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St. Kitts is Poised for Growth with Extended Summer Season Air Service

Basseterre, St. Kitts (November 8, 2019) – St. Kitts is pleased to announce that both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines will be extending their existing non-stop Saturday flights to St. Kitts from JFK to include the month of May 2020, providing continuous service from peak season through summer. With both airlines increasing service at a time when they traditionally hiatus, the additional flights help to position St. Kitts for summer season and full year air passenger arrivals growth.

“I could not be more pleased to receive this additional airlift from our two North American airline partners with the most capacity into St. Kitts,” said Minister Grant. “Having just met with American Airlines on Thursday, November  7, 2019 at their new headquarters in Dallas Fort Worth and received the update about our JFK gateway for May, the additional service is a clear testament to their trust in our development as a tourism destination. These extra operations by American and Delta from JFK, our top US source market for visitors, effectively eliminate their normally-scheduled May hiatus, making it easier for potential visitors and Kittitian nationals to reach the island this summer. Having continuous non-stop flights from peak season through the summer increases our appeal as a premier leisure destination and demonstrates the success of our strategy to continue our momentum of growth.”

Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, added, “This bold move by American and Delta is a direct result of our specific marketing strategy to build out St. Kitts’ summer season in support of overall tourism growth.  Last year, we set a new record for air passenger arrivals and we are on track to exceed those numbers again this year. This extended air service for 2020 positions us for even further growth next year and is a clear indication of the strength of our relationsships with the airline network planners handling the Caribbean region.”

From May 2 through June 3, 2020, American Airlines will add a total of 4 rotations for the flight utilizing a 160-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 16 First Class, 30 Main Cabin Extra and 114 Main Cabin class seats as follows-

From May 2 through June 6, 2020, Delta Air Lines will add a total of 3 rotations for the flight utilizing a 160-seat Boeing 737-800 with 16 First Class, 30 Main Cabin Extra and 114 Main Cabin class seats as follows-

 

Further to the JFK flights, American also flies non-stop year-round to St. Kitts on Saturdays from Charlotte and daily plus twice daily Wednesday through Sunday from Miami.  As of 2019, the carrier also offers summer season non-stop flights to St. Kitts on Saturdays from Dallas.  Delta operates non-stop year-round to St. Kitts on Saturdays from Atlanta as well as from JFK.

St. Kitts’ airlift strategy consists of continuing to nurture relationships with the airlines to systematically build out air bridges to/from identified target gateways to grow service in a sustainable manner that will support new and existing hotel developments as well as all local tourism stakeholders while making the island increasingly easy and affordable for air travelers to reach.  The participation of local tourism stakeholders from hotels and retaurants to retail shops and activity providers in destination-wide seasonal offers such as “Summer Sunsation,” which is specifically designed to promote travel during the summer, helps ensure that St. Kitts remains competitive in the marketplace to drive both air and hotel reservations. Targeted advertising for the offers results in increased brand awareness and provides added incentive with a clear call-to-action for consumers to book travel to St. Kitts.

About St. Kitts:

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean.  Located in the northern Leeward Islands, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history.  The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are water sports including catamaran sailing, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on the beach. For more information about St. Kitts, visit www.stkittstourism.kn.

 

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WTM update, Nov. 7

The reopening of Little Dix Bay resort on 1 January 2020, three months ahead of schedule and trading turkeys for lobster with the lobster festival at the end of November are some of the reasons Tausha Vanterpool, the British Virgin Island’s manager in the UK, is exuding excitement in this interview
https://www.facebook.com/johnson.johnrose/videos/10157620462185883/?t=386

A strong summer performance, thanks to the highly successful campaign #WhatCoolLooksLike and projected further growth in 2020 are among the topics discussed by minister Charles Fernandez​ of Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Live​ in this interview.
https://www.facebook.com/johnson.johnrose/videos/10157620213300883/?t=446

Carol Hay​, the CTO​’s director of marketing for the UK/Europe, says it’s been another successful World Travel Market for the Caribbean
https://www.facebook.com/johnson.johnrose/videos/10157620082085883/?t=171

The CTO’s chairman, minister Dominic Fedee of Saint Lucia, appeals to industrialised nations to arrive at a common sense position on carbon emission and climate change in his address to the media at World Travel Market.
https://www.facebook.com/johnson.johnrose/videos/10157620438110883/?t=58

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Tourism Environmental Awareness Month Commences in Turks & Caicos

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands (November 6, 2019) – The Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime, Gaming and Disaster Management commemorated the commencement of Tourism Environmental Awareness Month (T.E.A.M.) at a press conference on November 4, 2019 at the Office of the Premier in Providenciales. The Tourist Board will celebrate for the final year under the theme ‘Tourism Is Key, It Starts With Me’.

Senior officials of the Tourist Board including Chairman Adelphine Higgs-Pitter and Acting Director of Tourism Mary Lightbourne were joined by executives of the Hotel and Tourism Association to officially declare Tourism Environmental Awareness Month open.

During the press conference, the Clement Howell High School was announced as the winner of the annual Tourism Song Competition. The competition, which was issued to public and private high schools throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands, tasked students with composing an original song based on the theme ‘Tourism Is Key, It Starts With Me’.

Training Manager of the Tourist Board Ms. E. Blythe Clare used the occasion to announce the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Tourism Education for the Caribbean E-Learning Series. The E-Learning Series will be introduced to government primary schools in the Turks and Caicos Islands this year and to private primary schools in 2020. A copy of the educational software was presented to Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm. The objective of the E-Learning Series is to create national awareness of the value of tourism as well as allow for the promotion and protection of the Turks and Caicos Islands and Caribbean’s identity and develop in its youth a sense of pride and confidence in projecting the unique image of the Caribbean.

Chairman of the Tourist Board Adelphine Higgs-Pitter touted the growth in visitor arrivals for the destination. She stated, “We had an overall 18% increase in visitors seeing 1.4 million arrivals in 2018 to our shores. Together with our partners and stakeholders we are committed to working to increase those numbers.”

Acting Director of Tourism Mary Lightbourne gave a brief overview of scheduled events and encouraged the public to join the Tourist Board as we journey throughout Turks and Caicos Islands spreading awareness of the importance of tourism.  She assured the public that the Tourist Board team would be making an appearance on each Sister Island during the month. She further commented, “This is a period where we sensitive the population about the importance of our environment and tourism as we focus on sustainability and on our people, our product and our partnerships. It is our objective to create tourism and environmental awareness among our people that will positively improve the Turks and Caicos Islands for the pleasure and livelihoods of its citizens and the delight and comfort of our many visitors. At the same time, helping each other to understand and appreciate tourism and the impact it has on the Turks and Caicos Islands”.

The highlights of the Tourism Environmental Awareness Month calendar include:

  • Tourism Fair at the Raymond Gardiner High School on November 12th from 10am to 2pm
  • Tourism Fair at the Marjorie Basden High School on November 14th from 10am to 2pm
  • Sustainable Tourism Symposium on November 19th (invitation only event)
  • Youth Congress (Junior Minister of Tourism Competition) on November 20th at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex beginning at 10am
  • Turks and Caicos Islands Community College Open House on November 22nd from 10am to 2pm

Follow the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board’s public relations unit via its Facebook page ‘Turks and Caicos Tourist Board Press’ or Instagram @tcitbpr for updates and information on all T.E.A.M. events.

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St. Kitts Hosts FCCA Operations Team

Basseterre, St. Kitts (November 6, 2019) – Off the heels two consecutive record-setting cruise seasons, Minister of Tourism the Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority hosted the FCCA Operations Team on island for meetings with local cruise stakeholders on Monday, November 4  and with government officials on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to discuss further development of the island’s cruise sector.

“It is my distinct pleasure to welcome the Florida Caribbean Cruiseline Association’s Operations Committee to St. Kitts,” said Minister Grant. “Our meetings ensure that we understand the needs of the cruise lines and their passengers, receive feedback on our service standards and guest experience and provide insight into cruise industry trends such as new ships and itineraries for upcoming seasons, all of which will help us to remain competitive as a premier cruise destination moving forward. We are grateful for FCCA’s contributions to the development of our cruise sector and will continue working closely together.”

The FCCA Operations team welcomed by Minister Grant included: FCCA President Michele Paige; FCCA Operations Team Chairman and VP Operations, MSC Cruises (USA) Inc., Albino Di Lorenzo; Director, Worldwide Operations, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Jamie Castillo; Associate Vice-President of Government Relations for Latin America & Caribbean, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Andre Pousada; and Director, Commercial Homeport Operations, Carnival Cruise Line, Carlos Estrada.

Following a tour of the new second pier at Port Zante, the FCCA Operations team in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism and St. Kitts Tourism Authority addressed local cruise industry stakeholders during a meeting held on Monday evening. They spoke about the overall success of the destination, the need for more unique signature tours to differentiate St. Kitts from other Caribbean islands that are either already capable of accommodating Oasis and XCEL class ships or in the process of building piers that are able to do so, the need to ensure guest satisfaction with local customer service providers, and the need for multilingual tours and signage to enhance the guest experience. The meeting was very well attended, with a large number of local cruise industry stakeholders turning out to learn more about the cruise lines and cruise sector development as well as how to best service cruise guests.

Led by Minister Grant, the St. Kitts team included: Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism Mrs. Carlene Henry-Morton; CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority Racquel Brown; and Product Development Manager of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority Melnecia Marshall.  They further spoke with the FCCA Operations team about progress being made on the construction of the second cruise pier at Port Zante, transportation sector standards, public infrastructure development, customer service training for traditional and non-traditional service providers and product enhancement plans to maintain the destination’s strong appeal to the cruise market.

St. Kitts exceeded one million cruise passenger arrivals in the 2017-2018 cruise season for the first time in its history, then did so again for a second consecutive year in the 2018-2019 season.  It is the only destination in the OECS ever to reach the million-passenger milestone. Having reached it, St. Kitts is now considered by the cruise lines to be in the same marquee port status category as much larger destinations in the region.

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Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Launches New App to Help Cultural Explorers

LONDON, ENGLAND, (November 6, 2019) – Antigua and Barbuda has partnered with Geotourist a multi-award-winning mobile GPS travel technology, to create navigational application content for Antigua and Barbuda that offers visitors the chance to explore the destination independently, while being guided by Antiguan story-tellers, all from their mobile phone.

CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin C. James says, “As the needs of travelers evolve, Antigua and Barbuda will continue to enhance our product, and we are proud to be the first country within the Caribbean to launch this free mobile GPS triggered, audio tour. In addition to already offering visitors the opportunity to be guided throughout the country by accredited tourist guides, this new mobile app now meets the needs of those cultural explorers who have the desire to immerse themselves in the local culture and seek out their own experiences, while still benefitting from a personal tour guide.”

The GeoTourist app, is available on iPhone, iPads, Android phones and tablets. It is free to download, and when opened on Antigua and Barbuda, highlights a variety of remarkable historical sites in Antigua’s historic Capital city, St. John’s, as well as within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nelson’s Dockyard.   Visitors on one-day visits and those on longer stays can easily follow the clearly laid out map and find themselves back in time as the narrators – well-known Antigua and Barbuda media personalities Jamilla Kirwan and Peter Gordon enthusiastically relay historical facts on fascinating structures, monuments and cultural icons.

Geotourist Sales Director, Mo Talukder said: “These Antigua trails are incredibly special for Geotourist. As our first partnership in the Caribbean, we were delighted to work with the Tourism Board to curate these unique insights into the island’s history.  The tours showcase Antigua at its best, demonstrating why this stunning Caribbean island has so much more to offer than just another beach experience. The tours helps to bring visitors from the cruise ships and hotels, distributing them around the capital, St John’s, enabling them to get the most from their stay, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nelson’s Dockyard and experience the rich history and hidden gems the island has to offer first-hand.”

Geotourist produces, hosts and delivers GPS-based audio tours directly accessible from Smartphones.  Working with tourism boards, governments, DMOs, hotels and organisations all over the world, Geotourist helps put them on a global digital map, using technology to create ‘Wow’ moments for visitors. Their tours transcend territories and organisations to bring the world a cohesive and immersive outcome from a series of individual points – doing so in a way that is both tangible and affordable to global brands and some of the smallest players in the tourism industry.

For information on downloading the app visit: https://geotourist.com/users/5534

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The Isle of Flowers Pops Up In Miami This November

New York, NY — November 7, 2019—A French Caribbean lifestyle pop-up boutique will grace the trendy neighborhood of Wynwood in Miami, Florida from November 13 to 17, 2019.  It will be open to the public every day from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. @ Wynwood Block, 2621 NW Second Avenue, Unit 21.

The Martinique Chamber of Commerce, along with Business France and Le Ministère des Outre-Mer (Ministry of Overseas Regions) selected four of the leading and most creative brands of Martinique to be presented. From a fashion designer and a footwear maven to a natural cosmetics line and a perfume and scents label, the four uniquely Martinique products that will be featured in the elegant ephemeral boutique are:

Ayélé is a fashion brand created and run by master craftsperson and designer Marizette Vinceslas from Martinique.  The brand highlights Caribbean culture through the fluidity, lightness, elegance and colors of its designs. www.ayele.eu/

KADALYS is the 1st organic and eco-conscious cosmetics brand that uses banana active ingredients.
Inspired by French Caribbean traditional medicine, Kadalys has patented “Bio-actif”®: an active ingredient extracted from the banana tree, This ingredient is sourced and manufactured in an ethical and eco-friendly way. www.kadalys.com

Parfums des Iles follows the mantra of “Imagine, create, transform, reveal” which it incorporates in every step of the creative process of its fragrances and soaps. Launched in Martinique in 1996 and led by Véronicka Cormouls-Houles since 2008, Parfums des Îles is the first artisan perfumery to use natural alcohol derived from distilling sugar cane in its creations, thus showcasing Caribbean culture. www.parfums-des-iles.com

Maison TINAS’s espadrilles have been making a splash since 2014. The company, whose acronym means “This is not a shoe,” was Born in Martinique, founded by Willem Germany, and Made in Mauléon, in the Basque region of France. The French-Caribbean island of Martinique has a rich and diverse history that mixes traditional African practices with newer French mores. So these espadrilles are a new form of a typical shoe that hail from traditional artisan roots. Their designs are based on ancient craftsmanship made in the 13th century from local materials like hemp and flax. The have been making their mark on younger generations across France and now all over the world. www.instagram.com/maisontinasofficiel/?hl=fr

For those wishing to experience firsthand the lifestyle and pleasures of the Isle of Flowers, American Airlines offers year-round service and up to 7 non-stop flights weekly, from Miami International Airport to Aimé Césaire International Airport—Fort-de-France, Martinique, which is a convenient hub to connect to from Boston, New York and even Los Angeles.

For more information about French Caribbean Pop Up Store, click here www.frenchwink.com/pages/french-caribbean-pop-up

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