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Belizean Delegation Attends Taste of the Caribbean

Belize City, Tuesday, June 19th, 2018: A Belizean delegation, comprised of senior members of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), five professional chefs and a bartender, will depart the country on Thursday, June 21 to participate in the Taste of the Caribbean, to be held from June 22nd to 26th, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami.

The team will include Chef Robertus “Rob” Pronk, as the team manager, two senior chefs, Eva Longsworth and Sean Kuylen, pastry chef, Maria Urbina, bartender, Mark Jacobs and junior chef and winner of BTB’s 2016 Culinary Scholarship, Einar Marin.  All except Marin are former winners/judges of BTB’s Taste of Belize in 2016, a flavorsome event that features the best of Belizean cuisine creations through different categories of competitions.

Taste of the Caribbean is the region’s premier culinary competition, food & beverage educational exchange and Caribbean cultural showcase. Since 1993, the Caribbean’s best chefs and culinary teams unite at Taste of the Caribbean to compete, demonstrate their skills, learn from each other and offer the general public a scintillating exhibition of the most delectable culinary treats.

One of the main objectives for the Taste of the Caribbean is to provide a platform for the development of food and beverage professionals. Educational sessions will be provided and participants from Belize will use the opportunity to learn and enhance their skills and knowledge. They will also compete against the Caribbean’s finest chefs. The event is also a great opportunity to promote Belize, its culture and excellent cuisine.

Competitions will be held in the following categories:

Caribbean National Team of the Year; Caribbean Chef of the Year; Caribbean Junior Chef; Caribbean Pastry Chef and Caribbean Bartender.

Our dynamic Belize team is thrilled and ready to represent the Destination! In this light, they conducted their final practice session on Sunday, 10th June at the ITVET Kitchen where 40 three-course meals, similar in concept to the ones they will be presenting at Taste of the Caribbean, were prepared.

In addition to Taste of the Caribbean, there will be a Caribbean 305 event on June 23rd at Jungle Island also in Miami, where all the flavors of the Caribbean will be on full display. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the gastronomic delights of top chefs, bartenders and Hall of Fame mixologists from over 17 Caribbean countries and dance the night away with contagious Caribbean music.

Belize’s participation in Taste of the Caribbean is part of BTB’s and our tourism stakeholder’s joint and ongoing marketing efforts to promote Belize as a unique, Curious Destination.

For Further information on Taste of the Caribbean please visit the following website: www.chtataste.com 

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A new International Sporting Event in Martinique takes flight

New York – June 11th, 2018 | Organized by the Martinique Tourism Authority (MTA), the Martinique Flying Regatta will take place from November 17 to 24, 2018. It will be the world’s signature international foiling event.

The bay of Fort-de-France is the perfect location to run a race and showcase these hydro-foil sailboats that represent the technological future of competitive sailing. Inducted into the prestigious club of “The Most Beautiful Bays in the World,” the Fort-de-France Bay is particularly well suited for these sailing boats, with is vast and protected 28 square miles (72km2) of maritime space. Wrapped in the island’s low 80s temperatures the bay’s steady, moderate winds and smooth seas will provide these speedsters with perfect conditions.

We are very proud to hold this groundbreaking race,” commented Karine Mousseau, the Martinique Tourism Commissioner. “The Martinique Flying Regatta will not only showcase the beauty of the island and everything we have to offer, but also our people’s innovative knowhow. The joyous mix of our natural wonders and perfect sailing conditions with the sleek designs of the foil revolution will make the Martinique Flying Regatta the nautical must of the Caribbean and of the World.”

To date, about 40 participants have been registered in this seven series race (or foil types), representing most of today’s hydro-sailing boats. Foil types include the very fun and high-tech Kitefoil and Windfoil—that may soon be seen at the Olympics—the one-man Onefly and the celebrated Moth; the race will also feature bigger crafts like the Flying Phantom, the Easy to Fly and the American favorite, GC32.

The competition will include demonstrations and racing events in the Fort-de-France Bay; residents and guests will enjoy what promises to be a spectacular show. The program will also include races from the bay towards the farther shores of Trois-Ilets, Anse Mitan or Anses d’Arlet.

 

Martinique Flying Regatta Teaser

THE PROGRAM

Saturday, November 17: Individual training and launch day

Sunday, November 18: Individual training and demonstrations

Monday, November 19: Martinique Exploration day for the participants

Tuesday, November 20: Start of official races

Wednesday, November 21: Long-distance race day – Skippers Supper Soirée

Thursday/Friday, November 22- 23: Official races

Saturday, November 24: End of races – prize-giving – special soirée

 

Major logistical support will be provided to registered competitors including complimentary shipping in containers or and preferential rates for accommodations. Access from the US to Martinique is just a hop skip and a jump; with Norwegian Air from JFK & FLL, American Airlines from MIA.

The Martinique Tourism Authority has also secured support from the Fort-de-France Port Authority and the Sailing Federation of Martinique, representing the island’s clubs which will provide nautical logistics. Registration to Martinique Flying Regatta is handled by Sirius Event.

For more information visit the new website www.martinique-regatta.com

Registration is open until October 17th, 2018 www.martinique-regatta.com/index.php/en/register/ 

PRESS CONTACTS

Géraldine Rome

Martinique Promotion Bureau (MTA USA)

T: 212-838-6887 E: [email protected]   

About Martinique (www.martiniquepresskit.org)

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.

 

 

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Pure Grenada Stories Nominated in Seven Categories at Annual CTO Media Awards

St. George’s, Grenada – June 11, 2018 – Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean was nominated in seven categories at the glamorous Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Media Awards held last Thursday in the Grand Ballroom of the New Yorker hotel, New York City. The glitzy dinner and fashion event was held in honour of the work produced in 2017 of the Caribbean Tourism Industry.

First up as a finalist was Istra Bell, a talented Grenadian blogger who wrote about her amazing day being a cocoa farmer at the Crayfish Bay Estate in St. Mark’s during the 2017 Grenada Chocolate Fest. She emerged second in the category for best Caribbean blog.

Jesse Serwer came next with his riveting story about the real life action on the famous two mile Grand Anse beach where locals and visitors alike mix and mingle. His piece earned him the coveted award for ‘Best Feature Article in a U.S.-based Consumer Newspaper’ for his story captioned ‘Grenada’s Grand Anse Beach May be the Most Authentic Caribbean Beach.’

Also a finalist in the same category was US based journalist Mark Rogers wrote about, amongst other things, the delightful time he spent at the Spice Market Square in the picturesque capital city of St. George’s. After having an incredible time visiting the many chocolate companies in Grenada, Alexander Britell coined the island the ‘Caribbean Capital of Chocolate’ in his Caribbean Journal article. Grenada now has five chocolate factories that locally produce bean to bar organic chocolate. Britell was a finalist in the category, best feature in an online publication.

The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) was nominated for its lifestyle digital campaign “Free To Wonder” which captured images of people enjoying the many sights and attractions in the destination. The cool campaign video received over 122,000 views on Facebook alone and was shared several hundred times since it was released last June 2017. The over 300 lifestyle images were liked thousands of times on social media and conveyed an easy, relaxed atmosphere with stunning scenery.  Since then the GTA’s Social media platforms have grown by more than 10,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Journalist Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon was nominated for her Facebook live post “Get to Know Grenada” while talking with her fellow media colleague Brian Major about the many reasons to visit the destination. Additionally, Krista Simmons’ collection of videos depicting the experiential offerings in Grenada while visiting the world’s first ever Underwater Sculpture Park, enjoying the many varieties of chocolate and chasing the over fifteen waterfalls on island were featured heavily on social media.

GTA Director of Sales, USA, Christine Noel-Horsford was thrilled with the several mentions of destination Grenada as a desirable place to book a vacation and visit in the Caribbean.

CEO of the GTA Patricia Maher was delighted with the many nominations as she said “it confirms the many real stories and interesting content that our destination Pure Grenada has to offer its visitors”. Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Hon Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen stated “these wonderful stories showcase the warm and friendly people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique which make the islands so appealing and worth experiencing for your next travel plans.”

To check out deals for the #NextStopGrenada Summer campaign until October 2018, visit www.puregrenada.com/summerdeals and enjoy up to 50% discount on hotel rates, upgrades, complimentary gifts and so much more.

Attached Photo: L-R- GTA Director of Sales Christine Noel-Horsford, GTA CEO Patricia Maher, Journalist Jesse Serwer and Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Dr.Clarice Modeste Curwen.

 

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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St. Kitts Welcomes Air Canada Expanded Service

Basseterre, St. Kitts (June 11, 2018) – For the first time in the island’s history, Air Canada will serve St. Kitts for a full six months for the 2018-2019 peak season. The non-stop Saturday flights from Toronto will operate from November 3, 2018 all the way through April 27, 2019.

“This is an unprecendented air service expansion by Air Canada that marks yet another historic first for St. Kitts,” said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “I could not be more pleased to welcome this additional flying, which expands the options for visitors and Diaspora from our key Canadian source market to get to island.”

From November 3 through December 10, Air Canada will operate a 136-seat Airbus A319-100 Rouge aircraft with 124 economy class and 12 business class seats for the non-stop Satruday flights. From December 15, 2018 through April 27, 2019, Air Canada will operate a 200-seat Airbus A321-200 Rouge aircraft with 184 economy class and 16 business class seats for these flights. The schedule for the flights is as follows:

 Flight               Depart                         Arrive

AC 1730          YYZ 8:20am                SKB 12:55pm

AC 1731          SKB 2:45pm                YYZ 6:55pm

* Note: Flights are listed in local time and schedules are subject to change. St. Kitts does not observe Daylight Savings Time, which begins on November 4.

“Air Canada’s decision to expand service into St. Kitts is a testament to the strength of our growing tourism sector,” said Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. “As our airlift from North America expands to accommodate our recently announced new hotel developments and upgrades to existing hotel product which include all-inclusive options, Canadians now have a full range of vacation choices available. This is truly is a complement to our existing North American airlift and gives us significantly increased capacity for this season and beyond.”

Air Canada first began serving St. Kitts non-stop on Fridays in peak season from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in 2011 and subsequently shifted to Saturday service. It is the island’s only non-stop scheduled service from Canada. In previous years, the flight operated from late December through early April. With the expanded service, St. Kitts will receive an additional 6 weeks of non-stop flying that provides the potential for an increase in Canadian air passenger arrivals.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 220 airports on six continents.  Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2017 served more than 48 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 59 in the United States and 98 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,317 airports in 193 countries.  Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2017 Best Airline in North America.  Air Canada was also named the 2018 Eco-Airline of the Year by the respected airline industry publication Air Transport World for its commitment to emissions reductions. For more information, please visit: aircanada.com/media, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.

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STB Saddened by the Passing of Tourism Icon Robert Dubourcq

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (June 8, 2018) – “A house hold name, he was, in the development and shaping of St. Maarten’s Tourism Industry as we know it today”, said the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) on Thursday with respect to the passing of tourism icon Robert Dubourcq. Affectionately remembered by many, Mr. Dubourcq helped pave the way for many in the St. Maarten tourism industry, an action of which many have expressed their sincerest gratitude.

Remembered for his many years as manager of Divi Little Bay and more recently manager of Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Mr. Dubourcq no doubt helped to put St. Maarten on the map.

After his tenure at Sonesta Great Bay Resort, Mr. Dubourcq returned to the St. Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA), the association he cofounded, as chairman and executive director. Under his guidance, SHTA developed into a multi-sectorial agency in the 1990’s.  With four decades of board presidency and membership to his name, he was forced to retire due to failing health. Even though he left his beloved St. Maarten, he remained a welcome contributor and cheerleader to the whole industry from the Netherlands where he relocated to.

For his unique contributions to the further development of Tourism on St. Maarten, Robert was awarded the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Hotelier of the Year Award in 2004 and the St. Maarten Hotel and Trade Association’s Life Time Achievement Award in 2012. His involvement and volunteerism in St. Maarten’s society extended way beyond his efforts for the SHTA. He was a Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian as well.

“The Management and staff of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau extend our sincerest condolences to the family and many friends of Robert Dubourcq,” STB said on Thursday.

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The Cayman Islands Promises “Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee” for Caribbean Getaways this Season

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, June 1, 2018 – The Cayman Islands prides itself in providing travellers with unrivalled vacation experiences and allowing guests to be unburdened by the stresses of everyday life. With an unpredictable hurricane season around the corner, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism continues to give its visitors peace of mind with the destination’s “Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee,” a specialty promise made by on-island partners to cover any cancellations made prior to arrival and compensation if vacation time is cut short due to inclement weather during a Cayman Islands getaway.

In anticipation of an active hurricane season, the destination launched its annual Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee to put travellers’ minds at ease, knowing they can book a getaway to the Cayman Islands and receive cancellation coverage in the event of a storm.

The Worry Free Guarantee includes a full refund of accommodation fees at participating hotels, condos and villas island-wide, with a maximum one-night penalty at most for cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to check-in as soon as a hurricane watch is issued by authorities. Additionally, many properties on-island are offering a free replacement stay throughout the summer months, allowing guests to rebook for the same duration as the initially-booked stay, regardless of how many days were affected by a hurricane or storm.

“In the Cayman Islands, we strive to not only provide unforgettable and relaxing vacations, but most importantly through this generous programme, we offer our guests a seamless solution for when travel disruptions occur,” said Mrs. Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands. “It’s Caymankind to give peace of mind, and with our Hurricane Guarantee, I am pleased we can provide travellers relief knowing they can plan a vacation to our beautiful islands despite seasonal considerations and inclement weather.”

An array of hotels, condominiums and villas across Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are participating in the Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee. This program is available only through participating hotels and resorts. For a list of properties and their respective policies, go to https://www.visitcaymanislands.com/en-us/about-cayman/weather/hurricane-guarantee. For detailed property guarantees, please visit the individual property web sites or contact them directly.

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