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Jamaica’s Tourism Sector Is Driving Its Economic Recovery

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – In remarks made as part of Jamaica’s Tourism Awareness Week September 26 through October 2, Minister of Tourism the Hon. Edmund Bartlett is urging all citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to save lives and continue driving the island’s economic recovery.

“While we celebrate Tourism Awareness Week under the theme ‘Tourism for Inclusive Growth,’ let us include vaccination in the mix because that’s what is going to make our recovery more complete but more importantly save lives,” said Minister Bartlett. “As we look at how we have recovered overall, the presence of tourism as the driver of that recovery has been so evident. We have generated for the year so far US$1.2 billion into the economy and we have brought over a million visitors into the country.”

Minister Bartlett continued, “We have dealt with the pandemic in a very exemplary way and the world has taken note of the way in which Jamaica’s protocols have been carried through effectively and well by the players in the industry and the nation as a whole. We must manage our stewardship so that we leave no one behind.”

The health and safety of all visitors and locals continues to be Jamaica’s top priority. Earlier this month, the island launched a vaccination drive to facilitate administration of the vaccines island-wide with a series of voluntary vaccination blitzes at strategic sites across the country. This drive is an extension of the groundbreaking JAMAICA CARES program, a nationwide response to COVID-19 that includes the island’s Resilient Corridors and comprehensive health and safety protocols.

Jamaica’s Resilient Corridors, which cover more than 85 percent of the island’s tourism product and include less than one percent of the population, have recorded an infection rate of less than one percent over the past year. This clearly demonstrates the success of the program, which is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean. It provides a secure environment for visitors to enjoy the tourism product while eliminating direct contact with the majority of the local population.

Jamaica remains open for travel and continues to welcome visitors safely. It’s health and safety protocols were among the first to receive the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels recognition that allowed the destination to safely reopen to travel in June 2020. The island has also recently announced additional airlift from key source markets and ninety percent of planned tourist investments remaining on track.

For more information on Jamaica, please go to www.visitjamaica.com.

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Air Canada Returns To Antigua And Barbuda From Oct. 3

JOHN’S, ANTIGUA –Antigua and Barbuda will see a boost in airlift for the winter season, as demand for the destination increases amongst travellers seeking to escape the cold weather.  Air Canada announced the resumption of its flights on Sunday, October 3, to and from Toronto to St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda.

Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Charles Fernandez said: “We welcome Canadians back to our shores and are very pleased that Air Canada has decided to resume services from Toronto to St. John’s, Antigua.  This upcoming winter season, visitors will continue to safely enjoy Antigua and Barbuda.”

Nino Montagnese, Vice President, Air Canada Vacations further added, “Canadians are anxious to travel to the beautiful locations they’ve been dreaming of, and we’re ready to respond to their needs. Our packaged holidays from Toronto to Antigua, available as of October 3rd, give them the opportunity to experience a stunning corner of the Caribbean and create new memories under the sun.”

The destination has put forward a number of COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of its residents, airline essential workers and visitors. As of October 1st, 2021, the following protocols will be in effect to protect their health and safety:

  • All arriving passengers will require a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) test for SARS-CoV-2 using a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab taken within four days of their flight or fewer.
  • Children below the age of 5 years, entering Antigua, DO NOT REQUIRE a COVID -19 RT-PCR test.
  • As of October 1, 2021, all arriving passengers including returning nationals and residents (excluding children 18 years and younger) are required to have received at least one dose of a World Health Organization (WHO) or Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment (MOHWE) approved 2-dose COVID 19 vaccine.
  • The wearing of face mask in public spaces is mandatory throughout Antigua and Barbuda and social/physical distancing protocols must be adhered to.

To know more about the protocols in detail you can click here.

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Tradewind Aviation Announces Winter Service To Anguilla From San Juan

The Valley, Anguilla –  The Anguilla Tourist Board is pleased to announce that Tradewind Aviation will resume its winter service from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in San Juan, Puerto Rico to the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport (AXA) in Anguilla on December 17, 2021.  The scheduled service will operate three days a week through April 18, 2022.

“We are delighted that Tradewind Aviation is resuming its traditional winter service to Anguilla, which is yet another indication of the strong consumer demand for our island,” said Stacey Liburd, Anguilla’s Director of Tourism. “Tradewind has developed partnerships with a number of our resorts on island, and the airline has proven to be an invaluable collaborator over many years in expanding access to Anguilla. Tradewind offers exceptional service and a premium travel experience; it is an excellent option for traveling to Anguilla.”

The scheduled flights will operate as follows:

San Juan (SJU) to Anguilla (AXA)

  • Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays departing at 4:00pm
  • Starting January 6th, departing at 3:25pm
  • Starting January 24th, departing at 3:30pm
  • Starting February 1st, departing at 3:35pm
  • Starting February 8th, departing at 3:40pm

Anguilla (AXA) to San Juan (SJU)

  • Mondays, Saturdays, and Sundays departing at 8:20am
  • Starting January 6th, departing at 9:25am
  • Starting January 11th, departing at 9:40am

Airfares from Anguilla to San Juan start from $195, including taxes and fees.

Private charter flights to Anguilla are also available at any time from Puerto Rico, Antigua, the USVI and from the mainland United States, on Tradewind’s world class fleet of Pilatus PC-12 and Citation CJ3 light jets.

Safety is the number one priority for the airline, and Tradewind Aviation has implemented a comprehensive plan to ensure passenger safety while maintaining a seamless travel experience.  Understanding today’s consumers’ need for flexibility in travel, Tradewind continues to offer no-fee itinerary changes and full credit on account for scheduled service cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to departure.

For reservations visit www.flytradewind.com and book directly with the Tradewind reservations team, in all major GDS systems and with their interline partners, or through your preferred Travel Agent.

For information on Anguilla please visit the official website of the Anguilla Tourist Board: www.IvisitAnguilla.com; follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/AnguillaOfficial; Instagram: @Anguilla_Tourism; Twitter: @Anguilla_Trsm, Hashtag: #MyAnguilla.

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Tourism Trinidad Limited Announces CEO Appointment

Port of Spain, Trinidad – Wednesday September 22, 2021 – Tourism Trinidad Limited (TTL) is delighted to announce the appointment of Kurtis Rudd, a marketing veteran with over twenty-five (25) years of senior management experience, as its new Chief Executive Officer effective September 20, 2021.

Kurtis Rudd brings extensive marketing, strategic communication and management expertise that will assist Tourism Trinidad as we re-energise the island’s tourism economy through this most difficult period in history, unite the sector, and define a clear path for the safe restart of international travel.

With his lifelong passion for brand building and an unbridled love for country, Kurtis Rudd has consistently sought to be of service to the land of his birth. He has held several senior managerial positions with leading consumer corporations locally and in the Caribbean including Shell Caribbean, Prestige Holdings Limited, Courts Trinidad Limited and Guardian Life.

In accepting the appointment, Kurtis Rudd said “I am proud to join the diverse and talented Tourism Trinidad team charged with the responsibility of promoting the unique and extraordinary tourism assets of our island to the rest of the world. We are at a critical moment in the development of Trinidad’s tourism industry, and we need the strategic collaboration of the private and public sector to take advantage of the market opportunities ahead and move out of this pandemic. I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the Board of Directors, led by Cliff Hamilton. We are fortunate to have someone of his calibre and global tourism experience to lead the organisation”.

Mr. Rudd concluded, “this is truly my dream job, and I am looking forward to working with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and the Arts and all stakeholders in shaping and driving the tourism sector’s agenda to achieve long term sustainability and inclusive growth”.

A graduate of Fatima College, Kurtis Rudd holds a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), General Management from Henley Management College, UK and is a senior lecturer at UWI-ROYTEC. Married for twenty-five (25) years, Kurtis Rudd has juggled a fast-paced business career with family life and is a firm believer in balancing one’s personal life with a professional career.

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St. Kitts a Finalist for Two 2021 OMMA Awards

St. Kitts (September 20, 2021) – Two marketing initiatives of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, the “Awake Your Sense of Wander” campaign and the “Retie the Knot” photo contest were recently announced as 2021 OMMA (Online Media, Marketing and Advertising) Award Finalists.

“I am extremely gratified to have our team efforts recognized by such a prestigious award series as the OMMA Awards,” said Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. “Covid-19 has presented a uniquely challenging environment for those of us in the Travel and Tourism industry. Our planning, and the choice of integrated marketing tools and tactics employed in 2021, allowed us to utilize more digital platforms and social media channels than ever before. I am very pleased with the results; the team and I look forward to promoting and marketing the destination for our upcoming winter and other promotions using these digital platforms and social media channels.”

The ‘Awake your Sense of Wander Campaign,’ launched at the peak of the Covid-19 lockdown when the island was closed, was tapped for Excellence in a Travel/Tourism Campaign category. With the campaign, St. Kitts sought to maintain brand awareness and keep its target audiences engaged and inspired about travelling. The multi-channel initiative was designed to encourage travelers to experience the island virtually and dream about a future visit. As restrictions began to ease in November 2020, the campaign leveraged the post-pandemic appeal of uncrowded destinations and island hotels offering immersive on-site experiences.

The “Retie the Knot” photo contest was recognized in the Excellence in Online Advertising category. To build awareness for and encourage participation in St. Kitts’ first-ever Group Vow Renewal, the Retie the Knot Photo Contest featured a Grand Prize trip to St. Kitts to participate in the November 2021 event. For a chance to win, couples were invited to submit their wedding photos and a story about why their photo should win. Finalists were encouraged to invite their friends to vote during a public voting period and were provided with branded social graphics to support their bid.

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