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The Bahamas Is In a Good Position To Benefit From Investment and the Multicultural Segment

MIAMI, Florida –  The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation recently participated in the 25th Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show (NABHOOD).

The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers’ (NABHOOD) mission is to create wealth within diverse communities by increasing the number of minorities developing, managing, operating, and owning hotels, while expanding vendor opportunities and executive level jobs.

Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable I. Chester Cooper gave remarks along with other key leaders from top hotel brands in the Caribbean region. The Deputy Prime Minister expressed why investing in The Bahamas right now is optimal.

“In recent years, The Bahamas has benefitted from close to 3 billion dollars in foreign direct investment. Development projects have ranged from mega resorts, marinas and attractions to boutique hotels. This ongoing development activity is a strong indicator of one thing — investor confidence,” said Cooper. He added, “We project continued growth in visitor arrivals in the months ahead, based on positive hotel bookings. There has been a significant increase in airlift fueled by pent-up demand for travel. Currently, there are direct or one stop flights to The Bahamas from every major region of the United States.”

The Deputy Prime Minister in his closing remarks encouraged all attendees to invest in The Bahamas. “The Bahamas has in place all the prime conditions conducive to propelling economic growth, in the short to medium and long term. I invite you to come to The Bahamas, invest and grow with us.”

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Caribbean Tourism Outperforms the Rest of the World as Data Suggests a Continued Reversal of the Slide

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (11 Oct, 2021) – As Caribbean tourism destinations continue their journey towards some semblance of normality, preliminary data from member countries of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) reveal that the region outperformed the rest of the world in the first half of 2021.

During this period, international tourist arrivals to the Caribbean reached 6.6 million, representing a 12.0 per cent decline when compared to the same period last year. By the end of May arrivals were at 5.2 million, down 30.8 per cent for the corresponding period in 2020, considerably better than the global average of a 65.1 per cent decline. Of the main regions analysed, The Americas, which included the Caribbean, registered a 46.9 per cent drop, otherwise, no other region performed better than a 63 per cent fall in arrivals.

While the tourist arrivals continued to lag pre-pandemic numbers, the first half year performance was boosted by a second quarter spurt when overnight tourist visits to the Caribbean jumped between ten and 37 times greater than those in the corresponding months in 2020. In absolute terms, there was a steady improvement, as arrival numbers increased from one million in April to 1.2 million in May to 1.5 million in June, according to data compiled by the CTO’s research department.

Among the reasons for the strong second quarter was a rise in outbound travel from the region’s primary market, the United States, from which tourist visits reached 4.3 million in the first half of the year, a 21.7 per cent increase. Other contributing factors included the easing of some travel restrictions and an increase in airlift.

“These are encouraging signs that the hard work our member countries have put into adapting to the changing environment of the pandemic is beginning to pay dividends,” said Neil Walters, the CTO’s acting secretary general. “Even as we embrace a recovery mindset and the opportunities the pandemic has given us, we must continue to be mindful of the challenges we currently face and the potential challenges a dynamic situation like the pandemic can present. The Caribbean tourism sector is known to be one of the most resilient in the world.”

 

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WCG Consulting and AZOVA Inc Announces Partnership To Promote Safe Travel Options In The Caribbean & Bermuda

Bridgetown, Barbados – WCG Consulting Ltd, a tourism marketing and development company (www.wcgconsultingltd.com), today announced an official partnership with Azova Inc, (www.azova.com) creator of the world’s most comprehensive digital health network for COVID-19 testing and vaccination management, to complement the efforts of Caribbean countries in providing for arrival, quarantine release, and departure to and from partner islands.

“I am especially pleased to join with AZOVA to work on innovative ways of increasing safe travel to our islands. This digital platform expands the options for travellers, most notably the United States, and offers a hassle-free process for travellers. The management of the Covid virus in the coming months plays the most important part of the destiny and future tourism success of our islands”, said William ‘Billy’ Griffith, Managing Director of WCG Consulting, and who is also the current Chairman of the Allied Membership of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

For arrival testing, AZOVA has so far partnered with Destination Barbados to provide a seamless Concierge Testing Service for travelers who request a concierge to arrive at their home, office, or hotel to complete the required provider-administered nasopharyngeal swab test.  This service is available in all major US cities. For quarantine release and departure testing, AZOVA has also partnered with, and created a digital network of, all the major testing providers on the island to enable travelers to book quarantine release and in person or concierge departure testing services through the AZOVA application. AZOVA’s on island Concierge COVID-19 Testing Service is available throughout Barbados at hotels, residences, businesses and a network of certified labs. All test results are available through AZOVA’s COVID Credentials™ Health Pass.  Travelers can securely share their test results via pdf, QR code or with a unique credential ID.

“We are excited to join in partnership with Billy Griffith and his company and are currently in discussion with more islands in the Caribbean region to sign on to our program,” stated Cheryl Lee Eberting, MD, CEO and founder of AZOVA. ”This is digital health at its finest, but is really only scratching the surface with the potential benefits that can come from creating connected and efficient care delivery models such as this. I am especially proud of Azova’s contribution to ensuring safety during this unprecedented pandemic and am honored to be working with the Caribbean in successfully navigating this period of crisis ”

Easy, Safe, Secure, and Private Covid Status Sharing
AZOVA’s unique and powerful COVID-19 testing, management, and electronic immunization records verification and credentials system is exactly what the world needs to safely reopen for travel. By enabling consumer access to testing and vaccination services along with access to those records and the ability to securely share those records with anyone in the world, the company is helping to reopen borders one country at a time. AZOVA adheres to the highest HIPAA, SOC2 and HITRUST standards to ensure healthcare data and COVID status is encrypted end-to-end.

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Nevis Tourism Authority Unveils New Destination Website with Exclusive Vacation Giveaway

Charlestown, Nevis – Nevis Tourism welcomes visitors to its revamped website, which spotlights the luxe Caribbean island’s offerings alongside stunning imagery of its famed sandy beaches and lush green mountains. The new site also houses an exciting vacation giveaway for visitors at an elegant hideaway in the heart of the Caribbean. The new destination website is lively, dynamic and practical, offering a modernized design and easy navigation, sure to inspire travel to Nevis.

“We’re happy to welcome back visitors to Nevis and hope our new website gives an enticing first taste of our special island. The new layout combines a sleek design with rich content and updated photography, illustrating a true reflection of our destination, our history and our unique tourism offering,” says Jadine Yarde, CEO of the Nevis Tourism Authority.

The website features optimized travel information about Nevis, including accommodations, attractions, restaurants & bars, island events, and history & culture. A streamlined navigation allows visitors to easily explore, search, and plan their next trip to Nevis, based on their individual interests and desires.

During the pandemic, whilst keeping the people of the island safe has been the priority, the Nevis Tourism Authority has taken time to elevate the island’s tourism products and introduce exciting new activities for the return of international travelers.

“This new site is a culmination of our hard work over the past 18 months for visitors to return to a Nevis that is back and better than ever. Showcasing these updates to consumers and travel agents online is paramount to continue attracting tourism to the island,” added Yarde.

To encourage consumers to explore the new website, the Nevis Tourism Authority is giving away a Nevis vacation for one lucky traveler via its Mango Mania competition. All visitors need to do is locate the Nevis Mango Emoji  on one of the website pages, click on the emoji, and complete their entry details on the competition page to enter the giveaway. The mango emoji is a nod to the island’s status as home to over 40 varieties of the tropical fruit.

The competition prize includes four nights’ accommodation at Montpelier Plantation & Beach for two. Competition closes on November 5, 2021, and terms and conditions apply. Visitors can enter at https://nevisisland.com/.

Notes to Editors:

Only fully vaccinated travelers are able to enter Nevis, and a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result is also required, taken no more than 72 hours ahead of travel. Airport health screening is still in place, and all travelers are asked to ‘Vacation in Place’ for four days at one of the island’s four ‘Travel-Approved’ hotels: Four Seasons Resort, Golden Rock Inn, Montpelier Plantation & Beach, and Paradise Beach.

This press release relates solely to the Caribbean island of Nevis, which is separate to the island of St Kitts.

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Grenada Ranks Amongst Top Hotels & Resorts In The Caribbean In Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its coveted annual Readers’ Choice Awards and four of Grenada’s beloved hotels and resorts were ranked amongst the top in the Caribbean.

In The Top Hotels in the Caribbean category, Calabash ranked sixth. In the Top Resorts in the Caribbean category, Silversands Grenada ranked 11th, Sandals Grenada ranked 21st and Mount Cinnamon ranked 33rd. In the listing for top destinations in The Caribbean & The Atlantic, Grenada ranked 20th.

We are thrilled to be listed amongst the best of the best in Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards,” said Petra Roach, CEO, Grenada Tourism Authority. “It’s been a challenging year in particular for those who love to travel and we look forward to welcoming back Conde Nast Traveler’s readers and travelers around the world to Grenada to experience our incredible island and the many award-winning hotels, resorts and adventures that we offer.”

Over 800,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot about the places they can’t wait to return to next. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.

The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler. The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca

For more information about Grenada and the experiences it offers, visit https://www.puregrenada.com/ 

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