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Cayman Islands celebrates inaugural Southwest Airlines Flight from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, June 5, 2017 – On Sunday, June 4, 2017, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) proudly celebrated the start of Southwest Airlines’ daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale—Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) with a surprise flight gate party at the southern Florida airport, followed by continued festivities in Grand Cayman upon the inaugural flight’s arrival.

Southwest Airlines’ Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Mark Shaw, together with Miss Cayman Islands, Anika Conolly, kicked off the celebrations with an honorary ribbon cutting ceremony at the gate at FLL, signifying the start of the new daily flight service. Unsuspecting travellers were showered with Cayman’s vibrant island spirit and rich local heritage as elements of the destination’s two most beloved on-island events, Pirates Week and Carnival Batabano, came to life right before their eyes with live entertainment and dancing. Rounding out the festivities were destination-inspired giveaways and refreshments for passengers to enjoy prior to the inaugural flight, including Blackbeards Rum Cakes and miniature stingray plush toys.

During the flight, guests were given the special “Caymankind” treatment as they travelled to Grand Cayman, soaking up everything from energetic Cayman Carnival dancers to enticing gifts and giveaways such as complimentary admission to various on-island attractions and even free return two-night stays. But the revelry didn’t end there, as key Southwest Airlines executives and local island performers, along with Ms. Conolly, warmly greeted the passengers immediately after deplaning on the GCM airport tarmac. Exemplifying the destination’s unmatched hospitality, travellers were delighted as they were escorted into the Cayman Islands’ airport with a parade of excitement and high energy surrounding them, providing an unforgettable beginning to their Cayman adventure.

“We are so thrilled to welcome Southwest Airlines as our newest airline partner and introduce daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Cayman, a key U.S. market for us,” said Mrs. Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism. “We couldn’t imagine a more fitting way to celebrate this exciting new alliance and enhanced accessibility to our destination than with a special ‘Caymankind’ tribute to our loyal guests. This launch helped to set the stage for what we can only hope will be the first of many more memorable visits to our shores.”

“The airline with heart now brings our world-famous hospitality with wide-reaching smiles to the limitless sand and sea horizon of Grand Cayman,” said Mark Shaw, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Southwest Airlines. “A Caymankind journey on Southwest® brings the compounded value of excellent customer service on comfortable planes coupled with low fares, alongside our industry-unique combination of bags fly free and no change fees for everyone. We are honored to make the Cayman Islands the tenth country served by Southwest, America’s largest airline.”

The new route, effective immediately, provides a convenient vacation escape for discerning travellers in the South Florida area. Utilizing a Boeing 737-700 aircraft, flight WN 1215 departs FLL daily at 11:45 a.m. and arrives to Grand Cayman at 12:20 p.m. The return flight, WN 1216 leaves GCM at 1:15 p.m. and arrives to Fort Lauderdale at 4:00 p.m.

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First International Hiking Festival in Martinique

Martinique will host its First International Hiking Festival of the Island from June 1st to 30th 2017, offering 30 different hikes all around this green heaven.

From a countryside walk to a beach stroll, northern lush and intense vegetation to dry coastal scenery, nature lovers will find their perfect hike, suited to their preference and physical condition. The participants will experience the wild beauty of Martinique, climb its rugged mountains, cross rivers, roam the tropical rain forest or just stroll along the coastal.

“Martinique is a land of nature where hiking is the perfect way to discover one of the most beautiful place of the world,” said Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas of the Martinique Promotion Bureau. “The Island is blessed with a wide range of natural wonders; a wealth of exotic flowers honoring Martinique’s nickname, the majestic Mount Pelée towering over the Bay of Saint-Pierre and a protected parkland that encompass two thirds of the Island, a sanctuary of numerous natural gems.”

The program of this first International Hiking Festival in Martinique will feature diverse and uncommon hikes such as the discovery of the Caravelle Peninsula and its various ecosystems on June 4th, an urban walk seeking the architectural hidden treasures of the Capital City on June 8th, a nocturnal poetic stroll under the moon light in Sainte-Anne with the famous local storyteller Joby Bernabé on June 9th and an active hike on the Morne Larcher, over the magnificent Bay of Le Diamant on June 20th.

For more information: www.festivalinternationalrandomartinique.com

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The Cayman Islands designates island-wide hurricane guarantee

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, 1 June 2017 – Despite the unpredictable hurricane season, a luxurious and unforgettable Caribbean escape is still within reach in the Cayman Islands thanks to the destination’s “Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee.” This summer, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism is giving travellers peace of mind with a specialty promise that covers cancellations made prior to arrival and compensation if vacation time is cut short because of inclement weather. As soon as a hurricane is anticipated, guests are eligible to receive a full refund of accommodation fees at participating hotels, condos and villas island-wide, with a maximum one-night penalty at most for cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to check-in.

Additionally, many properties are offering a free replacement stay throughout the summer months, allowing guests to rebook for the same duration as the initially-booked stay, regardless of how many days were affected by a hurricane or storm.

“Our top priority at the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism is to provide a positive and memorable vacation experience for our guests, one that is unburdened by the stresses of everyday life,” said Mrs. Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism. “Understanding the seasonal considerations that come with the late summer and early fall months, we developed our island-wide Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee. This guarantee allows travellers to plan their stays in the Cayman Islands with complete peace of mind, ensuring they are covered even in the unlikely event that their trip is cut short due to inclement weather.”

A wide array of hotels, condominiums and villas across Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are participating in the Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee and some are also offering cancellation up to 24 hours or less before the guests’ reserved stay, with zero penalty.

For a list of participating properties, go to visitcaymanislands.com/hurricaneguarantee. For detailed property guarantees, please visit the individual property web sites or contact them directly.

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Tremendous boost of Norwegian air service to French Caribbean Island of Martinique

NEW YORK, NY – (May 31, 2017) – Following two successful winter seasons from the North East Coast  to Martinique, Norwegian is announcing today the launching of two new routes to the island from Providence’s T.F. Green Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, starting October 30th.

The World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline is adding to its four weekly flights out of New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, a twice weekly service from Providence and a thrice air schedule from Fort Lauderdale, for the 2017/2018 winter season!

  • The schedule from PVD to FDF will operate as follow on Mondays & Fridays:

PVD – FDF*        Departing 4:00 p.m.        Arriving 9:20 p.m.

The schedule from FDF to PVD will operate as follow on Thursdays & Sundays:

FDF *– PVD        Departing 10:30 a.m.      Arriving 2:30 p.m.

  • The schedule from FLL to FDF will operate as follow on Mondays, Wednesdays & Sundays:

FLL– FDF*            Departing 2:15 p.m.        Arriving 6:45 p.m.

FDF *– FLL           Departing 10:00 a.m.      Arriving 12:25 p.m.

“The boost air service from the US is indeed as pledge of commitment from Norwegian Air, one of our closest industry partner and also a reflection of the growing  popularity of the island on the U.S market”, said Muriel Wiltord Director Americas of the Martinique Promotion Bureau.  “Martinique Magnifique is definitely more affordable and accessible than ever.”

“Norwegian is excited to once again return to the magnificent island of Martinique for the 2017/18 winter season. Due to demand, we are increasing flights from New York JFK, and we are adding connections with new nonstop routes from both Fort Lauderdale and Providence. This allows more and more American travelers to discover such a hidden gem in the Caribbean. It’s now easier and more affordable than ever to fly to the French Caribbean, and we’ve seen a significant increase in visitors to Martinique as a result of our flights and cooperation with the tourist board,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer.

With these new routes along with increased service out of JFK, the Island of Flowers is thrilled to welcome even more U.S visitors. The new route operating out of Providence will serve not only Rhode Island but also other states such as Massachusetts, Connecticut etc.., covering a large part of New England. In addition, Martinique increases significantly its air service from Florida with this new route out Fort Lauderdale.

To book: www.norwegian.com/us

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The GHTA launches Pure Grenada App

(St. George’s, Grenada) 30th May 2017— The Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association (GHTA) has made a bold step in enhancing visitor experience in Pure Grenada with the release of its exciting new app.  Launched on Thursday 25th May, during the Association’s Annual General Meeting, the Pure Grenada App is a one stop shop showcasing events and locations in Grenada along with digital images and information of restaurants, accommodation, culture, activities, festivals and points of interest in the tri-island state.

The App showcases a simple interface featuring places to explore, events, favourites saved by the user and close by locations. If you already know what you’re looking for then, the app features a search engine that allows you to go straight to the information you seek. It also allows for users to submit their reviews and ratings. An important feature to note is that the app can be accessed without a data connection.

GHTA Information Technology Officer, Clevon Noel, said, “As development in technology continues, tourism must keep up with new innovations. In fact, with the increase in the use of smart devices, it becomes important for our businesses to connect with prospective visitors/customers to ensure that our information is easily accessible. We are excited at the GHTA to provide this tool, the Pure Grenada App, to give our visitors a way to connect to us as we connect to them. ”

Grenada Tourism Authority CEO, Ms. Patricia Maher, who spoke at the launch, praised the GHTA for its efforts. She said, “We are happy that our partners in Tourism have developed this App for our visitors to use as a one stop shop for information on Grenada’s product offerings.  Everyone is using their mobile devices to access information and visitors can discover what Pure Grenada has to offer at their finger-tips. We are working with the GHTA to share content, images, videos and our ‘Free to Wonder’ lifestyle campaign on the mobile App. This is the type of positive collaboration that will drive the marketing of the destination for the benefit of all our stakeholders.

The GHTA has also launched a website supporting the app at pureapp.gd. You can also find more information via Twitter @puregrenadaapp.

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Norwegian improves its JKF nonstop air service to Martinique

NEW YORK, NY – (May 30, 2017) – Following a successful 2016/2017 winter season, Norwegian—named Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline,  for the past four consecutive years—increases its seasonal air service to Martinique from 3 to 4 nonstop flights out of JFK to Fort-de-France starting October 29th, 2017.

Traveling to Martinique, “The Caribbean Island with French Flair,” is more affordable and accessible from additional East Coast gateways for U.S. visitors, since Norwegian Air started to operate its nonstop air service in December 2015.

This October 29th 2017, the award-winning airline will increase its air service out of New York to 4 times weekly, with highly competitive airfares starting at $79 one-way, including taxes. Tickets are now available for purchase, for travel October 29th 2017 through March 23rd 2018. The website’s low fare calendar displays available fares on all flights to Martinique from the U.S.

“Norwegian is excited to return to Martinique for the winter season 2017/18 as our service from New York’s JFK will resume in late October. We are very pleased that more and more American continue to discover such a hidden gem in the Caribbean that offers quite a vastly different experience to most other Caribbean islands – it’s like being in France, but without any jetlag and even better beaches,” said Anders Lindström, Norwegian’s US Director of Communications.

The schedule will operate as follow on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays:

JFK – FDF*          Departing 2:10 p.m.        Arriving 6:35 p.m.

FDF *– JFK          Departing 8:05 a.m.         Arriving noon

“With this improved air service, Norwegian reaffirms its commitment to the ‘Island of Flowers’, said Muriel Wiltord Director Americas of the Martinique Tourism Authority. “We all know that accessibility is key in terms of travel. Norwegian Air, providing both warm and expert service with attractive airfares, offers families, budget travelers, Francophiles, nature & beach lovers, culture aficionados and deal seekers, the opportunity of flying nonstop to Martinique in 4 hours and a half.”

From weekend getaways to longer total immersion visits and hotel stay comfort or vacation rental independence to budget travel or a luxury experience, Martinique has it all and much more!

To book: www.norwegian.com/us

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Nevis Island Administration Holds Min. of Tourism Awards Gala & Dance 2017

The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Min. of Tourism, held its Tourism Awards Gala and Dance on May 27, 2017, at the Four Seasons Resort, under the patronage of Lemuel Pemberton. The Nisbet Plantation Beach Club was awarded Hotel of the Year. Kerry Hendrickson was named Hotel Manager of the Year. Tourism Employee of the Year went to Desmond Edmund. Taxi Operator of the Year went to Morell Claxton. Alfred Tyson was awarded for Nevisian Adventure. Rodney Eliott was awarded for Best Nevisian Culinary Experience. Delisle Walwyn was named Outstanding Allied Services Company. TDC was awarded for being the Corporate Partner of the Year. Sarah-Ann Daniel, Wayne Perkins, Maureen Archibald, Sylvester Pemberton, Maira Parris, Yvonne Herbert, Cordell Martin and Wilma Herbert were awarded for Long Service in the Hospitality Sector.

Special awards went to Patricia Thompson and Davidson “Beef” Javis in the Nevis Star Awards category and Lydia Lawrence in the Creativity and Initiative category.

Among those present were Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory, Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism Hon. Mark Brantley and Mrs. Sharon Brantley (who presented the awards) and featured speaker Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Association (CTO) Mr. Hugh Riley.

View photos and video of the event at the links below:
http://www.nia.gov.kn/index.php/news-4/news-articles-3/3051-nevis-min-of-tourism-names-nisbet-plantation-beach-club-as-hotel-of-the-year-for-2016

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ntv.nevistelevision/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1048925991918617

NNC: May 29, 2017

 

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