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Quotable Caribbean – April 19, 2015

“Instead of people spending their time worrying about how the advent of tourist arrivals in Cuba is going to affect the Caribbean, let’s spend our time in seeing how, out of that alliance, the entire region is going to benefit by the creation of multiple destination and multicultural (experiences).” – P.J. Patterson, Former Prime Minister of Jamaica (Jamaica Observer)

P.J. Patterson UN Photo/Michelle Poiré
P.J. Patterson
UN Photo/Michelle Poiré


“As far as Cuba goes, they’re great neighbours and have a beautiful product with which to compete. The product is mostly State-owned and in most cases price-driven. We should be careful not to get caught in that trap while improving our product to meet not only the additional competition that Cuba provides, but competition from the rest of the world.” – Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman, Sandals Resorts International (Jamaica Observer)


“The managers of the economies of the Caribbean seem to be overwhelmed with the challenge of economic growth, they do not seem to know where to go for help. They keep on doing the same things over and over and expect to get improved results. The business solution is right there on their doorstep, alas, the light at the end of the tunnel is not that of an oncoming train, it is indeed the global market opportunity.” – Dr. Basil Springer, Change-Engine Consultant, Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust (Barbados Advocate)


“For those of you that haven’t been to the (U.S.) Virgin Islands, one of the things you really need to know is this is a destination where you can have multiple island experiences…there are so many experiences that you can have all in a one week vacation.” – Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Commissioner of Tourism, United States Virgin Islands (Canadian Travel Press)


“This increase (in U.S. visitor arrivals) is very promising and we have embarked on a number of activities with a view to continuing this trend for the rest of the year and for years to come.” – Warren Solomon, General Manager of Marketing, Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Saint Francis of Assisi, Italian Catholic friar and preacher

“Greetings massive! Wha ah gwaan, Jamaica? It is great to be in beautiful Jamaica, not only because I am proud to be the first president of the United States to visit in more than 30 years, but because I just like the vibe here.” – Barack Obama, President, United States of America (Jamaica Gleaner)

Obama in JA
Greetings massive! Obama addresses Jamaican youth

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