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Caribbean Council

Newsletter

19 November 2007

Issue 54


David Jessop honoured at Caribbean Hotel Association's
(CHA) Crystal Palm Dinner
The Executive Director of the Caribbean Council, David Jessop,
received a Crystal Palm Award on Saturday 10 November during the
CHA's annual ceremony in London. The Outstanding Individual award
was given to David in recognition of his commitment and dedication
to supporting the Caribbean tourism industry over the past thirty
years. Most recently David has been working with the tourism industry in support of their efforts
to ensure that Caribbean tourism is well represented in the services agreements of the Economic
Partnership Agreement negotiations with the European Union.

On receiving his award, David said, "It has been an honour to work with CHA and the tourism
industry and to be able to support in Europe the need for the industry to be seen as central to
the future economic development of the region." David paid tribute to the CHA Chairmen and
women with whom he has worked including Peter Odle, Berthia Parle, Ralph Taylor and Simon
Suarez and to the organisation's present and past Director Generals all of whom "have had the
vision to see the industry as central to future of the Caribbean's relations with Europe".

The 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 award winners are playing a major role in the growth of tourism in the Caribbean and
have been a solid partner in the region's development," said CHA President Peter Odle. "This
recognition is our way of recognizing them for their continuing excellence."


The Caribbean Overseas Territories in a changing world what
lies ahead? Tuesday 20 November, 5.45pm, 35 Tavistock
Square, London
The CBBC will be holding an event jointly with the Institute for the Study of the Americas to
discuss the challenges which face the non-independent Caribbean. Expert academic
commentators on the English speaking, Dutch and French Caribbean will form a panel to look at
some of the key social, economic, environmental and political changes which are occurring and
which will affect these small and vulnerable territories. The event will be chaired by Lord
Foulkes and he will be joined on the panel by Dr Peter Clegg, University West England, Gert
Oostindie, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in
Leiden; Justin Daniel, University of the French Antilles and French Guyane, Martinique; and Frank
Savage, former Governor of BVI and Montserrat. For further information please contact Chris
Bennett Chris.Bennett@caribbean-council.ora


The Caribbean Council







Events Diary
20 November 2007
CBBC Seminar: The Caribbean
Overseas Territories in a changing
world what lies ahead, London

23-25 November 2007
Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting, Uganda
13-15 January 2008
Caribbean Marketplace. Atlantis
Paradise Island, Bahamas
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.ora


This newsletter is sponsored by:

-=7atlantic
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 Meeting with Cuban Minister of Tourism, Manuel Marrero Cruz
Members of the Business Executive Committee met with the Cuban Minister of Tourism and the Presidents of Cubanacan, Gran Caribe
and Gaviota, the three largest tourism enterprises in Cuba. The Minister outlined the government's programme to expand Cuba's
tourism sector through the creation of ten new golf resorts, the refurbishment of old and historic hotels across the island and the new
opportunities which exist for foreign companies to become involved in a variety of new joint projects. Discussion focused on the
guarantees and securities which are available to foreign investors and the application of Law 77 on Foreign investment in Cuba. A
copy of the minister's presentation is available on request from Chris Bennett. Chris..Bennett@caribbean-council.ora.

Cuba Initiative Meeting with Deputies from Cuba's National Assembly
A delegation of senior deputies from Cuba's National People's Assembly, led by the Vice-President of the
Assembly, Jaime Crombet, met with members of the Cuba Initiative at a round-table event in London
which explored the way in which the Cuban Assembly relates to the municipal and provincial levels of
government, the system of committees which is used to examine legislation, and the way in which the
Assembly can assess and steer Cuba's economic policy making. Members of the Business Executive
Committee also explained to the delegation the interest of British companies in working in Cuba and the
sectors in which British companies are already present.




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CTO European Marketing Forum
SThe Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) held it annual pre World Travel Market European Marketing
Forum on 11 November in London. The forum featured speakers on Current Trends & Challenges in
UK Marketplace; Marketing the Green Message; and the Long Haul, Low Cost Opportunity for air
travel to and from the region. Copies of the presentations can be downloaded from the CTO web site
http://www.onecaribbean.org/information/cateqorybrowse.php?cateqoryid=1014


Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), 23-25 November, Uganda
Every two years, Commonwealth leaders meet to discuss global and Commonwealth issues, and to agree collective policies and
initiatives. These summits provide a unique forum for consultation at the highest level of government. At a recent pre-CHOGM
event held by the Royal Commonwealth Society in London, Gareth Thomas MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the
Department for International Development with responsibility the Caribbean amongst other regions, stated that the UK had three
key topics that it would like to address at CHOGM: Climate Change, Millennium Development Goals; and fairer international trade
systems.

CHOGM takes place every two years and the next meeting will take place in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 although dates are not
set.



Farewell to Daisy Kenward, Executive Assistant to the Caribbean Council
Daisy Kenward will be leaving the Caribbean Council on November 20. The Council would like to thank Daisy for her commitment and
hard work over the past two years and wish her every success in her new role.













































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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 David Jessop honoured at Caribbean Hotel Association’s (CHA) Crystal Palm Dinner The Executive Director of the Caribbean Council, David Jessop, received a Crystal Palm Award on Saturday 10 November during the CHA’s annual ceremony in London. The Outstanding Individual award was given to David in recognition of his commitment and dedication to supporting the Caribbean tourism industry over the past thirty years. Most recently David has been working with the tourism industry in support of their efforts to ensure that Caribbean tourism is well represen ted in the services agreements of the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations with the European Union. On receiving his award, David said, “It has been an honour to work with CHA and the tourism industry and to be able to support in Europe the need for the industry to be seen as central to the future economic development of the region.” David paid tribute to the CHA Chairmen and women with whom he has worked including Peter Odle, Berthia Parle, Ralph Taylor and Simon Suarez and to the organisation’s present and past Director Generals all of whom “have had the vision to see the industry as central to futu re of the Caribbean’s relations with Europe”. The awards, which are given each year at the dinne r 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 award winners are playing a major role in the growth of tourism in the Caribbean and have been a solid partner in the region’s development,” said CHA President Peter Odle. “This recognition is our way of recognising them for their continuing excellence." The Caribbean Overseas Territories in a changing world what lies ahead? Tuesday 20 November, 5.45pm, 35 Tavistock Square, London The CBBC will be holding an event jointly with the Institute for the Study of the Americas to discuss the challenges which face the nonindependent Caribbean. Expert academic commentators on the English speaking, Dutch and Fr ench Caribbean will form a panel to look at some of the key social, economic, environmenta l and political changes which are occurring and which will affect these small and vulnerable terri tories. The event will be chaired by Lord Foulkes and he will be joined on the panel by Dr Peter Clegg, University West England, Gert Oostindie, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies in Leiden; Justin Daniel, University of the French Antilles and Fren ch Guyane, Martinique; and Frank Savage, former Governor of BVI and Montserrat. For further information please contact Chris Bennett Chris.Bennett@caribbean-council.org Cuba Initiative Meeting with Cuban Minist er of Tourism, Manuel Marrero Cruz Members of the Business Executive Committee met with the Cuban Mini ster of Tourism and the Presidents of Cubanacan, Gran Caribe and Gaviota, the three largest tourism enterprises in Cuba. The Minister outlined the government's programme to expand Cuba's tourism sector through the creation of ten new golf resorts, th e refurbishment of old and historic hotels across the island and the new opportunities which exist for foreign companie s to become involved in a variety of ne w joint projects. Discussion focussed on the guarantees and securities which are available to foreign investor s and the application of Law 77 on Foreign investment in Cuba. A copy of the minister's presentation is available on request from Chris Bennett. Chris.Bennett@caribbean-council.org . Cuba Initiative Meeting with Deputies from Cuba's National Assembly A delegation of senior deputies from Cuba's National People's Assembly, led by the Vice-President of the Assembly, Jaime Crombet, met with members of the Cuba Initiati ve at a round-table event in London which explored the way in which the Cuban Assembly re lates to the municipal and provincial levels of government, the system of committees which is used to examine legislation, and the way in which the Assembly can assess and steer Cuba's economic poli cy making. Members of the Business Executive Committee also explained to the delegation the interest of British companies in working in Cuba and the sectors in which British companies are already present. y our window to the Caribbean Caribbean Council Newsletter 19 November 2007 Issue 54 Events Diary 20 November 2007 CBBC Seminar: The Caribbean Overseas Territories in a changing world – what lies ahead, London 23-25 November 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Uganda 13-15 January 2008 Caribbean Marketplace. Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas 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.

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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 2 CTO European Marketing Forum The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) held it annual pre World Travel Market European Marketing Forum on 11 November in London. The forum featured speakers on Current Trends & Challenges in UK Marketplace; Marketing the Green Message ; and the Long Haul, Low Cost Opportunity for air travel to and from the region. Copies of the pres entations can be downloaded from the CTO web site http://www.onecaribbean.org/informati on/categorybrowse.php?categoryid=1014 Farewell to Daisy Kenward, Executive Assistant to the Caribbean Council Daisy Kenward will be leaving the Caribbean Council on November 20. The Council would like to thank Daisy for her commitment a nd hard work over the past two years and wish her every success in her new role. Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), 23-25 November, Uganda Every two years, Commonwealth leaders meet to discuss global and Commonwealth issues, and to agree collective policies and initiatives. These summits provide a unique forum for consultation at the highest leve l of government. At a recent pre-CHOGM event held by the Royal Commonwealth Soci ety in London, Gareth Thomas MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for International Development with responsibility the Caribbean amongst other regions, stated that the UK had three key topics that it would like to address at CHOGM: Climate Chan ge, Millennium Development Goals; and fairer international trade systems. CHOGM takes place every two years and the next meeting will take place in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 although dates are not set.