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St. Kitts Launches New Website

Basseterre, St. Kitts (September 28, 2017) – St. Kitts is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new official website, effective as of today. Created in keeping with the latest trends in technology, the new www.stkittstourism.kn website features a mobile-first design reflective of how people research and book their travel today as well as immersive photo and video content and an improved user experience overall.

“While we continue to send our thoughts, prayers and aid to our Caribbean brothers and sisters, who have been severely impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, we are also grateful to be open and welcoming travelers,” said Minister Grant. “Therefore, the launch of our new website today could not be better timed as it is one of the first places to which potential guests go to research what we have to offer including the variety of accommodations where they can stay, our distinct product offerings and unique attractions such as Brimstone Hill, a World Heritage Site, The Scenic Railway and Caribelle Batik/Romney Manor as well as how easy it is to get here.”

In addition to upgrading the site from a desktop-first design to a mobile one that automatically redraws to render the optimal experience according to user access device, the new website features enhanced search filters based on user-selected preference criteria that automatically refines searches to match them. For example, a user can choose to stay in a hotel that is beachfront and/or has pool and/or Wi-Fi capability. TripAdvisor integration provides an additional tool for travelers researching the destination and links to social media are more prominently promoted.

New pages also include curated itineraries similar to those found in travel guides, special offers, expanded hotel and events pages, highlighted links to tips from bloggers / publications and a dedicated page for travel professionals. The new website provides a full range of details including where to stay, activities, dining venues, a calendar of events, details about getting married on St. Kitts and more.

St. Kitts’ new website was created by Tambourine, the island’s digital marketing agency of record based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tambourine also created St. Kitts’ previous website, which won awards from some of the travel industry’s most prestigious organizations including HSMAI and Travel Weekly upon its debut in 2011.

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Message from Grenada’s Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture Hon. Clarice Modeste Curwen on the Occasion of World Tourism Day

It gives me great pleasure to celebrate this special observance of World Tourism Day under the theme, “Sustainable Tourism, a tool for development.” Internationally and locally, the tourism industry contributes millions to the economy, creates livelihoods and facilitates a rich cultural exchange. In Grenada, the Tourism Industry provides direct and indirect employment for approx. 11,000 people and in 2015 visitors spent 392 million EC dollars in the economy.

The benefits are tremendous; however, we find ourselves at a crossroads. How do we maximize the benefits from this industry to promote sustainable development and a brighter future for generations to come? How do we as Governments, industry contributors and citizens play our part in making our countries and the world a better place. This means sustainable economic growth, decent jobs, preserving the environment and addressing climate change, celebrating and preserving diversity and culture and promoting peace.

Pure Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is well on its way to making its contribution in creating a better world by preserving our natural environment. Already, many of our hotels have implemented energy saving measures to their businesses while some have stopped using Styrofoam products. The Government of Grenada has also pledged to table legislation banning the importation of Styrofoam and plastic as part of a proper waste management strategy. The effects of Styrofoam are well known as it is non-biodegradable and its link to cancer has been explored.  This ban on Styrofoam and plastic will be a priority going forward.

Our brand Pure Grenada, Spice of the Caribbean reminds us that we should all aspire to do our part to ensure that our island gems remain clean and beautiful. I encourage you to support this brand by incorporating sustainable practices in your lives to achieve this goal whether it’s by conducting a community cleanup, encouraging friends and family to properly dispose of waste or implementing energy saving measures in your homes. Take the pledge today to keep Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Pure.

As we observe World Tourism Day, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifai reminds us that whenever you travel, wherever you travel, remember to: Respect Nature, Respect Culture and Respect your host. Together, our efforts can be the catalyst for meaningful and sustained change through Tourism.

Happy World Tourism Day!

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Super Bowl Winner Dorsey Levens to Keynote CTO State of the Tourism Industry Conference

(BRIDGETOWN, Barbados) 26 September, 2017  A man who overcame adversity – and the odds – to lead his team to the championship in American football, will share some of the secrets on what it takes to get up and succeed after being knocked down, when he addresses the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Grenada next month.

Super Bowl winner Dorsey Levin will keynote the 10-13 October event, described by secretary general Hugh Riley as likely to be the most important conference ever organised by the CTO.

“I will focus on rapid rebound and will also touch on how to take control of life without excuses and how to navigate successfully through stressful situations and keep moving forward. I would like nothing more than to motivate and inspire delegates to get back on track after the damage caused by the hurricanes,” Levens said.

Speaking on the conference theme, Supercharging the Brand: Meeting the Needs of the New Explorers, the Super Bowl champion will address subjects such as breaking through the pain, what it takes to win against all odds, the true value of teamwork, tackling fierce competition, what it takes to get up after being knocked down, and the will to be number one.

“Mr. Levens has demonstrated throughout his career how to rebound from adversity and win against all odds,” Mr. Riley said. “Our members will welcome him as our keynoter for his sheer determination and valuable insights into what it takes to emerge stronger from the challenges that we face on the way to becoming  winners.”

In both his collegiate and professional life as an athlete, Mr. Levens developed a reputation for defeating the odds. He set a school record as a running back after sitting out a year due to a knee injury, and despite being considered a marginal pick – he was chosen 149th overall in the 1994 National Football League draft – he would go on to lead his Green Bay Packers to its first championship in 29 years in 1996.

Levens’ current entertainment roles and accomplishments include writing and serving as executive producer for Bell Rung, an insightful documentary focused on bringing to light the long-term effects and life-altering health issues suffered by many former professional football player, and co-writing and serving as the executive producer of Stripped, a hit stage play.  Recently he has appeared in Tyler Perry’s hit stage play Madea On The Run, Tyler Perry’s sitcom For Better Or Worse, and British comedy Gridiron UK. Film credits also include We Are Marshall and Three Can Play That Game.

Mr. Levens has recently joined The Empowerhouse Group as senior sports consultant, presenting The BioCode System, described by the group as an innovative coaching programme that provides simple yet powerful tools to develop stronger, more confident leaders and empowers the way leaders work and live.

In the wake of the catastrophic impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on some member countries, the CTO is adding a special session to the SOTIC programme that will focus on how to recover and rebuild after a major disaster.

The three-hour session on Thursday 12 October is designed to explore and examine the issues and key recommendations to be considered as the Caribbean rebuilds after the monstrous category five storms, in particular, or other natural disasters it might face in the future.

It will focus on the economic cost of the disasters, including potential impact on gross domestic product, employment, the cost to rebuild and recovery time.

The State of the Tourism Industry Conference is being organised by the CTO in collaboration with the Grenada Tourism Authority and Grenada’s ministry of tourism, and will be held from 10-13 October at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort. The conference will be preceded by business meetings on 9 and 10 October.

Key conference sessions include Infusing Dynamism in Caribbean Tourism, Who are the New Explorers, Business Models that Rock, Turning Our Waters Into Goldmines – Investing in the Blue Economy, Active Engagement: Riding the Technological Wave, and Spicing Up the Caribbean Brand.

The highly anticipated tourism youth congress and a Stakeholders Speak Out session are also part of the programme.

For further details on the conference, including how to register, please visit http://sotic.onecaribbean.org/.

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Recovery and Rebuilding to be the Focus of Special Session at SOTIC 2017

~ Three-hour session on Thursday 12 October is designed to explore and examine the issues and key recommendations to be considered as the Caribbean rebuilds after Hurricanes Irma and Maria ~

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (25 September, 2017) – In the wake of the catastrophic impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on some member countries, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is adding a special session to the upcoming State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Grenada, that will focus on how to recover and rebuild after a major disaster.

The three-hour session on Thursday 12 October is designed to explore and examine the issues and key recommendations to be considered as the Caribbean rebuilds after the monstrous category five storms, in particular, or other natural disasters it might face in the future.

It will focus on the economic cost of the disasters, including potential impact on gross domestic product, employment, the cost to rebuild and recovery time.

Delegates will hear from leading experts in disaster preparedness and mitigation, recovery, airport development and maintenance, airlines, telecommunications and travel, as well as representatives of member countries that have experienced, and recovered from, major catastrophes.

“This is the time when not only do we have to focus on the state of the industry as we know it today, but because of the really strong hurricanes that have affected our region this year we have to focus a great deal of attention as well on how recover, rebuild, restock and redesign and how to do so with the resilience and structural integrity that we need to protect ourselves in the future,” the CTO’s secretary general Hugh Riley said.

Following the session a report will be produced to guide  governments and stakeholders  on how to move forward in this difficult time.

The State of the Tourism Industry Conference, which has as its theme, Supercharging the Caribbean Brand: Meeting the Needs of the New Explorers, is being organised by the CTO in collaboration with the Grenada Tourism Authority and Grenada’s ministry of tourism, and will be held from 10-13 October at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort. The conference will be preceded by business meetings on 9 and 10 October.

Key conference sessions include Infusing Dynamism in Caribbean Tourism, Who are the New Explorers, Business Models that Rock, Turning Our Waters Into Goldmines – Investing in the Blue Economy, Active Engagement: Riding the Technological Wave, and Spicing Up the Caribbean Brand.

The highly anticipated tourism youth congress and a Stakeholders Speak Out session are also part of the programme.

For further details on the conference, including how to register, please visit http://sotic.onecaribbean.org/

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Recovery and Rebuild to be Focus of Special Session at State of the Tourism Industry Conference

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (25 September, 2017) – In the wake of the catastrophic impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on some member countries, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is adding a special session to the upcoming State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Grenada, that will focus on how to recover and rebuild after a major disaster.

The three-hour session on Thursday 12 October is designed to explore and examine the issues and key recommendations to be considered as the Caribbean rebuilds after the monstrous category five storms, in particular, or other natural disasters it might face in the future.

It will focus on the economic cost of the disasters, including potential impact on gross domestic product, employment, the cost to rebuild and recovery time.

Delegates will hear from leading experts in disaster preparedness and mitigation, recovery, airport development and maintenance, airlines, telecommunications and travel, as well as representatives of the hotel sector and member countries that have experienced, and recovered from, major catastrophes.

“This is the time when not only do we have to focus on the state of the industry as we know it today, but because of the really strong hurricanes that have affected our region this year we have to focus a great deal of attention as well on our economic recovery  as an entire region and how to  rebuild with the resilience and structural integrity to protect ourselves in the future,” the CTO’s secretary general Hugh Riley said.

Following the session a report will be produced to guide governments and stakeholders  on how to move forward in this difficult time.

The State of the Tourism Industry Conference, which has as its theme, Supercharging the Caribbean Brand: Meeting the Needs of the New Explorers, is being organised by the CTO in collaboration with the Grenada Tourism Authority and Grenada’s ministry of tourism, and will be held from 10-13 October at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort. The conference will be preceded by business meetings on 9 and 10 October.

Key conference sessions include Infusing Dynamism in Caribbean Tourism, Who are the New Explorers, Business Models that Rock, Turning Our Waters Into Goldmines – Investing in the Blue Economy, Active Engagement: Riding the Technological Wave, and Spicing Up the Caribbean Brand.

The highly anticipated tourism youth congress and a Stakeholders Speak Out session are also part of the programme.

For further details on the conference, including how to register, please visit http://sotic.onecaribbean.org/.

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Martinique Statement on Hurricane Irma

September 14, 2017: Following the devastation brought by Hurricane Irma, Karine Mousseau, Martinique Tourism Commissioner expressed her thoughts and sympathies to the people of all the Caribbean Islands which have been affected.

“On behalf of the Martinique Tourism Authority and of the people of Martinique, I wish to express our thoughts and solidarity. Our heart goes out to our brothers and sisters of the islands stricken by this unprecedented storm.”

In addition to the overall relief efforts, Martinique is also providing logistical and humanitarian support. On September 11 two ships from the Martinique Customs Division brought much needed food and water to the island of Saint Martin. A unit of 39 Martinique firefighters has been dispatched this Wednesday to assist local efforts–ongoing search and rescue, home safety evaluations and road clearing. The island’s population is also participating in a solidarity initiative set up by the Prefecture of Martinique to gather all the individual offers of assistance, from room and board to those left homeless to financial help.

Ms. Mousseau went on to say: “Our thoughts also go out to all our colleagues in the tourism industry affected by Hurricane Irma.  We in Martinique realize how fortunate we were to have been totally spared”.

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