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Grand Bahama tourism industry begins rebuilding after Hurricane Matthew

NASSAU, Bahamas – October 12, 2016 — Although Grand Bahama was among those islands hardest hit during the passage of Hurricane Matthew last week, the tourism industry on the island is moving quickly to rebuild itself in an effort to offer something better than ever.

Tourism officials began this effort with a sound assessment of the island’s hotel properties, beaches and other tourist attractions. Bahamas Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe is in Grand Bahama where the assessment is still ongoing.

“We have to be honest about Grand Bahama because that’s the only way we can move forward. Tourism on the island has come to a grinding halt. Hotels, restaurants and tour operators have all been affected by Hurricane Matthew, but there is hope and Grand Bahamians are resilient. Everywhere you go on this island people are working. People are working on their homes; people are working at the hotels to fix those properties. Grand Bahama will rise again, better and stronger,” Wilchcombe said.

“We are still assessing the full extent of the damage and will know better later this week or early next week when Grand Bahama will be fully open for business. We have an incredible team here in Grand Bahama. The tourism team is already back to work and focusing on rebuilding the industry despite dealing with their own personal tragedies.

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) Director for Grand Bahama Betty Bethel said there is a feeling of “optimism” on the island among tourism stakeholders who are hoping to open their resorts and businesses during the “winter season”.

“We are looking at the positives here. This is indeed an opportunity for Grand Bahama to freshen up its tourism product and to create some new product. The relaunch will reflect, I think, a different attitude, a different perspective in terms of tourism on Grand Bahama. We are now focusing on reinventing ourselves.”

“After speaking with several of our partners they are very optimistic that with the restoration of power and water we actually can have a product within two months,” Bethel said.

Many of the resorts on the island have communicated to tourism stakeholders that they expect to open either in November or December.

Based on initial damage assessments, Viva Wyndham Fortuna said it expects to open on November 14.

Castaways, which had roof damage resulting in 32 rooms being out of order, remains open. The hotel has water, wifi and limited electricity.

Pelican Bay had minor roof damage to its conference center, which is currently being repaired. The property is taking corporate business and restoration teams only and is not open to leisure guests. Its restaurant, Sabor, is also open.

Work on Memories Resort is expected to begin soon and the company said in a statement released on Tuesday it is expected to open on December 10. Until then the 500 staff members will undergo extensive customer service retraining ahead of its proposed opening date.

The Grand Lucayan, which includes the Lighthouse Pointe and Breakers Cay, had water damage and roof damage. Lighthouse Pointe is expected to open November 7.

Flamingo Bay Resort had minor damage and is awaiting the restoration of power before opening.

Taino Beach Resort received extensive damage and officials there gave no timeframe for opening.

Old Bahama Bay Resort sustained minimal damage and will open once power and water have been restored.

A team of workers are currently assessing the damage to the Ocean Reef Resort and no opening date has been given at this point.

Travelers are encouraged to reach out to hotels for regular updates on proposed opening dates.

Treasure Bay Casino reported minor damage to its interior, although it suffered major roof damage. The property is proposing to open on October 31.

Clean up of Port Lucaya Marketplace is underway. Businesses in the island’s tourism hub are hoping to reopen soon.

UNEXSO, the local scuba diving and dolphin tour company, sustained no damage and is open for business.

Garden of the Groves had extensive damage to the landscape but restoration efforts are underway. Grand Bahama Nature Tours reported that they were able to secure all of its equipment and will be able to run Jeep, bike, ATV and kayak tours as soon as all routes are assessed and cleared for safety. Tours are expected to recommence on October 31, the company said.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is still carrying passengers to Freeport, and the company is looking to aggressively promote 2-night Bahamas cruises in hopes of encouraging travel to the island.

Regarding the major cruise lines, Carnival Cruise Lines said they were reviewing upcoming itineraries to make adjustments. Norwegian Cruise Lines said, “Our destination services team is in close contact with officials and operators in Freeport. Assessments are ongoing and we will be communicating with our guests soon if there are any impacts or itinerary changes.”

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Latest accolades for Rhums of Martinique cement island’s status as ‘The Rum Capital of the Caribbean’

NEW YORK, NY (October 12, 2016) – The Rhums of Martinique are on a roll, earning accolades and innovating exclusive new products further cementing the island’s status as The Rum Capital of the Caribbean.

Rhum JM – World’s Finest Spirit

Rhum JM, among Martinique’s most celebrated heritage brands, received the top overall award at the recently concluded Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. The event widely lauded as the “World Championship for Wine and Spirits,” attracted more than 10,000 wine and spirit entries from around the world. Rhum JM topped them all, taking home the Spirit Selection Best Trophy awarded annually to the world’s best overall spirit. Rhum JM also took home two gold medals in the agricultural rum category for the JM Armagnac Cask Finish and the JM 1999 Vintage (15 years). Concours Mondial de Bruxelles awards were determined by 75 professional tasters representing 24 individual countries.

Rhum Clement – World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Rum

Raising the bar on exclusive connoisseurial spirits to new and heretofore unimagined levels of luxury, Martinique’s famed Rhum Clement recently formed an alliance with elite French jeweler Tournaire to launch the world’s most expensive bottle of rum. Espousing Tournaire’s signature style of exquisite architectural jewelry, the new Clement–Tournaire bottle is distinguished by a miniature replica of the historic Great House located on the grounds of the Rhum Clement Distillery carefully crafted to exacting detail in gold and diamonds. Treasures extend within the bottle as well, with vintage 1966 Clement equaling the jewels atop the bottle. Estimated price: 100,000 euros.

Rhum Neisson – World’s First Certified Bio Organic AOC Rum

Rhum Neisson, the smallest rum-producer in Martinique and the last 100% family-owned distillery on the island, announced recently that it has secured the world’s first bio-organic certification for rum. The designation was made by ECOCERT, a certification organization founded in France in 1991 by agronomists to develop agriculture that respects the environment and provide recognition to those who engage in this organic farming. ECOCERT-approved bio-organic rum produced by Rhum Neisson will be available for purchase in Martinique beginning in December 2016.

Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas for the Martinique Promotion Bureau, commented on the latest developments within the island’s rhum industry, saying: “Our island-wide ‘Route des Rhums’ tour connecting all 10 of Martinique’s distilleries has always been a great attraction for spirits lovers. Now, with these latest awards and innovations, a rum journey to Martinique is even more of a must.”

Just as wine lovers travel to France to tour La Route des Vins to discover the finest wines, spirits enthusiasts can revel in the best rums by traveling Martinique’s Route des Rhums.

The island has 10 distilleries producing more than 15 varieties of rums du terroir, as well as many local liquors made from rum. A visitor will soon realize that there is a rum for every palate, and the passionate connoisseur will appreciate Martinique’s vintage dark rum, often compared to a superb cognac.

Free samples are available at each distillery. Visitors can also purchase local rums throughout the island, including upon departure from Lamentin Airport at La Case à Rhum.

For more information on travel to Martinique, please visit www.us.martinique.org. For the latest, up-to-date Martinique Promotion Bureau press kit, visit www.martiniquepresskit.com.

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Innagural Sea to Sea Marathon coming to Tobago in May

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – October 12, 2016 – Get your running shoes ready! The first-ever Sea to Sea Marathon is coming to Tobago May 20 – 21, 2017. The scenic race, ideal for novice and seasoned runners alike, includes a 5K and 10K on May 20 followed by the full and half marathons on May 21. The Sea to Sea Marathon is the ultimate destination race for runners seeking a picturesque tropical paradise during their trek to the finish line.

The action-packed weekend includes a variety of activities and entertainment for those participating and spectating. During the opening ceremony on Saturday, May 20, entertainment will be provided at the Marathon Village; a breakfast and special “carb loading” dinner will also be served for marathon participants. All of the Sea to Sea Marathon race courses will start in the Main Ridge Forest Reserve near Bloody Bay on the Caribbean Sea and proceed through scenic villages along the Atlantic coast to the capital of Scarborough and on to finish line in Lambeau Beach, Little Rocky Bay.

A destination marathon in Tobago is not only about the marathon itself, but experiencing the island totally, thoroughly and truly from the ground up. During the Sea to Sea Marathon weekend, participants are given time to explore everything the quaint island has to offer from its beaches and culture to forest tours and bird or turtle watching. Those who wish to rest up before the big race can take solace at one of the marathon’s many accommodation partners while taking in magnificent views of the island and Caribbean Sea.

Runners can register individually or as teams of five to 40 people. From now through December 31, adult runners can save US$25 on registration; regular registration ends on May 6. Registration for youth under 20 years is only US$15. The top three male and female finishers will receive trophies and those who finish in the top categories of their race will receive cash prices, while all finishers will receive medals. Overall, the race will distribute more than US$53,000 in cash prizes. For more information, visit www.seatoseamarathon.com.

About Tobago

Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean island with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the world’s largest brain coral. For more information about Tobago, visit www.visittobago.gov.tt.

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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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CTO Statement on Effect of Hurricane Matthew

STATEMENT BY HUGH RILEY, SECRETARY GENERAL, THE CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION, ON THE EFFECT OF HURRICANE MATTHEW

FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER, 2016

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and the extensive damage inflicted on our member countries and neighbours by the dangerous Hurricane Matthew, described as the most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean in a decade. Even in its weaker form as a tropical storm it inflicted loss.

Our prayers are with the Government and People of Haiti where the death toll has soared to more than 400 and where there is still not full recovery from the destructive earthquake of 2010.

We also express our prayers and concerns for The Bahamas – which still has not received the all-clear and which has been recovering from last year’s Hurricane Joaquin. We await a full assessment of the damage in The Bahamas, as well as in St. Vincent and the Grenadines where a young man lost his life when Matthew struck as a tropical storm.

Several other CTO member countries, including Cuba, Dominica, Jamaica and Saint Lucia have been impacted by the storm; and while we are thankful that there was no loss of life in those countries, we are conscious of the fact that they have suffered some level of damage. Still, we are thankful that life is getting back to normal in those countries and they are open for business.

For the worst affected countries the impact, both physical and psychological, will be long-lasting. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives and to those who are grieving their loss, and we assure our support to those who are touched in one way or another.

It is evident that in the aftermath of the storm the immediate challenge is to alleviate suffering and provide the necessary support. In the days and weeks ahead we at the CTO and throughout our member countries in the Caribbean will work with our private sector partners the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and others, to do whatever is necessary to offer assistance and to coordinate relief efforts.

We have immense confidence in the strength and resolve of our people to prevail.

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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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