November 14, 2018

Artificial Intelligence will change the nature of Caribbean tourism

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By David Jessop From Jamaica Gleaner Among the extra-ordinary technological advances that will take place globally over the next decade, the most potent for the Caribbean may be artificial intelligence or AI. This is because its rapid introduction into almost every commercial aspect of tourism means that it will change fundamentally the relationship between visitors, […]

The Caribbean should be leading the electric car revolution. so why isn’t it?

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By Dan Nosowitz From New York Mag The islands of the Caribbean are not a monolith, but they do have one thing in common: sunshine, and, aside from Trinidad and Tobago, a general lack of domestic fuel sources. Entrepreneurs and governments alike see an opportunity there, one that takes advantage of what the Caribbean has […]

The View from Europe: Who owns tourism?

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By David Jessop From Caribbean News Now You will not find the word ‘over tourism’ in the Oxford English Dictionary. Despite this it is being used increasingly by tourism professionals around the world. It describes the experience of residents in locations where large numbers of visitors are seriously disrupting local lives, causing environmental damage, placing […]

CMU’s Dr. Jackson establishes The Caribbean Council Of Deans

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From Curacao Chronicle CMU_DeanWILLEMSTAD – On July 26th, 2018, at the annual Workshop of the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP), Dr. Ryan Jackson, Dean of Caribbean Medical University, established the Caribbean Council of Deans. This new Council will act as a way for the Deans of the various […]

The View from Europe: When tourism taxes become excessive

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By David Jessop From NAN News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. July 13, 2018: As the reach and range of taxation has expanded, Caribbean hoteliers in particular have become uneasy about the impact that increasing levels of taxation may have on their competitiveness and that of the country they are located in. Most accept that government’s […]

The View From Europe: Time for honesty about the future of the CSME

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By David Jessop From Barbados Advocate In the coming days, CARICOM Heads of Government will meet in Montego Bay. There they will hold a special session on the future of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). They will also consider the recommendations contained in the Golding report, which was published earlier this year. As […]

The View From Europe: The hidden cost of not complying with EU Data Rugulations

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By David Jessop Normally the private sector tends to respond to change far faster than the public sector. This is because it is bottom line oriented, has an impatient electorate in the form of shareholders who can vote by disinvesting at any moment. Moreover, they know that certain kinds of failure can result in reputational […]

The View from Europe: Cuba, the EU and a post-Cotonue agreement

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By DAVID JESSOP From Barbados Advocate Just over a week ago, Cuba and the European Union held a first Joint Council meeting. It identified the principal multilateral and bilateral issues on which they hope in future to work more closely. For the EU, the event was particularly important. It established a dialogue with one of […]

The View From Europe: the future cost of Trump’s ‘America First’ policy

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BY: DAVID JESSOP From The Barbados Advocate At first sight, last week’s decision by the US President to abrogate the hard-won 2015 UN Security Council deal on nuclear weapons with Iran may seem to have little bearing on the Caribbean. What it does, however, is take US exceptionalism to a new level. It ignores the […]

The View from Europe: The Overseas Territories – The long view

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By David Jessop From Barbados Advocate A few days ago, the British Parliament voted to compel Britain’s overseas territories (OTs) in the Caribbean to adopt public registers of company ownership. The decision, which has been condemned by the states concerned, has multiple implications. It ignores their sovereignty, disenfranchises locally elected legislatures, undercuts economic development, harms […]