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Dive Right In To Grenada’s ‘Pure Dive Fest 2017’

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – July 5, 2017 – Explore beneath the surface of Grenada’s pristine blue waters during the first ever Pure Dive Fest taking place from October 11 –14. From free beach dives and beginner lessons to charity dives and a closing party, this four-day festival appeals to divers, visitors and spectators wishing to support Grenada’s diving industry. In addition to the robust schedule of activities, the event is also designed to increase awareness of the island’s marine environment and sustainable tourism efforts.

The festival commences with the launch of an underwater photography competition at Coconut Beach Restaurant. The competition will run for the duration of the festival and prizes will be distributed for most creative selfie, best reef picture, best wreck picture, and many more categories at the closing party. The second day of the festival is divided into either a wreck diving day for experienced divers or a local diving day for those who are ready to make the plunge for the first time with professional instructors.

One of the unique events is an Environmental Day with Marine Protected Area Diving on October 13 in collaboration with Project AWARE—a campaign that focuses on global ocean protection and conservation through sustainable, eco-friendly, and conservation-conscious dive practices. In the morning, dive centers will participate in community and school outreach sessions in order to share information on scuba diving and freediving in Grenada as well as details on marine biology and conservation. Afternoon activities will include dive centers participating in a “Dive Against Debris” event to collect as much ocean trash as possible.

The festival concludes on Saturday, October 14, also designated “Invasive Caribbean Lionfish Day” with a boat parade and send off at the Morne Rouge Bay/BBC Beach. In the evening, there will be a final party at Coconut Beach Restaurant, where Lionfish will be served and photos from the underwater photography competition will be on display, along with a few surprises throughout the night.

For more information about the Pure Dive Fest and to stay updated, visit https://www.facebook.com/grenadadiving/ and be sure to follow the Instagram and Twitter pages.

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Montserrat celebrates its annual Calabash Festival

Little Bay, Montserrat – July 3rd, 2017 – The island of Montserrat will be celebrating its annual Calabash Festival from Sunday, July 16 through Sunday, July 23, 2017.  Organized by the Montserrat Hospitality Association, under the theme “Celebrating Our African Heritage”, the Festival will include a number of activities. The event has been named after the calabash fruit which has traditionally been used to produce eating utensils, musical instruments, and decorative items.  The Festival has been identified as one of Montserrat’s cultural event, and will be packed with entertaining and educational activities.

Activities for this year’s event will include a Calabash Exhibition at the Public Library that will feature exhibits from Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Dominica; a Calabash Food Fair with vendors serving culinary delights from many different islands and cultures; live Iron Band where revelers and spectators can dance to the sound of metal pieces being used as musical instruments; and an adventure hike. Other activities will include a Grand Gospel Concert where talent and culture will be displayed through song and dance; an island Boat Tour that will showcase spectacular views of the former capital, Plymouth and surrounding environs; and a Kite Flying Family Fun Day.  The Festival will conclude with a Grand Art Expo, designed to showcase the local talents and creativity of the island’s artists. For further information on the Festival contact Florence Griffith Joseph at the Montserrat Hospitality Association at 664 492 1743 or e-mail [email protected]  Visit the website on www.montserratcalabashfestival.com for additional information.

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CTO and the Caribbean Development Bank to Help Region’s Tourism Sector Combat Impact of Climate Change

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (23 June, 2017) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has received a €460,000 grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to implement a project to increase the Caribbean tourism sector’s resilience to natural hazards and climate related risks.

Global climate change and its impacts, including the increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events, pose a significant risk to the Caribbean region and threaten the sustainability of Caribbean tourism. The CTO is pleased to have the support of the CDB to implement this project which will contribute to enhancing the resiliency, sustainability and competitiveness of the region’s tourism sector. Mainstreaming climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk management (DRM) strategies in tourism development and planning is our duty to our member countries,” the CTO’s Secretary General Hugh Riley said.

The CDB / CTO partnership was formalized at a signing ceremony held on June 22, 2017 at CDB’s headquarters in Barbados. Speaking at the event, CDB President, Dr. Wm. Warren Smith, noted that the tourism sector makes an enormous contribution to the Region’s socio-economic development.

Tourism generates high levels of employment, foreign direct investment and foreign exchange for our borrowing member countries and, given its multi-sectoral nature, it is a very effective tool for promoting sustainable development and poverty reduction. However, maintaining this critical role calls for adequate safeguards to be erected against the enormous threats that climate change and natural hazards pose to the sustainability of our Region,” said Dr. Smith.

Funding is being provided under the African Caribbean Pacific-European Union-Caribbean Development Bank- Natural Disaster Risk Management in CARIFORUM Countries programme, which aims to reduce vulnerability to long-term impacts of natural hazards, including the potential impacts of climate change, thereby achieving national and regional sustainable development and poverty reduction goals in those countries.

During the 19-month project implementation period, the CTO will support the region’s tourism entities with policy formulation, the promotion of best practices in DRM and CCA, and the development of tools to enhance the tourism sector’s knowledge and awareness of disaster risk reduction strategies and the potential impacts of climate variability and climate change (CVC).

A training component will also be included to strengthen the ability of public and private sector tourism stakeholders to undertake adequate mitigation and adaptation actions to CVC. The CTO secretariat will also benefit from institutional strengthening to help provide technical assistance and ongoing support for tourism-related climate services.

The project is in keeping with 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, which has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly. 

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Jamaica Tourist Board Again Named Canada’s Favourite Tourist Board

KINGSTON, JAMAICA (June 20, 2017) – The votes have been tallied, and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has again been named “Favourite Tourist Board in Canada” by Canadian travel agents in Baxter Travel Media’s annual Agents’ Choice Awards. This is the twelfth consecutive year that the JTB Canada team has received this honour.

In his thank you letter to Canadian agents, Paul Pennicook, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, thanked agents for again voting for the Jamaica Tourist Board and added: “This award is a testament to how hard everyone is working as a team to deliver an exceptional product. We have a great team in place who offer outstanding service to travel agents, who in turn offer an unforgettable Jamaica experience to their clients.”

“It is such an honour to receive this award for the twelfth consecutive year,” said Philip Rose, Regional Director for the Jamaica Tourist Board in Canada. “Travel agents are one of our most important partners. In fact, in 2016 we saw 54% of Canadians book their Jamaica trip through an agent. The JTB Canada team regularly works and meets with Canadian travel agents, providing them with the tools they need, product updates, and hosting them on familiarization tours on the island so they can best sell Destination Jamaica.”

Baxter Travel Media are the publishers of Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier, two of the top travel trade publications in Canada. The Baxter Travel Media Awards are the largest travel agent survey of its kind in Canada, with more than 5,500 agents voting in various categories.

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Bahamas wins new business aviation award

NASSAU, Bahamas —The Bahamas was presented the 2016 Caribbean Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Award for Outstanding Country Promotion, the first award of its kind for the region.

The Sapphire Pegasus Award is a symbol of gratitude for the superb performance in an industry segment where mediocrity is unacceptable. The award was introduced to the region during the Caribbean Aviation Meetup in St Maarten June 13-15.

“Based on expert advice and the long record of outstanding performance, we decided that The Bahamas should be awarded for the excellent promotion of the Caribbean over a longer period of time in the business aviation industry,” said Antonia Lukacinova, founder of the Sapphire Pegasus Awards.

“It is not just about the presence and presentations at international conferences and exhibitions, but also about the available online information and hardcopy documentation. The explanations are so well done and comprehensive that they hardly leave an opening for questions. We believe that this needs to find international recognition and honoring.”

Director General in the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Joy Jibrilu was presented with the award on Tuesday, June 13 during the Caribbean Aviation Meetup in St. Maarten. She also delivered the keynote address at the aviation conference.

“I am excited and thrilled by the announcement that The Bahamas has won the award for our outstanding promotion in business aviation. We at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation work tirelessly to create new strategic partners in key markets across the world to increase airlift and new routes to the country. That is our goal. We also go above and beyond to promote our destination and position ourselves as the best in the region. As a team, we have accomplished many mammoth tasks and this award is vindication of that hard work. Thank you,” Mrs. Jibrilu said.

The Sapphire Pegasus Awards are a unique series of international business aviation awards and are given for the outstanding performance by companies or individuals in the business aviation sector.

The finalists are nominated by companies and individuals in the business aviation sector. The Sapphire Pegasus Awards started out by recognizing the outstanding performance of companies, teams and business individuals from the EMEA region and Russia. This is the first year that four awards are being given out for excellence in the Caribbean.

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Seaborne Airlines to Resume Service to Antigua

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, June 14, 2017 —Seaborne Airlines, is pleased to announce that non-stop service between the carrier’s hub in San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport and Antigua and Barbuda, V.C. Bird International Airport, will resume starting Friday, July 21, 2017.

Seaborne Airlines and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority have entered into an agreement to resume flights. The service will provide increased airlift and convenient connecting opportunities.

for both visitors and Antiguans and Barbudans. Passengers from over 30 destinations in the Americas and Europe will be able to reach Antigua with a single stop in San Juan through connections with Seaborne’s partner airlines, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines, and Vieques Air Link.  All flights will be operated by a crew of two pilots and one flight attendant on board our fleet of 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft, which features a roomy cabin with overhead bins, inflight service, a restroom, and other amenities.

Seaborne will operate four non-stop round-trip flights per week between San Juan and Antigua beginning July 21, which will be available for booking now at Seaborneairlines.com, preferred travel agency and /or Seaborne reservations Schedule for the market will be as detailed:

 

Origin Destination Dep. Time Arr. Time Frequency Start Date
SJU ANU 5:15 PM 6:50 PM TUE, WED, FRI, SUN July 21, 2017
ANU SJU 8:15 AM 9:45 AM MON, WED, THU, SAT July 22, 2017

 

“A convenient schedule has been designed to benefit local customers with easy access between the islands, while connecting passengers will benefit from direct transfers through Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean” said Hector Montanez, Vice President of Commercial. “An overnight flight with a morning departure from Antigua will maximize convenience to both tourists and residents”, added Montanez.

“We are excited to have Seaborne resume services to Antigua and Barbuda, starting this July. Additional airlift, which is also competitively priced, is a plus for the destination as we prepare for a busy summer season with visitors travelling to Antigua and Barbuda for vacation, and to participate in our major summer festival, Antigua’s Carnival which celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year from July 27th – August 8th 2017,” said Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, The Honorable Asot A. Michael.

 ABOUT SEABORNE 

Seaborne Airlines, the largest Caribbean based regional airline for almost 25 years, operates iconic seaplanes and an airport based fleet that service the beautiful islands throughout the Caribbean, carrying approximately 3 million customers safely. With over 1,500 monthly departures to 11 airports, Seaborne serves San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, St. Thomas airport and Seaplane base, St. Croix airport and Seaplane Base, Anguilla, Tortola, Dominica, Saint Martin, St. Kitts, Nevis. All Flights operate with two pilots and two engines.

Find information on Seaborne at: www.seaborneairlines.com or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/flyseaborne Facebook www.facebook.com/seaborneairlines;

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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 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

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Grenada Tourism Authority Strengthens Tourism Ties at Caribbean Week NY

(St. George’s, Grenada) 14th June 2017— Caribbean Week in New York, hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), proved to be a successful endeavor for the promotion of Grenada’s tourism product. Grenada’s delegation was led by Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Hon. Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen; Chief Executive Officer of the Grenada Tourism Authority, Ms. Patricia Maher and Director of Sales and Marketing (USA), Mrs. Christine Noel-Hosford. The destination’s participation in the week-long schedule of events which ran from June 5 to 9 was supported by the island’s North American public relations agency Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications, under the leadership of President, Cheryl Andrews and Director of Client Development, Jennifer Johnson.

The Grenadian delegation spent the first half of the week attending trade-focused events including: the Travel Agent Trade Show & Educational Forum, a targeted event that provided a platform to showcase the destination’s offerings and interact with Caribbean-selling agents based in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut on June 6; Caribbean Marketing Conference, an interactive seminar dedicated to enhancing marketing initiatives on June 7 and Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon, an occasion where the CTO recognizes journalists and photographers who have published captivating and influential stories spotlighting the region on June 8.

Also on June 8, in a private conference held during Caribbean Week, Hon. Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, on behalf of the Government of Grenada, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), to formalize and implement a cohesive partnership with the global home-sharing company, Airbnb. The signing of the MOU is part of ongoing efforts by the GTA to maximize exposure of the destination and will act as a streamlined framework for the collaboration between the GTA and Airbnb.

Next on the agenda was Media Marketplace, where the Grenada booth was a favorite for the more than 100 media in attendance, all eager to hear and learn about the latest news, developments and industry offerings from the island. This event provided yet another valuable opportunity to be top-of-mind with niche and general destination writers across all platforms including print, digital, online and social media. Additional one-on-one media appointments included a Facebook Live video interview with Travel Agent Central Magazine on June 6, and sit-down meetings with Recommend and Travel Pulse magazines on June 9.

The week wrapped up with a festive evening of dining and dancing at CTO’s Rum and Rhythm Benefit and Auction, held at the historic, Capitale in New York. Grenada’s table was one of the most popular as the team, led by Yvette Michelle LaCrette who won the two coveted prizes of the evening–People’s Choice Award and Celebrity Chef of the Year–served up curried goat, mashed breadfruit and callaloo with Coucou dessert.

“Caribbean Week continues to be an important platform for us to showcase Pure Grenada and the destination’s unique tourism product,” noted CEO Maher. “In addition to strengthening ties with our regional and international tourism counterparts through the CTO business meetings and educational events, our participation in the industry seminars and Media Marketplace provided us with the opportunity to place Grenada front of mind with key trade and consumer journalists in our largest market, and to share what new travelers and returning visitors can expect for the summer and upcoming winter season.”

Attached Photos- Compliments the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)

Photo 1-Chef Yvette LaCrette (centre) receives Celebrity Chef of the Year Award. Also in photo Eusi Skeete (left), chairman of the CTO Rum & Rhythm planning committee and Sylma Brown (right), director of CTO USA Inc.

Photo 2-L-R Christine Noel Horsford, GTA Director of Sales USA, Chef Yvette Michelle LaCrette, GTA CEO Patricia Maher and Competition Judge and Executive Chef Raymond Mohan.

Media Contact

Ria Murray

Communications Officer, Grenada Tourism Authority

[email protected]

473 440 2001/2279

473 420 2557 (mobile)

For all our recent news releases go to www.puregrenada.com/news

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