Virgin Islands

The Marina, a 1,159-passenger cruise ship, made its inaugural visit to the territory last week, officials said. The two-month-old vessel, owned by Oceania Cruises, visited Tortola on Saturday, according to Government Information Services. A delegation from the BVI Tourist Board, the International Finance Centre and other agencies met the ship’s captain.


US Virgin Islands


A United States Virgin Islands-based airline announced last week that it is in the “formative stages” of setting up new transport and cargo service in the region. Virgin Air Sea Transport LLC plans to offer express cargo and medical and emergency services from St. Thomas, according to the company’s website. The airline is being “organised to take advantage of a specific gap in the short-haul domestic transport of goods and cargo market within the Caribbean Islands,” the website states.

Organisation of American States

The Organisation of American States will hold a meeting this week in Barbados in April to prepare for upcoming trade negotiations between Canada and the Caribbean Community, the OAS said Monday. In a press release, the OAS stated that the CARICOM-Canada trade negotiations will be held in Ottawa from April 4-8 and will review a recently concluded report, “Statistics on Trade in Services between Canada and the CARICOM States.”