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Silversands Grenada Opening Compliments a Pure Luxury Caribbean Destination

St. George’s, Grenada – 27th November, 2018 – Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean is offering different options in the luxury end of the market with a brand new member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Silversands Grenada. Joining the class of the family owned luxury resorts of Spice Island Beach and Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel, Silversands Grenada is another jewel in the luxury hotel product mix.

Silversands Grenada was officially opened on Thursday November 22, 2018 with a reception hosted by the owner, Mr. Naguib Sawiris, who has invested over US125 million dollars to build the intimate luxury resort. Mr. Sawiris fell in love with Grenada and its warm and friendly people and purchased land on the world famous two-mile Grand Anse beach. On Thursday, he proudly announced to the delight of the Grenadian audience that work will begin on a second and third hotel in 2019.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, “this project is important for us as not only does it add to our already high end luxury resort market, the hotel is committed to working with local farmers for their fruit and vegetable supplies as well as working with the local tertiary institution, the T.A. Marryshow Community College to discover talent in the hospitality sector.”

Chairman of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), Mrs. Brenda Hood, was thrilled that Silversands Grenada wants to promote the destination first and the hotel second. She stated, “This is the very essence of our marketing of the destination to showcase the uniqueness of what Grenada has to offer first and foremost from our flora and fauna to our world-renowned spices. “

Chief Executive Officer of the GTA, Ms. Patricia Maher, was excited that the architecture and interior designed by Paris based firm AW², Reda Amalou & Stéphanie Ledoux, with its 43 suites and 9 villas showcase the natural beauty of the destination.

The hotel is open to the public starting on December 1, so Grenadians can enjoy the dining from either the Grenadian Grill or the Asiatique Restaurant; reservations are required. The Silversands Spa is another option to unwind and enjoy locally inspired treatments. Silversands’ design was influenced by the location with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and with the opening to its first guests on December 1, 2018, the destination anticipates growth in visitor arrivals from all over the world.

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Windstar Cruises Return to Barbuda for 2018/2019 Season

ST.JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (November 26, 2018) – In another first for Barbuda, Antigua’s sister island, has welcomed luxury cruise line Windstar back to Barbuda; the first cruise line to return to the island following Hurricane Irma.

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials celebrated the anchoring of Windstar’s Wind Surf, which comes less than one month after the re-opening of the luxurious Barbuda Belle boutique hotel.

Minister of Tourism & Investment, The Honourable Charles Fernandez said: This is an extremely important milestone for Barbuda tourism as the island returns to normalcy.

“Windstar’s return is the result of a lot of lobbying by the Ministry of Tourism, The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and our cruise partners who have been attending major cruise conferences since 2017, encouraging the smaller cruise lines to return to Barbuda. This is a vote of confidence in Barbuda, and the services and tours that will be available for guests of the ship to enjoy.”

The largest ship in the Windstar fleet, the Wind Surf is a five-masted motor-sail yacht that accommodates 310 guests. The Windstar website describes the ship “as being known for its casually elegant environment”.

Wind Surf will make nine calls to Barbuda this season, calling bi-weekly.

The Barbuda Council’s Chair of Tourism, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs for the Barbuda Council Asha Frank was present at the Barbuda dock on Sunday November 25 to greet cruise executives from the vessel.

Frank said, “Small cruise lines such as the Windstar that offer a more personal and authentic experience are ideal for the picturesque shores of Barbuda. We welcome the Windstar and thank them for the huge support of our local businesses.”

Barbuda is being marketed as an eco-friendly, high-value, low volume destination, making it perfect for inclusion on the cruise itineraries of smaller luxury cruise lines.

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, CEO Colin C. James, noted that, “As a result of the work done reassuring cruise lines that Barbuda is open for business, Barbuda will also see additional calls from other scheduled cruise ships as the season goes into high gear. This will act as a significant economic stimulus for Barbuda as passengers not only enjoy Barbuda’s beautiful beaches but explore the destination on tours to Barbuda’s fascinating sites such as the caves, the largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Western hemisphere and the historic and unique Martello Towers.”

For more information on Antigua and Barbuda, where the beach is just the beginning: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com

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Student Tourism Ambassadors Charged to Keep Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Pure

St. George’s, Grenada – 20th November, 2018 –  It wasn’t the end of a year long Tourism Awareness Campaign (TAC) but the beginning of a bright future for the students of the primary schools of Grenada as Tourism Ambassadors. That’s according to Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen who was speaking at the official pinning ceremony held at the Spice Basket on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Students from several primary schools across the nation along with their teachers joined together at the conference centre to recite the Tourism Pledge and receive their Tourism Ambassador pins and certificates after completing the Grenada Tourism Authority’s ‘Tourism and Me Booklet’, which was launched last year.

Several students spoke about the benefits of the Tourism & Me booklet which they studied this year and how they are better able to promote their country to visitors. One student representing the First Choice Junior School said, “I represented Grenada at the OECS Swimming Competition and I told my Caribbean friends to visit Grenada’s famous Grand Anse Beach” while a student of the Grace Lutheran School said, “The thing I liked most about the book is where the tourists visit in Grenada. The places I want to go are zip lining, the Underwater Sculpture Park and the Seven Sisters Waterfall.

The team of the Grenada Tourism Authority was out in full force coordinating the activity which included welcome remarks from the CEO of the GTA, Patricia Maher, feature remarks from Hon. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, a poem recital from a student and the charismatic, kid-friendly mascot “Nutasha”. Nutasha is the main character in the booklet and the representative of Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean which is reflected on tourism signage, pins, and collateral.

Patricia Maher charged the young students to not take their beautiful country for granted, to keep up with the changes in Tourism as it relates to technology, trends and competition, to think out of the box for careers and to up their game in service delivery.

Tourism Minister Modeste Curwen also urged the children to carry on Grenada’s legacy of warmth and friendliness. She said, “We are a warm and friendly people. We look forward to your beautiful smiles warming the hearts of our visitors and your fellow citizens as you try your best to be helpful and kind.”

The Minister further stated, “Your first pledge is to your environment. Our islands are beautiful and we want to keep them that way. You have learnt how to properly dispose of your litter and I want you to continue to teach your friends, family and citizens to care for the environment.”

Chairman of the GTA, Mrs. Brenda Hood, was on hand to assist with the distribution of pins and certificates to the talented, young students whose energy and enthusiasm for the future prospects of Tourism were palpable.

Last week, the students of Carriacou and Petite Martinique were the first to take the pledge and receive their Tourism ambassador pins from Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs Hon. Kindra Mathurine Stewart. The event took place at the Carriacou Health Services Centre Conference Room.

About Grenada 

The tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique is located in the eastern Caribbean just south of Barbados. Grenada is best known as the “Spice Island of the Caribbean” for its cinnamon and nutmeg production, but the lush destination draws visitors for so much more. The Pure Grenada experience beckons visitors to its 40 white sandy beaches such as the world famous Grand Anse Beach, 15 breathtaking waterfalls, 4 chocolate factories, 3 rum distilleries and more than 30 unforgettable dive sites, including the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean ‘Bianca C’ and the World’s First Underwater Sculpture Park. Grenada’s approach to hospitality is infused with a warm charm which is apparent from its luxury resorts to barefoot chic boutique hotels and villas. There are direct flights to Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport from the US, Caribbean, Canada, UK and Germany making the island accessible to visitors from around the world that wish to experience Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean.

Media Contact

Ria Murray
Communications Officer, Grenada Tourism Authority
[email protected]
473 440 2001/2279; 473 420 2557 (mobile)

For all our recent news releases go to www.puregrenada.com/news

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Aeromexico Begins Direct Flight from Mexico City to Belize

Belize City,  20th November 2018:  Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, is now the first international air carrier to offer a direct non-stop flight service from Mexico City to Belize. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and senior officials from the airline held a brief ceremony on Saturday, November 17th to mark the inaugural flight to Belize, which will be available on Saturday and Sundays until April 28th, 2019.

After more than 11 years serving the region, Aeromexico has now become the only airline in Mexico to have a presence in all Central American countries including Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, and Belize. This is also the first time that there has ever been an air connection between Belize and Mexico.

The new route is operated with Embraer 190 airplanes with 99 passenger seats, including 11 in Premier Class, Aeromexico’s Business Class cabin.

During the ceremony, Mr. Loren Aandahl, S.V.P. Corporate Strategy at Aeromexico, said: “At Aeromexico, we are pleased to offer a more complete product, as well as greater connectivity options for our customers. Belize has now become our ninth destination in the Central American region and the 46th destination in our international route network that will help increase tourism in this wonderful country by connecting customers via Mexico City to this amazing country.”

Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, who was the keynote speaker during the flights’ inaugural ceremony, said: “This new Aeromexico to Belize flight will afford Mexicans a great opportunity to conveniently access Belize, one of the fastest growing tropical vacation destinations in the world. It is no coincidence that Belize is quickly becoming a popular destination for Mexican travellers,” said Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation.  He Added: “Today’s inaugural flight is the result of warm and exceptionally strong relations between our two countries and will open greater opportunities for Mexicans and Belizeans alike.”

For Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, His Excellency Carlos Quesnel, the new flight represents a watershed in the relationship (Belize and Mexico) and fulfills an old desire to have a direct route between the main cities of both nations, which opens new possibilities to increase tourist flows and strengthens even more the friendship ties.

Belize is quickly becoming a popular destination for Mexican travellers.  Available statistics reveal that there were 9,060 visitors from Mexico in 2017 representing an increase of 51.5% over 5,982 in 2016 and these figures are expected to soar even higher with the new direct service.

Furthermore, the new flight will provide an alternative route for travellers from the UK, France, the Netherlands and many other parts of Europe wishing to access Belize, and the wider Central American region, strengthening Mexico D.F. as a key regional hub.

The BTB views the inaugural flight as a resounding reassertion that Belize continues to be a growing and viable Curious Place and popular vacation destination in Central America and the Caribbean. Likewise, it is emblematic of the effective and remarkably successful efforts of our local tourism and aviation industries that continue to build Belize’s airlift into the envy of our regional competitors.

For further details on the new route please visit www.aeromexico.com

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Antigua and Barbuda Continues to Record Progressive Growth in Visitor Arrivals for the Third Quarter of 2018

(St. John’s, Antigua; November 13, 2018)- Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism product continues to attract thousands to our shores and this is evident as there has been continual growth in visitor arrivals by air and sea throughout 2018.

According to the quarterly visitor arrivals report released by the statistics department within the Ministry of Tourism and Investment, particularly, the third quarter of 2018, encompassing the months of July to September, Antigua and Barbuda saw increases in both air and sea arrivals for the period when compared to 2017.

Fifty-two thousand, four hundred and ninety-one (52,491) visitors arrived by air to Antigua and Barbuda, an 8.56% increase from 2017. Between July and September, twenty-six thousand, six hundred and thirty one (26,631) visitors arrived by sea, an increase of 36.44% when compared to the total sea arrivals for the previous year 2017.

An 11.99% growth in arrivals from the US Market, the destination’s largest source market, has contributed to the rise in arrivals for the third quarter of 2018 while the UK market experienced a slight decrease of -2.25% from 2017 to 2018.

The Canadian market saw an impressive performance with a growth of 111.79% as the market continues to benefit from increased airlift, brought on by the addition of Sunwing Airlines since November last year, while the Caribbean market continues to hold its own with relatively unchanged figures.

Overall from January to September 2018. The total visitor arrivals recorded for Antigua and Barbuda stand at 744,390, an increase of 12.18% when compared to 2017.

Visitor arrivals will continue to increase for the remainder of 2018 with significant increased airlift from North America as well as a full cruise schedule.

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Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority Launches Social Media Campaign in the Lead-Up to ICC Women’s T20 Semi-Finals & Finals in Antigua

JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (November 2, 2018) – As the excitement builds for the ICC Women’s World T20 semi-finals and finals in Antigua now less than a month away, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority will be giving persons in the region the opportunity to travel to Antigua for the history-making games.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has launched a social media campaign in collaboration with LIAT- The Caribbean Airline, Starfish Jolly Beach and Tamarind Hills Villas. The campaign will allow regional cricket fans the chance to win round trip tickets and accommodation, to Antigua and Barbuda to experience boundary-breaking world-class women’s cricket. This will be the first time that the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 is being organised as a stand-alone event and the second time in its six-year history that the event is being held in the West Indies, with the previous occasion being in 2010.

The semi-finals and finals in Antigua take place on November 22 and November 24, 2018.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s two-week campaign will run on the destination’s social media pages on Facebook and Instagram until November 14, 2018.  The campaign invites people to upload their most creative video to the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism pages expressing their passion for the game and why they should win the trip. Participants are also required to show their knowledge of the destination by including one fun fact about Antigua and Barbuda.

Regional Marketing Consultant for the Tourism Authority, Charmaine Spencer said, “Our partnership with our airline and accommodations partners presents us with the fantastic opportunity to bring the most passionate of cricket fans to Antigua, where we can share with them our love for the game and they can experience our party cricket atmosphere, as well as our beautiful destination.”

This regional campaign also allows us to work with our partners to drive business to the destination during the shoulder season.”

Participants must be followers of the Antigua and Barbuda pages, and should include all the official hashtags #WT20 #WatchThisAntigua and #LoveAntiguaBarbuda on their posts to quality.  For full terms and conditions visit: https://www.womens-world-t20-cricket-antigua.com/ Facebook.com/antiguabarbuda and @AntiguaandBarbuda on Instagram.

Other regional promotions for the ICC Women’s World T20 Tournament have included promotional television adverts on Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), and radio advertising in St. Kitts and Nevis, BVI, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Guyana. Travel Agencies within the region are also being incentivized to book Antigua during the November period.

A#Weplaytoo Campaign promoting the involvement of women in sport, is next to be launched by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.

For more information on Antigua and Barbuda, where the beach is just the beginning: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com

For more information on hotel packages and the matches: https://www.womens-world-t20-cricket-antigua.com/  and our official mobile app for the games: Pocket Antigua   https://pocketantigua.co/download

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