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BBC Presenter Encourages Broadcasters To Help People Understand Climate Change

Basseterre, St Kitts, 13 December, 2017 – The keynote speaker at the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum (CSSTF) being held in St. Kitts and Nevis, encouraged participants to think about people and how their decisions as potential and actual travellers were influenced by media reports. Gregory McKenzie, television presenter and reporter with the BBC, was the opening speaker for the CSSTF on Wednesday, December 12, which is being held at the Ocean Terrace Inn.

He explained that viewers may not want to know about climate change because they might not find it interesting or easy to understand.

“Our role as broadcasters is to…help people understand that it’s real, it’s happening,” he said. “…It’s about how we can tap into that and show people around the world on our shows that…it’s an issue. People’s lives are a at risk and many have died.”

However, he noted that while media practitioners should aim to educate their audiences about climate change, they also needed to accurately describe climate change-related events and the areas in which they occurred. For example, the coverage on the destruction in the region caused by the passage of two major hurricanes recently might have led some persons to believe that the entire region suffered severe damage.

“The global picture is [that] the Caribbean [is] one, and people forget there’s different islands,” the broadcast journalist said. “So, a part of my role is to show people the Caribbean is open for business.”

Having spent more than 15 years working for the BBC, Gregory McKenzie said he considered his role with the entity and thought about how he could encourage editors there to think about climate change in a different way. For the past four years, McKenzie has been directing, producing and reporting content for the BBC’s flagship Travel Show which is broadcast to more than 300 million viewers a week.  In doing so he has travelled to more than 30 destinations across the world.

Where the tourism industry was concerned, McKenzie explained that as more territories developed their tourism industry, it would produce significant impacts on their natural resources, consumption patterns, pollution and social systems. Because of this, he said that sustainable and responsible planning and management was imperative for the industry to survive.

“Now we already know that global tourism is reaching unprecedented levels. The demand is huge, and, for the first time in our history, the number of tourists crossing international borders in a single year has reached over the one billion mark, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation;” he said.

“The role of the consumer in all of this really shouldn’t be overlooked.”

Consumers, he added, needed to be engaged and stakeholders needed to find ways to prompt them to think in a sustainable way.

“When you’re on holiday, probably the last thing a tourist is thinking about [is] ‘where do I put the plastic?’ or ‘what do I do with that?’, but we can change that in terms of the mindset of tourists and show them different initiatives,” he explained.

“A balance has to be found between limits and usage so that [we] continuously change monitoring and planning [to] ensure that tourism can be managed, and this requires long term thinking and realizing that change is often gradual and often irreversible for economic, social and environmental aspects. Sustaining development must include the interests of all stakeholders, including indigenous people, local communities, visitors, industries and of course more importantly, government.”

The 12-13 December forum, jointly organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the St. Kitts and Nevis Ministry of Tourism, is the region’s bespoke event in observance of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.  The conference theme is “Good for Use, Better for All”.

 

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St. Kitts is a Destination on the Move

Basseterre, St. Kitts (November 21, 2017) – St. Kitts had a record-setting day this past Friday, November 17, with the Grand Opening of the new Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour, the Caribbean’s first Park Hyatt featuring the first Miraval Life in Balance Spa in the Caribbean, while also welcoming a record-setting total of seven cruise ships in one day.

“This is truly an historical day for the island and a testament to our growing tourism industry,” said Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant. “Never in one day have we had a Grand Opening of this significance marking a regional debut of one of the world’s leading luxury hotel brands while also hosting this many cruise ships at a time. St. Kitts is clearly a destination on the move.”

The official Grand Opening of the Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour took place Friday morning, following the property’s soft opening on November 1. Spanning the secluded beach of Banana Bay at the foot of the island’s lush rolling hills, the 126-room resort introduces the Park Hyatt experience to the Caribbean. It is home to three signature restaurants, two pools, a destination resort spa and wellness sanctuary, and indoor and outdoor event spaces.

Setting another record for the cruise sector, St. Kitts welcomed a total of seven vessels on Friday, as follows: Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas; the Thomson Celebration, Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf; the Crystal Esprit; the Celebrity Summit; the Sabourn Odyssey; and the TUI Discovery. Cruise ship passengers were able to enjoy all of the island’s many attractions and activities, from shopping in the many retail outlets in Port Zante and Basseterre to going ziplining or hiking, or simply “liming” (a local term for simply hanging out and relaxing) on one of St. Kitts’ sandy beaches.

For more information about Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour or to make reservations, visit https://stkitts.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html, or visit www.ChristopheHarbour.com for more information about Christophe Harbour.

About St. Kitts:

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. Located in the northern Leeward Islands, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history.  The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking or ziplining through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are water sports, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on the beach.

For more information about St. Kitts, visit www.stkittstourism.kn.

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CTO Investment Guide Distributed in Toronto and at Caribbean Business Events

TORONTO, Canada , 21 November, 2017 – The Caribbean Tourism and Hospitality Investment Guide, a bi-annual publication of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), was distributed during Caribbean Week in Toronto to Canadian entrepreneurs, business organizations and Diaspora leaders.

Caribbean Week activities in Toronto and Montreal run from November 10-17.

The Investment Guide showcases a wide range of investment opportunities in the tourism and hospitality sector in CTO member states and lists incentives that Caribbean Governments are offering to attract new business.

The publication was distributed at the recent Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference and Operations Summit (CHICOS) in Bermuda and is available to delegates at this week’s Miami Conference on the Caribbean organized by Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA).

Tourism Ministers from across the region and selected companies and business organizations received copies of the publication during Caribbean Week events in New York.

The publication includes information on the performance of the region’s tourism industry with highlights from the CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley and Acting Director of Research Ryan Skeete. It also provides an outlook for the region’s hotel sector.

The Investment Guide highlights new investments in the region’s tourism and hospitality sector including properties in The Bahamas, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands.
“The Caribbean has a strong competitive advantage due to our natural and physical resources, and is ripe for new hotel and tourism infrastructure projects. There are opportunities for investments in airports, seaports and shopping centres, as well as unique tourism products such as outfitting heritage sites with modern technology and clean energy sources,” CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley said.

The Investment Guide is produced by Marketing, Communications and Investment Promotion Specialist, Sandra Ann Baptiste, who heads Florida-based Carigold Signature.

“CTO member countries are also seeking investment to expand the medical tourism and health and wellness sectors. There are investment opportunities for new restaurants and cafes, sports tourism facilities and new convention centers, yachting and marine services, new attractions, river and land transportation services, and to develop the creative industries,” Baptiste said in the editorial.

The Investment Guide is one of the projects of the New York-based CTO USA Inc. office headed by Sylma Brown Bramble.

The publication will be available on www.onecaribbean.org for a minimal fee.

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St. Kitts Scores with 2nd Annual Couples Golf Classic Event Includes a Special Celebrity Guest and Showcases the Destination to a Key Target Market

Basseterre, St. Kitts (November 20, 2017) – St. Kitts hit a “hole in one” with its 2nd Annual St. Kitts & Nevis Couples Golf Classic, which featured play on both islands of the Federation from November 7 – 11, 2017. In addition to drawing participating golfers from across the US, this year’s event featured special celebrity guest Bret Saberhagen, a former Major League Baseball pitcher, two-time Cy Young Award winner and avid golfer as well as special guest Risa Feldman, writer for Aspen Luxury Life magazine and a travel and food blogger.

“Our Couples Golf Classic has only increased in prestige and appeal from its inaugural year, attracting golfers from California to New Jersey and a first-time celebrity participant,” said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “I am extremely pleased with the success of this event, as it helps us grow awareness for the destination among the lucrative niche golf travel market.”

One of St. Kitts’ signature golf events, the Couples Golf Classic showcases the destination’s world-class golf courses, accommodations, attractions and scenic natural beauty. Golfers played rounds one and three of the 54-hole mixed team tournament the signature Robert Trent Jones II course at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis. Round two was played on the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club designed by Canadian course architect Thomas McBroom.

This year’s winning team was Penny and Gordon Jumonville from Fort Worth, Texas. The husband and wife duo were wire-to-wire winners, jumping out to an early lead after Round One’s Shamble Format with a NET Best Ball score of 55.  Their 54-hole total of 124 bested the closest runner up by just 4 shots.  In second place was the pair of Kay Bailey and John Heyer from Long Beach California.  They made a strong final round charge in Round Three’s NET Best Ball format, making up 7 shots on the field to capture second place. Patti and Jeff Kindl from New Orleans, Louisiana, took home the third place title. They played their last three holes of the tournament in four-under-par (NET) to capture third by a shot.

Bret Saberhagen said, “The courses were a lot of fun and presented a good challenge for golfers of all skill levels. Everyone enjoyed one another’s company. It was great to be part of the event.” Other participants gave the event similar glowing reviews, with Patti Kindl saying, “It was the best golf trip ever!” and Bruce Hogg, who competed alongside his wife Carla, stating unequivocally, “It was a well-run event. Everything was coordinated and done just right. We’ll be back.”

In addition to golf, the group enjoyed opening and closing cocktail receptions, having the local experience of an evening dining out on fresh lobster and other West Indian food at Sunshine’s, basking in the warm Caribbean sunshine and receiving warm welcomes throughout the five-day event. All participants stayed at the event’s official host hotel, the Four Seasons Resort Nevis. To promote event entries, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority and the Four Seasons Resort Nevis partnered with ClubCorp’s Private Clubs magazine and the New Jersey State Golf Association. Attendees were able to choose from a 4 and 7 night bed and breakfast or all-inclusive packages for one or two persons, all specially priced just for the event.

The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club is an 18-hole course featuring holes on both the Caribbean and Atlantic which is managed by Marriott Golf. It has been voted as one of the Caribbean’s top golf courses in USA Today’s annual 10Best Reader’s Choice Best of the Caribbean awards. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis Golf Club is a par 71, 18-hole course that overlooks the Caribbean Sea and offers spectacular views of St. Kitts as well as a beach-side finishing hole. Both courses are considered to be two of the Caribbean’s most scenic and challenging championship courses.

The 3rd Annual St. Kitts & Nevis Couples Golf Place will take place in November 2018. To learn more about the event as well as golf in St. Kitts and Nevis, visit http://www.stkittstourism.kn/

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DOTCT Celebrates Caribbean Tourism Month with Week of Activities

SCARBOROUGH Tobago, Monday 13th November 2017: The Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation (DOTCT) joins the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the region in celebrating Caribbean Tourism Month 2017 by hosting a series of activities from November 19th – 26th, 2017.

Recognized annually under the theme One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean, Caribbean Tourism Month serves as an avenue through which Caribbean destinations are able to come together and collectively remind the world that the region is open for business.

On behalf of Destination Tobago, the Division will take this opportunity to increase awareness of the benefits of Tobago’s tourism industry to the island’s economy; develop a sense of pride and ownership of Tobago’s tourism product among the island’s residents; encourage greater collaboration between the public and private sector; as well as build morale and foster a spirit of camaraderie amongst Division staff.

The following is the schedule of activities for Caribbean Tourism Month

SUNDAY 19TH NOVEMBER, 2017

Opening of Interactive Museum – Fort King George Heritage Park, 3pm & 5 pm

The theatrical re-enactments at Fort King George will commence from Sunday 19th November, with free tours taking place at 3 pm and 5 pm. There will also be a storytelling session at 2 pm. The Interactive Museum will be open to the public on days cruise ships call on the island, at 10:30 am and 2 pm, as well as on Sundays at 3 pm. Tours will cost $20 (adults) and $10 (children). 

MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER, 2017

Youth Tourism Symposium for Secondary Schools – Shaw Park Cultural Complex, 9am-2pm

The “Youth Tourism Symposium” is the first of its kind in Tobago and targets Forms 4-6 students enrolled in Secondary Schools throughout the island.  The theme of the symposium is Promoting Youth Leadership in Tourism. The objective is to engender within the island’s youth an appreciating for, and understanding of, the tourism industry; educate students on the significance of the sector; and stimulate interest in the industry as a viable career choice. Speakers include:

Mr. Travis Robinson, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Government of The Bahamas

Ms. Le-An Telesford, Junior Minister of Tourism, Trinidad and Tobago

Mr. Dwayne Lyons, Tobago Entrepreneur, Xclusive Ideologies

TUESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER, 2017

Thanksgiving Service – DOTCT Head Office, 12 Sangster’s Hill, 9am

The Thanksgiving Service is a non-denominational open air service, hosted to celebrate the hard work of all staff within the Division and nurture a spirit of togetherness among staff.

Primary School Community Awareness Quiz Finals and Prize Giving Ceremony – Lowlands Multipurpose Centre, 9am – 1pm

The Primary School Community Awareness quiz seeks to educate and sensitize Tobago’s Primary School students about the importance of tourism to the island’s economy, and impress upon them the significant role they can play in the development of the industry. With twelve (12) primary schools participating, the quiz runs from 15th – 20th November.

THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER, 2017

Stakeholders Cocktail Reception – Pigeon Point Heritage Pavilion, 7pm-10pm

The Stakeholder Reception seeks to bring together industry stakeholders involved in both the public and private sector. The event is designed to facilitate networking, as well as constructive dialogue with the aim of improving the synergies among all parties involved in Tobago’s tourism industry.

SATURDAY 26TH NOVEMBER, 2017

Tobago Great Tourism Adventure – Island wide, 9am

The Tobago Great Tourism Adventure puts a cultural twist on the traditional treasure hunt. Participants will embark upon an exciting trek across the island, on a quest to solve riddles and execute tasks that will educate them on the island’s rich culture and heritage. Historical landmarks, iconic attractions and age-old traditions will all be featured in this one-of-a-kind experience.

Tourism Week Social Media Campaign

Stay tuned to the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation – Tobago House of Assembly Facebook page for the launch of the My Tourism Story video series, the Spot the Sites contest, and more.

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The CTO Declares 2018 The Year of Wellness And Rejuvenation In The Caribbean

TORONTO, ON, 14 November, 2017 –   The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has declared 2018 the Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation in the Caribbean.

The CTO’s secretary general Hugh Riley announced the theme for next year at a news conference here on Monday 13 November, as part of the programme for Caribbean Week Canada 2017.

With wellness and rejuvenation being important aspects of the Caribbean tourism product offering, the CTO is encouraging member countries and private sector partners to plan and organise events and activities around the theme that will appeal to consumers, travel agents and tour operators.

“For those who focus on renewing body and spirit, the options are virtually endless; from beachfront workouts and yoga retreats, to wellness resorts and spa treatments, the notion of being rejuvenated in the Caribbean is one more reason to let us pamper you in 2018,” the secretary general said.

“The region’s diverse tropical landscape with mountain ranges, valleys and volcanoes, provide excellent opportunities for a variety of ages and physical abilities. Individual trekking, group hiking, health walks, fun-runs, marathons and a range of water-based health-related activities are held throughout the year in our CTO member-countries.”

The global wellness sector is a $3.72 trillion industry, according to the Global Wellness Institute, a Miami, Florida-based non-profit-making organisation that provides global research and insight into the wellness industry.

The 2018 Caribbean Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation will be promoted through social media and traditional media channels and will create opportunities for travellers and holiday planners to share their experiences and ideas of how to welcome visitors to the region for wellness and rejuvenation.

Through the campaign, CTO, its member countries and private sector partners will highlight the Caribbean as the leading choice for wellness and rejuvenation.

At the briefing, Mr. Riley also announced that the Canadian market was a strong performer during the first half of 2017, with arrivals up by 6.4 per cent over the corresponding period last year, and is expected to continue to register growth this year despite the hurricanes which impacted about 25 per cent of CTO member countries.

“The Conference Board of Canada is predicting that decent capacity and relative value will support growth and expects a transfer of demand from affected destinations to unaffected countries, with the overall impact likely to be minimal,” he said.

In addition, the Conference Board of Canada predicts that Caribbean air lift from Canada will be stable, with capacity up by double digits to about a dozen Caribbean countries through to July, while several others showed strong growth of between five per cent and ten per cent.

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Over 140 Of Europe’s Top Operators To Visit Trinidad In 2018

Port of Spain, Trinidad – November 13, 2017 – Trinidad and Tobago’s participation in World Travel Market (WTM) continues to bear fruit as the delegation completed its series of meetings with a number of international travel trade professionals, airline representatives and global tourism stakeholders. Traditionally, the European source market has been a mainstay for the island of Tobago but at this year’s WTM a leading company in the travel and tourism industry in the German-speaking countries has expressed keen interest in selling destination Trinidad. Every year, more than 6 million guests travel with the tour operators of this group.

Minister Shamfa Cudjoe and other Ministry officials met with executives of the international travel company to discuss plans for bringing over one hundred (100) of Europe’s top tour operators to Trinidad in 2018. International tour operators have described Trinidad as one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets and welcomed the opportunity to open up this market to their clientele.

Whilst over forty per cent (40%) of Trinidad’s visitors come from the United States of America, our new marketing thrust is to diversify the current source market pool so as to attract visitors from non-traditional source markets to experience the amazing product that is Trinidad.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago remains resolute in its commitment to building the tourism industry with a view to this industry being the vehicle for economic diversification and meetings, such as those that took place at World Travel Market 2017, are considered as a critical part of the foundation for sustainable tourism development.

Minister Cudjoe gave the international travel company her commitment to further the relationship and expressed excitement about the upcoming opportunity to showcase Trinidad; indicating that “this is exciting because we are expanding our offerings. Tobago gives you that quintessential Caribbean experience, but Trinidad has a big chunk of South America in it.”

Held annually at ExCel London Building, United Kingdom, World Travel Market is the most important platform in the world for the travel industry and is visited by over 51,000 members of the international tourism industry and hosts over 5,000 exhibitors from all five (5) continents. This three (3) day exhibition concluded on November 08, 2017.

For more information, contact:

Corporate Communications Unit
Phone: (868) 624-1403 Ext. 248
Ministry of Tourism  Fax:  (868) 625-3894
Levels 8 & 9
Tower C, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago, WEST INDIES

ABOUT THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM

The Ministry of Tourism is responsible for tourism policy development, awareness, catalysing and facilitating growth of the tourism sector, encouraging investment in the sector, building stakeholder partnerships and monitoring trends in the industry in Trinidad and Tobago.

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