June, 2008

St Kitts puts bet on high-end tourism market

St Kitts and Nevis Tourism Minister Richard Skerrit says this twin-island nation will continue to focus on attracting luxury travellers despite the current economic climate of soaring fuel prices, high air fares, inflation and a sagging United States dollar.

Belize Telemedia ordered to pay outstanding taxes

Belize Telemedia Limited has been ordered by the court to pay the government millions of dollars in outstanding business taxes despite the company’s claim that the previous administration had given it permission not to pay the monies in certain circumstances.

New man at helm of CHA

Enrique De Marchena Kaluche of the Dominican Republic has assumed the presidency of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA), promising to raise the profile of the hospitality and tourism industry and dealing with the impact of airline service cutbacks.

Woman chosen as Haiti PM nominee

Haiti’s President René Préval has nominated a female educator for Prime Minister, after his first two choices failed to get the thumbs up from the country’s legislators.

Antigua, US continue Internet gaming talks

Antigua and the United States are not giving up on reaching a compromise in their Internet gaming dispute, announcing that they would push back the deadline for reaching a settlement yet again and leave room open for the possibility of another extension. They will continue talks until July 11.

EU, CARIFORUM to talk intellectual property rights

The European Union and CARIFORUM states, under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which they have negotiated, have agreed to continue considering steps towards deeper integration in the field of intellectual property rights in their respective regions.

Jamaican educator to receive CARICOM Award

Jamaican educator, Professor Barbara Bailey, has been selected as the recipient of the Ninth Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Triennial Award for Women for her sterling contribution to national and regional development especially in the field of education and research.