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St Kitts Tourism Authority Celebrating Travel Agents

In honor of National Travel Advisor Day, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority is kicking off a special month-long program to celebrate the agents and advisors who plan everything from romantic getaways to family vacations. Travel agents and advisors are critical to the rebuilding and rebound of tourism for the Federation and we are delighted to be embarking on a series of travel trade activities throughout the United States to increase brand awareness, improve their knowledge of the destination and current promotions, and encourage them to plan their clients’ next great family vacation or romantic getaway. This is timed accordingly with the ongoing Five-Day Getaway promotion with deals from the Park Hyatt St. Kitts, St. Kitts Marriot Resort, Four Seasons Resort Nevis, and Montpelier Plantation & Beach which give agents and advisors all the more reason to recommend St. Kitts as a destination for their clients. This exciting program invites travel agents and advisors to complete various actions throughout the month of May to earn points. Furthermore, for each booking to St. Kitts through July 31, 2021, travel agents will earn a $200 commission. At the end of the month, participating agents and advisors can redeem their points for cash rewards. The person with the most points accumulated will be awarded a spot on a future FAM trip to St. Kitts!

“We wanted to take this opportunity to show our appreciation and say ‘thank you’ to the loyal and dedicated travel professionals who promoted St. Kitts both before and during the pandemic. It has not been an easy year, but travel is picking up and together we can reinvigorate interest in St. Kitts and offer travelers the rejuvenating getaway they are looking for now,” said Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. “St. Kitts has always enjoyed a strong and valued partnership with the travel agent and travel advisor community, and this month we’ll be recognizing and rewarding agents who are eager to learn more about the destination and drive travel to St. Kitts.”

Points will be awarded for the following activities:

  • Book a Trip to St. Kitts
    • Every agent/advisor who logs a trip in the month of May 2021 (travel dates can be anytime in the future) will receive 500 points.
    • All booked trips should transit through RLB International Airport.
  • Become a St. Kitts Expert
    • Each agent/advisor who takes and completes the St. Kitts travel expert course through Travel Agent University will receive 300 points.
  • Attend Our Webinars
    • Throughout the month of May, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority will host a series of webinars. Two webinars have already been announced and information on additional webinars will be posted on the St. Kitts Tourism Authority website, shared with our list of subscribed agents and advisors, and promoted via our LinkedIn page. For each webinar attended the agent/advisor will receive 200 points.
    • Two scheduled webinars are as follows:
      • Tuesday, May 18th at 1 p.m. join the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Kantours, and Caribbean Journey Masters to learn why St. Kitts is the cruise port of choice
      • Thursday, May 20th at 1 p.m. join the St. Kitts Tourism Authority and Sunlinc to learn why St. Kitts should be on your list for groups
  • 1:1 Meetings with Sales Team
    • Agents and advisors are encouraged to book a 1:1 meeting with Denise Zimber ([email protected]) or Allison Schultz ([email protected]). At the completion of each appointment the agent/advisor will receive 100 points.

The program will conclude on May 31, 2021. At the end of the month, once all points are tabulated, for every 1000 points earned, the participating agent or advisor will be able to redeem them for a $100 cash reward. The agent/advisor with the most points will receive a spot on a future FAM trip for an unforgettable getaway in St. Kitts.

More information on the program can be found at the following page: https://www.stkittstourism.kn/national-travel-advisor

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What’s New In The Islands Of The Bahamas In May

The Islands of The Bahamas await travelers who are ready to plan their summer vacations. Those wishing to visit the idyllic sandy beaches and irresistible blue waters of the islands are sure to find the paradise experience of their dreams in The Bahamas.

NEWS

People-to-People Goes Virtual – The beloved People-to-People program that has been connecting visitors with locals through customized experiences for the past 45 years, is making its way directly into the homes and screens of wanderlusters. The virtual program offers five free virtual session themes with local ambassadors in The Bahamas. To book an unforgettable Virtual People-to-People Experience, head to: https://www.bahamas.com/plan-your-trip/people-to-people.

Increased Airlift to The Bahamas – American Airlines announced direct flights from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) to Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) beginning June 5, 2021. Frontier Airlines has also announced that direct flights from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Nassau (NAS) will be available four times a week starting July 2021.

Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Reopens – Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach located in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island is welcoming guests back starting this month. The all-inclusive resort boasts an oceanfront pool, watersports, 4,000 feet of beautiful white-sand beaches, ocean view rooms and more.

Resorts World Bimini’s New Beach Destination – The beachfront resort just 50 miles off the coast of Florida will officially debut its newest private beach, Resorts World Bimini Beach, on May 14, 2021. The new addition features two lagoon pools, hammocks, oceanfront and poolside private cabanas, two bars, ocean view dining and much more.

The Sugar Factory Heads to Baha Mar – Sugar Factory’s newest location will be set inside Baha Mar on the island of New Providence. The restaurant will feature a full-service restaurant, café, confectionary shop, retail store, carousel bar overlooking Baha Mar’s iconic fountains and the debut of CandyOcean, a one-of-a-kind aquatic-themed immersive experience.

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

The Bahamas is Nominated as a Best Spa Destination in World Spa Awards – The World Spa Awards has announced the nominees for its 7th annual awards ceremony, and The Islands of The Bahamas have been nominated for the Caribbean’s Best Spa Destination award. Voting begins May 19, 2021 and runs through September 8, 2021.

The Bahamas is a Top 8 Travel Destination for Booking Incentive Travel – Northstar Meeting Group’s latest Incentive PULSE Survey revealed The Bahamas as a Top 8 Popular Travel Destination for booking incentive travel in 2021. The survey consists of responses from business and sports event organizers, planners and incentive program professionals from all sectors,

PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS

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

$250 Air Credit for Out Island Vacations – The Out Islands of The Bahamas are calling. U.S. and Canadian residents can take their pick of 10 picture-perfect islands that are unspoiled and uncrowded and receive an air credit of $250. Booking window: April 5 –  May 10, 2021.

Extended Stay Deals – Who wouldn’t want to stay in The Bahamas longer? Guests who book  a stay for 14 days at Grand Isle Resort on Great Exuma can receive up to 50% off. Margaretville Beach Resort in Nassau is offering guests who stay 14 days or longer, a special pricing of up to 40% off regular rates.

3rd Night Free for Travel Advisors at Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas – To celebrate “Travel Advisor Month” in May, Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas is offering appreciation rates and a 3rd night free for travel advisors booking between now and May 31, 2021 and staying through December 20, 2021.

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Anguilla Announces May 25th Border Reopening

The Valley, Anguilla: The Government of Anguilla announced that the island’s borders will reopen to visitors on May 25th, 2021.  This is following a month-long closure for the effective management of a cluster of active COVID-19 cases, identified on April 22nd.

In light of the successful containment of this recent cluster, and the progressive vaccination program on island, The Government of Anguilla has reduced the quarantine period to seven (7) days for visitors who are fully vaccinated; meaning visitors who have had their last dose of vaccine administered at least three weeks before arrival on island.

“We suffered a temporary setback when we had to close our borders on April 22nd,” declared the Hon. Parliamentary Secretary Tourism, Mrs. Quincia Gumbs-Marie. “We acted swiftly and implemented a number of proactive measures to manage and contain this cluster of infections, along with an expanded vaccination outreach.  The result is that we are confident we can now safely reopen while protecting the health of our residents and visitors.”

The previously released measures will remain in place:

Vaccinated and Non-vaccinated Visitor(s)

  • Apply for entry permission.
  • Provide proof of health insurance coverage (this requirement pertains only to non-vaccinated visitors).
  • Produce a negative rt-PCR test administered 3 to 5 days prior to arrival on island.
  • Undergo a PCR test on arrival at port of entry.
  • The quarantine period for travelers with evidence of full COVID- 19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least three weeks (21 days) before arrival date will be reduced to 7 days. (Non-vaccinated travelers’ quarantine remains as 10-14 days depending on country of origin).
  • Multi-generational families and/or groups with a mix of unvaccinated and vaccinated persons will all have to quarantine for a 10-day period, utilizing only approved short stay services.
  • PHE-approved COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test will be approved for use for persons requiring a test for onward travel only. These tests will not be utilized for persons entering Anguilla or to exit quarantine.
  • Fees for visitors will be $300 for individual + $200 for any additional person(s) on application.
  • The fees for visitors staying in private accommodation will be:
  • 1) vaccinated person(s) $300 for an individual + $200 for any additional person(s).
  • Persons traveling in groups (more than 10 persons) will be required to be vaccinated to enter and conduct any mass gatherings in Anguilla i.e., conferences, weddings, etc.
  • Spa, Gym and Cosmetology services will be permitted to short-stay visitors if both staff and visitor(s) are fully vaccinated, i.e. three weeks have passed since the final dose of an approved vaccine.

July 1st, 2021 | Vaccinated Visitor(s)

  • All visitors to Anguilla who are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to be fully vaccinated at least three weeks before arrival.
  • Travelers with evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination will not be required to quarantine on arrival if the final vaccine dose is administered at least three weeks before the date of arrival.
  • Persons entering Anguilla will be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test administered 3-5 days prior to arrival.
  • Fully vaccinated persons will not be tested upon arrival.
  • Visitors must apply for entry permission.
  • No proof of health insurance is required.
  • No fees for entry.
  • Multi-generational families and/or groups with a mix of individuals who are not eligible for the vaccine (i.e. children), will not need to quarantine, but they will need a negative PCR test administered 3-5 days ahead of arrival, and may be tested on arrival and subsequently during their stay. Said tests may be subject to a fee.

Anguilla remains a desirable and sought-after destination, which is reflected in our solid forward bookings for the Memorial Day weekend and beyond,” stated the Director of Tourism, Mrs. Stacey Liburd. “We look forward to welcoming back our many repeat guests and introducing a host of new friends to Anguilla, who will discover for themselves what makes our island a Beyond Extraordinary destination.”  

The Ministry of Health and Health Authority colleagues initiated aggressive contact tracing to identify every individual within the recent cluster.  As of May 6th, 1,460 persons have been tested, and of those 64 positive cases were identified.  All individuals identified were placed under quarantine and monitored throughout their recovery.  The government also expanded vaccination sites island-wide in a concerted effort to achieve the stated target of 70% of Anguilla’s resident population, which will drastically reduce the possibility of viral transmission. As of May 5th, 2021 there were 8,007 registered persons for the vaccine, of which 7,332 persons had received their 1st dose, representing 58% of the target population number of 12,600 persons.  Thus far, 3,173 persons have received their 2nd dose.

The Government of Anguilla continues to update both its citizenry and the tourism community on the status of the pandemic on island in regular briefings broadcast live on its Facebook page.

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

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Dominica Launches In Our Nature Campaign

Roseau, Dominica – (5 May, 2021) In light of increasing consumer confidence and positive  traveller intent, Dominica has launched In Our Nature,” an initiative signaling Dominica’s readiness to welcome global travellers.

The new global campaign, In Our Nature,” embodies the island’s rejuvenating and transformative natural experiences including geothermal rainforest spas, farm- and sea-to-table cuisine, and one-of-a-kind adventures on land and underwater. The country of Dominica, located in the Caribbean, is renowned for its natural beauty, friendly people, unique experiences and laid-back vibe.

“Through the In Our Nature campaign, we hope to increase awareness of the destination internationally, invite tourists to immerse themselves in our unique experiences, and inspire and stimulate travellers to visit Dominica,” says the Honorable Denise Charles, Dominica’s Minister for Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives.

Colin Piper, Director of Tourism, adds that the integrated marketing campaign is being carried out across multiple digital platforms and geo-targeted within source markets in North America and Europe. Visitors to the campaign website can get detailed information about the many bucket list opportunities available during their stay.

Dominica’s COVID cases have been low and well-controlled and at a minimum. Currently, 39% of the eligible population have received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The country’s successful Safe in Nature managed experience program safeguards travellers from high-risk destinations for the first 5-7 days of arrival and offers unique and certified land and water-based experiences. The Safe in Nature commitment includes certified accommodations, transport providers, attractions, spas, and restaurants. In addition, the island has been awarded the Safe Travels Stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council which reassures that the destination’s health and safety protocols meet globally accepted standards.

Dominica is also offering a unique extended stay visa Work in Nature program. Visitors who wish to stay longer than a typical vacation may be able to stay and work remotely on the island for up to 18 months.

Visit the website, Dominica: The Caribbean’s Best Kept Secret | Discover Dominica and learn more of the many things you can do In Our Nature. The journey starts here, Dominica Awaits! Check into a one-of-a-kind holiday you will cherish for a lifetime. Book your Dominica adventure with your favorite travel advisor, directly or with an OTA.

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Belize Prepares for the Restart of Cruise Operations

BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, Wednesday, May 5th, 2021:  The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) today released a new set of health and safety protocols that will guide the restart of cruise operations in Belize. The protocols outline the necessary adjustments and adaptations to be undertaken at each step of the cruise cycle – from home port, to destination and return.

These protocols are the result of many hours of hard work by the Belize Cruise Taskforce, working in collaboration with the Americas Cruise Taskforce and the Central American Cruise Subcommittee, to develop special health and safety protocols in line with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conditional sail order. These protocols also incorporate recommendations from the Healthy Sail Panel, Belize’s Ministry of Health and Wellness and local stakeholders via consultations.

“There appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for reopening of the cruise industry. The outlook appears much more positive than it has for the past year, “stated Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations. “It is vital that we are adequately prepared for the return of our guests, and the key to our success lies in developing a strategic framework to ensure a safe and secure experience for passengers, crew and the destination.”

For four consecutive years, Belize welcomed over 1 million cruise passengers annually to its shores. In 2019, prior to the pandemic, Belize received almost 1.2 million passengers with 68% of travelers arriving at Fort Street Tourism Village in Belize City and 32% arriving at Harvest Caye in southern Belize.  The BTB and the Ministry of Tourism & Diaspora Relations are committed to the full recovery of the cruise industry to Pre-COVID numbers, and to enhance the Belize tourism product to make it more competitive within the region.

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will resume with the first test sail on August 4th, 2021. This will be followed by the official first guests to call on Harvest Caye on August 9th, 2021, signaling the reopening of the cruise tourism sector in Belize. It has been over a year since the cruise industry in our region has been suspended, and thousands of Belizeans that work in this sector are now ready to welcome cruise guests to our shores once again, guided by the new health and safety protocols.

To download a copy of the protocols please click the following link: https://belizetourismboard.org/industry-sectors/cruise/

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