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Anguilla Appoints the PM Group as North American Representative

September 8, 2015…. The Anguilla Tourist Board is pleased to announce the appointment of The PM Group as its North American marketing representative, effective September 1, 2015.

The PM Group will be responsible for all destination sales, marketing and public relations representative services for the Anguilla Tourist Board in North America. Headquartered in New York City, and with over 25 years of experience in Caribbean travel and tourism, The PM Group brings to the assignment an in-depth understanding of the region and the industry, and an integrated approach to tourism marketing that incorporates the new platforms that are transforming the ways brands communicate with their customers. The account will be headed by Alison Ross, Vice President, The PM Group.

“We look forward to working with The PM Group to re-introduce Anguilla to both our core audiences and to a brand new cadre of potential travelers,” said Donna A. Banks, Chairperson of the Selection Committee. ”We are confident that this new partnership will enable us to develop a solid foundation for sustained growth, increasing arrivals, expanding our product and generating interest and awareness of Anguilla’s unique tourism offering.”

The PM Group was hired after a two-month review process, and effectively replaces the Cheryl Andrews Marketing Corporation.

Contact:  Marita Rosado –  [email protected]

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Seaborne Announces New Service Between Puerto Rico and Antigua and Barbuda

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, August 31, 2015 – Seaborne Airlines, the fastest growing airline in the Caribbean, announced that it will introduce non-stop service between the carrier’s hub in San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and Antigua and Barbuda newly inaugurated V.C. Bird International Airport, effective December 13, 2015. The service will represent the only non-stop connection between Puerto Rico and Antigua and Barbuda.

The flights will provide convenient connecting opportunities to Seaborne’s sizable portfolio of airline connecting partners at San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. In tandem with connections to other Seaborne flights in the Caribbean, and connecting partner airlines Air Europa, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and United Airlines, passengers will be able to connect to 33 destinations in the America’s and Europe.

All flights will be operated by 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft. The plane operates with two pilots and a flight attendant, and offers inflight service, a roomy cabin with overhead bins, and other amenities.

Service will operate four times weekly on a year-round basis. To celebrate the new non-stop service, Seaborne Airlines is offering a promotional fare of $128 each way, inclusive of all taxes and fees.

“We are excited to make Antigua the 17th airport served by Seaborne Airlines in the Caribbean, “ said Seaborne CEO Gary Foss, “I expect visitors and residents of Antigua and Barbuda alike to appreciate Seaborne’s award-winning customer service, commitment to low fares, and connectivity to our airline partners.”

“Puerto Rico continues to shine as a first-rate destination. Our alliance with Seaborne continues to strengthen the connections between Caribbean destinations and our position as the leading air access hub of the region”, stated Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “With this new route between San Juan and Antigua we expand our reach towards new markets in the area and provide more options for travelers who want to visit multiple destinations during their vacation”.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, The Honorable Asot Michael said, “With a more modern, efficient airport terminal built to enhance the experience of Antigua and Barbuda visitors, we are pleased that Seaborne will be arriving into the destination this winter, increasing our airlift and providing us with the ability to offer more flight options to our visitors, as well as truly positioning Antigua and Barbuda as a major gateway for passengers connecting to other Caribbean destinations.”

 

Schedule effective December 13, 2015

Dep. Airport Arr. Airport Dep. Time Arr. Time Day of Week
San Juan (SJU) Antigua (ANU) 12:45 14:20 Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun
Antigua (ANU) San Juan (SJU) 15:05 16:40 Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun

 

About Seaborne Airlines

Seaborne Airlines has been operating in the Caribbean for over 23 years, carrying approximately 3 million customers safely. With over 1,500 monthly departures to 17 airports, Seaborne serves San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, St. Thomas airport and Seaplane base, St. Croix airport and Seaplane base, Anguilla, Antigua, Tortola, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, St. Kitts, Nevis, La Romana, Punta Cana, and Santo Domingo. All flights operate with two pilots and two engines under Federal Air Regulation Part 121, the strictest code of the US Federal Air Regulation governing air travel.

 

About Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’ da) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua & Barbuda comprises 108-square miles. The 365 white and pink sand beaches, one for every day of the year, are just the beginning of the treasures that await visitors.  Antigua’s rich history and spectacular topography provide a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort commissioned by the British in 1755, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. Betty’s Hope, built in 1674, is the site of one of the first full-scale sugar plantations on Antigua, and offers a chance to step back into time by visiting the restored mills. Another unique attraction is Devil’s Bridge, located at the eastern tip of the island in Indian Town National Park, where Atlantic breakers have carved out a natural limestone arch. Antigua boasts a varied tourism calendar including events such as the World Class Antigua Sailing Week, Classic Yacht Regatta, Antigua Sports Fishing and also the annual Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Island accommodation ranges from luxury resorts and all-inclusive hotels to smaller more intimate boutique guesthouses and cottages. For information about Antigua & Barbuda visit www.visitantiguabarbuda.com

 

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Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards 2015

02 September, 2015 – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is delighted to announce the launch of The Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards 2015, which will take place on 2 November 2015, during World Travel Market 2-5 November 2015.

Carol Hay, the CTO’s director of marketing for UK and Europe, commented, ‘The annual Caribbean Tourism Journalism Award is a great opportunity for us to reward and recognise the inspiring and positive articles written about the Caribbean region in the UK and Irish media. What’s more it’s a very exciting year for the CTO. This year marks our 25th year in the UK, so we look forward to celebrating with all the writers for their on-going support throughout the years.

The Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards will include eight categories:

  1. Best travel trade feature;
  2. Best national newspaper feature;
  3. Best regional newspaper feature;
  4. Best consumer feature;
  5. Best broadcast, TV and radio feature;
  6. Best online feature;
  7. Best blog feature;
  8. Best piece of photojournalism

 Entries for the awards will be welcomed from editors, journalists and bloggers, as well as Caribbean tourist boards, tour operators, hotels and other industry partners. Editorial entries can be news stories, travel features or photography and must present the Caribbean in a positive light, encouraging travel to the region.

All submissions must have been published between 31 May 2014 and 31 August 2015

 Submissions for the photojournalism award must be emailed at 300dpi resolution or as PDF scans of the entire articles.

All entries should be emailed to Frances Amissah ([email protected]) at Four bgb with the attached entry form (a separate form is required for each entry), by Friday 09 October, 2015 at the latest.

Results of the Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards 2015 will be announced at the Caribbean Host and Reward the Media event which will be held during World Travel Market Monday 2 November 2015.

For further information contact Frances Amissah or Helen Coop at Four bgb +44 (0)20 3697 4200; [email protected]. Alternatively, contact the Caribbean Tourism Organization on +44 (20) 8948 0057.

 

 

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St. Kitts dazzles Canadian media

Basseterre, St. Kitts (August 26, 2015) – The St. Kitts Tourism Authority shone the spotlight on St. Kitts yesterday morning at an exclusive press breakfast held at the Park Hyatt hotel in Toronto, wherein a select group of top Canadian media were provided with news and information about the latest developments on island. The attending media were also introduced to the Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce, and given the opportunity to ask him questions about the island’s tourism product.

Addressing the media, Minister Grant said, “St. Kitts enjoyed significant growth in our tourist arrivals during the first half of this year, January through June 2015. Compared to the same period last year, system-wide air passenger arrivals were up 6.7%. To date this year, there are 74 new or newly renovated rooms in our hotel room inventory, the mega-yacht marina at Christophe Harbour opened in February and will also be opening Park Hyatt St. Kitts, Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Kitts and Koi Resort & Residences all within the next two years. Growth will not be explosive. After we roll out these new properties, we will reevaluate our position as we have always been about managed growth.”

During the question and answer session of the media event, Minister Grant entertained questions on the progress of renewable and green energy projects and specifically geothermal energy. He responded citing the progress being made in developing the island’s tourism product in a sustainable manner through carefully controlled growth. He also noted that Nevis had taken the lead in terms of geothermal energy and work is underway there while St. Kitts is currently exploring the possibilities. St. Kitts, on the other hand, has more of a focus on solar energy and Minister Grant noted the progress being made in this area. When a journalist inquired about diving as a niche market for the destination, Minister Grant also discussed his desire to establish a Marine Park in order to protect the island’s healthy marine environment.

Media attending the breakfast were either on staff with or representing publications including Canadian Travel Press/Travel Courier, Canadian Yachting, Caribbean Vibrations TV, Meeting & Incentive Travel magazine, CHRY Radio, Travel Industry Today, The Toronto Sun and The Toronto Star, to name a few.

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St. Kitts partners with Golf Association of Ontario

Basseterre, St. Kitts (August 25, 2015) – The St. Kitts Tourism Authority has partnered with the Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) to promote St. Kitts & Nevis as a golf destination to golfers in the province. The announcement was made earlier today at a luncheon held at the Angus Glen Golf Club.

“The GAO partnership represents a dynamic opportunity for St Kitts & Nevis to showcase the beauty and challenges of our golf courses to one of Canada’s strongest consumer segments,” said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “For the GAO to select St. Kitts & Nevis as an overseas venue for a sanctioned event underscores the emergence of our islands as a premier golf destination that’s only going to get better when we welcome our new courses at Kittitian Hill and Christophe Harbour. On behalf of our stakeholders and the people of St. Kitts & Nevis, we look forward to welcoming the many GAO members and staff that will come to our shores in the years ahead.”

As a result of the partnership with GAO, St. Kitts will be hosting the St. Kitts 2-ball Shootout in conjunction with the Golf Association of Canada. Taking place from December 5-12, 2015, the event will feature 2-person teams competing in a 54-hole gross and net better ball competition at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. Participating golfers from the GAO will travel to St. Kitts on a 7-night package that includes accommodations at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, meals, receptions, tournament play, awards and more.

“Our members are very well traveled and can get themselves to Myrtle Beach, Miami, Jamaica and many other well-known and popular golf destinations,” said Chris Osborne, President of the GAO. “What we want to give them is something new, something different, something special… and St. Kitts is all of that.”

Golf is one of the most lucrative niche markets that can contribute to a destination’s economy. More golfers live and play in the province of Ontario than any other region of Canada and Canada represents the second largest source market in North America for air passenger arrivals. There are 6 million golfers in Canada and those who travel overseas to play golf spend 4.5 billion, representing a significant potential market for St. Kitts & Nevis.

In addition to the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club and, on Nevis, the Robert Trent Jones II course at Four Seasons Resort Nevis Golf Club, the twin-island federation will soon be home to the hillside Irie Fields championship course designed by Ian Woosnam at Kittitian Hill, which currently has 9 holes open with the remaining 9 holes to open by the end of this year, and a Tom Fazio championship course at Christophe Harbour on St. Kitts’ southeast peninsula scheduled to open in 2017. Together, they create a collection of championship courses unmatched in a destination of St. Kitts and Nevis’ size.

Further to the 2Ball Invitational, other signature golf events continue to be developed that showcase St. Kitts & Nevis as a golf destination. In May 2016, the island will host a second new event, the LINKS Magazine St. Kitts Couples Invitational. Entering its 6th year, the Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am is scheduled to take place February 7-11, 2016 and continues to grow in popularity among golf club teams.

In 2014, LINKS Magazine included St. Kitts & Nevis in its newly created ranking of the Top 25 Islands in the world for golf travel and it is one of just seven Caribbean islands on the list

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Symposium To Guide Nevis’ Romance Marketing

New York, NY, August 24, 2015… When people think of Nevis, they often associate it with unparalleled hospitality, natural beauty, and one of the most romantic and secluded getaway locations in the world.  But this October from the 19th to the 23rd, Nevis will be anything but secluded as the Nevis Tourism Authority hosts the Nevis Travel Symposium with this year’s focus on Romance in Nevis in conjunction with Dreamy Weddings and Tours.

As a jewel of the Caribbean, it’s only fitting that headliners such as Nancy Barkley, Natalie John, Keith Powell and Paula McCrory will be presenting during the symposium.  The Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) has done a fabulous job gathering some of the industry’s finest to present on subjects from wedding planning, honeymoons and get-a-ways, and social media marketing and taste influencing.  Each speaker possesses years of professional experience, numerous accolades and real-world insights that they are ready and willing to share.

During the Symposium, the speakers will also address how and why Nevis is the perfect place for anyone considering a romantic escape.  Topics to be discussed include: the ease of hosting destination weddings on Nevis, the hottest destinations for couples seeking elegance and romance, and pinpointing the most picturesque locations.

In addition attendees will gain invaluable insight and engage in stimulating conversations with some of the industry’s top gurus. They will have day-long opportunities to network with vendors and build relationships with the island’s tourism representatives.

Finally, attendees will gain hands-on knowledge and expertise in the Nevis brand necessary to prepare them as certified Nevis Romance Specialists.

If there is one event that should be on your calendar for October, it is the Nevis Travel Symposium.

To register for this unforgettable event: Nevis Travel Symposium
Bookings to and from Nevis can be made via the Nevis website: Nevis Island

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“Unaffected by Sargassum but joining the fight”, says Atlantis Submarines Barbados

August 19th 2015 – Bridgetown, Barbados – As the Caribbean and specifically Barbados battles the Sargassum problem that has plagued them with increasing frequency and magnitude over the past three years, Atlantis Submarines Barbados has so far escaped the onslaught.  There is a perception that there is seaweed everywhere but nothing can be further from the truth.  The submarine dive site is as clear and pretty on the surface as always so far.  Atlantis Submarines Barbados dives one mile off the west coast of Barbados and this “gold” coast which is home to some of the most luxurious properties, has been minimally affected so far.  In comparison the East and South coast have taken the brunt of the impact.

General Manager Roseanne Myers has updated on their internal response by saying “Though the west coast where we dive, has been unaffected, our safety team has met to discuss and put monitoring mechanisms in place.  In our assessment the Sargassum invasion is not likely to have a serious effect on the submarine tour.  We have been experiencing the bump in business from Crop Over 2015 and this has remained strong for the first few weeks in August.  No sargassum sorrows here”. Mrs. Myers went on to add, “We dive from 50 to 150 feet below the surface (about 15 to 45 meters) and therefore as the seaweed is mainly a surface dweller, the underwater and visibility down to that depth is unaffected.  On the surface the submarine can operate anywhere and with the surface control boat always on alert, if there are areas of seaweed, the submarine will be directed simply not to emerge or submerge in the midst of it.  So far the most we have seen are a few handfuls, at worst.”

Atlantis Submarines operates two 48 passenger submarines in Barbados that provide the opportunity to see the underwater world in safety and comfort and to enjoy the reef and other marine life, during the day and at night.  This adventure is one of the most unique and highly recommended attractions in Barbados.  For more information please visit our website where you can also connect to all of our social media platforms.  The Green Atlantis page seeks also to capture what is being said on this and other environmental matters.

Sargassum, according to the resource guide for the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) published in July of 2015 is defined as follows “Sargassum is a species of brown algae. There are two species commonly found in the Caribbean (s. natans and s. fluitans). It is free-floating seaweed and will not attach to the ocean floor; its movements depend solely on ocean currents. It is an essential habitat for over 250 species of fish and invertebrates.”  Atlantis Submarines is encouraging its staff and general public to educate themselves on the issue. The CAST Sargassum Resource Guide for the Caribbean seeks to provide facts and direction to all concerned on dealing with this matter and can be found at this link http://bit.ly/CASTSargassum.  This has been posted on our website’s Green Atlantis  page as well as an article “The Sargassum Saga 2015, a roundup of what is being said” and on our social media platforms.

Mrs. Myers went on to say “Recognising that anything that affects the island as a whole can affect Atlantis Submarines, we are prepared to sound the alert if we were to detect a change that our other west coast tourism partners need to be aware of.   No such occasion or need has yet arisen.  She opined “The truth is Barbados is 16 miles across from West to East and 21 miles from North to south, so this situation is being managed by tourists and residents in the affected areas simply choosing another one of our many beaches to go to. Atlantis Submarines has two miles of reef on which it plies its trade and can easily navigate around any potential surface issues.  On a positive note we hope that some of the sea life that breeds in the Sargassum ends up taking permanent residence on the near shore reefs so we can showcase them on submarine tours for years to come”.

The Atlantis Submarines Barbados operation is part of a fleet of submarines headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with sister submarine locations in the Cayman Islands, Aruba, Cozumel, Mexico, Honolulu, Maui and Kona in Hawaii and in the US territory of Guam.  For further information contact [email protected] or Roseanne Myers, General Manager, Atlantis Submarines Barbados at [email protected].

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