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Message by Commissioner of Tourism Derrick Simmons Opening of 5th Statia Sustainable Conference

Seeing our island as a tourist destination and tourism being one of the economic pillars of our economy, we must take into consideration how important sustainability and accessibility are today. The Government of our Island takes pleasure in welcoming you to our island and to the 5th annual Statia Sustainable Conference (SSC).

When we put our minds together there is no obstacle that can’t be overcome. I anticipate, by using the previous conference as a benchmark, that this conference too will bear fruits and enhance entrepreneurship, resulting in the growth of small and medium businesses.

Let me give a special welcome to the keynote speaker, Mr. Ian Blanchard, Managing Director/Coach CILC Action of Barbados. Make use of his passion for helping businesses be successful. Often we only associate the term coach with sports, but sports coaches are not only there during the sporting event but are often involved in the day to day activities of the athletes. It makes sense to have a business coach also who guides businesses in its development.

On a final note, please actively participate in this conference, because you are encouraged to be a participant rather than a spectator.

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Message by Charles Lindo Director of Tourism, St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation – 5th Statia Sustainable Conference

First of all, I would like to welcome all speakers and participants to the 5th annual Statia Sustainable Conference (SSC-5), and at the same time would like to thank you for your attendance. The general purpose of SSC is to Inform, Educate and Motivate persons on the issues that can make a difference in our society whether economically, socially or other.  Understanding the core meaning of accessibility and how it can benefit us in the long run is of high importance. The intention of this year’s conference is to ensure that person or persons can easily comprehend the idiom ACCESIBILITY covers, and to be able to find purpose in their role towards this so call “new’ trend. However I will focus on disabled persons and the challenges they could face.

One of the main concentrations when talking about accessibility is the possibility to cater to disabled persons. The main question here is “how ACCESSIBLE are you”? It is extremely important that destinations not only have the necessary plans in place to meet the very fast growing world of disabled travelers but to have the necessary air and sea lift to do so as well.

Social media and the internet in general have been said to have brought the world to disabled travelers. Travelers with disabilities can easily visit certain websites to determine when to travel, where to travel to and what laws and regulations a certain destination may have in place for disabled travelers. Persons with disabilities, on average as a group, are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes than persons without disabilities, such as less education, worse health outcomes, less employment, and higher poverty rates. (World Bank), a country’s economic, legislative, physical, and social environment may create or maintain barriers such as inaccessible buildings, transport, information, and communication technology; inadequate standards, services, and funding for those services; and too little data and analysis for evidence-based, efficient, and effective policies.

According to World Bank April 4th 2016; one billion people, or 15 % of the world’s population, experience some form of disability. One-fifth of the estimated global total or between 110 million and 190 million people experience significant disabilities. Eight billion dollars per year is spent on Australian tourism by travelers with a disability-accessibility resource kit.

Over the years, we have held conferences on alternative energy, water and the economic value of tourism & the business, community tourism etc. I would like to personally congratulate the SSC committee on a job well done in organizing this prestigious conference, for the 5th year.

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Explore the adventurous side of St. Lucia with value added savings during Adventure & Wellness Month in November

Saint Lucia (September 12, 2016) From scuba diving off the coast of Castries to enjoying a relaxing spa treatment overlooking the Pitons, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board invites travelers to discover the island’s mix of adventure and relaxation.  This November, hotels and resorts offer value-added packages and discounted rates of up to 55 percent off standard prices in celebration of Adventure & Wellness Month.

Thrill seekers can zip line through the middle of the tropical rainforest at Treetop Adventure Park, or mountain bike through an old sugar plantation at Anse Mamin Beach in Soufriere with Bike St. Lucia. Underwater enthusiasts can take a dive below the crystal clear water of the Caribbean Sea to discover marine life with a SNUBA or SeaTrek excursion, or explore the depths of local shipwrecks with Dive Saint Lucia.

Visitors looking for revitalization can take advantage of Saint Lucia’s natural therapies including the bathing pools at Sulphur Springs or the hot mineral spring baths at the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens. For added relaxation one can indulge in a spa treatment at one of Ti Kaye’s open-air treatment rooms or beach yoga at Anse Chastanet.

For more information about Adventure and Wellness Month and special hotel deals visit: http://www.stlucia.org/events/adventure-wellness-month/adventure-wellness-specials/

Adventure and Wellness Month promotions offered by island hotels and resorts include:

Anse Chastanet – Soufrière ~ “Amazing Adventure”

  • Book a five night stay and receive one night free in superior accommodations
  • Package rates start at $2,213 per person, per night for a savings of 20 percent off
  • Package includes a welcome cocktail, in-room drinks and culinary amenities upon arrival, round-trip airport transfers, all meals and beverages, complimentary daily sunrise and sunset yoga, access to tennis and water sports equipment
  • Off-site activities include: one guided rain forest hike
  • On-site activities include: guided walks and hikes on Anse Chastanet’s 600 acre estate, a guided boat snorkel trip, a resort scuba diving course for beginners or two dives for certified divers, a half-day of jungle biking
  • Minimum four night stay required
  • Book now through October 15, 2016 for travel through December 31, 2016
  • For more information and to book this package, call 1-800-223-1108, email [email protected] or visit http://www.ansechastanet.com/

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa – Vieux Fort ~ “Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa Spacation”

  • All-inclusive rates start at $239 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, for a savings of 55 percent off standard rates
  • Package includes daily treatments at the oceanfront Kai Mer Spa, personal training, fitness classes, watersports, hikes, ocean view accommodations in the adults-only Harmony wing, and more
  • Valid for travel from October 1 through December 20, 2016
  • Minimum five night stay required; daily spa treatments exclude day of arrival and departure
  • To book call Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa toll-free from North America at 877-352-8898 or visit http://www.cbayresort.com/

Crystals – Soufrière

  • Book a seven night stay for $3,500 per couple, a savings of 25 percent off standard rates
  • Includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, a half day tour to the volcanic mud baths and botanical gardens, two half-body massages, and a full day sailing tour (snorkeling and lunch included)
  • Book by date flexible; valid for  travel now through December 1, 2016
  • Reservations restrict children
  • Visit http://www.stluciacrystals.com/ for resort information

Fond Doux Holiday Plantation – Soufrière ~ “Beginners Authentic Health & Wellness Retreat”

  • Book a five night stay for $2,199 per couple
  • Guests receive a fruit smoothie upon arrival, daily breakfast, a daily basket of organic fruits, healthy plantation cuisine on three evenings of guest’s choice during stay, and a back and foot massage for two
  • Activities include: a trek through the organic gardens, hiking the Tet Paul Nature Trail and the Gros Pitons, complimentary sulphur getaway massage, and on hour zip-lining
  • Book now through November 15, 2016 for travel from November 1 through December 14, 2016
  • Visit http://www.fonddouxestate.com for resort information or call 1-315-307-2348

Jade Mountain – Soufrière ~ “Tropical Tranquility”

  • Book a five night stay and receive the fifth night free
  • Package rates start at $3,412 per person in a Sky Jacuzzi Suite, for a savings of 20 percent off standard rates
  • Includes two one hour classic spa treatments per person, a bottle of champagne and appetizers at sunset, complimentary daily sunrise and sunset yoga, access to tennis and water sports equipment, and daily breakfast and dinner
  • Reservations are subject to availability
  • Book now through October 15, 2016 for travel through December 19, 2016
  • For more information or to book, call 1-800-223-1108 or visit http://www.jademountain.com, email: [email protected]

Mango Beach Inn – Marigot Bay ~ “Fun & Fitness”

  • Book a stay for $160 per night, for a savings of 20 percent off standard rates
  • Package includes one breakfast and one dinner at Rainforest Hideaway, and one choice of morning or afternoon filled with activities
  • Book now through December 2, 2016 for travel from October 30 through December 2, 2016
  • Minimum three night stay required; reservations are subject to availability
  • Visit http://www.mangobeachmarigot.com/ for resort information

Sandals Halycon Beach – Castries

  • All-inclusive packages start at $197 per person, per night, for a savings of 65 percent off standard rates
  • Package includes unlimited complimentary fitness classes such as zumba, yoga, tabata, aqua fitness, and more
  • Minimum three night stay required
  • Book now through October 31, 2016 for travel through December 26, 2016
  • Visit http://www.sandals.com/ for resort information

Sandals Grande St. Lucian – Rodney Bay, Gros Islet

  • All-inclusive packages start at $239 per person, per night, for a savings of 65 percent off standard rates
  • Package includes unlimited complimentary fitness classes such as zumba, yoga, tabata, aqua fitness, and more
  • Minimum three night stay required
  • Book now through October 31, 2016 for travel through December 26, 2016
  • Visit http://www.sandals.com/ for resort information

Sandals Regency La Toc – Castries

  • All-inclusive packages start at $190 per person, per night, for a savings of 65 percent off standard rates
  • Package includes unlimited complimentary fitness classes such as zumba, yoga, tabata, aqua fitness, and more
  • Minimum three night stay required
  • Book now through October 31, 2016 for travel through December 26, 2016
  • Visit http://www.sandals.com/ for resort information

St. James’s Club Morgan Bay – Choc Bay, Gros Islet

  • Book a five night stay for $1,265 per person, for a savings of 50 percent off standard rates
  • Includes a welcome fresh fruit platter, daily spa treatment for two, a choice of fitness classes, and a one hour private gym training per day
  • Five night minimum stay is required
  • Book now through November 6 for travel through December 20, 2016
  • Visit http://www.morganbayresort.com/choc for more information and package details

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort – Soufriere ~ “Linger Longer 5 Cycle”

  • Receive a fifth night free with complimentary daily breakfast for two, and one thirty minute Schiller water bike ride per booking
  • Average nighty rates start at $340, excluding tax and service fees
  • Use code LLCYCLE to book now through September 30 for travel through December 18, 2016
  • For more information and bookings, email [email protected] or visit http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/sugarbeach

Ti Kaye Resort & Spa – Anse Cochon ~ “Peak Performance”

  • Book a five night stay for $1,740 per person, per night, based on double occupancy for a savings of 37 percent off standard rates
  • Package includes daily meals, afternoon tea and healthy local smoothies, airport transfers, daily yoga classes and unlimited access to kayaks, water hammocks paddleboards, and snorkel equipment
  • In order to book, must have a minimum group of six people per reservation
  • Reservations restrict children
  • Book and travel by December 15, 2016
  • Visit http://www.tikaye.com/ for more information and package details

The Villa Beach Cottages – Castries ~ “A Beach & Plantation Package”

  • Book five nights for $2,295 per couple, inclusive of taxes and service charges
  • Book seven nights for $2,595 per couple, inclusive of taxes and service charges
  • For additional nights, add $195 per couple, per night
  • Includes airport transfers, use of kayaks, beachside full body massage for two people, plantation tour at La Dauphine Estate, zip lining for two people, and a Gros Piton hike for two people
  • Minimum five night stay required; applies to new bookings only and subject to availability
  • Book now through November 23, 2016 for travel from November 1 through November 30, 2016
  • Visit http://villabeachcottages.com/ for resort information

Villa Capri – Cap Estate ~ “Rest, Relax & Rejuvenate”

  • Stay at Villa Capri in a four to nine bedroom villa for five nights and receive a fifty minute massage per guest
  • Book four bedrooms with up to eight guests for $750 per night
  • Book five bedrooms with up to ten guests for $850 per night
  • Book six bedrooms with up to twelve guests for $1,000 per night
  • Book seven bedrooms with up to fourteen guests for $1,200 per night
  • Book eight bedrooms with up to sixteen guests for $1,400 per night
  • Book nine bedrooms with up to 20 guests $1,550 per night
  • Book now through November 15, 2016 for travel from October 1 through November 30, 2016
  • Visit http://www.capristlucia.com/ for resort information

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort – Trouya ~ “Windjammer Wellness Retreat”

  • All-inclusive rates in a Premium Island Villa start at $437.50 per room, per night, based on double occupancy
  • Includes all meals, beverages, a selection of wellness classes and complimentary access to both motorized and non-motorized sports
  • Rates are subject to 10 percent service charge and 10 percent VAT
  • Book now through October 30, 2016 for travel from November 1 through November 30, 2016
  • Visit http://www.windjammer-landing.com/ for more information and package details

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, or 1-888 4STLUCIA or visit http://stlucia.org/.

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Firefly Villas Bequia to celebrate groundbreaking with St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister

SVG Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves to officiate at next week’s groundbreaking of exclusive collection of new beachfront homes at Firefly Villas on the idyllic island of Bequia in the Grenadines.   www.Firefly-Villas.com

21 September 2016: 7th Heaven Properties today announced that an official ceremony to mark the groundbreaking of Firefly Villas, an exclusive collection of new beachfront residences on the island of Bequia in the Grenadines, will take place next Thursday 29th September 2016.

The ground breaking ceremony will be officiated by Dr Ralph Gonsalves, the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Construction of residences will then begin in early October 2016.

Set in an approximately 15-acre private beachfront enclave of a tropical plantation on the island of Bequia, the residences will offer private island-style privacy and care-free ownership benefits delivered by Firefly Hotel Bequia and Firefly Hotel Mustique, a highly acclaimed pair of hotels.

The enclave, which stretches from the spectacular beachfront to the lush interior, has been sub-divided into nine private island-style clusters which are elevated 2 feet above ground to guarantee privacy and afford beautiful views across the beach, sea and plantation. Upon completion, each “island” will be home to just two or three villas or buyers can choose to have an “island” all to themselves.

Firefly Villas Bequia will be developed by Bequia Development Ltd in association with Firefly Hotel Bequia and Firefly Hotel Mustique. As a result, buyers will enjoy an unrivalled package of care-free villa ownership benefits unlike any other on offer on the island of Bequia. Benefits include an attractive Founders Package for the first few buyers, year-round villa maintenance and in-villa hotel services, a villa rental program offering owners the opportunity to generate income from their villas when not in personal use, as well as use of all amenities and discounted rates at both Firefly Hotel Bequia and Firefly Hotel Mustique for family and friends.

Designed by Swedish architect Olle Rex who has decades of international luxury residential and resort design experience, the villas are priced from $630,000 USD. Villas will feature from 1,600 sq ft of living space, including up to 6 bedrooms, contemporary open plan interiors, private terraces, private pools and outstanding views of the sea or lush green surroundings.

Johan Liljefors of Bequia Development Ltd commented: “I am delighted to welcome the Prime Minister to our piece of paradise to be part of the creation of a new collection of residences unlike anything else on Bequia.”

Walter Zephirin, Managing Director of London-based 7th Heaven Properties which is leading sales of the residences, added: “We are delighted to see Firefly Villas Bequia begin to take shape. With development set to commence imminently, buyers will be able to witness the progress of the construction of these new homes in one of the world’s most desirable locations.”

Located in the idyllic Grenadines island chain just south of St Vincent, the 7 square mile island of Bequia has a lower profile than many other Caribbean islands but is treasured for its pristine white sand beaches, lush green interior, crystal clear turquoise sea that offers unrivalled diving and snorkelling and unhurried, tranquil pace of life.

About 7th Heaven Properties 
7th Heaven Properties is one of the world’s leading independent Caribbean property specialists, representing the finest real estate for sale from across the entire Caribbean and Central America. Supported by a network of agents based in Europe, North America and the Caribbean, the firm lists residential and commercial property for sale in over 30 Caribbean territories.

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Cadence-Lypso Music to be recognized with a special day

Roseau, Dominica- August 25, 2016 The music created and pioneered by Exile One Band in the early 1970’s and which dominated the airwaves, dancehall and concert scenes for the several decades is to be given a day of recognition on August 25, 2016. The announcement of the Cadence Day was made by Cecil Joseph, General Manager of DBS Radio at a public forum on Cadence-lypso held at the UWI Centre on Wednesday, as part of the build-up to the NCCU Cadence-lypso Competition on November 2nd, 2016.

Cadence Day, as the day is being referred to will be promoted by Dominica’s national radio station, DBS Radio which itself was formed around the same time as this pioneering musical form in the early 1970’s. DBS and other supporters of the music hope that by declaring a day for cadence music that the music will find greater favour among the younger generations of Dominicans and the youth, and will help to stimulate new interest by younger musicians to begin to experiment with the cadence sound.

Speaking of the announcement by DBS Radio, CEO of DDA and DFC Chairman Colin Piper strongly endorsed the idea and urged Dominicans and music lovers at home and abroad to fully embrace the observance. “The DDA have since the inception of the World Creole Music Festival in 1997 made cadence-lypso a major part of the festival line-up each and every year. In fact, this year three of the major voices of cadence music will be featured on the festival stage. Ophelia, Dominica’s Lady of Song, Midnight Groovers, Kings of Cadence and Princess of Dominica’s music Michele Henderson who all have made important contributions to cadence and other forms of local music”, the DDA CEO asserted.

Cadence Day will be celebrated with media programmes, discussions on the music and the playing of many of the well-known cadence-lypso hits over the last four decades.

For more information on Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival contact the Dominica Festival Committee at 767 448 4833. Or visit the official website: www.wcmfdominica.com or follow Dominica Fests on Twitter and Facebook, and YouTube.

About Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival: Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival celebrates the creole culture of creole speaking countries in the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.   The Festival, held annually in October seeks to augment the creole month festivities and Independence celebrations held during this period as well as boost visitor arrivals to the island. The World Creole Music Festival features various musical genres to include reggae, zouk, konpa, cadence, bouyon, salsa, dancehall/hip hop, meringue, soukous, zydeco. The Festival is dubbed ‘Three Nights of Pulsating Rhythms’ for its wide repertoire of musical genres on showcase each night.

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The Grenada Tourism Authority Welcomes New Marketing Manager

(St. George’s, Grenada) 23rd August 2016 – The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Francine Stewart as Marketing Manager on the 1st August 2016. Ms. Stewart’s functions include the interaction with key private and public sector partners, the execution of all marketing programmes, and the management of marketing expenditure.

“Marketing Grenada as a destination is huge responsibility and I am honoured to serve my country in this way. My initial focus would be to foster and develop strong relationships with all key stakeholders locally, regionally and internationally. This industry is an interestingly dynamic one with constant competition, making it important for us to directly reach our target audience via the most appropriate mediums at the lowest costs,” said Ms. Francine Stewart when asked about her focus for the upcoming months.

She continued, “This targeted approach through digital marketing, public relations, and other marketing strategies in our source markets will allow us to promote our market niches and increase visitor arrivals, while developing programmes to encourage repeat visits and to increase the conversion rate of cruise/yachting to stay over arrivals.”

The new marketing manager brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the GTA, having been previously employed by Sandals LaSource Grenada as Resort Sales Manager. Ms. Stewart’s career history includes hotel & event management in the region, international airline sales for Air Jamaica, product development management for Air Jamaica Vacations, and property management for Terra Caribbean – Grenada. She holds an Associate of Science in Hotel Management from the Aruba School of Hotel Management and a Bachelor of Science in Travel & Tourism Management from the Florida International University.

“With such a diverse background in the travel and tourism industry, I longed to do more for my country on a national level. Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique are truly gems in their own sense, deserving of anyone’s vacation. We must be proud to showcase our home and to ensure that each visitor leaves our shores wanting to come back for more,” commented Ms. Stewart.

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Chrislyn Lashington; Corporate Communications Officer;
Grenada Tourism Authority
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473 440 2001/2279

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SLU Government pays homage to local family for 50-year contribution to tourism industry

SAINT LUCIA (August 17, 2016) The Government of Saint Lucia has paid glowing tribute to one local family for its long and illustrious contribution to the development of Saint Lucia’s tourism industry.

On Tuesday August 16th, 2016, Government officials, led by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, the Minister for Tourism, Dominic Fedee, along with other senior officials representing key institutions in the tourism industry, notably the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) and the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB), got together at the official residence of the Prime Minister, to pay homage to and recognize the contribution of the Barnard Family, to the growth of the hospitality sector over the past 50 years.

Describing it as nothing short of visionary and pioneering, Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee heaped praise on the Barnard family for the strides made over the past five decades. “This family, under the Rendezvous brand, has the distinction of being the only hotel proprietors on island to have managed a property for 50 years without changing owners.”

Addressing a gathering comprising other hoteliers, industry partners, family members, friends and well-wishers, Fedee noted, “When you consider the complexities and challenges of the hotel industry just surviving for that length of time is amazing. However when you consider the manner in which the Barnard family achieved this milestone, all the while holding the flag of Saint Lucia high and with distinction, its simply an extraordinary feat.”

In presenting a commemorative plaque to hotelier and business head, Andrew Barnard, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet expressed his government’s and the people of Saint Lucia’s appreciation and gratitude for the Barnard family’s contribution to the tourism sector, highlighting the hundreds who had gained employment over the years and the hotel’s direct economic injection into the local economy over the past five decades.

The 10 acre Rendezvous hotel is located just off the George F.L Charles Airport in the capital Castries. The Barnard family not only owns and manages the award winning Rendezvous hotel, but also the acclaimed Body Holiday property located in the island’s extreme north.

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