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First Bed and Breakfast inaugurated in San Sebastián

The Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, and the Mayor of San Sebastián, Javier Jiménez Pérz, announced the opening of the first Bed and Breakfast (B&B) in the municipality of San Sebastián. The B&B, located in the historic center of town, has four bedrooms and encompasses a Creole-inspired atmosphere through its mix of antique and contemporary furnishings. Rates start at $99 per night.

“Yaiza Arvelo Serrano and Edwin Cortés Seguinot, owners of the B&B in San Sebastián and new entrepreneurs in the tourism industry, believed that tourism development could blossom with the first two Bed and Breakfasts certified by the PRTC program,” said Rivera Rocafort. “With an investment of nearly $65,000, the opening of the B&B in San Sebastián will increase room availability by four units, as well as offer three direct and five indirect jobs.”

“The opening of this Bed and Breakfast, has opened the possibility to a new lifestyle in which we share our home, our people and our country with individuals throughout the world,” said Serrano.

The San Sebastián B&B offers personalized service and a complete breakfast, including local produce found throughout the island. The breakfast provided features a stuffed ham and cheese pocket produced in La Esperanza, natural fruit juice, fresh fruits and gourmet Puerto Rican coffee. In addition, the new B&B will offer guests free Wi-Fi access and cable TV.

Nearby the B&B, visitors can find a number of activities in the town, including a historic century-old church, the History Museum of San Sebastián and City Hall. San Sebastián is also home to a number of bakeries, pizzerias and Creole eateries. Additionally, San Sebastián has a variety of nature attractions, such as the well-known Gozalandia waterfall and Lake Guajataca. Also close in proximity, is the Rio Camuy Cave Park, Arecibo Observatory and Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Park.

Puerto Rico Tourism Company Bed and Breakfast (B&B) Program Information

  • B&B Inns are the smallest lodging accommodation available on the Island. Each house has at least three rooms, but no more than six.
  • The resident of the property is the host and provides each guest breakfast services as an essential part of the facility’s per-night rate.
  • The B&B Program encourages visitors to discover the culture and tourist attractions of a destination, while experiencing intimate and specialized accommodations provided by a local family service.
  • The goal of the program is to offer tourists diversity of lodgings throughout their stay in Puerto Rico.
  • The implementation of this program began in December of 2013 with the inauguration of Casa Sol in San Juan. San Sebastián Bed and Breakfast now joins Casa Sol (San Juan), Casa Castellana (San Juan) and Dos Angeles del Mar (Rincon), as a certified B&B.

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Guyana listed among 12 Emerging Travel Destinations to visit in 2016

Guyana, South America Undiscovered- On the cusp of the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations Guyana has been accorded yet another distinction, having been featured in the Business Insider UK’s  ‘ 12 Emerging destinations you have to visit in 2016’.
In this most recent feature, Broadcast journalist and photojournalist, Anisha Shah explains that 2016 is all about emerging destinations.

“Wilderness, wildlife and culture; these themes will illuminate the year’s travel itineraries. Escapism and authenticity are key and nowhere offers them quite like fledgling and far-flung nations,” she said.

In sharing her perception of the destination, Shah, who is now a freelance journalist for CNN, BBC Travel and Huffington Post wrote, “Dripping in rainforests, Guyana’s untouched pristine interior is sparsely populated, home only to few Amerindian villages. Wildlife far outnumbers the people, with jaguars, pumas and sloths the real locals. The majority of people inhabit the Northeastern narrow Atlantic Ocean coastline of blonde castaway beaches backed by dense forest, home to endangered sea turtles. Kaieteur Falls, one of the grandest falls you’ve never heard of, is the world’s widest single-drop waterfall, peaking at 76m and encased in virgin ancient jungle. Seeing it by tiny charter flight is unforgettable.”

“Why Now? You’ve heard of Iguazu and Angel Falls, read about Galapagos wildlife and Brazil’s rainforest but Guyana is a small nation with all of the above, where you won’t come across another tourist…just yet.”

Also making the list of the 12 Emerging Travel Destinations to visit in 2016 were, Glacier Bay National Park: Alaska, Japan, Gabon, Uganda, Iran, Taiwan, Madagascar, the Arctic: Iceland, Greenland, and Norway, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea and Kyrgyzstan.

These recent accolade augurs well for Guyana, as the destination prepares to celebrate its  Golden Jubilee with great fanfare and welcomes any opportunity to promote the vibrancy, raw authentic adventure, stunning scenery and rich culture that is unique to this South American country.

According to the Hon. Tourism Minister, Catherine Hughes, Guyana’s unique blend of tourism products is as rich and as attractive as those found in any part of the world.

She noted too that the Destination has the potential to attract a wide cross section of travelers with varying interests , and the ability to lure those looking for unique adventures in ‘off the beaten path’ destinations .

Over the years, Guyana has cemented its position as a leading Sustainable Tourism Destination, and has gained international recognition as ‘National Geographic Traveler 2014’s must-see places on planet earth. Guyana earned a coveted spot on this exclusive, very short list for the very first time in 2014’and  BBC Travel’s  ‘Five destinations you should know more about’, among many others.
“The tourism sector is very important for showcasing a country’s cultural diversity, as well as its socio-economic potential. With the attention that ‘Guyana- South America Undiscovered’ is receiving, there is no doubt that the sector will be propelled to greater heights in 2016. We have made great strides in promoting Guyana, and the country is now internationally recognised as a viable eco-tourism destination. We have much more to offer through our many niche products,” the Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, Mr. Indranauth Haralsingh explained.

The Destination features an irresistible combination of captivating natural beauty; pristine Amazonian rainforests; immense waterfalls; amazing wildlife, blended with a vibrant indigenous culture, rich heritage and the most hospitable and friendly people in the world; niche products include Bird Watching, Sport Fishing, Community Based Tourism, Wildlife Spotting and Yachting.

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CTO Announces Relief Fund to Assist Dominica Following Disastrous Flood

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Sept 9, 2015) –The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is seeking donations for its CTO Relief Fund to provide monetary assistance to the people of Dominica following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, which dumped 12 inches of rain on the island on Thursday August 27, causing extensive flooding which killed over 30 people and caused over US$200 million in damage.

Dominica is a member of the CTO whose Relief Fund provides support for member countries impacted by natural disasters. The CTO is enlisting the help of governments and individuals across the Region along with supporters from around the world, to mobilize and encourage assistance for the Government and People of Dominica.  The CTO is using all of its offices to facilitate the process.

“The time to help Dominica is now. In other times of need, the Caribbean as a Region has generously come together to provide assistance to those devastated by natural disasters, and we are confident that this spirit of generosity will be evident  once again,” said Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the CTO. Cheques payable to Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief can be mailed to the London office at 22 The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1BP, UK, or to the Barbados office at Ground Floor, Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados, BB22026, payable to Caribbean Tourism Organization. In the US, cheques payable to the CTO Relief Fund may be mailed to 80 Broad Street, 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10004. Contributions to the CTO Relief Fund in the US are not tax deductible.

Persons wishing to make electronic transfers can please contact the Barbados,  UK or US offices to acquire banking details.

The CTO is also working with a civic group in the US, the Association of Dominicans in the Northeast, (www.adne-us.org) a registered charity based in New Jersey, to mobilize Dominicans, collect relief items and raise funds for the effort.  The group is hosting a number of events, the entire proceeds of which will go to the relief effort.

The CTO Relief Fund has been utilized to assist member countries on several occasions in the past, including Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and Grenada following Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

 

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of the region’s finest countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.

In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: [email protected]

The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: [email protected];

The CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: [email protected];

For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization please visit www.OneCaribbean.org. Get the latest CTO updates on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ctotourism. Connect with CTO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTourismOrganization.

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