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CELEBRATION: Crop Over

HOTELIERS URGING US-CUBAN LINKS FOLLOWING LEGISLATIVE

Changes in America’s engagement with Cuba signed by President Donald Trump, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has said that it hoped that Washington will continue to encourage Cuban and American- sourced small and medium enterprise opportunities.

The CHTA statement said that ‘a vibrant travel industry both in Cuba and throughout the Caribbean basin benefits both the region and the United States, helping to ensure the security of the United States’.

NEW JAMAICAN CITY REVEAL IN MID-2018

Jamaica's Urban Development Corporation (UDC) will identify the location for the country’s third city by mid-2018.

The UDC has ruled out 65 per cent of areas, including the Blue Mountain Peaks, because of reasons including being protected areas, being close to the ocean, geo- logical faults or in need of better infrastructure.

MEDIA SCHOOL GETS RESHUFFLED NAME

The University of the West Indies’ institute of Media and Communications (CARIMAC) has been renamed as the Caribbean School of Media and Communication.

The School is adding training in media management, more online training, social media marketing and analytics. The School will offer new international diplomas.

CARNIVAL SEASON NOW IN FULL SWING

Barbados held the official launch of its Carnival season with its Crop Over Opening Gala last month, marking the end of sugar season.

This year, the King and Queen of the Crop awards were replaced with recognition of people working in the sugar industry.

Former BBC Caribbean Service Head Debbie Ransome currently runs caribbeanintelligence.com

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