August 2, 2015
“Served piping hot in a brown paper bag, the Jamaican patty – a meat-filled pastry pocket similar to Brits’ Cornish pasty or Latins’ empanada – is to islanders what the burger is to Americans: inexpensive, filling and utterly delicious comfort food.” – Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, Travel Editor, Caribbean Journal (Caribbean Journal)
“With excitement building from year to year, the Crop Over Festival continues to attract a spirited audience that truly brings the island and its culture to life. The color, vibrancy and absolute happiness on people’s faces is utterly contagious – whether it is sailing aboard a Jolly Roger cruise, attending the Pic-O-De-Crop finals or painting on eye-catching designs for Foreday morning – there is truly something for everyone.” – Petra Roach, Director – United States, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.
“Our connection to Virgin Islanders, business leaders and travelers in the Atlanta area is of utmost importance to our islands, and this mission was a great success in sustaining and developing these relationships.” – Kenneth Mapp, Governor, United States Virgin Islands
“From our first franchised hotels in the region that opened nearly 25 years ago, to the nine open and operating hotels, and four more under development today, we have seen the value of networking and the development of innovative approaches to foster individual hotel success.” – Bill Clegg, Regional Vice President, Franchise Services and Programs, Choice Hotels International
“You’ve got to have more than a shared connection to create community. You’ve got to have a shared direction. A real leader is somebody who knows where he is going and inspires others to go with him. He has a common direction … that moves the beloved community together. That we are moving together to understand that we are brothers and sisters – that we have to be helpers and protectors one of another. That when I help you to protect your property, I actually protect my property value. When I help straighten your child out I am saving mine in the process. We (must) move in a common direction.” – Bishop Dale Bronner, Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, Austell, Georgia
“Emancipation Day is a celebration of the end of the system of enslavement through colonial government and plantation economy. As the generations pass, the meaning of the day may become less relevant, may be even academic as time places distance between us and our past. The purpose of the holiday is for us collectively to recollect our history, learn from the events, honour the sacrifice of our forebears, and reaffirm our commitment to building a better future.” – Andrew Holness, Opposition Leader, Jamaica (Jamaica Observer)
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer