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Jamaica to Host Tourism Resilience Summit of the Americas in September

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica; July 27, 2018: Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has announced that Jamaica will host a resilience summit with key global stakeholders and thought leaders on September 13 at the University of the West Indies, Mona. The date was selected to commemorate hurricanes Irma and Maria, two of the most devastating weather systems to have affected the region.

“This summit forms part of my ministry’s efforts to build resilience within the region and globally. Resilience building has become even more crucial in a world that is hyper connected and as such more susceptible to climate change, epidemics and pandemics, terrorism and cybercrime,” Minister Bartlett said.

The resilience summit, to be held under the theme ‘Tourism Resilience through Global Synergies’, will seek to assess existing and emerging disruptions related to tourism management globally;  examine the risk of these disruptions to the global tourism product; and identify a synergetic strategic and operational framework for mutual partnerships between and among major governmental, non-governmental and business entities to address as well as develop mitigation strategies for these global disruptions.

Speaking today at the press conference in Montego Bay to announce the summit, Minister Bartlett added that this is “A precursor to the official launch of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre in January next year and this centre will be the global hub to assist destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that affect tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods globally.”

The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre was one of the major outcomes of the Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism under the esteemed partnership of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Slated to be housed at the University of the West Indies, Mona, the Centre will have a Chairman of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairmen include Dr. Talib Rifai, former UNWTO Secretary General and the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism of Jamaica. Dr. Mario Hardy, Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Professor Lee Miles, Professor of Crisis management at Bournemouth University, England will be members of the Board of Directors.

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Pure Grenada the Spice of the Caribbean Resumes Normal Operations

St. George’s, Grenada – 2nd August, 2018 – Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean has resumed normal operations. Grenada received heavy rainfall for most of the day on Wednesday into the night, as a result of a tropical wave.

Minor landslides and flooding were reported in coastal regions, in the south and south-eastern parts of the island including the Capital, St. George’s. Clean-up efforts immediately commenced in affected areas.

Today, the government, private sector businesses and tourism services are operating as normal.

The destination continues to welcome all its visitors for Spicemas, the island’s largest festival which culminates on August 14, 2018.  

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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This Winter, Martinique is at your fingertips

New York, August 1—Summer is the perfect season to start planning for a sunny winter break. With the bluest waters of the Caribbean there is an island known as the Isle of Flowers. It is acclaimed for its warm people and a geography that offers 425 square miles of verdant lush mountainous landscapes, rolling hills, pristine waters of many unspoiled beaches and coves crowned by the towering Mont Pelee volcano.

American travelers will once again enjoy easy access from the North Eastern U.S. and be offered an exciting range of packages to experience this authentic island where Creole culture lives and breathes in the heart of the Caribbean archipelago.

Open for bookings, Norwegian Air will offer more frequent service than last year for the 2018/2019 season:

Starting October 31, 2018, flights from Fort Lauderdale will be increased from three to four times weekly to Martinique’s capital Fort-de-France; and service from New York’s JFK will go from four flights to six beginning October 28.

In addition, American Airlines, which operates non-stop from Miami to Martinique, offers year-round service going from one flight weekly up to six times weekly during the high season.

With American visitors in mind, several tour operators are offering packages and programs with special prices when booked in advance:

  • Club Med’s Buccaneer’s Creek air-and-all-inclusive package starts at $1,399 per person if booked by August 21 for travel between October 31 and December 15, 2018.  Click here to see offers
  • Road Scholar, known for its educational trips, introduces “The Allure of Martinique: A Touch of France in the Caribbean” program, a seven-night, eight day program that includes air if booked before September 30, and of course excursion with an expert to the island’s major heritage sites.
  • Cardonna Adventures offers expert and novice divers seven-night programs including daily breakfast plus five dive days, airport transfersk, with specials and more starting at 877 euros (approx. $1050) per person when booked by August 21—60 days prior to arrival. They offer aficionados exciting dives to over 20 of Martinique’s best sites.
  • And last but not least, Expedia is offering 20% off one hotel night from affordable to lux establishments for those staying late August

ABOUT MARTINIQUE – martiniquepresskit.com

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.



Marion Fourestier, Director of Communications, [email protected]Tel: 212 745 0963/67




Géraldine Rome, Communications Coordinator, [email protected]Tel: 212 745 0941

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BTB Launches Belizean Traveller Campaign

Belize City, Wednesday, Aug 1st, 2018:   The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is encouraging Belizeans to be a traveller in their own country during the entire month of August as part of its Belizean Traveller Campaign. And to make the invite more enticing it is offering over $25,000 in prizes that will allow six winners to enjoy a dream vacation in any of Belize’s regional tourism regions. But the campaign becomes even better with the Belize Hotel Association (BHA) jumping into the band wagon to offer numerous discounts through its members during the campaign.

The BTB’s Belizean Traveller Campaign was officially launched this morning at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City. The campaign will be implemented by BTB from August 1 to 25th August with the following objectives:

  • Create awareness of Belize’s six tourism regions and products to its residents and citizens.
  • Highlight what Belize has to offer as a perfect vacation paradise.
  • Allow the traveller to enjoy the scenery, their vacation and breathtaking memories.
  • Enjoy our unique Belizean culture  and to promote educational opportunities  among Belizeans so that they can learn about our history.
  • Promote Belize as a world class authentic Curious Place destination – be the envy of the world.
  • Offer Belizeans an opportunity for relaxation – invest in their family – take a well-deserved summer break.
  • Adventure – tap into Belizeans’ adventurous side.
  • Boost domestic tourism – increase domestic revenue and volumes and allow Belizeans to enjoy attractive discounts being offered by various local resorts.

During the launching, Ms.  Karen Pike, BTB’s Director of Marketing and Industry Relations said “BTB was very excited at the opportunity to share what a gem we have in this country with the various destinations from north to south.”  She added that as an industry partner, the BHA, continues to market the destination with the BTB and strengthen the efforts and exposure of the hotel properties within Belize.

For his part, Mr. Ted Tejeda, President of the Belize Hotel Association, compared Belize as a paradise and said  “we live in a beautiful country with a lot of natural resources, a country which you can explore.” He added that BTB’s Belizean Traveller campaign was an excellent idea because as Belizeans we are all ambassadors of this country. He also expressed strong support for the campaign saying BHA members were delighted to offer up to 50 % discount to Belizeans.

The campaign will be carried out through an interactive  live TV show entitled “The Belizean Traveller” on Love FM TV on Wednesday, August 8, 15 and 22.  During the show the general public will be able to call in and answer a question and in addition to winning numerous BTB giveaways, winners will also be able to participate in the grand raffle of the six big prizes ($4,000.00 each) at the grand finale of the campaign from 5 to 7 pm on Saturday, August 25 at the BTL park. The prizes include full paid accommodation plus activities of the winner’s choice.

The grand finale will include numerous cultural presentations, BTB giveaways and lively entertainment by the National Dance Company and local artists. The highlight of the evening will be a musical performance by Belize’s super star, the General Supa G.

Prior to the launching of the campaign, BTB implemented a series of radio and television countrywide road shows to share the campaign concept with the general public with the aim to generating their interest to participate in the campaign. Throughout the month’s campaign, BTB hopes to create increased awareness of Belize’s regions and products to its residents and citizens, highlighting the scenery and rich culture of a world class authentic destination – BELIZE, a Curious Place!

For further information on the Belizean Traveller Campaign please visit the following link:  https://www.facebook.com/belizeantraveller/ 


About the Belize Tourism Board

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is a statutory body within the Belize Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, and it is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation. The BTB works in conjunction with members of the private sector – including the Belize Hotel Association, Belize Tourism Industry Association and Belize National Tour Operators Association – and is dedicated to building tourism in the most economically and environmentally sustainable manner. As a part of its responsibilities, the BTB promotes Belize as a premier tourism destination to both in-country and international consumers. Among its outreach to the international travel market, the BTB markets the country’s unique attractions to travelers, members of the travel trade industry and media outlets in key markets. The BTB is also dedicated to developing and implementing tourism programs that will help strengthen and grow the Belizean tourism industry; promote good destination stewardship; and instil high quality standards for accommodations and travel experiences. For more information on the BTB and its services, visit www.travelbelize.org.

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LIAT Provides More Opportunities to Get to Pure Grenada for Spicemas Carnival 2018

St. George’s, Grenada – 27th July, 2018 – The Government of Grenada and regional airline LIAT have agreed on a partnership that will increase airlift to Pure Grenada during the ever-popular Spicemas Carnival Season. Previously all flights coming into Grenada were fully booked with visitors and the diaspora clamouring for more flights.

The agreement was reached following negotiations involving the Grenada Airlift Advisory Committee, the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) and LIAT representatives. LIAT’s 68-seater aircraft will fly into Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International on Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th and Friday 10th August from BGI, Barbados.

Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Dr.Clarice Modeste Curwen says, “Spicemas is our signature festival and interest from all over the world is growing by leaps and bounds. We thank LIAT for this first of its kind collaboration during our festive season and we look forward to future partnerships.”

Speaking about the benefits of the added flights, the Minister further stated, “This is great news as international travellers as well as the diaspora can visit Grenada, connecting through Barbados from London, Miami, Canada, New York and Panama.”

Marketing Manager of the GTA, Francine Stewart was also elated with the news saying, “With growing interest from travellers who are either from Barbados or in Barbados for the CropOver Festival and with Spice Mas trending as a hot Carnival destination, this is the perfect opportunity for them to experience, the Spice of the Caribbean.”

The additional flights also provide Grenadians with more outbound options to Barbados with the ability to connect to the UK, the USA, Canada and the Caribbean. Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of the extra flights.

The GTA and LIAT will move aggressively to market these additional flights through several media including digital platforms.

The Grenada Airlift Advisory Committee has continued to build on its relationship with LIAT since 2016. Since then benefits coming out of this relationship include a marketing partnership between LIAT and the GTA, open communication between the Airlift Committee and LIAT Executives and increased flights to Grenada in 2017. Committee Chairman Richard Strachan expressed his gratitude to the Tourism Minister and Government for supporting this pioneering venture with LIAT.

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Barbados Tourism Growth Continues, Up 3% In First Six Months Of 2018

New airlift, new experiences and refreshed product are already translating to increased tourism business for Barbados. Newly released figures show that Barbados is continuing its path of positive growth in 2018, attracting 357,668 stayover visitors for the period January to June. When compared to the corresponding period in 2017, there were 10,819 additional visitors to the island; an increase of 3.1 percent.

According to in-house statistics from the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), the island enjoyed an influx of arrivals, and of the five top-producing source markets, the United Kingdom is out front once again with over 119,241 arrivals, up 2.8 percent from 2017. The UK maintains a 33.3 percent market share. Following closely behind is the United States, which recorded the fastest growth of 8.8 percent from 107,328 visitors during the January to June 2018 period. Over in Canada, 53,236 arrivals were recorded, seeing this market grow by 2.9 percent when compared to 2017.

The island also saw 14,863 arrivals coming out of Trinidad and Tobago, and there was a further increase of 3.1 percent growth from the other Caribbean territories, while Europe retained 4.3 percent market share with 18,988 visitors.

CEO of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), William ‘Billy’ Griffith congratulated the tourism players who contributed to the destination’s growth. He added that “there’s pressure to keep improving and to remain competitive as we continue to grow our brand. We must be strategic in our efforts, and now, more than ever, we must focus on our key relationships. Which is why over the next six months, you will see us working even more closely with our partners to ensure these trends continue through the upcoming winter period and beyond.”

Increases in air capacity

Last December, the BTMI joined with the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) to welcome Virgin Atlantic’s new London Heathrow twice-weekly service to Barbados, which will recommence in the coming winter 2018/19 season. Newcomer Thomas Cook will also recommence its direct weekly service from London Gatwick this winter 2018/19, which ran successfully through winter 2017/2018.

All eyes are on Latin America as Barbados’ newest partnership with Copa Airlines has introduced a twice weekly Barbados–Panama service. The inaugural flight landed in Barbados to much fanfare on July 17 and this new service is expected to open a gateway to wider South America and other Caribbean territories.

The United States will get a further boost this winter with two additions from American Airlines. The airline recently announced that it will be adding a third daily flight from Miami commencing December 19, 2018. On that same day, it will also launch a non-stop, daily service from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Barbados. Over in Canada, WestJet is currently increasing its seats by 8 percent between May and October 2018, and this winter, Air Canada will increase its capacity from Montreal with three weekly flights.

Exciting new attractions and accommodations

In addition to the increased airlift, Griffith also acknowledged the role that the island’s new attractions have played in boosting 2018 arrival numbers. “We are cognisant of the continuous need for refreshing and invigorating our product offerings while preserving the elements of the Barbados experience that keep our repeat guest rate so high. New attractions like Rihanna Drive and Nikki Beach, or even Hugo’s restaurant, go a long way in showing that Barbados is committed to maintaining its position as a superior holiday destination.”

He also spoke about the addition of the new Sandals Royal resort, and extensively refurbished accommodation properties such as Sea Breeze Beach House in Maxwell, Christ Church.

Looking ahead to the next six months, Griffith said he is looking forward to experiencing the new Heritage Railway by St. Nicholas Abbey, which features a 45-minute train ride along the East Coast in a restored locomotive.

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