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Planned Launch of New Tourism Destination Website for Trinidad

Tourism Trinidad Limited (TTL) will unveil the new completely redesigned destination marketing website for the island of Trinidad on Monday November 30, 2020 at 10am.

The spotlight will be thrown onto the #visittrinidad website during a virtual event that will be live streamed as viewers will be fully immersed into all that the international travellers and citizens “must experience” in Trinidad. The primary objectives of the website are to generate destination awareness and provide users with compelling stories and information on the island’s history, culture, and sites and attractions.

The soon-to be-launched Destination Trinidad website is dynamic, functional and practical, maintaining a balance between having an attractive design and being easy to browse, and has many new features that work to inform, influence, and inspire a travel decision. Some of the new features include  uniquely captivating features such as 360 virtual tours, a COVID-19 resource centre with real-time information on travel restrictions and public health and safety measures, updated year-round calendar of events, and exciting tour packages replete with such a plethora of activities that there is always something new to discover.

The Destination Trinidad website acts as a key point of reference for anyone travelling to Trinidad as it provides centralised up-to-date tourism information on the island in one place. It will equip travellers with easy access to information to help them confidently make their travel plans and stay safe during their trip. The Destination Trinidad website is being launched at this time to rebuild confidence among travellers and to resume travel safely, in line with the necessary health precautions, when borders do reopen. It also serves as a rich repository for domestic tourism, for those looking for new and exciting things to do in their own backyard.

“We are delighted to launch a new destination website at a critical period for many tourism businesses across Trinidad”, says Mrs. Heidi Alert, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Trinidad, “We have improved the user’s experience with this update and the photography and videography are particularly stunning and do much of the work to entice visitors to learn more about Trinidad”.

Join Tourism Trinidad as we launch the new Destination Trinidad website www.visittrinidad.tt on Monday November 30, 2020 at 10.00am.

 

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St. Kitts & Nevis Confirms Two Additional Cases of COVID-19 Since Border Reopened October 31st 2020

Basseterre, St. Kitts (November 24, 2020) – St. Kitts & Nevis reports two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the reopening of the Federation’s borders on October 31, 2020. These cases bring the total number of COVID-19 cases from 20 to 22 with 0 deaths and no community spread.

The confirmed cases were detected in two returning Nationals/Residents, who arrived on Saturday, November 21 and have remained in isolation at a Government facility since arrival. At this time, all persons who have had contact with these persons are being tested and monitored. All persons who arrived on the same flight have been asked to quarantine at their hotels. Contact tracing for case 20 showed no community spread, indicating that the established protocols are an effective tool in mitigating the spread.

The CDC currently rates St. Kitts & Nevis as Level 1: Low Risk of COVID-19.

  1. The current travel requirements for International Travellers arriving by air into St. Kitts and Nevis:
  1. Complete the Travel Authorization Form on the national website (www.knatravelform.kn) and submit a negative RT-PCR test result from a CLIA/CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEC 17025 standard, taken 72 hours prior to travel. They should also bring a copy of the negative COVID 19 RT-PCR test for their trip.
  2. Undergo a health screening at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire and download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app to be used for the first 14 days of travel or less.
  3. 1-7 days: “Vacation in Place” travellers are not allowed to leave their hotel, only use hotel facilities and amenities. If staying for 7 days or less, all travellers are required to do a RT-PCR test 72 hours before departure.
  4. 8-14 days: “Vacation in Place” travellers are required to conduct a RT-PCR Test (150 USD visitors’ cost), if negative they can participate in the St. Kitts Highlights Tour by Travel Approved Certified Taxi/Tour Operators.
  5. 14 days or more: “Vacation in Place” travellers are required to conduct a RT-PCR Test (150 USD visitors’ cost), if negative they are free to integrate into the Federation.
  1. The current travel requirements for National and Residents arriving by air into St. Kitts and Nevis:
  2. Complete the Travel Authorization Form on the national website (www.knatravelform.kn) and upload an official COVID 19 RT-PCR negative test result from a CLIA/CDC/UKAS approved lab accredited with ISO/IEC 17025 standard, taken 72 hours prior to travel. They should also bring a copy of the negative COVID 19 RT-PCR test for their trip.
  3. Undergo a health screening at the airport which includes a temperature check and a health questionnaire.
  4. Download the SKN COVID-19 contact tracing mobile app to be used for the first 14 days of travel or less.

Any traveller in this category who wishes to stay in one of the seven (7) approved hotels for “Vacation in Place,” for International Travelers are required to do the following:

  1. 1-7 days: visitors are free to move about the hotel property, interact with other guests and partake in hotel activities.
  2. 8 -14 days: visitors will undergo a RT-PCR test (USD 100, Resident/Nationals’ cost) on day 7. If the traveller tests negative on day 8 they are allowed, through the hotel’s tour desk, to book select excursions and access select destination sites (listed above under requirements for International Travellers).
  3. 14 days or longer: visitors will need to undergo a RT-PCR test (USD 100, Resident/Nationals’ cost) on day 14, and if they test negative the traveler will be allowed to integrate into St. Kitts and Nevis
  1. Travellers arriving via the country’s seaports must meet the following requirements:
  1. Complete the Travel Authorization Form on the national website (www.knatravelform.kn) including evidence of a negative RT-PCR test. The test must be done 72 hours prior to departing the last port of call or conducted before departure if they are at sea longer than 3 days.
  2. The vessel will be required to dock at one of six ports, submit the Maritime Declaration of Health to the port health officer and interact with other border agencies. The six ports are: The Deepwater Port, Port Zante, Christophe Harbour, New Guinea (St. Kitts Marine Works), Charlestown Pier and Long Point Port.
  3. These travellers will be processed accordingly and will vacation in place or quarantine as previously outlined. The prescribed quarantine time will be determined by the vessels or ships transit time from the last of port of call to their arrival to the Federation. Transit time must be supported by official documentation and sail clear advance notification system.
  4. Yachts and pleasure vessels over 80 feet must quarantine at Christophe Harbor in St. Kitts. Yachts and pleasure vessels less than 80 feet must quarantine at the following locations: Ballast Bay in St. Kitts, Pinney’s Beach and Gallows in Nevis. There is a fee to monitor yachts and pleasure vessels that are less than 80 feet that are in quarantine (fee to be announced later).

The Federation would like to remind its citizens and residents that adherence to the “All of Society Approach” is critical to the health and safety of all persons and encourages everyone to continue practicing the measures that are proven to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 including mask-wearing in public, maintaining hand hygiene, maintaining a safe social distance of 6 feet and avoiding crowds and events with significant number of persons. Going forward, we hope everyone, and their families remain safe and healthy.

Travelers should regularly check the St. Kitts Tourism Authority (www.stkittstourism.kn) and Nevis Tourism Authority (www.nevisisland.com) websites for updates and information.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and/or http://carpha.org/What-We-Do/Public-Health/Novel-Coronavirus.

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Jamaica’s Iconic Reggae Sunsplash 2020 Goes Virtual

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – November 23, 2020 – After a 14-year break, JAMAICA, Heartbeat of the World, will re-introduce the groundbreaking and legendary Reggae Sunsplash. The festival is scheduled to return annually, starting with the virtual Reggae Sunsplash 2020 from November 27-28, 2020, allowing music lovers from around the world one-of-a-kind access to live performances and exclusive artist interviews.

Reggae Sunsplash, first introduced in 1978 in Montego Bay, established the blueprint for reggae festivals around the world. With legendary names headlining past festivals, such as Bob Marley and the Wailers, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Cliff and Dennis Brown, the success of Reggae Sunsplash laid the foundations for annual music festivals in Jamaica and throughout the world.  The festival is back as a two-day, high-energy, virtual event featuring an exhilarating line-up of performances by a variety of reggae and dancehall stars including: Romain Virgo, Jesse Royal, Dexta Daps, Agent Sasco, Tanya Stephens, Barrington Levy, Capleton, Masicka, and Chi Ching.

“In 1978, Reggae Sunsplash set the precedent for destination music festivals as it blended the concept of travel and music that was authentic to Jamaica,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “Now, the festival will aim to set new standards, this time in the virtual event space, by transporting viewers to our island through the rhythms of Jamaica. “Reggae Sunsplash will once again celebrate musical experiences and showcase Jamaica’s impact on the global stage as the heart of music, culture and bold experiences.”

Reggae Sunsplash 2020 will be available to viewers starting November 27 at www.YouTube.com/GoReggaeSunsplash.

To learn more about Reggae Sunsplash 2020, please go to https://goreggaesunsplash.com/.

 

For more information on Jamaica, please visit www.visitjamaica.com.

 

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What’s New in The Bahamas This Winter

NASSAU, Bahamas, November 23, 2020 – It’s Better in The Bahamas this winter as the country welcomes international visitors to enjoy the sun, sand and sea. From hotel reopenings with exciting deals to the Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board’s $500 air credit, The Bahamas is the perfect destination for travelers seeking an escape from the cold this holiday season.

NEWS

Ministry of Tourism Launches Interactive Island Guide ­– In an effort to make planning a safe, much-needed Bahamian getaway more seamless, the Ministry of Tourism introduced an interactive map that provides visitors with an island-by-island guide of the most up-to-date guidelines, including business hours of operations, beach access and more.

Hotel Reopenings Across The Bahamas ­– Atlantis Paradise Island is scheduled to reopen on December 10, 2020, and Eleuthera’s French Leave Resort is set to reopen December 15, 2020. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and Exuma’s Grand Isle Resort & Spa are both scheduled to reopen December 17, 2020. Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort will reopen January 28, 2021, while Sandals Emerald Bay will reopen February 1, 2021. 

Exuma and Long Island Airport Expansions ­– Exuma International Airport is getting a major upgrade. The project, which is slated to begin next month, will expand the terminal from 2,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet. The country is planning additional airport expansions for Long Island, which is expected to be completed in March 2022. The project will expand the airport’s runway from 4,000 feet to 6,500 feet.

 

PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS

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

Out Island Black Friday Air Credit – The Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board is offering a $500 air credit this Black Friday to help travelers plan their next Bahamian vacation. Credit is applicable when pre-booking an air-inclusive 7-night package at a participating Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board member hotel. Travelers must book by November 30, 2020 and travel by January 31, 2021. Blackout dates apply.

 

Atlantis First Night Free Package – In celebration of the resort’s reopening, Atlantis is offering guests their first night free with a two-night minimum stay. Bookable between November 10 – 22 and valid for stays between December 10 – 17.

Baha Mar Dream Away and Getaway Package – Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is offering guests 20 percent off just in time for the resort’s December 17 reopening. Book by December 6, 2020 for stays through April 4, 2021.

Coral Sands Resort Credit – The beloved Harbour Island resort is offering a $100 resort credit inclusive of daily continental breakfast for two and access to all non-motorized water sports when staying for a minimum of two nights. The offer is valid through December 15, 2020.

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards Recognizes The Bahamas’ Still Rockin’ Campaign – The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s Still Rockin’ campaign was awarded the best destination advertising/marketing campaign. In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the campaign highlighted The Bahamas’ 14 major islands unimpacted by the storm, which contributed to the country’s record-breaking year of 7.2 million visitors in 2019. The awards also recognized the Ministry’s From Bahamas With Love campaign, which was awarded silver in the destination marketing TV commercial category

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St. Maarten welcomes JetBlue inaugural flight from Newark, New Jersey

Philipsburg – JetBlue’s inaugural flight from Newark, New Jersey, landed in St. Maarten on Saturday, November 21st. St. Maarten Tourism Bureau (STB) representatives were present to welcome the arriving passengers and crew with tokens of appreciation. A plaque was also given to JetBlue representatives on behalf of the government and people of St. Maarten to commemorate the flight. Arriving passengers were greeted with the sounds of steelpan music and offered guavaberry liqueur for tasting. “I’m very happy to be able to fly from Newark to St. Maarten. It feels great to be back after these past few months,” JetBlue Captain Paul Getman stated in an invited comment.

“We are very happy to see another JetBlue gateway open to St. Maarten with Newark. This has been an ongoing relationship dating back to 2008 with our first flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport. With four gateways now servicing St. Maarten, it shows the confidence JetBlue has in the destination and we look forward to the continuous hard work and great working relationship that we’ve fostered,” STB Director May-Ling Chun said.

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Dominica makes National Geographic Traveller UK Best of the World 2021 List

Roseau, Dominica – (November 26, 2020) Dominica is the only Caribbean island to make the National Geographic Traveller (UK) Best of the World 2021 list for adventure.  The list is compiled by the National Geographic Traveller (UK) in collaboration with its 16 local language counterparts of National Geographic Traveller. The list highlights destinations for future travel in five categories – Sustainability, Nature & Wildlife, Adventure, Culture & History, and Family Travel. The list will be published in the Jan/Feb 2021 edition of National Geographic Traveller (UK) and will be available on newsstands in the UK on December 3, 2020. Dominica’s lush rainforest and Boiling Lake were highlighted in the article as must do activities on the adventure seekers list for 2021. According to National Geographic Traveller UK, the list includes destinations which demonstrate “resilient communities, innovative conservation efforts, and thrilling opportunities for future explorations.” The list is available online at https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/features/best-of-the-world-2021/

Hon Denise Charles, Minister of Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives stated, “We are delighted at this recognition form National Geographic Traveller UK, of our efforts to develop and promote adventure tourism in Dominica.  This niche is one of our key pillars for developing a resilient tourism product in close collaboration with community partners.  This is testament to the hard work of our many stakeholders who continue to provide experiences in concert with our natural elements.”

According to Colin Piper, CEO/Director of Tourism at Discover Dominica Authority “This recognition affirms and recognizes Dominica for one of the many experiences that we espouse in our positioning as the Nature Island of the Caribbean.  We are thrilled that National Geographic has confirmed this to their many readers. The accolade captures the transformative experience that you will have on Dominica, which is ever so ideal now during these tough times of COVID-19 and into the future.”

For more information on Dominica and its adventure diversity click here, https://discoverdominica.com/en/adventurescontact Discover Dominica Authority at +1 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter,  Instagram and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

 

 

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