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AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST MARLIE HALL TO HOST CARIBBEAN WEEK NEW YORK 2018 AWARDS DINNER, 7 JUNE

NEW YORK, NY (18 May 2018) – An award winning television journalist with ties to the French Caribbean country of Haiti will host the Caribbean’s most prestigious tourism awards event in the Big Apple.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has named the former CBS News reporter Marlie Hall as the master of ceremonies for its Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Dinner and Fashion Show where the tourism development agency will recognise and honour outstanding journalists, influencers and industry contributors.

The elegant awards dinner is taking place during Caribbean Week New York 2018 (#CaribbeanWeekNewYork2018, #CWNY18) on Thursday, 7 June 2018, from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel (481 Eighth Avenue). 

Hall, an award-winning broadcast journalist and entrepreneur, is a former correspondent for CBS News and has covered some of the most important news stories across the country.

Known for her in-depth reporting on international issues, Hall holds a degree in journalism from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in business administration from Dowling College. Hall has worked for PHL 17 in Philadelphia, One Caribbean Television and Cablevision’s HDNews where she earned a Bronze Telly Award for her commentary on Haiti’s healthcare crisis.

“As a proud Haitian-American who has taken part in Caribbean Week festivities for years, I’m beyond excited to serve as host of this year’s Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards.  I’m humbled to help honour those whose work has brought the Caribbean to the world,” she says.

The Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards programme recognises excellence in the promotion of Caribbean tourism and honours journalists across the industry whose outstanding, passionate and dedicated work have contributed to the development of tourism business to the region.  The media awards are presented in 12 categories.

In addition to media awards, the evening’s programme will recognise individuals who have influenced the Caribbean tourism industry.  The CTO Allied Awards compromising of the “Jerry”, the Allied and special Recognition Awards will be given.  The Jamaica Tourist Board will present the Marcia Vickery-Wallace and Marcella Martinez Memorial awards.

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 re-energising and rejuvenating power of Caribbean wellness. During the week-long event (3-8 June), 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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St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, in collaboration with St. Martin Tourist Office (French) host journalists from the Netherlands and Belgium

Philipsburg, May 15th 2018 – The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau is currently hosting a group press trip consisting of journalists from the Netherlands and Belgium representing the publications: ‘De Telegraaf’, ‘Reishonger’, ‘We Are Travellers’ as well as ‘KNACK’.

These journalists are on St. Maarten to see the progress made, as well as to receive updates from various stakeholders including Princess Juliana International Airport and Port St. Maarten. In addition, the journalists will partake in various activities on the Dutch and French side to get a sense of what there is to do on the island. The journalists will visit the art gallery of Max Phelipa ‘Art in the Garden’ and Tess Verheij ‘Art Craft Café’. They will also experience the zipline at Rainforest Adventures, take a tour at Topper’s Rhum Distillery as well as take a sunset sail by Aquamania amongst other activities.

Photo L to R: Gianira Arrindell (St. Maarten Tourist Bureau), Alexander Bakker (de Telegraaf), Audrey St. Luce-Jack (Princess Juliana International Airport), Acting Minister TEATT Cornelius de Weever, Tanja Olde Weghuis (Aviareps), May-ling Chun Interim Head of Tourism, Ichel Moeslikan (Port St. Maarten), Kamiel Vermeylen (KNACK), Lotte Wildiers (Reishonger), Agnes Nijholt (We are travelers), William Bell (St. Maarten Tourist Bureau)

At the welcome dinner organized for the journalists, Acting Minister of TEATT Cornelius de Weever was present, alongside Interim Head of Tourism May-Ling Chun and members from Port St. Maarten, Princess Juliana International Airport and St. Maarten Tourist Bureau. Students of the National Institute of Arts gave a heartwarming performance at the welcome dinner that show cased the local dance and attire.

“Our Tourism product has drastically changed and we have the opportunity to rebuild St. Maarten phase by phase better and stronger and public relations is a high priority in this entire process” says May-Ling Chun.

It is imperative that the consumer markets in the Netherlands and Belgium know that there is progress being made on the island after the devastation of Hurricane Irma, and most importantly that there are ample tourism activities and hotels that are open and ready to welcome tourists again.
Therefore, the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau will continuously work on public relations to ensure that the trade and consumer markets are aware that St. Maarten is open for business and that they receive updates about the progress of the island as it happens.

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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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