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.
Beginning on December 22, 2011, Cape Air's service to Anguilla will be augmented by a new third round trip flight to and from San Juan on peak days. This 29% increase in capacity complements Cape Air's existing two daily flights.
Cape Air inaugurated Anguilla service on December 22, 2010 and it was an immediate success. "The Cape Air model of high-frequency flights and easy connections with the mainland is a needed service on Anguilla," said Andrew Bonney, Cape Air's Vice President of Planning. "We are thrilled to be at a point already where it makes economic sense to add capacity on Anguilla. With a fleet of 66 aircraft Cape Air can add as many seats as Anguilla needs, in an economically rational and sustainable way," he added. Cape Air's Anguilla service neither needs nor receives subsidy.