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Details and contact information for most events listed here may be obtained on the website Readers are invited to submit information on relevant activities, at least 45 days prior to date of your activity. Mail to: Caribbean UPDATE, 116 Myrtle Ave., Millburn NJ 07041. U.S.A. Email: Some dates are tentative, all are subject to change; readers are urged to reconfirm prior to making travel plans.


March 30-April 5: The 44th BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival. More than 800 sailors will take to the waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel to enjoy some of the best racing in the world. Details: Tel: 284.541.6732. web site

April 4-5: Easter weekend is the 7th Annual Festival del Mar, in Anguilla. An epicurean celebration of all things from the sea, it is hosted in the picturesque fishing village of Island Harbour and features fishing competitions, culinary competitions, swimming races, crab races, and of course, Anguilla's National Sport and beloved pastime, boatracing.

April 4-6: The Oistins Fish Festival is a folk festival held in the scenic fishing town of Oistins on Barbados' southern coast. isitors can expect calypso and reggae music, craft fairs, family games. stalls selling seafood dishes.

April 5-6: Easter holidays celebration on St. Eustatius.

April 6: Antigua and Barbuda International Kite Fly.

April 10-15: Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta,

April 11-15: Summit of the Americas, in Panama City. The summit provides an opportunity for dialogue for the renewal of the agreements by the countries of the region to achieve more cooperation among the peoples of the Americas. 35 heads of state and government, including US President Barack Obama, were invited. The Panamanian government invited Cuba to attend. This would be the first time for Cuba, since the event was held in 1994.

April 17-18: "Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival" on Grand Bahama Island. See also May 7-9 in Nassau

April 19-26: The weeklong festival celebrates the vibrant history and rhythmic culture of Reggae in Barbados.

April 23-25: 13th Latin American Political Marketing & Governance Summit to be held April 23-25 at Condado Plaza Hilton. More than 25 of the top political strategists from Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, Brazil and Spain will convene in San Juan. Some 450 attendees from Latin America, Puerto Rico and the mainland U.S. are expected during the

April 25-May 1: Antigua Sailing Week. Attracting over 100 yachts, consists of five days of competitive racing off the south coast of Antigua plus an optional day of racing around the island.

April 29-May 1: Tyrexpo2015 will be held at the Pedregal Convention Center in San Jose, Costa Rica. Organized by Eventions International, LLC, a wealth of information about the trade show and the San Jose, Costa Rica region is already available on the show's website:

April 30-May 10: The 24th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival draws internationally renowned talent. Robin Thicke, Jon Secada, Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff and Arturo Tappin are among stellar line-up. More details from

May, August, September: Panama's Chamber of Construction has announced that Expo Vivienda will be held in May, Expo Chiriqm in August and Expo Habitat in September 2015. The Atlapa Convention Center will host Expo Vivienda and CAPAC Expo Habitat, while the Trade Show area in David, in Chiriqui will be the site of Expo Chiriquf In all of the fairs issues to be addressed include performance, cost, quality, technology and regulatory compliance. Expo Vivienda will be held from 21 to 24 May; Expo Chiriqm from 12 to 16 August and CAPAC Expo Habitat, from 9 to 13 September. The president of CAPAC explained that every year more than 100 thousand people attend fairs and annual transactions are recorded in the order of $450 million. "

May 1-3: Nautical Music Festival, Antigua. www.

May 7-9: The Bahamas' newest signature cultural event, the first "Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival" that will take place. It will feature a smorgasbord of cultural activities including Bahamian cuisine, street parades, costume contests, music and dance shows, poetry readings, visual arts available for viewing and for sale, all depicting the diverse cross section of Bahamian culture and heritage. Details: Anita Johnson Patty, Ministry of Tourism.

May 13-15: Central America Cruise Summit 2015 will be held in the capital of El Salvador. It takes place every two ears and is the third edition.

May 13-16: ETI--Expo de Turismo International, the first international tourism expo in the Caribbean, will take place at the Puerto Rico Convention Center. Designed to showcase the beauty, sports, nature, adventure, and gastronomy experiences available in the Caribbean and beyond, bringing together members of the tourism industry from across the globe. Details: www.traveldailynews. com/news/article/62745/first-international-tourism-expo-in#sthash.lt8GariK.dpuf

May 23-34: Antigua & Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament and Seafood Festival. Held in the historic Nelson's Dockyard, makes this event a perfect day out for family and friends. May 23-31: Barbados Gospelfest is the Caribbean's Premier Christian Music & Arts Festival with local and international talent.

May 30-31: Sol Rally Barbados is organized by the Barbados Rally Club and is a major annual motor sport international event.

June 7-9:. The 45th regular session of the General Assembly of American States (OAS) will be held in Haiti.

June 14-18: The sixth biennial Jamaica Diaspora conference will take place in Montego Bay under the theme "Jamaica and the Diaspora, Looking for Growth and Prosperity".

June 16-17: The inaugural West Latin America Oil & Gas 2015 Summit in Cartagena, Colombia brings together existing and future operators in the oil and gas industry in West Latin America. Exploration and production will be discussed. Cristina Rivero at, +44 (0) 207 111 1615 July-August 5: Crop Over Festival is Barbados' biggest and best-loved festival Events last five weeks and revelers can expect a mix of live music, dancing, carnival, markets, cultural presentations and more.

July 1: Emancipation day celebrated on St. Eustatius, where inhabitants and visitors join to commemorate the abolition of slavery. Ceremonies are formed and parades can be seen through the streets as ethnic groups join forces and food fairs take over Wilhelmina Park.

July 7-11, 2015. The Bob Marley Foundation has agreed to partner with Jamaica Promotions Corp. (JAMPRO) to support the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival that will be held in Kingston. Organized by the Film Commission of JAMPRO, aimed at attracting local and international investors to boost the local film industry.

. July 16-18: The Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo, in Panama City

July 26-August 5: Antigua's Carnival provides a colourful insight into the culture of the country. Lively music and costumed parades throughout the day and night.

September:: Travel Mart Latin America 2015 to be Held in Guatemala. For travel service providers from Central and South America and buyers from around the world. Maru Acevedo, deputy director of the Guatemalan Institute of Tourism (INGUAT), said the fair is expected to attract 350 tour operators in Latin America and 50 international media bodies. The fair has been held for 35 years.

Sept. 5-10: After a successful inaugural event, the Golf Travel Exchange for Dominican Republic said it will return for a second year in 2015 to Casa de Campo in La Romana. Golf tour operators, international golf media, golf course directors, hoteliers, DMC's and more will have the chance to meet, network and experience what makes the DR golf destination one of the best in the world. Details: or via email And Annie Holschuh 414.247.2140 /

October:: the Central American Travel Market will be held in Guatemala

October 3-4: Red Bull Global Rallycross will be returning to Barbados just one year after the supercars first hit the tracks of Bushy Park Circuit. The popular event is said to be one of the most thrilling races on this year's motorsports calendar.

Oct. 6-9: The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference & Trade Show, in Cozumel, Mexico. Attendees can target cruise executives during one-on-one meetings or evening functions, as well as learn from the executives during workshops that cater to informing attendees how to increase their share of cruise tourism.

Oct. 21-23: Curacao will host region's leading tourism forum, the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) 2015 at the World Trade Center in Willemstad, bringing together senior industry decision makers and interested partners to address the biggest concerns and opportunities for Caribbean tourism. The conference brings together some 300 tourism industry leaders from the 30 member-countries of the CTO, as well as representatives of the regional and international private sector, academics, media, students, travel trade partners and other stakeholders from within and outside the region. Details:

November: Barbados Independence Surf Festival PRO. Association's calendar, featuring two competitions, live music, local food and much more. The event takes place at Soup Bowl, Bathsheba--a haven for surfers worldwide Nov. 19-22: The 6th annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival will feature top chefs at various locations, and allow participants to taste their way through Barbados with delicious, savory, and delectable food and beverage offerings.

Nov. 27-29: The next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will be held in Malta, Meetings will take place at a number of historical venues around Malta, while the heads of government retreat will be held at Fort St Angelo, situated in Vittoriosa. CHOGM is held every two years and is the Commonwealth's highest consultative and policy-making body.

December 4-6: The Run Barbados Series of events comprises a 3k, 5k, 10k, Fun mile Run and Walk, and a Half-Marathon. Following each runner's ace, participants can dive into the Caribbean Sea.

December 10-13: Returning for its second year, the musical collaboration festival, Classical/Pops, returns to Barbados.

2015: The Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC), a member of the International Council of Management Consultants Institute (ICMCI), has announced that its 2015 conference will take place in The Bahamas. Details:

2015: Fruit Logistica, Berlin, Germany. The Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport) is helping to organize this event. The Guatemalan German Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Messe Berlin invited entrepreneurs to participate in the horticultural trade fair which opens doors for agricultural business in Europe and the world. The Dutch company, Total Exotics, is also involved.

Feb. 7-9, 2016: Puerto Rico on Jan. 20 was announced as the Host destination for the 9th Routes Americas which will take place in San Juan. The event, which is the route development forum for the entire Americas region, will be hosted by Puerto Rico Tourism Co. with the support of their partners Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC and Meet Puerto Rico, said business", said Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, Exec. Dir. of the Puerto Rico Tourism Co. Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK-based ASM Ltd., a consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports.

March 2016. The Third World Cocoa Conference will be held in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic said Federico Cuello, the Dominican ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Costa Rica: More Investment in Food Service The chain of wholesale supermarkets Mayca has started operations in a new facility in the capital and is preparing for the opening of another one in Ciudad Quesada, outside the Greater Metropolitan Area.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The newly opened self-service store measures 432 square meters and is situated opposite the National Children's Hospital in San Jose. In relation to the store in Ciudad Quesada, San Carlos, there is still no definite date for its opening.

Lourdes Zarate, marketing coordinator at Mayca Autoservicio, told that "... We want to become an ally for businesses in the area that need to buy new products and with sizes tailored to their needs. "

"... The firm also has stores in Alajuela, Barreal de Heredia, San Sebastian, Escazu, Curridabat, Cartago, Tibas, Liberia and Perez Zeledon."

Tender: Advertising Services for $3 million

The National Lottery of Panama wishes to hire specialized professional services in advertising for the development of various advertising campaigns.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Panama Government Purchase 2015-2-82-0-08-LV008589:


The deadline for submission of proposals on April 9, 2015.

. Banrural Buys Procredit in Nicaragua

The Superintendency of Banks in Guatemala has authorized Rural Bank of Guatemala to acquire the shares of the bank founded with Nicaraguan capital, ProCredit.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

After Banrural submits the information and documents requested by law, the Superintendency of Banks in Guatemala (SIB) will authorize the purchase of shares of Banco ProCredit. reports that "... In late October 2014, the bank began operations in Honduras to assist small farmers and entrepreneurs with a portfolio of $500 million. "


Central American Summit on Franchises

From 6 to 7 May companies and investors in the sector will be in in San Jose taking part in business meetings and conferences relevant to franchises in the region.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The second edition of the American Franchise Summit will be held at the Hotel Park Inn, Costa Rica and will involve seven international speakers. The event will last two days and is aimed at 150 franchisees and franchisors investors with the aim of promoting business appointments.

Among the topics to be discussed at the conference are: Innovative tools to enhance franchises, franchising trends, franchising as a development tool, new markets for franchises and franchise financing. Edward Abadia from Spain, Lucas Secades from Argentina, Felipe Jaramillo from Guatemala, Diego Elizarras from Mexico and Victor Scura from Paraguay, will be among the exhibitors participating in the Second Summit on Franchises.

Panama: Tender for Road Works

President Varela has announced that in the coming days publication will be made of the conditions of the tender to expand to eight lanes Via Arraijan to the Bridge of the Americas.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Panamanian government announced that in the coming days it will publish on the website for state purchases, the specifications of the tender process for the extension to eight lanes of Via Arraijan to the Bridge of the Americas. The president, Juan Carlos Varela, told that they are working on other works such as "... the construction of a sewage treatment plant in the village of Burunga in Arraijan province in Panama Oeste. Also that the Minsa-Capsi unit being built in Arraijan will be transformed into a maternity hospital. "


GSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday February 25, 2015, CMC--The Jamaica parliament Tuesday night gave the green light to the amendments of the Dangerous Drugs Act make possession of two ounces or less of marijuana a non-arrestable, ticketable offence that attracts no criminal record.

National Security Minister Peter Bunting piloted the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill that was passed with five amendments in the Senate on February 6.

Opposition Spokesman on Justice and Security Delroy Chuck called for the Portia Simpson-Miller government to renegotiate international treaties relating to marijuana.

He told legislators that that Jamaica should push for marijuana, popularly known here as "ganja," to be struck from the United Nations list of prohibited substances.

The government has said it intends to cash-in on the decriminalisation of ganja, particularly in the area of medicinal use, which is a US$2.5 billion market in the United States.

The reaction to the news on social media was swift with an outpouring of support via Twitter.

Under the amendment to the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act a person found in possession of a small quantity of ganja, is a minor, or an adult who appears to be dependent on the substance, they are to be referred to the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) by the police officer issuing the ticket.

Additionally, the Bill prohibits the smoking of marijuana in public places, and makes provisions for the granting of licences, permits and other authorisations to enable the establishment of a regulated industry for ganja for medical, scientific, and therapeutic uses.

It also provides for the creation of a Cannabis Licensing Authority, which will be responsible for developing the regulations governing the medical marijuana industry.

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