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Antigua and Barbuda Pavilion Doors Open at Expo Dubai 2020

Monday, October 18, 2021 — The twin-island paradise of Antigua and Barbuda is on show at the world expo ‘Expo Dubai 2020’ being held in Dubai under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

Antigua and Barbuda’s pavilion located in the ‘Mobility’ section of the expo; displays the remarkable strides the Caribbean nation has made in its socio-economic development over the years.

Read more: Antigua and Barbuda Pavilion Doors Open at Expo Dubai 2020 (oecs.org)

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Saint Lucia Crowned ‘Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’

Castries, October 18, 2021 – Saint Lucia has won the award for ‘Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’ at the 28th annual World Travel Awards. President and Founder of World Travel Awards, Graham Cooke, presented the award to Tourism Minister Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire at the ongoing Dubai Expo, in the presence of the other senior tourism officials.

The win represents the island’s eighth consecutive title as ‘Caribbean Leading Honeymoon destination and twelfth overall, of the same title.

Ancillary service providers were also recognized in various categories.

  • Leading Car Rental Company – Thrifty
  • Leading Beach Resort- Marigot Bay Resort, Spa & Marina
  • Leading Hotel- Rabot Hotel by Hotel Chocolat
  • Leading Resort- Sandals Grande St. Lucian
  • Leading Destination Management Company – Barefoot Holidays
  • Leading Tour Operator- Spice Travel & Tours
  • Leading Travel Agency- Going Places Travel

“Romance continues to be the essence in brand Saint Lucia, a significant niche market for our world-renowned island destination. This award, particularly in this era, reflects the resilience and perseverance of our people and the results of the hard work of all our tourism stakeholders. This truly is an award for the people of Saint Lucia!” stated Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire –Saint Lucia’s Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture, and Information.

Saint Lucia is also the twelve-time winner of the ‘World Leading Honeymoon Destination’ by World Travel Awards.

The public is encouraged to vote for Saint Lucia as the ‘World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2021, until October 24. The grand finale event which acknowledges first class excellence of travel brands from across the world, takes place on November 26, 2021.

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, or 1-888 4STLUCIA or visit stlucia.org.

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American Airlines Resumes Service To Martinique

New York, NY (October 18, 2021) – Flights to Martinique from the United States will resume thanks to American Airlines.  Beginning November 6th, the carrier will start its nonstop service between Miami International Airport and Fort-de-France’s Aimé Césaire International Airport.  The flights will operate once a week on Saturdays before increasing to three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for Christmas and the second half of February through March.

“American Airlines, the largest U.S. airline company is a crucial long-time partner of the Island of Flowers”,” states Martinique Tourism Commissioner Bénédicte di Geronimo. “That is why we’re thrilled to welcome back our main U.S. carrier and all its passengers with open arms. Experiencing Martinique will for sure convince our US visitors of the reason why Martinique has received very recently Gold honors in Travel Weekly’s 2021 Magellan Awards as an Eco-Friendly “Green” Destination, has been named #1 Emerging Destination in the world in 2021 by Tripadvisor, not counting the two distinctions granted recently by UNESCO for our unique traditional Yole Boat as well as for the richness of our biodiversity”.

 “With over 35 destinations to the islands, American is your airline to the French Caribbean Island of Martinique, said Evette Negron, Channel Sales Manager at American Airlines. “It is a real pleasure to offer to American travellers the opportunity to discover the beauty and rich history of Martinique in all safety, from the very moment of fastening their seatbelt.”

The Embraer 175 aircraft with 76 seats will be used for the three-and-a-half-hour flights.  To purchase tickets, click here.  To learn more about Martinique, read more.

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White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational Returns To Atlantis Paradise Island

October 18, 2021 (Paradise Island, Bahamas) The prestigious White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational, featuring some of the top collegiate golf teams in the United States, returns to the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Paradise Island with 19 teams, led by the host schools the University of Miami and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Touted by 2019 attendees as one of golf’s finest collegiate events, the White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational features 54 holes of women’s competition followed by 54 holes of men’s competition starting on October 22 at the acclaimed Ocean Club Golf Course, which has hosted several premier events, most recently the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic.

The tournament week begins with practice rounds for seven women’s teams on October 20. Soon after, on October 27, twelve men’s teams convene to start their tournament week with practice rounds. A welcome reception also is planned for the participants on those respective dates.

The White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational provides an overall experience for players and coaches that is unmatched in college golf, thanks to the quality of the Ocean Club Golf Course, the luxury accommodations and amenities of Atlantis Paradise Island, the incredible tropical weather and genuine Bahamian hospitality.

“On behalf of the Ocean Club Golf Course and Atlantis Paradise Island, we welcome all the athletes competing in the 2021 White Sands Bahamas NCAA Invitational, along with their coaches, alumni and fans. The Invitational is an excellent opportunity to showcase our course to the top golfers in the amateur ranks.  Our Director of Agronomy, Jeff Hood, and his team have done a fantastic job prepping the golf course for the tournament.  We are looking forward to the competition and showcasing our beautiful destination,” said Robbie Leming, General Manager, Ocean Club Golf Course.

“The Ocean Club Golf Course at Paradise Island will be sure to provide a breathtaking backdrop throughout the week-long competition,” said Joy Jibrilu, Director General of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation. “Athletes, coaches, and spectators participating in this highly anticipated tournament are in for a wonderful treat as they experience the beauty of our country on and off the golf course. From the white sand beaches and pristine turquoise waters to the local restaurants and historical landmarks, we look forward to welcoming visitors to our shores to see just why ‘It’s Better in The Bahamas.’”

Both tournaments are 54 holes contested on the par-72 Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Paradise Island, designed by former major champion Tom Weiskopf. The women will compete on a course set up at 6,415 yards, while the men will play it at 7,159 yards.

For the inaugural competition in 2019, the University of Texas won the women’s competition with a score of 828, and the University of Houston won the men’s event by posting 833.

“In 19 years of NCAA college golf, this is the most memorable experience,” said Jonathan Dismuke, Director of Golf and Head Men’s Golf Coach at the University of Houston.

“The experience my guys received is one that will never be matched in college golf,” added Georgia State University Men’s Golf Coach Chad Wilson.

2021 WHITE SANDS BAHAMAS NCAA INVITATIONAL

Hosted by University of Miami (Women’s Invitational) and University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Men’s Invitational)

TEAMS COMPETING

Women

University of Miami (host), Campbell University, Florida International University, University of Iowa, Mercer University, University of Nebraska, Northern Illinois University

Men

University of Arkansas at Little Rock (host), Bowling Green State University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Lamar University, Lipscomb University, University of Michigan, University of Mississippi, University of San Francisco, University of South Florida

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

NCAA Women’s Invitational

  • Wednesday, October 20: Team Practice Rounds

Ocean Club Golf Course Team Reception, 6 p.m.

  • Thursday, October 21:

Team Practice Rounds

  • Friday, October 22: Round 1 – 8 a.m. Shotgun Start
  • Saturday, October 23: Round 2 – 8 a.m. Shotgun Start
  • Sunday, October 24: Round 3 – 8 a.m. Shotgun Start

Trophy Presentation (Individual and Team Champions)

NCAA Men’s Invitational

  • Wednesday, October 27: Team Practice Rounds

Ocean Club Golf Course Team Reception 6 p.m.

  • Thursday, October 28:

Team Practice Rounds

  • Friday, October 29: Round 1 – 8 a.m. Shotgun Start
  • Saturday, October 30: Round 2 – 8 a.m. Shotgun Start
  • Sunday, October 31: Round 3 – 8 a.m. Shotgun Start

Trophy Presentation (Individual and Team Champions)

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Makana Ferries Starts Operations in November

Blues and Blues Ltd. of Anguilla is scheduled to start with the inter-island trips between Statia, Saba and Sint Maarten on November 1, 2021. Preparations by an inter-island team are in full progress to be able to meet this date. Information on the fares and the exact schedule information will soon follow.

Blues and Blues Ltd of Anguilla won the tender for the inter-island maritime connectivity with the M/V Makana. Makana is a 72 inch Sabre catamaran fast ferry, capable of carrying 150 passengers across two decks. There is a lower deck, an upper (open) sun deck and an upper business class area. The lower deck and the upper area are both fully air conditioned and outfitted with two toilets and a bar.

The Makana will provide ample luggage and cargo functionality. The catamaran will cruise comfortably at an operational speed of 23 knots with maximum speed of 31knots. The trips will be approximately 45 minutes from Saba to Statia, 75 minutes from Saba to St. Maarten and 85 minutes from Statia to St. Maarten. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions in St. Kitts, the route to this island cannot be scheduled yet until further notice.  

Makana is the Hawaiian word for “Gift”Blues & Blues Ltd. welcomed the vessel into its fleet recently. Passengers can expect a friendly and reliable service complete with onboard WiFi and online customer services. The Makana will be stationed in Statia or Saba. Residents are encouraged to apply for vacant positions as crew members.

Samuel Connor, owner of Blues and Blues Ltd., said : “We are a family business. We strongly believe that we can contribute to the social and economic development of the islands via an interisland maritime connectivity including St. Barth, Anguilla and Nevis”.

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