Dancehall Star Shaggy Leans Into Soca

By NAN ET Writer

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 12, 2023: Grammy-winning Jamaican star Shaggy has gone soca!

The star has teamed up with Trinidad and Tobago soca stars Patrice Roberts and Kes, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Skinny Fabulous to launch ‘In The Mood,’ a 7-track EP that leans in heavily on the genre of soca.

Drawing from inspiration from the vibrancy of the Caribbean, and the fast-paced exuberance of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, Shaggy applies elements of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and Dancehall by way of the soca hitmakers.

Check out “Whine and Jumping” featuring Patrice below.

This Caribbean Fighter Is Ready For UFC Fight Night: Charlotte

By NAN News Editor

News Americas, CHARLOTTE, NC, Fri. May 12, 2023: Get ready for the rumble in Charlotte tomorrow night as a Caribbean fighter gears up for UFC Fight Night: Charlotte.

St. Thomas, USVI-born Karl Williams will make his second octagon appearance against division mainstay Chase Sherman. This bout was scheduled to happen at UFC 287, but medical issues during the weight cut called for cancellation.

Karl Williams of the U.S. Virgin Islands poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night official weigh-in at the Sonesta Charlotte hotel on May 12, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Williams is 8-1 in his mixed martial arts career and will be seeing his second appearance in the UFC after winning his debut fight against Lukasz Brzeski.

He is a tremendous wrestler and managed eight takedowns en route to a unanimous decision win. Williams’ skills look to be a serious problem in this division and he’ll welcome a step-up in competition as he faces a UFC vet in Sherman. He stands 6’3″ with a 79-inch reach.

Dominica-Born Singer To Perform in Leesta Vall’s ‘Direct-to-Vinyl Live Sessions

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 12, 2023: Marie-Claire Giraud, a Jazz singer born in Dominica and raised in the Bronx, has been invited by Leesta Vall Records, a Brooklyn NY record label, to perform her original song “CHASIN’ RAINBOWS” in their “Direct-to-Vinyl Live Sessions” on May 22nd, 2023.

The live performance of the optimistic Jazz tune will be accompanied by guitarist Ricadrò Grille. Giraud expressed her excitement to be part of this innovative and diverse series. “It’s exciting; truly. I am thrilled to be a part of this project and I can’t wait for the 22nd to record this song live for all those who request it. Each one will be its own unique creation,” she said in a statement.

Leesta Vall Records’ program provides an authentic, one-to-one experience between artist and listener. Fans pre-order the song and receive a unique and personalized version of the recording cut in real-time to a 7” lathe cut vinyl record. Chris Eichlin, the Artist Relations, Talent Scout, and Social Media Manager at Leesta Vall, was struck by Giraud’s timeless lyrics and the cadence of her song, comparing her voice to that of Ella Fitzgerald.

Giraud’s inspiration for the song is to encourage people to never give up on their dreams. Fans can pre-order “CHASIN’ RAINBOWS” on the Leesta Vall website until May 15th, 2023. Giraud has performed at various music events in the Caribbean, including the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, Love is all We Need in Antigua, and Dominica’s Creole in the Park.

She has also performed at NY landmarks like Carnegie Hall and the United Nations (UN) Headquarters and will perform at the Progressive Musicians and Sound Expressivo concert at Carnegie Hall on June 20th, 2023. Visit for more information about Giraud.

See her performance here

Revitalizing the Caribbean Tourism Industry: How AI Can Transform the Customer Experience and Drive Success

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 12, 2023: There is no doubt the Caribbean tourism industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many businesses struggling to come bounce back and stay afloat. However, the Caribbean tourism industry is poised to bounce back and can do so with the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI). According to a report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), AI is one of the key trends shaping the future of tourism, with the potential to improve the customer experience, optimize operations, and promote sustainability.

One way that Caribbean tourism businesses can use AI is through personalized recommendations and using a mission control business driven platform tools. By analyzing data from social media, search engines, and booking platforms, AI algorithms can generate recommendations for hotels, restaurants, and activities that are tailored to each visitor’s unique interests. This can help businesses improve the customer experience and drive repeat visits.

Another way that AI can transform the Caribbean tourism industry is through chatbots. By integrating chatbots into their websites and social media platforms, businesses can provide instant assistance to tourists, answering questions and providing recommendations in real-time. This can improve the customer experience and free up staff to focus on other tasks.

Predictive analytics is another area where AI can be used to drive business success. By analyzing data from past bookings and search queries, businesses can predict future demand and adjust their marketing strategies accordingly. This can help businesses optimize their pricing, promotions, and product offerings to better meet the needs of their target audience.

Image recognition is another AI technology that can help businesses monitor and analyze social media activity related to their brand. By analyzing images and videos posted by tourists, businesses can gain insights into how their brand is perceived and make adjustments as needed.

Finally, smart energy management is another area where AI can help Caribbean tourism businesses promote sustainability and reduce costs. By analyzing data on energy consumption and occupancy rates, AI algorithms can adjust lighting, temperature, and other systems to minimize waste and improve efficiency.

Overall, AI has the potential to transform the Caribbean tourism industry and drive long-term success. By leveraging AI technologies like personalized recommendations, chatbots, predictive analytics, image recognition, and smart energy management, businesses can improve the customer experience, optimize their operations, and better compete in the global tourism market.

The Power of Social Media in Caribbean PR

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 12, 2023: The role of social media in Caribbean PR has become increasingly important in recent years. With the rise of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, PR professionals in the Caribbean have had to adapt to a new way of reaching their target audience. In this article, we will examine the importance of social media in Caribbean PR and the strategies that PR professionals can use to effectively leverage it.

According to a 2021 study by We Are Social and Hootsuite, there are 7.9 million social media users in the Caribbean, representing a 6% increase from the previous year. This indicates that social media is an increasingly important part of the communication landscape in the region.

One of the benefits of social media in Caribbean PR is its ability to reach a large audience quickly and cost-effectively. Social media platforms allow PR professionals to distribute their message to a wide audience with just a few clicks. Additionally, social media enables PR professionals to interact directly with their audience, which can help to build stronger relationships and increase brand loyalty.

Another advantage of social media in Caribbean PR is the ability to target specific demographics. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram allow PR professionals to create targeted ads based on a variety of factors, such as age, gender, location, and interests. This can help to ensure that the message is reaching the intended audience.

However, it is important for PR professionals to remember that social media is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Each platform has its own strengths and weaknesses, and it is important to understand the nuances of each platform in order to effectively reach the target audience.

For example, Twitter is a great platform for real-time updates and breaking news, while Instagram is better for visual storytelling. Facebook is a good all-around platform that can be used for a variety of purposes, including brand awareness, customer engagement, and lead generation.

It is also important to remember that social media is just one part of a larger PR strategy. Traditional PR tactics such as media relations, press releases, and events are still important, and should be used in conjunction with social media to create a comprehensive strategy.

In conclusion, social media has become an increasingly important part of Caribbean PR. PR professionals should take advantage of the benefits that social media offers, such as its ability to reach a large audience quickly and cost-effectively, and its ability to target specific demographics. However, it is important to understand the nuances of each platform and to use social media in conjunction with traditional PR tactics to create a comprehensive strategy.

Caribbean Travel News And Deals

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 12, 2023: Here are the top Caribbean travel news and deals this week in 60 seconds.

The U.S. is warning nationals to reconsider travel to the popular Caribbean island destination of Jamaica. “Reconsider travel to Jamaica due to crime,” states the May 10th advisory, which also points to “violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides” as being common.

Attorneys Representing actress Angela Bassett have advised the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to immediately stop using the actor’s name and image in connection with the Tourism Board’s marketing or promotional efforts. This comes after the government of Antigua announced last week that Bassett would become the country’s newest Tourism Ambassador, despite no formal arrangement being made. The actress recently visited the country on a holiday.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines will to the original USD $40 Airport Service Charge as of June 1, after it was lowered to $20 during the pandemic.

Frontier Airlines now flies from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Linthicum to Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan. The daily nonstop service started last Thursday.

Grenada is gearing up for its Dive Conservation Festival, a celebration of the country’s aquatic and terrestrial conservation efforts from May 29 – June 5, 2023. To book contact: kc******@pu*********.com any of the events that can be accessed at

Here’s a great opportunity to live in Aruba for free for a month. Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba has opened up the job of 2023 Social Media Content Creator in Residence. To apply for the position, just fill out this form, and add in your best photos and videos to be considered. The application closes on June 30. Enter on link HERE

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How Investors Can Use AI To Effectively Invest In Real Estate In The Caribbean

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 12, 2023: As the Caribbean real estate market continues to show growth, many investors are looking for ways to take advantage of the opportunities in the region. One of the ways that investors can do this is by using artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize their investment strategies. In this article, we will explore how investors can use AI to invest in real estate in the Caribbean through collaboration with Invest Caribbean.

AI is becoming increasingly popular in the real estate industry, as it offers a number of benefits to investors. By using AI, investors can access valuable data and insights that can help them make more informed investment decisions. This can be particularly useful in the Caribbean, where the market can be complex and difficult to navigate.

One of the key ways that investors can use AI in their real estate investments is by analyzing market trends and data. By using AI algorithms, investors can identify patterns in the market that may not be immediately apparent to the human eye. This can include everything from demographic trends to changes in government policy that could impact the real estate market.

In addition to analyzing market trends, AI can also be used to evaluate individual properties. This can include everything from analyzing property values to identifying potential risks and opportunities. By using AI to evaluate properties, investors can make more informed decisions about which properties to invest in and which to avoid.

Another way that investors can use AI to invest in real estate in the Caribbean is by leveraging machine learning algorithms to identify potential investment opportunities. Machine learning algorithms are designed to learn from patterns in data, which means that they can identify potential investment opportunities that may not be immediately apparent to human investors.

One of the biggest advantages of using AI in real estate investment is that it allows investors to save time and money. By automating many of the time-consuming and labor-intensive tasks associated with real estate investment, investors can focus on more strategic aspects of their investments. This can include everything from analyzing market trends to building relationships with other investors and stakeholders in the region.

Overall, AI is quickly becoming an essential tool for investors looking to invest in real estate in the Caribbean. By leveraging the power of AI algorithms and machine learning, investors can gain valuable insights and make more informed investment decisions, ultimately leading to greater success in the market.

Bahamas-Born NBA Star Deandre Ayton Out Of Game 6 Of NBA Playoffs

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. May 11, 2023: Bahamas born Deandre Ayton, the talented center for the Phoenix Suns, will unfortunately miss Game 6 of the NBA Playoffs tonight due to a rib contusion.

Ayton was ruled out of Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals series against the Denver Nuggets, who lead the series 3-2, due to a rib contusion, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. It’s unclear if he’ll be able to return this series, should the Suns extend it to a Game 7.

Ayton has become a rising star in the NBA. His journey from the Bahamas to the grand stage of professional basketball has inspired many in his home country. Ayton’s success serves as a testament to the talent and potential found within the Bahamian sporting community.

Ayton’s presence in the NBA Playoffs has been remarkable, with his stellar performances contributing to the Phoenix Suns’ success. Despite the setback of the rib contusion, Ayton’s impact on the court and his resilience in the face of challenges have earned him respect and admiration from fans worldwide.

For Bahamians, Ayton’s journey serves as a source of inspiration, showcasing the possibilities that lie within their own communities. His success resonates deeply, as it highlights the potential for greatness that exists within the Bahamas and underscores the importance of nurturing and supporting young talent in the region.

As Ayton continues to recover from his injury, the Bahamian community eagerly awaits his return to the court. His presence not only represents the aspirations of a talented athlete but also symbolizes the pride and unity of the Bahamian people.

In a region known for its passion for basketball, Ayton’s achievements have elevated the sport’s popularity and inspired a new generation of aspiring players. His story serves as a reminder that with dedication, perseverance, and a supportive community, dreams can be realized, even from humble beginnings.

The support for Ayton extends beyond the borders of the Bahamas, as Caribbean nations rally behind one of their own. His success reinforces the Caribbean’s rich athletic legacy and serves as a reminder of the immense talent that emerges from the region.

As Game 6 unfolds without Ayton’s presence, his Bahamian roots continue to shine brightly, reminding the world of the contributions and potential of Caribbean athletes in the global sporting arena.