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2016: A new record-breaking year at the Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport

2016 is a particularly outstanding year for the Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport and can boast of having hosted a historic record number of passengers since its inception: 1,864,582 passengers, an increase of 9.90% in one year (1,696,071 passengers in 2015).

An increase due to the appeal and charm of the destination Martinique, which offers safety and comfort in full compliance with and respect of approved European standards. We note excellent results on the segment France, the strongest contributor, with a 60% share of traffic, the return of the cruise-flights – with over 1,000 passengers per week joining their cruises here in Martinique during the high/peak season.

Also contributing to the increase in numbers were additional flights to Canada, the development of new routes, new destinations – the island of Dominica with AIR ANTILLES and Frankfurt (Germany) with CONDOR in 2016. The continued success of the services operated by Norwegian Air Shuttle to New York, Boston and Washington / Baltimore, also participated in the record-breaking boost in our passenger count.

This evolution is well in phase with the development prospects and orientations of the Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport, with growth forecasts of 2 million passengers by 2020 and 2.5 million passengers by 2030. This of course would involve the optimization, modernization and upgrading of existing infrastructures.

2017 is in fact a focal year for the airport, with the beginning of the extension works which will bestow the Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport with new aircraft parking spots and a new terminal area for regional passengers.

The Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport Company (SAMAC), the authority that manages the airport, aims to optimize the quality of the services offered to its users as well as the spaces made available to them in order to facilitate the process and make their stay at the airport a more enjoyable one.

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Launch of the LIME 365 Campaign & Go Trinbago Mobile Application

February 08, 2017 – The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism, launched on February 07, 2017 the LIME 365 campaign and the first ever tourism mobile application GO TRINBAGO at NAPA Hotel, Port of Spain. Our LIME 365 campaign showcases the event calendar of Trinidad and Tobago which is influenced  by our heritage, our rich and diverse culture and our unique ability to live in unity despite our various races, economic background and ethnicity.

Upon launching the LIME 365 campaign, the Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism, explained that “my approach to building a tourism product is different… because I believe that a good place to live, is a good place to visit. We have to appreciate and celebrate ourselves first before we can ask others to appreciate us”. Minister Cudjoe urged the stakeholders gathered to provide visitors “with the real deal, the true essence … and very special Trinbago experience. One country, two different islands, endless possibilities for exploration and enjoyment”.

A key component of the LIME 365 campaign is the Go TrinBago travel app which forms part of destination Trinidad and Tobago’s digital marketing strategy. A free, bilingual and interactive destination mobile application, this is the ultimate guide to discovering Trinidad and Tobago and is presently available online on the Google Play Store for Android. The Go TrinBago travel app is 100% offline and allows users to develop a personal itinerary, search for, and find a room, a tour, or a taxi at their fingertips.

Other notable features include:

  • The ability for users to review local places of interest
  • Rate their experiences and read other user reviews
  • Recommend “new” places to those who share similar interests
  • Capture and posts photographs.

According to a survey of consumer travel trends conducted by Travelport, 66% of leisure travellers and 59% of business travellers used digital means to research travel in 2015. Smartphones, too, are transforming travel industry trends; with 60% of travel searches starting on a mobile device. Travellers increasingly rely on mobile phones when they arrive in a new destination. According to Think with Google, the market research arm of search engine giant, Google Inc, smartphone searches for hotels increased by 30% in 2015. Furthermore, 85% of leisure travellers decide on activities only after arrival at a destination.

In the coming months the Go TrinBago travel app will be able to tap into the area of online sales; with the ability to book tours and accommodation from the touch of a button on your phone. At the click of a button, you can find something to do and somewhere to go every day of the year in Trinidad and Tobago. Our local, regional and international tourists who want adventure, shopping, beach resorts, meeting facilities and a “good lime” can easily do so 365 days in sweet T&T.

The GoTrinBago app will be available for iPhone users by February 10, 2017.

Also speaking at the Launch of LIME 365 and the Go TrinBago travel application were:

  • La Quan Pearie, the 2016 Junior Minister of Tourism for Trinidad and Tobago and a student of the Manzanilla Secondary School, who indicated that “with the launch of “Lime 365” and the app “Go Trinbago” citizens and tourists will no longer complain of not knowing where to visit and not knowing how to find these places of interest”
  • Carla Cupid, Marketing Specialist of the Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC), who gave a demonstration of the Go TrinBago mobile application

At the launch, entertainment was provided by the youngest artiste in history to claim the title of the International Soca Monarch Aaron St Louis (Voice) as well as the St. Margaret Anglican Steelpan, traditional Carnival characters and a tassa band.

 February 08, 2017

For more information, contact:

Sherma Mitchell, Manager Corporate Communications            Phone:   (868) 624-1403 Ext. 248, 689-5198 (M)

Ministry of Tourism                                                                            Fax:        (868) 625-3894

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Tower C, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain

Trinidad and Tobago, WEST INDIES

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St. Kitts Hosts 7th Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Basseterre, St. Kitts (February 13, 2017) – More than 125 PGA club professionals, amateur golfers and guests, a new record number of event participants, all enjoyed the lush natural beauty and warm hospitality of St. Kitts & Nevis during the 7th Annual St. Kitts-Nevis Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am Tournament, featuring play on both islands of the Federation from February 4-9, 2017. Further, Bermuda Sands has been named the official lifestyle apparel partner for the event, marking another historic first this year.

“The Pro-Am is our premier golf event to build awareness for the destination among this lucrative niche travel market,” said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “While attendance continues to grow each year, the addition of an official apparel partner for the first time is yet further evidence of the success of the tournament. Golf continues to support our overall tourism sector and remains a key target for development moving forward.”

2017 is the first year that St. Kitts is partnering with Bermuda Sands, designers and manufacturers of premium performance apparel for leisure sports and activities and the active lifestyle consumer, for the Pro-Am. All Pro-Am players received two shirts and a pullover emblazoned with the tournament logo, while event staff wore shirts displaying the St. Kitts Tourism authority logo. Bermuda Sands also provided $100 gift certificates to their online store to Hole Contest winners on their sponsored hole. Tim Garrett, VP of Sales and Marketing attended on behalf of Bermuda Sands and played in the event.

The Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am is an annual golf event for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority that features a team tournament in which a PGA Club Professional and three amateurs pair up to compete against other teams from golf clubs across the US, UK, Canada and the Caribbean. The 54-hole annual event was contested over the Royal St. Kitts Golf Clubdesigned by Canadian course architect Thomas McBroom and the signature Robert Trent Jones II course at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, two of the Caribbean’s most scenic and challenging championship courses.

Rounds one and two of the tournament were played in a two-best ball format (one gross and one net) simultaneously on both courses. Deciding the Admiral’s Cup, the third and final round of play utilized a three-best ball competition (one gross and two net) took place at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. The winning team was the Worthing Golf Club from London, who played well from the start, owning a share of the lead on day one, before ultimately winning with a close margin by just 2 shots on the final day. This is the same team that won the Elite Pro-Am Series, an event held this past summer to promote the Admirals Cup Pro-Am in the UK market. Worthing beat 7 other teams in the Elite Pro-Am Series Grand Final this past fall to earn the spot in this week’s tournament.

Peter Tarver-Jones, the winning team’s host golf professional, said “this has been an amazing experience, truly emotional. To play such good golf courses, be treated to fantastic hospitality and get to know so many golfers from around the world, we’re speechless really”.

All participants, guests, and sponsors of the Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am were treated to warm welcomes and great golf throughout the five-day event. Kicking off the activities was a full day of practice rounds followed by a Super Bowl party complete with a buffet dinner and open bar in a private party tent at Carambola Beach Club. The big game provided plenty of excitement and entertainment for the evening, setting the tone for the overall event.

Additional highlights included a Junior Golf clinic conducted by 4 attending US golf pros, player gift bags filled with prizes including Tommy Bahama St. Kitts men’s or women’s fragrance samples and a Welcome Reception as well as an Awards Dinner at the Royal St. Kitts Hotel, the official host hotel for this year’s event. Participants also enjoyed exploring the island, dining out at various restaurants and basking in the warm Caribbean sunshine.

The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club is an 18-hole course featuring holes on both the Caribbean and Atlantic which is managed by Marriott Golf. Most recently, it was voted among the Caribbean’s top golf courses in USA Today’s annual 10Best Reader’s Choice Best of the Caribbean awards. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis Golf Club is a par 71, 18-hole course that overlooks the Caribbean Sea and St. Kitts with a spectacular beach-side finishing 18th green.

To learn more about the Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am and golf in St. Kitts and Nevis, visit www.StKittsProAm.com. The tournament is managed exclusively by The Golf Connection LLC for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.


About St. Kitts:

St. Kitts is currently ranked by US News & World Report, with sister island Nevis, at #1 on a list of Best Caribbean Honeymoons, #2 on a list of the Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations in the World, #5 on a list of Best Family Vacations in the Caribbean, #7 on a list of the Best Islands in the World and #7 on a list of the Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean.  The destination is also ranked at #8 on a list of the Top 10 Best Islands for a Holiday by Places To See In Your Lifetime and one of the Top 12 Best Caribbean Vacations on FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel website, TripAdvisor®.

Most recently, The Wall Street Journal ranked St. Kitts as #9 on a list of 10 places across the world for Where to Vacation in 2017, Coastal Living ranked St. Kitts as #16 of The World’s 21 Top Luxury Beach Destinations in 2017, and Caribbean Journal ranked St. Kitts as #11 of 25 Caribbean Destinations to Visit in 2017. St. Kitts has also been named #8 of the Top 10 Sexiest Places on the Planet by Reader’s Digest (Canada), one of the Best Caribbean Cruise Destinations by Thrillist and one of 6 Caribbean Islands You Need to Visit Now by Travelocity.

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. Located in the northern Leeward Islands, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history.  The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on the beach.  For more information about St. Kitts, visit www.stkittstourism.kn.


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Mega Hit Makers Join Lineup For 2017 St. Kitts Music Festival

BASSETERRE (1ST February, 2017): Chart topping Dancehall artistes Shabba Ranks, Jah Cure, Mavado and renowned American Rock band Goo Goo Dolls are the first wave of artistes signed to perform at the 21st Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which will take place June 22-24, 2017.

“We are very pleased to welcome these prolific artistes to St. Kitts,” said the Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry & Commerce. “This mix of dancehall and rock-n-roll performances speaks to the dynamic diversity of the St. Kitts Music Festival, which has become a successful platform for driving tourism to our shores during the start of what is typically our low season for visitor arrivals.”


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Saint Lucia Announces Soleil – A Summer of Festivals for 2017

Saint Lucia (February 2, 2017) – Saint Lucia, whose global reputation for quality entertainment is built on 25 years of experience hosting the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts festival, announces SOLEIL – the Saint Lucia Summer Festival, a series of six festivals taking place from May through October.

During a launch held on Thursday, February 2, at the Bay Gardens Hotel; Prime Minister, Hon. Allen Chastanet in his remarks to the gathering noted that “Saint Lucia continues to create unique entertainment opportunities for visitors to our shores and the launch of this festival is just the beginning of the exciting plans we have for the industry. This is part of our drive to continuously diversify and enhance our tourism product. The idea is when you come to Saint Lucia you can stay all summer long with the extensive events calendar and no shortness of amazing places and sites to visit. We will appeal to all types of music enthusiasts from the region and internationally whether it be Jazz, Reggae, RnB . . . or you can now choose which event appeals to you most.”

The Summer Festival series will kick off May 12 -14, 2017, with Saint Lucia Jazz, a celebration of Caribbean and international jazz music. Events will take place across the island, culminating with a star-studded concert at Pigeon Island National Landmark on Sunday, May 14. Star-studded headliners include Grammy nominated singer and actress Vanessa Williams and dynamically talented Rachelle Ferrell. Confirmed headliners such as Rupert Lay, steel pannist Victor Provost and Malavoi, hailing from Martinique, will also take the stage. Saint Lucian Jazz music will also be prominently featured with the Rupert Lay Quartet, Michael Robinson and the Caribbean band Bluemangó.

In its first year The Saint Lucia Summer Festival will also feature:

  • Roots & Soul (June 16-18): Dedicated to new trends in reggae, conscious hip-hop, Afropunk and R&B, this festival will also mark the launch of Saint Lucia Carnival.
  • Saint Lucia Carnival (mid-June through mid-July): A variety of musical competitions lead up to the Parade of the Bands on July 17 and 18.  Throughout, Lucian Carnival gives revelers the opportunity to fête throughout the island in true Caribbean fashion.
  • Saint Lucia Food & Rum Festival (August 24-27): This gastronomic festival invites chefs, wine connoisseurs, rum fanatics and foodies from the Caribbean and around the globe. Inspired by Chefs Nina Compton and Doran Payne, the event will feature culinary demonstrations, rum and wine tastings, dining events and experiences, and musical performances.
  • Country & Blues Festival (September 15 – 17): The festival will reflect the diversity and modernity of the genres of music that act as powerful storytellers of the past and draw strong parallels to Saint Lucian folk traditions.
  • Arts & Heritage Festival (October): Building on Jounen Kwéyòl, this month-long festival will celebrate Saint Lucia’s cultural, ethnic and artistic heritage with a variety of performances, seminars, lectures, culinary experiences, street parties and art exhibitions.

Full details about Soliel – the Summer of Festivals can be found at www.stlucia.org/summerfestival.

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

About Saint Lucia

One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. Saint Lucia also is home to world class cruise and yachting facilities. The island is continually recognized as one of the Leading Wedding and Honeymoon destinations worldwide.

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Antigua & Barbuda Celebrate Success of 2017 Caribbean Travel Marketplace

February 3, 2017 (New York, NY) –  Antigua and Barbuda is celebrating the success of its participation in the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the region’s largest and most significant marketing forum staged by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) in Nassau, Bahamas from January 31 – February 2, 2017 at Atlantis, Paradise Found. The Caribbean Travel Marketplace is the premier annual event for more than 1,200 Caribbean Hoteliers, Tourist Boards, Tour Operators and Attractions to gather for high-impact one-on-one business meetings, knowledge sharing and networking.

The Antigua and Barbuda delegation was led by the Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Board, Ricky Skerritt, with CEO of the Tourism Authority, Colin James, and joined by Director of Tourism, US, Kim Jack Riley and Director of Tourism, Canada, Colin Skerritt and Dean Fenton, Sales and Marketing Manager. As a key delegation, Antigua and Barbuda was able to connect in one place with over 350 suppliers from 26 plus Caribbean countries and met with the top tour operators, airlines, travel agencies, OTAs and media houses, as well as the top travel and trade publications in attendance. The marketplace is the best opportunity to generate last-minute seasonal business while setting the state for long-term business and enhancing the relationship between Antigua and Barbuda, hoteliers, buying companies and leaders in the industry.

Team Antigua and Barbuda were also joined by leading hotelier and industry partners that included Cocos, Blue Waters, Heritage Bay, Carlisle Bay, Sugar Ridge, and National Tours who all had successful meetings with their industry buyers. These business opportunities are critical to ensure the destination continues the momentum for growth that was achieved in 2016 into the new year.

Key tour operators from Europe and North America expressed confidence in the country’s product and were optimistic of the prospects for growth for 2017.

Caribbean Travel Marketplace affords tourism suppliers the vital opportunity to meet face-to-face with wholesalers from around the world selling Caribbean vacation packages over the course of two days of business meetings as well as senior Tourism officials from attending countries. This year that were even more buyers, suppliers and countries in attendance, representing over 1,200 delegates.


For media enquiries, please contact:
Shermain Jeremy
Communications and Marketing Specialist
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Office
Tel: 646.215.6037
E: [email protected]


Karen Gillo
PM Group
C: 646.628.4895
E: [email protected]


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 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 or follow us on Twitterhttp://twitter.com/antiguabarbuda  Facebook www.facebook.com/antiguabarbudaInstagramwww.instagram.com/AntiguaandBarbuda

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