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CTO Launches “Caribbean Awaits” Campaign

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (5 Nov. 2020) The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has announced a social media campaign dubbed, #TheCaribbeanAwaits, in observance of Caribbean Tourism Month this month.

The campaign, which is being run in conjunction with member countries, aims to maintain the Caribbean’s prominence as a place of solace as COVID-19 continues to impact the global travel and tourism industry.

“This theme compliments the region’s success in generally containing the spread of COVID-19 which has taken a major toll on tourism along with other sectors of our economies. Caribbean countries have taken the required steps to protect our citizens and residents, conducted the required training to prepare our tourism and related frontline workers for the return of visitors and put the health protocols in place to reassure our potential visitors and residents that we take their health seriously. This has been the groundwork, and now we seek to rebuild the sector,” said Neil Walters, the CTO’s acting secretary general in a message to mark the start of the month.

“The resilience of the Caribbean is shown by the progress we have made towards the resumption of tourism activity. Currently, about 25 Caribbean countries have reopened their borders to commercial travel, either fully or partially, and others are putting the necessary measures in place to welcome visitors. This year’s theme further compliments the reopening of our borders, as the clarion call ‘We welcome you’ speaks to the fact that the Caribbean is the perfect place for those who have begun to travel or are thinking of travelling soon, to find solace in a place that is an oasis of health at this time,” Walters added.

During the course of the month the general public will be encouraged to share on social media, the things they “can’t wait to experience” in the Caribbean, using the hashtag #TheCaribbeanAwaits and tagging the CTO and the particular country. The CTO, with support from the membership, will also execute a photo and video campaign reflecting the them, as well as a series of short celebratory-themed “live” demonstrations on Facebook – including cuisine and cocktails – to promote excitement about the Caribbean.

Introduced in 2011, Caribbean Tourism Month has as its primary objectives the creation of opportunities to raise awareness among the people of the Caribbean as to the importance of tourism to the development of the region; the generation of media coverage of the Caribbean tourism product and each destination’s local tourism product; and the celebration of the diversity of the Caribbean tourism product. This year’s observance holds special significance due to the impact of COVID-19 on the industry.

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Message from Grenada’s Tourism Minister Hon. Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen on Tourism Awareness Month 2020

Fellow Grenadians, it is my pleasure to address you on the opening of Tourism Awareness Month 2020. The theme this year, ‘Tourism; Connects Us All” concisely highlights just how all our lives are touched in some measure by the Tourism industry and indeed the COVID-19 pandemic has made this even more clear.

When we think about the Tourism industry, we first think about livelihoods and job creation. Statistics show that approximately 10,400 people benefitted directly and indirectly in the industry pre COVID. This reach is much more significant when one considers the families dependant on Tourism workers for their collective livelihood. There is the potential for just one Tourism worker to impact the wellbeing of 2-3 other lives. During the pandemic, the Tourism industry has been hard hit and this was acutely felt by a number of families, therefore, Government knew it had to move swiftly to ensure that the industry was rescued.

Another dimension highlighting the way ‘Tourism connects us all’ is the direct and indirect revenue the industry generates, contributing almost a quarter of our Gross Domestic Product. Data up to September 2020 shows that Grenada experienced a 42.7% decline in overall visitor arrivals contributing to a decline in expenditure for stayover arrivals alone by 75% or just over 300 million dollars. This is revenue needed to sustain Grenada’s development through education, transportation, health and other services the nation depends on.

Thirdly, Tourism has deep connections to other critical sectors such as Agriculture, energy, fisheries, entertainment and craft. The synergy between Agriculture and Tourism means that local farmers can increase their production of fresh produce to supply the Food and Beverage and Accommodation sectors. In the midst of the pandemic, some farmers, fishermen and vendors reported sustaining significant losses when hotels were closed. In the future, I would like to see the bonds between these two sectors deepen as we seek to provide healthy, fresh foods to our residents and visitors.

Finally, Tourism connects us all because we are proud citizens of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Tourism is you, Tourism is me; it is all of us.  If we are not innovative and cannot provide memorable experiences, if we do not care for our environment for generations to come, if we are not custodians of our culture, if we are not friendly and courteous people, if we do not produce healthy fresh foods, then our Tourism industry, our gains cannot be sustained. Whatever you do in life, you have a role to play.

Today, we are happy to see signs of recovery with hotels open again and major flights returning from the USA, Canada, the UK and the region and for that we must be grateful. Slowly but surely we are getting back on our feet, but it will take a continued collective effort to ensure we build back stronger. Tourism connects us all in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.


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BTB Releases its 2019 Belize Travel & Tourism Statistics Digest

Belize City, Friday, Nov 6, 2020:  The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce the release of the  Belize Travel & Tourism Statistics Digest 2019.

The Belize Travel & Tourism Statistics Digest is a digitally interactive publication produced by the BTB in an effort to provide the Tourism Industry with the latest reports on tourism trends. Tourism has developed into one of Belize’s main industries and has become the country’s number one foreign exchange earner. Tourism statistics allow the BTB, tourism stakeholders, and other industry partners to analyze the growth of the tourism sector in comparison to previous years.

The latest publication contains an overview of the overnight visitor arrivals, the performance of the cruise sector, the number of visits to protected area sites countrywide, and an overview of      the performance of Belize’s accommodation sector.

The 2019 Digest also contains the results of the visitor expenditure and motivation survey (VEMS) conducted during the exit process at the three main border points. This survey was designed to capture the travel motivation of overnight visitors, their activities in the country, as well as their expenditure and satisfaction ratings.

Additionally, the Belize Travel & Tourism Statistics Digest provides valuable information on the level of employment in the tourism sector, which serves as a major performance indicator for the tourism industry as a whole. Employment is a key metric in measuring tourism’s impact on the nation’s economy.

In addition to the 2019 publication, stakeholders can keep abreast of the statistics provided on the BTB website by clicking the following link:

Data requests can also be sent to

The BTB recognizes the importance of statistics in making decisions based on data, planning and overall tracking of the progression of the tourism industry. On this premise, shortly after Belize reopened for leisure tourism, the BTB launched a survey for arriving guests at the Philip Goldson International Airport. The objective of the survey exercise was to obtain information on the visitors’ experience at the airport, checking-in to their accommodation, as well as the enhanced health and safety measures the destination has implemented.

The survey revealed that approximately 95% of the respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall experience in Belize, including the new safety protocols and arrival process at the PGIA as well as with the Gold Standard Certified hotels. The BTB, therefore, takes this opportunity to express a heartfelt thanks to our industry stakeholders for their unwavering support to ensure a very successful reopening of the tourism industry. To view the result of the survey, please click the following link:

The BTB remains committed to our industry stakeholders and the nation to report on the latest tourism trends and the performance of the industry, as we continue to promote Belize as a world class, culturally immersive and fun-filled tourism destination.

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Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Wins Gold for Digital Marketing Campaign

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s creativity during the Covid-19 pandemic and response to consumers growing demand for space, has been recognized and awarded by the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards.

The Magellan ‘Travel Destinations’ Gold Award went to the Tourism Authority’s destination marketing campaign ‘Your Space in the Sun” launched in July. The Travel Weekly Magellan Awards are the premier awards for the travel industry, honouring the best in travel and saluting the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.

A statement from Travel Weekly announcing the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority win, stated, “Judged by a group of your peers and held to the highest standard of excellence, your entry stood head and shoulders above the rest.”

Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Charles Fernandez, commenting on the award, applauded the team at the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority on the win.

He highlighted the team’s “unwavering commitment to keeping travellers informed during the covid-19 pandemic, and for proactively developing a digital marketing campaign that resonated with the travel trade and consumer.”

“Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism marketing efforts continue to adapt to suit the situation.  I am optimistic that with the combined efforts of the private and public sector, and the resilience of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Industry, that we will come out of this pandemic stronger.”

CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin C. James said, “As the pandemic unfolded, and countries went into lockdown, our consumer sentiment analysis showed that persons equated the words ‘safe’ with ‘space’.  We had prospective travellers whose vacations were affected at the start of the pandemic, sitting indoors contemplating their next trip to the Caribbean, and so we shifted our 2020 marketing strategy.

In addition to keeping travellers informed on Antigua and Barbuda travel advisories, our focus was to inspire audiences, with uncluttered views of Antigua and Barbuda and most importantly no crowds. McCann Demand helped us design this campaign, that used captivating aerial photography and video footage that drew audiences into our wide, open spaces, and motivated them to choose Antigua and Barbuda when next they were able to travel.”

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s tailored 2020 strategy included a heavy focus on social media and the launch of the “Your Space in the Sun campaign with a television advert and a digital platform roll-out. The 30-second ad can be viewed here:

Hannah O’Neill from McCann said: “Antigua and Barbuda is without a doubt a luxury destination and our approach was to maintain a premium feel through contemporary and modern creative which centred on this feeling of space, all communicated through authentic imagery of what the islands have to offer.”

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The Bahamas Announces Updated Travel and Entry Protocols

NASSAU, Bahamas, October 31, 2020 – The Islands of The Bahamas today announced streamlined entry protocols that will enable visitors to better and more seamlessly enjoy The Bahamas vacation experience.

Those who booked travel under the former protocols that required an RT PCR test taken seven (7) days prior to travel will be permitted to enter The Bahamas with their Bahamas Health Travel Visa and negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, through November 6, 2020 only.

Effective 1 November 2020, The Bahamas will require all travelers to:

1. Obtain a COVID-19 RT PCR test five (5) days prior to arrival.
2. Apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at
3. Take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test on Day 5 of the visit (unless departing on day 5).
4. Always wear a mask and always social distance in public places.

In addition, beginning 14 November 2020, all visitors will be required to opt-in to mandatory COVID-19 health insurance when applying for their Health Travel Visa. The insurance will cover travellers for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas.

Specifics of the new protocols are as follows:

  • All persons travelling to The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than five (5) daysprior to the date of arrival.
    • The name and address of the lab, where the test was performed, must be clearly displayed on the test result.
  • Exemptions:
    • Children age ten (10) and under.
    • Pilots and crew of commercial airlines who remain overnight in The Bahamas.

Bahamas Health Travel Visa

  • Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at GOV.BS
  • Click on the International Tab and upload test results and other required documents.
  • Fees for the Bahamas Health Travel Visa, inclusive of Day 5 Rapid Antigen Test and mandatory health insurance, are as follows:
  • $40 – Visitors staying up to four nights and five days.
  • $40 – Citizens and returning residents.
  • $60 – Visitors staying more than four nights.
  • Free – Children 10 years and under

Upon Arrival

  • Any visitor who exhibits COVID symptoms at any time during their stay will be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test and receive a negative result before being permitted to continue with their vacation.

 If a person tests positive they will be required to follow up with a COVID-19 RT-PCR swab test. 

  • All persons who are staying in The Bahamas longer than four nights/five days will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test.
  • All visitors departing on or before five days will not be required to obtain this test.
  • The rapid tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 60 minutes or less with results being provided electronically via SMS text message and email.
  • Hotel properties will provide relevant information on testing arrangements, while others will facilitate the required rapid test for their guests.
  • All persons on yachts and other pleasure craft will be able to make arrangements for their required rapid tests at the port of entry or via the relevant website.
  • All other visitors, returning residents and citizens will be able to make arrangements for their required rapid tests at the port of entry or via the relevant website.

Notwithstanding any health restrictions that may be implemented from time to time, all travelers abiding by these new protocols will be permitted to move about and explore the beauty and vibrant culture of The Bahamas beyond the confines of their hotel or other accommodations.

The Bahamas has remained diligent in its efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 throughout the islands, and these measures are imperative to ensure that remains the case. The health and wellbeing of both residents and visitors remain the number one priority of public health officials.  It is important to note, however, that due to fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, both in The Bahamas and worldwide, protocols are subject to change.

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