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Fiji: Organic farming potential growing

By CTA Admin | Feb 7, 2017

While organic farming is a niche area in Fiji, there is a huge potential in the international market which relevant agriculture stakeholders are looking to harness. And Government has already started with preliminary discussions in further developing this with intentions to fully tap into organic farming.  For the Fiji Development Bank, efforts are being put towards…

Linking Farmers & Tourists to Solve Development Challenges in SIDS

By CTA Admin | Jan 25, 2017

Developing the link between agriculture and tourism could be a significant opportunity for small island developing states. Already an expanding sector in several Pacific and Caribbean islands, agritourism can address a range of development challenges – among them low agricultural productivity, high food imports and loss of tourism revenue, poor public health and youth unemployment.…

Feeding the Appetite for Sustainable Tourism

By CTA Admin | Jan 25, 2017

For the tourist hoping to experience authentic local cuisine on one of our famous golden beaches, they may be disappointed to know that only a small fraction of food in our hotels is provided by local farmers and fishermen, with the majority being imported from areas outside the Caribbean basin. Unfortunately, inconsistencies in quality and…

Agricultural economist: Work harder to reduce food imports

By CTA Admin | Jan 19, 2017

Government must work harder to create a policy that will reduce the import bill and give the country food security, says agricultural economist and consultant Omardath Maharaj. “In the current and anticipated economic circumstances facing T&T, we cannot deny the fact that the cost of living and economic hardship is on the rise. It is…

S.Pellegrino Young Chef Returns

By CTA Admin | Jan 19, 2017

S.Pellegrino announces the next edition of its international competition recognizing rising culinary talent from across the globe, now enriched with a broader scouting range and an extended duration. New Zealand, January 16, 2017 – S.Pellegrino announces the much-anticipated return of S.Pellegrino Young Chef, a global competition recognizing leading young culinary talent from across the world.…

A Conversation With Chef David Destinoble

By CTA Admin | Jan 19, 2017

Chef David Destinoble is one of the more prominent Haitian chefs in the industry. As one of the founders of the Haitian Culinary Alliance, Destinoble has been influential in bring Haitian cuisine to the forefront of the culinary arts industry. The Johnson and Wales trained chef boasts an impressive resume that includes personal chef to former Haitian…

SLHTA to Host National Culinary Competition in preparation for CHTA Taste of the Caribbean 2017

By CTA Admin | Jan 19, 2017

All is set for one of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association’s most anticipated events on its calendar, CHTA Taste of the Caribbean Competition. Every year the National Culinary Team looks forward to the region’s most sought after event in the Culinary Industry. As part of preparations for the culinary event which is hosted…

St. Lucia Native and ‘Top Chef’ Runner-up Nabs New Orleans’ Restaurant of the Year for 2016

By CTA Admin | Jan 19, 2017

Saint Lucia joyously celebrates with Chef Nina Compton as her restaurant, Compere Lapin, has been named New Orleans’ Restaurant of the Year for 2016 by The Times-Picayune. The Saint Lucia Culinary Ambassador and “Top Chef” runner-up also was the first to be presented the award by renowned Times-Picayune dining critic Brett Anderson. “The fact that…

University of Bahamas Students Gain Work Experience at Resorts World Bimini

By CTA Admin | Jan 13, 2017

A pilot partnership project between the University of The Bahamas (UB) and Resorts World Bimini (RWB) – which resulted in six students gaining work experience at the four-star resort during the holidays – has been deemed a success, so much so that it could potentially lead to a viable program and future employment opportunities. The…

Jamaica: Ones To Watch For 2017

By CTA Admin | Jan 13, 2017

The Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett is determined to drive tourism numbers through gastronomy. Those responsible for what visitors to our shores eat and, indeed, how they perceive our cuisine must now re-evaluate the offerings of each plate. Thursday Life starts the big reveal at Sandals Resorts where the luxurious setting is rivalled only by…

Fiji: Retreat promotes local cuisine to visitors

By CTA Admin | Jan 13, 2017

A BUSINESS operating as a retreat situated in the lush tropical highlands of Namosi is working with its neighbouring village communities to promote iTaukei cuisine through the use of traditional and locally grown food. Namosi Eco Retreat, a traditional iTaukei-inspired retreat, has engaged with its nearby local communities to directly buy crops and other items…

UNWTO Gastronomy network Action plan 2016 / 2017

By CTA Admin | Jan 13, 2017

Gastronomy tourism has emerged as an indispensable resource, adding value and providing a solution to an increasingly pressing need for destinations to stand out and offer unique products. Five fundamental reasons behind these ever-growing phenomena are: 1. A destination´s need to differentiate itself and develop a unique selling proposition naturally leads to a search for…

Royal Government of Cambodia honors FAO efforts on country natural resource protection

By CTA Admin | Dec 20, 2016

Royal Government of Cambodia honors FAO efforts on country natural resource protection The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) awarded the Royal Order of Sahametrei to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Cambodia for outstanding services to the King and the people of Cambodia. The award, signed by Cambodian Prime Minister…