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Travel Agent’s senior editor wins top prize at CTO Travel Media Awards

NEW YORK, NY, 2 June, 2016 –   An article on lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) travel in the Caribbean has copped the top award at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s Caribbean Travel Media Awards programme.

The article by Joe Pike of Travel Agent magazine won the Best of the Best award at today’s awards luncheon at the Marriott Marquis in New York, part of the programme for Caribbean Week New York organized by the CTO.

Dubbed, How to Sell LGBT Travel to the Caribbean, the story explores Caribbean destinations and properties that pursue the $200 billion market and provides tips and trends to those who are considering it. It has its origin in a session organized by the CTO during last year’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Curacao.

“It is an extremely informative, well-researched and reported story. Mr. Pike did a nice job working to inform his readership about a growing LGBT travel market. Thanks to extensive research, he provided interesting data about the market potential and did first-hand reporting by interviewing industry experts to gather market intelligence. He also covers important sub-topics like safety, family travel, and same-sex marriage. Lastly, through detailed research, Mr. Pike identifies the most welcoming islands and hotels. This was an original idea and will definitely provide new and interesting information to the reader,” said director of international communications at the Washington-based The Boeing Company Steve Lott, one of the judges for the contest.

“It is very unique and different,” added Yuriy Boykiv, chief executive officer of Gravity Media, a New York-based marketing and advertising agency.

Pike was one of ten travel writers and photographers awarded today for their coverage of the Caribbean.

The winners of this year’s Caribbean Travel Media awards are as follows:

Been There, Wrote That – Best Feature Article In A Consumer Magazine
Vivian Holley – Jamaica Magic–Having it All at Half Moon – Southern Seasons Magazine

I Couldn’t Have Written Better Myself – Best Feature In A Consumer Newspaper
Sharon Millar – Mermen Come Calling (a story on the folkloric legends of Tobago) – The New York Times

Inner Circle King/Queen– Best Feature Article In A Trade Publication
Joe Pike – How to Sell LGBT Travel to the Caribbean – Travel Agent Central

Virtual Visitor Award – Best Online Feature
David McFadden – Jamaica hopes Jewish Tourism can help fading community – The Associated Press

Golden Mic – Best Broadcast Feature
Valerie D’Elia – Experiencing Antigua Like a Local – NY1 News

From Infinity…And Abroad! (Best Feature by a foreign Journalist in US or Caribbean Media) 
Eric Vohr – From James Bond to a smuggler’s hangout, Bahamian chain has it all – Chicago Tribune

Oh Snap!– Best Photograph accompanying a feature
Brian Irwin – Fly-fishing on the Sapodilla Cayes off the coast of Belize, a photograph accompanying a story entitled, Ecotourism a Natural for Belize in the Boston Globe

No Anansi Story! (Best Feature by a Caribbean Journalist in Caribbean Media)
Chanaz Kokkelmans – Statia-cation : A Vacation on Statia – St. Maarten Daily Herald

Oh My Word, I Blogged! (Best Blog Post)
Rachelle Hay – Salt & Shimmer: Down D Islands, looking at travel in the region. This winner of this award was determined by voters in an online poll.

Caribbean Week New York celebrates  the sights, sounds, colours, culture and unique holiday experiences of the Caribbean.

For additional  information visit www.onecaribbean.org;  email [email protected] or call (212) 635-9530

Caribbean Week is supported by American Express, Academy Engraving, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Atrebor Group, the Islands of the Bahamas, Barbados, Bloomingdales, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Islands, CitiTech Solutions, Dominica, El Dorado Rum, Empire State Building, Grace, Grenada, Golden Crust, Jade Mountain/Anse Chastanet Resort, Jamaica, Marry Caribbean, Martinique, Nassau Paradise Island, Nevis, Proximo, Resonance, The Real McCoy Rum, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sugar Beach, Travel + Leisure, Resonance Consultancy; Trinidad and Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, Unique Vacations, Inc./Sandals and Willams-Sonoma.

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Caribbean on course to break 20 million arrivals barrier in 2016

NEW YORK, NY, 3 June, 2016 –   Tourist arrivals to the Caribbean are expected to surpass the 30 million mark for the first time ever this year, following a record 28.7 million arrivals in 2015.

Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Richard Sealy announced here on Thursday evening that the industry got off to a fast start in 2016, registering a 7.3 per cent rise in the first quarter over the corresponding period last year.

During this period, the Caribbean region welcomed approximately 8.5 million international visitors, 580,000 higher than the first quarter of 2015.

“This performance was buttressed by lower oil prices and the strong US dollar, which increased the appeal of the region to potential visitors. The many air service agreements ensured that the region had adequate seats to facilitate the flow of travellers to and within the region,” the CTO chairman explained.

Nineteen destinations showed improvements upon their 2015 performance, with eight registering double digit growth of between 10.5 per cent and 26.8 per cent.

The growth was led by intra-regional trips which rose by 12-9 per cent, followed by the European market which registered growth of 11 per cent.

The CTO chairman told media at a news conference at Caribbean Week New York that regional tourism officials have recognized that more needed to be done to keep visitors occupied while in the Caribbean.

“The CTO continues to work feverishly with our members to see how they can improve their product offering and diversify their markets,” he said.

The CTO has projected growth of between 4.5 per cent and 5.5 per cent in 2016.

Caribbean Week New York continues this evening with Rum and Rhythm, a benefit for the CTO Foundation, the regional tourism development agency’s scholarship programme which assists Caribbean nationals pursuing further studies in tourism and hospitality.

The Empire State Building will also light up in Caribbean colours tonight in observance of Caribbean Week New York, which celebrates the sights, sounds, colours, culture and unique holiday experiences of the Caribbean.

Caribbean Week New York is supported by American Express, Academy Engraving, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Atrebor Group, the Islands of the Bahamas, Barbados, Bloomingdales, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Islands, CitiTech Solutions, Dominica, El Dorado Rum, Empire State Building, Grace, Grenada, Golden Crust, Jade Mountain/Anse Chastanet Resort, Jamaica, Marry Caribbean, Martinique, Nassau Paradise Island, Nevis, Proximo, Resonance, The Real McCoy Rum, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sugar Beach, Travel + Leisure, Resonance Consultancy; Trinidad and Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, Unique Vacations, Inc./Sandals and Williams-Sonoma.

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The Saint Lucia Tourist Board unveils new website with Scavenger Hunt Sweepstakes #OnlyInSaintLucia

SAINT LUCIA (June 1, 2016) – The Saint Lucia Tourist Board launches the #OnlyInSaintLucia Scavenger Hunt Sweepstakes on Wednesday, June 1 to unveil the new online presence for the destination at http://www.stlucia.org/.

The dynamic and responsive website features a map explorer component that highlights hotels, local restaurants, and a variety of activities throughout the island. The brand-new weddings and honeymoons landing pages cater to one of Saint Lucia’s largest travel markets and sets the stage for planning a romantic escape with the top five proposal locations, wedding packages, honeymoon activities and more.

The completely redesigned website also includes a downloadable media gallery, a live chat, and specialized sections for travel trade, diaspora, meetings and incentives.

“We are thrilled to launch this new tourism portal to the destination,” says Tracey Warner-Arnold, deputy director of tourism. “The #OnlyInSaintLucia scavenger hunt sweepstakes will allow visitors the opportunity to explore and learn about the island, and the redesigned website, in a fun and engaging way.”

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board encourages fans to experience the adventure of a lifetime by entering to win a six night Caribbean vacation on the beautiful island. To enter the #OnlyInSaintLucia scavenger hunt sweepstakes, consumers are given the chance to answer one question every day for fourteen days for a chance to win a trip to Saint Lucia. A new question will be posted to the dedicated contest landing page every morning at 9:00am EST, beginning June 1 through June 15.  The more questions answered correctly, the closer participants will be to relaxing in Saint Lucia.

One winner and a guest will win a three night stay in the southern part of the island at Ladera, a tropical gem nestled high up between the Pitons, and then a three night stay in the north of Saint Lucia at the intimate Cap Maison, set on a private cliff overlooking the sea and its own private beach. The prize includes accommodations, most meals and beverages, round-trip airfare, and on-island airport transfers for two adults. Participants must be U.S. residents and 21 years of age or older.

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, or 1-888 4STLUCIA or visit http://www.stlucia.org/.

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Barbados reveals new destination website

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados. May 24, 2016 – Destination Barbados has a new online presence at VisitBarbados.org.

Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) CEO, William Griffith, described the site, which went live on Sunday May 22, as the most comprehensive online presence the destination has had in many years, with several new media features that can provide visitors with a peek into the destination.

After rigorous testing and helpful feedback from industry partners, the BMTI unveiled the new interactive site to assist travelers in planning their holiday in the sun on the island. More importantly, it will serve to sales referral tool for several local partners providing services and products to today’s traveler, including a wide array of attractions, services and events on the island.

“We are taking a comprehensive approach where the new website will be integrated with our social media and digital marketing strategies to deepen our relationships with potential and repeat visitors online”. Griffith said.

Through the use of rich media in the form of 360° videos that provide visitors with virtual views of the destination; trip planning tools and a robust content strategy, the BTMI team will work to ensure that the site drives visitors smoothly through the travel planning process.

BTMI Manager Digital Marketing & Social Media Manager, Gabriel Isaie, stated that the new site would be the centerpiece of the island’s digital marketing efforts moving forward.

“The technology on the website represents some of the industry’s leading technologies and traveler conversion tools. The content on the website utilizes large vibrant and engaging photography from some of Barbados’ leading photographers. Copy has also been developed into easy to digest excerpts, highlighting stories on Barbados’ culture, heritage and lifestyle blogs”.

Following a competitive selection process, the BTMI selected three vendors, including two local companies spearheading the content creation. The arrangement was structured to ensure technology transfer to the local entities, which will also manage the content development strategy over the long term.

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Former JetBlue CEO Dave Barger for Caribbean Week New York

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (19 May 2016) –  Former chief executive officer of JetBlue Dave Barger joins a growing list of top executives and celebrities who will participate in Caribbean Week New York, a series of tourism trade and consumer events organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) to showcase the region in one of its most important markets.

Already, executives from Google and Caribbean Journal, as well as film and stage actor Robert Riley, have been confirmed for Caribbean Week New York.

An airline industry veteran who over the course of a career spanning four decades became one of the most recognized leaders in global aviation, Mr. Barger will be the motivational speaker at the Students’ Colloquium, the Caribbean Week youth programme designed to engage the future leaders of the Caribbean in tourism related activities.

Mr. Barger retired from his post as CEO of the New York-based carrier last year after eight years at the helm, and under his watch JetBlue became the fifth largest airline in the United States.

“It is wonderful delights to have Mr. Barger deliver the motivational speech to the tourism industry’s rising stars. His successes at JetBlue and, prior to that, at Continental Airlines, and his community involvement in a number of key areas including education, means he has a compelling story to share,” said Sylma Brown, head of the CTO’s New York office which manages Caribbean Week.

Last year’s winner of the colloquium, the Turks & Caicos Community College, will be joined by three other Caribbean tertiary institutions, the College of the Bahamas, University of Technology of Jamaica and the University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago campus in the contest for the best tourism-related business plan.

The students will be challenged to create a sustainable bed and breakfast business in the Caribbean that will become the new face of accommodation in small lodging establishments in the next ten years; develop and design an innovative strategic plan to increase intra-regional and domestic tourism; or demonstrate how an agritourism programme might be sustainably developed to support rural communities in the Caribbean.

The Students’ Colloquium takes place on Wednesday 1 June from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York.

Organized by the CTO, Caribbean Week New York is the largest, most engaging regional tourism activity in the “Big Apple” and typically attracts thousands of participants, including Caribbean tourism officials, the media, artists, performers, celebrity chefs, fashion designers, models, investors and other strategic partners. It showcases the sights, sounds, colours, culture and unique holiday experiences of the Caribbean and combines business sessions and consumer-oriented events with food, fashion, entertainment, sales and networking opportunities.

For the full Caribbean Week New York programme and for additional  information visit www.onecaribbean.org;  email [email protected] or call (212) 635-9530

Caribbean Week is supported by Academy Engraving, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Atrebor Group, the Islands of the Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Islands, CitiTech Solutions, Dominica, El Dorado Rum, Empire State Building, Grenada, Jade Mountain/Anse Chastanet Resort, Jamaica, Martinique, Nassau Paradise Island, Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Travel + Leisure, Resonance Consultancy; Trinidad and Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Sugar Bay Resort & Spa and Unique Vacations, Inc./Sandals.

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Dominica to host 1st Caribbean Aviation Meetup Conference

(Roseau, Dominica – May 24, 2016) The government of the Commonwealth of Dominica through the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal and Discover Dominica Authority will host the first CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP Conference in Dominica from June 14 – 16, 2016. 

The CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP is made up of well thought out program sessions and affords generous opportunities for dialogue among professionals. Most of the conference program will be discussions on changes for improved airlift in the Caribbean and its impact on tourism and the economy.  It will also provide impetus for new business developments and industry investments.   The three day program includes a wide range of topics such as regional airlines, route development, airport development, airlift impact on tourism and the economy, investment considerations, trends in regional travel and tourism, innovation of product, service and infrastructure.

From plenary session on the morning of the opening day, the program will have 2 simultaneous break-out sessions ensuring that there is always a session to attend for anyone’s particular area of interest.  The invited presenters have a wealth of knowledge on their areas of expertise and participants are encouraged to share perspectives, ideas, concerns, and successful strategies.  The detailed conference program and agenda can be found at www.caribavia.com/program.htm.

Registration is now open online at www.caribavia.com for regional and international participants. Interested participants residing in Dominica should contact Discover Dominica Authority at [email protected] for registration information.

About Caribbean Aviation Meetup: CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP shall be the Annual Conference of the CARIBAVIA.  During the first CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP (June 2016), a new Caribbean Aviation Industry Association will be inaugurated. It shall carry the name CARIBAVIA which stands for CARIBbean AViation Industry Association. It shall be an umbrella organization representing all aviation interest in the Caribbean region.  For more information visit www.CaribAVIA.com.

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.

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Grenada wins gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show with ‘Three Enchanting Islands – Pure Grenada’

(St. George’s, Grenada) 24th May, 2016 – The Grenada exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 named ‘Three Enchanting Islands – Pure Grenada’ has won Gold. The Show team was led by Grenadian-based designer Catherine John and brought Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique to life with a display of floral diversity.

“Our theme this year was inspired by the distinct floral character of the three islands, which although in close proximity of each other in the Southern Caribbean Sea, do not receive the same amount of rainfall. The vegetation and crops grown on Carriacou and Petite Martinique are markedly different from those that thrive in Grenada,” said Mrs. John.

The greenery and spices were all grown in Grenada and arranged to Catherine’s design, ahead of Monday 23rd May when the display enthralled Press Day visitors including Grenada’s High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr. Karl Hood and Dr Johnson Beharry VC – recipient of the highest military decoration for valour in the British and Commonwealth armed forces, who was born in Grenada.

“As small islands we are mindful of rising sea levels due to climate change, and our display features the coastline as a reminder of the balance of nature that we all depend upon,” added Mrs. John.

The display won a gold medal, making this the twelfth gold medal Grenada has received at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

“We’re delighted that the exhibit has been awarded Gold here in London. My personal inspiration this year comes from just wanting to differentiate and display the diversity of plant materials on our Sister Isles,” said Catherine after receiving the news.

“Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique are three distinctive islands that each boasts a remarkable natural landscape. The design team has captured the essence of all three islands to provide visitors to the world’s greatest flower show with an authentic taste of Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean,” said Ms. Sharon Bernstein, Grenada Tourism Authority Director of Sales for the UK & Ireland.

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