Caribbean News Roundup Aug. 21st

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    The Guyana government is training a number of teachers with the necessary skills to teach English as a second language to children of Venezuelan migrants, who are living in that country.

    So far, more than 800 Venezuelan children are enrolled in Guyana’s schools.

    The Ministry of Education is working with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to develop educational interventions, which will improve the learning and communication skills of those children.

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    Also in Guyana, the authorities of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport are working to improve passengers’ experiences including additional check-in counters and self-check-in kiosks.

    Other initiatives include an In-line Baggage Handling System to screen passengers’ checked luggage, several modern walk-through metal detectors and hand luggage scanners.

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    A recommendation regarding moving arrivals and departure records from a paper-based system to an online system is also being pursued.

    While the month of September continues to be a challenging one for hoteliers in Barbaros, one top tourism official is reporting an overall strong summer performance so far.

    Occupancy levels are higher this summer than last year, with July jumping around six per cent.

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    Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says the country’s tourism industry is resilient enough to overcome the global recession being predicted for 2020.

    He was responding to major news reports, in which several notable economists predicted another global financial crash and the inevitable fallout that would follow, in 2020.

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    PricewaterhouseCoopers has praised Dominica for the good use of the funds generated from the Citizenship by Investment programme.

    Conversely, Opposition senator, Ronald Charles has single-handedly taking action to demonstrate his dissatisfaction with the Government.

    He wants it to account for revenue generated under the CBI Programme for the 2018-2019 financial year.

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    St. Lucia’s Ministry of Tourism has made significant headway in the establishment of a Tourism Satellite Account.

    The TSA is the main tool for the economic measurement of tourism, with credible data on the impact of tourism and associated employment.