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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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Discover Puerto Rico Reminds Travelers The Island Is Open For Tourism

SAN JUAN, Puerto RicoFeb. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Discover Puerto Rico, the Island’s Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), today announced the rollout of a new campaign, #GoForPuertoRico, to encourage travel to the Island following January’s seismic activity. Drawing inspiration from Puerto Rico’s resilient spirit, the new creative reminds travelers that Puerto Rico is open for tourism, focuses on the Island’s diverse offerings, and communicates that by traveling, visitors are fueling local communities.

Puerto Rico had record-breaking numbers in lodging revenue, airport arrivals and meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) bookings for the 2019 calendar year and expects to sustain the tourism momentum through 2020. From air access being at an all-time high to witnessing notable advancements in the lodging industry, tourism numbers in 2019 surpassed the Island’s past high. Lodging revenue reached nearly $1 billion in the past year. The Island also received 5.2 million travelers across all airports throughout the Island, which include tourists, diaspora, and visiting friends and relatives. And, specifically, the MICE sector showed a tremendous increase in leads, which could positively impact the next six years, providing a potential economic impact of over $320 million to Puerto Rico.

The new campaign builds upon Discover Puerto Rico’s brand campaign “Have We Met Yet?,” which re-introduced the Island to the world in April 2019. Travelers and meeting planners will immediately be drawn by the many aspects that make Puerto Rico a unique and meaningful destination — ranging from the hospitality of the Puerto Rican people, to the cuisine, to the festive spirit, to abundant natural attractions, and much more.

“Our destination is ready and continues to receive visitors not only in the San Juan area, but across all regions,” said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico. “A way people can show their support for the Island is to travel to Puerto Rico for their vacations, work trips, meetings, conferences and events. Flights are operating normally to all airports, attractions across the Island are open, and all major hotels are operating,” he added.

“The campaign launched across digital banners, social, and pre-roll in key markets and in over-the-top TV, the first since the DMO’s inception,” said Leah Chandler, CMO of Discover Puerto Rico. “The overall impetus behind the development of the campaign is to remind people that the best way to support Puerto Rico is to go, and now more than ever, hotels, small business owners, restaurants, artisans, tour operators, among other tourism partners, are ready to welcome visitors with open arms, which in turn will spur the local economy,” she added.

To view the “#GoForPuertoRico” creative online, visit YouTube.com/DiscoverPuertoRico and we encourage you to share it broadly. For more information about Puerto Rico, visit www.DiscoverPuertoRico.com.

About Discover Puerto Rico 
Discover Puerto Rico is a newly established private, not for-profit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) whose mission is to make Puerto Rico visible to the world as a premier travel destination. The DMO brings prosperity to the people of Puerto Rico by collaboratively promoting the Island’s diversity and uniqueness for leisure and business travel, and events. It is responsible for all global marketing, sales and promotion of the destination and works collaboratively with key local governmental and non-governmental players throughout Puerto Rico’s visitor economy and community at large, to empower economic growth. To discover all the beauty the Island has to offer, visit DiscoverPuertoRico.com.

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St. Lucia Does It Yet Again Capturing Numerous Accolades at 27th Annual World Travel Awards

Castries- (January 22, 2020) Fresh off the heels of the announcement naming Saint Lucia as the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2019, the inspirational Caribbean Island has done it yet again, this time capturing the title of Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2020, at the 27th Annual World Travel Awards (WTA) that took place on January 20, 2020 in Nassau, Bahamas.  Saint Lucia has won this award a record 11 times, with the most recent honor coming in 2019. World Travel Awards is the pre-eminent leader in the travel and tourism industry recognizing and upholding excellence across all sectors.

Upon receiving the award, Tourism Minister, Honourable Dominic Fedee noted, “We are encouraged by this award and it demonstrates Saint Lucia’s commitment to excellence and our unmatched romance product offerings.  The destination offers limitless inspiration that is second to none and it just doesn’t get more romantic than that.”

The red-carpet World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony also bestowed honors on several distinguished industry partners. Marigot Bay Resort Spa & Marina has been named Saint Lucia’s Leading Beach Resort 2020, Boucan by Hotel Chocolat – Saint Lucia’s Leading Hotel 2020 and Hertz Car Rental – Saint Lucia’s Leading Car Rental Company 2020. Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa and Beach Resort was named in two categories, namely Saint Lucia’s Leading resort 2020 and Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2020.

Apart from winning the highly coveted award, Saint Lucia was also nominated in three other categories, namely Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination 2020, Caribbean’s Leading Destination 2020 and Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Island Destination 2020.

The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) remains resolute in its mandate to market Saint Lucia globally as the experiential destination of top choice and the island where the greatest love stories unfold and where romance is unsurpassed.  In that vein, the Authority will continue to target the weddings & honeymoon market – a major niche in its marketing agenda.

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