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Statement on the Passing of Sir Royston Hopkin

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (24 Feb. 2020) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is saddened at the passing of Sir Royston Hopkin, a true giant in Caribbean tourism.

Sir Royston was a faithful and passionate servant of Grenadian and Caribbean tourism for nearly six decades and his dedication was fully demonstrated through his many outstanding achievements. His was a virtual lifetime of high performance, devotion to country and the Caribbean, and commitment to excellence in the hospitality sector, as evidenced by the fact that his Spice Island Resort in Grenada maintained the coveted AAA Five Diamond year after year.

Always willing to share a kind word of advice or encouragement, Sir Royston was a mentor to many, unfailingly considerate of his staff and kind to his guests. He was a firm believer in the richness of the Caribbean’s natural resources and culture, and he worked tirelessly for the sustainability of the region’s tourism. Throughout his career he was always willing to offer his time, talent and resources to help others achieve their dreams, from memorable holidays to the provision of employment to hundreds of Grenadians and the overall betterment of the region.

Sir Royston’s passing leaves a massive void in the Caribbean hospitality sector, and his generosity, hospitality, courtesy, helpfulness and friendliness will be sorely missed.

The CTO council of ministers and commissioners of tourism, board of directors, staff and the entire CTO family extend deepest condolences to his wife, Lady Hopkin, his family, Spice Island Resort staff and the Grenadian and Caribbean tourism sector on whose lives his contributions had and will continue to have, a positive and lasting impact.

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Grenada Hits the International Runway with Fe Noel at New York Fashion Week

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – February 19, 2020 – Billed as one of the seven designers to watch at this year’s New York Fashion Week by Elle magazine, designer Fe Noel brought her new collection to life at New York’s Spring Studios Gallery last Wednesday. Grenadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Keisha McGuire, celebrity publicist, Yvette Noel- Shure, Chief Executive Officer of the Grenada Tourism Authority, Patricia Maher, US Director of Sales, Christine Noel-Horsford, Sales Executive, Zachary Samuel, and General Manager at Silversands Grenada, Narelle McDougall, were seated front and on hand to provide support to this daughter of the soil.

Ambassador McGuire emphasized,“the importance of supporting Grenadians on the rise in the international arena as they help shine a light on the country to promote the tri-island nation of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique and fuel the nation’s continued success.  Such exquisite talent as Fe, whose work exudes patriotism and pays homage to the Isle of Spice, is indeed inspiring to us all.”

“We are extremely proud of Fe, not just about her tremendous journey to being recognized as one of the industry’s influential designers but for her stellar representation of Grenada’s culture, lifestyle and creativity through her designs,” noted Maher. “It is our hope that young designers in Grenada will be inspired by Fe and even more motivated to excel on an international level.”

To a packed house of fans, well-wishers and industry influencers, the collection began with a two-and-a-half-minute video presentation featuring striking images of Grenada’s cultural character, Jab Jab, people who walk and dance through the streets wearing a horned headpiece covered in black oil and a prologue by her Grenadian grandmother outlining the journey of the “Daughter of the Soil.” From sleek and draped nutmeg prints, an ode to Grenada being considered one of the world’s top producers of the spice, to elegantly flowing silhouettes in various patterns and shades of red, yellow and green–the colors of Grenada’s national flag, the eclectic collection received a standing ovation from those in attendance.

Fe Noel (born Felisha Noel) is a Brooklyn-based womenswear designer with a passion for travel, a love of vibrant colors, and a penchant for bold prints. She entered the industry at 19, opening a brick and mortar boutique for vintage lovers and trendsetters in Brooklyn. Since then her designs have been worn by the likes of Michelle Obama and Beyoncé and this collection was sponsored by Estée Lauder. Fe is heavily influenced by her Grenadian heritage and large, close-knit family. In addition to designing, she enjoys helping other young women start their own businesses, which she is able to accomplish through the Fe Noel Foundation, a program for young girls who are passionate about entrepreneurship. For more on the Daughter of the Soil collection, visit www.fenoel.com.

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Showcase Antigua & Barbuda Targets Leading Tour Operators

Following an incredible year in 2019, and with demand for the destination currently at an all-time high, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association, are inviting leading tour operators from the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Canada and the Caribbean to experience the stunning Caribbean country famed for its 365 beaches, chic hotel properties, and friendly people during the 7th annual Showcase Antigua and Barbuda, taking place from June 10 – June 11, 2020.

Antigua’s largest travel business-to-business event, ‘Showcase Antigua and Barbuda’ provides the ideal platform for wholesalers and tour operators from around the world to meet and conduct business with Antigua and Barbuda as well as regional suppliers in the tourism industry.

Having ended 2019, with a growth of 15 percent in stay-over visitors, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials are welcoming the increasing popularity for this ‘must visit’ destination.  New for 2020 includes additional airlift, extra hotel rooms, and engaging summer events. The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority also builds on the success of last summer’s marketing campaign, #WhatCoolLooksLike by reloading the campaign this March with lots of summer savings for consumers, making Antigua and Barbuda, even more irresistible.

For more information on Showcase Antigua and Barbuda, and to register your interest email the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association on [email protected] or the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority on [email protected]

Do not miss the “Early Bird Registration Special!” (ending 31st March 2020).

Registration LINK goes LIVE today, February 17, 2020 at www.antiguahotels.org 

ABOUT ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’da) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Voted the World Travel Awards 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination, the twin-island paradise offers visitors two uniquely distinct experiences, ideal temperatures year-round, a rich history, vibrant culture, exhilarating excursions, award-winning resorts, mouth-watering cuisine and 365 stunning pink and white-sand beaches – one for every day of the year. The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua comprises 108-square miles with rich history and spectacular topography that provides a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. Antigua’s tourism events calendar includes the prestigious Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, and the annual Antigua Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Barbuda, Antigua’s smaller sister island, is the ultimate celebrity hideaway. The island lies 27 miles north-east of Antigua and is just a 15-minute plane ride away. Barbuda is known for its untouched 17 mile stretch of pink sand beach and as the home of the largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere.  Find information on Antigua & Barbuda at: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com or follow us on Twitter. http://twitter.com/antiguabarbuda  Facebook www.facebook.com/antiguabarbuda; Instagram: www.instagram.com/AntiguaandBarbuda

 For media enquiries, please contact:
Maria Blackman
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

T: 1 (268) 562 7600/464-7601
E: [email protected]

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Star-Studded Line-Up for St. Kitts Music Festival 2020

The Ministry of Tourism and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority along with the St. Kitts Music Festival Committee are pleased to announce that Gladys Knight, Beres Hammond, Anthony B. and more esteemed artists have joined the final roster of musical talents who will be performing at the 24th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival taking place June 25-27, 2020.

“We are excited to have secured such an outstanding group of artists to perform in this year’s St. Kitts Music Festival,” said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “Our strategy is to grow the festival every year in a way that will appeal to both local and international audiences, therefore creating the right mix of performers is critical to our success. This particular selection of veteran and emerging talent is certain to draw music lovers from from all of our key source markets as well as from our Federation, thereby providing direct benefit to our citizens and economy.”

Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, added, “For the past two years in a row, we have broken air passenger arrivals records for the month of June and hotels have been sold out for the dates surrounding music festival. To keep this momentum going, we have developed comprehensive integrated marketing programs to specifically target those individuals who are most likely to attend this event, which has become a key driver of tourism in early summer.”

“With such a wide range of talent and musical styles represented on stage again this year, we want to be a model for other music festivals throughout the region,” commented Damion Hobson, Chairman of the St. Kitts Music Festival. “Our festival is one of the longest-established music festivals in the Caribbean and we aim to keep it as a premier choice for music-loving travellers and locals alike.”

The performers for each night are as follows-

Thursday, June 25 Friday, June 26 Saturday, June 27
Voice 313 Venelle Powell
Nailah Blackman Anthony B Koffee
Kollision Band Beres Hammond Chronixx
Lyrikal Future Jheni Aiko
Asa Bantan WizKid Gladys Knight
Patrice Roberts Jimmy Cliff
Mr. Killa
Bunji Garlin & Fay-Ann Lyons
Shenseea

 

Thursday night is typically known as reggae night or “jump up” night, as the lively, energetic vibe from top powerhouses in soca, reggae, dancehall and more are known for getting the crowd on their feet from the opening act right through to the last. Friday night continues the captivating vocal action, with show-stopping performances from a variety of musical greats and new talents. On Saturday night, local talent opens the evening for popular acts who are well-known for international hits that the audience often sings along to.

On the evening of Wednesday, June 24, the Music Festival kicks off with a welcome reception hosted at the Christophe Harbour Marina followed by an Escape Fete held at Salt Plage. Following the three nights of performances, the event concludes with the White Sands all-white party at Carambola Beach Club on Sunday, June 28.

Now entering its 24th year, the St. Kitts Music Festival attracts both locals and visitors alike. It features a wide range of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music. Past artists have included such prominent acts as John Legend, Lionel Richie, Jason Derulo, Buju Banton, The Goo Goo Dolls, Trey Songz, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, R. City, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Patti LaBelle, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Shaggy, Kelly Rowland, Tarrus Riley, Tessanne Chin, Toni Braxton, Sean Paul, Boyz II Men, King Konris, Stephen Marley, Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond, and Biggie Irie. For more information about the St. Kitts Music Festival, visit http://www.stkittsmusicfestival.com/ or the event’s Facebook page.

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British Airways Adds New Flights for London to Saint Lucia

LONDON, February 13, 2020 – The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is delighted to confirm the introduction of additional British Airways direct flights from the UK to Saint Lucia.

The two additional weekly flights from London Gatwick (LGW) to Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) on Wednesdays and Saturdays will increase the ease of access to one of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations bringing the total to nine British Airways flights per week across the winter schedule.

The additional services will commence operation on October 28, 2020 and run until March 27, 2021 with no onward tag.

The decision by British Airways to increase the flights comes as Saint Lucia closed 2019 with over 400,000 stay-over arrivals.  For the period January to December 2019, Saint Lucia recorded 423,736 stay-over visitors; the highest in the island’s history.

The UK figures for the year are up 6.2% totalling 83,677 visitors. UK holidaymakers lead the way in terms of duration of stay average at 10.76 nights per visit.

Tourism Minister, Honourable Dominic Fedee commenting on the added services stated; “The increased services from the UK market provides travelers with even more options of getting to Saint Lucia. British Airways is one of the biggest airlines to the Caribbean out of London and we celebrate the extension of this new service to Saint Lucia.”

Director of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority UK & Europe, Patricia Charlery-Leon said: “We are absolutely thrilled that British Airways has added these flights. We have a longstanding partnership with the airline and the UK team and want to thank them for their support of Saint Lucia. British Airways has already added additional flights this summer so these new winter flights will help us to continue our momentum during our high season.”

Flying Boing 777 aircraft, the long-haul BA flights will depart London Gatwick (LGW)at 12:20 (GMT) to arrive at Hewanorra International (UVF)at 17:15 on Wednesdays and then again on Saturdays to allow for better connections.

For more information about Saint Lucia, visit www.stlucia.org.

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Royal Caribbean Signs Agreement with Antigua for First Royal Beach Club

MIAMI, Feb. 13, 2020 – Royal Caribbean International and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, along with the assistance of the Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda, have signed an agreement for the company’s first Royal Beach Club. The agreement marks the start of the planning and development for the Royal Beach Club scheduled to break ground later this year.

Created exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, the Royal Beach Club at Antigua will sit along more than a half-mile of pristine beachfront and combine the island’s striking beaches with the cruise line’s signature service and amenities. The ultimate beach club experience will offer guests exceptional views from private cabanas and a stunning pool with a swim-up bar, complemented by locally inspired experiences. Featuring regional fare, island-style BBQs, live music, along with thrills such as jet skis, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and a family splash pad, the beach club will make for an unforgettable day at the beach.

“The Royal Beach Club will deliver a memorable beach day to our guests,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International. “Together with the government of Antigua and Barbuda, we will bring to life an experience that will bring more visitors to these idyllic islands and create significant economic benefits and opportunities. In addition, we are looking at ways for the local community to also enjoy the beach club on days our ships are in other destinations.”

The cruise line has also committed to bringing Symphony of the Seas to the island nation with a call on November 3, 2020. Docking at the island capital of St. John’s, guests on board Symphony will have the opportunity to experience the rich culture and heritage of the island, delectable delicacies and some of the world’s best beaches.

The Honorable Charles Fernandez, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development and Investments, Government of Antigua and Barbuda, said: “The government of Antigua and Barbuda is truly grateful and appreciative that Royal Caribbean’s first Royal Beach Club will be in Antigua, which confirms confidence in our twin island state. We are also excited to share our beautiful island with guests sailing aboard Royal Caribbean ships when they begin calling to the island later this year.”

About Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International has been delivering innovation at sea for more than 50 years. Each successive class of ships is an architectural marvel featuring the latest technology and guest experiences for today’s adventurous traveler. The cruise line continues to revolutionize vacations with itineraries to more than 270 destinations in 72 countries on six continents, including Royal Caribbean’s private island in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, the first in the Perfect Day Island Collection. Royal Caribbean has also been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 17 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards.

Media can stay up to date by following @RoyalCaribPR on Twitter and visiting RoyalCaribbeanPressCenter.com. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers can call their travel advisor; visit RoyalCaribbean.com; or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

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