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Anguilla Named Best Caribbean Island In Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2017

The Valley, Anguilla, July 11, 2017…….The Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) is pleased to announce that Anguilla has won top honors as “Best Island in the Caribbean, Bermuda & Bahamas”, in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2017.

Travel + Leisure is the largest travel magazine brand in the United States, and the winners of the prestigious award are determined by their annual World’s Best Awards survey, now in its 22nd year.  Readers are invited to participate through Travel + Leisure magazine, T+L tablet editions, newsletters, social media, and travelandleisure.com, and this year’s edition once again attracted record participation from their enthusiastic audiences.

“We are thrilled that Anguilla was voted the #1 Island in the Caribbean by the readers of Travel + Leisure, a discerning group of experienced global travelers,” said ATB Chairperson, Mrs. Donna Banks. “This Award represents a tremendous vote of confidence in our destination, and inspires us to take pride in our island, invest in our product, and burnish our unique brand of Anguillian hospitality that has no doubt enabled us to secure this privileged position,” she continued.

Two iconic Anguillian properties feature in the “Top 25 Resort Hotels Caribbean, Bermuda, Bahamas” category – Zemi Beach House, at #10, and Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort, at #19.

For a complete list of all the winners, visit www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest ; the August 2017 “World’s Best Awards” issue goes on sale at newsstands today. A special cocktail reception to celebrate the winners will be held in New York City on July 26, 2017.

For more information on Anguilla please visit the official website of the Anguilla Tourist Board: www.IvisitAnguilla.com; follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/AnguillaOfficial; Instagram: @Anguilla_Tourism; Twitter: @Anguilla_Trsm, Hashtag: #MyAnguilla.

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Cayman Islands Launches Luxury Destination Weddings Publication

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, July 10, 2017 – The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) has partnered with Cloud Nine Omnimedia (CNO), the U.S.-based media and publishing company and founders of WedLuxe, to launch Cayman Vows magazine – the first-ever definitive resource for couples and wedding planners looking for inspiration and guidance to execute world-class destination weddings and honeymoons in the Cayman Islands. The print and digital publication is now available for purchase online and on newsstands across Canada and will be at Barnes & Noble locations in the U.S. starting July 11, 2017.

Featuring real wedding testimonials; including the first glimpse into the intimate Grand Cayman nuptials of Grace and Trai Byers, stars of the Fox hit series, “Empire;” high-end fashion shoots, personality spotlights and curated expert advice on everything from décor and venues to must-do experiences island-wide, Cayman Vows serves as the ultimate guide to achieving a luxurious and unforgettable celebration in the Cayman Islands.

“The Cayman Islands is proud to partner with Cloud Nine Omnimedia to introduce ‘Cayman Vows’ magazine to discerning travellers across the U.S. and Canada, reinforcing our position as one of the world’s most sought-after warm-weather destinations for romance,” said Mrs. Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism. “Understanding the complexities that come with planning a milestone event such as a wedding or honeymoon, ‘Cayman Vows’ allows us to simplify the process for our prospective guests while  highlighting the Cayman Islands’ own unmatched capabilities, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the strength of ‘Cayman Vows’ as a comprehensive romance destination guide with the world.”

Under the direction of CNO partners and co-founders, Angela Desveaux and Bruce Patterson, the collaborative effort brings together the biggest names in the wedding planning industry with the Cayman Islands’ own distinguished event professionals and on-island providers to shine a light on the destination’s exceptional wedding and honeymoon offerings.

“This is one of the most exciting and creative projects we’ve embarked on to-date. As a luxury weddings expert and avid traveler to Grand Cayman, it’s been very rewarding to visually showcase the beauty, talent, versatility, and ‘Caymankind’ hospitality that makes the Cayman Islands such a perfect choice for destination weddings and honeymoons,” said Angela Desveaux, Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, WedLuxe. “This project combined our core skill sets of ideation, design, production, and curation of impactful inspirational content with our marketing, publishing, and social media expertise. To be teamed up with the unmatched beauty and cosmopolitan vibe of the Cayman Islands has been incredibly inspiring.”

Embodying the versatility, convenience and memorability of hosting a special event in the Cayman Islands, the distinct glossy publication provides endless inspiration and trusted counsel for those embarking on one of life’s most important journeys: marriage. To learn more about the innovative new media platform and find distribution near you, visit: caymanvows.com.

 

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About the Cayman Islands

Located 480 miles south of Miami in the vibrant tranquillity of western Caribbean, this trio of tiny islands is a premier destination for discriminating travellers, divers, honeymooners and families. World-renowned for its idyllic beaches and recognised as a sophisticated, diverse and memorable tourist destination, the Cayman Islands offers spectacular recreational opportunities along with warm, impeccable service. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, please go to visitcaymanislands.com or www.divecayman.ky or call your local travel agent.

Couples looking for the ultimate exotic island getaway need look no further than the Cayman Islands. The crystal-clear blue waters on all three islands provide the perfect natural backdrop for any wedding and can accommodate a variety of gatherings – from church ceremonies of 200 people to intimate beachfront nuptials for two. The destination also offers the perfect respite for honeymooners or couples seeking an escape from daily life and an adventure into the extraordinary. From caving on Cayman Brac to water sports on Little Cayman to relaxing on Grand Cayman’s world-famous Seven Mile Beach, the Cayman Islands is the perfect romantic retreat.

 About Cloud Nine Omnimedia

Cloud Nine Omnimedia is a premier media company with offices in Winter Park, Florida, and Toronto, Canada (WedLuxe) and is renowned for producing, curating and promoting the highest quality content for the world’s most discerning consumer and B2B wedding audience. With more than 1.5 million readers and followers across print, digital, social and live event channels, CNO’s portfolio encompasses WedLuxe®, The WedLuxe Show, The WedLuxe Global Trend Report and Cloud Nine Creative–the company’s corporate video arm. The company is co-owned by partners Angela Desveaux and Bruce Patterson.

 

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“Be a Tourist” in T&T This July-August

Port of Spain, Trinidad – July 10, 2017 – The Ministry of Tourism recently launched this year’s “STAY TO GET AWAY: ADVENTURE BEGINS AT HOME” campaign at the House of Angostura in Laventille. The campaign will run from July 01-August 31. Citizens now have over thirty five (35) tour packages and accommodation properties on offer in Trinidad and Tobago that will whet the appetite of even the most seasoned traveller.

The domestic tourism campaign is bigger and better this year. Basically, it consists of a diverse range of tour experiences to sites and attractions throughout Trinidad and Tobago and staycation value added hotel packages operated by the two (2) main accommodation providers – Trinidad Hotels Restaurants and Tourism Association (THRTA) and the Small Accommodation Tourism Owners of Trinidad and Tobago (STAOTT).

The concept of STAY TO GET AWAY: ADVENTURE BEGINS AT HOME gives citizens and residents an opportunity to experience local tourist sites and attractions as an alternative to vacationing overseas.  In times of severe economic downturn as well as during off-season tourism months of June to September, support of the stakeholders becomes critical in ensuring the survival of our local tourism sector.

Speaking to a packed audience at the launch, the Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism, acknowledged the inclusiveness of the Stay to Get Away campaign “as it is being well supported by our tourism sector stakeholders. They have really risen to the occasion to offer affordable packages to budget conscious domestic tourists that guarantee value for money”.

The Ministry of Tourism has created a dedicated Facebook page – “Staytnt” – and through this page, updates on tours, hotel packages, community festivals and events are provided to both locals and international visitors.  In order to ensure a more integrated approach to our digital marketing efforts, the GoTrinBago app will also be used to bring further awareness of this awareness campaign.

The STAY TO GET AWAY campaign is not a “one-off” campaign but part of a more holistic promotional approach to develop community clusters and to help identify events and festivals, that when put together provide our visitors and citizens with authentic and memorable experiences.  The tourism sector is regarded by Government as critical to the achievement of economic growth through balanced and sustainable development and can be a catalyst for socio-economic benefits for local communities, the preservation of our natural and cultural assets and the advancement of our nation.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Vidiah Ramkhelawan, explained that the Ministry has been working to develop tourism in a sustainable manner and is partnering with the Regional Corporations to identify sites for development that will bring the greatest benefit to citizens and tourist alike.

Mrs. Lorraine Pouchet, President of the Trinidad and Tobago In-Coming Tour Operators’ Association, expressed pleasure that “the STAY TO GET AWAY initiative has come to fruition as a result of cooperation among a host of tourism players. The thrust is to develop locals’ appreciation for the domestic tourism product and at the same time, improving their sense of pride in this beautiful country that we inhabit”.

 

For more information, contact:

Sherma Mitchell, Manager Corporate Communications
Phone: (868) 624-1403 Ext. 248, 689-5198 (M)
Ministry of Tourism
Fax: (868) 625-3894,
Levels 8 & 9
Tower C, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago, WEST INDIES 

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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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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