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BTB and Love FM to Hold First Ever 218 Mile Sea Kayak Race From Punta Gorda to Corozal

Belize City, Wednesday, May 16th , 2018:  The first ever sea kayak race from Punta Gorda Town to Corozal will be held from May 17 to 21, a grueling five-day adventurous extreme challenge covering over 218 miles of sea paddling.

Dubbed as the BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge, the race is a joint venture between the Belize Tourism Board and Love FM.

Besides providing a truly unforgettable lifetime experience the race aims to promote Belize as a key tourism destination for paddlers and kayakers; underscore Belize’s rich and effervescent culture and history, including food, music and tradition, of the communities along the coastline; create environmental awareness with paddlers and fans on the important of protecting Belize’s natural and cultural resources and provide visiting teams with a unique Belizean experience and opportunity to see Belize from a closer and local perspective.

The race will kick off at 5 am on Thursday May 17th from Punta Gorda and the contenders will travel to Abalone Caye to Monkey River to Placencia. On the second day, they will travel from Placencia to Riversdale then to Hopkins and Dangriga. On the third day the paddlers will go from Dangriga Town to Gales Point Manatee Bar Mouth to Old Belize then Belize City. The Fourth day will cover the distance from Belize City to St. George’s Caye to Caye Caulker and San Pedro and on the final day the paddlers will travel from San Pedro to Blackadore Caye to Sarteneja and finishing at Rainbow Beach in Corozal Town.

The race is open to kayakers worldwide. There will be three different categories of competitors, namely Male, Female and Mix teams with cash prizes totaling $30,000.

The BTB Love Belize Sea Challenge will be broadcast live on Love FM, Estereo Amor and Love TV where a joint BTB/Love FM broadcast team, in addition to providing updates on the kayak race, will highlight the various points of attractions and local tourism regions along the race path.

So far eight teams have registered to participate in the kayak sea challenge, which promises to be a trilling, adrenaline-charged and unforgettable event. Whether you find yourself at the kick-off point in the southernmost point of Belize or cheering at the finish line on the northernmost point, you cannot miss this sea challenge that is sure to become a Belizean tradition.

BTB is proud to be a part of this historic event as we join in exploring, promoting and conserving our beautiful Jewel.

Here are some spots that you can join in for some fun and entertainment:

Wednesday, May 16 – 4pm– 6pm –  Opening Event  at Garbutt’s Marina, Punta Gorda Town
Thursday, May 17th –  Race departs 5 am from Garbutt’s Marina,  Punta Gorda arriving in Placencia 3 pm at Placencia Point
Friday, May 18th –  Race departs Placencia 5 am to Dangriga arriving Dangriga at 3pm at Alejo Beni Park
Saturday, May 19th – Race departs Dangriga 5 am to Belize City, arriving Belize City at 3 pm at BTL Park
Sunday, May 20th – Race departs Belize City 5 am to San Pedro, arriving San Pedro at 3 pm at Central Park
Monday, May 21st   – Race departs San Pedro 5 am to Corozal Town, arriving at 3 pm at Rainbow Beach (Grand Finale)

For further details on the BTB LOVE BELIZE SEA CHALLENGE please visit the following link:

https://www.travelbelize.org/race-become-tradition or contact Love FM at 223-0246 or 203-0528 or call Julia at 621-1955 or Manuela  at 622-5807; email: [email protected]

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EMPIRE STATE BUILDING TO LIGHT UP NEW YORK CITY SKYLINE IN CARIBBEAN COLOURS IN OBSERVANCE OF CARIBBEAN WEEK

NEW YORK, NY (17 May 2018) – Caribbean colours will decorate the New York City skyline on Wednesday, 6 June when the Empire State Building honours the region by lighting its world-famous tower in purple, blue, green, orange, red and magenta (pictured from 2017) in celebration of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Caribbean Week New York 2018 (#CaribbeanWeekNewYork2018, #CWNY18).

“It is an honour that the famous New York City skyline will be colourfully adorned in celebration of Caribbean Week,” Sylma Brown, the director of CTO-US, said. “We appreciate the on-going support of this annual series of events by lighting the iconic building in the Caribbean’s traditional colours,” she added.

New Yorkers and visitors to the city can share their photos of the Caribbean-themed Empire State Building with CTO via social media using the hashtag #CWNY18 and tagging CTO’s accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as the Empire State Building’s pages across Facebook , Instagram and Twitter.

Caribbean Week New York 2018 will have a special feel this year as the Big Apple’s 8.5 million residents get a taste of the reenergizing and rejuvenating power of Caribbean wellness. During the week-long event (June 3 – 8), the wellness theme will be incorporated into many activities, including a trade show and educational forum for travel agents on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination. Registration details for all events can be found at http://www.onecaribbean.org/events-calendar/cwny-2018/.

About Caribbean Week New York

Caribbean Week New York is the largest regional tourism activity in the New York area. Artists, performers, celebrity chefs, the Diaspora community, investors and other strategic partners join government officials, tourism stakeholders and the media for a week of festivities, raising awareness for the Caribbean’s diverse tourism industry and provide opportunities. Member destinations will have the opportunity to promote their individual products and services, participate in meetings, seminars and other business development activities to further enhance the Caribbean brand, and provide updates and critical support to the travel agents and media who influence key travel demographics in the region’s #1 source market.

Caribbean Week is supported by: Academy Engraving, American Express, Anguilla, Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain, Antigua & Barbuda, Arrivalist, Islands of the Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Islands, Cholula Food Company, Cititech Solutions, Club Med, Delta Air Lines, Doctor’s Cave, Dominica, Empire State Building, GoGo Vacations, Grace Foods, Grenada, Haiti, Half Moon, Jamaica, JetBlue, Ka’ana Resort and Spa, Manhattan Beer Distributors, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Seaborne Airlines, Sheraton-Puerto Rico, Sugarcane Restaurant, Travel + Leisure, Travel Impressions, TripAdvisor, Unique Vacations/Sandals, West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), and William Sonoma. Media Sponsors: Meredith Travel Group, UBC Network, and Zee TV.

To participate in, or sponsor any Caribbean Week New York event, visit www.caribbeanweek.com; email [email protected] or call (212) 635-9350.

CTO members receive special concessions when they participate in Caribbean Week New York. To find out more about membership visit http://bit.ly/alliedmembers or email [email protected].

 

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CARIBBEAN WEEK NEW YORK 2018 KICKS-OFF BUSINESS SESSIONS WITH TOURISM INDUSTRY WORKSHOP, 4 JUNE

NEW YORK, NY (16 May 2018) – Delegates from National Tourist Offices, government agencies and other trade representatives, will explore winning sales techniques during the Caribbean Tourism Industry Workshop as part of Caribbean Week New York 2018 (#CaribbeanWeekNewYork2018, #CWNY18). The event will take place Monday, 4 June 2018, from 9 a.m. – noon at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel (481 Eighth Avenue).

Facilitated by Steve Lang, CEO of Mon Cheri Bridals LLC, and themed “Employing Successful Sales Strategies,” the highly-anticipated event will help attendees identify their company’s sales style and learn when and how to modify it to become effective converting sales to profits. Lang will highlight the “must do’s” of an effective sales person, including a positive attitude, creative preparation, consistent performance and possessing unwavering confidence in their product.

Attendees will learn how to develop and tell their company’s story in a way that attracts prospects and converts them to customers. The workshop will also walk attendees through the process of building an effective sales calendar that takes advantage of all available opportunities.

For more information or to register, click HERE.

Lang is a marketing and sales guru responsible for the successful launch and sales of over $5 billion worth of products and services throughout his 30-year career. Holding an MBA in Marketing and Finance, Lang worked for major Fortune 500 companies before creating Mon Cheri, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wedding gowns, social occasion dresses, prom and children’s dresses.

One of the keys to Lang’s success is his belief that successful sales practices can be learned to dramatically improve the end result. He has crafted a sales training course for owners and sales staff at the 10,000 retail establishments that sell Mon Cheri products. His seminar success has resulted in his being invited to be a visiting lecturer at Syracuse University in New York and Drexel University in Pennsylvania. One of his major accomplishments was a sales and business modeling tool he created in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Caribbean Week New York 2018 will have a special feel this year as the Big Apple’s 8.5 million residents get a taste of the reenergizing and rejuvenating power of Caribbean wellness. During the week-long event (June 3 – 8), the wellness theme will be incorporated into many activities, including a trade show and educational forum for travel agents on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination. Registration details for all events can be found at http://www.onecaribbean.org/events-calendar/cwny-2018/.

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Anguilla Launches Its Northeast Road Shows

The Valley, Anguilla, May 15, 2018……The Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) kicked off its Northeast Road Show last night at the popular Black Barn Loft  in Manhattan, the first in a series of events to provide leading travel advisors with a first hand update on Anguilla’s tourism product.

This targeted outreach in Anguilla’s key source market is expected to attract some 300 top travel advisors over the four-day period, May 14 – 17, 2018. From Manhattan, the team heads to Northern and Southern New Jersey, Greenwich, CT and Long Island, NY.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to demonstrate to our loyal friends and travel partners that they can sell Anguilla with confidence,” said Mrs. Donna Banks, Chairperson, Anguilla Tourist Board.  “Anguilla has made a remarkable recovery, with over 1,200 rooms available, and 90% of our restaurants and attractions open and operating. We look forward to welcoming both our new and repeat guests to see for themselves that our beaches and resorts are back, and even better than before!” she concluded.

The format for each event is a conversational lunch or dinner, allowing travel professionals, island stakeholders and ATB team members the opportunity to network and share information about the island on a one-on-one basis.  A comprehensive island update, covering airlift and ferry access, hotels, resorts, attractions and restaurants will be shared at each venue, with prizes and surprises donated by the stakeholders and offered to the advisors in appreciation for their participation.

The ATB team is led by ATB Board Member Marisa Gumbs, supported by  Marie Walker, Director of Sales, and Chantelle Richardson, Coordinator International Markets.  A number of stakeholders have joined the ATB on the road, including Patricia Bygrave, Villa Manager, Sunset Homes; Rachel Haskins, Villa Operator, Shoal Bay Villas; Kenroy Herbert, Owner, Leviticus Lifestyle Travel; Rolf Masshardt, General Manager, Carimar Beach Club; Susan Coulton, Sales Director, Frangipani Beach Resort and Steven Lassman, Vice President, Villas of Distinction.

For information on Anguilla, please visit the official website of the Anguilla Tourist Board: www.IvisitAnguilla.com; follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/AnguillaOfficial; Instagram: @Anguilla_Tourism; Twitter: @Anguilla_Trsm, Hashtag: #MyAnguilla.

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Jamaica Tourist Board Launches Join Me In Jamaica Marketing Campaign

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – May 12, 2018 — The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) recently launched its Join Me In Jamaica digital marketing campaign. The campaign is a series of 90-second videos featuring local Jamaican celebrities and friends of Jamaica sharing unique stories about the love for their profession, and their homeland and what makes it a great place to visit.

As part of the JTB’s effort to capitalize on the power of social media, the video series is being used as a means of attracting and engaging potential visitors and to further grow its social media following.

“The Join Me in Jamaica campaign was created with today’s savvy traveller in mind as purchasing decisions as to where one will vacation are often made after a series of online searches.  These short videos will serve to entice visitors to come experience our destination and our greatest asset, our people,” noted Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism.

During the first phase of the campaign, a total of eight videos were produced covering a variety of interests and passion points highlighting our music, our cuisine and our attractions. Each video was created using the unscripted responses from each celebrity as narrative and accompanied by the spectacular visuals related to their natural surroundings.  The featured celebrities are Tessanne Chin, singer/songwriter; Chef Martin Maginley of Round Hill Resort and Villas; Konshens, recording artiste; Edgar ‘Puddin Man’ Wallace; The Rousseau Sisters, restaurateurs, caterers, and authors;  Ras Natango, Jamaican  artist; Alton Bedward, coffee expert, Craighton Coffee Estate and Bruce Croxon, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

The videos are being promoted via the JTB’s social media channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as through a digital ad campaign aimed at reaching consumers where they look for inspiration while making travel decisions.

To join the conversation, use the following hashtags: #joinmeinjamaica and #visitjamaica.  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @visitjamaica and on Twitter @visitjamaicanow.

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New Airlift, Award-Winning Hotels And Last Minute Deals In The Bahamas This May

Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 7, 2018 – The Bahamas is heating up in May with more attractive flights, hotels and vacation packages for travelers looking to book their summer vacation. An upward trend in arrivals is ushering in added airlift from major U.S. gateways, while new and trendy boutique hotels are putting The Bahamas at the top of magazine rankings, and travelers’ minds. The debut of Bahamas Ride, a ride-hailing app, has made exploring the capital of Nassau more convenient than ever, no matter what the size of your group. With vacation packages that make last minute planning less stressful, it is always better in The Bahamas.

NEW AIRLIFT

American Airlines – the largest international carrier to operate service to The Islands of The Bahamas has announced that it will add five new flights with a total of 453 seats to multiple islands in The Bahamas beginning December 2018. The airline will introduce nonstop, weekly flights from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago to Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS); two weekly, seasonal flights from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Freeport, Grand Bahama (FPO); and year-round service from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in North Carolina to North Eleuthera Airport (ELH) and Marsh Harbour Airport in Abaco (MHH). For more details visit www.aa.com.

Delta Air Lines – as part of its Caribbean expansion out of New York City, Delta is adding a second daily flight from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Nassau (NAS) beginning October 1, 2018. For more details visit www.delta.com.

Bahamasair – On May 3, the national carrier launched new service from Miami International Airport (MIA) to South Bimini Airport (BIM) via a 50-seat ATR 42 aircraft. The new service connects Miami-area travelers to Bimini four times a week with flights on Wednesday, Friday, Sunday and Monday. Travelers can take advantage of attractive introductory rates and book now at www.bahamasair.com.

AWARD-WINNING HOTELS

Three Bahamian hotel properties made the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler “Hot List” of the year’s best new hotel openings, in the Caribbean & Central America category. SLS Baha Mar, The Cove at Atlantis and Bahama House were all recognized by the magazine’s discerning editors among hundreds of new hotels. View the complete list at www.cntraveler.com.

BAHAMAS RIDE

The Bahamas’ first-ever ride-hailing mobile app, Bahamas Ride, puts passengers in direct contact with licensed and vetted taxi drivers, providing on-demand, safe and reliable transportation in Nassau. The app features automatic payment with debit or credit card, GPS tracking, a driver rating system and a choice of three types of vehicles: standard for up to four riders, large for up to six riders and extra-large for 10 or more riders. Bahamas Ride has plans to expand beyond the capital with service in Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Abaco and The Exumas. For more details visit www.bahamasride.com.

PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS

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

$250 Air/Cruise Ferry Credit – Last-minute vacation planners can book a trip by May 14 for travel through October 31, 2018 and receive a $250 credit toward their air or cruise ferry-inclusive trip for four consecutive nights or longer at a participating Out Islands Promotion Board member hotel. The promotion is limited to travelers from the U.S. and Canada and blackout dates may apply. For the list of participating hotels and to book, visit www.myoutislands.com/bahamas-vacation-packages/250-air-credit.

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Regatta Time in The Abacos – The 43rd Regatta Time in The Abacos (RTIA) is fast approaching and excitement is steadily building for the week-long event held from June 24 – July 3, 2018. The event, which begins in South Abaco and ends in North Abaco, attracts up to 1,400 people every year who come to experience different cays in The Abacos through a week of boat races, parties and island hopping. Visit www.regattatimeinabaco.com for more information.

Vertical Blue Freediving Competition – From July 16-26, more than 50 professional divers representing 21 countries will gather on Long Island for a nine-day diving competition at the world’s deepest blue hole, Dean’s Blue Hole. The winners of the competition will take home the titles for the world’s deepest man and woman free diver. For more information on the competition visit https://www.bahamas.com/event/vertical-blue-free-diving-international-competition.

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