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Virtually Yours Martinique Travel Show

The Martinique Tourism Authority is organizing the Martinique Travel Show (MTS) from May 18 to 20, the first ever 100% virtual international trade show in Martinique for travel industry players.

Highly innovative and interactive, the MTS will allow national and international travel professionals including tour operators, travel agents, and the trade and consumer press to learn about the latest destination developments and news. It will also be a unique moment for American travel professionals to meet one-on-on with Martinique suppliers.

Visitors will be invited to explore a whole virtual universe. For the one-on-one meetings visitors and exhibitors will be able to create their own personal avatars to meet «in person » at the virtual booths or just «drop in» at one booth or another. They will be free to « visit » four virtual worlds: the world of Rum, Yole sailboats, Gastronomy & the city of Saint-Pierre, Martinique former capital. There will also be actual press rooms.

Registration for travel professionals will open April 12 @ martiniquetravelshow.com

A 100% virtual first for Martinique
With about fifty exhibitors expected, the MTS will be a crossroad of exchanges and business opportunities via an interactive platform, in which visitors will be able to better understand the products and developments of the Martinique destination.

In addition to the individual meetings, several conferences and seminars moderated by guest experts and speakers will be programmed both in French and in English. The Martinique Travel Show will close with an awards ceremony – the Martinique Tourism Awards – to honor and salute the efforts of leading island professionals and the products they offer, especially in these challenging times.

A not to be missed event
“This virtual trade show is of paramount importance in our strategy targeting the North American market. Our recent recognition by UNESCO and TripAdvisor, among others, confirms our efforts to anticipate the grand return of travel and we stand ready to welcome our future US visitors in the best possible conditions,” said Karine MOUSSEAU, Tourism Commissioner of the Martinique Tourism Authority.

With the special participation of several public figures of national and international stature, the MTS will be the must-attend event for the tourism industry in Martinique.A detailed program of the three-day event will be available soon and a press conference will be held as well. More details to follow.

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The Guyana Tourism Authority Partners with Green Traveller to Create the Green Traveller’s Guide to Guyana

The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) has partnered with the leading British eco travel specialists, Green Traveller, to create the Green Traveller’s Guide to Guyana.

With the growing global trend of travellers being more aware of their impact on the destinations they visit – having seen the environmental benefits of reduced human activity during the pandemic – the GTA has launched the Green Traveller’s Guide to Guyana in an effort to showcase its unparalleled tourism offering and advise travellers on how to visit responsibly, leaving a net positive impact on the destination.

Green Traveller founder, award-winning travel journalist and sustainable tourism expert, Richard Hammond, worked with members of the GTA to create the Green Traveller’s Guide to Guyana with the initial launch guide featuring bespoke artwork, an introductory destination video, information on where to stay, what to do and how to travel responsibly, and an image gallery. Green Traveller will also be updating the guide and adding further features to ensure it provides the most up-to-date and relevant information for travellers.

Guyana is a destination that has already established itself on the international tourism stage thanks to its concerted efforts to sustainably manage the destination through a strategy which sees indigenous communities managing and owning their own eco-tourism projects in Guyana’s hinterland. All the revenue generated through these projects is reinvested into the community and conservation efforts to protect the ancestral lands in which they are set. Guyana has picked up multiple international awards recognising its own brand of green tourism including the Destination Stewardship Award from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), World’s #1 “Best in Ecotourism” and “Best in Sustainable Tourism” from the Latin American Travel Association (LATA) Achievement Awards.

The GTA hopes that the Green Traveller’s Guide to Guyana will increase destination awareness among one of its key target audience, eco travellers, while also providing a practical tool for travellers planning their awaited trip to Guyana.

The Green Traveller Guide to Guyana can be viewed via www.greentraveller.co.uk/guyana

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Barbados’ New COVID-19 Travel Protocols Take Effect May 8th

The Government of Barbados has updated its travel protocols required for entry to the country as it continues to manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and protect its citizens and visitors alike.

As a result, due to the global on-going vaccination process, there have been a few changes to the quarantine and COVID-19 testing processes.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has approved the COVID-19 AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer[1]BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson vaccinations for entry into Barbados and effective May 8th, 2021, travellers who are considered to be fully vaccinated are required to:

  • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result 3 days prior to travel
  • Provide a vaccination certificate on arrival to Barbados
  • Have a standard or rapid COVID-19 PCR test done at the airport or their approved accommodation
  • Use specially designated transportation providers for their transport to their approved accommodation and while awaiting their COVID-19 PCR test result
  • Stay at their approved accommodation where they are free to move around in accordance with the guidelines of that property

All fully vaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine for approximately 1 to 2 days.

Unvaccinated Travellers

Any traveller who has not been fully vaccinated, not vaccinated at all, does not have any evidence of vaccination or has travelled from or transited through a country where the prevalence of certain variants of COVID-19 are deemed of particular concern to Barbados, are required to:

  • Provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test on arrival 3 days prior to travel
  • Use specifically designated transportation providers for their transport from the airport to approved accommodation
  • Stay within their rooms/suites before receiving a 2nd negative COVID-19 PCR test. Travellers are not allowed to leave their rooms/suites
  • Take their 2nd test 5 days after their arrival to Barbados

All unvaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine for approximately 5 to 7 days.

Special Considerations

Children under 18 who are travelling with fully vaccinated guardians will be allowed to adhere to the fully vaccinated traveller guidelines. If you are travelling within a group as a vaccinated traveller with other unvaccinated travellers, you will be subject to unvaccinated traveller guidelines if you choose not to be separated.

All unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 3 days prior to arrival. Vaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the guidelines for all vaccinated travellers, whereas, unvaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the protocol of unvaccinated travellers.

Due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, these protocols are likely to change. Travellers are encouraged to check http://www.barbadostravelprotocols.com  for updates.

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St. Kitts Five-Day Getaway

Basseterre, St. Kitts (April 9, 2021) – St. Kitts is rolling out the red carpet for visitors with several hotels offering exciting value-added perks as part of the Five-Day Getaway promotion. To sweeten their stay, the Park Hyatt St. Kitts & St. Kitts Marriott are offering complimentary room upgrades, free breakfast for four, and a few additional extras for travelers who visit the island through September 5, 2021. A stay at either of these hotels offers plenty of amenities, seclusion, space to disconnect, and beautiful beaches as soon as you take a step outside. The Four Seasons Nevis Resort is offering its own deal with a complimentary third night for those staying two consecutive nights.

“St. Kitts is charming, simple and the traditional Caribbean. With the roll out of the vaccines globally and travel picking up, St. Kitts is the ideal destination to relax and rejuvenate. You can spend your day lounging on the beach surrounded by natural beauty, enjoy the diverse amenities offered by your hotel or indulge in freshly caught lobster or fish, prepared for your delight. The last 12 months have not been easy for any of us, and a safe vacation that allows one to enjoy and unwind with family or friends is in demand and long overdue,” said St. Kitts Tourism Authority CEO Racquel Brown. “Our Five-Day Getaway promotion is flexible with bookings and cancellations, and runs until Labor Day offering travelers time to visit St. Kitts.”

Park Hyatt St. Kitts  
Guests staying 5-days/4-nights at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts will receive an automatic upgrade to the next room category and a complimentary full American breakfast at The Great House for 2 adults and 2 children. As an extra, the hotel is also offering 2-hours of in-room babysitting for one evening (reservation required), 50% off a spa treatment at Sugar Mill Spa & Sanctuary and 50% off daily cabana rentals.

Booking Window: Now – July 31, 2021
Travel Window: Now – September 5, 2021

The Four Seasons Nevis Resort also has an enticing deal for visitors who want to extend their stay a little longer. For every two consecutive nights, the Four Seasons Nevis will extend one’s stay by offering a complimentary third night in any guest room, suite or villa.

This offer is valid now through December 16, 2021.  For more information on these promotions or to book your stay, please visit: https://www.stkittstourism.kn/promotions/five-day-getaway

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Tobago Tourism Agency Launches “Mask On Tobago” Contest

SCARBOROUGH Tobago, Wednesday April 07, 2021: The Tobago Tourism Agency Limited (TTAL) launched a “Mask On Tobago” social media contest ahead of the busy Easter weekend, in their latest initiative to encourage the use of masks and adherence to COVID-19 health protocols in the island’s tourism sector.

#MaskOnTobago encourages the public to unite to create a safer Tobago for residents, hospitality staff and visitors, and show how they’re doing it by sharing  photos via social media. Some examples of content encouraged by the TTAL includes photos of tourism workers wearing masks and PPE, visitors enjoying Tobago while following government regulations, and any other measures that industry stakeholders have taken to make their businesses and services as COVID-19 safe as possible.

The contest was launched on April 02, 2021 via Tobago’s official destination pages on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and gives entrants the chance to win local hotel stays and other exclusive prizes until the end date of April 28, 2021. Entries will be eligible for weekly draws as well as two Grand Prize draws.

This latest engagement strategy by TTAL builds upon the ongoing success of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) “Safe Travels” stamp initiative on the island, implemented by the Tobago Tourism Agency in June 2020. Tobago was the third destination in the Caribbean to be named a “Safe Travels” destination by the WTTC, and has since seen more than 100 tourism embrace the guidelines outlined in TTAL’s Health and Safety Manual for post COVID-19, and earn the “Safe Travels” stamp of approval for their operations.

TTAL’s Marketing Coordinator Ms. Sheena Des Vignes stated:

“The Tobago Tourism Agency has recognized the need to meaningfully address the safety concerns and reputation of the destination as we seek to sustain and regain consumer confidence in Tobago locally and internationally.

Our #MaskOnTobago contest will aid in creating user generated content across our digital platforms that illustrates COVID-19 health and safety protocols in action across the island, starting with the proper use of face masks. It is a definitive step in creating a footprint of evidence of the various safety measures being taken on-island, that will support the recent success of over 100 tourism partners being Safe travels verified, and demonstrate to the global travelling public that Tobago is in fact a Safe Travels destination.”

TTAL’s #MaskOnChallenge is one of a series of on-island activities that form part of the organization’s strategy to ensure Tobago remains a Safe travels destination, protecting lives while safeguarding the future of the industry. This  latest engagement initiative will be further bolstered by written content produced by the Agency for traditional and digital media platforms to add to the narrative of how to experience Tobago safely while featuring its “Safe Travels” partners.

For more information about the Tobago Tourism Agency Limited’s ongoing #MaskOnTobago contest, visit the website www.tobagobeyond.com/maskon

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