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Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew: Haiti continues to receive visitors for business & leisure

Update # 01: October 11th 2016: The Ministry of Tourism of Haiti, the Haiti Tourism Association (ATH) and the National Network of Solidarity Tourism Operators (RENAPROTS) would like to express their sympathies to all the victims of Hurricane Matthew that severely affected the southern peninsula of Haiti on the 3rd and 4th of October 2016.

As a nation we are already working relentlessly to bring support to our fellow citizens in this difficult time. We would also like to inform all international partners, and persons interested in visiting our beautiful and unique destination of the following:

– Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien international airports are open and fully operational since Oct 5th.

– 90% of our Tourism infrastructure has not been affected and is ready to welcome guests.

– Traveling to Haiti for leisure, business or to visit friends and families is a positive and constructive way to support the economy as it promotes employment and sustainability.

To all Haiti lovers, we urge you to continue to visit us and experience our culture, cuisine, art & crafts, and historical attractions, helping us drive resources to the most needed areas in a sustainable manner.

BIENVENUE EN HAITI

Media Contact:

Association Touristique d’Haïti (ATH) | Contact: Valerie Louis, Executive Director | [email protected] | +509-2812-8484

Ministère du Tourisme | Contact : Régine Godefroy, International Liaison Officer | Tel. : +509- 3818-8888 |  [email protected] | [email protected]

National Network of Solidarity Tourism Operators (RENAPROTS)| Contact : Abner Septembre | Tel :509-3420-2091 | Email : [email protected]

Notes to Editor:

– Haiti is the 3rd largest Caribbean country, sharing the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.

– Haiti is sold as a beach and as a touring destination for its unique historic, cultural and natural patrimony.

 

 

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Haïti continue à recevoir des visiteurs pour affaires et loisirs Mise à jour # 01 du secteur touristique suite à l’ouragan Matthew

Le 11 Octobre 2016: Le Ministère du Tourisme d’Haïti, l’Association Touristique d’Haïti (ATH) et le Réseau National des Promoteurs du Tourisme Solidaire (RENAPROTS) tiennent à exprimer leurs sympathies à toutes les victimes de l’ouragan Matthew qui a dévasté la péninsule sud d’Haïti les 3 et 4 Octobre 2016.

En tant que nation, nous travaillons déjà sans relâche pour apporter un soutien à nos concitoyens durant cette période difficile. Nous tenons également à transmettre les informations suivantes à tous les partenaires internationaux et aux personnes intéressées à visiter notre destination:

– Les Aéroports internationaux de Port-au-Prince et du Cap Haïtien sont ouverts et pleinement opérationnels depuis le 5 octobre.

– 90% de notre infrastructure touristique n’a pas été touchée et les opérateurs sont prêts à accueillir leurs clients.

– Voyager en Haïti pour loisirs, affaires ou pour visites familiales est une manière positive et constructive de soutenir l’économie du pays et de favoriser les emplois durables.

Tous les amoureux d’Haïti, sont ainsi conviés à continuer à visiter et découvrir sa culture, sa gastronomie, son art, son artisanat, et ses attractions historiques et culturelles uniques. Cette solidarité permettra également de soutenir de manière durable l’économie des zones affectées.

BIENVENUE EN HAÏTI COMME TOUJOURS

Contacts médias:

Association Touristique d’Haïti (ATH) |Valerie Louis, Directeur exécutif

Email: [email protected] | Tél : + 509-2812-8484

Ministère du Tourisme | Régine Godefroy, Chargée des Relations Internationales

Email: [email protected] | [email protected] Tél. : + 509- 3818-8888

Réseau National des Promoteurs du Tourisme Solidaire (RENAPROTS) | Abner Septembre

Email: [email protected] Tel: + 509-3420-2091

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Antigua & Barbuda Announces Grammy Presentation for Antigua GospelFest 2016

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St. John’s, Antigua (3 October, 2016) – Antigua and Barbuda is the perfect place to escape to for an exciting weekend this October.  From October 28 – October 30, join us in this beautiful twin-island and experience the biggest gospel music festival in the region.  Enjoy the beauty of 365 beaches and be blessed with the ministry of some of the world’s greatest worship leaders and musicians.

Scheduled the same week of Antigua and Barbuda’s 35th Independence Celebrations, Antigua Gospelfest 2016 presents for the first time in Antigua, the six-time Grammy Award Winner Worship Leader Israel Houghton & New Breed.

The organisers Emerge Antigua, along with the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and other main sponsors are pleased to offer this level of event to the people of Antigua & Barbuda, surrounding islands and expected international patrons.

Israel Houghton will attract a wide range of people from all church backgrounds.

“Israel Houghton is undoubtedly the one of the most prominent church music influences within the Caribbean, with songs broadcast and sung weekly island wide,” said the Organisers.

Also announced for Antigua Gospelfest are international favourites Jonathan Nelson (USA), DJ Nicholas (Jamaica), and multi-award winning Gospel Artist Sherwin Gardner; regional Caribbean favourites Blessed Messenger (Trinidad and Tobago), Joshua Ali (Trinidad and Tobago) and Neesha Woodz (Barbados). Gospel lovers can also catch performances by hometown artistes such as Emerge Gospel Challenge winners Peetron Thomas, Dornell Simon, Young Phenom and many more who will perform at the event alongside Antigua’s Gospel Sensations Romancia Kingston and Naycha K.I.D.

For GospelFest Antigua ticketing information visit: www.gospelfestantigua.com, facebook.com/GFAntigua  or twitter.com/GFAntigua

For United Kingdom and European patrons visit www.festival2k.com for special travel offers and booking.

ABOUT ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’ da) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Voted the World Travel Awards 2015 and 2016 Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination, the twin-island paradise offers visitors two uniquely distinct experiences, ideal temperatures year-round, a rich history, vibrant culture, exhilarating excursions, award-winning resorts, mouth-watering cuisine and 365 stunning pink and white-sand beaches – one for every day of the year.

The largest of the British Leeward Islands, Antigua comprises 108-square miles with rich history and spectacular topography that provides a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. Antigua’s tourism events calendar includes the prestigious Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, and the annual Antigua Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Barbuda, Antigua’s smaller sister island, is the ultimate celebrity hideaway. The island lies 27 miles north-east of Antigua and is just a 15-minute plane ride away. Barbuda is known for its untouched 17 mile stretch of pink sand beach and as the home of the largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere.  Find information on Antigua & Barbuda at: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com

 

Maria Blackman
Office +1 268 562 7600   (Direct Line):  +1 268 464 7601 Website: visitantiguabarbuda

 

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Statia Tourism Launches New Website

ORANJESTAD, St. Eustatius -The St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation (STDF) launched a new fully-featured website. The new website www.statia-tourism.com went live on World Tourism Day, September 27, during the Sustainability Conference.

The new website is part of STDF’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information to viewers worldwide. The new site has extensive content and offers quick and easy access to essential information and activities on Statia. The purple and green website boasts a modern and attractive design. The updated information and pictures give visitors a realistic insight into what Statia has to offer.

“We had to make sure the site was ready for the world to see and had every bit of content that we want it to have. As we know, having a website means constant change, and we will be seeing to it that the web pages are highly glossed on a regular basis and accessible to browsers around the clock,” said STDF’s Public Relations Officer Teena Lopes.

“We are also aware that having a website optimized for usage on a laptop, smartphone, tablet, et cetera, is only half the work. We would like to encourage everyone to visit this website and explore its features,” STDF said.

The website also has a page which provides detailed information about STDF. Feedback and opinions for content updates are welcome. “Being active daily and connecting with the world of social media is an intricate part of the development. Hence the reason why we encourage all stakeholders to link this site to theirs and we do the same in return,” STDF stated.

 

 

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Barbados honours the international travel media

BARBADOS, Bridgetown. Sept. 23, 2016 – International media were recognized for their excellence in journalism at the recently concluded Barbados Tourism Media Awards.

The awards, which were themed “Recognizing Excellence in Global Coverage of Destination Barbados,” were conceptualized by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. in acknowledgement of the positive impact exceptional media coverage can have on would-be travelers. The ceremony, which also coincided with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC), was produced by the BTMI in recognition of the island’s 50th anniversary as an independent nation.

The Take a Bow award – Best of the Best by the Judges of all Submissions went to New Yorker Baz Dreisinger of Forbes in the US, whose article on the Crop Over Festival entitled “Carnival In Barbados: Rules For Doing It Like A Local and In Luxury,” also captured the award in the Golden Pen – Best Story in a Luxury Publication category.  Dreisinger was traveling on assignment but in sending her regards she described Barbados as a place that would always hold special memories for her.

Out of the 53 submitted entries from Canada, the USA, Europe and the UK, Canada copped the most top awards. Britney Hope who was present at the dinner won the category So You Know Your Stuff – Best Feature Article in a Trade Publication. Also present, Cara McLeay in Yup! You Told ‘Em! – Best Story by a Blogger copped this award with her piece “Barbados Diary.”

With a story entitled “5 Reasons To Have Your Wedding In Barbados”, Mara Sofferin took home the award in How Can This Knot Be Love?- Best Story on Romance; while Michael McCarthy hailing from The Province came out on top in #NoFilter – Best Photo in Conjunction With a Feature Article with his “Making Friends in Bridgetown Marketplace” article.

Editor and freelance journalist, Violaine Charest-Sigouin, from ELLE Quebec won the category Is That An Accent? – Best Feature by Foreign Journalist in Foreign Media with a well written piece dubbed “Elle Voyage Barbados” and Doug Wallace from La Carte was not present, however, after winning the Shaken Not Stirred – Epicurean Excellence Media Award category with his entry “Eating Your Way Around Barbados, One Food Stand At a Time” he mentioned in his acceptance video he remarked that “he can’t wait to eat his way around the island again.”

Jon Hawkins was the lone UK finalist and won his category Spoken Like a True Bajan! – Best Feature Article in a Consumer Publication with a piece entitled, “Rum’s The Word.” Meanwhile, Sangita Chandra of ABC Boston won favour with the judges with their broadcast piece titled, “Seaduced and Fish Fry, Barbados Pleasures, Barbados Roots, Barbados Art” in the category Golden Mic – Best Feature Broadcast.

CEO of BTMI, Billy Griffith paid special thanks to all the journalists who took the time to write on Barbados and enter the first ever awards. He also noted, “these awards are the start of many to come and we encourage each of you to keep up the excellent work in the promotion of the Barbados brand.”

Carter Cops Inaugural Heritage Award

This elegant evening, packed with cocktails, a delectable Bajan-inspired four-course dinner by chef Kirk Kirton, and sweet musical symphonies, climaxed with veteran Barbadian journalist, Gercine Carter being conferred with the inaugural Heritage Award – Exceptional National Coverage by a Local Journalist. In reading the citation, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, recognized Carter’s 49-year career in journalism, much of which has been spent raising awareness for the tourism sector.  Carter, who was also the first public relations manager at the Hilton Barbados and has been writing a social column since 1987 for The Nation covering broad areas including her old love “tourism”.

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Keynote address – Ian Blanchard, 5th Statia Sustainable Conference

The Sustainability Challenge
Keynote address by Ian Blanchard, managing director/coach, CILC Action, Barbados
At the 5th Statia Sustainable Conference, St. Eustatius, 26 Sept 2016

Good morning and thank you for inviting me to be a part of your 5th Annual Statia Sustainable Conference. My presence here today I know is not coincidental as I don’t believe in chance meetings, but designed engagements that if used correctly will ultimately accrue to the benefit of the individuals and their circles of influence. My time with you over the next couple days is just a blip in your lives and therefore one that I value and endevour to play my part in ensuring that both our lives are forever changed.

Download full document by Ian Blanchard.

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The twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda appear on award-winning documentary Music Voyager

St. John’s ANTIGUA (September 9, 2016) – The beautiful twin-islands of Antigua and Barbuda will be viewed by millions ahead of the winter booking period, as the unique culture of the destination features on the seventh season of the award-winning documentary TV series, Music Voyager.

“Music Voyager: Antigua and Barbuda,” filmed on the islands last year, highlights the story of Antigua and Barbuda through music and culture allowing viewers to experience the country through the eyes of the locals, and their words.

The episode unveils the true magic, mystery and music of Antigua and Barbuda.

Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Asot Michael, said, “The friendliness of our people, their warmth and hospitality are key to our brand, and how we market Antigua and Barbuda.  We are proud to bring the passion of our country to homes across the world, placing Antiguans and Barbudans centre stage in our promotions, and using our music as the vehicle to showcase the quintessential Antigua and Barbuda.”

The thirty minute episode starts with journalist Mirissa Neff, alongside a local guide meeting with calypsonians for insight into the traditional art-form of calypso.  They first enjoy an impromptu rendition by a noted Road March King who strums on a guitar on Antigua’s Market Street, then end up on a beach for a quick game of cricket and a chat with soca artistes and a famous Antiguan cricketer about island life.  The episode climaxes at Shirley Heights with residents and visitors dancing to the pulsating beats of an internationally known Antiguan musician at the popular Sunday Sunset Party.

Through interviews and travel, the episode brings vibrancy and life to Antigua and sister island Barbuda by meeting other musicians, tasting the local food, visiting off-the-beaten path attractions and attending parties and hidden venues only the locals know.

“Voyager episodes are presently broadcasting to 94% of every US PBS Household and in 120 countries, in 50 languages, on International In-Flight programming, on Cruise Ships and in European and Asian hotel chains. This represents unparalleled positive exposure for the destination,” said Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority CEO, Colin C. James.

James said, “Positioning Antigua and Barbuda apart from other beach destinations was a main consideration during production and the message is conveyed strongly throughout this episode, which will allow potential visitors to truly experience the islands.”

Season 7 is now being aired across multiple PBS channels with numerous repeats expected. Arrangements are being made to air the episode on local television stations.  The Antigua and Barbuda episode can be viewed online here

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