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Antigua and Barbuda Continues to Record Progressive Growth in Visitor Arrivals for the Third Quarter of 2018

(St. John’s, Antigua; November 13, 2018)- Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism product continues to attract thousands to our shores and this is evident as there has been continual growth in visitor arrivals by air and sea throughout 2018.

According to the quarterly visitor arrivals report released by the statistics department within the Ministry of Tourism and Investment, particularly, the third quarter of 2018, encompassing the months of July to September, Antigua and Barbuda saw increases in both air and sea arrivals for the period when compared to 2017.

Fifty-two thousand, four hundred and ninety-one (52,491) visitors arrived by air to Antigua and Barbuda, an 8.56% increase from 2017. Between July and September, twenty-six thousand, six hundred and thirty one (26,631) visitors arrived by sea, an increase of 36.44% when compared to the total sea arrivals for the previous year 2017.

An 11.99% growth in arrivals from the US Market, the destination’s largest source market, has contributed to the rise in arrivals for the third quarter of 2018 while the UK market experienced a slight decrease of -2.25% from 2017 to 2018.

The Canadian market saw an impressive performance with a growth of 111.79% as the market continues to benefit from increased airlift, brought on by the addition of Sunwing Airlines since November last year, while the Caribbean market continues to hold its own with relatively unchanged figures.

Overall from January to September 2018. The total visitor arrivals recorded for Antigua and Barbuda stand at 744,390, an increase of 12.18% when compared to 2017.

Visitor arrivals will continue to increase for the remainder of 2018 with significant increased airlift from North America as well as a full cruise schedule.

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Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority Launches Social Media Campaign in the Lead-Up to ICC Women’s T20 Semi-Finals & Finals in Antigua

JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (November 2, 2018) – As the excitement builds for the ICC Women’s World T20 semi-finals and finals in Antigua now less than a month away, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority will be giving persons in the region the opportunity to travel to Antigua for the history-making games.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has launched a social media campaign in collaboration with LIAT- The Caribbean Airline, Starfish Jolly Beach and Tamarind Hills Villas. The campaign will allow regional cricket fans the chance to win round trip tickets and accommodation, to Antigua and Barbuda to experience boundary-breaking world-class women’s cricket. This will be the first time that the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 is being organised as a stand-alone event and the second time in its six-year history that the event is being held in the West Indies, with the previous occasion being in 2010.

The semi-finals and finals in Antigua take place on November 22 and November 24, 2018.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s two-week campaign will run on the destination’s social media pages on Facebook and Instagram until November 14, 2018.  The campaign invites people to upload their most creative video to the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism pages expressing their passion for the game and why they should win the trip. Participants are also required to show their knowledge of the destination by including one fun fact about Antigua and Barbuda.

Regional Marketing Consultant for the Tourism Authority, Charmaine Spencer said, “Our partnership with our airline and accommodations partners presents us with the fantastic opportunity to bring the most passionate of cricket fans to Antigua, where we can share with them our love for the game and they can experience our party cricket atmosphere, as well as our beautiful destination.”

This regional campaign also allows us to work with our partners to drive business to the destination during the shoulder season.”

Participants must be followers of the Antigua and Barbuda pages, and should include all the official hashtags #WT20 #WatchThisAntigua and #LoveAntiguaBarbuda on their posts to quality.  For full terms and conditions visit: https://www.womens-world-t20-cricket-antigua.com/ Facebook.com/antiguabarbuda and @AntiguaandBarbuda on Instagram.

Other regional promotions for the ICC Women’s World T20 Tournament have included promotional television adverts on Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), and radio advertising in St. Kitts and Nevis, BVI, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Guyana. Travel Agencies within the region are also being incentivized to book Antigua during the November period.

A#Weplaytoo Campaign promoting the involvement of women in sport, is next to be launched by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.

For more information on Antigua and Barbuda, where the beach is just the beginning: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com

For more information on hotel packages and the matches: https://www.womens-world-t20-cricket-antigua.com/  and our official mobile app for the games: Pocket Antigua   https://pocketantigua.co/download

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Six Hotels in Grenada & Carriacou Where Style and Affordability Go Hand-in-Hand

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – October 29, 2018 – Stayover visitors to Pure Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique from the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean spend an average of one week in a variety of accommodations during vacation time. With more than 100 beautiful resorts, villas, cottages and apartments to choose from, there is something for everyone whether a solo traveler, large group, newlywed couple or small family. When deciding on an accommodation, there is no need to sacrifice style and comfort for reasonable pricing as charming retreats are dotted throughout the destination from north to south and on the sister island of Carriacou. Below are a sample (with a full list here) of the three-island destination’s stand-out resorts and hotels starting at under $175 USD per night:

Blue Horizons Garden Resort

This eco-friendly resort, tucked away on a sloping hillside, is only steps from the world renowned Grand Anse Beach. While staying here, guests can take advantage of the top-rated West Indian restaurant, La Belle Creole, while sitting hillside overlooking garden, ocean and city views. Starting at just $136 USD/night, visitors can choose to stay in one of 32 deluxe-one bedroom or superior studios outfitted with contemporary style furnishings. All guestrooms include kitchenettes for self-catering convenience.

Bogles Round House Cottages and Restaurant

Located on Carriacou within the main town of Hillsborough, Bogles Round House features three cottages and an on-site contemporary Caribbean restaurant that uses fresh local produce in most dishes. Visitors to Carriacou enjoy experiencing an authentic island not fazed by modernity and are drawn to the untouched marine life that surrounds the island with vibrant corals and wreck sites for diving and snorkeling. During low season, rates start at just $85 USD/night based on double occupancy and includes continental breakfast.

La Sagesse Beachfront Rooms & Cottage

An intimate, 12-room boutique hotel situated on the lush and secluded La Sagesse Beach in St. David’s, La Sagesse is a harmonious blend of natural elements and contemporary comforts. A nature-lover’s dream, the hotel has access to hiking trails and tropical gardens home to an array of flora and fauna and all within steps of white sand beach. The on-site restaurant features local and continental cuisine made with fresh ingredients from local farms. Starting at $145 USD/night, this oasis immerses guests in the quiet countryside of Grenada.

Mount Edgecombe Plantation

A working plantation since the 1700s, Mount Edgecombe is surrounded by 28 acres of lush gardens with more than 40 types of spices, fruit and vegetables growing in abundance. An

intimate accommodation, up to 16 guests can be accommodated, making it the ideal location for a small wedding or family reunion. A live-in team provides housekeeping, freshly picked fruit for breakfast and fresh eggs from on-site chickens, providing a farm-to-table experience. A standard room starts at $170 USD/night.

Petite Anse Hotel
Located in northern Grenada and overlooking the sea to Carriacou and the Grenadines, Petite Anse Hotel has nine cottage-style bedrooms and two deluxe suites that all have a sea view and relaxing atmosphere. The hotel’s warmth and hospitality is felt through the staff’s friendly nature and the welcoming couple that founded it almost a decade ago. A garden grows produce and spices that are served in the restaurants delectable dishes. Low season rates start at $158 USD/night for an oceanfront room, which includes breakfast.

True Blue Bay Boutique Resort
The vibrantly colored suites and villas at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort are located on a hillside with seaside views while sloping gardens surround the resort.  Guests can experience the resort’s Dodgy Dock Restaurant & Lounge Bar, Blue Haven Spa, yoga studio, pools, kayaks, dive center, hobie cats, cooking classes and rum tasting demonstrations all conveniently on-site. Amenities include continental breakfast included in the room rate, daily happy hour with seasonal entertainment, a free shuttle to Grand Anse Beach, and so much more. Starting at $138 USD/night with a hot breakfast buffet and all activities included, guests will find themselves falling in love with this family-owned retreat.

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Caribbean Hotel Programme Wins Best Energy Efficiency Project for 2018

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (14 Nov. 2018) -The Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme (CHENACT), created by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) to propel the Caribbean hotel sector towards energy efficiency, has won Best Energy Efficiency Project for 2018 at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) in Miami.

The awards recognize the leaders in the Caribbean energy sector who have made a profound impact on the region’s clean energy development.

CHENACT aims to improve the competitiveness of small and medium sized hotels (less than 400 rooms) in the Caribbean region through improved use of energy with the emphasis on energy efficiency, renewable energy and micro-generation.

Conceptualised in 2009 and completed earlier this year, the initiative has helped over 150 hotels in seven countries receive detailed investment grade energy audits and realize potential savings of 30-50% in energy and up to 50% in water. The project also provided workshops and training tools to hotels.

The programme was a joint venture of the CTO and CHTA Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) and was funded by The Inter American Development Bank (IDB), Centre for Development Enterprise (CDE), German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

CHENACT resources are available on CHTA’s website and www.chenact.com

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The award was accepted by (left to right) Sylma Brown Bramble, Director for the Americas, CTO; Loreto Duffy-Mayers, CHENACT Regional Programme Manager; Christiaan Gischler, Lead Energy Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank; and Frank Comito, CEO and Director General, CHTA

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CTO Wins ‘Favourite Roadshow”

We are really thrilled to be voted as Favourite Roadshow for the Selling Travel Agents Choice Awards. Travel agents are exceptionally important partners and it’s critical that we maintain regular contact with them and to keep educating them about the many attractive attributes of the Caribbean so they can keep selling the region.

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CTO Announces the Winners of the 2018 Caribbean Travel Media Awards

London, UK 7 November, 2018: The Caribbean Tourism Organization has announced the winners of the 2018 Caribbean Travel Media Awards. On Monday, 5 November over 60 members of the UK media joined visiting Caribbean Ministers, UK Chapter Members and Caribbean partners at an exclusive networking evening, held at the Fox @Excel, to celebrate the winners and runners up of the ten category awards.

The big winner on the night was Ursula Barzey of Caribbean & Co., who scooped the ‘Best of the Best’ award out of over 130 entries for her consistency in producing outstanding content about the Caribbean. Other award wins for Ursula were in the Best Social Media category for an all-encompassing #NextStopGrenada Campaign; and Best Caribbean Round up for an insightful 10 facts-about-the-Caribbean-region enthusing travellers to refine their travel search.

In the very competitive Best Consumer Feature category, Will Bruton won on all counts for his dazzling account of an authentic sailing holiday in ‘Fall in Love with Antigua’ in *Yachting Monthly.

The award for Best Travel Trade went to Tamara Hinson for an excellent Tobago Nature Tour review in Travel Weekly while the award for Best Online Feature went to Rupert Parker for his quirky and fun story of Mangoes, Food and History in Nevis for metro.co.uk.

Sally Peck picked up the Best National Newspaper award for an enticing ‘Nevis, Me and a Honeymoon for One’, feature in the Telegraph, with Best Regional Newspaper going to Hannah Stephenson for her account of volunteering in Jamaica, published across 40 regional newspapers, including yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk.

Amongst the other accolades were Blogger duo, Yaya and Lloyd of Hand Luggage Only, who won the Best Blog Post award for their captivating stories and images of St. Kitts across their social media platforms entitled Your Essential Guide of Things to do in St Kitts.

The Best Broadcast award was won by *BBC Two’s excellent production of ‘An Island Parish Anguilla – After the Hurricane’ which offered a heart-warming overview of life on the island a year after the hurricane and as the re-building begins. Finally, Best Photojournalism was won by Julianna Barnaby for a ‘Nevis Travel Guide’ Things to do in Nevis featuring brilliant imagery and content in her blog, The Discoveries Of.

Opening the Awards Ceremony Carol Hay said, “The standard of entries this year was extremely high and I was pleased to note such highly engaging and informative articles, digital and non-digital, as well as great video and photography. On behalf of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, I would like to congratulate all the finalists, especially our winners and our 2018 overall winner, Ursula Barzey. Each entry plays its part in raising awareness of the Caribbean as a region, and this year has been no exception. I would also like to thank the Judges for their excellent reviews and scoring and the sponsors who very generously provided the prizes.”

The 2018 Caribbean Travel Media Awards winners, runners-up (2nd and 3rd place respectively) and sponsors were:

Best Travel Trade Feature:
1st place: TAMARA HINSON ‘Tobago Natural Tour’, Travel Weekly
2nd : Laura French (Travel Weekly)
3rd: Andrew Doherty (TTG)
Sponsor: Bahamas Tourist Office-London

Best National Newspaper Feature:
1st place: SALLY PECK, ‘Nevis, me and a honeymoon for one’
2nd : Tamara Hinson (Express Weekend)
3rd: Keith Miller (Telegraph)
Sponsor: Saint Lucia Tourism Authority

Best Regional Newspaper Feature:
1st place: HANNAH STEPHENSON, ‘Here’s to Voluntourism’, PA
2nd: Oxford Mail/Oxford Times
3rd: Nicola Brady, Evening Standard
Sponsor: InterCaribbean

Best Consumer Feature:
1st place: WILL BRUTON, ‘Fall in love with Antigua’, Yachting Monthly
2nd : Vitali Vitaliev, Geographical
3rd: Fred Mawer, Sunday Telegraph and Katie Bowman, Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Sponsor: Discover Dominica Authority

Best Broadcast TV and Radio Feature:
1st place: DONNA CLARKE & CHRIS MITCHELL, An Island Parish Anguilla – After the Hurricane
2nd: Alison Hammond, ITV
3rd: Cathy Bartrop, Travelguru TV
Sponsor: St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Best Online Feature:
1st: RUPERT PARKER, ‘Stunning beaches and bags of culture in Nevis’, Metro.co.uk
2nd: Oliver Smith, Telegraph Online
3rd: Amy Hopkins, Family Traveller
Sponsor: Kuoni

Best Blog Feature:
1st place: LLOYD AND YAYA, ‘The Essential Guide to visiting St. Kitts’, Hand Luggage Only
2nd: Macca Sherifi, Adventurous World
3rd: Terry Lee, LiveShareTravel
Sponsor: Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

Best Piece of Photojournalism:
1st place: JULIANNA BARNABY, ‘Nevis Travel Guide’,  The Discoveries of
2nd: Andrew & Emily, Along Dusty Roads
3rd: Nick Robertson-Brown, Scubaverse
Sponsor: Tobago Tourism Agency

Best Social Media Campaign:
1st place: URSULA BARZEY, ‘#NextStopGrenada, Caribbean & Co.
2nd: Caroline & Nick Robertson-Brown, Scubaverse
3rd: Heather Cowper, Heather on her travels
Sponsor:  St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourist Office

Best Caribbean Round Up:
1st place: URSULA BARZEY, ‘10 Facts About The Caribbean Region’, Caribbean & Co.
2nd: Heather Cowper, Heather on her travels
and Nigel Tisdall, Telegraph
Sponsor: Caribbean Tourism Organization

About the Caribbean Media Awards
The Caribbean Travel Media Awards celebrate and reward the very best representation of the Caribbean by the media industry in the areas of writing, photography, digital media, broadcast media, publishing and trade. Within each category, points are awarded for the Best representation of the Caribbean as an attractive region to travel to; Best representation of the island featured within the Category; Best promotion of the key USP’s of the island featured within the Category and, finally, Originality of the campaign, article, video or blog.   The 2018 Caribbean Travel Media Awards were reviewed and judged by a panel of 11 Judges, made up of high-profile individuals representing the travel industry and media.

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