ROSEAU, Dominica, Thursday May 23, 2019 – When Hurricane Maria, a deadly Category Five hurricane, devastated Dominica in 2017, the island coined a phrase Dominicans were determined to achieve – “Build Back Better”, and it’s at the heart of the Dominica Tours story.
Yvonne Armour Hill’s parents, recognized as pioneers in Dominica’s tourism
industry, founded Anchorage Limited, a tourism business which included a hotel,
a land-based tour company, and a whale watching and dive centre.
Tours, which Armour Hill operated, coordinated the experiences of their guests.
But the hurricane destroyed three properties under the Dominica Tours umbrella,
making the tour company virtually obsolete.
Armour Hill, however, is not a quitter, and motivated by a desire to help get the entire island’s tourism industry back on its feet, she decided to rebrand and redevelop the company.
of continuing to focus solely on our properties, we are now working on offering
a level of quality support to hoteliers and other providers in the tourism
industry to enhance the integrity of their products and services,” she said.
“And our focus is on promoting the Nature Isle experience.”
after a natural disaster as destructive as Hurricane Maria was, Yvonne’s plan
works, because visitors to Dominica aren’t there merely for the hotels.
the Nature Isle of the Caribbean,” Armour Hill said. “They come here to hike,
dive and experience the world’s only indigenous Kalinago territory, home to the
indigenous people of Dominica. We attract the fit and energetic, people who
want adventure and off the beaten track experiences in one of the Caribbean’s
most authentic and best kept secrets,” she said. “So, we still have a lot to
tourism and hospitality consultant, Armour Hill was well placed to provide
management support and training to hoteliers on the island. She’s been in the
industry for over 35 years, and has worked locally, regionally and
internationally, including as a consultant with the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
combined her industry knowledge and expertise with support from the Caribbean
Export Development Agency. Through their new Women Empowered Through Export
(WE-Xport) programme, which is designed to support Caribbean women in business
to start exporting, or increase the exports of their products and services, Armour
Hill, one experience at a time, is working to ensure Dominica is the number one
choice for nature lovers. With a firm reach in the French Caribbean islands of
Martinique and Guadeloupe and in France, she is focused on significantly
increasing the export of her services to Europe, North America and the African
Continent. And one untapped market she’s also focused on bringing in is the
diaspora – Dominicans living abroad.
isn’t country specific,” she said, “But it’s definitely a market we should be
going after. We want them to revisit the natural beauty of their homeland.”
Hill is undoubtedly brimming over with ideas to help rebuild and expand
Dominica’s tourism industry, but its long-term success will be dependent on
creating a model that is sustainable. To achieve this, she has established
Ayahora, a registered non-profit, designed to support the development of
inspirational leadership institutes, which are focused on pre-primary,
Montessori education and adult skills training. The foundation promotes
sustainable development principles and practices through the delivery and
support of quality, environmentally sensitive, culturally relevant educational
programmes and initiatives.
work will support the development of the tourism industry by helping to mould
responsible, thoughtful, good-spirited, productive global citizens,” Armour
Hill shared. “So the foundation really is looking to address the needs of the
industry in terms of the skills, and in trying to inculcate from a very early
age, sustainable development principles and practices, so that in 15, 20 years,
we have a workforce that totally and truly understands what Dominica, the
Nature Isle is trying to do.”
Hill’s plans for Dominica Tours and Ayahora exemplify Dominica’s determination
to build back better, and are a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit.
“When you suffer such devastation and loss, you have to ask yourself what’s the lesson to be learned; how can I turn this to my advantage,” Armour Hill said. “You have a choice. You can either wallow and not move on, or you can make a choice for survival.” (Caribbean Export)
Guyana and Ghana Sign Deal for Visa-Free Travel
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday June 12 , 2019 – Guyana and Ghana have signed an agreement that will allow citizens to travel to each other’s countries without need for visas.
visa waiver agreement was one of several bilateral agreements covering several
areas of mutual interest, which were signed yesterday after Ghana’s President
Nana Akufo-Addo arrived in the country for a two-day State visit.
General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon, told the media that the
abolition of visa requirements for citizens of the two states will apply to all
holders of diplomatic, official and regular Guyanese passports.
the initial stages, they will be entitled to at least 90 days without having to
renew, but after 90 days then there will be a requirement for a renewal based
on the laws of the respective countries,” he explained.
said one of the other agreements related to Ghana lending technical support to Guyana’s
oil and gas sector.
President of Ghana made a very clear offer that they are prepared to assist
Guyana with technical cooperation with the personnel and so on to assist with
the development of the oil and gas sector,” he said.
they did was to commit to paying salaries and transportation to get them here
and what we will need to do is find accommodation for them.”
agreements on trade and industry were signed as the West African territory
expressed interest in Guyana’s timber and rum industries.
agreements were all signed by Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Karen
Cummings and Ghana’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
Shirley Botchwey, as President David Granger and President Akufo-Addo looked on.
President Akufo-Addo said there were “other areas of cooperation that we want to undertake – in education and transportation, a direct link between Accra and Georgetown”.
He made those comments as he met with the Ghana Diaspora and local representatives from African 0rganizations at the Marriott Hotel.
Diplomatic relations between Guyana and Ghana were officially established on May 14, 1979.
US Citizen Charged for Defrauding Caribbean Immigrants in Work Permit and Green Card Scam
NEW YORK, United States, Wednesday June 12, 2019 – A New York resident has been charged with defrauding immigrants from Jamaica and St Kitts, taking more than US$8,000 from them under the pretense that he could get them green cards and work permits, and then threatening to report them after they asked back for their money.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez yesterday announced that James Archibald, 55, has
been charged with grand larceny, scheme to defraud, immigration assistance
services fraud, and related charges, for allegedly stealing US$8,520 from three
undocumented immigrants who hired him to process work permits and green card
applications with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
defendant is accused of preying on some of the most vulnerable members of our
society who were victimized as they attempted to comply with federal laws,”
a resident of Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York, was arraigned before Brooklyn
Criminal Court Judge Joseph McCormack on a 10-count criminal complaint in which
he is charged with third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny,
first-degree scheme to defraud, first-degree immigration assistance services
fraud, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He was released
without bail and ordered to return to court on August 8th, 2019.
faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
District Attorney said that, according to the complaint, between October 2016
and May 2018, the defendant, who was the owner of a company called US Caribbean
and Asian Development Organization, allegedly stole US$8,520 from three undocumented
immigrants who paid him to process and expedite work permit and green card
applications on their behalf with USCIS.
victims met the defendant through mutual acquaintances. After receiving the
payments, the victims repeatedly contacted the defendant, but he failed to
provide the promised services and they tried to get their money back. It is
alleged that the defendant told the victims that if they persisted in pursuing
refunds he would report them to USCIS. He also allegedly failed to return the
passports of two victims.
The investigation began in January 2019 after two of the victims filed complaints against Archibald with the District Attorney’s Action Center, which put them in contact with the District Attorney’s Immigrant Affairs Unit.
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