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ROSEAU, Dominica – A three-day meeting aimed at improving airlift in the Caribbean began here on Tuesday with Tourism Minister, Robert Tonge defending the decision of the government to acquire shares in the debt-troubled regional airline, LIAT.

AIRPORT ROAD, St. MaartenWINAIR and British Airways have announced the successful implementation of an interline agreement between both carriers.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – A LIAT aircraft en route to St. Vincent and the Grenadines from Barbados, on Friday June 10, 2016, had to abort landing due to a laser light, which was beamed into the cockpit of the aircraft.

Airport Road, St. MaartenWINAIR is pleased to announce it has acquired an additional DHC-3 aircraft for our summer season.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - AVA Airways was granted its business economic permit to operate its Airline business plan. According to the Chairman of Ava Airways, Olivier Arrindell the airline is now on its way to certified its Airline and finalized with their Airline Operators Certificate (AOC).

ROSEAU, DominicaThe government of the Commonwealth of Dominica through the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal and Discover Dominica Authority will host the first CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP Conference in Dominica from June 14 – 16, 2016

The CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP is made up of well thought out program sessions and affords generous opportunities for dialogue among professionals. Most of the conference program will be discussions on changes for improved airlift in the Caribbean and its impact on tourism and the economy.  It will also provide impetus for new business developments and industry investments.  

The three day program includes a wide range of topics such as regional airlines, route development, airport development, airlift impact on tourism and the economy, investment considerations, trends in regional travel and tourism, innovation of product, service and infrastructure. 

From plenary session on the morning of the opening day, the program will have 2 simultaneous break-out sessions ensuring that there is always a session to attend for anyone's particular area of interest. 

The invited presenters have a wealth of knowledge on their areas of expertise and participants are encouraged to share perspectives, ideas, concerns, and successful strategies. 

The detailed conference program and agenda can be found at www.caribavia.com/program.htm.

Registration is now open online at www.caribavia.com for regional and international participants. Interested participants residing in Dominica should contact Discover Dominica Authority at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration information.

ROSEAU, DominicaThe government of the Commonwealth of Dominica through the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal and Discover Dominica Authority will host the first CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP Conference in Dominica from June 14 – 16, 2016.

The CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP is made up of well thought out programme sessions and affords generous opportunities for dialogue among professionals.

Most of the conference programme will be discussions on changes for improved airlift in the Caribbean and its impact on tourism and the economy.  It will also provide impetus for new business developments and industry investments.

The three-day programme includes a wide range of topics such as regional airlines, route development, airport development, airlift impact on tourism and the economy, investment considerations, trends in regional travel and tourism, innovation of product, service and infrastructure.

From plenary session on the morning of the opening day, the programme will have 2 simultaneous break-out sessions ensuring that there is always a session to attend for anyone’s particular area of interest.

Organisers say the invited presenters have a wealth of knowledge on their areas of expertise and participants are encouraged to share perspectives, ideas, concerns, and successful strategies.

BES Islands - KNMI by Bonaire International Airport (BIA) was asked to take part in the 11th edition of the IASC, Ilands Airport Safety Committee.

The IASC deals with the safety and quality of airports in the region.

During this conference, which was held in Bonaire Hotel Divi Flamingo, KNMI gave a presentation on its activities in general and specifically on those for Bonaire airport.

KNMI mainly briefed the participants on their authorized observation infrastructure and services.

A comprehensive and automated system of measurement of KNMI provides the Bonaire airport and its users, such as airlines and GA (private jets and recreational traffic) continues on the current and expected weather conditions at the airport.

With this, KNMI contributes to a safe and efficient handling of the air traffic on Bonaire.

KNMI ensures the early availability of products and services and this has been drawn up in a Service Level Agreement with the airport.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados –  Former chief executive officer of JetBlue Dave Barger joins a growing list of top executives and celebrities who will participate in Caribbean Week New York, a series of tourism trade and consumer events organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) to showcase the region in one of its most important markets.

Already, executives from Google and Caribbean Journal, as well as film and stage actor Robert Riley, have been confirmed for Caribbean Week New York.

An airline industry veteran who over the course of a career spanning four decades became one of the most recognized leaders in global aviation, Mr. Barger will be the motivational speaker at the Students’ Colloquium, the Caribbean Week youth programme designed to engage the future leaders of the Caribbean in tourism related activities.

Mr. Barger retired from his post as CEO of the New York-based carrier last year after eight years at the helm, and under his watch JetBlue became the fifth largest airline in the United States.

"It is wonderful delights to have Mr. Barger deliver the motivational speech to the tourism industry’s rising stars. His successes at JetBlue and, prior to that, at Continental Airlines, and his community involvement in a number of key areas including education, means he has a compelling story to share,” said Sylma Brown, head of the CTO’s New York office which manages Caribbean Week.

Last year’s winner of the colloquium, the Turks & Caicos Community College, will be joined by three other Caribbean tertiary institutions, the College of the Bahamas, University of Technology of Jamaica and the University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago campus in the contest for the best tourism-related business plan.

The students will be challenged to create a sustainable bed and breakfast business in the Caribbean that will become the new face of accommodation in small lodging establishments in the next ten years; develop and design an innovative strategic plan to increase intra-regional and domestic tourism; or demonstrate how an agritourism programme might be sustainably developed to support rural communities in the Caribbean.

The Students’ Colloquium takes place on Wednesday 1 June from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York.

Organized by the CTO, Caribbean Week New York is the largest, most engaging regional tourism activity in the “Big Apple” and typically attracts thousands of participants, including Caribbean tourism officials, the media, artists, performers, celebrity chefs, fashion designers, models, investors and other strategic partners. It showcases the sights, sounds, colours, culture and unique holiday experiences of the Caribbean and combines business sessions and consumer-oriented events with food, fashion, entertainment, sales and networking opportunities.

For the full Caribbean Week New York programme and for additional  information visit www.onecaribbean.org;  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (212) 635-9530

Caribbean Week is supported by Academy Engraving, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Atrebor Group, the Islands of the Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Islands, CitiTech Solutions, Dominica, El Dorado Rum, Empire State Building, Grenada, Jade Mountain/Anse Chastanet Resort, Jamaica, Martinique, Nassau Paradise Island, Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Travel + Leisure, Resonance Consultancy; Trinidad and Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Sugar Bay Resort & Spa and Unique Vacations, Inc./Sandals.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The LIAT flight attendant charged with bringing cocaine into Barbados has been further remanded, this time until May 19.

Deann Pat Porsha Palmer of LaClery, Castries, St Lucia was not required to answer the four drug charges which Acting Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch read to her in the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court earlier this month.

The 33-year-old is charged with possession, intent to supply, trafficking and importing the five kilogrammes of the drugs and another count of possession of 1.3 grammes of cannabis.

She was interviewed by personnel from the Drug Squad when she arrived here on April 26, and was subsequently referred to Customs where a search revealed the cocaine in her handbag. The marijuana was later found at her home in Barbados.

Plummer was denied bail when she appeared in the District C Magistrates Court on April 29 and again on May 5 when she made her second court appearance.

She is being represented by attorney-at-law Kim Sealy. (Barbados TODAY)

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