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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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CTO Caribbean Media Awards: Call for Entries

Entries must be submitted by Friday 28 April, 2017.

The Caribbean tourism industry cherishes its strong relationship with the Media and in appreciation for their constant positive coverage of the Region, recognizes media for influencing their readers to travel to the Caribbean.  This recognition will take place at the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 8, 2017 during Caribbean Week New York.

To honor the media’s exceptional work in promoting the Caribbean, in feature print, broadcast and online we invite CTO government members, their public relations agencies and journalists to provide us with their top media placements for 2016 on CTO member countries.  We are also inviting submission of photography that has captured the essence of the Caribbean.

Awards will be presented to journalists from US and Caribbean-based media, in the following categories:

  • I Couldn’t Have Written It Better Myself – Best Feature Article in a US-based Consumer Newspaper
  • Been There, Wrote That – Best Feature Article in a US-based Consumer Magazine
  • Inner Circle King/Queen – Best Feature Article in a US-based Trade Publication
  • Oh Snap! – Best Photograph in Conjunction with a Feature Article
  • Golden Mic – Best Feature Broadcast
  • Virtual Visitor Award – Best Feature in an Online publication not including blogs
  • Not Lost in Translation – Best Feature by a US-based Journalist in Foreign Media
  • From Infinity…And beyond – Best Feature by a foreign Journalist that appeared in US Media
  • Me Too! I Rediscovered Home!  – Best Feature by a Diasporan Journalist in US or Caribbean Media
  • No Anansi Story! – Best Feature by a Caribbean-based Journalist that appeared in Caribbean-based media
  • Oh My Word, I Blogged! – Best Caribbean Travel Blog Posting*

*This award is given to the person voted as having written the best travel blog posting about the Caribbean or any CTO member country. Download details on this Travel Blog award. The blog must have been posted during the 2016 calendar year. The winner is decided by public vote.   

Submit online via:

 https://caribmediaawards.pgtb.me/dDmC8s

Selection Criteria
  • Only entries submitted by CTO government members, their public relations agencies or qualified media shall be eligible.
  • Submissions by foreign-based journalists who contribute to media in the US are eligible.
  • Submissions by US-based journalists who contribute to foreign-based media are eligible.
  • Minimum circulation for newspaper or magazine entries is 20,000 (1,000 for Caribbean media).
  • All entries must have been published or broadcast in the 2016 calendar year.
  • Only one entry per person per category will be entered.
  • Entries must be submitted by Friday 28 April, 2017.
  • Submissions should showcase creativity and thoughtful knowledge of the Caribbean and have a provocative story angle.
  • Award recipient agrees to allow his/her winning work to be published in part or in whole on www.onecaribbean.org, www.caribbeantravel.com and www.CaribbeanWeek.com.
  • By submitting an entry, the participant grants the CTO an irrevocable, royalty free and perpetual license right to use without restriction and reproduce all submitted work, whether article or photo, including without limitation the copying, transmission, distribution and publication for display or promotion purposes. The participant will be credited every time the article or photo is used.
  • By submitting an entry, the participant represents and warrants that he/she is the author of the article or photo entered for the award and shall defend and hold CTO harmless from any action, claim, loss, damage, liability and/or expense arising from or connected to the infringement of intellectual property rights or copyright with respect to the submitted work.
  • The winner agrees to allow his/her photograph to be taken and utilized for publicity purposes.
  • Awards will be presented on Thursday, 8 June, 2017 at the Caribbean Tourism Awards Luncheon in New York
  • Where the selection criteria herein stated have not been met, the entry shall be disqualified.
Guidelines for Submission
  • Only entries submitted by CTO government members, their public relations agencies or qualified journalists shall be eligible.
  • No fee is required to submit.
  • The relevant category being entered must be clearly specified with each entry.
  • Entries must be submitted in the following formats via  https://caribmediaawards.pgtb.me/dDmC8s.
  • Print: A scanned copy from the publication(s) in pdf or jpeg and, where possible, a web link. Print (newspaper and magazine) entries must clearly show the name of the publication, the date of publication, the title(s) and the name(s) of the journalist(s).
  • Broadcast: A copy of the script (to include transcript of the SOTs and lead ins) and a digital link to the feature. Broadcast entries must include name of entity that broadcast the piece, the date and time of broadcast and the names of the producer(s) and presenter(s).
  • Photo: One jpg copy of the photograph and one electronic copy of the publication (to include the photo) in which the photograph appeared, in pdf.
  • Online: A link to the feature.
  • Eligible participants may enter as many categories as they wish but may not submit more than one (1) entry per category.
  • For the Golden Mic (Best Broadcast Feature), where an entry is a series or serial, only one programme from the series or serial shall be submitted.
  • Entries will not be accepted after the stated deadline.
Judging Process
  • The CTO’s communications department shall scrutinize all entries upon receipt and tabulate for the judging process those entries which meet the Selection Criteria and adhere to the Submission Procedures.
  • The CTO shall appoint a panel of judges and shall designate from among them a Chief Judge.
  • The size of the judging panel and its modus operandi shall be determined solely by the CTO.
  • Criteria for the judging of entries shall be:
  • Content – Relevance, accuracy, cohesiveness of material and adherence to journalistic standards.
  • Structure & Form – Relevance of topic, clarity, pace, structure (introduction, development and conclusion), presentation of information & ideas.
  • Title – Relevance of title, concision & clarity.
  • Quality of Language – Use of language, quality of syntax, quality of sentence structure.
  • Originality – Originality of ideas, ability to spark audience’s curiosity, boldness, creativity.
  • Depending on their assessment of the standard of entries, the judges may withhold awards in any category as they see fit. They may also ascribe “Special Mention” (without award) to an entry where warranted.
  • Decisions of the judges shall be final.

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Freelance writer Michele Peterson wins top prize at CTO Travel Media Awards in Canada

TORONTO, Canada, 22 November, 2016 –   An article that explores Grenada’s culinary landscape has copped the top award at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s Caribbean Travel Media Awards programme here.

The article, Extraordinary Grenada by freelance writer Michele Peterson, won the Best of the Best award announced today at the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon at Rosewater.

The story, which appeared in Taste & Travel International, takes readers on a satisfying journey through some of the taste-defining places, including the Caribbean’s oldest water-powered run distillery, an educational herb and spice project with Arawak, African, Indian and British influences, a goat dairy farm and a fully-functioning 17th century chocolate plantation.

Readers also get to savour with Peterson, organic Grenadian goat cheese, cocoa pods and delightful callaloo.

“The writer takes us on an incredible journey into the unique foods and attractions available in Grenada. It is an extremely well researched story that provides fascinating insights on the island’s rich culinary history,” judge Jeff Lake, managing partner and senior vice president – Punch Canada said.

“It was an original story. Excellent interviews. I felt I was reading something new about Grenada.”

Peterson was one seven travel writers and photographers awarded today for their coverage of the Caribbean.

The winners of this year’s Caribbean Travel Media awards in Canada are as follows:

Been There, Wrote That – Best Feature Article In A Consumer Magazine
Michele Paterson – Extraordinary Grenada – Taste & Travel International

I Couldn’t Have Written Better Myself – Best Feature In A Consumer Newspaper
Shari Kulha – A One per cent Solution (Barbados) – The National Post

Inner Circle King/Queen– Best Feature Article In A Trade Publication
Britney Hope – By Way of Barbados – Pax Magazine

Virtual Visitor Award – Best Online Feature
Steven Threndyle – Exploring the Cayes of Belize on a Stand-Up Paddle Board  – Globe and Mail

Not Lost in Translation Award –  Best Feature by a Canadian Journalist that appeared in Foreign Media.
Erin MacLeod – Nice ‘n easy listening: why Jamaica loves Celine Dion and Air Supply – Guardian (UK)

From Infinity…And Abroad! (Best Feature by a foreign Journalist in US or Caribbean Media)
Chris Santella – A Belize Lodge Blends Agritourism With Caribbean Delights – National Post

Oh Snap!– Best Photograph accompanying a feature
Justin Harrington – Tropical Escape: Belize for Every Traveller – Elle Canada

Oh My Word, I Blogged! (Best Blog Post)
Michelle Peterson – 12 Reasons I’m Tempted to Drop Everything  & Move to Grenada – A Taste for Travel.
This winner of this award was determined by voters in an online poll.

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Canadian travel industry partners recognised by the Caribbean Tourism Organization

TORONTO, Canada, 22 November, 2016 – Two Canadian travel industry partners have been recognized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) for their contributions to the region’s development through tourism.

The CTO presented its Special Recognition Award to WestJet and Flight Centre Ltd at the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon in Toronto on 22 November held as part of Caribbean Media Day organised to underscore the importance of the Canadian market to the Caribbean.

WestJet’s award was “in appreciation of your unquestionable commitment to the development of the Caribbean through tourism by providing a decade of outstanding, uninterrupted service to the region” while Flight Centre Ltd was “in recognition of your significant impact on the development of the Caribbean through tourism and your outstanding contribution to the region”.

2016 marks a decade of WestJet service to the Caribbean, with the Bahamas being its first international destination.

Flight Centre Ltd is a leading retailer of travel products and services for the leisure and corporate markets. Its wholesale brand GOGO Worldwide Vacations supplies a variety of services, including packages, accommodation, tours and cruises, and is its largest global supplier of land product.

From left: Gavin Miller, Flight Centre’s VP of retail operations; Hugh Riley, CTO’s secretary general and Andrew Jones of Flight Centre’s product department. Below (from left) Lyell Farquharson, WestJet’s VP of sales and distribution; Hugh Riley and Dave Cecco, director of Westjet product

From left: Gavin Miller, Flight Centre’s VP of retail operations; Hugh Riley, CTO’s secretary general and Andrew Jones of Flight Centre’s product department. Below (from left) Lyell Farquharson, WestJet’s VP of sales and distribution; Hugh Riley and Dave Cecco, director of Westjet product

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Twin island nation awards Marianne Jean-Baptiste honorary tourism award

New York, NY, June 2, 2016 — Guests of the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority were treated to a Celebration of Film and Television in honor of Ms. Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Academy Award Nominee and star of NBC’s “Blindspot” last night at the Crosby Street Hotel. Born to an Antiguan mother, Ms. Jean-Baptiste has always embraced her Antiguan and Barbudan heritage and was named ‘Honorary Tourism Ambassador’ to the island nation.

The evening’s event was attended by approximately 100 of the top-tier media, trade, travel partners, investors and producers, and was part of a week-long extravaganza known as CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization’s) Week in New York City. The week brings the Caribbean together – Government officials, Tourism Boards, Hotel Association, and Press – to showcase all that the region has to offer visitors.

CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James explained the importance of honouring the actress, saying “Ms. Jean-Baptiste has proudly represented Antigua and Barbuda around the world. Through this, she has positively raised visibility of Antigua and Barbuda, helping to support our tourism industry. With tourism being the mainstay of our economy, we cannot express how grateful we are for all of her work in positively promoting our twin-island nation.” The award was presented to Ms. Jean-Baptiste by Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Walton Aubrey Webson

In addition to NBC’s “Blindspot,” and her upcoming role in the new series, “Training Day,” Ms. Jean-Baptiste’s body of work includes such standout performances as her role in “Secrets and Lies,” a performance so wonderful that she was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

The evening also included the worldwide premiere of PBS’s award-winning documentary “Music Voyager: Antigua and Barbuda,” which was filmed on the islands last year and highlights the story of Antigua and Barbuda through music and culture allowing viewers to experience the country through the eyes of the locals, their culture and their words.

The week began with a segment on FOX 5’s popular morning news program “Good Day New York,” promoting Carnival through steel pan music and costumes. At yesterday’s event, interviews were conducted with Tourism Consultant Ms. Shirlene Nibbs who shared the latest developments on the islands in tourism and why visitors need to visit Antigua and Barbuda this year. The interview will air in local TV markets including Connecticut and NBC affiliates.

In addition to hosting this successful evening Antigua and Barbuda has participated at the highest level events for CTO Week, including in the corporate service at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, May 30th, along with various meetings with Minsters, Directors and Commissioners of Tourism throughout the Caribbean to strategically work together to enhance the strength and impact of the region.

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Travel Agent’s senior editor wins top prize at CTO Travel Media Awards

NEW YORK, NY, 2 June, 2016 –   An article on lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) travel in the Caribbean has copped the top award at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s Caribbean Travel Media Awards programme.

The article by Joe Pike of Travel Agent magazine won the Best of the Best award at today’s awards luncheon at the Marriott Marquis in New York, part of the programme for Caribbean Week New York organized by the CTO.

Dubbed, How to Sell LGBT Travel to the Caribbean, the story explores Caribbean destinations and properties that pursue the $200 billion market and provides tips and trends to those who are considering it. It has its origin in a session organized by the CTO during last year’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Curacao.

“It is an extremely informative, well-researched and reported story. Mr. Pike did a nice job working to inform his readership about a growing LGBT travel market. Thanks to extensive research, he provided interesting data about the market potential and did first-hand reporting by interviewing industry experts to gather market intelligence. He also covers important sub-topics like safety, family travel, and same-sex marriage. Lastly, through detailed research, Mr. Pike identifies the most welcoming islands and hotels. This was an original idea and will definitely provide new and interesting information to the reader,” said director of international communications at the Washington-based The Boeing Company Steve Lott, one of the judges for the contest.

“It is very unique and different,” added Yuriy Boykiv, chief executive officer of Gravity Media, a New York-based marketing and advertising agency.

Pike was one of ten travel writers and photographers awarded today for their coverage of the Caribbean.

The winners of this year’s Caribbean Travel Media awards are as follows:

Been There, Wrote That – Best Feature Article In A Consumer Magazine
Vivian Holley – Jamaica Magic–Having it All at Half Moon – Southern Seasons Magazine

I Couldn’t Have Written Better Myself – Best Feature In A Consumer Newspaper
Sharon Millar – Mermen Come Calling (a story on the folkloric legends of Tobago) – The New York Times

Inner Circle King/Queen– Best Feature Article In A Trade Publication
Joe Pike – How to Sell LGBT Travel to the Caribbean – Travel Agent Central

Virtual Visitor Award – Best Online Feature
David McFadden – Jamaica hopes Jewish Tourism can help fading community – The Associated Press

Golden Mic – Best Broadcast Feature
Valerie D’Elia – Experiencing Antigua Like a Local – NY1 News

From Infinity…And Abroad! (Best Feature by a foreign Journalist in US or Caribbean Media) 
Eric Vohr – From James Bond to a smuggler’s hangout, Bahamian chain has it all – Chicago Tribune

Oh Snap!– Best Photograph accompanying a feature
Brian Irwin – Fly-fishing on the Sapodilla Cayes off the coast of Belize, a photograph accompanying a story entitled, Ecotourism a Natural for Belize in the Boston Globe

No Anansi Story! (Best Feature by a Caribbean Journalist in Caribbean Media)
Chanaz Kokkelmans – Statia-cation : A Vacation on Statia – St. Maarten Daily Herald

Oh My Word, I Blogged! (Best Blog Post)
Rachelle Hay – Salt & Shimmer: Down D Islands, looking at travel in the region. This winner of this award was determined by voters in an online poll.

Caribbean Week New York celebrates  the sights, sounds, colours, culture and unique holiday experiences of the Caribbean.

For additional  information visit www.onecaribbean.org;  email [email protected] or call (212) 635-9530

Caribbean Week is supported by American Express, Academy Engraving, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Atrebor Group, the Islands of the Bahamas, Barbados, Bloomingdales, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Islands, CitiTech Solutions, Dominica, El Dorado Rum, Empire State Building, Grace, Grenada, Golden Crust, Jade Mountain/Anse Chastanet Resort, Jamaica, Marry Caribbean, Martinique, Nassau Paradise Island, Nevis, Proximo, Resonance, The Real McCoy Rum, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sugar Beach, Travel + Leisure, Resonance Consultancy; Trinidad and Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, Unique Vacations, Inc./Sandals and Willams-Sonoma.

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