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Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Tourism Makes Provisional Arrangements for Management of Local Tourism Sector

Port of Spain, Trinidad – August 17, 2017 – Tourism stakeholders and the general public are hereby advised that the Tourism Development Company (TDC) has, without prejudice, ceased operations. Effective Monday August 21, 2017, the Ministry of Tourism will manage the following tourism portfolios previously under the remit of the TDC on an interim basis:

  • Tourism Investment and Incentives
  • Cruise Passenger Visitor Services
  • Airport Visitor Information Services
  • Sites and Attractions Maracas Beach Facility, Las Cuevas Beach Facility, Vessigny Beach Facility, Manzanilla Beach Facility and the La Brea Pitch Lake

In March 2017, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago renewed its commitment to boost the tourism sector as part of the country’s diversification thrust. The Cabinet, to this end, made a decision to create three (3) separate entities to drive the local tourism sector forward.

  1. The Tourism Trinidad Destination Management Company Limited (Tourism Trinidad)
  1. The Tobago Tourism Agency
  1. Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Regulatory and Licensing Authority

Persons requiring any tourism related services are kindly requested to contact the Ministry of Tourism’s Stakeholder Relations Unit at 625-0963/624-1403 Ext. 227 and 251 or email [email protected].

Trinidad and Tobago remains one of the most unspoilt tourist destinations within the Caribbean; blessed with a uniquely diverse culture that is reflected in an array of mouth watering culinary delights and riveting heritage traditions. These three (3) entities are intended to act as catalysts for the sustained development of Trinidad and Tobago’s tourism sector and present us all with a unique opportunity to move our tourism product forward in new and exciting ways.

For more information, contact:

Corporate Communications Unit
Phone: (868) 624-1403 Ext. 248

 

ABOUT THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM

The Ministry of Tourism is responsible for tourism policy development, awareness, catalysing and facilitating growth of the tourism sector, encouraging investment in the sector, building stakeholder partnerships and monitoring trends in the industry.

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British Virgin Islands Cleans Up after Flash Flood

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, August 9th, 2017 – The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is in full “clean up mode” following extensive flooding in certain areas of the Territory with the hardest impact occurring on the island of Tortola. Heavy and steady precipitation from the tropical wave caused flooding in low lying areas as well as damage to streets and sporadic landslides.

Through the resilience of the residents and collaboration between private citizens and Government agencies, cleanup and recovery has been ongoing.  The airport, which had been closed early on August 7th, was reopened yesterday before 10:00 a.m. Seaports were also open as ferry operators resumed normal business.

The accommodations sector reported mild flooding within a few properties, however the majority of hotels and villas remained open for business.

On the island of Virgin Gorda, park rangers were able to clear the footpaths leading to the Baths ensuring the famous park remained functional.

Commenting on recovery efforts, Director of Tourism, Mrs. Sharon Flax-Brutus said, “Cleanup continues to proceed. Several properties that reported damage were able to remedy their situations immediately after the weather subsided and the majority of our land-based accommodations and yacht charter businesses are up and running.  The resilience of the Virgin Islands community has been on full display as residents engage in the cleanup efforts in their neighbourhoods and properties while the Government disbursed teams and BVI Electricity restored power.”

Although the annual Emancipation August Festival activities have been canceled, the tourism industry is operational with guests being able to arrive and depart accordingly.

The BVI community is encouraged to stay tuned to local news for updates on weather reports. We advise our accommodations sector to stay vigilant in keeping their guests up-to-date with information pertaining to travel and weather advisories.

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Pure Grenada Rated as a Top Southern Caribbean Cruise Destination by Leading Cruise Review Site

(St. George’s, Grenada) 1st August 2017—The leading cruise review site has recognized Pure Grenada, Spice of the Caribbean as one of the top five Southern Caribbean destinations for cruise. CruiseCritic.com recently announced the winners of its second annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards based entirely on consumer ratings submitted to the website for trips within the last year. The awards name the top cruise destinations across 15 regions worldwide.

Cruise Critic boasts the world’s largest online cruise community, with more than 350,000 cruise reviews, covering approximately 500 cruise ships and over 300 worldwide ports. About Pure Grenada, one consumer wrote, “Very nice island. Enjoyed walking around the downtown area” while another commented, “Beautiful port, took the water taxi to the beach with a number of our family members.”

Speaking of the awards this year, Senior Executive Editor of Cruise Critic Colleen McDaniel explained, “Itineraries are incredibly important to today’s cruisers who are more focused than ever on where they’re going and what they can do while they’re there. Cruise lines have focused on expanding their offerings to quench that thirst for exploration – and this year’s list of winning destinations shows the wide array of adventures cruising offers.”

Ahead, of the upcoming cruise season, Pure Grenada is already buzzing with a number of new onshore excursions to cater to every taste. These attractions include culinary tours that introduce visitors to Grenada’s world famous spices, hiking tours to some of Grenada’s breath-taking ridges in the north and the Grenada High wire canopy obstacle course set in our mystic rain forest. ‘Bean To Bar’ chocolate tours, pristine white sandy beaches, gorgeous waterfalls, underwater adventures and much more are there to be enjoyed.

CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority Patricia Maher says the award is a testament to Pure Grenada’s popularity. She further stated, “ The GTA has been working closely with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), major cruise lines, the Ministry of Tourism and key local stakeholders to improve product offerings and keep Pure Grenada top of mind when planning itineraries.”

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Saint Lucia Named On Top Caribbean Islands List

SAINT LUCIA (July 14, 2017): Travel + Leisure, a leading US travel publication, has named Saint Lucia as one of the best Caribbean islands to visit. The magazine has just released the results of its 2017 World’s Best Awards Survey and Saint Lucia emerged as one of its leading Caribbean vacation destinations. Every year, Travel + Leisure asks its readers to share and rate their holiday experiences from around the world. Readers are invited to give their opinions on categories such as hotels and resorts, spas, sights and attractions, food, friendliness and general value for money. Based on readers’ feedback and rating, Travel + Leisure then produces its annual top list of premier places to visit and experience.

For its Top Islands in the Caribbean list, the publication cited some key characteristics that these destinations shared such as secluded beaches, luxurious resorts and spas, and off-the-beaten-track experiences and sites. With a score of 82.6 out of 100, Saint Lucia emerged ahead of Barbados and other OECS countries except for Anguilla that got 86.8. Travel + Leisure highlighted the fact that travelers were attracted to destinations that offered more than the typical tourist experience of sun, sea and sand. Saint Lucia continues to be a favourite because it offers unique attractions such as the iconic twin peaks, the Pitons, the world’s only drive-in volcano and the Sulphur Springs mud baths. The magazine also named Jade Mountain in its top 100 hotels in the world with the hotel coming in at number 25, an outstanding achievement for the locally owned property.

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia, call 1-800-456-3984, or 1-888 4STLUCIA or visit http://stlucia.org/.

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Antigua and Barbuda Welcome “The Voice” Winner Chris Blue & Wife For Their Honeymoon

St. John’s, Antigua (July 17, 2017) – Antigua and Barbuda welcomed ‘The Voice’ 2017 Winner Chris Blue and his new wife Stephanie to the popular destination in the Caribbean for their honeymoon with a VIP reception. The newlyweds landed in the Caribbean’s most romantic destination to the sounds of local musicians where they were personally greeted by the Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, the Honorable Asot A. Michael. As part of the VIP Welcome and reception, the newly-married couple, who arrived from London where their wedding took place, also received a special wedding blessing from the CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James.

The couple will be spending the next week in Antigua and Barbuda, enjoying their time as a new couple at the Award Winning Hermitage Bay Resort, before Chris returns to the US to continue his concert and recording schedule. Chris Blue is the latest winner of the popular program, The Voice, and is celebrating his newfound popularity with sold out concerts in Tennessee and performing at the Fourth of July Concert in Washington, DC on PBS. Chris Blue is the second celebrity to choose Antigua and Barbuda as a honeymoon destination in recent weeks, following upon Lionel Messi, arguable the world’s greatest soccer player, honeymooning earlier in the month with his new wife at luxury getaway, Jumby Bay.

“We are honored that Chris Blue and his new wife Stephanie chose Antigua and Barbuda as their destination of choice for their honeymoon. This further asserts our position as the most romantic destination in the Caribbean. We look forward to providing the new couple with an unforgettable honeymoon experience with everything we have to offer visitors including our beautiful white and pink beaches, award-winning properties, gastronomy, and the friendliness and warmth of our people. We look forward to seeing the destination through their eyes,” said Asot A Michael, Minister of Tourism of Economic Development, Investment and Energy at the welcome reception.

Known for being the most romantic destination in the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island paradise that offers visitors two uniquely distinct experiences, ideal temperatures year-round, a rich history, vibrant culture, exhilarating excursions, award-winning resorts, mouth-watering cuisine and 365 stunning pink and white-sand beaches one for every day of the year.

To find out more about Antigua and Barbuda visit www.visitantiguabarbuda.com.

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Start Your Summer With Antigua And Barbuda’s ‘Summer of 60’

July 11, 2017 (St. John’s, Antigua) – With the Summer now officially on, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has launched an exciting ‘Summer of 60’ Promotion to ensure visitors to Antigua and Barbuda experience way more than the destination’s gorgeous 365 beaches, this summer.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival Season is in full effect and visitors will be in the middle of the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival: Antigua’s Carnival (www.antiguacarnival.com) which officially runs from July 28 – August 8th.  The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s ‘Summer of 60’ promotion celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Carnival, highlighting the vibrant carnival events that visitors can take part in:

  • July 27: The Iron Band Jam
  • July 28: The Glow Opening Parade and Official Opening Ceremony of Carnival and Concert
  • July 29 :T-Shirt Mas
  • July 30: Jaycees Caribbean Queen Show
  • July 31: Scotia Bank Teen Splash
  • Aug 1: Emancipation Day;  Calypso Classic and Comedy
  • Aug 2:  LIAT Caribbean Melting Pot
  • Aug 3 : Flow Junior Carnival; State Insurance Junior Calypso Monarch; ECAB Junior Soca Monarch
  • Aug 4:  ACB Panorama
  • Aug 5:  Flow Party Monarch Competition
  • Aug 6: Wadadli Beer Calypso Monarch Competition
  • Aug 7: J’Ouvert; Carnival Monday’s Judging of the Bands
  • Aug 8:  Carnival Tuesday’s Parade of the Bands; Last Lap

The  hotels, restaurants, boutiques, tours and excursion providers in the country, have also teamed up with the Tourism Authority for the ‘Summer of 60’ Promotion, raising awareness of the destination as a lively summer holiday spot and providing an opportunity for visitors to save up to 60% off on various experiences while on vacation.

The ‘Summer of 60’ promotion (www.visitantiguabarbuda.com/summer60 ) features some amazing offers such as:

  • The Carib House’s up to 60% OFF our peak season prices over the summer season. thecaribhouse.com
  • South Coast Horizon’s ‘Stay and Play’ Summer of 60 room and half-day kayak tours from US$110 southcoasthorizons.com
  • Columbian Emeralds, up to 60% OFF on an exquisite selection of fine Jewelry
  • Ana’s on The Beach Restaurant US$60 Summer Day Pass which includes All day water sports, cabana beds day rental, lunch and drinks, shower and changing room anas.ag
  • Joy Sailing Tours US$60 OFF any tour booked using discount code SP60 joysailingtours.com
  • Thriller Tours 36% OFF on high-speed, luxury boat tours thrillertoursantigua.com
  • Dboat Antigua, 20% OFF with discount code “summer60” when booking on dboatantigua.com.
  • Elements Antigua 20% OFF on all treatments facebook.com/elementsantigua/
  • Wadadli Cats 20% OFF with booking made directly to Wadadli Cats wadadlicats.com 

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s Summer of 60 Promotion ends on October 12, 2017. The full list of discount offers and events are available on www.visitantiguabarbuda.com/summer60

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