Is CARICOM And The Caribbean Regional Integration Process Foundering?

Published on Jul 17 2017 // Blogs, Caribbean, Top Stories, United Kingdom
Is CARICOM And The Caribbean Regional Integration Process Foundering?
CARICOM Leaders at the Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at Grand Anse, Grenada, on 4-6 July 2017. (CARICOM image) By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. July 18, 2017: There is a pervasive view within and beyond...

The Business of Tourism – Visitor Arrival Numbers Are Not The Whole Story

Published on Jul 13 2017 // Caribbean, Top Stories, Travel and Lifestyle
The Business of Tourism – Visitor Arrival Numbers Are Not The Whole Story
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. July 14, 2017: To understand the Caribbean tourism economy requires time, and a willingness to explore what lies behind the commentaries and headline statistics. Despite this, and the fact that tourism is now the region’s most significant industry,...

Drones, Vacations And Caribbean Regulations

Published on Jun 01 2017 // Caribbean, Travel and Lifestyle, United Kingdom
Drones, Vacations And Caribbean Regulations
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. June 2, 2017: Some time ago, I wrote a column about flying drones in the Caribbean – the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) loved by hobbyists – but which also have important everyday commercial applications. I did so not because I have a drone, but...

The Business Of Tourism – Overbooking And The Airlines

Published on May 18 2017 // Top Stories, Travel and Lifestyle, United States
The Business Of Tourism – Overbooking And The Airlines
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. May 19, 2017: When I go to the theatre, I buy a ticket which has seat number on it. When I am there, the seat is mine for the duration of the performance. I have paid for it, and if I fail to show up, the seat remains empty and the theatre keeps my...

Responding To The Rise And Rise Of Cuba’s Tourism

Published on May 04 2017 // Caribbean, Cuba, Features, Top Stories, Travel and Lifestyle
Responding To The Rise And Rise Of Cuba’s Tourism
Pässengers of US Royal Caribbean Cruise line ship Azamara Quest walk on the gangway upon her arrival in the port of Havana, on March 31, 2017. (Photo credit: ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images) By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. May 5, 2017: When the former US President, Barack Obama,...

What Advice Should Travelers Be Given?

Published on Apr 06 2017 // Caribbean, Travel and Lifestyle, United Kingdom
What Advice Should Travelers Be Given?
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. April 7, 2017: In February, a British coroner’s court had to rule in a case that raised important matters of principle about the responsibility of tour operators, hotels and governments. In part, at issue were the warnings given to visitors, and...

The Business of Tourism – The US’ Loss May Well Become The Caribbean’s Gain

The Business of Tourism – The US’ Loss May Well Become The Caribbean’s Gain
KAYAK, the UK-based vacation travel site, says that searches related to Las Vegas by potential British visitors have fallen by 36 percent since the US presidential inauguration in January of Donald Trump. By David Jessop  News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Mar. 24, 2017: Perception of a destination,...

The Business Of Tourism – Tourism Is An Industry Of Value To The Entire Caribbean Region

The Business Of Tourism – Tourism Is An Industry Of Value To The Entire Caribbean Region
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, UK, Fri. Feb. 10, 2017: As odd as it may seem, in the past, tourism has not often been discussed in depth at the highest political levels of CARICOM; leaving the strong impression that the industry’s economic centrality was either unwelcome or not understood. However,...

The Importance Of Sustainability In Tourism

Published on Feb 23 2017 // Blogs, Caribbean
The Importance Of Sustainability In Tourism
Sea to table lobster at Hellshire Beach, Jamaica. By David Jessop  News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Feb. 24, 2017: For most visitors, a central part of a vacation is the pleasure of eating out at hotels and restaurants; having alternative choices at each meal, being able to taste local cuisine...

Guyana, Exxon And The Need For Transformational Thinking

Published on Feb 20 2017 // Business, Caribbean, Features, Guyana, Top Stories
Guyana, Exxon And The Need For Transformational Thinking
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Mon. Feb. 20, 2017: In the last few weeks, Washington think tanks, financial services analysts in New York and London, and publications from the New York Times to the Petroleum Argus, have all found a reason to express a view on Guyana; the Caribbean nation...