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Tourism Industry Prepares for Uncertain Times

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Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) set for Miami this summer

#MIAMI – March 6, 2020 – In the midst of an unprecedented decade of Caribbean tourism growth when hoteliers, tourism-related businesses and destinations successfully tackled a number of challenges, industry stakeholders are gearing up to address anticipated new challenges and share active solutions to help steer a course through uncharted waters.  Drawing upon the theme “Riding the Wave – Smart Actions in Uncertain Times”, challenges and solutions will be front and center at the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), the Caribbean region’s annual networking, education and best practice sharing event for hospitality and tourism business stakeholders.

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The timing for this year’s CHIEF and its value to industry participants could not be more important during these uncertain times according to the forum organizers. 

CHIEF’s overarching goal is to help ensure the industry’s profitability and that the region remains one of the world’s most desirable destinations.
Organized by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), and slated for Hyatt Regency Miami from June 26-28, 2020, CHIEF will draw more than 400 hoteliers, suppliers and other hospitality and tourism sector stakeholders from across the region, as well as from the United States and Canada. 

“Through CHIEF, owners, managers, supervisors and tourism industry leaders will connect and compare lessons learned about effectively addressing the impacts of devastating storms, threats of pandemics, shifting marketplace dynamics, escalating operational costs, and the mind-bending array of marketing and technical options as they look to protect and build resilience and profitability,” states CHTA’s CEO and Director General Frank Comito.   

Regional and global industry experts will lead panel discussions and connect one-on-one with attendees as they share their expertise in hospitality, tourism and the cultivation of diverse and high-performing talent at all levels focusing on enhancing efficiencies in operations, sales and marketing, and environmental sustainability.  Quickly recognizing and acting on rapidly emerging trends to stay ahead of the competition is a major focus of CHIEF, which is why the theme this year is so apt, said Comito.

“‘Riding the Wave – Smart Actions in Uncertain Times’ means we want to stay on top while ensuring we can continue to learn quickly about what needs to be done when there are unforeseen bumps, and we’ll have speakers, panels and interactive discussions which will amplify these prerogatives for progress.” 

Over the two days of CHIEF, participants will be able to attend general and breakout sessions, an awards presentation, an innovative trade show, and other activities to complement the core program.

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CHIEF is taking place concurrently with CHTA’s highly anticipated Taste of the Caribbean, also being held at Hyatt Regency Miami, and featuring top culinary teams from participating Caribbean nations and territories competing for recognition and awards, from June 26-30.

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Jamaica agricultural advancements despite bad weather

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Rashaed Esson

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#Jamaica#Agriculture, April 11, 2024 Despite the bad weather conditions in 2023, especially the drought period, Jamaica was able to achieve its second highest domestic crop production on record with over 700 thousand tonnes of local crops produced. This was announced by state minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, Franklin Witter, on Sunday April 7, at the 41st annual National Farmers’ Month church service held in Trelawney.

 

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Guyana Wildfires

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Rashaed Esson

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#Wildfires#Guyana, April 11, 2024 – Wildfires have been affecting Guyana, the most recent in the Timehri Community on the north-eastern side since April 4, according to a release from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations (ECHO).

The report says according to PAHO, as of April 5, 28 people have been displaced in a shelter in the Santa Aratack Village. Additionally, the JRC Global Wildfire Information System, also featured in the release, says the total burnt area is more than 16,500 ha.

This comes nearly a month after a 93 year old man was killed by a wildfire in north West Guyana.

Reports say the entire region is dealing with wildfires including Venezuela, Central America and Mexico with a record number of fires, and a major increase compared to the same period in 2023.

 

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Efforts to deliver education to Children in Haiti – Schools still closed

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#Education, April 9, 2024 – With schools across Haiti still shut down due to intense gang violence, UNICEF is making efforts to deliver education to students, working with the Ministry of Education. They are trying to deliver distance learning through radio, television and e-learning platforms and right now, solutions are being explored through Haiti’s national radio station. Announced in a press release by UN News on April 7, this comes as UN agencies warned that Haitian children are suffering from not just a lack of education but also primary exposure to violence.

 

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