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PICTURED: Colin Piper

DOMINICA SETS “READINESS” DATE DOMINICA PLANS to have its sites “in a state
of readiness” for cruise ships from 1 January 2018 following the damage caused by Hurricane Maria. Tourism Director Colin Piper told Dominica’s DBS Radio that cruise lines had been informed by letter and that Dominica had given itself “a series of milestones by which we will review and see where we are along the way”, which will be documented on video.

POLAND GETS FIRST NON-STOP FLIGHTS CHARTER FLIGHT company TUI has launched the first non-stop flights between Poland and Jamaica. The weekly flights from Warsaw started in early November. Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, said that Polish people loved Jamaican culture and that Poland had a population of 38 million people with an expanding middle class and a growing economy.

DOCTORATE FOR LORD KITCHENER THE LATE calypsonian Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) has been awarded a posthumous honorary doctorate from the University of Trinidad and Tobago. Kitchener is most famous in the UK for his calypso “London is the place for me”. The Doctor of Arts certificate was collected by his daughter, Quweina Roberts, who told Trinidad’s Newsday paper: “At last!”

TAKING THE PLUNGE TO BOOST APPEAL THE CARIBBEAN Hotel and Tourism Association and the Diving and Equipment Marketing Association have signed a deal to work together to improve the appeal of the Caribbean’s diving industry. The project includes the generation of artificial reefs, reef restoration and coral regeneration.

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