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CTO Statement on Effect of Hurricane Matthew

STATEMENT BY HUGH RILEY, SECRETARY GENERAL, THE CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION, ON THE EFFECT OF HURRICANE MATTHEW

FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER, 2016

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and the extensive damage inflicted on our member countries and neighbours by the dangerous Hurricane Matthew, described as the most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean in a decade. Even in its weaker form as a tropical storm it inflicted loss.

Our prayers are with the Government and People of Haiti where the death toll has soared to more than 400 and where there is still not full recovery from the destructive earthquake of 2010.

We also express our prayers and concerns for The Bahamas – which still has not received the all-clear and which has been recovering from last year’s Hurricane Joaquin. We await a full assessment of the damage in The Bahamas, as well as in St. Vincent and the Grenadines where a young man lost his life when Matthew struck as a tropical storm.

Several other CTO member countries, including Cuba, Dominica, Jamaica and Saint Lucia have been impacted by the storm; and while we are thankful that there was no loss of life in those countries, we are conscious of the fact that they have suffered some level of damage. Still, we are thankful that life is getting back to normal in those countries and they are open for business.

For the worst affected countries the impact, both physical and psychological, will be long-lasting. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives and to those who are grieving their loss, and we assure our support to those who are touched in one way or another.

It is evident that in the aftermath of the storm the immediate challenge is to alleviate suffering and provide the necessary support. In the days and weeks ahead we at the CTO and throughout our member countries in the Caribbean will work with our private sector partners the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and others, to do whatever is necessary to offer assistance and to coordinate relief efforts.

We have immense confidence in the strength and resolve of our people to prevail.

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Antigua & Barbuda Announces Grammy Presentation for Antigua GospelFest 2016

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St. John’s, Antigua (3 October, 2016) – Antigua and Barbuda is the perfect place to escape to for an exciting weekend this October.  From October 28 – October 30, join us in this beautiful twin-island and experience the biggest gospel music festival in the region.  Enjoy the beauty of 365 beaches and be blessed with the ministry of some of the world’s greatest worship leaders and musicians.

Scheduled the same week of Antigua and Barbuda’s 35th Independence Celebrations, Antigua Gospelfest 2016 presents for the first time in Antigua, the six-time Grammy Award Winner Worship Leader Israel Houghton & New Breed.

The organisers Emerge Antigua, along with the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and other main sponsors are pleased to offer this level of event to the people of Antigua & Barbuda, surrounding islands and expected international patrons.

Israel Houghton will attract a wide range of people from all church backgrounds.

“Israel Houghton is undoubtedly the one of the most prominent church music influences within the Caribbean, with songs broadcast and sung weekly island wide,” said the Organisers.

Also announced for Antigua Gospelfest are international favourites Jonathan Nelson (USA), DJ Nicholas (Jamaica), and multi-award winning Gospel Artist Sherwin Gardner; regional Caribbean favourites Blessed Messenger (Trinidad and Tobago), Joshua Ali (Trinidad and Tobago) and Neesha Woodz (Barbados). Gospel lovers can also catch performances by hometown artistes such as Emerge Gospel Challenge winners Peetron Thomas, Dornell Simon, Young Phenom and many more who will perform at the event alongside Antigua’s Gospel Sensations Romancia Kingston and Naycha K.I.D.

For GospelFest Antigua ticketing information visit: www.gospelfestantigua.com, facebook.com/GFAntigua  or twitter.com/GFAntigua

For United Kingdom and European patrons visit www.festival2k.com for special travel offers and booking.

ABOUT ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’ da) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Voted the World Travel Awards 2015 and 2016 Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination, the twin-island paradise offers visitors two uniquely distinct experiences, ideal temperatures year-round, a rich history, vibrant culture, exhilarating excursions, award-winning resorts, mouth-watering cuisine and 365 stunning pink and white-sand beaches – one for every day of the year.

The largest of the British Leeward Islands, Antigua comprises 108-square miles with rich history and spectacular topography that provides a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. Antigua’s tourism events calendar includes the prestigious Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, and the annual Antigua Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Barbuda, Antigua’s smaller sister island, is the ultimate celebrity hideaway. The island lies 27 miles north-east of Antigua and is just a 15-minute plane ride away. Barbuda is known for its untouched 17 mile stretch of pink sand beach and as the home of the largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere.  Find information on Antigua & Barbuda at: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com

 

Maria Blackman
Office +1 268 562 7600   (Direct Line):  +1 268 464 7601 Website: visitantiguabarbuda

 

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Statia Tourism Launches New Website

ORANJESTAD, St. Eustatius -The St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation (STDF) launched a new fully-featured website. The new website www.statia-tourism.com went live on World Tourism Day, September 27, during the Sustainability Conference.

The new website is part of STDF’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information to viewers worldwide. The new site has extensive content and offers quick and easy access to essential information and activities on Statia. The purple and green website boasts a modern and attractive design. The updated information and pictures give visitors a realistic insight into what Statia has to offer.

“We had to make sure the site was ready for the world to see and had every bit of content that we want it to have. As we know, having a website means constant change, and we will be seeing to it that the web pages are highly glossed on a regular basis and accessible to browsers around the clock,” said STDF’s Public Relations Officer Teena Lopes.

“We are also aware that having a website optimized for usage on a laptop, smartphone, tablet, et cetera, is only half the work. We would like to encourage everyone to visit this website and explore its features,” STDF said.

The website also has a page which provides detailed information about STDF. Feedback and opinions for content updates are welcome. “Being active daily and connecting with the world of social media is an intricate part of the development. Hence the reason why we encourage all stakeholders to link this site to theirs and we do the same in return,” STDF stated.

 

 

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