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Caribbean Export is in the final throws of producing, Design Caribbean, a trade show, that will highlight the region's natural ability, energy and flair.  After extensive evaluation, Caribbean Export is pleased and excited to announce that it has chosen the artisans who will be displaying their handcrafted and unique products from September 1-4, 2011, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Exhibitors taking part in the show will have the opportunity to be selected as an award winner. The International Trade Centre has sponsored the Design Awards for Design Caribbean.   All exhibitors have passed through a screening process to ensure superior product and quality is displayed at the trade fair. From these selected exhibitors, a design panel will reward the best design according to form, functional and emotional aspects of the product. Three winners will be selected from all of the represented sectors and each category winner will be given a certificate and trophy. All of the products have to reflect the exuberant nature and ability of the Caribbean people as the exhibitors seek to appeal to boutique owners looking for that something special to inspire and capture the imagination.

The diplomatic center of the world New York sees hundreds of ambassadors attending the United Nations headquarters, but last week there was a different type of ambassador in town from the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Sambala Boyd was the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism's Ambassador and his primary function was to share the warmth of the Caribbean islands with his fellow New York residents.

To make it even more notable "Ambassador" Boyd is actually a New Yorker originally from the USVI. He was appointed by the USVI tourism authorities for an unusual term - one week. But for a very big one - the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Caribbean Week in New York.Boyd responded to a Department of Tourism social media essay contest on Facebook which asked U.S. Virgin Islanders living in New York what makes them great USVI Ambassadors and what it means to represent their hometown in North America.

The Caribbean is being urged to compete for the global "wallet share" and step up the promotion of "its investment story."

That's the advice from W. Dave Dowrich, vice president of investment at Goldman Sachs and the keynote speaker at the inaugural Invest Caribbean Power Forum, convened by digital media solutions company, Hard Beat Communications and the Caribbean Tourism Organization in New York City on Thursday, June 9, 2011.

The head of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) declared his organization supports the arts because Caribbean artistes are among the best in the world.

Hugh Riley, the CTO's Secretary General, applauded the work of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, producers of last weekend's New York Film Showcase, for profiling the talent of the Caribbean and preserving the region's story-telling culture.

Addressing the opening of the CaribbeanTales New York Film Showcase last Saturday in Brooklyn, Riley explained his organization supports the cultural industries because Caribbean's artistes, writers and filmmakers are among the most skilled story tellers in the world.

"At CTO we focus a great deal of our time, energy and attention on marketing the Caribbean as the world's premier warm weather tourism destination ... we do it for the social and economic benefit of the people of the Caribbean - (however) to truly benefit our citizens we need to understand their stories and to tell them with power, persuasion and passion," asserted Riley.