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Intra-Africa tourism: Where tourists go, trade seems invariably to follow

By CTA Admin | Sep 3, 2018

Traditionally, only the destinations in North, East and southern Africa illustrated the importance of the tourism sector as a driving force for economic growth. But now, more and more states in West and central Africa are also embracing the tourism sector. The African Union too identifies tourism as one of the avenues through which the…

Samoa Airways and Aggie’s make dining in the sky a real Samoan experience

By CTA Admin | Aug 30, 2018

Food plays a large part in defining our experiences, especially in Samoa. If the food was good, everything else that wasn’t was overlooked. But if the food wasn’t up to par, nothing else was too. In the case of airline food, it is usually not synonymous with adjectives like “tasty” or “delicious”. Normally they’re just…well…airline…

Whetting the appetite for slow food

By CTA Admin | Aug 27, 2018

Spooning raw yellowfin tuna caught off the Barbados coast into a mould and finishing the plate with a wave of sliced avocado, Rhea Gilkes strives to include as many local ingredients as she can on the menu of the upmarket Fusion Rooftop restaurant. On this Caribbean island where nearly 90 percent of food arrives by…

Hotels and Resorts in Fiji’s main tourism spend USD 74 million on fresh produce

By CTA Admin | Aug 23, 2018

An IFC-led study, in partnership with the Fiji Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and the Fiji Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism (MITT), shows hotels and resorts in Fiji’s main tourism areas spent over FJ $74 million (US $36.4 million) buying fresh produce in 2017, with 48 percent of that spent on locally sourced items. The…

The British Virgin Islands Food Fete

By CTA Admin | Aug 23, 2018

Did you miss us and all the great BVI Food Fete events last year? We certainly missed you and we can’t wait to get this year’s festivities underway. This year we will bring back some of the great events that you love like the Anegada Lobster Festival, Taste of Virgin Gorda and more. This year…

New Products – Divine Chocolate to launch new organic bars using São Tomé cocoa

By CTA Admin | Aug 20, 2018

This week’s round-up of the most notable product development from the international food sector includes PepsiCo taking Quaker into the chilled aisle in the US and Aldi’s latest NPD offensive in the country. Divine Chocolate to launch new organic bars using São Tomé cocoa Ethical manufacturer Divine Chocolate will launch a new organic range in…

Jamaica’s local gastronomy industry gets $20 million investment

By CTA Admin | Aug 20, 2018

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett says his Ministry is investing some $20 million towards the further development of the gastronomy industry, during this financial year, as studies have shown that local cuisine is a significant reason tourists visit the island. The Minister has therefore charged the Tourism Linkages Network, within his Ministry, with the…

Tonga and Tuvalu are moving forward Agritourism Policy Development

By CTA Admin | Aug 16, 2018

Agritourism development in the Pacific is challenging the status quo, bringing the traditional flavours, smells and produce of the Pacific to the forefront of business and policy discussions. As both tourists and locals seek a more authentic experience – in terms of travel, cuisine and other activities – a growing market is emerging which will…

Flavours of Fiji Cooking School

By CTA Admin | Aug 16, 2018

Driven by a passion of local cuisine, Flavours of Fiji was created so visitors could enjoy and immerse themselves in Fiji’s local culture. Local home-style cooks showcase their delicious local dishes boasting both Fijian & Indo-Fijian flavours. Offering Market Tours & Fijian Cooking Classes, guests start the day with an informative guided market tour through…

The beginning of the journey

By Miri Dinamati | Aug 15, 2018

The recently launched Takurua O Avaiki Raro, Avaiki Vaenga, Manavanui is just the beginning of the Cook Islands cuisine journey. International chefs are backing this innovative programme and helping to develop the strategy, which is focused on defining Cook Islands cuisine culture. Chefs for Development takes a look at how Takurua will help define Cook…

Discover Cacao Fiji : cacao beans for craft chocolate makers of the world

By CTA Admin | Aug 15, 2018

Interview with Arif Khan, Founder/Director, Cacao Fiji, Fiji Arif Khan, a native Fijian and founder of Cacao Fiji, saw potential for new life in this industry. After working as a realtor in California for seventeen years, Arif decided he wanted to return to his roots and pursue “something agriculture-based…and with an element of social impact.”…

SADC to develop regional tourism programme

By CTA Admin | Aug 13, 2018

Southern Africa is developing a plan that will guide and coordinate tourism development in the region. This is in line with a directive made by a joint meeting of SADC ministers responsible for environment and natural resources, fisheries and aquaculture, and tourism to the SADC Secretariat in November 2017 to develop a SADC tourism programme.…

Trinidad and Tobago Wins Caribbean’s Top Culinary Competition

By CTA Admin | Aug 13, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago’s national culinary team took home the top honors in the latest edition of the Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami last week. The team beat out 11 other national culinary teams from around the Caribbean in the annual event run by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. Taking home gold medals…