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Build Back Better St. Maarten Week of Activities March 16-20, 2018

The Build Back Better SXM week of activities will be held from March 16-20, 2018 and aims to boost knowledge (collecting expertise and connecting experts) around key topics for recovery and reconstruction through knowledge exchanges. The basis for this initiative is St. Maarten’s National Recovery Plan, but the intent is for it to be relevant to other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on the path towards sustainable development and climate resiliency.

The focus areas are:

  1. Sustainable Tourism
  2. Renewable Energy
  3. Entrepreneurship & Relearning

The event will include various expert sessions, opportunities for networking and youth engagement, and will include the following:

  • Fri 16th – Welcome reception and launch event
  • Sat 17th and Sun 18th – 2 day Do-Tank (Action oriented think-tank) to identify actionable ideas, strategies and solutions
  • Mon 19thDo-Trade (Trade show) and business networking events with visiting trade missions
  • Tues 20th – Site visits around ST. Maarten

For information and Registration:

https://buildbackbettersxm.com/

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Tourism Congress to address theme of Building Resilience in the Tourism sector

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (March 12, 2018) – When the XXIV Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism opens on Wednesday, March 21 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, one of the key areas for presentations and discussions will be the matter of building resilience in the Tourism sector in the Americas. In the latter months of 2017 the hemisphere of the Americas received a painful reminder of the relevance and significance of this theme after several countries felt the devastating impacts of hurricanes, floods, fires and earthquakes. In fact 2017 is regarded as a record-setting year for natural disasters in terms of the number, severity and financial costs of the disasters that occurred.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria that lashed the region last year prompted both emergency and strategic responses as property was destroyed almost overnight and economic livelihoods compromised. While in no way minimising the need for resilience due to storms and natural disasters, the Congress is taking a wider view of the concept of resilience, preferring to see it as a concept that embraces a more comprehensive range of strategies and measures that governments need to adopt in order to ensure the survivability of the sector come what may.      

A number of Tourism heavyweights from the Americas will be addressing this theme at the Congress. Secretary General and CEO of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Mr. Hugh Riley will be giving a CTO perspective on the theme, while Minister of Tourism of Jamaica, Hon. Edmund Bartlett will look at global efforts to promote resilience. Those addresses will be followed by a Presentation by Ms. Kim Osborne, the Executive Secretary for Integral Development at the Organisation of American States (OAS). Finally the Vice-Minister of Tourism of Colombia, Ms. Sandra Howard will discuss Tourism resilience by looking at the impact of the peace process on tourism in Colombia. Those presentations will then be followed by a Ministerial Dialogue.

About the Conference:

The XXIVth Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism under the theme “Connecting the Americas through Sustainable Tourism” will be held on March 21-22, 2018 in Georgetown, Guyana. The Congress is jointly coordinated by the Organization of American States and the Department of Tourism, Ministry of Business.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Donald Sinclair

National Coordinator of XXIV Congress

Director General of Tourism, Department of Tourism

Ministry of Business

229 South Road, Lacytown

Georgetown, Guyana

T: (+592) 225 4237

E: [email protected]

 

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TI’PUNCH CUP 2018 IN MARTINIQUE

Fort-de-France, Martinique | March 8, 2018 – Rhum Clément  will receive the world’s best bartenders at Habitation Clément in Martinique for the Grand Finale of its global cocktail competition, the Ti’Punch Cup. For this second edition, the brand pushed across borders and will welcome participants from 14 countries as far as Spain, Germany and China. Rhum Clément has always been eager to promote the richness of Martinique discovered through rhum agricole. The goal of the Ti’Punch Cup is no exception, focusing this time on the classic cocktail of the island, the Ti’Punch.

The national finals held in 2017 in each participating country starting in New Orleans in July, and moving around the world concluding in Vietnam in December 2017, bartenders from all over the world have shown great creativity in bringing their personal “twist” to the traditional Ti’ Punch recipe. Inspired by the Martinican culture, bringing an artist’s look to an iconic classic and breaking the rules of recipes are some of the attributes that allowed 15 bartenders to win their tickets to the world finals.

“It has been simply amazing to see talented bartenders around the world be inspired by Rhum Clément for their cocktails and to watch them dance with our Martinican spirit and create their contemporary version of a Ti’ Punch cocktail” remarks Audrey Bruisson, marketing director for Rhum Clément. “Once you have advanced to the global final, all the bartenders are winners! We have a fun competition planned that will be challenging and entertaining for everyone there.”

The Clément Ti’ Punch Cup will kick off again in Martinique from March 12 to 16, 2018 for a journey to discover the universe of Rhum Clément in its native island, Martinique. The Grand Finale is scheduled for March 14 with three rounds of competitions to  determine which of the world’s top bartenders  will take home the 2018 Ti’ Punch Cup trophy.

The world finals will be held on March 14th, 2018 at Habitation Clément in front of an international jury from the world of fine spirits and cocktails. The candidates will be challenged on three successive rounds with two secretive elements to challenge the bartenders. They will be judged for their signature cocktail based around the Ti’ Punch, their knowledge of rhum agricole, and how well they have incorporated the wealth of Martinique and the world of Rhum Clément in their presentation.

The grand winner of the 2018 Ti’Punch Cup will become a new ambassador of the Ti’ Punch and will hold the Ti’ Punch Cup trophy in their bar,  made by one of GAAM’s artists (Group of Artisans Martinique Art) following a local competition launched by the brand. Germany, England, Belgium, China, Denmark, United States, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Martinique, Netherlands, Switzerland, Vietnam … who will win the second edition of the Clement Ti’Punch Cup? See you at Habitation Clément on March 14th!

WORLD FINALISTS

  • Atelier Classic Bar | Ivan Urech | Thoune, Switzerland
  • Bar de Vlieg | Vincent Nouws | Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Birds & Bees | Bethany Ham | Los Angeles, California
  • Black Smoke | Donald Simons | Anvers, Belgium
  • Clover Club | Leanne Fevre | New York, New York
  • Dr. Stravinsky | Yeray Monforte | Barcelona, Spain
  • Le Cloud | Yannick Brunot | Fort-de-France, Martinique
  • Le Monfort | Francois Badel | Rennes, France
  • Lighthouse | Nguyen Nguyen Canh | Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • MASH | Rasmus Greve Christiansen | Odense, Denmark
  • My Lounge | Michele Picone | Cesana Brianza, Italy
  • Spitaki Cocktail Bar | Konstantinos Ristanis | Ioannina, Greece
  • The Beachcomber | Ashera Goonewardene | London, United Kingdom
  • The Haploid | Dave (Ching Yin) Lam | Shenzen, China
  • Tumbar | Florian Springer | Hamburg, Germany

INTERNATIONAL JURY

  • Catherine GOMBART – Martinique – regional delegate Antilles of UMIH Formation, specialized organization on the Café Hotel Restaurant Tourism sector
  • Dimitri MALOUTA – Martinique – commercial director of RHUM CLEMENT Martinique
  • Dirk HANY – Switzerland – 2016 TI’PUNCH CUP World Winner
  • Jonathan POGASH – USA – founder: The Cocktail Guru website www.thecocktailguru.com
  • Simon DIFFORD – England – creator of the cocktail guide DIFFORD’S GUIDE
  • Sullivan DOH – France – co-founder of the cocktail bars LE SYNDICAT (34th best bar of the world in the ranking World’s 50 best bar 2017) and LA COMMUNE in Paris and the event agency Syndicat Agency
  • Thanos PRUNARUS – Greece – owner of the BABA AU RUM cocktail bar in Athens (30th best bar of the world in the World’s 50 best bar ranking 2017)

TRAVEL PROGRAM

  • Monday, March 12 – Arrival of candidates
  • Tuesday, March 13 – Discovery of the Habitation Clément and workshops with local producers
  • Wednesday, March 14 – 2018 Ti’Punch Cup World Finals at 18th century Habitation Clément
  • Thursday, March 15 – Tour of the North Atlantic
  • Friday, March 16th – Discovery of the south of the island and departure

For more information about Ti Punch Cup tipunchcup.com/

For more information about Martinique us.martinique.org/

ABOUT MARTINIQUE (us.martinique.orgmartiniquepresskit.com)

The French Caribbean Island of Martinique is also known as the Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, the Birthplace of coffee in the New World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) – Martinique ranks among the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world. As an overseas region of France, Martinique boasts modern and reliable infrastructure – roads, water and power utilities, hospitals, and telecommunications, services all on par with any other part of the European Union. At the same time, Martinique’s beautifully unspoiled beaches, volcanic peaks, rainforests, 80+ miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, streams, and other natural wonders are unparalleled in the Caribbean, so visitors here truly get the best of both worlds. The currency is the Euro, the flag and the official language are French, but Martinique’s character, cuisine, musical heritage, art, culture, common language, and identity are of a distinctly Afro-Caribbean inclination known as Creole. It is this special combination of modern world conveniences, pristine nature, and rich heritage that has earned for Martinique several notable distinctions in recent years. In 2018, Martinique is highlighted in the Caribbean segment of the New York Time’s “52 Places to go in 2018.” and prominently featured in a January 2018 article in Travel + Leisure. In a 2017 review of noteworthy French Islands throughout the world ThePointsGuy.com selected Martinique as number one. Other distinctions include being named as a “Must-Visit” destination by Caribbean Journal, “Best Caribbean Destination” by About.com, and “Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining” by Caribbean Travel + Life.

PRESS CONTACTS

Géraldine Rome                                                                   

Martinique Promotion Bureau

T: 212-838-6887
E: [email protected]

Géraldine Rome | Communications Coordinator | Martinique Promotion Bureau- CMT USA|           

825 Third Avenue, 29th Floor New York, NY 10022 |T: 212 838 68 87 | DL: 212 745 0941 [email protected]  www.us.martinique.org

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Barbados #1 in the World for Visitor Satisfaction

Berlin, GERMANY – Barbados tourism is once again in winner’s row, this time beating out destinations such as second-place Seychelles and third-place Bermuda, to land the number one spot on the 2017 Destination Satisfaction Index (DSI).

Throughout the year, over 70,000 travellers were interviewed around the world, giving their feedback on 20 categories including Beaches, Accommodation, Cuisine and Shopping. In the end, Barbados had the highest overall World score, 8.8/10, of the 144 countries included. The destination also ranked highest in the Accommodation category, and highest in the Americas region ahead of Bermuda and the Bahamas.

The awards were presented to the Barbados delegation, led by Donna Cadogan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, during a ceremony at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show held in Germany’s capital city.

When asked what the award means for Barbados, William ‘Billy’ Griffith, CEO of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), shared plans to leverage the accolade in the destination’s marketing communications over the next year. “For us it’s going to be very advantageous because with our marketing and our public relations, we’re going to be saying we’re best in the world, at least for the next 12 months. And I think it helps us in our quest to move forward in terms of pressing for success for Barbados tourism.”

L-R: Dennis Pyka, Managing Director of dp2research; Alvin Jemmott, Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.; Donna Cadogan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport; William ‘Billy’ Griffith, CEO of the BTMI; and Marc Leimann, Managing Director of Norstat Germany

Travellers most satisfied with Barbados

The DSI, developed and executed by two European research companies – Norstat and dp2research, is a metric that measures the overall valuation of a holiday destination based on the factors travellers find most attractive. The online survey was administered in 24 source markets, and the 70,000 interviews resulted in 1.4 million responses direct from travellers which informed the scores in each category.

Marc Leimann, Managing Director of Norstat Germany, said he is excited about how the study went. “The feedback was that people, especially when it comes to Barbados, were extremely happy with the trip provided. Barbados basically really challenged and won against the world in total.”

Stressing the value of visitor feedback, Griffith added that “the important thing is that… it was the customer’s opinion and that’s really what drives the energy in terms of what we do, and that’s why we think it’s such a validation and an endorsement of what we’re trying to achieve.”

Best accommodations in the world

Apart from the overall World award, Barbados also topped the Accommodation category, scoring 8.8/10 ahead of Bermuda which placed second, and the Maldives which placed third.

Cadogan lauded the sector’s international acclaim and spoke on the strategic steps which resulted in Barbados’ recognition. “Over the last year, 2017, we would have had about 43 different establishments which refurbished, therefore our product is being refreshed. We are making a concerted effort and working on our accommodation and it is bearing results as you have seen from the Accommodation award that we have received here today.”

Some of the hotels that underwent extensive renovations and refurbishments included Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Sea Breeze Beach Hotel and Elegant Hotels’ Treasure Beach and The House. New properties like Sandals Royal also opened their doors, and the international chain has already announced plans for a third property on the island, its famous Beaches, with construction beginning September 2018.

Griffith also congratulated the accommodation sector and commended their contribution to the destination’s high overall score. He added that the DSI Accommodation award further supports Barbados’ outstanding performance in the highly-recognized TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards. “We recently captured 13 Travelers’ Choice Awards for the Caribbean region. We placed across a diverse range of categories – Luxury, All-Inclusive, Best Service, Bargain and Romance. And what we’re really seeing here are different travellers from different countries all over the world giving their feedback on different platforms, and they’re all saying the same thing – that accommodations in Barbados are among the best in the world. That’s the main message here, that’s the main takeaway.”

Photo caption below:

L-R: Dennis Pyka, Managing Director of dp2research; Alvin Jemmott, Chairman of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.; Donna Cadogan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport; William ‘Billy’ Griffith, CEO of the BTMI; and Marc Leimann, Managing Director of Norstat Germany.

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 2011. 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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Travel to Martinique Scores a Record Year for 2017

New York, March 6, 2018—In the course of a press conference held in at the Habitation Apolline in Martinique on Monday, February 19, 2018, Karine Mousseau, the Martinique Tourism Commissioner announced that a record 1,041,139 travelers visited the Isle of Flowers in 2017.

Over 511,000 of these visitors were cruise passengers enjoying an excursion during one of the 256 cruise ship port calls and stay over visitors numbered a little over 534,000.

In her presentation, Mrs. Mousseau highlighted the percentages in terms of geographic origin of these visitors:

France: 66.3% — other European countries: 8.8% — North America: 6.8 % (only 2.4% in 2014) — Other (Guadeloupe, other Caribbean Islands, Guyana): 18.1%. It is to be noted that the average spend per visitor per day is 68 Euros ($84 at today’s rate), with American visitors spending 20% more, averaging $110 per day.

Mrs. Mousseau attributed the steady increase of visitors from North America and most notably from the United States to the much improved access, a result of her and her team’s combined efforts to attract and convince airlines to provide non-stop service from the United States to Martinique. For the third consecutive year Norwegian Air has provided non-stop service from NY/JFK to Fort-de-France—the number of flights increased to four weekly in 2017 and the added flights from new gateways like Boston-Providence and Fort-Lauderdale. American Airlines has increased its year-round service from Miami to six flights weekly during the season and Air France recently inaugurated for the 2017/2018 season direct service from Atlanta to Fort-de-France.

To increase the number of visitors to their island, the Martinique Tourism Authority offices throughout Europe and the Americas—including the United States, conducted over 250 actions, ranging from events to press trips, travel agent fams to marketing campaigns.

The Martinique Promotion Bureau, US division of the Martinique Tourism Authority in the United States used their world-class annual events to attract American guests, such as the November Raid des Alizés, an international women’s adventure race for charity, the December La Fête du Rhum at the Saint-James Distillery, the great Martinique Carnival and upcoming in March the world-class surf competition, Martinique Surf Pro.

“Every year we add to the tourism offer of our beautiful island,” said Karine Mousseau and we are very proud to announce for 2018 a new and exciting boating event, he International Martinique Flying Regatta. The general concept is that of an annual event, bringing together the most striking series of foiling or hydrofoil sailboats in the magnificent bay of Fort-de-France.” Mrs. Mousseau went on to say, “With its natural beauty, easy access, new and top notch events, Martinique is truly magnifique.”

 

About Martinique (us.martinique.orgmartiniquepresskit.com)

The French Caribbean Island of Martinique is also known as the Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, the Birthplace of coffee in the New World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) – Martinique ranks among the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world. As an overseas region of France, Martinique boasts modern and reliable infrastructure – roads, water and power utilities, hospitals, and telecommunications, services all on par with any other part of the European Union. At the same time, Martinique’s beautifully unspoiled beaches, volcanic peaks, rainforests, 80+ miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, streams, and other natural wonders are unparalleled in the Caribbean, so visitors here truly get the best of both worlds. The currency is the Euro, the flag and the official language are French, but Martinique’s character, cuisine, musical heritage, art, culture, common language, and identity are of a distinctly Afro-Caribbean inclination known as Creole. It is this special combination of modern world conveniences, pristine nature, and rich heritage that has earned for Martinique several notable distinctions in recent years. In 2018, Martinique is highlighted in the Caribbean segment of the New York Time’s “52 Places to go in 2018.” and prominently featured in a January 2018 article in Travel + Leisure. In a 2017 review of noteworthy French Islands throughout the world ThePointsGuy.com selected Martinique as number one. Other distinctions include being named as a “Must-Visit” destination by Caribbean Journal, “Best Caribbean Destination” by About.com, and “Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining” by Caribbean Travel + Life.

PRESS CONTACTS

Géraldine Rome
Mi Mi Chloe Park

Martinique Promotion Bureau
Atout France USA
T: 212-838-6887
T: 212-745-0967
E: [email protected]
E: [email protected]

 

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Top Travel Agents Conclude Romance Familiarization Tour To Belize

Belize City, Friday, March 2nd 2018:  A team of ten travel agents from the United States and Canada have concluded a one-week familiarization tour to Belize, from February 23 to March 2, after getting a first-hand experience of what Belize has to offer as a Wedding and Honeymoon destination. This was the first of its kind organized by the Belize Tourism Board.

The team from the United States included representatives from FROSCH New York,  Dreams and Destinations, Kiel Travel and Alacrity Lifestyle.

The team from Canada was comprised of representatives of Romantic Planet Vacation, Now Destinations, McTavish Travel, Crystal Water Weddings, TTI Travel and Travel Agent Next Door.

As part of the tour, the team visited Placencia where they experienced a sunset cruise offered by Splash Dive Center. They also had the opportunity to visit top resorts such as Ellysian resort, Chabil Mar Villas, Laru Beya, Robert’s Grove, Belize Ocean Club, the Placencia Hotel, Naia Resort & Spa among others.

Placencia is a gorgeous emerald peninsula in southern Belize with 16 miles of white sandy beaches which offer an ideal location to celebrate a wedding or spend quality time during a honeymoon. The Caribbean sea is to the east and the charming Placencia lagoon lies to west looking towards the Maya Mountains on the mainland. The entire peninsula can be easily navigated on a beach cruiser bike but the busy part of Placencia lies in the south where the visitor will find the greater concentration of coffee shops, bistros, internet cafes, the harbor, guest houses, taxi and bus station, banks and local restaurants.

From Placencia, the travel agents journeyed to Hopkins where they visited Villa Verano and Almond Beach Resort. They also travelled to the Cayo District, where they had the opportunity to experience first-hand the services offered by Mystic River Resort, San Ignacio Resort Hotel, the Lodge at Chaa Creek and Ka’ana. The agents also visited the Mayan site of Xunantunich where they had the opportunity to see an authentic Mayan wedding and vows renewal conducted by a Maya Chaman and organized by Signature Belize Wedding & Events, a Belizean wedding planner.

While in the Cayo District, the group visited the Mountain Pine Ridge. As the oldest and largest protected forested area in Belize, Mountain Pine Ridge (MPR) covers 300 square miles of area, where visitors can find a sharp contrast to the tropical landscape.  This pine tree-dominated forest is more than just a vast wooded area: visitors find deep ravines, traverse dramatic granite expanses atop the Maya Mountains and observe meandering rivers, streams, waterfalls and pools amid the sweet fragrance of the evergreens. It is also the home of the Rio Frio Caves, and the Rio On pools where visitors can relax in the swirling pools especially during the summer months. While visiting the Mountain Pine Ridge the travel agents were able to tour Hidden Valley Resort and Gaia River Lodge.

From the Cayo District, the team travelled to San Pedro where in addition to enjoying a sunset cruise they visited Mahogany Bay Village, El Secreto Resort, Portofino Beach, Matachica Resort & Spa, Las Terrazas, Coco Beach Resort, Grand Caribe, Ramon’s Village Resort, the Phoenix Resort, Banyan Bay Suites, Xanadu Island Resort and Victoria House among others.

In San Pedro, the group viewed a wedding re-enactment at Mahogany Bay Resort Beach Club, organized by Confetti, a wedding planner and decoration company. The group also had the opportunity to snorkel at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Alley.

The team also had a chance to experience the unique cuisine offered by various Belizean restaurants, including Mayan Beach Bistro and Crave House of Flavors, Blue Water Grill.

The travel agents departed the country on Friday, March 2nd and were very impressed with Belize’s attractions and warm hospitality.

“Belize is amazing. I have found that there is something for everybody, for honeymooners, for couples, for nature travelers, family, great relaxation, amazing spas as well as beautiful hotels very upscale to the clientele,” said Belinda Serrano from FROSCH New York. She added: “Belize has a lot more to offer, the architecture of the hotels is amazing. The people are very friendly. Belize is unbelievable!”

The Honeymoon and Weddings is a growing niche market throughout Central America and the Caribbean. Belize’s panoramic views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea, swaying palm trees, charming white sandy beaches, ancient Mayan cities, amazing sunsets and exotic flora offer a picture-perfect backdrop that inspires couples to say those magical words at the right moment.

The travel agents’ visit to Belize is also part of BTB’s unwavering marketing efforts to promote Belize as a Curious Place and the best honeymoon and wedding destination in Central America and the Caribbean region.

For footage of the team snorkeling in San Pedro please click the following link:   https://we.tl/UZpT3FoTVY

 

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