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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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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Grenada Has A Fix With Increased Airlift For Winter

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – October 12, 2021 – The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) announced today the destination will become even more accessible with increased airlift from the United States and the resumption of service from Canada. The timing comes just ahead of winter, officially the time of SAD and when the Caribbean is especially appealing for North Americans who are already dreading early darkness and frigid temperatures.

“As people re-engage their passion for travel, our airline partners recognise the value of providing connectivity to our special island. We are truly a slice of paradise with a low-key vibe, warm and welcoming people, and offerings that connect visitors not only with nature and amazing water adventures, but also with a fascinating culinary journey” said Petra Roach, CEO, Grenada Tourism Authority. “New and expanded air service helps Grenada regain its position as a highly attractive destination for visitors seeking a distinctive Caribbean experience.”

A roundup of airlift updates include:

From the U.S.

  • JetBlue offers daily service from John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) to Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND). The carrier’s premium Mint aircraft operates on Saturday
  • American Airlines offers service, twice a week, from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND) on Wednesday and Saturday
  • Starting November 2, service operates three times a week (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). Daily service begins December 1
  • Starting November 27, service from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), operates once a week on Saturday

From Canada

  • Air Canada Mainline will resume direct service, twice a week, (Wednesday and Sunday) from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND) starting October 31
  • Sunwing is expected to offer service once a week from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND) starting November 7

PURE SAFE TRAVEL

The health and safety of Grenada’s citizens and its visitors has been at the forefront of the development of the island’s Pure Safe Travel protocols. All persons entering Grenada either by air or sea must be fully vaccinated at least two weeks with a WHO-approved vaccination and present a negative PCR test result, taken within three days of arrival. The cost for the PCR test, which was originally $150 USD, has been reduced to $50 USD, effective October 6th. 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. Attractions are open to visitors and dine in at restaurants is available to fully vaccinated persons. For more information on travel protocols, visit: www.puregrenada.com/travel-advisory/

For more information on Grenada or to plan your getaway to the destination, visit www.puregrenada.com.

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2021 Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Wedding and Romance Guide

New York, NY, October 19, 2020 –  The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the travel and tourism industry to a standstill and so, to stimulate romance travel, MarryCaribbean.com is producing a 2021 edition of the Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Wedding & Romance GuideThis new and revised version is designed to capitalize on the pent-up demand of consumers wanting to rekindle passion, celebrate a milestone anniversary, renew marriage vows, experience a beach wedding or enjoy a honeymoon, and to do so in the Caribbean.  Melanie Reffes, MarryCaribbean.com Editorial Director, will add her talent, experience, and intimate knowledge of the Caribbean to this project.

Marrycaribbean.com CEO, Jacqueline Johnson, stated that “after months of confinement, there is a wanderlust for travel and travelers are seeking an escape, especially to locations that are uncrowded and unhurried. For those who are in love, the need is even more urgent. With open spaces to roam and freedom to explore, the Caribbean provides such a respite and a welcome change for the many that are living in urban areas with restricted access to the outside world. We have re-designed the Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Wedding & Romance Guide to speak directly to those persons”.

The Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Wedding & Romance Guide features a newly constructive homepage with content on Caribbean destinations that cater to the romance market. The guide is recognized as the lead source in the romance market for information on Caribbean countries, cruises, resorts, hotels, and service providers.  This inclusive marrycaribbean.com promotion is open to all the regional tourism stakeholders.  With a 12 month shelf life, the Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Wedding & Romance Guide is carried on E-Zine, reaching a targeted audience of over 2.2 million couples with a passion for travel and in need of the most up-to-date information on destinations, including laws and other requirements pertaining to getting married in the Caribbean, along with expert advice on where to go, when to go and how best to have a seamless and memorable experience.

Johnson continued, “To support our previous partners, the 2021 edition of the Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Wedding & Romance Guide will feature advertorial coverage at no additional cost to ensure that the publication remains an extraordinarily productive investment.  We encourage maximum participation by all sectors of the Caribbean travel market in this one-stop shop where consumers and the travel trade obtain vital information on all things romance

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MarryCaribbean.com and CTO Collaborate on the Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Wedding and Romance Guide

New York, NY (January, 14th, 2019) – (www.MarryCaribbean.com) a subsidiary of the Global Bridal Group and the leading online resource for Romance, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons in the Caribbean in  collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is pleased to announce an exclusive and comprehensive up-to-date E-Zine/E-Book, which will be the categorical source for all information regarding the Caribbean Honeymoon, Weddings and Romance Market.  This will be published across all Social Media Platforms to engage and inform those who seek a destination wedding, honeymoon or just a romantic adventure.  The campaign will be extended through the Fall of 2020 and will live on the Home Pages of MarryCaribbean.com and OneCaribbean.org.

This Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Weddings & Romance Guide, provides the perfect environment to drive the message home for the Romance/wedding and Honeymoon markets. This Guide carries pertinent information on the following destinations, including information on updated Marriage Laws, what to do and where to go on the respective islands of Antigua & Barbuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Jamaica, St.Lucia and the three Islands of the United States Virgin Islands – St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.  All with a strong Romance/Wedding/Honeymoon market and where hospitality reigns supreme.

With approximately over 2.2 million marriages per year in the US with expenditure totaling almost US$5 billion, The Caribbean region is the most desirable romance resort destination, and with the wedding/honeymoon/romance market being the ideal generator of emotions, the time is right to position and sell the Caribbean region as a location where “Gossamer Dreams Floating on a Gentle Breeze” can be fully realized.

MarryCaribbean.com is considered the foremost authority on getting married/romance in the Caribbean and was recognized as “The World’s Best Wedding Website” in China.

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