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Nevis’ Must-Visit Summer Food Festival

By CTA Admin | Apr 23, 2019

One of the Caribbean’s fastest-growing food festivals is back again this summer. The Nevis Mango & Food Festival, now in its fifth year, is set for July 4-7 with a focus on the island’s growing culinary power. The Nevis Mango and Food Festival is an entire weekend totally dedicated to the mango and the deliciously creative cuisine…

Pomeroon coconut farmer targets local market – plans to convert 50-acre plot into agri- tourism site

By CTA Admin | Apr 18, 2019

She fondly referred to her product as “nature in a bottle” and she foresees a good future for Guyana’s coconut industry, but one of her biggest aims is to convert 50 acres of land into an agriculture-tourism destination. Such are the plans of farmer Vilma DeSilva. She is investing in training and educating her children…

Seychelles eyes new law to protect agricultural land in bid for increased food security

By CTA Admin | Apr 17, 2019

Seychelles is planning to put in place a law that will protect agricultural land from being used for other types of development, a top government official said last week. A workshop on agricultural land evaluation was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries with the support of the Food Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Antoine-Marie Moustache, the…

Locally produced “Breadfruit Eau de Vie” receives Gold Medal Award

By CTA Admin | Apr 11, 2019

This 100% Distillate, distilled only from local grown Breadfruit, is produced by Eike Lauff, who has labelled a new selection of St Lucian novelty Spirits under “Caribbean Craft Distilling”. St Lucian “Caribbean Craft Distilling” has claimed additional plaudits to its Gold Medal Breadfruit Eau de Vie at the 2019 ‘World Spirits Awards’: It’s Taro Vodka,…

Use of Banana fibres

By CTA Admin | Apr 11, 2019

Banana fibre, also known as musa fibre is one of the world’s strongest natural fibres. Biodegradable, the natural fibre is made from the stem of the banana tree and is incredibly durable. The fibre consists of thick-walled cell tissue, bonded together by natural gums and is mainly composed of cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin. Banana fibre is similar…

Celebrating 30 Years of the Tortuga Rum Company

By CTA Admin | Apr 11, 2019

When people visit the Caribbean islands they are often presented with a delicious glass or two of rum punch. Oh, but there is something else so yummy that is made of the famous rum of the Caribbean that one must try – specifically, rum cake. Tortuga Rum Cake is known throughout the cruise passenger and…

Samoa’s coconuts go global

By CTA Admin | Apr 10, 2019

“Coconuts are both culturally and economically important to Samoans,” says Alberta Vitale, Associate Director of Samoa’s Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI). This organisation was originally set up to create opportunities and a regular income for women in Samoa, but today, whole families are involved, helping to gather the coconuts and make coconut oil. Read recent…

Chef Rangi Mitaera-Johnson from Cook Islands shares with us her passion for cooking

By CTA Admin | Apr 10, 2019

Chef Rangi Mitaera-Johnson from the Cook Islands is an extraordinary cook who shared her business model at a recent Regional Agritourism Workshop organised in Nadi, Fiji (1-2 April 2019). She runs a small resort with her husband and cooks traditional food very appreciated by visitors as well as by locals. Chef Rangi has a strong…

Pacific: Food seen as new tourism fuel

By CTA Admin | Apr 9, 2019

The tourism industry has been advised to learn from how other Pacific Islands nations that are promoting agri-tourism. Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rio Fiocco recently returned from a Regional Agritourism Workshop organized by CTA, PIPSO, SPTO, SPC and IFAD in Fiji on 1-2 April 2019 which discussed how to improve links…

Caribbean tourism education to the forefront

By CTA Admin | Apr 9, 2019

The Miami-based Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) says the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), the region’s annual networking, education and best practice sharing event for hospitality and tourism business stakeholders, will bring tourism education to the forefront in 2019. CHTA said recently that the networking conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency…

CTO to celebrate 46th Caribbean Week of culture, cuisine and rhythm

By CTA Admin | Apr 9, 2019

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will celebrate its 46th Caribbean Week at the Wyndham New Yorker, from June 1, under the theme: “Year of Festivals,” and will come alive for a full week with “Amazing Caribbean Culture, Cuisine, and Rhythm.” Sylma Brown, director of the Caribbean Tourism Organization NY Inc., in an exclusive interview with…

Getting more tourists to Vanuatu’s outer islands

By CTA Admin | Apr 5, 2019

In Vanuatu we have a saying, ‘tourism hemi bisnis blo yumi evriwan’, or ‘tourism is everybody’s business’. This is due to the wide-reaching nature of the tourism sector value chain in Vanuatu. Our communities and businesses, including both direct service providers such as tours and accommodation, and indirect services and complementary businesses such as farmers,…

FIBEGA (International Gastronomy Tourism Fair) 2019, Miami

By CTA Admin | Apr 2, 2019

FIBEGA MIAMI 2019 promises to be the premiere International Gastronomy Tourism Event showcasing a tantalizing and diverse collection of international gastronomy from the worlds most coveted touristic regions. This will be an exclusive networking and business-building event for the International Gastronomy Tourism sectors. An unparalleled collective of regions, enterprises and global institutions will unite for…