BRIDGETOWN, Barbados â€“ Hugh Riley, secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), says 2016 was an impressive but challenging year for the industry in the region. Riley pointed to an increase in tourist arrivals when compared to 2015, which was a record year. He said tourist arrivals have been fuelled by strong performances in Europe â€“ mainly the United Kingdom and Germany â€“ and from the United States.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia - President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Karolin Troubetzkoy says the Caribbean must ensure issues of critical socioeconomic importance are firmly addressed with the United States Congress and the incoming administration. Troubetzkoy made the comment during her presentation on the impact on the tourism industry of de-risking and correspondent-banking relationships at the just ended 40th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America in Miami, Florida.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad â€“ Olympic star Keshorn Walcott and sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye have been voted Trinidad and Tobagoâ€™s top sports persons of 2016. The 23-year-old Walcott was rewarded for his bronze medal in the javelin at the Olympic Games in Brazil. He had won gold at the London 2012 Games as a teenager.
Florida could again host the West Indies if plans for the Caribbeanâ€™s cricket team to play Pakistan in late March can be finalized. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is willing to play two Twenty20 internationals in Pakistan between Mar. 11 and 15, once adequate security could be guaranteed. If that tour goes ahead, the PCB would confirm a WICB request for the two countries to play two T20 games in Florida later in the month.