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Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival Draws Internationally Renowned Talent

The 24th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival Draws Internationally Renowned Talent, April 30 – May 10, 2015

Robin Thicke, Jon Secada, Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff and Arturo Tappin among stellar line-up!

 

SAINT LUCIA (February 6, 2015) –  The annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, now in its 24th year, raises the curtain on April 30 with a line-up of performers who blends island culture, famed musical talent and diverse music genres.

Internationally renowned performers taking center stage this year include singer/songwriter Robin Thicke, two-time Grammy winner Jon Secada, Jamaican reggae musician and actor Jimmy Cliff, Latin sensation Timbalive, American rapper Flo Rida, acclaimed Paris-based pianist Alain Jean Marie and two-time Grammy nominee Joey DeFranceso featuring Grant Stewart. 

The 11-day festival kicks off on April 30 and runs through May 10 featuring hundreds of musical performances and art showcases throughout the island. Locations span from Saint Lucia’s iconic Pigeon Island National Park, where main stage events will kick-off on Friday, May 8, to various other venues island wide.

“This year’s festival continues to infuse artistic events with star-studded musical performances, providing a platform for local artisans, entertainers and cultural enthusiasts to also command world attention during the two-week celebration,” remarked Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries Minister Lorne Theophilus.

Presented by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, the festival continues to attract some of the most recognizable and sought after names in the music business and has become a magnet for visitors from the U.S., according to Theophilus. Completing the line-up is a string of other local entertainers, together with more than 100 local artisans, who will perform at jazz venues island wide throughout the festival.

With a renewed emphasis on the arts component of the festival, an Arts Village will be incorporated in a dedicated site in the north between two major shopping areas, while the acclaimed fashion show, “Hot Couture,” will return with a spotlight on Saint Lucia and the region’s cutting edge style.

For more information about the 24th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival visit http://www.stluciajazz.org.

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, or 1-800 4STLUCIA or visit http://stlucianow.com/.

 

About Saint Lucia

One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. Saint Lucia also is home to world class cruise and yachting facilities. The island is continually recognized as one of the Leading Wedding and Honeymoon destinations worldwide.

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Barbados’ Crane Beach Names Top Beach in the Caribbean

NEW YORK (February 6, 2015) – USA Today 10 Best recently announced the results of the “Best Caribbean Beach” awards, dubbing Barbados’ Crane Beach as the ultimate spot for soaking up the sun in the whole of the Caribbean.

Acknowledged for its secluded location and dramatic natural scenery, Crane Beach is popular for its mild wave action that is known to be perfect for boogie boarding, body surfing or surfing along Barbados’ pink sandy shores. The stunningly clear azure waters and jagged cliff backdrop create the ultimate setting for a perfect day at the beach.

“We at The Crane are immensely proud to be recognized by the readers of USA TODAY who love Crane Beach as much as we do,” said Paul Doyle, owner of The Crane Residential Resort. “It is an honor to be the custodians of such incredible natural beauty and it speaks to the wider beauty this unique island possesses.”

Ranking 8th in the same category is Barbados’ Bathsheba Beach, a popular surfing destination located on the island’s east coast. Nicknamed Soup Bowl Beach, for its foamy, rolling waves, this popular surfing destination attracts visitors for its spotted coast line of rock formations and idyllic photo ops.

“We are thrilled to call two of the most celebrated beaches in the Caribbean home,” says William Griffith, Chief Executive Officer of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. “Our lively culture and idyllic surroundings set us apart from other destinations, making Barbados a must-see spot for travelers both past and future and now with new lift service from Delta Air Lines the island is more accessible then ever with connections to over 220 destinations world-wide.”

For more information on the island of Barbados and the complete list of the “Best Caribbean Beach” Readers’ Choice Awards, visit www.visitbarbados.org or www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-caribbean-beach/.

 

About Barbados

The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes. Rated as one of the world’s sexiest beaches in 2008 by Concierge.com; Barbados’ Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travelers. Barbados is also the first Zagat-rated Caribbean island with numerous internationally renowned chefs who masterfully put signature spins on local delicacies and traditions. Barbados is an ideal stage for world-class events and in collaboration with American Express Publishing Corporation, Barbados has hosted its first annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival in November 2010. The country has also hosted numerous athletic championships, including the 2006 PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in 2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in 2010, the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010, and continuously hosts the Independence Pro Surfing Competition. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. Grantley Adams International Airport offers even more non-stop and direct service from a growing number of U.S. cities via Jet Blue and American Airlines, making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean.  Barbados was voted eighth in the World by Trip Advisor’s ‘2008 Travelers Choice Destination Awards’ in its Top 100 Destinations category.  For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org, follow on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VisitBarbados, via Twitter @Barbados or contact the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. at 1.800.221.9831.

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From the Bahamas with Love

NASSAU, BAHAMAS, February 2, 2015 – The Islands Of The Bahamas, recognized as the premier destination for romance, weddings, honeymoons and renewals, was the site of sixteen weddings as sixteen lucky couples from across the United States were married this afternoon.  After winning their dream wedding, each ceremony took place on a different island with nuptials staged on Acklins and Crooked Island, The Abacos, Andros, The Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera and Harbour Island, The Exumas, Grand Bahama Island, Inagua, Long Island, Nassau, Paradise Island and San Salvador.

The invitation to participate, aptly named “16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day,” was issued on Valentine’s Day, February 14 last year and more than 3,000.00 couples across the United States of America submitted responses with the hope of being selected.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with Steven Singer Jewelers, Mon Cheri, 1.800mytuxe.com, made arrangements to provide the wedding rings, bridal gowns, the grooms’ tuxedos respectively.  Couples also received as part of the wedding package – wedding cakes, bridal bouquets, décor for the signature weddings ceremonies, rehearsal dinners and the actual wedding reception – each of the uniquely different ceremonies was coordinated by the couples’ wedding consultant. The fortunate couples enjoyed the diversity, the beauty, the charm and distinct characters, flavors and cultures of each of their personal Bahamian nuptial.

The Bahamas’ Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Obie Wilchcombe thanked the participants saying, “While you have been a part of a promotion, the truth is we are sincere about sharing with you who we are and what we do. We want to share with you all that God has created for us and we want you to feel that you are a part of the family,” he said. “And so having you in The Bahamas to share such an important part of your life is truly significant. And we believe that events such as these will go down in history in helping us to define The Bahamas as the Romance Capital, particularly in a world where tourism is fast becoming the number one industry.”

Director General of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu also thanked the participants and invited them to return to The Bahamas. “What I would like to do is ask each of you to come back in future years and visit the 16 islands that have been part of this history making initiative,” she said.

16 Islands Weddings partners  also include MasterCard®; Hope Town Harbour Lodge, The Abacos; Acklins Island Lodge, Acklins; Kamalamae Cay, Andros; Resort World Bimini, Bimini; Pigeon Cay Resort, Cat Island; Tranquility on The Bay, Crooked Island; Pineapple Fields, Eleuthera; Valentines Resort, Harbour Island; Sandals Emerald Bay, Exuma; Inagua Ocean Villas, Inagua; Stella Maris Resort; Long Island; Riding Rock, San Salvador; Grand Lucayan, Grand Bahama; Hilton Hotel Nassau and Atlantis Paradise Island.

 

About The Islands Of The Bahamas

The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone from Nassau and Paradise Island to Grand Bahama to The Abaco Islands, The Exuma Islands, Harbour Island, Long Island and others. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world’s best scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with preclearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar at par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It’s Better in The Bahamas. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

Media Contact:

Anita Johnson-Patty

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

[email protected]

 

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Grenada is the top trending beach destination!

(St. George’s, Grenada) 2nd February, 2015 – Grenada is the top trending beach destination according to KAYAK 2015 Travel Hacker Guide. Research spanning 2013 to 2014 revealed an increase of 31% in flight searches from the previous year for round-trip flights from North America.

As more persons are looking towards the tri-island state for holiday, they are also willing to pay for a quality experience. Of the top ten trending beach destinations, Grenada was the second most expensive with median airfares ranging from 708 to 899 USD.

Grenada is the ideal beach destination, with 45 white sand beaches, 9 black sand beaches, more than 20 offshore islands, year round warm weather, and a vibrant culture that makes any guest feel at home.

“According to preliminary data, the United States of America and Canada accounted for 33% of stay over arrivals to Grenada in 2014. We congratulate all our tourism stakeholders and the resorts that contribute to the increased brand awareness in these major source markets,” Ms. Esther Thomas, Research & Planning Manager of the Grenada Tourism Authority.

The Grenada Tourism Authority is pleased to receive such fantastic reviews from KAYAK, which has a presence in over 30 countries and gets over one billion queries for travel information yearly. KAYAK offers travel enthusiasts online options for comparing and booking flights, hotels, cars and vacation packages.

 

Media Contact

Chrislyn Lashington

Corporate Communications Officer

Grenada Tourism Authority

[email protected]

473 440 2001/2279

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