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Linking growers to the tourism industry creates wealth for small farmers while simultaneously reducing the high cost of importing expensive food, asserted a development expert.

"Furthermore, collecting traditional recipes from rural areas enables chefs to increase the amount of local dishes offered to visitors," said Lelei LeLaulu, vice president of the the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx).

Dubbed "Roots To Restaurants," the initiative was served up at the 19th edition of CMEx in Kingston, Jamaica early October which focused on tourism linkages.

ImageBroward County's Port Everglades experienced its highest multi-day cruise passenger count ever with a record 17 percent growth this past year, and Port officials expect the trend to continue in 2011.

More than 3.3 million multi-day cruise guests sailed to and from Port Everglades during fiscal year 2010 (October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010) compared to 2.8 million in FY2009. The number of multi-day passengers is expected to climb another 6 percent to 3.5 million in FY2011 with the addition of Royal Caribbean International's second 5,400-passenger Oasis-class cruise ship, Allure of the Seas, sailing every Sunday from Port Everglades beginning in December 2010 and a new long-term agreement with Carnival Corporation that is expected to bring 25.5 million cruise passengers to the Port over the next 15 years.

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Lil Chef: a popular spot in Rodney Bay Village, Saint Lucia.
Café culture has added a new dimension to the allure and appeal of Coco Palm with the opening of Lil' Chef headed by award-winning restaurateurs Chef Rosie and Marc Joinville.

Coco Palm resort guests and locals alike can choose from Lil' Chef's all-day breakfast menu which includes favourites such as Eggs Benedict, Florentine or Royale to healthy fresh fruit smoothies laced with honey, wheat germ and flax seed.

ImageTripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, recently named Jamaica as one of the Top 10 Island Escapes. The list features winners of the 2010 Travelers' Choice® Destinations Awards, with results based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions from travelers on TripAdvisor.com. The launch of the list is perfect timing for travelers planning their winter getaways.

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