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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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Statia Tourism Launches New Website

ORANJESTAD, St. Eustatius -The St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation (STDF) launched a new fully-featured website. The new website www.statia-tourism.com went live on World Tourism Day, September 27, during the Sustainability Conference.

The new website is part of STDF’s ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information to viewers worldwide. The new site has extensive content and offers quick and easy access to essential information and activities on Statia. The purple and green website boasts a modern and attractive design. The updated information and pictures give visitors a realistic insight into what Statia has to offer.

“We had to make sure the site was ready for the world to see and had every bit of content that we want it to have. As we know, having a website means constant change, and we will be seeing to it that the web pages are highly glossed on a regular basis and accessible to browsers around the clock,” said STDF’s Public Relations Officer Teena Lopes.

“We are also aware that having a website optimized for usage on a laptop, smartphone, tablet, et cetera, is only half the work. We would like to encourage everyone to visit this website and explore its features,” STDF said.

The website also has a page which provides detailed information about STDF. Feedback and opinions for content updates are welcome. “Being active daily and connecting with the world of social media is an intricate part of the development. Hence the reason why we encourage all stakeholders to link this site to theirs and we do the same in return,” STDF stated.

 

 

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Barbados honours the international travel media

BARBADOS, Bridgetown. Sept. 23, 2016 – International media were recognized for their excellence in journalism at the recently concluded Barbados Tourism Media Awards.

The awards, which were themed “Recognizing Excellence in Global Coverage of Destination Barbados,” were conceptualized by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. in acknowledgement of the positive impact exceptional media coverage can have on would-be travelers. The ceremony, which also coincided with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC), was produced by the BTMI in recognition of the island’s 50th anniversary as an independent nation.

The Take a Bow award – Best of the Best by the Judges of all Submissions went to New Yorker Baz Dreisinger of Forbes in the US, whose article on the Crop Over Festival entitled “Carnival In Barbados: Rules For Doing It Like A Local and In Luxury,” also captured the award in the Golden Pen – Best Story in a Luxury Publication category.  Dreisinger was traveling on assignment but in sending her regards she described Barbados as a place that would always hold special memories for her.

Out of the 53 submitted entries from Canada, the USA, Europe and the UK, Canada copped the most top awards. Britney Hope who was present at the dinner won the category So You Know Your Stuff – Best Feature Article in a Trade Publication. Also present, Cara McLeay in Yup! You Told ‘Em! – Best Story by a Blogger copped this award with her piece “Barbados Diary.”

With a story entitled “5 Reasons To Have Your Wedding In Barbados”, Mara Sofferin took home the award in How Can This Knot Be Love?- Best Story on Romance; while Michael McCarthy hailing from The Province came out on top in #NoFilter – Best Photo in Conjunction With a Feature Article with his “Making Friends in Bridgetown Marketplace” article.

Editor and freelance journalist, Violaine Charest-Sigouin, from ELLE Quebec won the category Is That An Accent? – Best Feature by Foreign Journalist in Foreign Media with a well written piece dubbed “Elle Voyage Barbados” and Doug Wallace from La Carte was not present, however, after winning the Shaken Not Stirred – Epicurean Excellence Media Award category with his entry “Eating Your Way Around Barbados, One Food Stand At a Time” he mentioned in his acceptance video he remarked that “he can’t wait to eat his way around the island again.”

Jon Hawkins was the lone UK finalist and won his category Spoken Like a True Bajan! – Best Feature Article in a Consumer Publication with a piece entitled, “Rum’s The Word.” Meanwhile, Sangita Chandra of ABC Boston won favour with the judges with their broadcast piece titled, “Seaduced and Fish Fry, Barbados Pleasures, Barbados Roots, Barbados Art” in the category Golden Mic – Best Feature Broadcast.

CEO of BTMI, Billy Griffith paid special thanks to all the journalists who took the time to write on Barbados and enter the first ever awards. He also noted, “these awards are the start of many to come and we encourage each of you to keep up the excellent work in the promotion of the Barbados brand.”

Carter Cops Inaugural Heritage Award

This elegant evening, packed with cocktails, a delectable Bajan-inspired four-course dinner by chef Kirk Kirton, and sweet musical symphonies, climaxed with veteran Barbadian journalist, Gercine Carter being conferred with the inaugural Heritage Award – Exceptional National Coverage by a Local Journalist. In reading the citation, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner, recognized Carter’s 49-year career in journalism, much of which has been spent raising awareness for the tourism sector.  Carter, who was also the first public relations manager at the Hilton Barbados and has been writing a social column since 1987 for The Nation covering broad areas including her old love “tourism”.

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CTO’s World Tourism Day Message – 27 September 2016

The Caribbean Tourism Organization is pleased to join the international community of nations in celebrating World Tourism Day 2016. This year’s theme: ‘Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility’, reminds us of the need to ensure that all persons, including those living with disabilities, have equal access to tourism experiences, tourism business opportunities and employment in the industry.

As a region, it is important to be aware that accessibility in tourism is a shared responsibility, which warrants consistent and conscientious effort by all parties involved in the tourism value chain. This requires that countries and destinations – and the industry as a whole – promote accessibility for all in the physical environment, in transport systems, in tourist and business facilities and in the availability of services and opportunities.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization encourages its members to invest in the necessary training, improvements to infrastructure and facilities and adoption of the new information communication technologies which are available and can contribute to enhancing both business and destination competitiveness.

We believe that making tourism more accessible is a moral and social responsibility which speaks to the need to treat everyone with due courtesy, care and consideration. We are also confident that the benefits to be gained by countries and businesses that embrace the accessibility for all philosophy, far outweigh the required investments and will result in added value and a competitive advantage in the global tourism market. And it is simply the right thing to do.

Making tourism more accessible means creating the opportunity for any individual, regardless of his or her physical limitation, circumstance or age, to function independently and with dignity and respect, by making available appropriately designed tourism facilities, attractions and environments. It also requires a zero tolerance policy on discrimination, prejudice or abuse both in relation to the delivery of services to guests and in the management and treatment of staff.

In our commitment to position ourselves to be the world’s most desirable year round, warm weather destination, our attention must be focused on the needs of every citizen and every traveler, as we work to make the Caribbean truly accessible for all.

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