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St. Kitts Music Festival 2019 Gets ‘Smoking’ Hot

Basseterre, St. Kitts (December 10, 2018) – Kicking off what is sure to be a star-studded line-up, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, announced that Smokey Robinson will be performing at the 23rd Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which will take place on June 26-30, 2019. Also joining the line-up are popular artists French Montana, Popcaan, and Davido.

“It is gratifying to see these top musical artists join the roster for the 2019 St. Kitts Music Festival,” said Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant. “Each year, this event features top international acts along with a mix of local and regional talent showcasing a broad range of musical genres. It is one of the reasons that our Music Festival is a unique event and appeals to such a wide audience.”

Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, added, “System-wide air arrivals were up 28.1% in June 2018 as compared to June 2017, the biggest June increase we have seen in recent years, demonstrating the success of our marketing of the event in driving travel to St. Kitts for the festival in what is otherwise a slow period.”

Famous for co-founding Motown Records with Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson has been making and breaking records since 1960 when his group, The Miracles, sold one million units of their first hit, “Shop Around.” Over the next decade, Robinson and the Miracles produced 26 top 40 hits, including several top 10 hits like “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “I Second That Emotion,” “The Tears Of a Clown,” “My Girl” and others. Celebrated for his contributions to the music industry and the Motown era, Robinson is an inductee of the Kennedy Center Honors and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has received numerous accolades, including the GRAMMY Living Legend Award, BET Lifetime Achievement Award, the Heritage Award at the Soul Train Music Awards, and the National Medal of Arts. Howard University also conferred on Robinson the degree of Doctor of Music in 2006, as did the Berklee College of Music in 2009. During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric.

French Montana is a Moroccan-American rapper, singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Morocco, he immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 13He is the founder of Coke Boys Records and has a joint-venture recording deal with Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music Group. His mixtape debut was released in 2007. In 2010, his breakthrough hit “Choppa Choppa Down,” rose through the charts. He released his debut studio album “Excuse My French” in 2013 and his second studio album, “Jungle Rules,” in July 2017, which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. The album was supported by the single “Unforgettable,” featuring Swae Lee, which became Montana’s first song as lead artist to reach the top 10 in the U.S.

Andrae Hugh Sutherland, known by his stage name Popcaan, is a Jamaican dancehall artiste, dj, singer and songwriter from the parish of St. Thomas. In 2008, he joined Vybz Kartel’s Gaza music empire and in 2010, he released his breakthrough international hit “Clarks” with Kartel, an ode to the popular shoe brand. In 2014, he signed with Mixpak Records and released his debut studio album, “Where We Come From.” Popcaan’s top singles include “Only Man She Want” (2011), “Everything Nice” (2014), “El Chapo” (2017), and “Family” (2017). He has collaborated with a number of international artists, most notably Drake, Jay Z, Pusha T, Snoop Dog and Giggs. His second album for Mixpak, entitled “Forever,” was released in July 2018.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Davido is an American-Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer. His 2011 single “Dami Duro” was well-received in Nigeria and was featured on his 2012 debut album, “Omo Baba Olowo.” Between 2013 and 2015, he released singles, “Gobe”, “One of a Kind”, “Naughty” featuring DJ Arafat and “The Money” featuring Olamide. In November 2017, Davido won the best African act at the MOBO Awards and also became the first African act to perform live at the awards. His most recent hits include “If” and “Wonder Woman.”

Now entering its 23rd 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, The Goo Goo Dolls, Lionel Richie, Jason Derulo, Trey Songz, Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, R. City, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Shaggy, Kelly Rowland, Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, 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 www.stkittsmusicfestival.com.

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Saint Lucia named 2018 World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination

Castries, December 2, 2018 – Saint Lucia has been named the 2018 World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination. The island was bestowed the honour at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final 2018 porgramme in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Chairman of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Mr. Nicholas John, received the award on the island’s behalf.

The destination was nominated among the top Honeymoon hotspots around the world, including Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; Jamaica; the Maldives; Maui, Hawaii, USA; Mauritius; Miami Beach, Florida, USA; and Paris, France.  This is the island’s tenth World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination Award, but only its first title since 2010.

No other destination has won the coveted title as many times – Saint Lucia’s closest rival is Mauritius, which has won four times.

Acting CEO of the SLTA, Mrs. Tiffany Howard, said “This award puts Saint Lucia in a class of its own in the area of Honeymoons and Romance. To be named amongst the most amazing destinations in the world is a huge honour, but topping them all to win this title is a very gratifying achievement.”

To commemorate the award, the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) unveiled a massive billboard outside the Hewanorra International Airport on Sunday, December 2, 2018 announcing its most recent title and highlighting some aspects of the island that won its acclaim as the leading honeymoon destination.

On September 23 this year, Saint Lucia was named the WTA Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination which put the island in contention for the World title.

The World Travel Awards™ is the most prestigious and sought after awards programme in the global travel and tourism industry.  It was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry, marking 2018 as the 25th anniversary of the World Travel Awards programme.

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Silversands Grenada Opening Compliments a Pure Luxury Caribbean Destination

St. George’s, Grenada – 27th November, 2018 – Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean is offering different options in the luxury end of the market with a brand new member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Silversands Grenada. Joining the class of the family owned luxury resorts of Spice Island Beach and Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel, Silversands Grenada is another jewel in the luxury hotel product mix.

Silversands Grenada was officially opened on Thursday November 22, 2018 with a reception hosted by the owner, Mr. Naguib Sawiris, who has invested over US125 million dollars to build the intimate luxury resort. Mr. Sawiris fell in love with Grenada and its warm and friendly people and purchased land on the world famous two-mile Grand Anse beach. On Thursday, he proudly announced to the delight of the Grenadian audience that work will begin on a second and third hotel in 2019.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, “this project is important for us as not only does it add to our already high end luxury resort market, the hotel is committed to working with local farmers for their fruit and vegetable supplies as well as working with the local tertiary institution, the T.A. Marryshow Community College to discover talent in the hospitality sector.”

Chairman of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), Mrs. Brenda Hood, was thrilled that Silversands Grenada wants to promote the destination first and the hotel second. She stated, “This is the very essence of our marketing of the destination to showcase the uniqueness of what Grenada has to offer first and foremost from our flora and fauna to our world-renowned spices. “

Chief Executive Officer of the GTA, Ms. Patricia Maher, was excited that the architecture and interior designed by Paris based firm AW², Reda Amalou & Stéphanie Ledoux, with its 43 suites and 9 villas showcase the natural beauty of the destination.

The hotel is open to the public starting on December 1, so Grenadians can enjoy the dining from either the Grenadian Grill or the Asiatique Restaurant; reservations are required. The Silversands Spa is another option to unwind and enjoy locally inspired treatments. Silversands’ design was influenced by the location with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and with the opening to its first guests on December 1, 2018, the destination anticipates growth in visitor arrivals from all over the world.

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Windstar Cruises Return to Barbuda for 2018/2019 Season

ST.JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (November 26, 2018) – In another first for Barbuda, Antigua’s sister island, has welcomed luxury cruise line Windstar back to Barbuda; the first cruise line to return to the island following Hurricane Irma.

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials celebrated the anchoring of Windstar’s Wind Surf, which comes less than one month after the re-opening of the luxurious Barbuda Belle boutique hotel.

Minister of Tourism & Investment, The Honourable Charles Fernandez said: This is an extremely important milestone for Barbuda tourism as the island returns to normalcy.

“Windstar’s return is the result of a lot of lobbying by the Ministry of Tourism, The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and our cruise partners who have been attending major cruise conferences since 2017, encouraging the smaller cruise lines to return to Barbuda. This is a vote of confidence in Barbuda, and the services and tours that will be available for guests of the ship to enjoy.”

The largest ship in the Windstar fleet, the Wind Surf is a five-masted motor-sail yacht that accommodates 310 guests. The Windstar website describes the ship “as being known for its casually elegant environment”.

Wind Surf will make nine calls to Barbuda this season, calling bi-weekly.

The Barbuda Council’s Chair of Tourism, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs for the Barbuda Council Asha Frank was present at the Barbuda dock on Sunday November 25 to greet cruise executives from the vessel.

Frank said, “Small cruise lines such as the Windstar that offer a more personal and authentic experience are ideal for the picturesque shores of Barbuda. We welcome the Windstar and thank them for the huge support of our local businesses.”

Barbuda is being marketed as an eco-friendly, high-value, low volume destination, making it perfect for inclusion on the cruise itineraries of smaller luxury cruise lines.

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, CEO Colin C. James, noted that, “As a result of the work done reassuring cruise lines that Barbuda is open for business, Barbuda will also see additional calls from other scheduled cruise ships as the season goes into high gear. This will act as a significant economic stimulus for Barbuda as passengers not only enjoy Barbuda’s beautiful beaches but explore the destination on tours to Barbuda’s fascinating sites such as the caves, the largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Western hemisphere and the historic and unique Martello Towers.”

For more information on Antigua and Barbuda, where the beach is just the beginning: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com

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CTO to Publish Disaster Risk Management Guide for Caribbean Tourism

Bridgetown, Barbados (23 November 2018) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region’s tourism development agency, is soon to publish a disaster risk management (DRM) guide for the region’s tourism sector as part of its objective to foster a culture of preparedness in destination management.

The publication, which targets tourism businesses and policymakers, will help guide the tourism sector’s preparedness, response and recovery from the multiplicity of hazards that impact and/or potentially threaten the region.

The manual will provide guidelines for climate change mitigation and adaptation, showcase regional and international best practices in comprehensive disaster management, and present strategies for effective response protocols before, during and after a disaster.

“The current and future impacts of climate variability and climate change which includes an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, flood and droughts, among others, make it imperative that countries, particularly the regional tourism sector, be equipped to adequately prepare for, respond to and recover from climate related hazards,” Amanda Charles, the CTO’s sustainable tourism development specialist.

The handbook, which is expected to be finalised next month and launched early 2019, is one component of the ongoing project, “Supporting a Climate Smart and Sustainable Caribbean Tourism Industry (CSSCTI)”.

This project includes a series of training workshops in disaster risk management and climate resilience, aimed as sharing knowledge and best practices on strategies related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as identifying sound DRM approaches, to enhance tourism sector preparedness, response and resilience to climate-related hazards.

A team of consultants from the University of Technology of Jamaica (UTech) has been engaged by the CTO to produce the  ‘Disaster Risk Management Guide for the Caribbean Tourism Sector: A Practical Handbook for Tourism Business and Policymakers’, and to facilitate the workshops – two days of training on DRM followed by a one-day training programme for trainers to help build local capacity. The target audiences  are tourism practitioners and decision-makers from the public and private sectors, and representatives from key ancillary sectors such as air and sea port authorities and disaster management agencies who play a key role in tourism disaster management.

In this first phase, five countries: The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Haiti and Jamaica are benefiting from this training, with workshops having already been held in the Bahamas, Belize Haiti and Jamaica, while the workshop for Dominica will be held in the coming weeks.

“Given the vulnerability of the tourism sector to climate-related disruptions, the CTO is pleased to deliver this training to our member countries as part of efforts to support climate sensitisation and capacity enhancement in disaster management. As we move towards realising the vision of an industry that is climate smart and resilient, we must make every effort to reduce the risks of climate change and related hazards by effecting the necessary policies and being trained to respond swiftly and efficiently to manage and mitigate risks” said Hugh Riley, CTO’s secretary general.

The CSSCTI project is funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) through resources allocated under the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)- European Union (EU)- CDB Natural Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) in CARIFORUM countries programme.

“CDB recognises the enormous contribution of the tourism sector to the socio-economic development of the Caribbean and is pleased to support CTO’s initiatives to promote a climate smart and sustainable Caribbean tourism industry. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report-Global Warming of 1.5 0C underscores that climate change impacts on natural and human systems have already been observed as a result of approximately 1.0 0C of global warming from human activities, and climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security and economic growth are projected to increase with global warming of 1.5 0C and increase further with 2 0C.  Therefore, building local, national and regional capacities of key tourism stakeholders is crucial to enhance resilience to climate-related risks and to ensure the sustainability of the tourism sector”, said Dr. Yves Robert Personna, project manager ACP-EU-CDB NDRM programme.

Other activities of the CSSCTI project include updating the Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Policy Framework and producing a compendium of Best Practices in Sustainable Tourism; an ongoing regional tourism education and awareness campaign delivered through social media and a televised video series; and a feasibility study to inform the needs related to climate services in tourism. In addition, a regional workshop was held last month, which brought together hotel and tourism association executives and officials from ministries of tourism and tourism authorities from CTO member countries. The workshop facilitated the review and validation of the disaster risk management guide, the updated Caribbean sustainable tourism policy framework and other project related manuals, by the tourism sector decision-makers, which aimed to obtain their input, enhance awareness and foster utilisation of the updated manuals. The project is expected to be concluded by mid-2019.

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Student Tourism Ambassadors Charged to Keep Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Pure

St. George’s, Grenada – 20th November, 2018 –  It wasn’t the end of a year long Tourism Awareness Campaign (TAC) but the beginning of a bright future for the students of the primary schools of Grenada as Tourism Ambassadors. That’s according to Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen who was speaking at the official pinning ceremony held at the Spice Basket on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Students from several primary schools across the nation along with their teachers joined together at the conference centre to recite the Tourism Pledge and receive their Tourism Ambassador pins and certificates after completing the Grenada Tourism Authority’s ‘Tourism and Me Booklet’, which was launched last year.

Several students spoke about the benefits of the Tourism & Me booklet which they studied this year and how they are better able to promote their country to visitors. One student representing the First Choice Junior School said, “I represented Grenada at the OECS Swimming Competition and I told my Caribbean friends to visit Grenada’s famous Grand Anse Beach” while a student of the Grace Lutheran School said, “The thing I liked most about the book is where the tourists visit in Grenada. The places I want to go are zip lining, the Underwater Sculpture Park and the Seven Sisters Waterfall.

The team of the Grenada Tourism Authority was out in full force coordinating the activity which included welcome remarks from the CEO of the GTA, Patricia Maher, feature remarks from Hon. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, a poem recital from a student and the charismatic, kid-friendly mascot “Nutasha”. Nutasha is the main character in the booklet and the representative of Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean which is reflected on tourism signage, pins, and collateral.

Patricia Maher charged the young students to not take their beautiful country for granted, to keep up with the changes in Tourism as it relates to technology, trends and competition, to think out of the box for careers and to up their game in service delivery.

Tourism Minister Modeste Curwen also urged the children to carry on Grenada’s legacy of warmth and friendliness. She said, “We are a warm and friendly people. We look forward to your beautiful smiles warming the hearts of our visitors and your fellow citizens as you try your best to be helpful and kind.”

The Minister further stated, “Your first pledge is to your environment. Our islands are beautiful and we want to keep them that way. You have learnt how to properly dispose of your litter and I want you to continue to teach your friends, family and citizens to care for the environment.”

Chairman of the GTA, Mrs. Brenda Hood, was on hand to assist with the distribution of pins and certificates to the talented, young students whose energy and enthusiasm for the future prospects of Tourism were palpable.

Last week, the students of Carriacou and Petite Martinique were the first to take the pledge and receive their Tourism ambassador pins from Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs Hon. Kindra Mathurine Stewart. The event took place at the Carriacou Health Services Centre Conference Room.

About Grenada 

The tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique is located in the eastern Caribbean just south of Barbados. Grenada is best known as the “Spice Island of the Caribbean” for its cinnamon and nutmeg production, but the lush destination draws visitors for so much more. The Pure Grenada experience beckons visitors to its 40 white sandy beaches such as the world famous Grand Anse Beach, 15 breathtaking waterfalls, 4 chocolate factories, 3 rum distilleries and more than 30 unforgettable dive sites, including the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean ‘Bianca C’ and the World’s First Underwater Sculpture Park. Grenada’s approach to hospitality is infused with a warm charm which is apparent from its luxury resorts to barefoot chic boutique hotels and villas. There are direct flights to Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport from the US, Caribbean, Canada, UK and Germany making the island accessible to visitors from around the world that wish to experience Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean.

Media Contact

Ria Murray
Communications Officer, Grenada Tourism Authority
[email protected]
473 440 2001/2279; 473 420 2557 (mobile)

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