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December 21, 2014



“I just love being with family and friends … it’s all about family and friends and the feeling they bring. I will definitely be in Jamaica to celebrate Christmas. There’s no place like home for the holidays – Christmas in Jamaica.” – Shaggy, Jamaican Musician (Jamaica Observer)
“When full normalization occurs, when American tourists can travel to Cuba, there’s going to be a tsunami of curiosity tourism, and that probably will push up the costs of tourism substantially, and Canadian tourists may be squeezed.” – Professor Arch Ritter, Department of Economics, Carleton University (TravelMole)
“At a time when the cost of fuel is plummeting and profits are rising, it is curious and confounding that (airplane) ticket prices are sky-high and defying economic gravity.” – U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (Travel Weekly)
“I am so happy to be back in Port of Spain again. When several fires in a one-month period burned down the free zone, the demand for the service between our islands (Trinidad and CuraƧao) basically vaporised with it. But I assure you that we have never stopped to look for the right time to re-launch our services. We have continuously monitored the route and have remained in contact with our local representatives Lazzari and Sampson. Today, that day has finally come and I can assure you that we are here to stay.” – Jurgen Lippinkhof, Chief Commercial Officer, InselAir (Trinidad Express)
“This was a special day (millionth overnight visitor) in our small but glorious island’s history. Over the last 50 years, Aruba has transformed from a quaint Dutch Caribbean island into a thriving tourist destination, and it meant the world to our local people to celebrate a milestone alongside some of our many valued visitors.” – Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO, Aruba Tourism Authority (Travel Pulse)
“For 50 years, (Counterpart International’s) been an innovator and changing the way people look at and solve development problems. And now that we are at our 50th Anniversary we are looking forward to saying how are we going to keep that going for another 50 years. I am feeling very lucky to be here for this occasion. And we are using it as a chance to look back and celebrate our wonderful founders Betty Silverstein and Father Stan Hosie and their vision back in 1965 that’s still so relevant today. They would be thrilled to see that their belief that local communities drive their own destiny is now so broadly embraced.” – Dr. Joan Parker, President and CEO, Counterpart International
“I dwell in Possibility.” – Emily Dickinson, American poet

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