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CTO Foundation Invites Application for 2020 Scholarships

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (26 March. 2020) – The region’s tourism education charity has launched its 2020 search for Caribbean nationals seeking assistance to further their studies.

The CTO Scholarship Foundation – the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s scholarship programme – is accepting applications for scholarships and study grants until Friday 1 May.

Scholarship of up to US$5000 are being offered for studies in aviation or air transport technologies, public relations and/or communications and tourism education or human resources development. Study grants are being offered for areas of study that will enhance the development of a sustainable tourism industry and boost service excellence in the region, as well as in tourism research or statistics.

The full list of scholarships and grants, along with criteria for qualification, can be found at https://bit.ly/2JhVfO3. Applications are currently being accepted and the deadline for submitting entries is Friday, 1 May at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. All applications must be submitted online at https://bit.ly/39hWuZE. Applications will not be accepted via mail, email or fax. The foundation selects individuals who demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership both within and outside the classroom and who express a strong interest in making a positive contribution to Caribbean tourism.

Individuals who wish to make a contribution to the CTO Foundation can do so via its GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/cto-scholarship-foundation.

The CTO Foundation is a 501 (C)(3) entity established in 1997 with the aim of training and developing future leaders for the Caribbean tourism industry by funding studies in tourism and tourism-related subjects, hospitality and language. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over US$1 million in scholarship funds and has provided over 280 grants and scholarships.

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CTO Signs Deal with Global Market Research Firm Euromonitor International

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (23 March. 2020) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has signed an agreement with a leading global market research firm, Euromonitor International, through which members can access additional information to aid in their tourism planning.

The collaboration agreement with the London-based firm will provide member countries with data and insights to identify future trends, statistics and analysis on industries, countries and consumers.

Access to the data from existing and target source markets will be through Euromonitor International’s global market information database, Passport.

“Our partnership with Euromonitor International expands the range of data and research available to our member countries which they can use to inform the development of their national tourism strategies,” said Faye Gill, the CTO’s director, membership services.

As part of the agreement, CTO members will receive access to relevant information about the travel landscape globally, such as market disruptors, latest trends and impactful scenarios like the coronavirus pandemic. Euromonitor International provides high-quality information and expert analysis on factors shaping tourism in different countries and economies.

Caroline Bremner, head of travel research at Euromonitor International, said, “We are delighted to partner with the CTO and help its members build strategies for resilience and sustainability for long-term success.”

The CTO’s move to forge this relationship with Euromonitor International is part of the organisation’s increasing thrust towards the provision of more robust data for decision making and planning.

Euromonitor International is a leading market research company that provides global data for different sectors and industries, including travel and tourism.  The company’s Passport database includes outbound trends, expenditure numbers, socio-economic data and traveller profiles for many of the region’s existing and potential source markets.

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New Director of Tourism Appointed for Turks & Caicos Islands

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands (March 18, 2020) – The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board has announced the appointment of Pamela Ewing as Director of Tourism.

Minister of Tourism Hon. Ralph Higgs congratulated Ms. Ewing on her appointment and stated, “The Ministry of Tourism welcomes the appointment of Ms. Pamela Ewing as Director of Tourism and as Minister I am confident that she will continue to be an excellent brand ambassador for the destination. Her track record and standing throughout the industry and among our travel partners is exemplary and the TCI stands to benefit tremendously from her leadership in one of the most important sectors in our country. The entire country is pulling for you”.

Chairman of the Tourist Board Mrs. Adelphine Pitter commented, “The Board of Directors is pleased to appoint Ms. Pamela Ewing as the new Director of Tourism after a thorough recruitment process and review of 15 applicants. Ms. Ewing brings a wealth of expertise to the role having spent fifteen years representing the destination in the US market. We look forward to working with Ms. Ewing to execute strategic plans to promote and position the Turks and Caicos Islands as the premier vacation destination in the Caribbean”.

On the announcement of her appointment, Ms. Ewing stated, “I am grateful for the privilege to be appointed Director of Tourism for my beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands! I look forward to being able to continue the development of brand TCI to the next stage. We will continue working with our industry stakeholders and my team to improve our luxury five star brand, which you all know and love. I am excited for what is to come!”

An accomplished professional with over 20 years of success across the travel, hospitality, and marketing industries, Pamela Ewing brings a thorough array of knowledge and experience to her role as Director of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board. Ewing’s career has been defined by a passion for tourism – her innate ability to leverage partnerships and identify marketing and sales strategies has resulted in monumental brand growth and transformation.

Ewing joined the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board in 2004 as Regional Marketing Manager, and was instrumental in establishing an office in New York; creating a global brand presence for the Turks and Caicos Islands; and producing dynamic marketing campaigns, which amplified tangible aspects of the brand including “World’s Best Beach” and positioned the Islands as one of the most accessible destinations for short- and long-term stays. Ewing’s dedication and diligence have established the Turks and Caicos Islands as a top luxury destination for travelers worldwide. Previously, Ewing held positions at notable luxury resorts including the iconic Hotel Del Coronado, and Management roles at Grace Bay Club and Point Grace Resort & Spa. In addition, she owned and managed the sales and marketing company, ELP which represented clients in Europe including Italy and Greece.

Following her time at San Diego Mesa College, where she obtained an associate degree in Hospitality Management, Ewing attended Rutgers University and East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, where she received her bachelor’s degree in General Management. She has also been admitted to the prestigious Georgetown University for her Masters in Internal Business and Policy.

Ewing hails from Turks and Caicos Islands and is mother to four sons, Benjamin, Ryan, Lyndon, and James.

Ms. Ewing assumes office effectively on April 1st, 2020.

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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Statement on Passing of Sol Kerzner

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is deeply saddened by the passing of Sol Kerzner. He brought an original perspective to developing his hospitality brands, and the launch of The Atlantis brought new attention and a revitalization to The Bahamas, which contributed greatly to the phenomenal growth we have seen as our tourism industry has matured.

We are proud to have been the birthplace of The Atlantis concept and are pleased to have enjoyed his partnership and support for more than 25 years. Many thousands of Bahamians have been a part of the extended Atlantis team with many of them launching careers as tourism professionals in that organization.

“Sol Kerzner was a giant in the hospitality industry and we shall not see his likeness again. His vision for Atlantis reshaped our skyline here in Nassau and redefined The Bahamas vacation for many millions. He will be sorely missed,” said Minister of Tourism, DIonisio D’Aguilar.

The sincere condolences and prayers of the Ministry of Tourism and all those Bahamians who benefitted from his work go out to his family. Sol Kerzner’s impact on our nation will live on well beyond his years and for that, we remain eternally grateful.

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (Date) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) advises of the postponement of the 10th Tourism Resources Conference, which was scheduled to take place in May. The new date for the event, being organised in collaboration with the Nevis ministry of tourism, is 25-27 November 2020.

“In light of the constantly changing nature of the coronavirus crisis and in the wake of the decision by the World Health Organization to declare COVID-19 a pandemic, the CTO and the government of Nevis have decided that postponing the conference is the best course of action,” said Sharon Banfield, the CTO’s director of resource mobilisation and development.

The CTO will continue to diligently monitor the situation and pay close attention to guidance from regional public health officials.

For more information on what the CTO and member countries are doing to limit the spread of coronavirus in the region, visit www.onecaribbean.org. And for the regional health response, visit www.carpha.org.

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Good News from The Bahamas

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, March 6, 2020 – The Bahamas continues to show the world why 7.2 million tourists visited the island nation in 2019. Five top-ten placements in USA Today 10Best’ 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards heralded the islands as having some of the best beach bars, restaurants, rum distilleries, golf courses and, of course, beaches in the Caribbean. New hotels and events coming to Bimini, Andros and Nassau means there is much excitement coming to The Bahamas.


The Bahamas Wins Big in USA Today 10Best 2020 Caribbean Readers’ Choice Travel Awards –The Bahamas secured five top-ten placements in this year’s USA Today 10Best Caribbean Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. Tony Macaroni’s Conch Experience was voted one of the Best Caribbean Beach Bars; Banana Bay and Graycliff Restaurant were voted two of the Best Restaurants in the Caribbean; John Watling’s Distillery was voted one of the Best Caribbean Rum Distilleries; Sandals Emerald Bay Golf Course and Baha Mar Royal Blue Golf Course were voted two of the Best Caribbean Golf Courses and Tahiti Beach, Fortune Beach and Gold Rock Beach were voted some of the Caribbean’s Best Beaches.


Grand Lucayan Sold – The Government of The Bahamas sold the Grand Lucayan on Monday, March 2 to a partnership between Royal Caribbean International and ITM (Bahamas Port Investments Ltd.). The partnership is expected to invest $250 million in the hotel and redevelopment of the cruise port, which will result in 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Overwater Bungalows Coming to Bimini – Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts is set to break ground on its first property in The Bahamas and Caribbean region this spring. Banyan Tree Illa Bimini Resort & Residences will feature 50 Maldives-style overwater bungalows and 54 luxury residences.

Kamalame Cay’s First Annual Poseidon Challenge – The luxury resort is partnering with Blue Tide Marine for the first annual Poseidon Challenge March 19 – 22, 2020. The invite-only two day series will feature rigorous challenges designed by Blue Tide Marine and inspired by their Navy SEAL and Special Operations training. Official race events include an ocean swim, canoe relay, trail runs, Frogman challenge, stand-up paddle race and more.

Atlantis’ Sensation Spring Break Beach Party – Atlantis, Paradise Island is debuting its first annual ‘Sensation Spring Break’ beach party with nightly entertainment at Aura Nightclub March 8 – 17, 2020. Headliners include Lil Jon, DJ Irie, Loud Luxury, Konflikt, Brandi Cyrus, Brooke Evers and Chase B.


Anita Johnson-Patty

General Manager, Global Communications

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation

[email protected]


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