London Me tropolitan University, London Philip Peters, Vice President and Chief Cuba Policy Analyst at the Lexington In stitute, Washington DC. Philip Peters, the Chief Cuba policy analyst at the US Lexi ngton Institute will speak at a seminar at Metropolitan University on November 14. Mr Peters has traveled throughout Cuba to monitor the market based changes in Cuba’s economy. He has published studies on small business, foreign investment, information techno logy, historic preservation, state enterprise reform, and othe r topics. He is also an analyst of US policy toward Cuba whose articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, Barron’s, The Miami Herald, National Geographic Traveler, and specialized publications. He regularly provides interviews and commentary on CNN, NBC, Fox News Channel, Univision, and num erous radio programmes. Philip is an adviso r to the Cuba Working Group that formed in January 2002 in the House of Representatives and has testified before Congress and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Prior to joining the Lexington Institute, he se rved as a State Department appointee of Presidents Reagan and Bush (six years), and as a senior aide in the House of Representatives. In this seminar he will discuss the prospects for change in Hava na and Washington and whether Wash ington is likely to change it s policy of attempting to isolate Cuba through its economic embargo, travel prohibitions, and diplomatic standoff. For further details please contact admin@cubastudies.org . Artists from the Cuban Music Awards 2007 playing at the Floridita, 8 November In association with Havana Club, Floridita are hosting the best of CUBADISCO 2007, the most prestigious music event in Cuba. Contemporary Cuban bands will mix music from jazz and pop to hip hop, with the traditional beats of the island. The two headline acts are Interact ivo (a group of Cuba’s hotte st contemporary musicians) and rap artist, Telmary Diaz. The event will be hosted at The Floridita in Wardour Street, London on Thursday 8th November. Doors open 7pm and the rst band will be on stage at 8.30pm. The Floridita will give a complimentary mojito with each ticket purchase and a second complimentary mojito is available for all CBBC members. For more information and details of how to book tickets go to www.cubanmusicawards.com or www.myspace.com/cubanmusicawards2007 . Private view of Art from the Dominican Republic, 14 November, London Selected artists from the Dominican Republic will be exhibited at Art-Space galleries from the 12-18 November 2007. The exhibition, brought to Lo ndon by Art-du-Monde, is called Romancing Quisqueya and comprises impressive and striking works from fi ve Dominican artists – Enriquillo R Amiama, Guillo Perez, Mayobanex Vargas, Amaya Salazar and Miguel Pineda. There will be a private view on the evenin g of 14 November to which CBBC and Anglo Dominican Trade Council members are cordially in vited to attend. It will take place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at 18 Maddox Street, London, W1S 1PN. For more information about the exhibition see www.art-dumonde.com . To confirm your attendance to the private view ing, please contact Monica Raful on email: monica.raful@codetel.net.do .