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PICTURED: Wyclef Jean

AIRBNB STRIKES CARIBBEAN DEAL

AIRBNB HAS signed an agreement with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation to promote and conduct joint research on regional tourism. The proposed research includes the impact of home-sharing on economic recovery following the 2017 hurricane season. Last year, 1.6 million guests booked Airbnb accommodation in the region – a 117 per cent increase on 2016.

JAMAICA WAIVES RUSSIAN VISAS

RUSSIAN TOURISTS will no longer need visas to visit Jamaica. Under a reciprocal agreement, Jamaicans can also spend up to 90 days visa-free a year visiting Russia. The final group of Russian visitors needing visas landed at Sangster International Airport on an inaugural Nordwind Airlines flight from Moscow.

BAHAMAS LAND SPOT ON UNHCR

THE BAHAMAS will become the first Commonwealth Caribbean country to sit on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) from next year. Social services minister Frankie Campbell said that “the achievement of the sustainable development agenda is linked to the protection of human rights”.

WYCLEF’S HAITIAN LIFE ON NETFLIX

THE CHILDHOOD of Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean is to be the subject of a CG-animated feature lm made by Netflix. The lm will feature the early life of the Fugees co-founder in Haiti before emigrating to America at the age of nine. He said: “I grew up in extreme poverty but I was rich with imagination. [I want to tell] kids from the slums around the world to never stop dreaming.”

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