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Antigua and Barbuda launch world’s first tourism social media channel dedicated to romance

February 14, 2017 (New York, NY) –  Antigua and Barbuda is celebrating Valentine’s Day by launching the world’s first tourism social media channel, dedicated entirely to romance on Facebook. Known for being one of the most romantic destinations in the world, and holding the record for most weddings per capita, Antigua and Barbuda has launched the Facebook ‘Antigua Barbuda Romance’ channel. This new interactive platform provides visitors the best information and tools for those planning their perfect romantic trip.

The Honorable Asot A. Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy stated, “Introducing a ground-breaking new platform dedicated to romance is just another example of why Antigua and Barbuda is awarded time and again for being the most romantic Caribbean islands. This new initiative cements our position as the leading Caribbean weddings and honeymoon destination and I applaud all of our industry partners for helping us to attain this distinction and recognition in such an integral market. Ultimately, love improves lives, and we look forward to helping couples do just that with the new platform.”

Research shows love and healthy relationships have been proven to improve people’s lives. Benefits range from happiness and improved mental well-being to bolstering immune levels, to improving heart health and helping people to live longer.

The first interactive digital platform dedicated to romance by a destination, Antigua Barbuda Romance features will include: logistics on how to plan the perfect destination wedding, honeymoon tips, favorite activities, top restaurants, and popular beaches. Resources include listings for local romance vendors including wedding planners, photographers and island guides. The platform is manned by romance experts who provide advice and feedback on planning the perfect trip with daily posts to inspire and engage followers.

CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James explains, “This interactive new platform allows us to gain valuable customer insights, while increasing our brand awareness and customer loyalty. Our goal is to provide exceptional experiences for all visitors each and every time, and we believe that this tool is another way to provide a richer customer and visitor experience. I look forward to additional relationship building with our visitors, and helping them reap the benefits of romance as only the Caribbean can do.”

As part of the launch, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is running a global month-long sweepstakes for one lucky couple from around the world to win a romantic 3-night all-inclusive getaway to Antigua.

To find out more, visit the new ‘Antigua Barbuda Romance’ platform at www.facebook.com/AntiguaBarbudaRomance

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Curaçao stuns in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017

WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO – FEBRUARY 15, 2017 – The colorful ABC island of Curaçao, famed for its picturesque cove-like beaches and shorelines, stunning European architecture, and unique natural beauty, set the stage for this year’s highly anticipated Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017.  With an unprecedented reach of over 60 million readers worldwide, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit went back to its beach roots to showcase the world’s most exceptional beaches, and Curaçao’s striking blue waters are prominently featured in the magazine, which hits newsstands, the web and mobile platforms today.

The tiny, yet bustling Southern Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao remains one of the most exceptional islands worldwide, offering endless choices for every kind of traveler.  Whether exploring 300 year-old forts and the colorful capital city of Willemstad, sampling delicious cuisine at one of the local markets, or relaxing at one of the island’s 35 beautiful beaches, Curaçao provided no shortage of sensational backdrops for the SI Swimsuit shoot.

“Swimsuit hasn’t been to Curaçao in over 30 years!” says MJ Day, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Assistant Managing Editor.  “Its unique characteristics like the beautiful brightly colored houses in downtown Willemstad set it apart from every other island in the Caribbean. The location really worked for our photographer, Ben Watts, as he loves to shoot in really colorful and vibrant environments…it was a match made in heaven.”

Overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, Curaçao’s historic and elegant Avila Beach Hotel welcomed the SI Swimsuit crew and top models Vita Sidorkina, Rose Bertram, Samantha Hoopes, Barbara Palvin and Myla Dalbesio for the 2017 photo shoot. Featuring luxurious accommodations fit for royalty, Avila Beach Hotel’s warm, white sands and expansive stretch of private beach was an ideal home base and setting for the two-week shoot, photographed by veteran photographer, Ben Watts.

“Sports Illustrated Swimsuit is known for selecting the most remarkable destinations worldwide for their shoots, and we are honored to have been chosen for this issue,” said Eugene Rhuggenaath, Curaçao’s Minister of Tourism and Economic Development. “Curaçao is a hidden gem in the Southern Caribbean, and we encourage readers to experience the island’s unparalleled beaches, welcoming locals, eclectic cuisine, rich culture, and authentic heritage for themselves in the near future.”

To celebrate Curaçao’s appearance in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017, travelers can re-create the incredible experience that the models enjoyed on island with Avila’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit-themed “Strike a Pose and Get Spoiled” package which includes:

– A 3 night/4 day stay in Avila’s Octagon Deluxe room where the models’ stayed

– A one-hour Rolls Royce drive, including a one-hour photo shoot by Claudia Sanches from Wow Weddings, as well as makeup & hair on location by Hair & Beauty Experts from Cherie

– A $100 USD food and beverage credit at Avila’s Blues Bar & Restaurant

– A bottle of champagne upon arrival

– A couple’s massage at the Santai Spa

– A romantic dinner at Avila’s Belle Terrace restaurant, including a bottle of wine

– A private boat excursion provided by Small Field Adventures, including a snorkeling adventure, a private beach picnic for two, and a sunset ride along Curaçao’s beautiful coastline to explore some of the locations photographed during the shoot

Package rates begin at $2,499 USD and are valid through December 22, 2017.  Certain blackout dates may apply.  To book, visit www.avilabeachotel.com or call 1-800-747-8162.

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 photos and video shot in Curaçao are available online at si.com/swimsuit and Swim Daily.

For more information on Curaçao, visit www.curacao.com.  For additional details on Avila Beach Hotel, visit www.avilabeachhotel.com.


Sports Illustrated Swimsuit (www.SI.com/Swimsuit) reaches more than 70 million US adults annually and more men 18 to 34 than the Super Bowl. The iconic brand spans 20 product extensions, along with a vibrant experiential marketing business. Since debuting in 1964, Swimsuit has become a pop-culture phenomenon and a revered launching pad for successful careers in TV, fashion, business and film, including those of Elle Macpherson, Kathy Ireland, Cheryl Tiegs, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen and Ashley Graham. The fashion industry describes SI Swimsuit as the “Oscars of Swimwear,” as an appearance in the issue is a crowning achievement for swimsuit and accessory manufacturers.

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2016: A new record-breaking year at the Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport

2016 is a particularly outstanding year for the Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport and can boast of having hosted a historic record number of passengers since its inception: 1,864,582 passengers, an increase of 9.90% in one year (1,696,071 passengers in 2015).

An increase due to the appeal and charm of the destination Martinique, which offers safety and comfort in full compliance with and respect of approved European standards. We note excellent results on the segment France, the strongest contributor, with a 60% share of traffic, the return of the cruise-flights – with over 1,000 passengers per week joining their cruises here in Martinique during the high/peak season.

Also contributing to the increase in numbers were additional flights to Canada, the development of new routes, new destinations – the island of Dominica with AIR ANTILLES and Frankfurt (Germany) with CONDOR in 2016. The continued success of the services operated by Norwegian Air Shuttle to New York, Boston and Washington / Baltimore, also participated in the record-breaking boost in our passenger count.

This evolution is well in phase with the development prospects and orientations of the Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport, with growth forecasts of 2 million passengers by 2020 and 2.5 million passengers by 2030. This of course would involve the optimization, modernization and upgrading of existing infrastructures.

2017 is in fact a focal year for the airport, with the beginning of the extension works which will bestow the Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport with new aircraft parking spots and a new terminal area for regional passengers.

The Martinique Aimé Césaire Airport Company (SAMAC), the authority that manages the airport, aims to optimize the quality of the services offered to its users as well as the spaces made available to them in order to facilitate the process and make their stay at the airport a more enjoyable one.

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Launch of the LIME 365 Campaign & Go Trinbago Mobile Application

February 08, 2017 – The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism, launched on February 07, 2017 the LIME 365 campaign and the first ever tourism mobile application GO TRINBAGO at NAPA Hotel, Port of Spain. Our LIME 365 campaign showcases the event calendar of Trinidad and Tobago which is influenced  by our heritage, our rich and diverse culture and our unique ability to live in unity despite our various races, economic background and ethnicity.

Upon launching the LIME 365 campaign, the Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism, explained that “my approach to building a tourism product is different… because I believe that a good place to live, is a good place to visit. We have to appreciate and celebrate ourselves first before we can ask others to appreciate us”. Minister Cudjoe urged the stakeholders gathered to provide visitors “with the real deal, the true essence … and very special Trinbago experience. One country, two different islands, endless possibilities for exploration and enjoyment”.

A key component of the LIME 365 campaign is the Go TrinBago travel app which forms part of destination Trinidad and Tobago’s digital marketing strategy. A free, bilingual and interactive destination mobile application, this is the ultimate guide to discovering Trinidad and Tobago and is presently available online on the Google Play Store for Android. The Go TrinBago travel app is 100% offline and allows users to develop a personal itinerary, search for, and find a room, a tour, or a taxi at their fingertips.

Other notable features include:

  • The ability for users to review local places of interest
  • Rate their experiences and read other user reviews
  • Recommend “new” places to those who share similar interests
  • Capture and posts photographs.

According to a survey of consumer travel trends conducted by Travelport, 66% of leisure travellers and 59% of business travellers used digital means to research travel in 2015. Smartphones, too, are transforming travel industry trends; with 60% of travel searches starting on a mobile device. Travellers increasingly rely on mobile phones when they arrive in a new destination. According to Think with Google, the market research arm of search engine giant, Google Inc, smartphone searches for hotels increased by 30% in 2015. Furthermore, 85% of leisure travellers decide on activities only after arrival at a destination.

In the coming months the Go TrinBago travel app will be able to tap into the area of online sales; with the ability to book tours and accommodation from the touch of a button on your phone. At the click of a button, you can find something to do and somewhere to go every day of the year in Trinidad and Tobago. Our local, regional and international tourists who want adventure, shopping, beach resorts, meeting facilities and a “good lime” can easily do so 365 days in sweet T&T.

The GoTrinBago app will be available for iPhone users by February 10, 2017.

Also speaking at the Launch of LIME 365 and the Go TrinBago travel application were:

  • La Quan Pearie, the 2016 Junior Minister of Tourism for Trinidad and Tobago and a student of the Manzanilla Secondary School, who indicated that “with the launch of “Lime 365” and the app “Go Trinbago” citizens and tourists will no longer complain of not knowing where to visit and not knowing how to find these places of interest”
  • Carla Cupid, Marketing Specialist of the Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC), who gave a demonstration of the Go TrinBago mobile application

At the launch, entertainment was provided by the youngest artiste in history to claim the title of the International Soca Monarch Aaron St Louis (Voice) as well as the St. Margaret Anglican Steelpan, traditional Carnival characters and a tassa band.

 February 08, 2017

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

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St. Kitts Hosts 7th Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Basseterre, St. Kitts (February 13, 2017) – More than 125 PGA club professionals, amateur golfers and guests, a new record number of event participants, all enjoyed the lush natural beauty and warm hospitality of St. Kitts & Nevis during the 7th Annual St. Kitts-Nevis Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am Tournament, featuring play on both islands of the Federation from February 4-9, 2017. Further, Bermuda Sands has been named the official lifestyle apparel partner for the event, marking another historic first this year.

“The Pro-Am is our premier golf event to build awareness for the destination among this lucrative niche travel market,” said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “While attendance continues to grow each year, the addition of an official apparel partner for the first time is yet further evidence of the success of the tournament. Golf continues to support our overall tourism sector and remains a key target for development moving forward.”

2017 is the first year that St. Kitts is partnering with Bermuda Sands, designers and manufacturers of premium performance apparel for leisure sports and activities and the active lifestyle consumer, for the Pro-Am. All Pro-Am players received two shirts and a pullover emblazoned with the tournament logo, while event staff wore shirts displaying the St. Kitts Tourism authority logo. Bermuda Sands also provided $100 gift certificates to their online store to Hole Contest winners on their sponsored hole. Tim Garrett, VP of Sales and Marketing attended on behalf of Bermuda Sands and played in the event.

The Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am is an annual golf event for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority that features a team tournament in which a PGA Club Professional and three amateurs pair up to compete against other teams from golf clubs across the US, UK, Canada and the Caribbean. The 54-hole annual event was contested over the Royal St. Kitts Golf Clubdesigned by Canadian course architect Thomas McBroom and the signature Robert Trent Jones II course at the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, two of the Caribbean’s most scenic and challenging championship courses.

Rounds one and two of the tournament were played in a two-best ball format (one gross and one net) simultaneously on both courses. Deciding the Admiral’s Cup, the third and final round of play utilized a three-best ball competition (one gross and two net) took place at the Royal St. Kitts Golf Club. The winning team was the Worthing Golf Club from London, who played well from the start, owning a share of the lead on day one, before ultimately winning with a close margin by just 2 shots on the final day. This is the same team that won the Elite Pro-Am Series, an event held this past summer to promote the Admirals Cup Pro-Am in the UK market. Worthing beat 7 other teams in the Elite Pro-Am Series Grand Final this past fall to earn the spot in this week’s tournament.

Peter Tarver-Jones, the winning team’s host golf professional, said “this has been an amazing experience, truly emotional. To play such good golf courses, be treated to fantastic hospitality and get to know so many golfers from around the world, we’re speechless really”.

All participants, guests, and sponsors of the Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am were treated to warm welcomes and great golf throughout the five-day event. Kicking off the activities was a full day of practice rounds followed by a Super Bowl party complete with a buffet dinner and open bar in a private party tent at Carambola Beach Club. The big game provided plenty of excitement and entertainment for the evening, setting the tone for the overall event.

Additional highlights included a Junior Golf clinic conducted by 4 attending US golf pros, player gift bags filled with prizes including Tommy Bahama St. Kitts men’s or women’s fragrance samples and a Welcome Reception as well as an Awards Dinner at the Royal St. Kitts Hotel, the official host hotel for this year’s event. Participants also enjoyed exploring the island, dining out at various restaurants and basking in the warm Caribbean sunshine.

The Royal St. Kitts Golf Club is an 18-hole course featuring holes on both the Caribbean and Atlantic which is managed by Marriott Golf. Most recently, it was voted among the Caribbean’s top golf courses in USA Today’s annual 10Best Reader’s Choice Best of the Caribbean awards. The Four Seasons Resort Nevis Golf Club is a par 71, 18-hole course that overlooks the Caribbean Sea and St. Kitts with a spectacular beach-side finishing 18th green.

To learn more about the Admiral’s Cup Pro-Am and golf in St. Kitts and Nevis, visit www.StKittsProAm.com. The tournament is managed exclusively by The Golf Connection LLC for the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.


About St. Kitts:

St. Kitts is currently ranked by US News & World Report, with sister island Nevis, at #1 on a list of Best Caribbean Honeymoons, #2 on a list of the Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations in the World, #5 on a list of Best Family Vacations in the Caribbean, #7 on a list of the Best Islands in the World and #7 on a list of the Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean.  The destination is also ranked at #8 on a list of the Top 10 Best Islands for a Holiday by Places To See In Your Lifetime and one of the Top 12 Best Caribbean Vacations on FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel website, TripAdvisor®.

Most recently, The Wall Street Journal ranked St. Kitts as #9 on a list of 10 places across the world for Where to Vacation in 2017, Coastal Living ranked St. Kitts as #16 of The World’s 21 Top Luxury Beach Destinations in 2017, and Caribbean Journal ranked St. Kitts as #11 of 25 Caribbean Destinations to Visit in 2017. St. Kitts has also been named #8 of the Top 10 Sexiest Places on the Planet by Reader’s Digest (Canada), one of the Best Caribbean Cruise Destinations by Thrillist and one of 6 Caribbean Islands You Need to Visit Now by Travelocity.

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. Located in the northern Leeward Islands, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history.  The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on the beach.  For more information about St. Kitts, visit www.stkittstourism.kn.


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CTO Caribbean Media Awards: Call for Entries

Entries must be submitted by Friday 28 April, 2017.

The Caribbean tourism industry cherishes its strong relationship with the Media and in appreciation for their constant positive coverage of the Region, recognizes media for influencing their readers to travel to the Caribbean.  This recognition will take place at the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 8, 2017 during Caribbean Week New York.

To honor the media’s exceptional work in promoting the Caribbean, in feature print, broadcast and online we invite CTO government members, their public relations agencies and journalists to provide us with their top media placements for 2016 on CTO member countries.  We are also inviting submission of photography that has captured the essence of the Caribbean.

Awards will be presented to journalists from US and Caribbean-based media, in the following categories:

  • I Couldn’t Have Written It Better Myself – Best Feature Article in a US-based Consumer Newspaper
  • Been There, Wrote That – Best Feature Article in a US-based Consumer Magazine
  • Inner Circle King/Queen – Best Feature Article in a US-based Trade Publication
  • Oh Snap! – Best Photograph in Conjunction with a Feature Article
  • Golden Mic – Best Feature Broadcast
  • Virtual Visitor Award – Best Feature in an Online publication not including blogs
  • Not Lost in Translation – Best Feature by a US-based Journalist in Foreign Media
  • From Infinity…And beyond – Best Feature by a foreign Journalist that appeared in US Media
  • Me Too! I Rediscovered Home!  – Best Feature by a Diasporan Journalist in US or Caribbean Media
  • No Anansi Story! – Best Feature by a Caribbean-based Journalist that appeared in Caribbean-based media
  • Oh My Word, I Blogged! – Best Caribbean Travel Blog Posting*

*This award is given to the person voted as having written the best travel blog posting about the Caribbean or any CTO member country. Download details on this Travel Blog award. The blog must have been posted during the 2016 calendar year. The winner is decided by public vote.   

Submit online via:


Selection Criteria
  • Only entries submitted by CTO government members, their public relations agencies or qualified media shall be eligible.
  • Submissions by foreign-based journalists who contribute to media in the US are eligible.
  • Submissions by US-based journalists who contribute to foreign-based media are eligible.
  • Minimum circulation for newspaper or magazine entries is 20,000 (1,000 for Caribbean media).
  • All entries must have been published or broadcast in the 2016 calendar year.
  • Only one entry per person per category will be entered.
  • Entries must be submitted by Friday 28 April, 2017.
  • Submissions should showcase creativity and thoughtful knowledge of the Caribbean and have a provocative story angle.
  • Award recipient agrees to allow his/her winning work to be published in part or in whole on www.onecaribbean.org, www.caribbeantravel.com and www.CaribbeanWeek.com.
  • By submitting an entry, the participant grants the CTO an irrevocable, royalty free and perpetual license right to use without restriction and reproduce all submitted work, whether article or photo, including without limitation the copying, transmission, distribution and publication for display or promotion purposes. The participant will be credited every time the article or photo is used.
  • By submitting an entry, the participant represents and warrants that he/she is the author of the article or photo entered for the award and shall defend and hold CTO harmless from any action, claim, loss, damage, liability and/or expense arising from or connected to the infringement of intellectual property rights or copyright with respect to the submitted work.
  • The winner agrees to allow his/her photograph to be taken and utilized for publicity purposes.
  • Awards will be presented on Thursday, 8 June, 2017 at the Caribbean Tourism Awards Luncheon in New York
  • Where the selection criteria herein stated have not been met, the entry shall be disqualified.
Guidelines for Submission
  • Only entries submitted by CTO government members, their public relations agencies or qualified journalists shall be eligible.
  • No fee is required to submit.
  • The relevant category being entered must be clearly specified with each entry.
  • Entries must be submitted in the following formats via  https://caribmediaawards.pgtb.me/dDmC8s.
  • Print: A scanned copy from the publication(s) in pdf or jpeg and, where possible, a web link. Print (newspaper and magazine) entries must clearly show the name of the publication, the date of publication, the title(s) and the name(s) of the journalist(s).
  • Broadcast: A copy of the script (to include transcript of the SOTs and lead ins) and a digital link to the feature. Broadcast entries must include name of entity that broadcast the piece, the date and time of broadcast and the names of the producer(s) and presenter(s).
  • Photo: One jpg copy of the photograph and one electronic copy of the publication (to include the photo) in which the photograph appeared, in pdf.
  • Online: A link to the feature.
  • Eligible participants may enter as many categories as they wish but may not submit more than one (1) entry per category.
  • For the Golden Mic (Best Broadcast Feature), where an entry is a series or serial, only one programme from the series or serial shall be submitted.
  • Entries will not be accepted after the stated deadline.
Judging Process
  • The CTO’s communications department shall scrutinize all entries upon receipt and tabulate for the judging process those entries which meet the Selection Criteria and adhere to the Submission Procedures.
  • The CTO shall appoint a panel of judges and shall designate from among them a Chief Judge.
  • The size of the judging panel and its modus operandi shall be determined solely by the CTO.
  • Criteria for the judging of entries shall be:
  • Content – Relevance, accuracy, cohesiveness of material and adherence to journalistic standards.
  • Structure & Form – Relevance of topic, clarity, pace, structure (introduction, development and conclusion), presentation of information & ideas.
  • Title – Relevance of title, concision & clarity.
  • Quality of Language – Use of language, quality of syntax, quality of sentence structure.
  • Originality – Originality of ideas, ability to spark audience’s curiosity, boldness, creativity.
  • Depending on their assessment of the standard of entries, the judges may withhold awards in any category as they see fit. They may also ascribe “Special Mention” (without award) to an entry where warranted.
  • Decisions of the judges shall be final.

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