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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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Fourth Annual BVI Food Fete Set For November, 2017

Tortola, British Virgin Islands (August 29, 2017) — The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board (BVITB) is excited to announce the fourth annual BVI Food Fete, a month-long festival that celebrates the culinary offerings of the BVI. Featuring visiting chefs, bar crawls, special tasting menus, and more, Food Fete is a true showcase of the islands’ brightest flavors. Festivities kick off on November 3rd , and culminate with the popular Anegada Lobster Festival on November 25th and 26th.

Highlights of this year’s festival include the Barefoot Gourmet Soiree, the Jost Pork Festival and the Taste of the BVI events. Throughout the month of November, visitors can also enjoy some of the BVI’s classic cocktails during spirited happy hours and bar crawls.

“We’re thrilled to announce the lineup of exciting events for the fourth annual BVI Food Fete,” Director of Tourism Sharon Flax-Brutus said. “This will be a month full of gourmet adventures. It’s the perfect way to learn about and experience the bold flavors of the islands, alongside a talented group of visiting chefs and a fantastic list of participating restaurants, bars and properties throughout the BVI.”

With the emergence of the Guana Visiting Chef Series, the recent Minority Chefs Summit and the success of the BVI National Culinary Team, The British Virgin Islands are quickly becoming the culinary capital of the Caribbean.

Food Fete is scheduled to begin on November 3rd:

Taste of Tortola – Friday, November 3rd on Tortola

  • An opportunity to sample tantalising food, incredible wines and amazing entertainment on the water’s edge! We are excited to bring together a cross section of BVI restaurants, eateries, visitors and residents into one location to celebrate food.

 Jost Pork Festival – Saturday, November 4th & Sunday, November 5th on Jost Van Dyke

  • Join the Jost Van Dyke community as the island is turned into a Pork Lovers Paradise for a two-day culinary experience.

 Guy Fawkes Night – Sunday, November 5th  on Jost Van Dyke

  • Guy Fawkes, an English Catholic, was a part of a secret plot to assassinate King James by setting the British House of Parliament on fire. This plot was ultimately foiled, and on November 5, 1605 revelers held a jubilation over the King’s escape. Get your Guy Fawkes masks ready and join in this time-honored BVI tradition!

Barefoot Gourmet Soiree – Friday, November 10th at Peter Island Resort & Spa

Hosted by visiting celebrity chefs, The Barefoot Gourmet Soirée is a stellar culinary event that also highlights renowned local chefs and showcases an array of Caribbean cuisine.

Peter Island Caribbean Food & Wine Festival – Friday, November 10th & Saturday, November 11th at Peter Island Resort & Spa

Peter Island’s Caribbean Food Festival is a culinary event that brings chefs from various Caribbean islands to celebrate Caribbean food and cooking techniques. Nestled in the charm and beauty of Peter Island Resort & Spa, the exclusive resort is a getaway for some of the world’s “A-listers”.

Taste of Virgin Gorda –  Saturday, November 18th at Nail Bay Ruins

The 5th Annual Taste of Virgin Gorda takes place in the beautiful and historic Nail Bay Sugar Works ruins. Don’t miss your chance to sample delicious cuisine, incredible wines, and amazing entertainment! We are excited to bring you a wide cross-section of Virgin Gordian based restaurants in one location under the stars, while you listen and dance to some of the best live music in the Caribbean.

Cooper Island Rum Festival – Sunday, November 19th at Cooper Island Beach Club

  • A day for rum lovers! Join Cooper Island Beach Club for their 2nd annual Rum Festival.  Rum-inspired sweet & savoryspecialty cocktails and live entertainment are the order of the day. This sailors delight is home to an island party that you do not want to miss… lest you be forced to walk the plank!

Anegada Lobster Festival – November 25th & 26th on Anegada

  • The Anegada Lobster Festival Turns 5! Join the Anegada Community and fellow Caribbean spiny lobster lovers along the shores of Anegada for the 5th annual Anegada Lobster Festival.

BVI Food Fete Bar Crawls

  • BVI Food Fete Bar Crawls are fun filled adventures that take you around each participating island, visiting some of the best and most fun establishments on the island. The bar crawls include games, music, food, and fun, fun, fun! All bar crawls include transportation, t-shirt, random celebratory drinks, fun, games and prizes.

All BVI Food Fete Bar Crawls are sponsored by Caribbean Cellars, one of the premier beverage distributors in the Caribbean

Jost Crawl

Saturday, November 4th

Venue: Jost Van Dyke

On the Rocks Crawl

Saturday, November 18th

Venue: Virgin Gorda

Lobster Crawl

Friday, November 24th

Venue: Anegada

To view a full schedule of events, find ticket information and more, please visit www.bvifoodfete.com.

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Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series Ready to Rumble

Bridgetown, Barbados (24 August, 2017): As the European summer regatta circuit begins to draw to a close, the Caribbean vibe in Barbados is beginning to rumble with plans already in place for the annual Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series – 16-24 January 2018.

The 82nd edition of this Caribbean season opening Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series regatta, organised by Barbados Cruising Club in association with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, and Mount Gay, is now one of the most popular events on the circuit. With direct, regular flights from London to Barbados, now could be the time to consider a midwinter charter option or, for those planning a transatlantic crossing in the next few months, consider a rewarding trip to beautiful island of Barbados during regatta time.

Other than three days of coastal racing, one of the main draws is the headline event – the 60nm Round Barbados Race – which offers speed sailing enthusiasts not only a chance to enjoy spectacular sailing on a race circuit with uninterrupted winds, but also a chance to win their skipper’s weight in rum if any of the 20 records are broken.

Tony Lawson’s MOD70, MS Barbados Concise10 that currently holds the record for the fastest time ever recorded/the Absolute Multihull (2 hours, 37 minutes, 38 seconds) pipped Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo3 to the post by just 12 seconds in 2016. Skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield and team from the UK, MS Barbados Concise10 will be back on the racetrack in January to defend her title.

The 60nm sprint around the island of Barbados is also the perfect playground for big classic yachts such as the three-masted 65m schooner Adix, and the 55m A Class Schooner Elena – the yacht that holds the Classic record of 6 hours, 11 minutes, 19 seconds. To celebrate the heritage of this historic regatta that dates back to schooner racing in 1936, thousands of spectators gather annually at vantage points around the island to watch these glorious yachts under sail.

In total contrast is the growing smallboat sector. As well as a Multihull Doublehanded record established this year by Bryn Palmer and Evan Walker on the RC30 catamaran Silver Bullet, an Absolute Foiling Monohull record was established, which means for those who believe they can better Andy Budgen’s Mach 2 foiling International Moth time of 4 hours, 23 minutes, 18 seconds, the gloves are most definitely off.

 Interestingly winning the skippers’ weight in rum by breaking one of the established records is not all about out-and-out racing machines, which is one of the reasons why the event also appeals to club sailors and the charter sector. Sailing his Dufour 44 – Luna – Andreas Berg from Germany circumnavigated the Island in 8 hours, 7 minutes, 31 seconds and in doing so set a new benchmark time for the Singlehanded record.

The Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta Series is based off the Barbados Cruising Club beach at the south-west corner of the Island in Carlisle Bay where there is plenty of mooring space. However, demand is starting to increase for space in the recently completed, and conveniently located marina facilities that includes online clearance through Sail Clear, plus washing facilities and Wi-Fi.

Finally, a visit to the regatta and the home of Mount Gay wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the legendary Mount Gay Rum Red Cap party. There is even a tour/tasting session at the Mount Gay Distillery and, on layday, there’s a chance to enjoy the specially laid-on exhibition polo match… with more rum… naturally.

About the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series

Early years
The first recorded race round Barbados was in 1936 when five trading schooners (Sea Fox, Mona Marie, Marion B Wolfe, Lucille Smith and Rhode Island) took up the challenge. Sea Fox (Captain Lou Kenedy) was the overall winner with a time of 10 hours 20 minutes.

The original race was based upon bragging rights for the fastest Trading Schooner. In an era where prices for cargo arriving ahead of rival ships commanded a massive premium, this was a lucrative race for captains.

The consolation prize of a barrel of Mount Gay Rum for the slowest yacht was discontinued several years later following the discovery that some competitors purposely stalled and remained out at sea for days to ensure they won the prize.

Current

In 2012 The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race expanded to incorporate the Two Restaurants Race, which meant racing took place over two days. The idea proved such a success, it was decided to expand the event further in 2014, in line with most other Caribbean regattas, and run a series of coastal, round-the-buoy races including the Two Restaurants Race, and The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race.

The 60nm Mount Gay Round Barbados Race traditionally takes place on Errol Barrow Day (a public holiday to celebrate the birthday of the first Prime Minister of Barbados, and ‘father of independence). There are currently 20 records to contest.

The 265-mile Ocean Race from Barbados to Antigua at the end of the regatta was specifically designed to tie in with the start of the Superyacht Challenge in Antigua.

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Florida Honeymoon Sweepstakes Winner Lauds Saint Lucia

(Saint Lucia, August 22, 2017) Saint Lucia is being praised highly by a very satisfied visitor who won the opportunity to enjoy the island. Nicole Kreiner won the trip in NBC 6 South Florida’s annual Ultimate Honeymoon Giveaway Sweepstakes in which the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) has been participating consistently over the years. Kreiner and her husband, Thomas St. Bizarro, stayed at the Ti Kaye Resort and Spa for a week from August 5. In a chat with the SLTB about the experience, Kreiner said, “Everyone is just so nice, the staff here are great and we love it here.” Her husband also expressed his love for the destination saying, “I thought I had died and gone to heaven… it is just so beautiful here”.

The adventure-loving couple made the Treetop Adventure Park in Dennery their first excursion and they were impressed by Saint Lucia’s natural beauty and the warmth of its people. Kreiner said, “It is just so beautiful here, you feel like you are always inside nature and the people here are just so welcoming everywhere we go.” The couple rented a car to explore the island and they visited Rodney Bay in the north of the island. On their return to Ti Kaye Resort and Spa, the couple got lost in the city but quickly found help from passersby. Kreiner recounts that “There was this really wonderful lady, she was actually buying bread and she took her time and got us all the way to the city exit.”

As part of their honeymoon adventure, the couple took a sunset cruise from Anse Cochon to watch the sun go down in the shade of the Pitons. To cap off their Saint Lucia sojourn, they climbed the majestic Gros Piton followed by a healing dip in the New Jerusalem mineral bath bringing a soothing end to their stay.

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Fashion House in Antigua and 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.

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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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