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Tourism back on track plus more in Caribbean news in brief

BAJAN PRIDE: Rihanna

TOURISM RHYTHM BACK ON TRACK

THE CARIBBEAN Hotel Association is about to launch a campaign to woo visitors back to the region following hurricane season damage in 2017. Association President Karen Troubetzkoy said that “the Rhythm Never Stops” campaign will include music from different countries. She said that only 10 of 33 countries had been affected and 90 per cent of room inventory has reopened for the winter tourism season.

LIZARDS BECOMING ‘HURRICANE-PROOF’

SCIENTISTS BELIEVE that Caribbean lizards are adapting to become more resilient to hurricanes. A team from the Centre for Rapid Evolution at the University of Wisconsin have been studying lizards in the Caribbean for decades. They have seen growing numbers of big-footed lizards which can cling to trees and leaves in hurricanes.

GUYANA’S VERY OWN WILLY WONKA

A FRENCH-BORN chocolatier of Guyanese parentage has opened his first shop in Guyana. François, of Maison François, worked as a head chef in Europe and Dubai before deciding to open Guyana’s first artisanal chocolate shop in August. Francois told the Stabroek News: “I hope to have many more locations in Guyana because I want to be the Willy Wonka of Guyana.”
BAJAN HOPE FOR MORE ‘RIHANNAS’

VETERAN BARBADIAN singer and music promoter Richard Stoute has called for more opportunities to showcase local music talent that will allow young Barbadians to become megastars like Rihanna. Stoute suggested a music festival and opportunities for people to perform.

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