Archive for February, 2022

Grenada To Host Impressive Roster of Caribbean Sailing and Fishing Events in 2022

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – Grenada is kicking off a series of sailing events and regattas from December 2021, including the just completed Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ARC+ Transatlantic Rally 2021, through February 2022. Along with its white sand beaches, mountainous topography and tropical rainforests, Grenada, the Spice Island of the Caribbean, is globally recognized as a major draw for pleasure boating, yachting and fishing events. Grenada boasts eight globally recognized marinas in the numerous bays and inlets across this tropical paradise. The location of Grenada provides safe anchorage and berthing for visiting yachts and charters during the hurricane season, which makes insurance less costly compared to other destinations.

Grenada’s main St. George’s harbor is a picturesque horseshoe-shaped bay, where marine enthusiasts can cruise out for excursions above and below the water. The island’s pristine blue waters and colorful corals make the destination a draw for snorkeling and scuba diving. Most recently, Grenada’s iconic Underwater Sculpture Park, innovatively designed to act as a coral reef, was renovated, providing an even more amazing experience to view the diverse marine life. Island hopping between sister islands Carriacou and Petite Martinique is also a key attraction.

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ARC+ Transatlantic Rally 2021

The 2021 edition of the ARC Rally for Cruisers started from Las Palmas on November 21, 2021 and the last boat arrived at Camper & Nicholson Port Louis Superyacht Marina on December 13, 2021. There were 66 participating boats with 30 nationalities represented.

Spice Island Billfish Tournament 2022

52nd Republic Bank Spice Island Billfish Tournament will be from January 25-29, 2022, at the Grenada Yacht Club. The Spice Island Billfish Tournament first started in 1964 for fishing enthusiasts and invite visitors to plan their trip to Grenada to participate. 25 boats registered to date from Caribbean and USA. http://sibtgd.com

Grenada Sailing Week 2022

Grenada’s premier sailing event, Grenada Sailing Week, will take place January 27-30, 2022 at Petite Calivigny Yacht Club. The regatta will be a one-off departure from the regular week-long regatta, with a 3-day blend of traditional Grenada Sailing Week races and the PCYC Around the Island Regatta. The first day, participants will sail the 35-mile passage from Grand Anse, Grenada to Tyrell Bay, Carriacou. Day two will be a race around Carriacou, and day three will be the return passage to Grenada. www.grenadasailingweek.com

Royal Ocean Racing Club Transatlantic Race 2022

The RORC Transatlantic Race is a global high-powered competitive sailing events with a world class fleet of multihulls and monohulls scheduled to start January 8, 2022 from Puerto Calero, Lanzarote through January 29, 2022. The 3,000 nautical-mile race across the Atlantic to Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina, Grenada, has a star-studded entry list of 29 racing yachts includes teams from Austria, Cayman Islands, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United States of America. http://rorc.org

Viking Explorers Transatlantic “Friendly” Rally 2022

Viking Explorers Transatlantic Rally is the second edition in Grenada and will take place late January/early February 2022. It’s an exciting family-friendly exclusive rally with a maximum of 25 boats with a small fleet and a purpose of creating a friendly environment for all ages. www.vikingexplorersrally.com/

In addition, Grenada’s Petite Martinique Whitsuntide Regatta is scheduled for May/June 2022, and the Carriacou Regatta for August 2022.

“We’ve had a hiatus of events on island due to the pandemic, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming back the sailing community that continues to choose Grenada as a top destination for their events,” said Petra Roach, CEO, Grenada Tourism Authority. “The nautical niche is one where we’ve got competitive advantage and these events are a true testament to our island’s ability to deliver extraordinary nautical experiences.”

For more information, visit: https://www.puregrenada.com/sailing/charters/. For updates on travel requirements, visit covid19.gov.gd.

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Barbados Accepts 1-day Rapid PCR Tests Until Further Notice

The Government of Barbados continues to review and update its travel protocols for entry into the country.

Travelers are permitted to travel to Barbados with a valid negative Rapid COVID-19 PCR test result done within 1 day prior to arrival in Barbados, OR a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result done within 3 days prior to arrival in Barbados.

Accepted tests include tests which were taken at an accredited or recognized laboratory by a healthcare provider via a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal sample (or both). LAMP tests, self-administered tests or home kits and tests using saliva samples will NOT be accepted.

For more information on Barbados’ travel protocols, visit www.barbadostravelprotocols.com

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Feb 8, 2022, Statement by Hon. Dr. Hilaire, Minister of Tourism

As we navigate the ever-changing pandemic, we continue to rely on you, our partners from the Caribbean, the U.S., Canada, the UK and beyond, to help tell our tourism stories about Saint Lucia and the entire Caribbean region.

As you may have already heard, effective 1st February 2022, our new CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Mrs. Lorine Charles-St. Jules, a seasoned and proven Tourism professional, is charged with leading the marketing and development of our Tourism industry. I ask that you join me in wishing her the absolute best.

Today, I will share our developments on:

  1. Saint Lucia’s 2021 tourism rebound
  2. Our evolving response to Covid
  3. Access by air and sea
  4. New Tourism developments from across the island

Download full statement.

 

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Dominica Launches New Destination Brand Identity

Roseau, Dominica – (February 3, 2022) The Ministry of Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives and the Discover Dominica Authority have launched a new destination brand to position Dominica as a competitive tourism destination in the global tourism market.

“As part of the brand evolution, we have been working towards establishing a bolder identity for the Commonwealth of Dominica,” said the Hon. Denise Charles, Minister of Tourism, International  Transport and Maritime Initiatives.  “Dominica is frequently confused with the Dominican Republic so we needed to create a distinction in the mind of potential visitors. A global study revealed that changing the logo would help Dominica stand out in the global tourism market.”

The previous logo had been used for many years, but it was difficult to discern what it stood for. This new logo is unambiguous and clear, and can be clearly identified when used  in smaller applications such as digital advertising and social media. Dominica’s tourism product has expanded and evolved in the past few years, so the new logo better reflects Dominica as a unique and desirable Caribbean destination.

This process was guided by key stakeholders including global source market representatives, prospective visitors, hoteliers, business owners, government officials, residents and Dominicans living abroad.  Adjectives used to describe Dominica include natural, dignified, lively, luxurious and serene. Dominica offers authentic experiences found nowhere else.

The new Dominica logo is as unique as the island itself. It has the feel of the rising Morne Trios Pitons; and the various shades of green depict the lush, verdant landscape covering the country. The rich purple accent color comes from Dominica’s beloved Sisserou parrot and the vibrant red connotes the island’s  Creole culture and Kalinago heritage. “The Nature Island” tagline was retained as a competitive advantage. It helps reinforce Dominica’s position as a leader in climate resilience and sustainability.

In the coming weeks, new marketing materials will be rolled out including video, print and digital advertising, promotional items, tradeshow assets, and other collateral as needed.

Tourism is essential to Dominica’s economy so the new brand will be leveraged to help increase interest in Dominica’s unique natural, wellness, and adventure attributes, regionally and internationally.

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New Travel Health Insurance Now Available for Purchase Online

Belize City,  Belize, February 7th, 2022:  The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that the travel health insurance required from all visitors upon entry to  Belize with effect from Feb. 15, 2022,  is now available for purchase online at www.belizetravelinsurance.com

The Belize Travel Insurance is mandatory and will help protect travelers against incurred medical and non-medical expenses, if they test positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Belize.

The Insurance  Plan, available for $18.00 US,  provides coverage for up to $50,000 USD in medical expenses related to treatment of COVID-19 for a period of 21 days including lodging expenses due to quarantine up to $2,000 USD (max $300/day USD). Travelers will also be covered for emergency assistance services such as air evacuation and emergency expenses related to pre-existing conditions. Furthermore, it will also cover trip cancellations and expenses incurred by COVID-19 positive travelers for extended stays.

Some important entry highlights are listed below:

  • The Belize Travel Insurance is available for purchase online at www.belizetravelinsurance.com This link is also available on the BTB websites at www.belizetourismboard.org and www.travelbelize.org
    Please click HERE for a list of FAQ’s.
  • Airlines are not required to verify that a traveler has a purchased insurance policy upon check-in.  Verification of travelers will take place at the Phillip Goldson International Airport in Belize by the Immigration Department of Belize.
  • It is recommended that travelers purchase the Belize Travel Health Insurance prior to their travel to Belize. However, purchases can be made upon arrival at the Philip Goldson International Airport or at Belize’s land borders.
  • Exempted from purchasing the insurance are QRPs, Belizeans & permanent residents, foreign homeowners, long-stay non-nationals, Peace Corps, military personnel, airline crew and persons in Belize for less than 24 hours are exempted.
  • Please visit www.travelbelize.org/health-safety/for more information on the Belize Safe Travel Requirements.

In the past year, Belize has implemented several traveler protocols to keep visitors feeling safe, including the Tourism Gold Standard Program which enables travelers to seamlessly plan their vacation with certified hotels and tour operators (an entry requirement). The new Travel Health Insurance mandate underscores Belize’s commitment to health and safety, enhancing travel confidence and giving visitors peace of mind to schedule that well-deserved vacation for 2022 and beyond.

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