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Tourism Trinidad Limited Announces CEO Appointment

Port of Spain, Trinidad – Wednesday September 22, 2021 – Tourism Trinidad Limited (TTL) is delighted to announce the appointment of Kurtis Rudd, a marketing veteran with over twenty-five (25) years of senior management experience, as its new Chief Executive Officer effective September 20, 2021.

Kurtis Rudd brings extensive marketing, strategic communication and management expertise that will assist Tourism Trinidad as we re-energise the island’s tourism economy through this most difficult period in history, unite the sector, and define a clear path for the safe restart of international travel.

With his lifelong passion for brand building and an unbridled love for country, Kurtis Rudd has consistently sought to be of service to the land of his birth. He has held several senior managerial positions with leading consumer corporations locally and in the Caribbean including Shell Caribbean, Prestige Holdings Limited, Courts Trinidad Limited and Guardian Life.

In accepting the appointment, Kurtis Rudd said “I am proud to join the diverse and talented Tourism Trinidad team charged with the responsibility of promoting the unique and extraordinary tourism assets of our island to the rest of the world. We are at a critical moment in the development of Trinidad’s tourism industry, and we need the strategic collaboration of the private and public sector to take advantage of the market opportunities ahead and move out of this pandemic. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the Board of Directors, led by Cliff Hamilton. We are fortunate to have someone of his calibre and global tourism experience to lead the organisation”.

Mr. Rudd concluded, “this is truly my dream job, and I am looking forward to working with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and the Arts and all stakeholders in shaping and driving the tourism sector’s agenda to achieve long term sustainability and inclusive growth”.

A graduate of Fatima College, Kurtis Rudd holds a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), General Management from Henley Management College, UK and is a senior lecturer at UWI-ROYTEC. Married for twenty-five (25) years, Kurtis Rudd has juggled a fast-paced business career with family life and is a firm believer in balancing one’s personal life with a professional career.

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St. Kitts a Finalist for Two 2021 OMMA Awards

St. Kitts (September 20, 2021) – Two marketing initiatives of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, the “Awake Your Sense of Wander” campaign and the “Retie the Knot” photo contest were recently announced as 2021 OMMA (Online Media, Marketing and Advertising) Award Finalists.

“I am extremely gratified to have our team efforts recognized by such a prestigious award series as the OMMA Awards,” said Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. “Covid-19 has presented a uniquely challenging environment for those of us in the Travel and Tourism industry. Our planning, and the choice of integrated marketing tools and tactics employed in 2021, allowed us to utilize more digital platforms and social media channels than ever before. I am very pleased with the results; the team and I look forward to promoting and marketing the destination for our upcoming winter and other promotions using these digital platforms and social media channels.”

The ‘Awake your Sense of Wander Campaign,’ launched at the peak of the Covid-19 lockdown when the island was closed, was tapped for Excellence in a Travel/Tourism Campaign category. With the campaign, St. Kitts sought to maintain brand awareness and keep its target audiences engaged and inspired about travelling. The multi-channel initiative was designed to encourage travelers to experience the island virtually and dream about a future visit. As restrictions began to ease in November 2020, the campaign leveraged the post-pandemic appeal of uncrowded destinations and island hotels offering immersive on-site experiences.

The “Retie the Knot” photo contest was recognized in the Excellence in Online Advertising category. To build awareness for and encourage participation in St. Kitts’ first-ever Group Vow Renewal, the Retie the Knot Photo Contest featured a Grand Prize trip to St. Kitts to participate in the November 2021 event. For a chance to win, couples were invited to submit their wedding photos and a story about why their photo should win. Finalists were encouraged to invite their friends to vote during a public voting period and were provided with branded social graphics to support their bid.

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Antigua and Barbuda Media Advisory

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has updated its travel advisory to ensure the continued safety of travelers and residents.

 EFFECTIVE 1ST OCTOBER 2021, changes to note:

All arriving passengers by air must have a negative COVID- I9 RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test for SARS-CoV-2 using a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab taken within four (4) days of their flight. (This includes transiting passengers).  Children below the age of five (5) years entering Antigua and Barbuda, DO NOT REQUIRE a COVID -19 RT-PCR test.  Please note that rapid antigen tests and home tests are NOT accepted.

All arriving passengers including returning nationals and residents are required to have received at least one dose of a World Health Organization approved 2-dose COVID 19 vaccine or a single dose vaccine to be permitted entry into Antigua and Barbuda.  Children below the age of eighteen (18) years arriving at a port of entry are exempted from this requirement. 

Fully vaccinated passengers entering Antigua and Barbuda who can present verifiable documentation that they have received both doses of a World Health Organization (WHO) or the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE) approved 2-dose COVID 19 vaccine or one dose of a single dose COVD 19 vaccine and have a COVID-l9 RT-PCR negative test result will be allowed to stay at bio safe/certified accommodation. At least two WHO) or (2) weeks must have passed since the administration of the dosage.  Partially vaccinated visitors will be allowed to stay at Certified Accommodation/Lodging.

Visitors are required to observe all protocols during their stay and patronize only COVID-19 certified businesses such as restaurants and excursions for the duration of their trip.

FOR THE FULL TRAVEL ADVISORY AND DESTINATION UPDATES GO TO: WWW.VISITANTIGUABARBUDA.COM 

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What’s New In The Bahamas In September

NASSAU, Bahamas, August 30, 2021 – Escape to the turquoise waters of The Bahamas to explore ultimate island seclusion and marvel at the natural wonders beneath the surface. With new adventure-seeking excursions, renovated amenities and hot deals, travellers looking to book their next vacation are in for an unforgettable experience.

NEWS

UNEXSO Announces New Glass Bottom Boating Experience to Shark Junction – The most adventurous and thrill-seeking travellers can now enjoy the newest boat excursion from Port Lucaya, the Glass Bottom Boat to Shark Junction Tour, with three lively stops including the world famous “Shark Junction,” home to dozens of Caribbean Reef Sharks, nurse sharks and large stingrays.

Tiger Woods Returns to Albany for the 2021 Hero World Challenge – World-renowned golfer and luxury resort co-owner, Tiger Woods, prepares to host the 2021 Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas beginning Monday, November 29 – December 5, 2021, to support youth education across the globe.

State-of-the-Art Superyacht Friendly Marina Opens in Walker’s Cay, Northern Abacos – Owners Carl and Gigi Allen welcome back fishermen to the boating capital of The Bahamas with the reopening of  Walker’s Cay. The newly enlarged marina can accommodate superyachts and plans to add additional amenities including a pool, spa and bungalows.

Tropic Ocean Airways Launches Airlift Services from Great Harbour Cay – Beginning September 2, Tropic Ocean Airways adds scheduled flight options to Great Harbour Cay in the Berry Islands. Floridians can now book stress-free services from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, Bimini and The Berry Islands.

The Bahamas Nominated for “Caribbean’s Best Casino Destination 2021” – The Islands of The Bahamas have been nominated for the World Casino Awards. Travellers can cast their votes for free online now through October 15, 2021.

PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS

For a complete listing of deals and packages for The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.

Grab a Drink and Stay Awhile at Margaritaville Beach Resort – When staying 14 days or longer at Margaritaville Beach Resort, guests receive special pricing up to 40% off regular rates. Travel window is now through December 31, 2021.

$150 Fee Credit for Out Island Vacationers – Private pilots receive a $150 fee credit for a pre-booked two-night hotel stay at any participating Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board member property before October 31, 2021.

ABOUT THE BAHAMAS 

With over 700 islands and cays and 16 unique island destinations, The Bahamas lies just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, offering an easy flyaway escape that transports travellers away from their everyday. The Islands of The Bahamas have world-class fishing, diving, boating, birding, and nature-based activities, thousands of miles of the earth’s most spectacular water and pristine beaches waiting for families, couples and adventurers. Explore all the islands have to offer at www.bahamas.com or on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram to see why It’s Better in The Bahamas.

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Anguilla Lifts Quarantine Requirements For Some International Visitors

The Valley, Anguilla, August 31, 2021:  Anguilla’s Executive Council has lifted all quarantine requirements for international leisure visitors staying at hotels or villas, regardless of their length of stay.  Visitors staying at a hotel, resort or a licensed villa for any length of stay will be tested on arrival and must stay in place at their hotel or villa while awaiting their arrival test results, which are usually delivered within 12 hours. Once they receive a negative test result they are free to leave the property and explore the island.  There is no longer a requirement for a 4 day quarantine, but all visitors will be tested on day 4 of their stay.     Read More

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