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BVI Tourist Board Launches Promotion to Encourage Overnight Stays on Anegada

February 8, 2018 — Nearly six months after mighty Hurricane Irma tore through the British Virgin Islands, the idyllic destination has made significant progress in restoring its celebrated tourism product. And of course, the best way for travelers to boost recovery efforts is to simply book a trip.

The BVI Tourist Board is excited to launch a special promotion encouraging overnight stays on the beautiful island of Anegada. This tiny paradise was largely spared by the storm, providing visitors a chance to experience its untouched natural beauty and allure.

Now through Feb. 28, guests can book a four-night stay at select properties for the price of three. The offer is valid for stays between Feb. 15 and April 15, 2018 – perfect for spring getaways – by using promo code ANGW18. Visit www.bvitourism.com/i-love-anegada for more information.

There are three properties currently participating with additional partners being added to the promotion in the coming days.

Travelers can book stays at:

  • Anegada Beach Club
    • As of Feb. 1, Anegada Beach Club is back in business! Rates at this famed glamping destination start at $340 for a surfside luxury beach tent, or as low as $225 for a standard king or twin room. Plus, enjoy kitesurfing or paddleboard rentals/lessons with Tommy Gaunt Kitesurfing.
  • Four Diamonds Park Villas
    • With modern, renovated villas that can accommodate up to five guests each, Four Diamonds offers a luxury experience (including access to Anegada’s gorgeous flamingo pond!) starting at $429 per villa per night.
  • Anegada Reef Hotel
    • The 17 charming units at Anegada Reef Hotel are available for as low as $150 per night for a garden view room, or $190 for oceanview.

Additionally, Air America is offering discounted rates on charter flights from Puerto Rico to Anegada. As one of the leading charter companies licensed to fly direct to Anegada, the airline will honor its promotional rates through the remainder of 2018. For one-way flights, a 5-passenger plane is available starting at $1,260 while the 9-passenger plane costs $1,665. Click here to make a reservation.

For those who arrive in Tortola or Virgin Gorda, the Tourist Board will provide a $50 credit per guest on roundtrip transfers to Anegada by ferry or air. This offer is valid for visitors who book a stay using the promo code at any participating property.

Once on Anegada, visitors can spend their days lounging at Loblolly Beach, snorkeling above the spectacular reefs, or watching the island’s beloved pink flamingos. Restaurants like Cow Wreck and Big Bamboo are open for business as well.

About the British Virgin Islands

A treasured destination rich in undiscovered experiences, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is an alluring archipelago comprising 60 islands and cays located 80 kilometers (60 miles) east of Puerto Rico, in the northwestern region of the Caribbean Sea. The main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke have attracted global travelers with their cultural Caribbean authenticity. Road Town, located on Tortola, is the BVI’s capital.

Ranked #1 Best Place to Visit in the Caribbean for 2017-2018 by U.S. News, the BVI is where nature’s best secrets are kept with an abundance of pristine beaches, azure seas, towering sage mountains and burnt-orange sunsets. The sailing capital of the Caribbean, the BVI is also home to the some of the world’s most renowned diving and snorkeling sites. The destination’s vast topography provides unique opportunities for hiking, outdoor adventure and sustainable tourism.

Whether you choose to explore by ferry or chartered yacht, must-see BVI attractions include The Baths on Virgin Gorda, the Wreck of the Rhone off the coast of Salt Island, The Caves off the coast of Norman Island, the flamingos on Anegada, White Bay Beach on Jost Van Dyke, and Sage Mountain on Tortola.

Despite its status as a United Kingdom territory, the BVI uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency. The BVI Tourist Board invites everyone to experience the country’s tropical mystique and enriching offerings. For more information, visit www.bvitourism.com.

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Celebrating the Flavors of Barbados in Year of Culinary Experiences

Fresh fish grilled under the open night sky, perfectly paired with the world’s oldest rum are just two of the authentic Bajan experiences that will be touted around the world as the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) brands 2018 the Year of Culinary Experiences. Keeping with tourism trends and targeting the ever-growing movement of foodie travellers, the company’s marketing efforts will be focused on tantalizing the taste buds with the diverse assortment of unique Bajan flavours.

Innovative marketing

CEO of the BTMI, William ‘Billy’ Griffith, shared the rationale behind the strategic move. “On the surface, naming 2018 the Year of Culinary Experiences sounds light and fun – tasty even, but it’s also a very intentional marketing tactic we’ve conceptualized to really hone in on the differentiating factors of brand Barbados. Everyone understands the competitive nature of the current business environment and in response to that, Barbados’ unique selling propositions are what continue to drive the BTMI’s marketing efforts year after year.”

“We successfully grew interest in destination Barbados with the Year of Sports in 2017; we saw several journalists and visitors eager to travel here to experience this phenomenon we’d generated by simply packaging those elements of Barbados we already have, and do well, in a fun and exciting way,” Griffith added. “So, when we looked to 2018, we once again thought about those unique experiences our island has to offer, experiences that boast both quality and longevity. We were all in agreement on this and I’m happy to say that the revered culinary landscape of Barbados will be heavily integrated into our marketing and PR efforts in all of our source markets this year.”

The calendar for the Year of Culinary Experiences aptly reflects the breadth of gastronomic fare available in Barbados. It comprises opportunities to partake of everything from the most famous ham cutters to the best seafood on island, but even beyond the food are festivals and other cultural events that one simply cannot separate from the true Bajan experience.

Kick off with the Barbados Sugar and Rum Season

Officially launched last year, the Barbados Sugar and Rum Season was conceptualized by the BTMI’s sister company, the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA), and was inspired by the time-honoured tradition of the King and Queen of the crop. From January through March, this season will provide a memorable tribute to Barbados’ world-renowned indigenous spirit and its rich history built on centuries of sugar production, through a series of events steeped in Bajan history. Tours of well-known distilleries and Great Houses, mixology road shows, dinners and educational lectures, are only some of the many events to look forward to in this homage to Barbados’ yesteryears.

Oistins Fish Festival

Over the years, Oistins has become a culinary and cultural fusion of flavours enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. The annual fish festival, held over Easter weekend, will be one of the highlights of Barbados’ culinary calendar. Fresh fish and other delicacies, grilled and drizzled with the unique tastes of Barbados are a must for any food-lover. Plus, this year’s new and improved festival promises to bring even more zest to the open-air spectacle.

The Barbados Food and Rum Festival

It’s the Year of Culinary Experiences and the BTMI’s signature event, the Barbados Food and Rum Festival, is the perfect anchor. Once again, they will bring together some of the best local, regional and international chef and mixology talent for a unique festival of flavour. Local foods and the island’s famous spirit – rum, will be the highlight of this period of festivities, coupled with beach parties and other exciting cultural experiences that mark the annual festival.

Authentic eats

At the heart of the Year of Culinary Experiences is highlighting the delectable gems found in this gastronomical wonderland. Traditional dishes such as flying fish and cou cou, roasted breadfruit bowls and Saturday morning pudding and souse will all be on display. Internationally acclaimed local eateries such as Cuz’s Fish Shack on Pebbles Beach are the authentic Bajan experiences everyone comes to enjoy that inspired the Year of Culinary Experiences. 

Dine around

In addition to the matchless authentic eats found across the island, what makes Barbados’ culinary landscape so special is the diversity of gastronomic fare found in its 166 square miles. From the West Coast to the South Coast, from Italian to American, there is something for every palate. To help diners manoeuvre the vast terrain, the BTMI will also be promoting the re-DISCOVER programme, which offers attractive specials at participating restaurants throughout the year.

New dining experiences

What does an island with numerous savoury dining experiences love? More. New additions to the culinary landscape are widely celebrated, and of note are two new restaurants, both located in the quaint historic village of Speightstown. Hugo’s Barbados opened its doors in late 2017. The contemporary turquoise-themed, beach inspired restaurant offers spectacular views and international cuisine. Not far away, The Top Deck by acclaimed local chef Jason Howard, is scheduled to open on Valentine’s night. Overlooking the calm West Coast waters, The Top Deck promises fresh, authentic Caribbean cuisine, featuring the best in local produce.

Eat of the best

It goes without saying that an island abundant in illustrious watering holes would be brimming with talented culinary artists. Barbadian chefs and mixologists such as Dameain Williams, Jamaal Bowen, Willis Griffith and Damian Leach have travelled around the world, amassing awards and accolades for their flair and finesse in the kitchen or behind the bar. Several of these artisans will be featured at the Barbados Food and Rum Festival, and the Art of Cuisine, but can also be found plying their trade at establishments across the island.

Beach and Wellness Festival

Under the umbrella of the foodie movement, the BTMI will also cater to those health food enthusiasts with the second installation of the Barbados Beach and Wellness Festival. After a successful inaugural festival in 2017, this year’s event will be even bigger and more diverse. The food stalls will feature a variety of authentic and interesting delicacies perfect for those discerning foodies.

The calendar will continue to be updated on a rolling basis, so for more on the Year of Culinary Experiences visit www.visitbarbados.org.

About Barbados

The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes.  Rated as one of the world’s sexiest beaches in 2008 by Concierge.com; Barbados’ Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travelers.  Barbados is also the first Zagat-rated Caribbean island and is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Barbados has hosted several world class events including: The annual Barbados Food & Rum Festival; the 2006 PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in 2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in 2010, and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010, and the Rihanna LOUD concert in 2012. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. Grantley Adams International Airport offers even more non-stop and direct service from a growing number of U.S. cities, making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean.  Barbados was voted eighth in the World by Trip Advisor’s “2008 Travelers’ Choice Destination Awards” in its Top 100 Destinations category.  For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org, follow on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VisitBarbados, via Twitter @Barbados.

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Pure Grenada Wins Expedia Caribbean Destination of the Year 2017 Award

St. George’s, Grenada – February 5, 2018 – Announced on Jan. 31, 2018 at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s Travel Marketplace in Puerto Rico, Expedia named Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, as the Caribbean Destination of the Year 2017. The coveted prize was presented to members of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) at a press luncheon held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center during the two-day industry event. Those in attendance to accept the award were; Patricia Maher, CEO of the GTA; Francine Stewart, Marketing Manager, GTA; Christine Noel, Director of Sales US Market, GTA and delegates representing the destination’s various hotel and tourism products.

“On behalf of destination Pure Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, it is an honor and privilege to be presented with such a prestigious award from our industry partner, Expedia,” said Patricia Maher, CEO of the GTA. “This represents the hard work and dedication put in by the entire team at the GTA and our international offices as well as the continued drive and collaborative efforts from all our on-island partners, whose combined tireless efforts continue to attract visitors to our shores. We are looking forward to another year as a partner of Expedia with the many benefits it provides.”

The annual awards recognize original and groundbreaking partner campaigns that demonstrate exemplary innovation, creativity and success in digital travel marketing and advertising. Grenada’s 2017 campaigns exemplify innovative and collaborative ways to engage travel audiences and drive impactful results. Expedia Inc works with 85 properties in Grenada and Carriacou.

2017 proved to be fruitful for Pure Grenada as it experienced an overall increase of more than 8.14 percent in stayover arrivals. This, coupled with the island’s many tourism developments and hotel renovations, allowed the destination to flourish and stand out amongst the rest. The destination expects a strong upcoming year with additional developments, vigorous marketing efforts and increased airlift to match demand.          

About Grenada

The tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique is located in the southernmost region of the Caribbean near St. Vincent and the Grenadines and off the coast of Venezuela. Grenada is best known as the “Spice Island of the Caribbean” for its nutmeg and mace production, but the lush destination draws visitors for so much more. The new Pure Grenada experience beckons visitors to its 50 white- and black-sand beaches, 15 breathtaking waterfalls, countless hiking trails 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 and Canada, making the island accessible to visitors from around the world that wish to experience Pure Grenada.

Media Contact

Ria Murray

Communications Officer, Grenada Tourism Authority

[email protected]

473 440 2001/2279

473 420 2557 (mobile)

For all our recent news releases go to www.puregrenada.com/news

 

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St. Kitts is Shortlisted for Routes Americas Destination Award

Basseterre, St. Kitts (January 8, 2018) – The St. Kitts Tourism Authority is pleased to announce that it has been shortlisted in the Destination category for the Routes Americas 2018 Marketing Awards. It is one of just six destinations in the Americas region and one of just two Caribbean destinations voted onto the shortlist by airline network planners.

“It is a distinct honor to receive this recognition by the airlines, as we have worked hard to develop our relationships with the carriers and continue to increase air service to St. Kitts from key gateways,” said Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. “This is truly a testimony to the success of our strategic route development and airlift marketing efforts.”

The annual Routes Marketing Awards recognize excellence in airport and destination marketing. They are highly regarded as the most prestigious awards in the aviation industry as they are voted for and judged by the airline network planning community. Airlines vote for the marketing services that support the successful launch of new routes or the development of existing ones. They are instructed to vote for the organizations whose marketing efforts over the last 12 months have made a real impact on their future network development plans. This may include market research activities, marketing and communications activity and campaigns, and business case presentations for new market opportunities. The airline network planners are asked to mark their destinations of choice in order of preference and these are then scored by priority to determine the shortlist. Shortlisted organizations then provide details about their marketing activities for review by a panel of industry expert judges to determine the winner.

The Routes Americas 2018 Marketing Awards winners and highly commended companies (runners up) will be announced during a ceremony at the Routes Americas Networking Evening on Wednesday, February 14 in Quito, Ecuador. The winner in the destination category will automatically be shortlisted for the World Routes 2018 Marketing Awards at the flagship World Routes event taking place in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China in September 2018.

About Routes

The Routes business is focused entirely on aviation route development and the company’s portfolio includes events, media and online businesses. The company organises and operates world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its regional and World Route Development Forums. They are held in key markets throughout the year in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Routes was founded in 1995 and is part of the EMEA division of UBM plc. For more information, visit www.routesonline.com.

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Caribbean Relief Concert Featuring Dollarman, Th3rd, Scheduled Jan. 19 at Union Stage, Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC (17 Jan. 2018) – Members of the Caribbean community have planned the first annual live “Caribbean Relief Concert” to raise money for natural disaster relief efforts for those countries impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, 19 January at Union Stage, 740 Water Street SW, Washington, D.C. Headline performers include Dollarman and Grammy-nominated artist Th3rd as well as Ras Slick & The Dutty Bus Crew with music by DJ Knightrin, DJ Mystic Vibes and DJ Majestic.

Tickets can be purchased via https://www.unionstage.com/event/1612541 and are $30 for General Admission (standing) and $50 for Premier Plus which offers reserved seats and tables in a raised area that offers great views of the performers. A full dinner and drinks menu is available.

All proceeds from ticket sales will be collected through the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Relief Fund (a 501 c3) via www.gofundme.com/hurricane-relief-fund-cto with monies raised being sent directly to CTO-impacted member states.

Dollarman is a force straight out of Brooklyn known for his dynamically gritty voice and innovative rhyme flow. He has been capturing his audience in a lyrical groove packed with rhythms and rhymes for over 15 years. Dollarman is the featured Dancehall artist on Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now) produced by Bob Sinclar. The track went to number one on the Billboard Dance Chart in five weeks and won Dollarman a gold record for his vocals.

Leo Sibilly III, better known as the Th3rd, is a singer, songwriter, and music producer who was born and raised in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He was Grammy nominated for Musiq Soul Child’s single, “I Do.”

The concert is organized by Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, which is proud to be a founding partner of the Caribbean Relief Concert and will preview the 10th annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge, an International food competition that features the unique flavors of more than 40 embassies, including numerous Caribbean countries, in a friendly, delicious culinary competition.

In addition to Events DC, event sponsors include the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Knightrin, Hed + Rush Agency, Cutlass & Cane, Union Stage and Music Makes Life Better.

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Barbara Furey, Publishing Specialist & Long-time Supporter of Caribbean Region, Has Died

PENNSYLVANIA (Jan. 15, 2018) — Barbara Furey, a publishing specialist and long-time supporter and contributor to the promotion and marketing of the Caribbean region, has died from complications following a short illness. She was 76 years of age. She worked alongside her partner and husband, James Furey, for more than 40 years representing the interests of the Caribbean in an assortment of projects, many which left a legacy that will long be remembered by many people in the Region as well as North America.

Barbara graduated from Rutgers University and in one of her first jobs rose to Assistant Plant Manager for Colgate-Palmolive in Jersey City, NJ.

In the early 1980s Barbara was one of the forces behind the launching of the Caribbean Sales Seminars, a forerunner of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Annual Conference that brought hundreds of travel agents to the Region each year for educational programs that enabled these travel professionals to better promote and sell the Caribbean destinations. She was an active member of the CTO Chapter system and served as President of the Greater New York Chapter in the early 2000s.

Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) said: “Barbara and Jim are an important part of the proud history of the CTO and have been champions of the Caribbean brand for as long as any of us can remember.”

She was also an integral part of the Caribbean Hotel Association Small Hotels Advisory Committee which went into destinations to help them focus on how to improve their image and promote tourism. Her efforts in countries such as Dominica, St. John’s, St. Croix and Anguilla and others helped those destinations proudly grow their tourism product. She also helped launch the Caribbean Culinary Federation along with Bill Moore and others working in conjunction with the Caribbean Hotel Association.

As partner of Furey and Associates, she helped produce countless newspaper and magazine sections with editorial and advertising that promoted the Caribbean. These sections appeared in publications such as US News & World Reports, USA Today, The New York Times, Newark Star Ledger, Cleveland Plain Dealer and many more.

Furey and Associates grew to become the leading publication representation company in the U.S., primarily promoting sun destinations, and working with all the top publications. The reputation of the company was impeccable and drew some of the top travel writers and editors to work with them in producing special travel sections.

Jim and Barbara retired in 2015 and moved to their country home in Pennsylvania.

Barbara is survived by her husband Jim and, a brother and sister, 9 nieces and nephews and 15 grandnieces and nephews.

Funeral will take place Tuesday, January 16 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Hawley, PA.

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Oxford University Seeks Caribbean Resident for Full ID Travel Group Foundation Graduate Scholarship

(Oxford University – Christ Church, UK) – The ID Travel Group Foundation for Better Living has once again endowed a full one year master’s scholarship concentrating in the Social Sciences Division, exclusively for a Caribbean-native candidate. Oxford University is seeking suitable applicants who are residents of the following Caribbean countries, with applications due by January, 2018: 

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands.

The scholarship will cover all course fees, college fees and a grant for living costs for full-time students to further enrich their abroad experience.

The ID Travel Group Foundation for Better Living’s initiator, Mr. Maurice Bonham-Carter, is an Oxford University Christ Church alumnus and the President and CEO of the ID Travel Group, a global luxury travel provider offering vacation options across warm weather destinations. The organization has developed tourism in the Caribbean for over 30 years and is dedicated to giving back to those countries listed by helping to broaden the experiences and further the education of exceptional students.

For more information, specific deadline information or to apply, please visit Oxford-ID Travel Group Foundation Bonham-Carter Graduate Scholarship or +44 (0) 1865 286 075.

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The ID Travel Group Foundation for Better Living is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and enriching lives in countries where the ID Travel Group operates. ID Travel Group Foundation for Better Living is an IRC Section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

 Media Contact:
Jessie Tropeano, ID Travel Group,  914-269-9323, [email protected] 

For more information about the Foundation’s efforts or to donate today, please visit: www.idtravelfoundation.org

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