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Caribbean Tourism Outperforms the Rest of the World as Data Suggests a Continued Reversal of the Slide

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (11 Oct, 2021) – As Caribbean tourism destinations continue their journey towards some semblance of normality, preliminary data from member countries of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) reveal that the region outperformed the rest of the world in the first half of 2021.

During this period, international tourist arrivals to the Caribbean reached 6.6 million, representing a 12.0 per cent decline when compared to the same period last year. By the end of May arrivals were at 5.2 million, down 30.8 per cent for the corresponding period in 2020, considerably better than the global average of a 65.1 per cent decline. Of the main regions analysed, The Americas, which included the Caribbean, registered a 46.9 per cent drop, otherwise, no other region performed better than a 63 per cent fall in arrivals.

While the tourist arrivals continued to lag pre-pandemic numbers, the first half year performance was boosted by a second quarter spurt when overnight tourist visits to the Caribbean jumped between ten and 37 times greater than those in the corresponding months in 2020. In absolute terms, there was a steady improvement, as arrival numbers increased from one million in April to 1.2 million in May to 1.5 million in June, according to data compiled by the CTO’s research department.

Among the reasons for the strong second quarter was a rise in outbound travel from the region’s primary market, the United States, from which tourist visits reached 4.3 million in the first half of the year, a 21.7 per cent increase. Other contributing factors included the easing of some travel restrictions and an increase in airlift.

“These are encouraging signs that the hard work our member countries have put into adapting to the changing environment of the pandemic is beginning to pay dividends,” said Neil Walters, the CTO’s acting secretary general. “Even as we embrace a recovery mindset and the opportunities the pandemic has given us, we must continue to be mindful of the challenges we currently face and the potential challenges a dynamic situation like the pandemic can present. The Caribbean tourism sector is known to be one of the most resilient in the world.”


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WCG Consulting and AZOVA Inc Announces Partnership To Promote Safe Travel Options In The Caribbean & Bermuda

Bridgetown, Barbados – WCG Consulting Ltd, a tourism marketing and development company (, today announced an official partnership with Azova Inc, ( creator of the world’s most comprehensive digital health network for COVID-19 testing and vaccination management, to complement the efforts of Caribbean countries in providing for arrival, quarantine release, and departure to and from partner islands.

“I am especially pleased to join with AZOVA to work on innovative ways of increasing safe travel to our islands. This digital platform expands the options for travellers, most notably the United States, and offers a hassle-free process for travellers. The management of the Covid virus in the coming months plays the most important part of the destiny and future tourism success of our islands”, said William ‘Billy’ Griffith, Managing Director of WCG Consulting, and who is also the current Chairman of the Allied Membership of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

For arrival testing, AZOVA has so far partnered with Destination Barbados to provide a seamless Concierge Testing Service for travelers who request a concierge to arrive at their home, office, or hotel to complete the required provider-administered nasopharyngeal swab test.  This service is available in all major US cities. For quarantine release and departure testing, AZOVA has also partnered with, and created a digital network of, all the major testing providers on the island to enable travelers to book quarantine release and in person or concierge departure testing services through the AZOVA application. AZOVA’s on island Concierge COVID-19 Testing Service is available throughout Barbados at hotels, residences, businesses and a network of certified labs. All test results are available through AZOVA’s COVID Credentials™ Health Pass.  Travelers can securely share their test results via pdf, QR code or with a unique credential ID.

“We are excited to join in partnership with Billy Griffith and his company and are currently in discussion with more islands in the Caribbean region to sign on to our program,” stated Cheryl Lee Eberting, MD, CEO and founder of AZOVA. ”This is digital health at its finest, but is really only scratching the surface with the potential benefits that can come from creating connected and efficient care delivery models such as this. I am especially proud of Azova’s contribution to ensuring safety during this unprecedented pandemic and am honored to be working with the Caribbean in successfully navigating this period of crisis ”

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Nevis Tourism Authority Unveils New Destination Website with Exclusive Vacation Giveaway

Charlestown, Nevis – Nevis Tourism welcomes visitors to its revamped website, which spotlights the luxe Caribbean island’s offerings alongside stunning imagery of its famed sandy beaches and lush green mountains. The new site also houses an exciting vacation giveaway for visitors at an elegant hideaway in the heart of the Caribbean. The new destination website is lively, dynamic and practical, offering a modernized design and easy navigation, sure to inspire travel to Nevis.

“We’re happy to welcome back visitors to Nevis and hope our new website gives an enticing first taste of our special island. The new layout combines a sleek design with rich content and updated photography, illustrating a true reflection of our destination, our history and our unique tourism offering,” says Jadine Yarde, CEO of the Nevis Tourism Authority.

The website features optimized travel information about Nevis, including accommodations, attractions, restaurants & bars, island events, and history & culture. A streamlined navigation allows visitors to easily explore, search, and plan their next trip to Nevis, based on their individual interests and desires.

During the pandemic, whilst keeping the people of the island safe has been the priority, the Nevis Tourism Authority has taken time to elevate the island’s tourism products and introduce exciting new activities for the return of international travelers.

“This new site is a culmination of our hard work over the past 18 months for visitors to return to a Nevis that is back and better than ever. Showcasing these updates to consumers and travel agents online is paramount to continue attracting tourism to the island,” added Yarde.

To encourage consumers to explore the new website, the Nevis Tourism Authority is giving away a Nevis vacation for one lucky traveler via its Mango Mania competition. All visitors need to do is locate the Nevis Mango Emoji  on one of the website pages, click on the emoji, and complete their entry details on the competition page to enter the giveaway. The mango emoji is a nod to the island’s status as home to over 40 varieties of the tropical fruit.

The competition prize includes four nights’ accommodation at Montpelier Plantation & Beach for two. Competition closes on November 5, 2021, and terms and conditions apply. Visitors can enter at

Notes to Editors:

Only fully vaccinated travelers are able to enter Nevis, and a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result is also required, taken no more than 72 hours ahead of travel. Airport health screening is still in place, and all travelers are asked to ‘Vacation in Place’ for four days at one of the island’s four ‘Travel-Approved’ hotels: Four Seasons Resort, Golden Rock Inn, Montpelier Plantation & Beach, and Paradise Beach.

This press release relates solely to the Caribbean island of Nevis, which is separate to the island of St Kitts.

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Grenada Ranks Amongst Top Hotels & Resorts In The Caribbean In Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its coveted annual Readers’ Choice Awards and four of Grenada’s beloved hotels and resorts were ranked amongst the top in the Caribbean.

In The Top Hotels in the Caribbean category, Calabash ranked sixth. In the Top Resorts in the Caribbean category, Silversands Grenada ranked 11th, Sandals Grenada ranked 21st and Mount Cinnamon ranked 33rd. In the listing for top destinations in The Caribbean & The Atlantic, Grenada ranked 20th.

We are thrilled to be listed amongst the best of the best in Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards,” said Petra Roach, CEO, Grenada Tourism Authority. “It’s been a challenging year in particular for those who love to travel and we look forward to welcoming back Conde Nast Traveler’s readers and travelers around the world to Grenada to experience our incredible island and the many award-winning hotels, resorts and adventures that we offer.”

Over 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot about the places they can’t wait to return to next. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.

The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler. The full list is published exclusively online, at

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Grenada Offers Fall, Winter & Holiday Specials For The Perfect Caribbean Getaway

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. –With winter on the horizon, Grenada is tempting travelers to trade in their jackets and boots for bikinis and frozen bellinis with a host of fall, winter and holiday getaway packages. Whether traveling for a romantic getaway, a family-fun vacation or simply need some ‘me time,’ Grenada is ideal to wait out the winter.

Grenada’s spectacular natural topography is complemented by a charming selection of luxury boutique hotels and villas, cuisine infused with exotic local spices, 40 white sandy beaches including the world-famous Grand Anse Beach and15 breathtaking waterfalls. Additional treats include six chocolate factories, three rum distilleries and more than 30 unforgettable dive sites, including the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean, the ‘Bianca C’ and the World’s First Underwater Sculpture Park.

Below is a roundup of the hotels offering holiday and winter packages for travelers:

  • Silversands Grenada, one of Grenada’s modern resorts, is offering a special “Time to ‘Fall’ For Grenada” package with 25% off stays through December 17, 2021 with breakfast for two included. The resort is also offering a 25% off discount on room and breakfast for Winter Early Birds who book by December 17, 2021 for travel between January 8-April 30, 2022. For both the “Time to ‘Fall’ for Grenada” and Winter Early Birds special, to confirm reservations, a three-night deposit is required, along with the full payment due 14 days before arriving. Travelers cannot combine other offers, and there is no cancellation fee up to 14 days before arrival. A 10% VAT and 10% Service Charge may apply.
  • Mount Cinnamon Resort, a luxurious hotel with 37 villas and suites, is offering a Yoga Spice Package, which includes a five-night stay in an Ocean View Cinnamon Suite, daily breakfast, daily yoga classes, a signature massage at the Cinnamon Spa, a Spice School cooking class, complimentary WIFI and access to water sports, tennis and fitness facilities, and Mount Cinnamon’s beach club. Valid for travel until December 20, 2021 with rates starting at US $2,100.00 including taxes. Prices are based on double occupancy.
  • Mount Hartman Bay Estate Private Resort, a seven-acre estate, is offering a winter special with a free upgrade to “all inclusive.” This includes all meals, all beverages, use of boats, yoga, and water aerobics. Travelers must book a stay between the dates of October 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022. The minimum stay is four nights, or ten nights if it is over Easter. Guests can book now with a 25% deposit fee.
  • Laluna Boutique Hotel and Villas, a 16-cottage romantic hotel, is offering a 7-night Honeymoon Package, which includes a cottage suite with private pool and veranda, daily yoga/meditation sessions, Balinese couples massage, an additional spa treatment for each, candle lit dinner at the beach, bottle of prosecco, daily a-la-carte breakfast and dinner not including beverages, a walk in the rainforest with waterfall swim, a $1000.00 resort credit, along with an upgrade to a Deluxe Cottage for $95 USD/night. Rates begin at US $5,417.00 (may vary on the season). An additional 20% tax and service fee may apply.
  • Calabash Grenada, an elegant boutique hotel, is offering its 2022 Two Centre Packages, with a winter stay featuring a trip to both Grenada and Barbados. Guests who book a 7-night minimum stay between January 5-April 5, 2022, at Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel, Grenada and Cobblers Cove, Barbados will get complimentary inter-island air transfers for two travelers.
  • 473 Grenada Boutique Resort is offering a 20% discount on all villas or 30% on the 3-bedroom deluxe with the promo code “WINTERSUN22”. When booking directly, guests will receive a complimentary villa upgrade, complimentary water sports such as paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling, free room service delivery, best rates guaranteed, complimentary laundry services, local partners discounts, complimentary resort & villas WIFI, early check-in and late-check out option, and free car parking.
  • Guests can receive 30% off their stay at one of the Caribbean’s eco-friendly resorts True Blue Bay Resort when booking directly on their website. Use promotion code “30OFF” here when traveling now until December 15, 2022.
  • The lavish accommodation Blue Star Apartments & Hotel is offering a 25% off discount on a week + stay to all vaccinated travelers who book a direct stay by December 15th. Other bookings such as nonvaccinated travelers will receive 10% off. Guests must travel within the dates of November 1, 2021-January 15, 2022.
  • Book direct at Petite Anse Hotel, a boutique hotel, and receive 10% off your stay. This special only applies to new bookings.

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There are non-stop and direct flights to Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport from North America on American Airlines, JetBlue and Air Canada. JetBlue Airways offers daily service from John F. Kennedy Airport, American Airlines offers service twice a week (Wednesday & Saturdays) from Miami International Airport, and once a week (Saturdays) from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Air Canada will launch direct flights from Toronto starting October 31, 2021.

Pure Safe Travel

All persons entering Grenada either by air or sea must be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccination and present a negative PCR test result, taken within three days of arrival. Exemptions to fully vaccinated status include citizens, residents, persons under 13, diplomats and airline crew on layover. A ‘Pure Safe Travel Authorization Certificate’ is needed by each traveler, including children, arriving in Grenada. Fully vaccinated travelers are only required to quarantine until clearance is received from Health Officials within 48 hours, pending a negative PCR test on entry. For more information on travel mandates, visit:

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