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Saint Lucia Tourism Authority Appoints Mrs. Beverly Nicholson-Doty as its CEO

CASTRIES – Thursday, June 27, 2019 – The Board of Directors at the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) has appointed Mrs. Beverly Nicholson-Doty as the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Mrs. Nicholson-Doty has over three decades of industry leadership experience, including most recently serving as Commissioner of Tourism at the USVI Department of Tourism from 2007 to 2018. She brings significant experience in marketing, sales and strategic planning in Caribbean travel, tourism and hospitality. Mrs. Nicholson-Doty has developed deep relationships with executives across the airline, cruise, hotel and service industries that serve the region, and has created partnership opportunities that include public, private, non-profit, non-governmental and community-based entities.

Mrs. Nicholson Doty’s achievements include the successful development of the Ports of the Virgin Islands concept to brand and develop a collaborative effort to elevate the territory’s port facilities, and the creation of a strategic plan for positioning the USVI as one of the top destinations for the Meetings and Incentives (MICE) market. She was also instrumental in engineering double-digit airline capacity growth over a 10-year period.

The CEO will be responsible for overall management of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, including oversight of the development of the Authority’s marketing and destination services, and general administration. She intends to work closely with agencies, institutions and individuals within the public and private sectors of Saint Lucia at home and abroad.

“We welcome Mrs. Nicholson-Doty to the organisation and look forward to the strategic leadership that she will provide implementing and developing our sustainable tourism growth strategy,” said Nicholas John, Chairman of the Board at the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority.

In addition, as CEO, Mrs. Nicholson-Doty will work closely with the Board of Directors to achieve overall objectives, including coordinating and directing the programmes of the Board. In marketing, promotions and publicity, she will be tasked to utilize and deploy resources in the best interest of the development of tourism to Saint Lucia.

“I look forward to this opportunity. Our team at the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority will be focused on developing and implementing a strong strategic plan aimed at increasing market share, and even more importantly, increasing visitor spend for maximum return on investment,” said Mrs. Nicholson Doty.

Mrs. Nicholson-Doty takes up her new role effective Monday, July 1, 2019.

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Eco-Conscious Tourism Development and Wealth Creation to be Explored at STC-2019

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (26 June 2019) – The idea of social entrepreneurship as a strategy for social and economic empowerment will come up for discussion at the region’s premier sustainable tourism gathering in late August.

As part of a detailed programme to address some of the region’s pressing tourism issues, the Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development – otherwise known as the Sustainable Tourism Conference (#STC2019) will provide a forum for regional and international delegates to examine how some destinations have successfully merged tourism development with eco-conscious destination management.

The conference, organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in partnership with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority, is scheduled for 26-29 Aug. 2019 at the Beachcombers Hotel in St. Vincent.

During the first general session entitled, Development Models for Social Integration, attention will be focused on the integration of local and indigenous grassroots initiatives as key pillars of the region’s cultural richness and diversity, with emphasis on the generation of employment opportunities for local communities.

“The involvement of all facets of our society, including local communities, is critical to our sustainability. It’s for this reason that we have included in the conference programme presentations from communities across the region, including indigenous communities, that are engaging in community tourism to share their successes and best practices. The aim is to provide conference participants with actual examples of grassroots efforts that have been successful in order to help generate bold ideas for a sustainable, inclusive and community-oriented tourism product,” said Amanda Charles, the CTO’s sustainable tourism development specialist.

Under the theme “Keeping the Right Balance: Tourism Development in an Era of Diversification,” industry experts participating in #STC2019 will address the urgent need for a transformational, disruptive, and regenerative tourism product to meet ever-rising challenges. The full conference programme can be viewed via https://www.caribbeanstc.com/program/

St Vincent and the Grenadines will host STC amidst an intensified national thrust towards a greener, more climate-resilient destination, including the construction of a geothermal plant on St. Vincent to complement the country’s hydro and solar energy capacity and the restoration of the Ashton Lagoon in Union Island.

To register for the conference, visit https://www.caribbeanstc.com/register. Rates are available for general delegates including CTO members and non-members, St. Vincent & the Grenadines residents, travel agents and students (both local and international rates).

Sponsorships are available for the conference and can be viewed via: https://www.caribbeanstc.com/sponsor. Contact Sylma Brown Bramble at 212-635-9530 or [email protected] for additional information.

About the Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development
The Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development is part of the information dissemination and regional awareness component of CTO’s strategy for sustainable tourism. It looks at how member states can design and implement sustainable tourism policies and programmes, offering a regional forum for information exchange on the successes and pitfalls of national, regional and international initiatives.

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Increases in Visitors Arrivals to SVG

KINGSTOWN, ST.VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, June 26, 2019 – Visitor arrivals to St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the first five (5) months of 2019 have increased by 7.1%. Provisional figures for the period January to May show that 232, 916 visitors came to St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the year thus far, compared with 217,453 in 2018. This is reflective of an additional 15,463 visitors to the destination.

Arrivals by air also increased by 7.1% with a total of 36,757 in 2019 compared with 34,335 in 2018 or a difference of 2,486 stay-over visitors. The Canadian market registered the greatest increase for stay-over arrivals with an increase of 16.9% while the USA market registered an increase of 11.4 % followed by the UK market with an increase of 10%.

Yacht arrivals grew by 7.6% during the months of January to May with a total of 37,926 yacht visitors for the five-month period in 2019 compared with 35,240 for the same period in 2018. A total of 158,233 cruise visitors arrived in the destination for the same period registering an increase of 7.0% over the 147,878 cruise visitors for the comparative period in 2018.

Since the opening of the Argyle International Airport in February 2017 three international carriers have been weekly operating non-stop flights to the destination. Earlier this month American Airlines announced a second weekly flight to the AIA from December 2019 when the airline will operate the current Saturday service along with a Wednesday service. The American Airline non-stop service to the Argyle International Airport will complement Caribbean Airlines’ weekly Wednesday non-stop service from JFK International, USA and Air Canada Rouge’s weekly Thursday non-stop service from Pearson International, Canada. Air Canada Rouge will again operate a second weekly Sunday non-stop service for the winter season commencing December 15, 2019.

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Antigua Launches New Honeymoon Registry During Romance Month

St. John’s, Antigua (June 21, 2019) – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has unveiled its new honeymoon registry, which is expected to target the growing weddings and honeymoon market. With some of the world’s most romantic and secluded locations, Antigua and Barbuda provides the ultimate setting for dream weddings and honeymoons with all the facilities and expertise available to ensure you that your wedding and/or honeymoon is seamless and stress-free. There is no better place to say ‘I do’ to the one you love than in Antigua and Barbuda, voted the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination for the fourth time in a row by the World Travel Awards.

Browsing through the island destination’s honeymoon registry reveals a host of suggestions on all the wonderful experiences that friends and family can purchase as a wedding gift. Registry items include hotel stays, spa treatments and romantic excursions. Married and engaged couples can create their own remarkable honeymoon registry and dedicated wedding website and be on their way to the honeymoon of their dreams in Antigua & Barbuda. The registry is FREE to set up and there is a toll-free Customer Service number to help couples and their guests with any questions or concerns regarding purchases.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism & Investment, Hon. Charles ‘Max’ Fernandez welcomed the launch of the new honeymoon registry, which reaffirms the destination’s commitment and appeal as the ideal destination for today’s discerning couple. “June is Romance Month here in Antigua and Barbuda and we’re excited at the opportunity this new honeymoon registry will bring to the destination. Not only does the registry give couples more options to experience Antigua and Barbuda, but we expect that this platform will also act as a promotional tool that will also attract family and friends to the destination,” notes Fernandez.

“For our service providers and small business operators in Antigua and Barbuda, the honeymoon registry is an excellent tool, allowing them to easily place their products at the front-of-mind of couples actively searching for destination experiences to book, which will ultimately lead to increased on-island spend.”

Antigua & Barbuda ranks among the world’s top ten destinations for weddings and honeymoons and one of its biggest appeal is that getting married in Antigua & Barbuda is easy. There is no waiting period or residency requirements for a wedding license to be issued and an array of wedding planners can make that special day relaxing, refreshing and hassle-free. The establishment of an official honeymoon registry makes it even easier for couples to capitalize on all the unique experiences and offerings available in Antigua and Barbuda.

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St. Kitts Welcomes Mid-Week Flights from Toronto by Air Canada

Basseterre, St. Kitts (June 24, 2019) – Further expanding on a successful airline-destination partnership, Air Canada will operate a second weekly non-stop flight from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to St. Kitts on Tuesdays in peak season for the first time in the island’s history, complementing the carrier’s existing non-stop Saturday service.

“I could not be more pleased about the addition of our first ever mid-week flight by Air Canada,” said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs. “These Tuesday flights provide Canadian visitors and the Diaspora alike with more options to visit the destination during the busiest time of year for leisure travel. The service increase is highly significant for us and demonstrates the carrier’s growing confidence in our tourism product.”

From February 11 through April 14, 2020, Air Canada will operate the flight utilizing a 136-seat Airbus A-319 with 12 Premium Rouge and 124 Economy class seats as follows:

Flight Depart Arrive
AC 1730 YYZ 11:20 am SKB 5:05 pm
AC 1731 SKB 5:55 pm YYZ 10:05 pm

*Note: Flights are listed in local time and schedules are subject to change.

Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, added, “Following its extension of service to St. Kitts to six months of the year for winter 2018-2019 and the up gauging of the majority of those flights from a 136-seat Airbus A-319 to a 200-seat Airbus A-321 aircraft, Air Canada’s addition of mid-week flying from Toronto for the first time in our history is a huge benefit for us. Allowing more flexibility in travelers’ length of stay, it provides one more building block to help us to continue our momentum of strong arrivals growth from Canada that we are achieving through targeted marketing to the affluent traveler in the golf and lifestyle niche markets.”

For the first four months of 2019, air passenger arrivals from Air Canada increased over 60% as compared to the same period in 2018. Air Canada’s new Tuesday flight significantly increases the amount of available seats to carry travelers to the island, thereby reinforcing St. Kitts’ potential air arrivals growth for 2020. This additional service is part of the destination’s specific strategy to further develop its tourism industry by building out airlift from select target gateways with valued air partners to support its expanding hotel product.

“Air Canada’s flights to St. Kitts are very popular with Canadians looking to escape winter to this beautiful destination. This additional flight complements our existing Saturday service from Toronto.  Not only does it provide more opportunities for tourists to visit this world renowned Caribbean island destination but also offers flexibility for local residents to visit other destinations in the world from our global hub in Toronto,” said Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning at Air Canada.”

Air Canada first began serving St. Kitts non-stop on Fridays in peak season from Toronto Pearson International Airport in 2011 and subsequently shifted to Saturday service. It is the island’s only non-stop scheduled service from Canada. In 2018, service expanded from peak season only to operate for a six-month period starting in November 2018 through the end of April 2019.

From its first flight on Canada Day 2013, Air Canada Rouge has made the world easier to reach by opening some of the most desirable destinations to leisure travelers with non-stop flights from across Canada. It has grown to over 50 aircraft from four, flown over 30 million customers, and added over 40 new destinations to the Air Canada network, including routes not served by any other carriers.

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Caribbean Airlines Cargo Interlines With Alaska Airlines

Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago, June 25, 2019. Caribbean Airlines Cargo has entered into an interline agreement with Alaska Airlines, which expands the airline’s cargo network by a further sixteen destinations.  The arrangement enables the movement of cargo to several popular locations such as Anchorage, Hawaii, Utah, Oregon and Nevada.

The airline continues to execute its mandate to facilitate cargo shipments to all corners of the globe.  To this end, Caribbean Airlines also has interline agreements with British Airways, China Airlines, Qatar Airways, Virgin Atlantic and many others, making easy the movement of cargo to all continents at special rates. Urgent shipments can be expedited by using Caribbean Airlines cargo priority shipping.

Chief Executive Officer, Garvin Medera stated: “Caribbean Airlines Cargo provides solutions to meet our customers’ cargo needs.  We work with our airline partners to provide a wide range of options which enable us to serve far reaching destinations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and South America.”

The airline also offers direct service to 80% of Caribbean islands, through its network of frequent passenger flights and multiple all-cargo freighter services.

Caribbean Airlines Cargo caters to the special needs of the oil and gas industry through the transportation of large and oversized time sensitive pieces. The airline is also well known for its professional handling and experience in shipping general cargo, live animals, perishables, human remains, dangerous goods, valuable cargo and diplomatic documents.

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