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Norwegian improves its JKF nonstop air service to Martinique

NEW YORK, NY – (May 30, 2017) – Following a successful 2016/2017 winter season, Norwegian—named Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline,  for the past four consecutive years—increases its seasonal air service to Martinique from 3 to 4 nonstop flights out of JFK to Fort-de-France starting October 29th, 2017.

Traveling to Martinique, “The Caribbean Island with French Flair,” is more affordable and accessible from additional East Coast gateways for U.S. visitors, since Norwegian Air started to operate its nonstop air service in December 2015.

This October 29th 2017, the award-winning airline will increase its air service out of New York to 4 times weekly, with highly competitive airfares starting at $79 one-way, including taxes. Tickets are now available for purchase, for travel October 29th 2017 through March 23rd 2018. The website’s low fare calendar displays available fares on all flights to Martinique from the U.S.

“Norwegian is excited to return to Martinique for the winter season 2017/18 as our service from New York’s JFK will resume in late October. We are very pleased that more and more American continue to discover such a hidden gem in the Caribbean that offers quite a vastly different experience to most other Caribbean islands – it’s like being in France, but without any jetlag and even better beaches,” said Anders Lindström, Norwegian’s US Director of Communications.

The schedule will operate as follow on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays:

JFK – FDF*          Departing 2:10 p.m.        Arriving 6:35 p.m.

FDF *– JFK          Departing 8:05 a.m.         Arriving noon

“With this improved air service, Norwegian reaffirms its commitment to the ‘Island of Flowers’, said Muriel Wiltord Director Americas of the Martinique Tourism Authority. “We all know that accessibility is key in terms of travel. Norwegian Air, providing both warm and expert service with attractive airfares, offers families, budget travelers, Francophiles, nature & beach lovers, culture aficionados and deal seekers, the opportunity of flying nonstop to Martinique in 4 hours and a half.”

From weekend getaways to longer total immersion visits and hotel stay comfort or vacation rental independence to budget travel or a luxury experience, Martinique has it all and much more!

To book: www.norwegian.com/us

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Industry Leaders to be Honored During Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon

NEW YORK, NY (May 30, 2017) – During Caribbean Week 2017, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will bestow special honors on four individuals, in addition to the presentation of media awards, during its annual Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon. The Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon will take place Thursday, June 8, from noon – 2:00 p.m. at the Wyndham New Yorker (481 Eighth Avenue).

Hon. Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism for Turks & Caicos Islands, will be presented with the Allied Award; Cyndi Miller Aird from Miller Aird Destination Marketing will receive this year’s Special Recognition Award; and for the first time, two people will be presented with the Jerry Award: Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Sandals Resorts International, and Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group.

“It is both an honor and a privilege to recognize these four industry icons for their stellar contributions to the Caribbean tourism product and sustainability practices,” said Sylma Brown, Director, CTO-USA.

In addition to the Allied Award, Jerry Award and Special Recognition Award, CTO will recognize journalists and photographers who have published stories about the region with the Caribbean Media Awards. The luncheon is included in the registration cost for the Caribbean Tourism Marketing Conference, but may also be attended independently ($150 per person). To reserve your seat at the luncheon, click HERE.

 

About the Awards

  • Established in 2005, the Allied Award is presented to an individual among the CTO family – Government Member, Carrier Member/Airlines and Cruise Lines, Allied Member (which includes hotels, tour operator, marketing company, newspaper, magazine or television), Affiliate Members and CTO staff – who has done an extraordinary job of contributing, in a tangible way, to the sustainable development of the region.
  • The Special Recognition Award honors a high-performance professional whose contribution, particularly in the last year, has truly made a difference among the Region or Caribbean community and/or industry. It is not limited to service directly in the travel arena, but for service in any ancillary industry that supports tourism and brings continuous positive recognition to the Region.
  • Conceived in 1997 in memory of the late Jerry Magit who represented the Allied members on the CTO Board of Directors, the Jerry Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a passion for the development of the region and has dedicated time, energy, financial, and other personal and professional resources to its development. 

“While it is always important to show appreciation to industry professionals for their contribution to the development of our tourism product, Caribbean Week takes on special meaning when the awards are presented in New York, a major media and Caribbean tourism market, in the presence of peers and top Caribbean tourism officials and executives,” noted Brown. 

Caribbean Week (www.CaribbeanWeek.com) New York (#CWNY17) will come alive in the Big Apple when tourism officials, industry executives, media, Caribbean Diaspora, travel agents, consumers and students come together to participate in a calendar of activities that showcase the best of Caribbean tourism. Taking place June 4-10, 2017 as a celebration of the sights, sounds, color and culture of the Caribbean, the week combines business sessions and consumer-oriented events with Caribbean-inspired food, lively entertainment and networking opportunities.

Caribbean Week New York is supported by: Academy Engraving, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain Saint Lucia, Arrivalist, The Atrebor Group, Islands of The Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean Airlines, Castles in Paradise Villa Resort – Saint Lucia, Cayman Islands, Cholula Food Company, Cititech Solutions, Delta Air Lines, Dominica, FlightCentre, Grenada, Grace Foods, Guyana, Jamaica, Laura Davidson Public Relations, Martinique, Montserrat, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, Nevis, Pleasant Holidays, Questex, Saint Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Spice Island Beach Resort, Sugar Beach-A Viceroy Resort, TripAdvisor, Island of Tobago, Tower Isle Patties, Travel Impressions, Travel + Leisure, Trinidad, and Turks & Caicos Islands.

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CTO’S Rum Rumble Names Finalists in Caribbean Week Mixologist of the Year Competition

NEW YORK, NY (May 16, 2017) – Last night, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) welcomed six of the Caribbean’s finest mixologists to Roof at Park South in New York for one of the final two Rum Rumbles leading up to the sixth annual Rum & Rhythm Benefit taking place June 9, 2017, as part of the week-long Caribbean Week New York (#CWNY17).

Pictured (left): Sylma Brown Bramble, Director, CTO-USA; Hon. Barbara Atherly, Guyana’s Consul General to New York; Nalini Tiwari, Adya Communications; and Eusi Skeete, Barbados Tourism Authority. Pictured (right): Mixologists take a break from shaking their rum cocktails to smile for a photo opportunity.

Rum Rumbles are a series of promotional competitions held at popular rum bars in Manhattan. Last night’s Rum Rumble cocktail reception welcomed CTO officials and bar patrons as Syl Johnson and Dani DeLuna tied for first place to become finalists for their impressive mixologist skills and rum cocktail creations. Johnson and DeLuna triumphed over fellow contenders Andrew Porteous, Sarah Akramos, Juan Arboleda and Chelsea Kaiser.

Johnson and DeLuna (pictured above) will compete for the title of Caribbean Week Mixologist of the Year on Thursday, June 8, at the final Rum Rumble of Caribbean Week NY during the invite-only Caribbean Media Marketplace.  The other participants were Andrew Porteous, Sarah Akramos, Juan Arboleda and Chelsea Kaiser.

The Caribbean Week Mixologist of the Year will be announced at the Rum & Rhythm Benefit where the Rum Rumble finalists will debut their winning cocktails.

Rum & Rhythm Benefit – “The Ultimate Caribbean Epicurean Experience” – is an elegant Caribbean cultural and culinary experience, but, equally important, it is a major fundraiser for the CTO Foundation, a charitable organization which provides scholarships to Caribbean nationals pursuing studies in tourism, hospitality and languages.

The event is returning to the historic Capitale, where colorful lights and live entertainment will transform the venue into an island haven where guests will be given a virtual journey through the Caribbean with food samplings and rum demonstrations. Consumers, travel industry professionals, officials from the region and Ministers and Directors of Tourism will mix and mingle while savoring eclectic cuisines and flavorful cocktails or immersing themselves into  pulsating rhythms and cultural experiences that only the Dutch, English, French and Spanish Caribbean can showcase.

The evening will include a raffle featuring a Caribbean holiday package including airfare. The Auction will be online, but patrons will be able to bid on the many vacation packages, hotels stays and other travel related items from the event. Rum & Rhythm also features special appearances from top Caribbean personalities and celebrities, and Caribbean chefs and mixologists will showcase their talents with traditional Caribbean dishes and top-rated cocktails.  Rum and Rhythm is the quintessential Caribbean cultural experience.

Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased here. For more information about Rum and Rhythm and Caribbean Week New York, visit www.caribbeanweek.com.

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CTO Presents Rum & Rhythm Benefit During Caribbean Week NY

NEW YORK, NY – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Foundation celebrates the diverse sights, sounds and flavors of the Caribbean at the sixth annual Rum & Rhythm Benefit “The Ultimate Caribbean Epicurean Experience” – taking place June 9, 2017 at Capitale as part of the week-long Caribbean Week in New York (#CWNY17).

Rum & Rhythm Benefit is an elegant Caribbean cultural and culinary experience, but, equally important, it is a major fundraiser for the CTO Foundation, a charitable organization which provides scholarships to Caribbean nationals pursuing studies in tourism, hospitality and languages.

The event is returning to the historic Capitale, where colorful lights and live entertainment will transform the venue into an island haven where guests will be given a virtual journey through the Caribbean with food samplings and rum demonstrations. Consumers, travel industry professionals, officials from the region and Ministers and Directors of Tourism will mix and mingle while savoring eclectic cuisines and flavorful cocktails or immersing themselves into  pulsating rhythms and cultural experiences that only the Dutch, English, French and Spanish Caribbean can showcase.

The evening will include a raffle featuring a Caribbean holiday package including airfare.   The Auction will be online, but patrons will be able to bid on the many vacation packages, hotels stays and other travel related items from the event. Rum & Rhythm also features special appearances from top Caribbean personalities and celebrities, and Caribbean chefs and mixologists will showcase their talents with traditional Caribbean dishes and top-rated cocktails.  Rum and Rhythm is the quintessential Caribbean cultural experience.

Leading up to Caribbean Week New York, the CTO presents Rum Rumble, a series of promotional mixologist competitions held at popular rum bars in Manhattan. Throughout May, well-known mixologists compete for the title of Caribbean Week Mixologist of the Year, which is announced at Rum & Rhythm.  The Rum Rumble finalists will debut their winning cocktails at the event.

Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased here. For more information about Rum and Rhythm and Caribbean Week New York, visit www.caribbeanweek.com.

Caribbean Week New York is supported by: Academy Engraving, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain Saint Lucia, Arrivalist, The Atrebor Group, Islands of The Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean Airlines, Castles in Paradise Villa Resort – Saint Lucia, Cayman Islands, Cholula Food Company, Cititech Solutions, Delta Air Lines, Dominica, FlightCentre, Grenada, Grace Foods, Guyana, Jamaica, Laura Davidson Public Relations, Martinique, Montserrat, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, Nevis, Pleasant Holidays, Questex, Saint Lucia, St. Martin, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Spice Island Beach Resort, Sugar Beach-A Viceroy Resort, TripAdvisor, Island of Tobago, Tower Isle Patties, Travel Impressions, Travel + Leisure, Trinidad, and Turks & Caicos Islands.

 

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Nevis Island Administration Holds Min. of Tourism Awards Gala & Dance 2017

The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Min. of Tourism, held its Tourism Awards Gala and Dance on May 27, 2017, at the Four Seasons Resort, under the patronage of Lemuel Pemberton. The Nisbet Plantation Beach Club was awarded Hotel of the Year. Kerry Hendrickson was named Hotel Manager of the Year. Tourism Employee of the Year went to Desmond Edmund. Taxi Operator of the Year went to Morell Claxton. Alfred Tyson was awarded for Nevisian Adventure. Rodney Eliott was awarded for Best Nevisian Culinary Experience. Delisle Walwyn was named Outstanding Allied Services Company. TDC was awarded for being the Corporate Partner of the Year. Sarah-Ann Daniel, Wayne Perkins, Maureen Archibald, Sylvester Pemberton, Maira Parris, Yvonne Herbert, Cordell Martin and Wilma Herbert were awarded for Long Service in the Hospitality Sector.

Special awards went to Patricia Thompson and Davidson “Beef” Javis in the Nevis Star Awards category and Lydia Lawrence in the Creativity and Initiative category.

Among those present were Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory, Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism Hon. Mark Brantley and Mrs. Sharon Brantley (who presented the awards) and featured speaker Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Association (CTO) Mr. Hugh Riley.

View photos and video of the event at the links below:
http://www.nia.gov.kn/index.php/news-4/news-articles-3/3051-nevis-min-of-tourism-names-nisbet-plantation-beach-club-as-hotel-of-the-year-for-2016

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ntv.nevistelevision/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1048925991918617

NNC: May 29, 2017

 

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Pure Grenada wins 13th Gold Medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

(St. George’s, Grenada) 23rd May 2017— The Grenada exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 entitled ‘Historical Botanical Gardens-Pure Grenada’ has won a highly coveted gold medal. This brings the number of gold medals awarded to Grenada to 13 over 19 years of exhibiting at the Show, with three being awarded in as many years to Grenada-based co-ordinator/designer, Catherine John and her team of volunteers. Mrs. John who has led the design team since 2015, brought Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean to life with a fragrant and exuberant representation of the island’s Botanical Gardens, founded in 1886 and for generations a much loved place to visit.

The multi-layer design emphasises the rich flora typical of Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, accented with scented spices and with a focus on the island’s verdant foliage. Brimming with excitement Mrs. John said: “’Historical Botanical Gardens-Pure Grenada’ acknowledges an institution very much in the hearts of Grenadians, and promotes our islands’ extraordinary biodiversity, showcasing the different blooms, foliage and spices that thrive at different levels of vegetation.” She added: “Our rainforest, our orchids and our spices are all represented to reveal their intense colours and fragrance and really stand out from the floral displays at the Show.”

The foliage and spices were grown in Grenada and arranged to Mrs. John’s design ahead of Monday, 22 May when the display enthralled VIP Press Day visitors including Grenadian born Dr Johnson Beharry VC – recipient of the highest military decoration for valour in the British and Commonwealth armed forces and celebrities including Piers Morgan and TV hostess, Gloria Hunniford.

Mrs. John said: “We’re delighted that the exhibit has been awarded a gold medal here in London. My personal inspiration for the design comes from my love and respect for what was achieved in the nineteenth century by the Botanical Gardens in Tanteen, St George’s, and for the role it played in the life of my island home. In addition to providing visitors with a treat for all the senses, the Botanical Gardens was a centre for research, including into the cocoa that is now so highly prized on the island by ethical chocolate producers.”

Patricia Maher, CEO of Grenada Tourism Authority, said: “Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean boasts an enthralling natural landscape and the design team has once again provided visitors to the world’s greatest flower show with an authentic taste of the island. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is truly a world stage and continues to play a prominent and acclaimed role in enticing visitors to our islands, where they are free to wonder at our abundant natural beauty.”

All connected with the pavilion express their gratitude to the 2017 sponsors and those who offered their time and plant materials. RHS Chelsea Flower Show remains open to the public until Saturday 27 May 2017. For more information on Pure Grenada, visit www.PureGrenada.com or search for #FreeToWonder on social platforms.

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Joint Statement by the CTO and International Union for Conservation of Nature on International Day for Biological Diversity

Monday 22 May, 2017: As the world comes together in recognition of the plethora of organisms and species that inhabit planet earth, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is pleased to join with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity 2017.

This year, under the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism” the CTO is particularly pleased that the global community continues to pay serious attention to the significance of tourism as a driving force for sustainable development.

CTO is acutely aware that the Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent region in the world, but it is not often recognised that there is a direct correlation between our region’s biological diversity and the scale of our tourism activity. Without question, Caribbean tourism products utilize the natural environment for myriad value propositions, and so whether one chooses to engage in whale-watching in Dominica, birdwatching in Trinidad and Tobago, snorkelling in the Cayman Islands or hiking in St. Kitts and Nevis, the biodiversity found in the Caribbean appeals to a wide range of visitors, and creates lasting observational and experiential memories for them to treasure.

In fact, the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism” heralds a growing partnership between IUCN and the CTO, with one such output represented through IUCN’s sponsorship of the Biodiversity Conservation Award within CTO’s 2017 Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards.

We are remarkably blessed in the Caribbean with un-spoilt natural environments that not only lead to an enviable quality of life for our people, but the development of tourism as an economic pillar that allows us to share our rich habitat with the rest of mankind. It is therefore critical that we recognise and form partnerships with the champions that actively work to maintain balance with our sensitive biological treasures.

CTO and IUCN are pleased to collaborate to raise awareness and promote action towards the important contribution of sustainable tourism to economic growth and to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Our actions matter, and CTO and IUCN are pleased to work together to ensure that the Caribbean remains mindful of both our environmental blessings and our responsibilities not just for present enjoyment, but for the benefit of future generations.

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