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Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Tourism Makes Provisional Arrangements for Management of Local Tourism Sector

Port of Spain, Trinidad – August 17, 2017 – Tourism stakeholders and the general public are hereby advised that the Tourism Development Company (TDC) has, without prejudice, ceased operations. Effective Monday August 21, 2017, the Ministry of Tourism will manage the following tourism portfolios previously under the remit of the TDC on an interim basis:

  • Tourism Investment and Incentives
  • Cruise Passenger Visitor Services
  • Airport Visitor Information Services
  • Sites and Attractions Maracas Beach Facility, Las Cuevas Beach Facility, Vessigny Beach Facility, Manzanilla Beach Facility and the La Brea Pitch Lake

In March 2017, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago renewed its commitment to boost the tourism sector as part of the country’s diversification thrust. The Cabinet, to this end, made a decision to create three (3) separate entities to drive the local tourism sector forward.

  1. The Tourism Trinidad Destination Management Company Limited (Tourism Trinidad)
  1. The Tobago Tourism Agency
  1. Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Regulatory and Licensing Authority

Persons requiring any tourism related services are kindly requested to contact the Ministry of Tourism’s Stakeholder Relations Unit at 625-0963/624-1403 Ext. 227 and 251 or email [email protected].

Trinidad and Tobago remains one of the most unspoilt tourist destinations within the Caribbean; blessed with a uniquely diverse culture that is reflected in an array of mouth watering culinary delights and riveting heritage traditions. These three (3) entities are intended to act as catalysts for the sustained development of Trinidad and Tobago’s tourism sector and present us all with a unique opportunity to move our tourism product forward in new and exciting ways.

For more information, contact:

Corporate Communications Unit
Phone: (868) 624-1403 Ext. 248

 

ABOUT THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM

The Ministry of Tourism is responsible for tourism policy development, awareness, catalysing and facilitating growth of the tourism sector, encouraging investment in the sector, building stakeholder partnerships and monitoring trends in the industry.

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Dominica: World Creole Music Festival Tickets Now Available Online

Roseau, Dominica: August 16, 2017 —– Patrons of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival can now purchase their festival tickets online. Discover Dominica Authority has partnered with TicketPal Caribbean to provide ticketing services for the 20th edition of the festival. Headquartered in Barbados, TicketPal Caribbean offers all-in-one ticketing solutions to event organizers across the Caribbean and in parts of the United States and Canada. Through this partnership, Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival is visible to TicketPal’s network of over 650,000 subscribers who can now purchase their festival tickets with one click.

Patrons wishing to purchase tickets online can visit www.TicketPalCaribbean.com. Season Tickets are available at EC$325 or US$125 and nightly tickets are available at EC$120 or US$48.

In 2017, we are focused on creating an unforgettable patron experience and visitors and locals can look forward to not only an exciting lineup but a transformation of the Windsor Park Sports Stadium to the Festival City in a manner like never before. So buy your tickets early and get ready for the undisputed premiere musical experience in the Caribbean.


The 20th edition of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 27-29 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in Roseau, Dominica. A line-up of top local, regional, and international acts covering a diverse range of creole music from the infectious Bouyon to the sweet sensation of Soca and Calypso, Reggae, Afro-funk, Haitian Kompas to the vibrating sounds of Cadence-lypso and Zouk awaits patrons. On this year’s exciting line-up are Machel Montano, Kalash, Mavado, Yemi Alade, Bunji Garlin & Fay-Ann Lyons, Sweet Micky, Kai, Etana, Romain Virgo, Klass, Marcé & Tumpak, Asa Bantan, Triple Kay International, Mizik à Nou All Stars, Breve, Swingin’ Stars, and the Zouk All Stars featuring Jean Marc Ferdinand, Orlane, Francky Vincent, and Stéphane Ravor.

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For more information on the 20th edition of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on 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, Kompas, Cadence, Bouyon, Salsa, Dancehall/Hip Hop, Merengue, Soukous, Zydeco. The Festival is dubbed ‘Three Nights of Pulsating Rhythms’ for its wide repertoire of musical genres on showcase each night. Join us for the 20th World Creole Music Festival, October 27-29, 2017.

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Fashion House in Antigua & Barbuda for Major Photoshoot

August 17, 2017 (St. John’s, Antigua) – Chen Burkett, a noted New York based fashion designer has teamed up with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and leading luxury resort, Carlisle Bay to capture the romantic elements of Antigua and Barbuda in an on-island photo shoot taking place in Antigua this week, ahead of the launch of her debut bridal collection at New York Fashion Week in September.

Coined as a non-traditional bridal collection with elements of traditional style, the Chen Burkett Bridal Collection caters to today’s modern bride, who is searching for unique pieces that match her unique tastes. These brides particularly prefer a non-traditional celebration such as a destination wedding on an exotic island like Antigua and Barbuda, and want what they wear to be an expression of who they are and how they feel as they make memories that will last a lifetime. The collection features silk and jacquard fabrics, cotton and linen with intricate beading and clean, beautiful lines.

The partnership with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and Carlisle Bay will see quintessential Antigua captured throughout Burkett’s collection. The destination’s historic and breathtaking locations along with the lush gardens and luxury rooms of the resort will serve as the backdrop for the shoot which utilizes model Mailka Miller of MMG Management, Bella Agency New York.

Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot A. Michael said, “Antigua and Barbuda, the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination as voted by the World Travel Awards is the perfect backdrop for this alluring and beautiful collection. We are fast-becoming a hotspot for honeymooning couple or couples on romantic escapes, having this year alone played host to celebrities, footballer Lionel Messi and American Idol winner Chris Blue who honeymooned on island with their wives.”

Chen Burkett New York is quotidian glam at its best and has been seen on red carpets and worn by notable celebrities and influencers such as: Eva Duvernay, Erica Campbell, Niecy Nash, Toya Wright, Alex Elle and Ray Royce.

CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James said, “We are excited about this partnership out of our US Office with Chen Burkett. This public relations activity further strengthens Antigua and Barbuda’s position as a premiere romance destination which offers couples ‘no residency’ weddings and luxurious, intimate and quality experiences. As soon as the collection launches, the beauty of Antigua and Barbuda will be visible throughout the USA and the UK with images appearing in bridal magazines, boutiques and online at Chen Burkett.com.”

A dedicated hashtag for the photoshoot now in session makes the collaboration between Antigua and Barbuda official. As such, the following hashtags are now being used on all photos across social media: # ChenBurkettxAntiguaBarbuda; #ChenBurkettxCarlisleBay; #LoveAntiguaBarbudaCBNY 

The bridal collection is being shot by acclaimed commercial photographer Keith Major, one of New York’s most talented and productive commercial photographers, who has  more than 30 years of experience and a roster of A-list clients.

About Antigua & 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 and tentatively listed as a 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, Tinman Triathlon, Sports Fishing Tournament 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

 

For media enquiries on Antigua and Barbuda Tourism contact: 

Maria Blackman

Marketing Communications|

Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority – HEAD OFFICE |
3rd Floor  | ACB Building | Corner of High and Temple Sts.| St. John’s Antigua
(: Office +1 268 562 7600   (Direct Line):  +1 268 464 7601 Website: visitantiguabarbuda

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Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival: The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival Celebrates Major 60th Anniversary

August 10, 2017 (St. John’s, Antigua) – Antigua and Barbuda’s  milestone 60th Anniversary of carnival was celebrated with thousands of residents and visitors experiencing the excitement of Antigua’s Carnival, The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival (www.antiguacarnival.com).

The major carnival celebrations ran from July 28th to August 8th 2017, under the theme, “CELEBRATE GREATNESS” and showcased the pageantry, mas, music and revelry, providing a unique spectacle to appeal to all carnival afficiandos visiting the destination.

Visitors to Antigua and Barbuda were invited to join in on the celebrations as the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority ‘Summer of 60’ promotion was launched regionally and internationally to engage visitors and encourage them participate in the 60th Anniversary Celebrations.

The ‘Summer of 60’ promotion highlighted all carnival events that visitors could take part in.  Hotels, restaurants, boutiques, tours and excursion providers in Antigua and Barbuda, also teamed up with the Tourism Authority for the promotion, raising awareness of the destination as a lively summer holiday spot and providing an opportunity for visitors to save up to 60% off on various experiences while on vacation.  In addition, regional audiences were targeted and given the opportunity to win a trip to Antigua for the carnival. The ‘Summer of 60’ promotion (www.visitantiguabarbuda.com/summer60) features some amazing offers and continues until October 12, 2017.

While Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival festivities have just about culminated, the event will continue to receive mileage as the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority played host to numerous media in the destination for the summer festivities.

Amongst the multitude of media on island for the festivities, over 20 media professionals hosted by the Tourism Authority included: three television film crews from the Caribbean, one television film crew from Germany as well as seven journalists and one radio programme host from the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Europe along with the regional ‘Win a trip to Antigua Carnival’ winners.

Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot A. Michael said, “Not only will residents and visitors have experienced our safe, festive and exciting celebrations, but we will now have persons tuning in to television and radio programmes and reading online and print articles on our carnival celebrations from the comforts of their homes in countries around the world.”

Media hosting for carnival was done in 2016, with huge success, and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority continues to generate coverage from last year’s press trip. The Authority anticipates even greater coverage following the 2017 Celebrations.

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British Virgin Islands Cleans Up after Flash Flood

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, August 9th, 2017 – The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is in full “clean up mode” following extensive flooding in certain areas of the Territory with the hardest impact occurring on the island of Tortola. Heavy and steady precipitation from the tropical wave caused flooding in low lying areas as well as damage to streets and sporadic landslides.

Through the resilience of the residents and collaboration between private citizens and Government agencies, cleanup and recovery has been ongoing.  The airport, which had been closed early on August 7th, was reopened yesterday before 10:00 a.m. Seaports were also open as ferry operators resumed normal business.

The accommodations sector reported mild flooding within a few properties, however the majority of hotels and villas remained open for business.

On the island of Virgin Gorda, park rangers were able to clear the footpaths leading to the Baths ensuring the famous park remained functional.

Commenting on recovery efforts, Director of Tourism, Mrs. Sharon Flax-Brutus said, “Cleanup continues to proceed. Several properties that reported damage were able to remedy their situations immediately after the weather subsided and the majority of our land-based accommodations and yacht charter businesses are up and running.  The resilience of the Virgin Islands community has been on full display as residents engage in the cleanup efforts in their neighbourhoods and properties while the Government disbursed teams and BVI Electricity restored power.”

Although the annual Emancipation August Festival activities have been canceled, the tourism industry is operational with guests being able to arrive and depart accordingly.

The BVI community is encouraged to stay tuned to local news for updates on weather reports. We advise our accommodations sector to stay vigilant in keeping their guests up-to-date with information pertaining to travel and weather advisories.

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Pure Grenada Rated as a Top Southern Caribbean Cruise Destination by Leading Cruise Review Site

(St. George’s, Grenada) 1st August 2017—The leading cruise review site has recognized Pure Grenada, Spice of the Caribbean as one of the top five Southern Caribbean destinations for cruise. CruiseCritic.com recently announced the winners of its second annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards based entirely on consumer ratings submitted to the website for trips within the last year. The awards name the top cruise destinations across 15 regions worldwide.

Cruise Critic boasts the world’s largest online cruise community, with more than 350,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 500 cruise ships and over 300 worldwide ports. About Pure Grenada, one consumer wrote, “Very nice island. Enjoyed walking around the downtown area” while another commented, “Beautiful port, took the water taxi to the beach with a number of our family members.”

Speaking of the awards this year, Senior Executive Editor of Cruise Critic Colleen McDaniel explained, “Itineraries are incredibly important to today’s cruisers who are more focused than ever on where they’re going and what they can do while they’re there. Cruise lines have focused on expanding their offerings to quench that thirst for exploration – and this year’s list of winning destinations shows the wide array of adventures cruising offers.”

Ahead, of the upcoming cruise season, Pure Grenada is already buzzing with a number of new onshore excursions to cater to every taste. These attractions include culinary tours that introduce visitors to Grenada’s world famous spices, hiking tours to some of Grenada’s breath-taking ridges in the north and the Grenada High wire canopy obstacle course set in our mystic rain forest. ‘Bean To Bar’ chocolate tours, pristine white sandy beaches, gorgeous waterfalls, underwater adventures and much more are there to be enjoyed.

CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority Patricia Maher says the award is a testament to Pure Grenada’s popularity. She further stated, “ The GTA has been working closely with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), major cruise lines, the Ministry of Tourism and key local stakeholders to improve product offerings and keep Pure Grenada top of mind when planning itineraries.”

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