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SPACELESS GARDENS – Cultural Xpression Newsletter January 2015 Edition

January 27, 2015
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CULTURAL XPRESSION JANUARY 2015 EDITION  – The new monthly NewsLetter called ”CULTURAL XPRESSION” created by St Maarten Local  young businessman  Denicio Wyatte can now be viewed online on www.ilandvibez.com / www.stmaartenagriculture.com and www.itsabouttimesxm.com .  Cultural Xpression is geared to build awareness amounts the various communities in St Maarten in the sector of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Sport. Thanking everyone that made this possible: 37 sq Miles The Affiliate Team,  The Daily Herald Printery and most of all THE MOST HIGH!!! Always remember to give thanks for the little you have ! Wisihng everybody a strength while trying to accomplish their dreams ! – D Wyatte

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Developing an effective cruise conversion program is vital to our future

January 6, 2015
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GREATBAY—With the possibility of American tourists opting for visiting Cuba instead of St. Maarten looming ever nearer, Minister of Tourism Claret Connor opined that developing an effective cruise conversion program is vital to the island’s future.

St. Maarten recently reached the 2 millionth cruise passenger mark and most of the tourists visiting here are from America. With the lifting of the fifty years Cuban embargo on America and plans rapidly proceeding to make it possible for Americans to holiday in Cuba without travel restrictions, concerns have been raised by several factions in the Caribbean tourism sector that this is likely to negatively impact the other islands. Among the possible reasons for this is the curiosity factor which is likely at least in the first few years to attract many, and Cuba’s proximity to the United States which would make travelling there cheaper than to the islands.

“Developing the product St Maarten is priority number one regardless of the imminent opening of the Cuban market to United States tourists or not,” Minister Claret Connor said via press secretary Michael Granger  in an invited comment yesterday.

According to the minister there is no doubt that the lifting of travel restrictions to Cuba by the US government will impact the rest of the Caribbean destinations. “Cuba is already enjoying approximately 650,000 U.S. visitors annually of this number more than 550,000 are Cuban-Americans visiting family. Reports also show that non-Cuban American visitors may increase once the travel embargo is lifted. This however will happen over a period of about four years.

“The reality of what we are confronted with is that there is time, albeit a short period to improve on destination St. Maarten. We must continue, in a disciplined way, to improve on our product. In 2014, we saw the numbers of our cruise tourism hit the two-millionth mark taking us to the top tier in terms of numbers.  That is two million opportunities to complement our stay-over visitors. Therefore developing an effective cruise conversion program is vital to our future.

As I have stated in my New Year’s address we must place emphasis on improving our services.  ‘Our tourism-dependent economy is for the most part tied to the quality of services that we render. Service levels and standards will be two important principles that will receive due attention from my ministry.’ We must re-evaluate our list of priorities in the discipline of “service”, provide value for money and increase our tourism revenues,” Minister Connor said.

During his address given at the Chamber of Commerce’s 35th jubilee in May of 2014, Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies at the University of Central Florida and author of  the book “the small island paradox” Dr. Robertico Croes, stated that the ratio of receipts from cruise in comparison with stay-over visitors is about $1-$1. Connor pointed out that this means there is great potential for improvements by developing more land-based tours in the areas of ECO and Adventure Tourism. “The latter will have a direct impact on the cruise tourism receipts. With regard to stay-over visitors however, we must find investments to increase our room inventory, whilst enhancing the levels of service to insure a higher spending yield from our stay-over guests.”

He added that the current governing program has meticulously outlined its approach for enhancing the tourism product.

 

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Cuba and US restore ties after 50 years of the Castro Regime’s

December 19, 2014
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HAVANA/WASHINGTON–The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy.

After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other’s countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce.

The two leaders made the announcement in simultaneous televised speeches. The Vatican and Canada facilitated the deal.

Obama’s call for an end to the economic embargo drew resistance from Republicans, who will control both houses of Congress from January and who oppose normal relations with the Communist-run island. Obama said he was ending what he called a rigid and outdated policy of isolating Cuba that had failed to achieve change on the island.

His administration’s policy shift includes an opening to more commerce in some areas, allowing use of U.S. credit and debit cards, increasing the amount of money that can be sent to Cubans and allowing export of telecommunications devices and services.

Travel restrictions that make it hard for most Americans to visit will be eased, but the door will not yet be open for broad U.S. tourism on the Caribbean island.

Obama’s announcement also will not end the U.S. trade embargo that has been in force for more than 50 years. That is codified in legislation and needs congressional approval. Obama said he would seek that approval but likely faces a struggle.

But sanctions experts said Obama had leeway to use executive his powers to ease the embargo even in the face of congressional objections. “There is a lot of breadth to authorise things more broadly than they’ve been authorised, provided that the broad (legislative) contours are adhered to,” said Peter Kucik, a former Treasury Department official who worked on Cuban sanctions.

Obama said the opening was made possible by Havana’s release of American Alan Gross (65), who had been imprisoned in Cuba for five years. Gross’ case had been a major obstacle to improving relations.

Cuba also released an intelligence agent who spied for the United States and was held for nearly 20 years, and the United States in return freed three Cuban intelligence agents held in the United States.

Cuba and the United States have been ideological foes since soon after the 1959 revolution that brought President Raul Castro’s older brother, Fidel Castro, to power. Washington broke diplomatic relations with Havana in 1961 as Cuba steered a leftist course that turned it into a close ally of the former Soviet Union on the island, which lies just 90 miles (140 km) south of Florida.

The hostilities were punctuated by crises over spies, refugees and the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962 that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. After the demise of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, Washington was increasingly alone in its efforts to squeeze Cuba. Raul Castro, who took over from Fidel Castro when his brother retired in 2008, has maintained a one-party political system.

Obama said Cuba still needed to enact economic reforms and uphold human rights among other changes but that it was time for a new approach.

Critics said Cuba should not be rewarded, having yet to change, and the path to completely normal ties is strewn with obstacles, in particular lifting the embargo that the White House said Obama would like to see dismantled by the time he leaves office in 2017. Although a growing number of U.S. lawmakers favour more normal ties, those lawmakers are still mostly Democrats, and after big midterm election gains in November, Republicans will control both houses of Congress in the new year.

Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban-American Republican, said he was committed to doing all he could to “unravel” the plan. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, both set to hold senior foreign policy positions, said the policy shift reflected “America and the values it stands for in retreat and decline.”

Former Secretary of State and potential 2016 Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton backed Obama’s move, saying: “Our decades-long policy of isolation has only strengthened the Castro regime’s grip on power.”

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December 18, 2014
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CULTURAL XPRESSION DECEMBER EDITION  – The new monthly NewsLetter called ”CULTURAL XPRESSION” created by St Maarten Local  young businessman  Denicio Wyatte can now be viewed online on www.ilandvibez.com / www.stmaartenagriculture.com and www.itsabouttimesxm.com .  Cultural Xpression is geared to build awareness amounts the various communities in St Maarten in the sector of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Sport. Thanking everyone that made this possible: 37 sq Miles The Affiliate Team,  The Daily Herald Printery and most of all THE MOST HIGH!!! Always remember to give thanks for the little you have ! Wisihng everybody a strength while trying to accomplish their dreams ! – D Wyatte

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November 24, 2014
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CULTURAL XPRESSION NOVEMBER EDITION  – The new monthly NewsLetter called ”CULTURAL XPRESSION” created by St Maarten Local  young businessman  Denicio Wyatte can now be viewed online on www.ilandvibez.com / www.stmaartenagriculture.com and www.itsabouttimesxm.com .  Cultural Xpression is geared to build awareness amounts the various communities in St Maarten in the sector of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Sport. Thanking everyone that made this possible: 37 sq Miles The Affiliate Team,  The Daily Herald Printery and most of all THE MOST HIGH!!! Always remember to give thanks for the little you have ! Wisihng everybody a strength while trying to accomplish their dreams ! – D Wyatte

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October 20, 2014
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CULTURAL XPRESSION OCTOBER EDITION  – The new monthly NewsLetter called ”CULTURAL XPRESSION” created by St Maarten Local  young businessman  Denicio Wyatte can now be viewed online on www.ilandvibez.com / www.stmaartenagriculture.com and www.itsabouttimesxm.com .  Cultural Xpression is geared to build awareness amounts the various communities in St Maarten in the sector of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Sport. Thanking everyone that made this possible: 37 sq Miles The Affiliate Team,  The Daily Herald Printery and most of all THE MOST HIGH!!! Always remember to give thanks for the little you have ! Wisihng everybody a strength while trying to accomplish their dreams ! – D Wyatte

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September 20, 2014
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CULTURAL XPRESSION SEPTEMBER EDITION  – The new monthly NewsLetter called ”CULTURAL XPRESSION” created by St Maarten Local  young businessman  Denicio Wyatte can now be viewed online on www.ilandvibez.com / www.stmaartenagriculture.com and www.itsabouttimesxm.com .  Cultural Xpression is geared to build awareness amounts the various communities in St Maarten in the sector of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Sport. Thanking everyone that made this possible: 37 sq Miles The Affiliate Team,  The Daily Herald Printery and most of all THE MOST HIGH!!! Always remember to give thanks for the little you have ! Wisihng everybody a strength while trying to accomplish their dreams ! – D Wyatte

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August 25, 2014
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CULTURAL XPRESSION AUGUST EDITION  – The new monthly NewsLetter called ”CULTURAL XPRESSION” created by St Maarten Local  young businessman  Denicio Wyatte can now be viewed online on www.ilandvibez.com / www.stmaartenagriculture.com and www.itsabouttimesxm.com .  Cultural Xpression is geared to build awareness amounts the various communities in St Maarten in the sector of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Sport. Thanking everyone that made this possible: 37 sq Miles The Affiliate Team,  The Daily Herald Printery and most of all THE MOST HIGH!!! Always remember to give thanks for the little you have ! Wisihng everybody a strength while trying to accomplish their dreams ! – D Wyatte

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July 20, 2014
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CULTURAL XPRESSION JULY EDITION  – The new monthly NewsLetter called ”CULTURAL XPRESSION” created by St Maarten Local  young businessman  Denicio Wyatte can now be viewed online on www.ilandvibez.com / www.stmaartenagriculture.com and www.itsabouttimesxm.com .  Cultural Xpression is geared to build awareness amounts the various communities in St Maarten in the sector of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Sport. Thanking everyone that made this possible: 37 sq Miles The Affiliate Team,  The Daily Herald Printery and most of all THE MOST HIGH!!! Always remember to give thanks for the little you have ! Wisihng everybody a strength while trying to accomplish their dreams ! – D Wyatte

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SPACELESS GARDENS – Cultural Xpression Newsletter JUNE Edition

June 16, 2014
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CULTURAL XPRESSION JUNE EDITION  – The new monthly NewsLetter called ”CULTURAL XPRESSION” created by St Maarten Local  young businessman  Denicio Wyatte can now be viewed online on www.ilandvibez.com / www.stmaartenagriculture.com and www.itsabouttimesxm.com .  Cultural Xpression is geared to build awareness amounts the various communities in St Maarten in the sector of Culture, Agriculture, Community Development, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Tourism and Sport. Thanking everyone that made this possible: 37 sq Miles The Affiliate Team,  The Daily Herald Printery and most of all THE MOST HIGH!!! Always remember to give thanks for the little you have ! Wisihng everybody a strength while trying to accomplish their dreams ! – D Wyatte

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