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Comment by EnLinea Media on March 1, 2010 at 1:57pm
Tripatini would like to congratulate member Steve Bennett on the launch of his fascinating new web site, Check it out!
Comment by José Balido on February 11, 2010 at 9:51am
CTO Forecasts Growth in 2010

By Robert Kelly, eTN | Feb 10, 2010

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is forecasting a rebound in visitor arrivals in 2010 with moderate growth expected for the region on the heels of positive indicators from the fourth quarter of 2009.

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Comment by José Balido on January 20, 2010 at 3:30pm
Howdy folks,
We have a very timely and provocative topic going in the Cruising group which I think you may wish to weigh in on. Just click here to put in your two cents' worth.
Comment by David Paul Appell on January 20, 2010 at 3:03pm
Last night I attended a French St. Martin dinner, presentation and mini-trade fair in Miami Beach. Great product, great people -- and famous artist Sir Roland Richardson was there, too! Anyone have any recent thoughts/observations on the island to share?
Comment by EnLinea Media on January 18, 2010 at 5:27pm
Front and center on the Tripatini blog this week: the Caribbean's best off-the-beaten-track shopping. Check it out!
Comment by David Paul Appell on January 13, 2010 at 8:28pm
Especiallty all of us who love the Caribbean need to band together right now to support the relief agencies starting to pour aid into Haiti after the total devastation wrought by this week's earthquake...
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Comment by Patricia Borns on December 15, 2009 at 3:20pm
History tells us that none of the colonial powers were all that great, but England tended to circle the wagons around their culture more than others. Perhaps that's contributed to problems today.
Comment by Ed Wetschler on December 15, 2009 at 3:11pm
Funny thing is, Max, when I was a young high school teacher, we taught that all things being relative, the English handled their colonies better than the French or Spanish. Maybe so, yet as you know, the French islands (perhaps with the exception of Martinique) seem to indicate otherwise. That said, there's a lot to love in Grenada, the BVI, Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua, Anguilla....Just have to watch your back in some spots. And the governments of T/T, Jamaica, and Spanish-speaking DR, among other places, really must do a better job training cops to respond. That said, a murder rate that increases 38% may not be as bad as it sounds, given its foundation on such a small population (and, ergo, murder rate) in the first place. But thanks for posting this.
Comment by Max Pesling on December 15, 2009 at 2:00pm
Wow, so now it looks like when it comes to security problems, Trinidad/Tobago may soon outstrip Jamaica! Another reason I'm not wild about the English Caribbean. Anybody care to comment?

15 December, 2009
Trinidad, Tobago emerge as murder capitals

Trinidad and Tobago have overtaken Jamaica in a dubious distinction: the “murder capital of the Caribbean.”

“Although much of the violence is gang-related, in recent years tourists have increasingly become targets for robbery, sexual assault and murder,” says CDNN. INFO.

While homicides increased two percent in Jamaica in 2008, murders were up 38 percent in Trinidad and Tobago.

The US and the UK issued travel advisories warning travelers about increasing violence and the failure of police in Tobago to apprehend and prosecute criminals.

A US travel advisory warns travelers that armed robbers have been trailing tourists as they depart international airports in Trinidad and Tobago. It said:

“Violent crimes, including assault, kidnapping for ransom, sexual assault and murder, have involved foreign residents and tourists (and) incidents have been reported involving armed robbers trailing arriving passengers from the airport and accosting them in remote areas…the perpetrators of many of these crimes have not been arrested.”

The English-speaking Caribbean, which extends from the Bahamas in the north to Trinidad and Tobago in the south, averages 30 murders per 100,000 inhabitants per year, one of the highest rates in the world, according to the Economist.

With 550 homicides in 2008, Trinidad and Tobago has a rate of about 55 murders per 100,000 making it the most dangerous country in the Caribbean and one of the most dangerous in the world, according to press reports.

The rate of assaults, robbery, kidnapping and rape in Trinidad and Tobago is also among the highest in the world.

According to a report issued by the United States State Department, gang-related homicides and other crimes will continue to increase in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009 and 2010.

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