Archive for March, 2021

Belize is Allowing Vaccinated Travellers to Enter Without Testing

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, Tuesday, March 9th, 2021: Belize is now allowing vaccinated travellers to enter the county without having to present a negative COVID-19 test. The new health order, which became effective at the end of February, states that travellers who enter Belize through the airport and provide proof of COVID-19 immunization are no longer required to present a negative test result for entry. Vaccinated travellers can enter the country without testing requirements if they present the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card as proof that the vaccine has been administered at least two weeks prior to arrival.

Non-vaccinated travellers are still required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel or a negative rapid Antigen test taken within 48 hours of travel to Belize. If passengers fail to present a negative PCR or antigen test, one will be performed at the airport at the traveler’s expense of US$50. Additionally, Belize’s Ministry of Health and Wellness has expanded testing to facilitate all persons departing from Belize for travel to the US and other countries that require a negative test result for entry.

The decision to ease the restriction on travellers who have received the COVID vaccine has been facilitated by the reduction in daily new cases across the country. Belize has been very successful in its efforts to control the transmission of COVID-19 over the past few weeks; presently, there are less than 100 active cases countrywide and the numbers have been consistently decreasing.

As Belize’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign rolls out throughout the country, frontline tourism stakeholders will be among those receiving the AstraZeneca Vaccine during the early stages of the campaign. The vaccination of the tourism sector, in conjunction with the ongoing implementation of enhanced health and safety protocols, and the receipt of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp will convey to the world that Belize is indeed a safe and viable tourism destination.

For up to date information on the destination’s travel protocols and frequently asked questions, please visit: https://www.travelbelize.org/health-safety.

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What’s New In The Islands Of The Bahamas In March

NASSAU, Bahamas, March 8, 2021 – The Bahamas is setting its sights on a busy spring filled with romance, reopenings, awards and hot deals perfect for an extended-stay in The Bahamas. With new hotel reopenings in Nassau and Grand Bahama this month and plenty of savings, there is no better time to start planning a Bahamian getaway.

NEWS

Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Hosts Virtual Romance Expos – On March 10, the MOTA will bring together industry leaders, partners and vendors for an educational experience for consumer participants. From The Bahamas With Love will showcase the destination’s vast offerings for romantic escapes.

Resorts Reopening in Nassau Baha Mar welcomes back guests to Rosewood and SLS on March 4 and opens a brand-new restaurant, Café Boulud, led by globally renowned Chef Daniel Boulud. Additionally, on March 31, Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort will reopen to travelers.

Resorts Reopening on Grand Bahama – The island of Grand Bahama welcomes back a beloved hotel on March 25 with the reopening of Lighthouse Pointe Hotel, an all-inclusive resort located in Freeport.

Recent Awards – The Bahamas’ Still Rockin’ campaign has won a bronze Adrian Award in this year’s integrated marketing category. In other exciting news, The Bahamas has been nominated for the World Golf Awards in the category of the Caribbean’s Best Golf Destination of 2021. Voting is now open and golfers are asked to vote for the very best in golf tourism.

Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center Introduces Ferry Inclusive Day Trips and Hotel Packages – Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center has partnered with Baleària Caribbean Fast Ferry to offer day trips and two-, four- and five-night hotel packages at Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina. The fast ferry departs from Port Everglades on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9 a.m. and returns to Bimini at 6:30 p.m.

PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS

For a complete listing of deals and packages for The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.

Atlantis Book Early and Save – Atlantis is offering savings of up to 20% on refundable rates when booking at least 30 days in advance.

Grand Isle Resort Extended-Stay Program – Extended-stay travelers can receive up to 50% off when booking a stay of 14 days or more at Grand Isle Resort & Spa in Exuma.

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Grenada Rocks- A Storytelling Campaign

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – 3rd March, 2021 – Grenada’s latest campaign ‘Grenada Rocks’, puts the storytelling of the tri-island destination’s authenticity and wonders in the hands of the experts, the beloved Grenadian people! The campaign, launched on Monday March 1st introduces a cast of Grenadians on island and in the Diaspora, who speak of how Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique ‘rock’ as a multifaceted nation with diverse experiences.

The first phase of the campaign features recording artist Jevaughn John ‘V’ghn’ and international fashion designer of Grenadian descent, Fe Noel. Her designs have been worn by former US first lady Michelle Obama and Beyonce. Fans of Grenada can also look forward to a colourful presentation of Grenada’s National dish, Oildown and its deep cultural significance.

Chairman of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) Barry Collymore views the campaign launch as an important opportunity for Grenada’s Tourism. “Grenada has managed the COVID-19 pandemic very well and as more of the world reopens to travel, it is going to be critical to tell the story of our people moving forward, to build demand for our safe destination,” he said.

Speaking on the focus of the storytelling campaign, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Climate Resilience and the Environment, Hon. Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen said, “The genuine warmth of our people is talked and written about all over the world. Our fashion designers, entertainers, musicians, farmers and tour guides all have a powerful story to tell about how Grenada has shaped their lives. These are the stories, experiences and connections that today’s traveler is seeking.”

‘Grenada Rocks’ has come to fruition because of the contributions,  hard work and love of the Grenadian people, and the GTA looks forward to it being a global success. The GTA will release its series of videos in the coming weeks and encourages everyone to share the campaign videos, as well as their personal ‘Grenada stories’ using the hashtag #GrenadaRocks. For more information on the campaign visit www.puregrenada.com .

Launch video featuring recording artist V’ghn

Download link- https://we.tl/t-dp364NaItx

Download Link for the Oildown video- https://we.tl/t-Y9nzOe4GZw

 

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BTB Welcomes Vaccination of Tourism Sector

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, Tuesday, March 2: As Belize’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign rolls out throughout the country, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that frontline tourism stakeholders will be among those receiving the AstraZeneca Vaccine during the early stages of the campaign.

Belize’s vaccination campaign, which was launched yesterday by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, will be rolled out in five phases. The vaccination of the tourism sector will be carried out during the second phase, which will also include members of the National Assembly & Judiciary, teachers, police officers, and the staff of the Customs and Immigration departments.

The Ministry of Health & Wellness has indicated that it has initially started the campaign with 1,000 doses of the vaccine donated by the Government of Barbados. There are 25,000 more doses arriving in Belize over the weekend as a donation from the Government of India, while an additional 100,800 doses have been confirmed as part of Belize’s allocation under the COVAX vaccination program.

The availability of the Covid-19 vaccine in Belize signals a new era of hope for Belizeans, especially the tourism sector which has been the hardest hit by the pandemic. The vaccination of the tourism sector, in conjunction with the ongoing implementation of the Gold Standard Certification Program and the receipt of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) SafeTravels stamp will convey to the world that Belize is indeed a safe and viable tourism destination.

For questions or concerns, kindly contact the Belize Tourism Board at info@belizetourismboard.org.

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Montserrat Receives Critical Personal Protective Equipment for Frontline Workers

The Government of Montserrat has received a shipment of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support its national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The consignment of supplies was procured through funding from the European Union (EU) through the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme of Support for Health Security Strengthening for Prevention and Control of Outbreaks of Communicable Diseases in the Caribbean which is being implemented by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

CARPHA procured the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for Montserrat, which includes 1,250 protective coveralls, and 2,500 surgical masks.

The EU grant seeks to improve health security in the Region and strengthen capacity of CARPHA Member States for the detection, surveillance, prevention, control and response to epidemics of Communicable diseases, such as COVID-19.

The EU grant supports CARPHA Member States’ national COVID-19 preparedness and response and has financed the procurement of much needed medical supplies.

Executive Director of CARPHA Dr. Joy St John emphasized the importance of this donation, stating that “No effort is being spared to offer assistance to the citizens of our Member States and those who take care of them. CARPHA works closely with Member States to identify their needs and provides guidance and support in the continued fight against COVID-19. Of course, the provision of PPE to Montserrat would not have been possible without the unwavering support of the European Union and its commitment to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the Caribbean region.”

The donation was received by the Honorable Minister of Health and Social Services, Mr. Charles Kirnon, who expressed his gratitude and stated that “Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our frontline workers within the Ministry of Health and Social Services continue to care for our community. We in turn have a responsibility to provide them with the necessary resources to protect themselves from infection as they perform these essential duties. CARPHA’s donation will aid us in this regard. CARPHA’s continued commitment to safeguarding and supporting its Member States is highly commendable. The Government of Montserrat appreciates their support and efforts and looks forward to continued partnership. The Government of Montserrat would also like to express deep gratitude to the European Union for its support.”
More information about the project https://www.carpha.org/Projects/Ongoing-Projects/11th-EDF-Regional-Health-Security

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