Tag Archives: Caribbean tourism

David Jessop | Regional tourism outlook brightening

| April 18, 2021   
Recently published visitor arrival figures indicate that Caribbean tourism has started down the long road to recovery. Following a disastrous 2020, during which governments closed borders to try to halt the spread of COVID-19 and months when the sector all but ceased operations, visitor numbers are now slowly increasing.

According to Tourism Analytics, the Aruba-based consultancy that publishes tourism arrivals figures on a rolling basis, stopover visitors to the island Caribbean, excluding Haiti, declined by 66.1 per cent from 23 million in 2019, to 7.8 million last year.    Continue reading

Caribbean: The new dimensions of tourism – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: The new dimensions of tourism

David Jessop

Commentary – By David Jessop

In a week in which Caribbean tourism leaders have been meeting in New York to build on the strong growth that much of the industry is now experiencing, it may seem perverse to be writing about the sustainability of Caribbean tourism.

However, there is growing evidence that fundamental structural changes taking place globally in the industry are likely to raise new questions about the social and economic value tourism brings.        Continue reading

The Caribbean through the eyes of others – by David Jessop

By David Jessop

News Americas, LONDON, England, Thurs. April 17, 2014:  How others see us is sometimes hard to accept. Despite this, what they say when we are not present, can play a significant role in creating reputation and identity.

It also determines the tone of any response. In the case of nations, especially small states, it contributes to their perceived place in the world and may affect their ability to make progress.

This is not to suggest that image is more important than substance, or that the view of others is always correct, but to try to describe in what follows the much less positive light in which the Caribbean is seen than was the case a decade or more ago.  Continue reading

UK: Airline Taxes to the Caribbean will be reduced next year

UK: Airline Taxes to the Caribbean will be reduced next year

(News Americas) LONDON, England, Thurs. Mar. 20, 2014:

British-Airways-Aircraft A tourist flying to the Caribbean from the UK will soon shell out less to get there, thanks to reforms of the controversial Air Passenger Duty (APD)  announced by British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne Wednesday, March 19,2014.

Right now, flying to the Caribbean costs an additional £83 to £166 in taxes to the British government on an outbound ticket. Little wonder that visitor arrivals to the Caribbean from Britain has been on a decline since 2011.

But all that could change come April 1, 2015. That’s the date Chancellor Osborne announced that all long-haul flights will be moved into ‘Band B,’ meaning customers travelling to the Caribbean will pay the same as if they were travelling to the US.   Continue reading

The Caribbean’s location is its future – by David Jessop

 The Caribbean’s location is its future

Published on Mar 18 2014

News Americas, LONDON, England, Weds. Mar. 19, 2014: Until relatively recently, almost all Caribbean economic thinking has been focused on the encouragement of investment onshore, with the emphasis on commodities, manufacturing, tourism, financial services and artisanal industries such as fisheries.

This has been, with some notable exceptions such as financial services, where immediate opportunity lay.

However, now that technology is changing rapidly, preference in trade is all but over, economic globalization is a reality, and international trade is again growing after the setback of the 2007/8 global financial crisis, there is a pressing need to explore in a much broader way, leveraging the importance of the Caribbean’s physical location. So much so that the promotion of future opportunity in the Caribbean may lie not in advertising what is onshore but, in the broadest sense, creating international awareness of the external market opportunities that arise from its strategic location.  Continue reading

Photo album of old Trinidad postcards

Subject: Photo album of old Trinidad postcards

 For your viewing pleasure!!!  Enjoy. There are over 8oo old postcards here. It will take time to see all.

Trinidad and Tobago at an earlier time
It was created by Scott Henderson a Canadian who is married to a Trinidadian. Scott has an amazing collection of these old postcards and now he has created photo albums to share with us.

Thanks to Clyde Duncan, who received them from Robert Gonsalves, for submitting this entry to Guyanese Online.                   Continue reading