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Nevis Island Administration Holds Min. of Tourism Awards Gala & Dance 2017

The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Min. of Tourism, held its Tourism Awards Gala and Dance on May 27, 2017, at the Four Seasons Resort, under the patronage of Lemuel Pemberton. The Nisbet Plantation Beach Club was awarded Hotel of the Year. Kerry Hendrickson was named Hotel Manager of the Year. Tourism Employee of the Year went to Desmond Edmund. Taxi Operator of the Year went to Morell Claxton. Alfred Tyson was awarded for Nevisian Adventure. Rodney Eliott was awarded for Best Nevisian Culinary Experience. Delisle Walwyn was named Outstanding Allied Services Company. TDC was awarded for being the Corporate Partner of the Year. Sarah-Ann Daniel, Wayne Perkins, Maureen Archibald, Sylvester Pemberton, Maira Parris, Yvonne Herbert, Cordell Martin and Wilma Herbert were awarded for Long Service in the Hospitality Sector.

Special awards went to Patricia Thompson and Davidson “Beef” Javis in the Nevis Star Awards category and Lydia Lawrence in the Creativity and Initiative category.

Among those present were Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory, Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism Hon. Mark Brantley and Mrs. Sharon Brantley (who presented the awards) and featured speaker Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Association (CTO) Mr. Hugh Riley.

View photos and video of the event at the links below:
http://www.nia.gov.kn/index.php/news-4/news-articles-3/3051-nevis-min-of-tourism-names-nisbet-plantation-beach-club-as-hotel-of-the-year-for-2016

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NNC: May 29, 2017

 

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Pure Grenada wins 13th Gold Medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

(St. George’s, Grenada) 23rd May 2017— The Grenada exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 entitled ‘Historical Botanical Gardens-Pure Grenada’ has won a highly coveted gold medal. This brings the number of gold medals awarded to Grenada to 13 over 19 years of exhibiting at the Show, with three being awarded in as many years to Grenada-based co-ordinator/designer, Catherine John and her team of volunteers. Mrs. John who has led the design team since 2015, brought Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean to life with a fragrant and exuberant representation of the island’s Botanical Gardens, founded in 1886 and for generations a much loved place to visit.

The multi-layer design emphasises the rich flora typical of Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, accented with scented spices and with a focus on the island’s verdant foliage. Brimming with excitement Mrs. John said: “’Historical Botanical Gardens-Pure Grenada’ acknowledges an institution very much in the hearts of Grenadians, and promotes our islands’ extraordinary biodiversity, showcasing the different blooms, foliage and spices that thrive at different levels of vegetation.” She added: “Our rainforest, our orchids and our spices are all represented to reveal their intense colours and fragrance and really stand out from the floral displays at the Show.”

The foliage and spices were grown in Grenada and arranged to Mrs. John’s design ahead of Monday, 22 May when the display enthralled VIP Press Day visitors including Grenadian born Dr Johnson Beharry VC – recipient of the highest military decoration for valour in the British and Commonwealth armed forces and celebrities including Piers Morgan and TV hostess, Gloria Hunniford.

Mrs. John said: “We’re delighted that the exhibit has been awarded a gold medal here in London. My personal inspiration for the design comes from my love and respect for what was achieved in the nineteenth century by the Botanical Gardens in Tanteen, St George’s, and for the role it played in the life of my island home. In addition to providing visitors with a treat for all the senses, the Botanical Gardens was a centre for research, including into the cocoa that is now so highly prized on the island by ethical chocolate producers.”

Patricia Maher, CEO of Grenada Tourism Authority, said: “Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean boasts an enthralling natural landscape and the design team has once again provided visitors to the world’s greatest flower show with an authentic taste of the island. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is truly a world stage and continues to play a prominent and acclaimed role in enticing visitors to our islands, where they are free to wonder at our abundant natural beauty.”

All connected with the pavilion express their gratitude to the 2017 sponsors and those who offered their time and plant materials. RHS Chelsea Flower Show remains open to the public until Saturday 27 May 2017. For more information on Pure Grenada, visit www.PureGrenada.com or search for #FreeToWonder on social platforms.

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Pure Grenada focuses on German market growth

(St. George’s, Grenada) 8th May 2017— Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean is experiencing year on year growth in the German market and the GTA is seeking more opportunities to increase its market share. In April, CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) Patricia Maher visited Germany to meet with travel agents, tour operators and airlines that are Grenada’s partners. The meeting with the decision makers of Condor Airlines was especially enlightening as Pure Grenada was commended for already being 20% ahead of its bookings last year.

The GTA CEO was able to meet with Head of Network Development Long Haul for Condor Airlines Wilken Bellmann and his Junior Manager Ruben Schmidt. Coming out of that meeting it was agreed that focus should be placed on growing Winter season bookings.

CEO Maher says, “ I was excited to hear that CONDOR is partnering with Caribbean Airlines and are in negotiations with LIAT for connecting flights. This is great news for us especially for Summer 2017. Germans can check-in in Frankfurt and connect seamlessly with luggage on LIAT to Pure Grenada. CONDOR are also code sharing with Air China so it makes Frankfurt a seamless hub to Asia for Grenada.”

Subsequently, meetings were held with key persons at Thomas Cook/Neckermann and DerTouristik/Meier’s Weltreisen Tour Operators to discuss the promotion of destination Pure Grenada. Ideas were shared on how to reach the travel agents who sell long haul destinations through special mailings, cooperative advertising and increased roadshows.

As part of the visit, the CEO and German sales team representatives ensured that they paid visits to travel agents in Wiesbaden and at Frankfurt Airport to engage them on selling Grenada as a destination. The selection of hotels in the catalogues were explained and the reasons why Germans would love the destination were highlighted. Ms. Maher is fluent in the German language and conducted all meetings and interviews in German.

During the busy period, CEO Maher was also able to conduct interviews with Sylvia Raschke from Touristik Aktuell and Martina Feyerherd from FVW AG. Both journalists were provided with statistics on visitor arrivals from Germany. In addition, they were updated on new hotel and attraction developments and are excited about the destination.

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`Showcase Antigua and Barbuda’ offers new travel business with major developments to watch

May 8, 2017 (St. John’s, Antigua) – Tourism buyers from the United Kingdom, Europe and North America will meet tourism suppliers from Antigua and Barbuda as well as nearby destinations, at the upcoming ‘Showcase Antigua Barbuda’ to be held  in Antigua from May 17, 2017.

The annual business development event organized by the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association and the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority, provides one full day of pre-scheduled appointment sessions and activities where wholesalers and tour operators from around the world meet and conduct business with regional suppliers in the tourism industry.

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism officials are preparing to meet and wow the buyers who by sending their clients to Antigua and Barbuda bring big business to the destination.

Tourism Minister, The Hon. Asot Michael said, “Showcase Antigua Barbuda is an opportunity for the destination and our suppliers to impact sales to Antigua and Barbuda from the main source markets in the US, UK and Europe and to grow regional business by highlighting our position as an airline hub.

The event is extremely beneficial to our unique, boutique properties who may not always attend the major travel shows to make contact with buyers looking for the smaller, indigenous properties, and to take advantage of opportunities available in this niche.”

Buyers registered to date include: JetBlue Vacations, American Airlines Vacations, British Airways Holidays, Virgin Holidays, Kenwood Travel, Lusso, Blue Bay Travel Ltd., Air Canada Vacations, West Jet Vacations, Etnia Viaggi, CheapCaribbean.com, Expedia and Booking.com

“Buyers are coming looking for new business; to grow the business they are already doing; and to experience Antigua and Barbuda.

For those who are visiting for the first time, this is an opportunity for us, to show them our product, to share information about new developments and for them to experience Antigua and Barbuda. For those who have been to the destination prior, they are coming to learn why they should continue to keep their eye on the destination,” the Tourism Minister said.

Antigua and Barbuda is proving to be a destination to watch, with major upgrades in the pipeline and infrastructural developments breaking ground in 2017.

Antigua and Barbuda has received accolades as the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination and in 2016 was granted UNESCO World Heritage status for the historic Nelson’s Dockyard, and other archaeological sites within the National Parks in Antigua.

The destination is set to welcome exciting new hotel developments with the opening of The Resort at Hodges Bay, a US$50 million 79 suite luxury resort scheduled for later this year. And ground breakings within the last five months have included the five star luxury Callaloo Cay, and the Coconut Beach Resort an Autograph Collection hotel by Marriott. Established hotels are also undergoing renovations as they move towards meeting the changing needs of the consumer.

Tourism air arrivals to Antigua and Barbuda in 2016 were recorded at 265,187 reflecting a growth of 6%. Officials celebrated a milestone as US air arrival figures surpassed the 100,000 mark for the first time in recorded history.

Showcase Antigua Barbuda will include suppliers from the Islands of the North Leeward Islands.  These include Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, St. Maarten, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts & Nevis.

For information on how to register visit:  Showcase Antigua Barbuda.

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More tour operators coming for Connect Barbados

On May 10, the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) will welcome tour operators from around the world to its premier business-to-business marketplace, Connect Barbados. To date, 87 international tour operators have registered, as compared to just 50 in 2016.

Now in its 12th year, the three-day conference will be hosted under the theme ‘One Team, Winning Together’. Invitations were extended to tour operators across all of the island’s major source markets – the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean and Latin America. These 87 participating tour operators have signed up to meet with local partners including hoteliers and attractions providers, in a series of more than 700 meetings to date.

According to BTMI CEO, William ‘Billy’ Griffith, “Tour operators have been pivotal in driving our arrivals success in the past three years as they continue to play an integral role in delivering package holidays to the island. Connect Barbados seeks to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about and experience the latest product and service developments on island. We will also use this forum to thank local partners for the tremendous contribution they continue to make to the success of Barbados’ primary economic sector.”

Tour operators will be treated to a welcome reception at Gun Hill Signal Station, featuring top local entertainment and cuisine, before proceeding to two full days of business-to-business meetings at the Hilton Barbados Resort. For the closing ceremony, a special ‘Polo under the Stars’ will be orchestrated at the Holder’s Polo Field. On the final day, participants will tour the island for a diverse Attractions Day, inspecting places of interest based on their specialities.

Integrating expert feedback into marketing strategy

“Connect Barbados also facilitates a platform for us to share in participating tour operators’ learnings,” Griffith added. “Holiday makers’ habits continue to evolve with shifting economic climates and changing appetites; therefore, we anticipate that being able to connect local service providers with the agents who have a direct line of communication to potential visitors, and who create holiday packages, will be of invaluable benefit to all parties.

“The conference is extremely timely as there is currently some sociopolitical uncertainty, especially in our major markets, and our tour operators’ feedback will help frame the marketing push for the upcoming summer, fall and peak seasons.”

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Air Canada to service SVG

KINGSTOWN, ST.VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, May 3, 2017– Air Canada today announced St. Vincent and the Grenadines as one of six new routes for the airline’s winter season. A release issued by Air Canada stated that weekly flights from Toronto to St.Vincent and the Grenadines are now available for purchase at aircanada.com and through travel agents.

According to Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada release “Air Canada is continuing its strategic, global expansion with a diverse range of exciting new non-stop routes this winter to Australia, South America, the Caribbean and the United States,”. The airline says its first long-haul international scheduled service to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the other five destinations, “offers new choices for travellers looking to escape Canadian winters”.

CEO of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority, Glen Beache expressed his elation with the announcement stating that “we are happy to welcome an airline such as Air Canada which has a rich history, to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  We look forward to a successful partnership which will enable both entities to grow.”

The announcement from Air Canada comes as the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority continues on its quest to attract international carriers to the Argyle International Airport (AIA) which was officially opened on February 14th, 2017. The AIA boasts a 2,743 metre (9,000 foot) runway, 45 metres (150 feet) wide and is designed to accommodate aircraft as large as the Boeing 747-400s. The 171,000 square foot terminal building is designed to handle 1.5 million passengers annually, more than five times the capacity at E.T. Joshua. The AIA is further enhanced with jet bridges, lounges, restaurants, bars and other shops, all designed to provide all passengers with an experience in keeping with international standards.

Tourism has been the main foreign exchange earner for St.Vincent and the Grenadines over the last three decades and it is expected that the international airport will increase earnings in this sector.  The Argyle International Airport is also expected to increase accessibility to this multi island destination, attracting direct flights from North America and Europe.

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