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Rainforest Adventures St. Maarten Announces November 2017 Opening

PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN (October 17, 2017) – Rainforest Adventures has announced a November 2017 opening for the new St. Maarten Rockland Estate eco-park. The park will launch with two signature attractions, The Flying Dutchman — the world’s steepest zip line — and the Soualiga Sky Explorer chairlift, as well as the Emilio Wilson Museum and Emilio’s Restaurant. Additional attractions, including the Sentry Hill Zip Line and the Schooner Ride will open in early 2018.

In partnership with the St. Maarten delegation, representatives of Rockland Estate will be attending the 24th Annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show in Merida, Mexico, October 23 – October 27, 2017. They will be at booth B2 and welcome an opportunity to answer questions about, or introduce participants to, what is sure to be the eastern Caribbean’s must-do attraction.

According to Port St. Maarten’s management the eco-park will be a major new attraction and they are proud of the progress the team has made to open the park. They stress how important it is to have stakeholders like Rainforest Adventures and others to be present with them at the FCCA Conference to promote the destination and strongly emphasize the message that St. Maarten is back and open.

“We are very proud and thankful to our engineering and construction teams, their hard work and expertise certainly reduced the damage incurred as a consequence of the hurricane,” says Shaydar Edelmann, General Manager of Rockland Estate. “The people of St. Maarten have come together in strength to restore and rebuild, reestablish the tourism product and kick-start the recovery of our Friendly Island.”

Princess Juliana International Airport has opened to commercial flights and Port St. Maarten is ready to welcome its first commercial cruise vessel on November 5th. Restaurant and attraction businesses are reopening daily and are ready to receive guests.

Opening November 2017 at Rainforest Adventures’ Rockland Estate Eco-Park  

  • The Soualiga Sky Explorer, a four-passenger chairlift, transports guests to the Upper Deck. These decks encircle the mountaintop, one of St. Maarten’s highest points at 1,115 feet, where they will be immersed in spectacular 360-degree views of St. Maarten and its neighboring islands.
  • The Flying Dutchman, the world’s steepest zipline, where guests will experience the thrill of a lifetime as they launch down Sentry Hill on a flight line at 56 mph dropping 1050 feet in elevation over 2630 feet.
  • Each adventure begins in the Emilio Wilson Museum housed in a restored plantation house originally built in the 1700s. Guests will see depictions of what life was like on a plantation and learn about the customs, traditions, lifestyle, and stories that earned Sint Maarten the nickname ‘The Friendly Island’.
  • Emilio’s Restaurant, Maarten’s newest restaurant and entertainment hot spot.

For more information and bookings email [email protected], visit www.rainforestadventure.com/st-maarten or call toll-free from North America at +1.866.SKYTRAM (1.886.759.8726). Follow us @rainforestadventuresxm on Facebook and Instagram.

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St. Kitts: Every Hotel, Every Room, Every Day

Basseterre, St. Kitts (October 2, 2017) – In conjunction with the launch of its brand new official website on September 28, St. Kitts is pleased to declare that it’s “Time to Lime” with a limited time special offer providing up to 40% off hotel stays during peak travel season.

“While we continue to send thoughts, prayers and aid to our Caribbean neighbors who have been severely impacted by Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria, we are also grateful to be relatively unscathed as we approach our traditional peak season,”said Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. “Our new offer and website are both designed to inform potential guests that we are open and welcoming visitors while enticing them to book a trip to St. Kitts in the coming months.”

This special offer provides savings to visitors, whether they want to go scuba diving, play golf, experience adventure, enjoy a girls or guys getaway, or take a family vacation or a couples escape in St. Kitts. To receive the discounted rate, hotel reservations must be booked by October 29, 2017 for stays between December 15, 2017 and March 31, 2018. To learn more and to book, simply visit the Special Offers page on our new website www.stkittstourism.kn and click through on “Time to Lime” or go directly to http://www.stkittstourism.kn/promotions/island-wide-savings.

The offer is valid on new bookings only and may not be combinable with other promotional offers or programs. Blackout dates, additional restrictions and other terms and conditions may apply, so potential guests are advised to check with their hotel of choice prior to booking.

 

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St. Kitts Launches New Website

Basseterre, St. Kitts (September 28, 2017) – St. Kitts is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new official website, effective as of today. Created in keeping with the latest trends in technology, the new www.stkittstourism.kn website features a mobile-first design reflective of how people research and book their travel today as well as immersive photo and video content and an improved user experience overall.

“While we continue to send our thoughts, prayers and aid to our Caribbean brothers and sisters, who have been severely impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, we are also grateful to be open and welcoming travelers,” said Minister Grant. “Therefore, the launch of our new website today could not be better timed as it is one of the first places to which potential guests go to research what we have to offer including the variety of accommodations where they can stay, our distinct product offerings and unique attractions such as Brimstone Hill, a World Heritage Site, The Scenic Railway and Caribelle Batik/Romney Manor as well as how easy it is to get here.”

In addition to upgrading the site from a desktop-first design to a mobile one that automatically redraws to render the optimal experience according to user access device, the new website features enhanced search filters based on user-selected preference criteria that automatically refines searches to match them. For example, a user can choose to stay in a hotel that is beachfront and/or has pool and/or Wi-Fi capability. TripAdvisor integration provides an additional tool for travelers researching the destination and links to social media are more prominently promoted.

New pages also include curated itineraries similar to those found in travel guides, special offers, expanded hotel and events pages, highlighted links to tips from bloggers / publications and a dedicated page for travel professionals. The new website provides a full range of details including where to stay, activities, dining venues, a calendar of events, details about getting married on St. Kitts and more.

St. Kitts’ new website was created by Tambourine, the island’s digital marketing agency of record based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Tambourine also created St. Kitts’ previous website, which won awards from some of the travel industry’s most prestigious organizations including HSMAI and Travel Weekly upon its debut in 2011.

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Martinique Statement on Hurricane Irma

September 14, 2017: Following the devastation brought by Hurricane Irma, Karine Mousseau, Martinique Tourism Commissioner expressed her thoughts and sympathies to the people of all the Caribbean Islands which have been affected.

“On behalf of the Martinique Tourism Authority and of the people of Martinique, I wish to express our thoughts and solidarity. Our heart goes out to our brothers and sisters of the islands stricken by this unprecedented storm.”

In addition to the overall relief efforts, Martinique is also providing logistical and humanitarian support. On September 11 two ships from the Martinique Customs Division brought much needed food and water to the island of Saint Martin. A unit of 39 Martinique firefighters has been dispatched this Wednesday to assist local efforts–ongoing search and rescue, home safety evaluations and road clearing. The island’s population is also participating in a solidarity initiative set up by the Prefecture of Martinique to gather all the individual offers of assistance, from room and board to those left homeless to financial help.

Ms. Mousseau went on to say: “Our thoughts also go out to all our colleagues in the tourism industry affected by Hurricane Irma.  We in Martinique realize how fortunate we were to have been totally spared”.

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Florida Honeymoon Sweepstakes Winner Lauds Saint Lucia

(Saint Lucia, August 22, 2017) Saint Lucia is being praised highly by a very satisfied visitor who won the opportunity to enjoy the island. Nicole Kreiner won the trip in NBC 6 South Florida’s annual Ultimate Honeymoon Giveaway Sweepstakes in which the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) has been participating consistently over the years. Kreiner and her husband, Thomas St. Bizarro, stayed at the Ti Kaye Resort and Spa for a week from August 5. In a chat with the SLTB about the experience, Kreiner said, “Everyone is just so nice, the staff here are great and we love it here.” Her husband also expressed his love for the destination saying, “I thought I had died and gone to heaven… it is just so beautiful here”.

The adventure-loving couple made the Treetop Adventure Park in Dennery their first excursion and they were impressed by Saint Lucia’s natural beauty and the warmth of its people. Kreiner said, “It is just so beautiful here, you feel like you are always inside nature and the people here are just so welcoming everywhere we go.” The couple rented a car to explore the island and they visited Rodney Bay in the north of the island. On their return to Ti Kaye Resort and Spa, the couple got lost in the city but quickly found help from passersby. Kreiner recounts that “There was this really wonderful lady, she was actually buying bread and she took her time and got us all the way to the city exit.”

As part of their honeymoon adventure, the couple took a sunset cruise from Anse Cochon to watch the sun go down in the shade of the Pitons. To cap off their Saint Lucia sojourn, they climbed the majestic Gros Piton followed by a healing dip in the New Jerusalem mineral bath bringing a soothing end to their stay.

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Fashion House in Antigua and Barbuda for Major Photoshoot

August 17, 2017 (St. John’s, Antigua) – Chen Burkett, a noted New York based fashion designer has teamed up with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and leading luxury resort, Carlisle Bay to capture the romantic elements of Antigua and Barbuda in an on-island photo shoot taking place in Antigua this week, ahead of the launch of her debut bridal collection at New York Fashion Week in September.

Coined as a non-traditional bridal collection with elements of traditional style, the Chen Burkett Bridal Collection caters to today’s modern bride, who is searching for unique pieces that match her unique tastes. These brides particularly prefer a non-traditional celebration such as a destination wedding on an exotic island like Antigua and Barbuda, and want what they wear to be an expression of who they are and how they feel as they make memories that will last a lifetime. The collection features silk and jacquard fabrics, cotton and linen with intricate beading and clean, beautiful lines.

The partnership with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and Carlisle Bay will see quintessential Antigua captured throughout Burkett’s collection. The destination’s historic and breathtaking locations along with the lush gardens and luxury rooms of the resort will serve as the backdrop for the shoot which utilizes model Mailka Miller of MMG Management, Bella Agency New York.

Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot A. Michael said, “Antigua and Barbuda, the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination as voted by the World Travel Awards is the perfect backdrop for this alluring and beautiful collection. We are fast-becoming a hotspot for honeymooning couple or couples on romantic escapes, having this year alone played host to celebrities, footballer Lionel Messi and American Idol winner Chris Blue who honeymooned on island with their wives.”

Chen Burkett New York is quotidian glam at its best and has been seen on red carpets and worn by notable celebrities and influencers such as: Eva Duvernay, Erica Campbell, Niecy Nash, Toya Wright, Alex Elle and Ray Royce.

CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James said, “We are excited about this partnership out of our US Office with Chen Burkett. This public relations activity further strengthens Antigua and Barbuda’s position as a premiere romance destination which offers couples ‘no residency’ weddings and luxurious, intimate and quality experiences. As soon as the collection launches, the beauty of Antigua and Barbuda will be visible throughout the USA and the UK with images appearing in bridal magazines, boutiques and online at Chen Burkett.com.”

A dedicated hashtag for the photoshoot now in session makes the collaboration between Antigua and Barbuda official. As such, the following hashtags are now being used on all photos across social media: # ChenBurkettxAntiguaBarbuda; #ChenBurkettxCarlisleBay; #LoveAntiguaBarbudaCBNY

The bridal collection is being shot by acclaimed commercial photographer Keith Major, one of New York’s most talented and productive commercial photographers, who has  more than 30 years of experience and a roster of A-list clients.

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Top International Chefs Ready for Barbados

Chefs Tom Aikens, Chris De La Rosa and Jean-Georges Vongerichten are set to spice up the eighth annual Barbados Food and Rum Festival.

The three chefs hailing from Barbados’ top source markets, will be featured in the three-part Gourmet Safari dinner series spanning two nights – November 18 and 19. The Gourmet Safari offers diners the opportunity to follow their favourite international chefs around the island as they prepare speciality spreads across some of Barbados’ finest restaurants.

The Gourmet Safari kicks off on the West Coast, with Vongerichten of the U.S.A at the renowned Cliff Restaurant. The following night, De La Rosa from Canada will take the action to the East, catering to discerning patrons at The Crane. Then it’s over to Aikens, who will close the curtain on the series as it heads back to the West Coast, preparing a specially selected menu at The Tides restaurant, which is on-board with the Festival for the first time this year.

The three chefs will join talented local artisans including the award-winning Damien Leach, Creig Greenidge, Michael Harrison and many more.

CEO of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), William ‘Billy’ Griffith, spoke about the success of the 2016 rebrand to the Barbados Food & Rum Festival. “It was a strategic move to further enrich our focus on promoting the unique elements of Barbados, namely our claim to the birthplace of rum. We are pleased with how much the Festival has grown and how much attention it has attracted both here and abroad. Moving forward, we want to ensure that we’re creating not just unique experiences for visitors, but also a sustainable product that all Barbadians can feel invested in.”

The Food and Rum Festival will run from November 16 through 19 and feature a range of diverse culinary and cultural experiences including polo, a flotilla and beach party, and a night out in the popular Oistins fishing village.

More information is available at the website http://www.foodandrum.com

About Barbados

The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes.  Rated as one of the world’s sexiest beaches in 2008 by Concierge.com; Barbados’ Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travelers.  Barbados is also the first Zagat-rated Caribbean island and is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Barbados has hosted several world class events including: The annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival; the 2006 PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in 2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in 2010, and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010, and the Rihanna LOUD concert in 2012. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. Grantley Adams International Airport offers even more non-stop and direct service from a growing number of U.S., making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean.  Barbados was voted eighth in the World by Trip Advisor’s “2008 Travelers’ Choice Destination Awards” in its Top 100 Destinations category.  For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org, follow on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VisitBarbados, via Twitter @Barbados.

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