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Buju Banton to Perform at St. Kitts Music Festival 2019

Continuing to add to the already star-studded line-up, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism announced that Buju Banton will be performing at the 23rd Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which will take place on June 26-30, 2019. He joins previously announced popular artists Smokey Robinson, French Montana, Popcaan, and Davido.

“It is very exciting to have Buju Banton join the roster for the 2019 St. Kitts Music Festival,” said Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant. “Having such a renowned dancehall artist only enhances the mix of top international acts, local performers and regional talent across a broad range of musical styles that helps the event appeal to a diverse audience.”

Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, added, “Our annual Music Festival has become a verified driver for travel to St. Kitts specifically to attend the event, boosting arrivals from key source markets during our off-peak season. The addition of Buju Banton to the roster this year will only increase the Festival’s already strong appeal.”

For many years, the name Buju Banton (a.k.a. Gargamel) has become synonymous with modern reggae. Having metamorphosed from a brash teenage phenomenon into a self-assured deejay and singer, Buju’s fusion of traditional roots rock, contemporary R&B and dancehall DJ’ing have earned him a prophet-like status in his Jamaican homeland. Having hit the charts there suddenly in 1992 with a string of hits including “Bogle,” “Love Me Browning” and “Love Black Woman,” Banton soon thereafter released one of the more controversial songs in his musical catalogue, “Boom Boom Bye Bye.” His 2010 album, Before the Dawn, won Best Reggae Album of the year at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards.

Now entering its 23rd year, the St. Kitts Music Festival attracts both locals and visitors alike. It features a wide range of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music. Past artists have included such prominent acts as John Legend, The Goo Goo Dolls, Lionel Richie, Jason Derulo, Trey Songz, Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, R. City, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Shaggy, Kelly Rowland, Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, Tessanne Chin, Toni Braxton, Sean Paul, Boyz II Men, King Konris, Stephen Marley, Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond, and Biggie Irie. For more information about the St. Kitts Music Festival, visit www.stkittsmusicfestival.com.

About St. Kitts:

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. Located in the northern Leeward Islands, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history.  The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are watersports including catamaran cruises, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on the beach.  For more information about St. Kitts, visit www.stkittstourism.kn.

 

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Cayman Islands on Track to Surpass 2017 Stayover Visitation

The Cayman Islands welcomed a total of 410,984 stayover visitors in the first eleven months of 2018. This represents an 11.26 percent increase over the first eleven months of 2017 and is the highest number of stayover visitors in recorded history. Total visitation for the year 2017 was 418,403. 

“The incredible growth in arrivals we have seen in 2018 is a testament to the resilience of the Cayman Islands through strong stakeholder partnerships, high investor confidence and a national commitment to the development of our infrastructure,” commented Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism, the Honourable Moses Kirkconnell. “The strategic efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and Department of Tourism must be continued, to ensure our islands take a holistic approach at addressing the needs of every visitor that graces our shore. I look forward to ending the year with record-breaking arrivals and continuing this momentum through 2019.”

November air arrivals into the Cayman Islands were the best November in record history with a total of 38,172 visitors, a 9.07 percent increase over 2017. Visitation from the United States increased by 10.43 percent. Of significant note is the Southeast region which recorded a 19.44 percent increase over 2017. These figures were aided by the addition of JetBlue’s daily service from Fort Lauderdale in October. The Northeast region increased by 6.42 percent and was complemented by an increase in flight capacity from JetBlue and our national airline, Cayman Airways. The Southwest region recorded a 16.3 percent increase over 2017; while the West Coast and Midwest region recorded a 15.97 and 4.55 percent respectively. Canadian arrivals showed strong performance as well, with increased visitation at 13.27 percent growth over November 2017. Continued efforts to grow the Latin American market are fruitful as visitation grew by 10.3 percent.

Sustained growth is expected in the first quarter of 2019 with several key events happening in the destination. The 11th annual Cayman Cookout, which unites award-winning chefs and winemakers with worldwide purveyors of gourmet food, returns to the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean January 16 – 20, 2019. Taste of Cayman, a celebration of the Cayman Islands’ culinary heritage, returns to the Festival Green, Camana Bay January 26, 2019. To top it all off, the Cayman Islands is proud to be the host destination for KAABOO Cayman, set for February 15 – 16, 2019. The event will welcome a wide spectrum of internationally renowned musicians such as The Chainsmokers, Duran Duran, ZEDD, Jason Derulo; comedians such as Wanda Sykes, David Spade, Jenny Slate, Darrell Hammond and chefs such as Michael Mina, Richard Blais, Michell Bernstein and Nina Compton.

 

To learn more about Cayman Cookout, please visit www.caymancookout.com.

To learn more about Taste of Cayman, please visit www.tasteofcayman.org.

To learn more about KAABOO Cayman, please visit www.kaaboocayman.com.

For more information and detailed arrival statistics, please visit www.caymanislands.ky/statistics.

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End of Year Gifts for Dominica’s Tourism Industry

The Discover Dominica Authority is pleased to inform of the end of year gifts that the local Industry has received.  Over the past few weeks, various stakeholders and destination Dominica have received good news.

Since reopening November 1, 2018, Secret Bay, an exclusive and intimate eco-luxury boutique resort and the island’s only 5-star hotel, received two coveted awards: The resort was named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards: “Best Resorts in the Caribbean.” This accolade is determined by the public and this year’s list generated 429,000 responses that helped land Secret Bay fourth out of 50 Caribbean resorts. Additionally, Secret Bay was named one of 10 Caribbean properties that made Fodor’s prestigious list of “100 Most Incredible Hotels in the World.” Over the years, Secret Bay has received numerous accolades.

Secret Bay features a limited collection of six freestanding, secluded and sustainably-crafted villas with their own individual plunge pools that are immersed in nature and positioned on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea. Offering a wealth of transformational experiences, fine dining, wellness facilities, architectural residential-style villas and night and day access to remote beaches, Secret Bay provides guests with the ultimate five-star hideaway experience. Secret Bay is located at Ti Baie in the north of Dominica and can be reached at [email protected] and online at https://secretbay.dm.

These two accomplishments come soon after our very own Tamarind Tree Hotel was nominated for and awarded with the British Guild of Travel Writers BGTW Annual Tourism Award for Best Tourism Project in the Wider World Category for their project “Clearance and Restoration of Segment 11 of the Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT) in Dominica.”  The Tamarind Tree Hotel is a 21 room property which overlooks the Caribbean Sea atop a 100 ft cliff. The property is ideally located between two beaches and with easy access to hiking trails.  For more information about the hotel’s trail restoration project contact the Tamarind Tree Hotel at [email protected]  or at https://www.tamarindtreedominica.com/.

From December 17th through to December 28th, Dominica welcomed nineteen (19) different cruise ships to our shores, totaling 37,579 cruise passengers.   On Monday December 17th, Dominica welcomed three (3) ships for the first time this season as Dominica was visited by the MV Koningsdam, MV Celebrity Silhouette and the SY Royal Clipper.  During that period the destination also hosted two ships in port on five different occasions.

Dominica once again benefited from the FCCA Foundation Holiday Gift Project. Crew members of MV Celebrity Silhouette—along with West Dominica Children’s Federation, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and Discover Dominica Authority (DDA)—brought holiday cheer and gifts to 200 Dominican children.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

About Dominica: Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a haven for adventure travelers seeking a unique vacation that includes: hiking and adventure, cultural events/festivals, diving and water sports, whale/dolphin watching and canyoning adventures. Dominica lies south of Guadeloupe and north of Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean. Air travelers can connect to Dominica on Air Antilles, Air Sunshine, Coastal Air Transport, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines, or WINAIR from the surrounding hubs of Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  If travelling by sea, travelers can connect to Dominica on L’Express Des Iles ferry service from Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia and on Valferry from Guadeloupe and Martinique.

 

 

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More Connections to Pure Grenada from the USA with American Airlines

People living in the USA now have more options and easier connections when travelling to Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean.  Close to 100 passengers arrived aboard the second American Airlines Saturdays flight from Miami on December 22, 2018 at the Maurice Bishop International Airport. On arrival, they were greeted with sweet steel pan music, cultural dancers in traditional wear and a refreshing rum sorrel drink.

The additional flight leaves Miami International after 9:00am and arrives in Grenada after 1:00pm while the original flight on Saturdays leaves Miami at 10:45am and arrives in Grenada at 3:22pm. These flights will allow many travellers to make connections on Saturdays without having to overnight.

Passengers were appreciative of the spicy Grenadian welcome with one commenting, “we’re glad to be back” while another said ‘this is a lovely welcome.” Chief Executive Officer of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) Patricia Maher was also on hand to welcome the additional flight saying, “ We are happy for the double capacity from this key gateway of Miami International Airport on Saturdays with American Airlines as we have experienced strong growth in visitor arrivals from the United States of 12.3% year to date in 2018.”

Thus far, the US market accounts for 47% of market share for stayover arrivals with the five top performing feeder markets being New York, Florida, New Jersey, California and Texas.

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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New Year’s Message from Hugh Riley, Secretary General, CTO

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (28 December, 2018) – As the Caribbean tourism sector prepares to welcome the New Year, we look forward to 2019 with a sense of optimism, excitement and much hope. We are optimistic because we are seeing signs that the lows which Mother Nature imposed upon us during the latter part of 2017 into 2018 are being reversed. We are excited about our prospects because of the incredible turnaround that we are seeing in the most impacted destinations. And we hopeful that the progress of our member countries and supporters can continue unabated, to maintain the momentum they developed since the storms of 2017 when everyone rolled up their sleeves and got down to work to build an improved and more sustainable product.

We are pleased to report that tourism accommodations are being rebuilt and reopened, airports are receiving their full schedule of flights with the return of airlines in full force and the diverse product offerings within our destinations are being restored.

At the same time, increases in the number of available seats, positive messaging and promotions in the marketplace have enabled the unaffected destinations to register continuous growth. The demand among international visitors is strong and Caribbean nationals have continued their quest to explore and enjoy the pleasures of their neighbouring destinations.

Regarding the cruise sector, most ports have been repaired and cruise calls have already returned to normal levels. Indeed, regional cruise visits grew in each month since May, with the region registering growth of 13.7 per cent during the May to September period and 17.1 per cent in the third quarter of 2018.

In October, the region launched a digital awareness campaign “The Rhythm Never Stops” on social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, coinciding with augmented airlift for the 2018/19 tourist winter season. Travel professionals and their clients received the message that the Caribbean is a resilient region with an unstoppable resolve to succeed and to keep on moving in the right direction.

For 2019, the outlook is bright for our destinations. We’re quite excited about declaring 2019 as the “Year of Festivals” in the Caribbean. Simply stated, there’s a rhythm to the region that cannot be replicated anywhere on earth. There’s no escaping the melody of nature, as gentle breezes and free-flowing fronds combine beautifully in perfect harmony; no getting away from the heavenly choruses of tides caressing magnificent world class beaches; no missing the cadence of our conversation, the tempo of our movement.

The Caribbean is a festival of rhythms and a home of festivals – music, art, literary, sailing, lights, food, rum, religious, dance – all with their own attractive rhythms.

The Year of Festivals will focus on the fascinating events that have become an integral part of the Caribbean tourism calendar. Festivals help to energize communities across the region, while giving visitors more reasons to enjoy our destinations.

Despite all there is to celebrate in 2019, we must also approach the New Year with a degree of caution since there’s still much work to be done. While preliminary data from our member countries revealed increased demand for travel to the vast majority of the 24 reporting countries, and despite a 9.1 per cent increase in arrivals in September 2018 when compared to the same month in 2017, overall our performance was still down in 2018. A third quarter decline of 3.2 per cent made this our best quarter, and the rate of tourist arrivals is now expected to slow to -1.0 per cent to -2.0 per cent – a definite sign that the tide is turning. Cruise passenger arrivals are projected to grow at an accelerated rate of around 6 per cent to 7 per cent.

Without doubt, our region is in a stronger position than it was a year ago. We are encouraged by the prospect of even greater collaboration with our partners in the industry, including the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association, and a range of travel professionals and industry partners who consistently offer Caribbean holiday experiences to their best clients. Our confidence is buoyed by the progress our region is making to combine its resources to bolster our competitive position internationally. The evidence is clear that a strong, unified Caribbean gives the region a global advantage which individual member-countries on their own have little chance of attaining. The success of our countries rests upon our ability to speak as a region with one strong voice.

On behalf of the CTO Council of ministers and commissioners of tourism, the board of directors, members and staff of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, I thank you for all your commitment, hard work and support in 2018, and wish you a New Year of rich blessings and prosperity.

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Melinda Lowe wins with Taste of Dominica

Roseau, Dominica – (December 19, 2018). Melinda Lowe is the grand prize winner of Taste and Win with Taste of Dominica.  Ms. Lowe has won a Mas Domnik 2019 Experience for 2 which will include tickets to shows, costumes and spending money. According to CEO/Director of Tourism “It is fitting that the grand prize of this food festival is a Carnival package as CTO has announced 2019 as the year of Festivals.  Dominica’s Carnival, Mas Domnik will be the first of three major music Festivals hosted by the nature Isle, Dominica in 2019.”

Taste of Dominica was organized by the Discover Dominica Authority. The activity which ran from Friday October 19 – Friday November 30 showcased the diversity of Dominica’s cuisine and offered an array of options from street food to inspired chef creations, to herbal teas and of course Dominica’s famous bush rums.

40 food establishments in various parts of the island participated. The objective of Taste of Dominica was not only to promote the cuisine of Dominica and get persons to visit as many eating establishments as possible, but also to increase revenue and promote these establishments.  The activity targeted locals as well as visitors. It was an avenue utilized to explore the island and its unique Cuisine offerings.

Discover Dominica Authority thanks the 40 establishments and patrons who participated in the activity.

About Dominica: Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a haven for adventure travelers seeking a unique vacation that includes: hiking and adventure, cultural events/festivals, diving and water sports, whale/dolphin watching and canyoning adventures. Dominica lies south of Guadeloupe and north of Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean. Air travelers can connect to Dominica on Air Sunshine, Coastal Air Transport, Express Carrier, LIAT, interCaribbean, Seaborne Airlines, or WINAIR/Air Antilles from the surrounding hubs of Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

If travelling by sea, travelers can connect to Dominica on L’Express Des Iles ferry service from Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia and on Valferry from Guadeloupe and Martinique.

 

 

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