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Making the international trade in plants and seeds a safer venture

By CTA Admin | Apr 13, 2017

Making the international trade in plants and seeds a safer venture The international body that oversees plant health has taken a big step forward with the adoption of a new global standard to help ensure that the international trade in plants and seeds, while very profitable, is also safer. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)’s governing body, the Commission…

IRRI and FAO step up joint efforts to globally bolster sustainable rice production

By CTA Admin | Mar 30, 2017

IRRI and FAO step up joint efforts to globally bolster sustainable rice production FAO and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) have agreed to cooperate more closely to support sustainable rice production in developing countries to improve food security and livelihoods while safeguarding natural resources.  An agreement signed today seeks to better pool the scientific knowledge and…

Asia's private sector warms to climate-change investments

By CTA Admin | Mar 29, 2017

Asia's private sector warms to climate-change investments While the role of government remains central in responding to climate change adaptation and mitigation, the private sector is showing keen interest in become a major player in the same field. Sensing the mood of consumers as mainly wanting to ensure the products and services they buy are…

St Lucia: ‘Great need for culinary arts school’ says SLHTA officer

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

Establishing a training facility may help cater to the need for trained chefs on the island, SLHTA officer says. Wendell George, the apprenticeship officer at the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) has stated that to raise the level of gastronomy in Saint Lucia, a culinary arts school would be a step in the…

Caribbean TV Series “Taste the Islands” Picked Up for Second Nationwide Run

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

In 2015, Caribbean cooking show “Taste the Islands” made history by becoming the first Jamaican-produced and Jamaican-hosted series on US national public television. Show creators Blondie Ras Productions have announced that the second season will premiere this June, Caribbean American Heritage Month, on Create TV and select PBS stations around the country. Public television’s favorite…

Barbados: Tourists want authentic experiences

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

Sun, sea and sand were traditionally viewed as the major attraction to tourism destinations like Barbados. Times have changed. While those components are still key factors for visitors travelling to the island on holiday, other countries in the region and elsewhere have similar offerings of sunny weather and cool waters. As a result, Barbados and…

Fiji: A taste of paradise

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

The South Pacific nation of Fiji already has a savoury reputation among holidaymakers for its year-round tropical climate, crystal waters and lush natural beauty. Now add a great food scene to the list. The country’s unique culinary flavours bear the hallmarks of Pacific, Indian and Chinese cuisine, and are fuelled by an abundance of fresh…

This Rum Tour Could Be Jamaica’s Number One Tourist Attraction

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

If you’re planning to Jamaica, the Appleton Estate Rum Tour is probably one of the attractions you’ve been told to visit. The bad news? It’s temporarily closed for extensive upgrades and renovations. The good news? It will reopen in November bigger and better. In fact, the aim is to transform the facility into Jamaica’s number…

Eating Local in the Caribbean Has Never Been Tastier

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

The Caribbean is a go-to destination for travelers from around the world, and for good reason: Whether you’re in need of a glorious beach to relax on and soak up some vitamin D or want to enjoy the simple things in life like fresh, delicious food and drinks, the islands have plenty to offer. When…

Growth of Culinary Travel Sector to Trigger Global Tourism Industry – Analysis & Perspective, 2016 to 2025

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

Culinary traveller is a newly developed concept that gives an opportunity to food and wine enthusiasts to visit various new destinations and test a local or regional cuisine. Culinary tourism became prominent when Erik Wolf, president of the International Culinary Tourism Association, presented a white paper about culinary tourism to his organisation in 2001. Since…

St Lucian Chef Shares Secrets of French Caribbean Cuisine in East Anglia

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

He’s been cooking up a storm St Lucian-style in Norwich, England, and now he’s offering his fans a chance to create his signature dishes on their own. St Lucian-born chef Denis Rosembert, who is known as the face of West Indian cuisine in East Anglia, is all set to serve up his own cookbook, ‘Taste…

Jamaica: 21 Persons Graduate from TPDCo Programme

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

Some 21 persons from Olympic Gardens are now better equipped to pursue careers, having graduated from the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) Culinary Skills Training Programme. The graduation ceremony was held today (March 1) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. The programme forms part of the ‘Olympic Way Hip Strip’ project being implemented…

More Than Just Sun, Sea and Sand: Transformation Coming to St Lucia Tourism Product

By CTA Admin | Mar 22, 2017

Stiff market competition is pushing destinations into creative ways of branding and marketing and because of it, St Lucia’s Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee has a vision for that island to offer more to visitors than just sun, sea and sand. As such, he has announced a new statutory body that will better leverage community and…