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Saint Lucia’s “Love-A-Fare” winter sale features savings on air and hotels this January

SAINT LUCIA (November 18, 2016) – Recognized as one of the top islands in the world by the Conde Nast Travel Readers’ Choice Awards, Saint Lucia welcomes couples to escape January chills with airfare and accommodation savings. Ideal for a retreat or extended weekend getaway, Saint Lucia’s average temperature of 80 degrees, pristine beaches and lush rainforests provide an ideal backdrop for heating up winter romance.

The Love-A-Fare sale includes United Airlines and JetBlue non-stop airfare deals from three major cities. Expanded United Airlines weekend service from Newark Liberty International features round-trip fares starting at $296 for Saturday flights, with Sunday flights beginning December 18. United Airlines’ relaunch of direct flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Saint Lucia begin on December 17, with travel fares starting at $572.

JetBlue Airlines has non-stop daily flights from New York’s JFK International Airport starting at $295; fares from Boston’s Logan International Airport every Saturday starting at $524.

Hotel savings in January range from as much as 65 percent off regular rates and $1,000 airfare credit at Sandals Resort locations, to complimentary airfare for two with a seven-day booking at St. James Club Morgan Bay, and discounts of up to 45 percent plus one free night at Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa.

All hotel offers can be booked now through December 17 for travel in January. For more information on the January Love-A-Fare winter sale, visit: http://www.stlucia.org/united/

Saint Lucia Love-a-Fare hotel and resort deals include:

Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa

  • Save up to 45 percent off, plus one free night
  • Six one hour passes to the Splash Island Water Park
  • Unlimited non-motorized water sports
  • Three-night minimum; Book by 12/17/16 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

Bay Gardens Hotel

  • Save up to 45 percent off, plus one free night
  • Six one hour passes to the Splash Island Water Park
  • Unlimited non-motorized water sports
  • Three-night minimum; Book by 12/17/16 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

Bay Gardens Inn

  • Save up to 45 percent off, plus one free night
  • Six one hour passes to the Splash Island Water Park
  • Unlimited non-motorized water sports
  • Three-night minimum; Book by 12/17/16 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

Blu St. Lucia

  • Rates starting at $130 per night- single occupancy in a standard Veranda or Courtyard accommodation
  • Rates starting at $150 per night- double occupancy in a standard Veranda or Courtyard accommodation
  • Two- 60 minute spa treatments per stay
  • Three-night minimum; Book by 12/17/16 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

Calabash Cove Resort & Spa

  • Receive up to 45 percent off plus one private beachfront dinner for two
  • Rates start at $249 per night, includes daily breakfast
  • Three-night minimum; Book by 12/17/16 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

Capella Marigot Bay

  • Save up to 25 percent off rooms and 35 percent off suites if booked before 11/30
  • Receive a $200 Resort credit with a six-night minimum stay if booked before 12/17
  • Valid for travel between 1/1/17- 1/31/17

Coco Palm Resort

  • Receive a free night with six-night minimum stay
  • Room rates are based on single or double occupancy; subject to 10 percent service charge and 10 percent VAT
  • All-Inclusive includes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner; all beverages available during bar hours. Bottled water not included. House Wines by the glass. Bottle wines and champagnes are not included. House brand bar drinks – surcharge on premium brands. Surcharge on some food items.
  • Book by 12/17 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

Coconut Bay Beach Resort

  • Winter savings up to 60 percent off plus $500 resort credits
  • Rates from $199 per person, per night based on double occupancy
  • Book by 11/30 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

Fond Doux Plantation & Resort

  • Receive 25 percent off with three-night minimum stay
  • Book by 12/17 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

La Dauphine Estate

  • Receive 10 percent off all room categories
  • Free meet & greet and airport transfers
  • Free massage for two at Villa Beach Cottages
  • Free use of ocean kayaks at Villa Beach Cottages
  • Free cocoa plantation tour at La Dauphine Estate
  • Receive 10 percent off on-property jeep rental
  • Minimum stay of six-nights
  • Book by 12/17 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

The Landings Resort & Spa

  • Receive 30 percent off all rooms and rates
  • Complimentary airport transfers with five-night minimum
  • Receive $100 resort credit on seven-night stays
  • Book by 12/17 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

Royal St. Lucia Resort & Spa

  • Buy five-nights, stay for seven-nights plus additional 10 percent off
  • Book by 12/17

Sandals Grande St. Lucian (All-Inclusive)

  • Receive up to $1,000 Air Credit plus one free night
  • Save up to 65 percent
  • Free Catamaran Cruise
  • Book by 12/17 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

Sandals Halcyon Beach (All-Inclusive)

  • Receive up to $1,000 Air Credit plus one free night
  • Save up to 65 percent
  • Free Catamaran Cruise
  • Book by 12/17 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

Sandals Regency La Toc (All-Inclusive)

  • Receive up to $1,000 Air Credit plus one free night
  • Save up to 65 percent
  • Free Catamaran Cruise
  • Book by 12/17 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

St. James Club Morgan Bay (All-Inclusive)

  • Book a seven-night stay in an ocean view room or higher and receive complimentary airfare for two
  • Stays less than seven-days receive up to 50 percent off for travel during November and December
  • Book by 12/17 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

Ti Kaye Resort & Spa

  • Receive 20 percent off all room categories plus $100 food and beverage credit for United Airlines
  • T&C: Adults Only 18+ resort; double occupancy only
  • Minimum five-night stay
  • Book by 12/17 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

Villa Beach Cottages

  • Receive 10 percent off all room categories from deluxe bedroom villa suites to plantation houses
  • Complimentary meet & great and airport transfers
  • Complimentary massage for two
  • Complimentary use of ocean kayaks
  • Complimentary cocoa plantation tour at La Dauphine Estate
  • Receive 10 percent off on-property jeep rental
  • Minimum six-night stay
  • Book by 12/17 for travel 1/1/17- 1/31/17

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, or 1-888 4STLUCIA or visit http://stlucia.org/.

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British Virgin Islands Tourist Board announces exclusive Cyber Monday deals for warm winter getaways

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands (November, 15, 2016) — Today, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Tourist Board is unveiling this year’s Cyber Monday (November 28) deals, offering vacationers a luxurious, warm weather escape at affordable price points.

For a limited time, travelers can take advantage of these unbeatable savings and book a fun-filled trip to the BVI, which was recently ranked #18 on the list of Best Islands in the World by Conde Nast Traveler’s 29th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards 2016. From savings up to $2,000 at Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island to an additional night free at one of the villas offered by BVI Villa Rental, these Cyber Monday specials cater to groups of all sizes looking to spend the holidays in this tropical destination.

“With sunny skies and temperatures averaging 84 degrees all year-round, BVI is the perfect winter escape,” said Sharon Flax-Brutus, Director of the BVI Tourist Board. “Our Cyber Monday deals allow travelers to enjoy the pristine white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of the BVI at an affordable price.”

For more information, visit http://www.bvitourism.com/cyberMonday or call 1-800-835-8530 to speak to an island host.

Private Islands & Resorts

  • Necker Island: Vacationers who book a stay at Sir Richard Branson’s private island can enjoy the 2016 rate, which amounts to savings up to $2,000 per night!
    • Booking window is November 28 to December 9. Offer is valid for travel from January 1 to March 31, 2017. To reserve, email [email protected] and use promotional code “Cyber Monday.”
  • Peter Island Resort & Spa:  Peter Island invites travelers to take advantage of their special Cyber Monday offer and experience this private island’s five white sand beaches, award-winning spa, and exceptional culinary offerings. Guests can enjoy up to 30 percent savings, up to $150 in resort credit, and a welcome bottle of champagne for 2017 bookings. To book, email [email protected] and use promotional code “BVI Cyber Monday Offer.”
    • Booking window is November 28 to December 19. Offer is valid for travel from January 4 to December 19, 2017.
  • Bitter End Yacht Club: Located in North Sound, Virgin Gorda, Bitter End Yacht Club is offering family-style deals to make the most of winter break. Travelers who take advantage of the two-room family package for families with children up to 25 years old will enjoy 50 percent savings on the second room. To book, call 1-800-872-2392 and use promotional code “BVI CyberMonday.”
  • Booking window is November 28 to December 31. Offer is valid for travel from January 2 to March 31, 2017. Blackout dates for this offer apply during the week of March 11 to March 26, 2017.
  • Scrub Island Resort & Spa: This year, Scrub Island is offering the Stay for Breakfast rate, which includes complimentary breakfast for up to two adults and children 12 years old and younger. Guests can dine al fresco at Caravela Restaurant overlooking the marina. For reservations, email [email protected] and use promotional code “S4B.”
    • Booking window is November 28 to December 31. Offer is valid for travel through December 16, 2017.


  • BVI Villa Rental: Families and large groups will love the comfort and space of a villa rental. With BVI Villa Rental’s Cyber Monday offer, guests can stay for seven nights, but only pay for six! To book, email [email protected] and use promotional code “Cyber Monday.”
    • Booking window is November 28 to December 12. Offer is valid for travel from January 7 to January 31, 2017. Some villas are excluded from this offer.

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Antigua and Barbuda launches Beach Bar Trail

The beautiful twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda are famous for their 365 beaches – one for each day of the year.  Dotted across these beaches is a host of unique and authentic beach bars where holiday-makers can sample authentic Caribbean food and drink while enjoying the beach life and stunning views by day, and cocktails and music as the sun sets.

The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority has launched the ‘Beach Bar Trail’ to help show visitors some of the best spots on the islands.  From foodie gems to romantic hotspots, party bars to hidden hangouts that only the locals know about, the map is designed to encourage visitors to Antigua and Barbuda to explore the island – hopping from bar to bar and soaking up the best of Antiguan hospitality along the way.  The map highlights the island’s main hotels so that visitors can seek out the most easily accessible beach bars for them.

These bars are some of the best places to sample authentic local cuisine – from West Indian specialities such as conch fritters at Turners and curry goat at Dennis’, to seasonal produce from local farmers at the stylish Jacqui O’s.

But it’s not just about food and drink.  These beach bars also give visitors the chance to soak up the local culture and see a different side of Antigua.   Ana’s on Dickenson Bay exhibits works from local artists; guests at Miller’s could be invited to join a game of beach volleyball with the locals; and on Fridays Castaways on South Beach comes alive with live bands and local DJs for its weekly BBQ Bonfire Beach Party.  For a more relaxed experience, over on the pink sands of Barbuda Uncle Roddy gives a warm welcome (and serves delicious lobster) at his eponymous beach bar which is wholly run by solar power.

Families are also well-catered for at Antigua’s beach bars, with everything from water sports at Sneaky Pete’s, crazy golf and jungle gym at Putter’s, to special kids’ menus at Bumpkin’s.

Visitors are invited to share their #beachbartrail pictures on Twitter or send to [email protected]


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CTO welcomes more than 250 travel agents at trade show and seminar in the North Eastern USA

NEW YORK, NY (8 Nov, 2016) – The Caribbean remains a top seller for Travel Impressions, one of the largest leisure tour operators in the United States.

“Of our 200 destinations, 23 of the countries we sell most frequently are found in the Caribbean. The islands and resorts in the region have been integral partners throughout our 42-year history, and it’s important to celebrate and support tourism to one of the most gorgeous and popular vacation regions in the world,” said Tim Statz, Travel Impression’s business development manager.

Travel Impressions was one of 22 Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) members and partners who joined the recent Caribbean Goes Road Shows & Seminars to the east coast of the United States, with stops in New Haven, CT, Collingswood, NJ and Boston, Massachusetts.

More than 250 top-producing travel agents were brought up to date on “Caribbean Romance and More” through presentations, tradeshows, seminars and networking meetings.

“There is a renewed level of interest in the Caribbean among travel professionals, and as a region we should embrace this opportunity. The CTO road shows provided a platform for destinations and members of the private sector to showcase their products under one umbrella,” said Christine Noel-Horsford, the Grenada Tourism Authority’s  director of sales and marketing in the US, and a co-chair of the east coast series of the CTO’s Caribbean Goes road show.

“The north east is our number one source market, and we look forward to seeing a spike in business from those areas,” she added.

Along with Noel-Horsford, Lorine St. Jules, the director of marketing in the US for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board co-chaired the east coast road shows. She, too, spoke of the importance of this event to her country.

“Saint Lucia was pleased to participate in the CTO road shows as it provided unique opportunities to highlight our island’s romantic attributes to a leading market of travel agents,” St. Jules said. “Romance and adventure have been two compelling niches for Saint Lucia and this lineage allowed us to stand out as a destination.”

With romance being a leading feature during the road shows, the presence of the region’s top expert on the subject added even greater value for the travel agents and to the event.

Jacqueline Johnson, the president and chief executive officer of Global Bridal Group, which includes MarryCaribbean.com, described the events as “excellent”, and was highly complementary of the participating destinations.

“The Caribbean Goes Road Shows were excellent. Every detail was thought of and implemented, there were lots of agents at each stop and most important, the destinations participating were all on their game. I am proud and honoured to be involved with this prestigious organization,” she said.

The main objectives of these road shows are to raise awareness of the Caribbean as America’s premier warm-weather holiday destination and to keep top-producing travel agents up-to-date with the latest developments and the variety of experiences that the Caribbean offers to help them drive business to the region.

The road show locations were selected based on a combination of elements, including travel agents with a propensity to book Caribbean travel, demographics of travellers, proximity of airports, as well as current and new airlift to the Caribbean.

“Our Caribbean Goes Road Shows provide our members with the opportunity to meet travel agents in key feeder markets where the Caribbean is sold,” Sylma Brown, director of CTO USA said.

“The shows will help agents capitalize on new offerings such as Caribbean-bound Delta Air Line flights from Boston and new service on JetBlue from Newark International Airport.”

Participating destination and partners of the 2016 east coast shows included: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Airlines, Celebrity Cruises, Central Holidays, Club Med, Delta Air Lines, Dominica, GoGo Vacations, Grenada, MarryCaribbean.com; Martinique, Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Saint Lucia, Tobago, Travel Impressions, Turks and Caicos Collection, Sandals & Beaches Resorts and Vacation Express.

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CTO’s travel agents training programme receives top award

(LONDON, UK) – 7 Nov, 2016 – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s training programme for travel agents in the UK has been voted the best training programme in the 2016 Selling Travel Agents Choice Awards.

Caribbean Travel Guru was today awarded in the coveted Travel Uni Training Programme category at World Travel Market.

“We are truly honoured to have received such a prestigious award. We would like to thank all of the UK travel retailers for voting for Caribbean Travel Guru,” said Carol Hay, the CTO’s director of marketing for the UK and Europe.

“We currently have over 2,500 agents registered on the programme and we aim to grow this number and continually update the agents, to push Caribbean sales from the UK and Irish markets. We also aim to grow the number of suppliers participating in the programme to ensure that the agents are in constant supply of Caribbean news and information from all sectors of the industry. Working with My Booking Rewards to reward our agents has also added value and kept our programme vibrant,’ she added.

The Selling Travel Agents Choice Awards have been described as the only travel trade awards nominated and voted for by UK travel retailers – the readers of Selling Travel – plus the users of leading online training provider, Travel Uni.

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Message by Belize Minister of Tourism & Culture for Caribbean Tourism Month 2016

Belize offers a unique destination to our visitors as it is located within the Caribbean and Central America regions, allowing convenient multi-destinations travel within one of the most popular tourist basins in the world. Belize features a rich and diverse mix of culture and cheerful citizens. The astounding Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world. We feature safe waters for diving, snorkeling, swimming, boating, fishing, numerous rivers for rafting and kayaking. An abundance of Mayan Temples, caves and islands, pristine rainforests for hiking and bird-watching, all contribute to the attractions which drive our thriving tourism industry.

Belize has progressed significantly in its tourism growth despite the challenges of diseases such as Zika, severe weather events such as Hurricane Earl and the recent “de-risking” banking movement that impacted the Caribbean. 2015 saw a tremendous growth of 6.2% with a significant increase in our overnight arrivals. This trend continues as the January through September 2016 statistics reflect a 16% growth in this key performance indicator. Cruise has also seen a 1.3% growth at September 2016 for the first nine months of the year. The launch of new direct flights to Belize from major travel hubs for both North American and South American markets, and increased connectivity from Europe and within the Central American region, have also contributed to this boost.

We have also seen growth in occupancy as our stakeholders improve and expand on their accommodations and amenities while ensuring that sustainable practices are being adhered to.  Infrastructural development of our roads, improvements at our domestic airports and at border facilities and tourism sites all around the country are also contributing to the enhancement of our tourism brand and equity.

Belize is enthusiastic about the future of tourism both at a national and regional level. Our efforts to penetrate new markets by strategic marketing investments include aggressively embracing digital marketing concepts. We believe that it is vital for stakeholders, statutory bodies and relevant government agencies both at the national and regional level to collaborate to ensure the vibrancy, sustainability and continuous evolvement of our collective Caribbean paradise destinations.

Caribbean Tourism Month provides another ideal opportunity for us as Belizeans to become tourists for a while in our own country and enjoy all of these wonderful attributes that we offer the rest of the world. It also is a good time to reaffirm our commitment to work towards excellence in the quality of our service, the quality of our product, and the tourism sector on a whole.

Happy Caribbean Tourism Month.

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