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Top International Chefs Ready for Barbados

Chefs Tom Aikens, Chris De La Rosa and Jean-Georges Vongerichten are set to spice up the eighth annual Barbados Food and Rum Festival.

The three chefs hailing from Barbados’ top source markets, will be featured in the three-part Gourmet Safari dinner series spanning two nights – November 18 and 19. The Gourmet Safari offers diners the opportunity to follow their favourite international chefs around the island as they prepare speciality spreads across some of Barbados’ finest restaurants.

The Gourmet Safari kicks off on the West Coast, with Vongerichten of the U.S.A at the renowned Cliff Restaurant. The following night, De La Rosa from Canada will take the action to the East, catering to discerning patrons at The Crane. Then it’s over to Aikens, who will close the curtain on the series as it heads back to the West Coast, preparing a specially selected menu at The Tides restaurant, which is on-board with the Festival for the first time this year.

The three chefs will join talented local artisans including the award-winning Damien Leach, Creig Greenidge, Michael Harrison and many more.

CEO of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), William ‘Billy’ Griffith, spoke about the success of the 2016 rebrand to the Barbados Food & Rum Festival. “It was a strategic move to further enrich our focus on promoting the unique elements of Barbados, namely our claim to the birthplace of rum. We are pleased with how much the Festival has grown and how much attention it has attracted both here and abroad. Moving forward, we want to ensure that we’re creating not just unique experiences for visitors, but also a sustainable product that all Barbadians can feel invested in.”

The Food and Rum Festival will run from November 16 through 19 and feature a range of diverse culinary and cultural experiences including polo, a flotilla and beach party, and a night out in the popular Oistins fishing village.

More information is available at the website http://www.foodandrum.com

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 and is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Barbados has hosted several world class events including: The annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival; 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, and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010, and the Rihanna LOUD concert in 2012. 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., 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.

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Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Tourism Makes Provisional Arrangements for Management of Local Tourism Sector

Port of Spain, Trinidad – August 17, 2017 – Tourism stakeholders and the general public are hereby advised that the Tourism Development Company (TDC) has, without prejudice, ceased operations. Effective Monday August 21, 2017, the Ministry of Tourism will manage the following tourism portfolios previously under the remit of the TDC on an interim basis:

  • Tourism Investment and Incentives
  • Cruise Passenger Visitor Services
  • Airport Visitor Information Services
  • Sites and Attractions Maracas Beach Facility, Las Cuevas Beach Facility, Vessigny Beach Facility, Manzanilla Beach Facility and the La Brea Pitch Lake

In March 2017, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago renewed its commitment to boost the tourism sector as part of the country’s diversification thrust. The Cabinet, to this end, made a decision to create three (3) separate entities to drive the local tourism sector forward.

  1. The Tourism Trinidad Destination Management Company Limited (Tourism Trinidad)
  1. The Tobago Tourism Agency
  1. Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Regulatory and Licensing Authority

Persons requiring any tourism related services are kindly requested to contact the Ministry of Tourism’s Stakeholder Relations Unit at 625-0963/624-1403 Ext. 227 and 251 or email [email protected].

Trinidad and Tobago remains one of the most unspoilt tourist destinations within the Caribbean; blessed with a uniquely diverse culture that is reflected in an array of mouth watering culinary delights and riveting heritage traditions. These three (3) entities are intended to act as catalysts for the sustained development of Trinidad and Tobago’s tourism sector and present us all with a unique opportunity to move our tourism product forward in new and exciting ways.

For more information, contact:

Corporate Communications Unit
Phone: (868) 624-1403 Ext. 248

 

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.

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Dominica: World Creole Music Festival Tickets Now Available Online

Roseau, Dominica: August 16, 2017 —– Patrons of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival can now purchase their festival tickets online. Discover Dominica Authority has partnered with TicketPal Caribbean to provide ticketing services for the 20th edition of the festival. Headquartered in Barbados, TicketPal Caribbean offers all-in-one ticketing solutions to event organizers across the Caribbean and in parts of the United States and Canada. Through this partnership, Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival is visible to TicketPal’s network of over 650,000 subscribers who can now purchase their festival tickets with one click.

Patrons wishing to purchase tickets online can visit www.TicketPalCaribbean.com. Season Tickets are available at EC$325 or US$125 and nightly tickets are available at EC$120 or US$48.

In 2017, we are focused on creating an unforgettable patron experience and visitors and locals can look forward to not only an exciting lineup but a transformation of the Windsor Park Sports Stadium to the Festival City in a manner like never before. So buy your tickets early and get ready for the undisputed premiere musical experience in the Caribbean.


The 20th edition of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 27-29 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Roseau, Dominica. A line-up of top local, regional, and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca and Calypso, Reggae, Afro-funk, Haitian Kompas to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons. On this year’s exciting line-up are Machel Montano, Kalash, Mavado, Yemi Alade, Bunji Garlin & Fay-Ann Lyons, Sweet Micky, Kai, Etana, Romain Virgo, Klass, Marcé & Tumpak, Asa Bantan, Triple Kay International, Mizik à Nou All Stars, Breve, Swingin’ Stars, and the Zouk All Stars featuring Jean Marc Ferdinand, Orlane, Francky Vincent, and Stéphane Ravor.

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For more information on the 20th edition of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 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’s World Creole Music Festival: Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival celebrates the creole culture of creole speaking countries in the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.   The Festival, held annually in October seeks to augment the creole month festivities and Independence celebrations held during this period as well as boost visitor arrivals to the island. The World Creole Music Festival features various musical genres to include Reggae, Zouk, Kompas, Cadence, Bouyon, Salsa, Dancehall/Hip Hop, Merengue, Soukous, Zydeco. The Festival is dubbed ‘Three Nights of Pulsating Rhythms’ for its wide repertoire of musical genres on showcase each night. Join us for the 20th World Creole Music Festival, October 27-29, 2017.

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Fashion House in Antigua & Barbuda for Major Photoshoot

August 17, 2017 (St. John’s, Antigua) – Chen Burkett, a noted New York based fashion designer has teamed up with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and leading luxury resort, Carlisle Bay to capture the romantic elements of Antigua and Barbuda in an on-island photo shoot taking place in Antigua this week, ahead of the launch of her debut bridal collection at New York Fashion Week in September.

Coined as a non-traditional bridal collection with elements of traditional style, the Chen Burkett Bridal Collection caters to today’s modern bride, who is searching for unique pieces that match her unique tastes. These brides particularly prefer a non-traditional celebration such as a destination wedding on an exotic island like Antigua and Barbuda, and want what they wear to be an expression of who they are and how they feel as they make memories that will last a lifetime. The collection features silk and jacquard fabrics, cotton and linen with intricate beading and clean, beautiful lines.

The partnership with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and Carlisle Bay will see quintessential Antigua captured throughout Burkett’s collection. The destination’s historic and breathtaking locations along with the lush gardens and luxury rooms of the resort will serve as the backdrop for the shoot which utilizes model Mailka Miller of MMG Management, Bella Agency New York.

Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot A. Michael said, “Antigua and Barbuda, the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination as voted by the World Travel Awards is the perfect backdrop for this alluring and beautiful collection. We are fast-becoming a hotspot for honeymooning couple or couples on romantic escapes, having this year alone played host to celebrities, footballer Lionel Messi and American Idol winner Chris Blue who honeymooned on island with their wives.”

Chen Burkett New York is quotidian glam at its best and has been seen on red carpets and worn by notable celebrities and influencers such as: Eva Duvernay, Erica Campbell, Niecy Nash, Toya Wright, Alex Elle and Ray Royce.

CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James said, “We are excited about this partnership out of our US Office with Chen Burkett. This public relations activity further strengthens Antigua and Barbuda’s position as a premiere romance destination which offers couples ‘no residency’ weddings and luxurious, intimate and quality experiences. As soon as the collection launches, the beauty of Antigua and Barbuda will be visible throughout the USA and the UK with images appearing in bridal magazines, boutiques and online at Chen Burkett.com.”

A dedicated hashtag for the photoshoot now in session makes the collaboration between Antigua and Barbuda official. As such, the following hashtags are now being used on all photos across social media: # ChenBurkettxAntiguaBarbuda; #ChenBurkettxCarlisleBay; #LoveAntiguaBarbudaCBNY 

The bridal collection is being shot by acclaimed commercial photographer Keith Major, one of New York’s most talented and productive commercial photographers, who has  more than 30 years of experience and a roster of A-list clients.

About Antigua & 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 and tentatively listed as a 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, Tinman Triathlon, Sports Fishing Tournament 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

 

For media enquiries on Antigua and Barbuda Tourism 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 Website: visitantiguabarbuda

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Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival: The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival Celebrates Major 60th Anniversary

August 10, 2017 (St. John’s, Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda’s  milestone 60th Anniversary of carnival was celebrated with thousands of residents and visitors experiencing the excitement of Antigua’s Carnival, The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival (www.antiguacarnival.com).

The major carnival celebrations ran from July 28th to August 8th 2017, under the theme, “CELEBRATE GREATNESS” and showcased the pageantry, mas, music and revelry, providing a unique spectacle to appeal to all carnival afficiandos visiting the destination.

Visitors to Antigua and Barbuda were invited to join in on the celebrations as the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority ‘Summer of 60’ promotion was launched regionally and internationally to engage visitors and encourage them participate in the 60th Anniversary Celebrations.

The ‘Summer of 60’ promotion highlighted all carnival events that visitors could take part in.  Hotels, restaurants, boutiques, tours and excursion providers in Antigua and Barbuda, also teamed up with the Tourism Authority for the promotion, raising awareness of the destination as a lively summer holiday spot and providing an opportunity for visitors to save up to 60% off on various experiences while on vacation.  In addition, regional audiences were targeted and given the opportunity to win a trip to Antigua for the carnival. The ‘Summer of 60’ promotion (www.visitantiguabarbuda.com/summer60) features some amazing offers and continues until October 12, 2017.

While Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival festivities have just about culminated, the event will continue to receive mileage as the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority played host to numerous media in the destination for the summer festivities.

Amongst the multitude of media on island for the festivities, over 20 media professionals hosted by the Tourism Authority included: three television film crews from the Caribbean, one television film crew from Germany as well as seven journalists and one radio programme host from the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Europe along with the regional ‘Win a trip to Antigua Carnival’ winners.

Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot A. Michael said, “Not only will residents and visitors have experienced our safe, festive and exciting celebrations, but we will now have persons tuning in to television and radio programmes and reading online and print articles on our carnival celebrations from the comforts of their homes in countries around the world.”

Media hosting for carnival was done in 2016, with huge success, and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority continues to generate coverage from last year’s press trip. The Authority anticipates even greater coverage following the 2017 Celebrations.

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British Virgin Islands Cleans Up after Flash Flood

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, August 9th, 2017 – The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is in full “clean up mode” following extensive flooding in certain areas of the Territory with the hardest impact occurring on the island of Tortola. Heavy and steady precipitation from the tropical wave caused flooding in low lying areas as well as damage to streets and sporadic landslides.

Through the resilience of the residents and collaboration between private citizens and Government agencies, cleanup and recovery has been ongoing.  The airport, which had been closed early on August 7th, was reopened yesterday before 10:00 a.m. Seaports were also open as ferry operators resumed normal business.

The accommodations sector reported mild flooding within a few properties, however the majority of hotels and villas remained open for business.

On the island of Virgin Gorda, park rangers were able to clear the footpaths leading to the Baths ensuring the famous park remained functional.

Commenting on recovery efforts, Director of Tourism, Mrs. Sharon Flax-Brutus said, “Cleanup continues to proceed. Several properties that reported damage were able to remedy their situations immediately after the weather subsided and the majority of our land-based accommodations and yacht charter businesses are up and running.  The resilience of the Virgin Islands community has been on full display as residents engage in the cleanup efforts in their neighbourhoods and properties while the Government disbursed teams and BVI Electricity restored power.”

Although the annual Emancipation August Festival activities have been canceled, the tourism industry is operational with guests being able to arrive and depart accordingly.

The BVI community is encouraged to stay tuned to local news for updates on weather reports. We advise our accommodations sector to stay vigilant in keeping their guests up-to-date with information pertaining to travel and weather advisories.

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