“Caribbean people will argue over many things, but they are unanimous and non-partisan in their commitment to make healthy economies even more robust and profitable. This is why we need to see greater commitments from our policymakers to recognize the true value of tourism to the economy so they, in turn, can ensure national budgets reflect the need to responsibly develop our region’s major economic driver. Tourism must therefore become more of a serious policy issue for you, our representatives here in Brussels, and I look forward to exploring further with you how we can increase our presence in the European market on all fronts.” – Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Commissioner of Tourism, US Virgin Islands/ Chairman, Caribbean Tourism Organization.
“Making customer service key to your company will keep your employees motivated and your customers happy. This in turn ensures enduring loyalty, business success and a better experience for everyone.” – Sir Richard Branson, Founder/ Chairman, Virgin Group (FOX NEWS)
Our goal is for our customers to have an extraordinary experience, and they’ll be able to download, upload, stream and game faster than ever before on our 4G LTE network. As part of the US Virgin Islands community, we’re always looking for new opportunities to provide enhanced coverage, and our investment in the local wireless network is another way we’re accomplishing that.” – Ray Flores, regional vice president, AT&T – Puerto Rico and USVI
“It is an extraordinary act in the world of free trade to make one’s biggest exports more and more expensive and therefore more and more uncompetitive by placing taxes on them. It is very odd that world trade agreements have removed so many of the taxes on goods travelling across borders yet we have seen steady increases in tariffs on people crossing borders. It is time for the Caribbean to consider the debilitating impact taxation has on its most powerful export – tourism. And it is time for the Caribbean to do something about it.” – Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, tourism consultant (Caribbean Journal)
“Grand Bahama is projected to become the fastest growing tourism destination in the Islands of the Bahamas in 2014, and Russell Miller’s timely appointment as chairman will help to facilitate an effective public-private sector partnership, to which the Ministry of Tourism remains committed.” – David Johnson, Director-General of Tourism, Bahamas (www.thebahamasweekly.com)
“Today we are one step closer to the biggest overhaul of our immigration laws in a generation. This bill will allow us to attract the talented and hard-working people who want to come and stay here to work and start businesses – and help our economy grow. A strong bi-partisan group of senators voted to pass the bill because they understand that fixing our broken immigration system is critical to our economic future. Now, it’s imperative that the House take up this issue, rise above partisanship, and send a comprehensive immigration reform bill to the President for his signature.” – Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, New York City
“If at first you don’t succeed, try to hide your astonishment.” – Harry Banks, Scottish soldier
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