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Bahamas Geotourism Website launched

Nassau, The Bahamas, November 17, 2015 — Small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in The Bahamas now have access to over 50 million potential customers thanks to an innovative website that maximizes the country’s geotourism potential.

The National Geographic Bahamas Geotourism Website was formed through a partnership among the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, National Geographic, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDA). The aim of the website is to boost the Family Islands’ tourism potential by acting as a driver of overall SME development. The website is the first of its kind in the region.

It provides an interactive map of geo-touristic sites and supporting businesses across The Bahamas and offers comprehensive information on natural, cultural and historic attractions for various destinations.

Information on the website includes accommodations, action opportunities, community, festivals and events, food and drinks, health and wellness, historic or prehistoric sites, local points of interest, museums, theatres, interpretive centers, natural areas, outdoor adventure and packaged experiences.

Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe said this initiative shows that The Bahamas is continuing to find innovative ways to draw people. “Technology allows the world to see The Bahamas with limited costs and in real time,” he said during a special launch ceremony at The Island House. “This is so important to what we are seeking to do. We must give strength to these islands. You have made a giant step for us and we want to tell you this is what partnerships are all about – seeking to do the best in the best interest of all.”

Director General of the Ministry of Tourism Joy Jibrilu said she expects that the website will draw attention to ecotourism and cultural tourism that so many islands in The Bahamas are known for. “This project really shines the light on many of the things that make The Bahamas unique among the island destinations of the Caribbean. And so, I would like to thank the National Geographic Society and Complete Caribbean for partnering with us and implementing this project as well as the Inter-American Development Bank, United Kingdom Department of International Development and the Government of Canada for funding the project,” she said.

To view the website visit www.bahamasgeotourism.com.

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Dominica ranked 3rd in top 10 Best Caribbean Destinations for Adventure

Roseau, Dominica (November 16, 2015) Dominica ranked number three for Best Caribbean Destination for Adventure  in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards.

Readers of 10Best.com and USA Today were asked to vote for the Best in select travel and leisure related categories ranging from food, lodging, destinations, travel, gear and things to do.  10Best.com travel experts selected the top 20 nominees and readers voted for the top ten finalists.  Voting took place over a three week period which ended on November 9, 2015.

The final results were announced last week on http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/view-all-winners/.

Director of Tourism, Colin Piper states, “This is a great accolade for Dominica as it raises awareness of the destination and what is has to offer to a wide audience of potential visitors. It is truly a great achievement to be ranked in the top three Caribbean Adventure Destinations by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice. ”

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

About Dominica: Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a haven for adventure travelers seeking a unique vacation that includes: hiking and adventure, cultural events/festivals, diving and water sports, whale/dolphin watching and canyoning adventures. Dominica lies south of Guadeloupe and north of Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean. Air travelers can connect to Dominica on Air Antilles, Air Sunshine, Caribbean Helicopters, Coastal Air Transport, Hummingbird Air, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines, or WINAIR from the surrounding hubs of Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and U.S. Virgin Islands.  If travelling by sea, travelers can connect to Dominica on L’Express Des Iles ferry service from Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia.

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STDF starts tourism awareness campaign

ORANJESTAD, St. Eustatius (12 November, 2015) – As part of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO’s) Month of Tourism, St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation (STDF) will conduct a community-tourism awareness campaign, with the theme “I am Tourism.” During the campaign, persons in the community will be given the opportunity to express their beliefs and commitment to the Statia tourism product. “I am Tourism,” is the first topic of STDF’s awareness campaign, which will continue until mid-2016. Every month a different topic will be highlighted in the areas of sports tourism, agro-tourism, “voluntourism,” heritage tourism and community tourism. The objective of the programme is to create tourism awareness within the community to get citizens more tourism-minded and involved through stimulated activities and information. STDF will launch the one-minute “I am Tourism” film today, Thursday. “Tourism is one of the largest growing sectors in the world and Statia represents an authenticity that a lot of Caribbean destinations do not have today. The island is on the cutting-edge of tourism development and government has recognized that tourism is one of the major key economic pillars in the Caribbean. As a Caribbean island, Statia deserves a slice of the tourism pie,” according to STDF. “Our tourism product is exactly what we have to offer, and for that reason throughout the next several months STDF will promote the different aspects of tourism existing on the island,” said director Charles Lindo. “STDF believes that if not all, at least some folks will learn how to like and later love this tourism flavour.”

About the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation

The St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation is the agency responsible for promoting and developing tourism on St. Eustatius. The mission is to get the island Government to lend greater priority to tourism by providing adequate funding to effectively and efficiently promote tourism in key markets; ensuring a quality tourism product by introducing and controlling the minimum standard requirements; preparing future generations to take on greater responsibilities within this sector by means of teaching tourism as a subject on levels of the education system.

The STDF office is located at Fort Oranje, Oranjestad, St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean. Tel +599 318 2433, Fax +599 318 2433, [email protected]
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JetBlue Launches Nonstop Service to Antigua and Barbuda From New York

NEW YORK (November 5, 2015) – JetBlue today launched service to its newest destination, Antigua and Barbuda’s V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU), from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), with three times weekly service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Antigua and Barbuda becomes JetBlue’s 92nd destination in its growing network and 34th destination in Latin America and Caribbean, where JetBlue has quickly become a leading airline from the U.S.

“As our 34th destination in the Latin America and Caribbean region, Antigua and Barbuda offers another opportunity to grow our network in high-value geographies and strengthen JetBlue’s position as the leading brand for Caribbean travel,” said Umang Gupta, director, JetBlue Getaways and leisure sales. “Antigua will attract travelers to discover its spectacular 365 beaches – one for every day of the year.”

JetBlue’s service will arrive in and depart from the recently opened VC Bird International Airport terminal, which offers customers a state-of-the-art airport experience to begin and end their time in Antigua as the newest and most modern airport in the Caribbean.

Antigua and Barbuda, recently awarded, “Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination,” at the World Travel Awards, offers visitors miles of beautiful beaches and crystal clear blue waters with a unique sense of privacy and warmth, providing a real feeling of a getaway and relaxation. Antigua’s rich history and spectacular topography provide a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities from Nelson’s Dockyard, commissioned in 1755 to the island’s oldest sugar plantation built in 1674, Betty’s Hope. Antigua boasts a full calendar including events such as the World Class Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua Sports Fishing and will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Carnival next year; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome our newest partners, JetBlue, and the three weekly flights from New York. The launch of JetBlue’s direct service is an incredibly important connection between the East Coast and Antigua and Barbuda, making it much easier for everyone to reach the paradise of our islands. This new service is a wonderful milestone as it is the first inaugural flight into the new VC Bird International Airport and represents an important step in increasing the airlift to our country, which is an important part in the success of our tourism industry. We look forward to warmly welcoming passengers to our country, and hope they delight in everything we have to offer from our pristine beaches and cerulean waters to cuisine to a full range of activities,” said Honorable Asot Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy of Antigua and Barbuda.  “This new service and relationship with JetBlue is one that will be cemented in bonds of respect and friendship that we are confident will only strengthen and flourish in years to come.”

Service from New York to Antigua and Barbuda operates on JetBlue’s spacious A320 aircraft featuring the most legroom in coach*, free first-run Hollywood movies and unlimited snacks and soft drinks. Flights operate in the morning, with flights returning to the U.S. in the early evening allowing visitors to maximize their time in the stunning twin island destination.

JetBlue’s Schedule at Launch Between New York and Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays as of November 5, 2015:

JFK – ANU ANU – JFK
9:20 a.m. – 1:32 p.m. 3:33 p.m. – 7:18 p.m

Customers planning a vacation to Antigua and Barbuda can now book airfare and hotels through JetBlue Getaways. http://www.jetblue.com/vacations, including Getaways partner Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, located on Antigua’s most famous beach, Dickenson Bay. More information can be found at http://www.jetblue.com/vacations.

JetBlue’s arrival in Antigua and Barbuda comes as the airline continues to grow its presence in the Caribbean and Latin America.  JetBlue launched service this year to Mexico City and Grenada and will be expanding Mint, JetBlue’s take on premium travel, to Barbados and Aruba for seasonal service beginning November 7.  Service to Quito, Ecuador, begins on February 25, 2016.

About JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 32 million customers a year to 92 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 900 daily flights. For more information please visit JetBlue.com.

*JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach, based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.

About Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’da) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua & Barbuda comprises 108-square miles. The 365 white and pink sand beaches, one for every day of the year, are just the beginning of the treasures that await visitors.  Antigua’s rich history and spectacular topography provide a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort commissioned by the British in 1755, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. Betty’s Hope, built in 1674, is the site of one of the first full-scale sugar plantations on Antigua, and offers a chance to step back into time by visiting the restored mills. Another unique attraction is Devil’s Bridge, located at the eastern tip of the island in Indian Town National Park, where Atlantic breakers have carved out a natural limestone arch. Antigua boasts a varied tourism calendar including events such as the World Class Antigua Sailing Week, Classic Yacht Regatta, Antigua Sports Fishing and also the annual Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Island accommodation ranges from luxury, boutique resorts and all-inclusive hotels to smaller more intimate boutique guesthouses and cottages. For information about Antigua & Barbuda visit www.visitantiguabarbuda.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS

JetBlue Corporate Communications
Tel: +1 718 709 3089
[email protected]

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Notes to Editors:

High resolution images of JetBlue’s Arrival at the V.C. Bird International Airport, are available here:

https://flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157660802180806

For Captions or for direct images please contact:

Maria Blackman, Marketing Communications|

Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority – HEAD OFFICE |
3rd Floor  | ACB Building | Corner of High and Temple Sts.| St. John’s Antigua
(: Office +1 268 562 7600   (Direct Line):  +1 268 464 7601

visitantiguabarbuda or join us on www.facebook.com/antiguabarbuda

 

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CTO Journalism Awards winners announced

November 2015: Monday 2 November saw the UK Chapter of the CTO host 70 media at the Caribbean media awards event at Fox @Excel, next to the West Entrance of the ExCel Exhibition Centre.

The Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards 2015 were presented during a networking evening after the first day of World Travel Market and launch of CTO’s Industry Trends Report. The awards evening  was attended by almost 120 guests, comprising visiting ministers and their delegations, UK Chapter members and a wide range of journalists from national, trade, consumer and online media.

The awards consisted of eight different categories: best broadcast, TV and radio feature, best consumer feature, best national newspaper feature, best online feature, best piece of photojournalism, best regional newspaper feature, best travel trade feature and best blog feature.

CTO Travel Journalism Awards winners:

  1. Best travel trade feature: Winner: Joanna Booth, Take the Plunge, Travel Weekly
  1.  Best piece of photojournalism: Winner: Neil S.Price, Caribbean Blend, Wanderlust
  1.  Best blog feature: Winner: Jane Lovatt, The Trundler’s Guide to Cuba, The Trundler
  1.  Best broadcast feature: Winner: Cherry Dorrett and Dave Edgar, Ainsley Eats the Streets, Snap TV for Channel 4
  1.  Best regional newspaper feature: Winner: Josie Clarke, Caribbean Brings Out the Ninja in Your Kids, Press Association
  1. Best national newspaper feature: Winner: Nigel Tisdall, Secret and Skies and Fantastical Hills, The Daily Telegraph
  1.  Best online feature: Winner: Nick Trend, Climbing in St Lucia: the Best View in the Caribbean, The Telegraph Online
  1.  Best consumer feature: Winner: Rory Goulding, Great Escape: The Caribbean, Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine

 

For further information contact Frances Amissah or Helen Coop at Four bgb

t: +44 (0) 20 3697 4200 / e: [email protected]Alternatively, contact the Caribbean Tourism Organization on +44 (20) 8948 0057

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination. Its Purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

Among the benefits to its members, the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution, research and information technology.

In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, BB 22026, Barbados; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: [email protected].

The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: [email protected];

The CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: [email protected];

For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization please visit www.OneCaribbean.org.

Get the latest CTO updates on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ctotourism.

Connect with CTO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTourismOrganization.

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St. Kitts Is The Inspiration For New Tommy Bahama Fragrance

Basseterre, St. Kitts (November 3, 2015) – Tommy Bahama, the iconic island lifestyle brand, has recently announced the launch of an exclusive new fragrance collection, Tommy Bahama St. Kitts.  Inspired by the serene beaches of St. Kitts, this new scent collection introduces two new fragrances, one each for men and women, which capture the exotic essence of this island oasis.

“It is extremely gratifying to see that St. Kitts has inspired this new fragrance collection by Tommy Bahama,” said the Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “For this well-known international brand that markets the upscale island lifestyle to choose our island speaks volumes about the excellent quality and nature of the experience we offer, which appeals to an affluent, experiential traveler and aligns with the profile of consumers who shop for Tommy Bahama products.”

The custom bottle design emulates Tommy Bahama‘s signature style and rich heritage with its smooth shape and calming color palette. The sleek caps provide an opulent aesthetic that encompass the essence of Tommy Bahama’s classic, cool and confident profile.

Designed by perfumers Richard Herpin and Harry Frémont, the Tommy Bahama St. Kitts collection’s fragrance notes are inspired by the beautiful sunset and salty sea breeze of the island’s scenic beaches.

  • Kitts for Men – Refreshing and relaxing at its core, a zesty blend of Kaffir Lime, juicy Mandarin and tropical Star Fruit paired with Cedarwood, fresh Sea Salt and a Watery Accord, create an invigorating woody scent reminiscent of the sea breeze. The fragrance is rounded out with Driftwood, Ambergris and creamy Musk adding a salt swept warming effect like suntanned skin after a day in the sun.

“I was inspired by the thought of spending a lazy afternoon on the beautiful island of St. Kitts, breathing in the salty air as it mingles through palm trees,” said Harry Fremont, Perfumer of St. Kitts for Men.

  • Kitts for Women – This captivating and stunning fragrance opens with a tropical cocktail of juicy Pear, mouth-watering Mango and fresh Starfruit combined with a sweet bouquet of Frangipani, Plumeria and Freesia adding breezy floralcy. A dry, yet creamy Musk, salty Driftwood and a touch of Vanilla Bean envelop the fragrance providing a solar warmth reminiscent of the beach before sundown.

“I was inspired by a beautiful sunset on St. Kitts beaches, with the smell of a fruity cocktail and plumeria blossoms floating in the air,” said Richard Herpin, Perfumer of St. Kitts for Women.

The Tommy Bahama St. Kitts collection is designed for the confident and active individual seeking to be transported to a remote island escape. Capturing the essence of sea breeze blowing through palm trees, every day will feel like a calming day at the beach with Tommy Bahama St. Kitts fragrance collection.

ABOUT TOMMY BAHAMA

Tommy Bahama is part of Tommy Bahama Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxford Industries, Inc. (NYSE:OXM).  Established in August 1992, with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Tommy Bahama is an island-inspired lifestyle brand that defines relaxed, sophisticated style in men’s and women’s sportswear, swimwear, accessories, footwear and a complete home furnishings collection. The company owns and operates over 160 Tommy Bahama retail locations worldwide, 16 of which offer a Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar.  The Tommy Bahama collection is available on TommyBahama.com and at the finest U.S. retailers, including Nordstrom and other specialty retailers. Additional stores will be opening this year.  For more information, please visit www.tommybahama.com.

ABOUT PARLUX LTD., INC

Parlux Fragrances LTD, a leading global beauty company designs, manufactures, markets and distributes prestige fragrances and related products since 1987.  It holds the licenses for notable fragrance brands including Vince Camuto, Jessica Simpson, Rihanna, JAY Z, Kenneth Cole, and Tommy Bahama among others.

Parlux Fragrances, LTD is a wholly owned subsidiary of Perfumania Holdings Inc., an independent, national, vertically integrated wholesale distributor and specialty retailer of fragrances and related products. It is traded on the NASDAQ exchange (PERF).

ABOUT ST. KITTS

St. Kitts is currently ranked, with sister island Nevis, at #6 on a list of the Best Islands in the World, #6 on a list of the Best Caribbean Vacations, and #4 on a list of the Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations in the World, #3 on a list of Best Caribbean Honeymoons, and #10 on a list of the Best Affordable Caribbean Destinations by US News & World Report.  It is also ranked at #7 among the Hottest Places to Travel this Winter by CNN Money based on bookings received by Virtuoso, #8 on a list of the Top 10 Best Islands for a Holiday by Places To See In Your Lifetime, #14 on a list of the 50 Travel Destinations That Will Be Huge In The Next 10 Years as well as #8 on a list of the 25 Best Caribbean Islands by Business Insider, one of the Top 12 Best Caribbean Vacations on FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel website, TripAdvisor®.  In 2014, LINKS Magazine included St. Kitts & Nevis in its newly created ranking of the Top 25 Islands in the world. St. Kitts & Nevis has also been named one of the Top 15 Emerging Travel Hotspots for 2015 by The Huffington Post and has been ranked by The New York Times at #34 of the 52 Places to Go in 2015. In addition, St. Kitts received the “Innovative Destination of the Year” Award in Caribbean Journal’s Caribbean Travel Awards 2014.

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail [email protected], visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube.

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Caribbean Tourism Organization launches new UK website

The Caribbean Tourism Organization is delighted to announce that its newly redesigned website, is now online for both consumer and trade. This dynamic website, designed by Experience Engine, a full-service digital agency, will provide users with a wealth of information about the Caribbean region.

Users will be taken on a journey to learn and experience the wide range of activities they can enjoy while in the Caribbean, from sailing around the calm, crystalline Caribbean sea, exploring the tropical rainforests, to walking along the idyllic white, pink, golden or black sandy beaches.

The website also includes the latest special deals for the Caribbean, events, online competitions, a ‘Love Caribbean’ blog and a wide range of places to stay. In addition, it provides users with a list of Caribbean specialists to help them book their dream holiday.

Recognising the way consumers’ have visited the website in the past, Caribbean.co.uk is built with a smart and responsive design, for consistent experience for all users across mobiles, tablets and PCs.

Users can also plan their ideal holiday by adding their preferred destination and activities, events, special offers, and hotels to the ‘My Trip Planner’ section of the website.

What’s more the new website features a travel trade section with resources to assist tour operators and travel agents during the sales process, as well as a media gallery with amazing images of the Caribbean region.

For further information contact the Caribbean Tourism Organization on +44 (20) 8948 0057

or email [email protected]

 

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