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Student Tourism Ambassadors Charged to Keep Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Pure

St. George’s, Grenada – 20th November, 2018 –  It wasn’t the end of a year long Tourism Awareness Campaign (TAC) but the beginning of a bright future for the students of the primary schools of Grenada as Tourism Ambassadors. That’s according to Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen who was speaking at the official pinning ceremony held at the Spice Basket on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

Students from several primary schools across the nation along with their teachers joined together at the conference centre to recite the Tourism Pledge and receive their Tourism Ambassador pins and certificates after completing the Grenada Tourism Authority’s ‘Tourism and Me Booklet’, which was launched last year.

Several students spoke about the benefits of the Tourism & Me booklet which they studied this year and how they are better able to promote their country to visitors. One student representing the First Choice Junior School said, “I represented Grenada at the OECS Swimming Competition and I told my Caribbean friends to visit Grenada’s famous Grand Anse Beach” while a student of the Grace Lutheran School said, “The thing I liked most about the book is where the tourists visit in Grenada. The places I want to go are zip lining, the Underwater Sculpture Park and the Seven Sisters Waterfall.

The team of the Grenada Tourism Authority was out in full force coordinating the activity which included welcome remarks from the CEO of the GTA, Patricia Maher, feature remarks from Hon. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, a poem recital from a student and the charismatic, kid-friendly mascot “Nutasha”. Nutasha is the main character in the booklet and the representative of Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean which is reflected on tourism signage, pins, and collateral.

Patricia Maher charged the young students to not take their beautiful country for granted, to keep up with the changes in Tourism as it relates to technology, trends and competition, to think out of the box for careers and to up their game in service delivery.

Tourism Minister Modeste Curwen also urged the children to carry on Grenada’s legacy of warmth and friendliness. She said, “We are a warm and friendly people. We look forward to your beautiful smiles warming the hearts of our visitors and your fellow citizens as you try your best to be helpful and kind.”

The Minister further stated, “Your first pledge is to your environment. Our islands are beautiful and we want to keep them that way. You have learnt how to properly dispose of your litter and I want you to continue to teach your friends, family and citizens to care for the environment.”

Chairman of the GTA, Mrs. Brenda Hood, was on hand to assist with the distribution of pins and certificates to the talented, young students whose energy and enthusiasm for the future prospects of Tourism were palpable.

Last week, the students of Carriacou and Petite Martinique were the first to take the pledge and receive their Tourism ambassador pins from Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs Hon. Kindra Mathurine Stewart. The event took place at the Carriacou Health Services Centre Conference Room.

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)

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Aeromexico Begins Direct Flight from Mexico City to Belize

Belize City,  20th November 2018:  Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, is now the first international air carrier to offer a direct non-stop flight service from Mexico City to Belize. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and senior officials from the airline held a brief ceremony on Saturday, November 17th to mark the inaugural flight to Belize, which will be available on Saturday and Sundays until April 28th, 2019.

After more than 11 years serving the region, Aeromexico has now become the only airline in Mexico to have a presence in all Central American countries including Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, and Belize. This is also the first time that there has ever been an air connection between Belize and Mexico.

The new route is operated with Embraer 190 airplanes with 99 passenger seats, including 11 in Premier Class, Aeromexico’s Business Class cabin.

During the ceremony, Mr. Loren Aandahl, S.V.P. Corporate Strategy at Aeromexico, said: “At Aeromexico, we are pleased to offer a more complete product, as well as greater connectivity options for our customers. Belize has now become our ninth destination in the Central American region and the 46th destination in our international route network that will help increase tourism in this wonderful country by connecting customers via Mexico City to this amazing country.”

Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, who was the keynote speaker during the flights’ inaugural ceremony, said: “This new Aeromexico to Belize flight will afford Mexicans a great opportunity to conveniently access Belize, one of the fastest growing tropical vacation destinations in the world. It is no coincidence that Belize is quickly becoming a popular destination for Mexican travellers,” said Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation.  He Added: “Today’s inaugural flight is the result of warm and exceptionally strong relations between our two countries and will open greater opportunities for Mexicans and Belizeans alike.”

For Ambassador of Mexico to Belize, His Excellency Carlos Quesnel, the new flight represents a watershed in the relationship (Belize and Mexico) and fulfills an old desire to have a direct route between the main cities of both nations, which opens new possibilities to increase tourist flows and strengthens even more the friendship ties.

Belize is quickly becoming a popular destination for Mexican travellers.  Available statistics reveal that there were 9,060 visitors from Mexico in 2017 representing an increase of 51.5% over 5,982 in 2016 and these figures are expected to soar even higher with the new direct service.

Furthermore, the new flight will provide an alternative route for travellers from the UK, France, the Netherlands and many other parts of Europe wishing to access Belize, and the wider Central American region, strengthening Mexico D.F. as a key regional hub.

The BTB views the inaugural flight as a resounding reassertion that Belize continues to be a growing and viable Curious Place and popular vacation destination in Central America and the Caribbean. Likewise, it is emblematic of the effective and remarkably successful efforts of our local tourism and aviation industries that continue to build Belize’s airlift into the envy of our regional competitors.

For further details on the new route please visit www.aeromexico.com

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Two Saint Lucians Vie For Caribbean Wellness Ambassador Title

Castries, November 16, 2018 – There is only one week left for voting to propel Saint Lucia’s nominees for the Caribbean Wellness Ambassador into the final round of the contest. Abegail Sandy, Founder of She Naturals Saint Lucia & Grenada and Kestin Greco, a Yoga Teacher, are the two Saint Lucians represented among the twenty candidates vying for the title.

Abegail Sandy’s company, She Naturals, is a hair and skin care company in Saint Lucia and Grenada, which empowers, guides and provides natural products as an alternative to chemical beauty cosmetics and salon services. The company uses local herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruits to produce moisturisers, shampoos, conditioners, skin creams, soaps and other products. The focus of She Naturals is to promote hair and skin health through plant-based options, rather than through traditional chemical methods.

Kestin is a yoga teacher with extensive experience in the field. She gained her Teacher Training Certificate (TTC) from Sivananda Yoga Center and graduated from Yoga Skills school of Kemetic Yoga. Kestin teaches at the Body Holiday – one of the leading wellness resorts on island. She is also active in her community offering home sessions, visiting schools, and hosting conferences that seek to help others nurture their body, mind and soul.

The contest is part of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) programme of activities for the Caribbean Year of Wellness & Rejuvenation, which has been featuring people who drive the wellness programmes in CTO member countries. These wellness ambassadors go above and beyond to promote wellness among residents and visitors.

There are two rounds of voting: the first round started on Thursday, November 1, 2018 and will run until 3:59am on Sunday, November 25, 2018.  The top five vote-getters in the first round, will move on to the second voting round which will begin at 12:01 a.m.

Eastern Caribbean Time on Monday, November 26, 2018 and end at 3:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2018.

The ambassador receiving the highest number of votes in the final round will be named the CTO’s Caribbean Wellness Ambassador of the Year and will receive a trip to Grenada.

Vote now at: https://wellnessambassadors.pgtb.me/kmZdp7

Abegail Sandy

Founder, She Naturals Saint Lucia & Grenada Read more about Abegail here: https://www.flipsnack.com/CTOcommunications/wellness-ambassadors-guide-2018.html?p=40

Kestin Greco

Yoga Teacher Saint Lucia Read more about Kestin here: https://www.flipsnack.com/CTOcommunications/wellness-ambassadors-guide-2018.html?p=38

 

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Antigua and Barbuda Continues to Record Progressive Growth in Visitor Arrivals for the Third Quarter of 2018

(St. John’s, Antigua; November 13, 2018)- Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism product continues to attract thousands to our shores and this is evident as there has been continual growth in visitor arrivals by air and sea throughout 2018.

According to the quarterly visitor arrivals report released by the statistics department within the Ministry of Tourism and Investment, particularly, the third quarter of 2018, encompassing the months of July to September, Antigua and Barbuda saw increases in both air and sea arrivals for the period when compared to 2017.

Fifty-two thousand, four hundred and ninety-one (52,491) visitors arrived by air to Antigua and Barbuda, an 8.56% increase from 2017. Between July and September, twenty-six thousand, six hundred and thirty one (26,631) visitors arrived by sea, an increase of 36.44% when compared to the total sea arrivals for the previous year 2017.

An 11.99% growth in arrivals from the US Market, the destination’s largest source market, has contributed to the rise in arrivals for the third quarter of 2018 while the UK market experienced a slight decrease of -2.25% from 2017 to 2018.

The Canadian market saw an impressive performance with a growth of 111.79% as the market continues to benefit from increased airlift, brought on by the addition of Sunwing Airlines since November last year, while the Caribbean market continues to hold its own with relatively unchanged figures.

Overall from January to September 2018. The total visitor arrivals recorded for Antigua and Barbuda stand at 744,390, an increase of 12.18% when compared to 2017.

Visitor arrivals will continue to increase for the remainder of 2018 with significant increased airlift from North America as well as a full cruise schedule.

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Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority Launches Social Media Campaign in the Lead-Up to ICC Women’s T20 Semi-Finals & Finals in Antigua

JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (November 2, 2018) – As the excitement builds for the ICC Women’s World T20 semi-finals and finals in Antigua now less than a month away, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority will be giving persons in the region the opportunity to travel to Antigua for the history-making games.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has launched a social media campaign in collaboration with LIAT- The Caribbean Airline, Starfish Jolly Beach and Tamarind Hills Villas. The campaign will allow regional cricket fans the chance to win round trip tickets and accommodation, to Antigua and Barbuda to experience boundary-breaking world-class women’s cricket. This will be the first time that the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 is being organised as a stand-alone event and the second time in its six-year history that the event is being held in the West Indies, with the previous occasion being in 2010.

The semi-finals and finals in Antigua take place on November 22 and November 24, 2018.

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s two-week campaign will run on the destination’s social media pages on Facebook and Instagram until November 14, 2018.  The campaign invites people to upload their most creative video to the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism pages expressing their passion for the game and why they should win the trip. Participants are also required to show their knowledge of the destination by including one fun fact about Antigua and Barbuda.

Regional Marketing Consultant for the Tourism Authority, Charmaine Spencer said, “Our partnership with our airline and accommodations partners presents us with the fantastic opportunity to bring the most passionate of cricket fans to Antigua, where we can share with them our love for the game and they can experience our party cricket atmosphere, as well as our beautiful destination.”

This regional campaign also allows us to work with our partners to drive business to the destination during the shoulder season.”

Participants must be followers of the Antigua and Barbuda pages, and should include all the official hashtags #WT20 #WatchThisAntigua and #LoveAntiguaBarbuda on their posts to quality.  For full terms and conditions visit: https://www.womens-world-t20-cricket-antigua.com/ Facebook.com/antiguabarbuda and @AntiguaandBarbuda on Instagram.

Other regional promotions for the ICC Women’s World T20 Tournament have included promotional television adverts on Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), and radio advertising in St. Kitts and Nevis, BVI, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Guyana. Travel Agencies within the region are also being incentivized to book Antigua during the November period.

A#Weplaytoo Campaign promoting the involvement of women in sport, is next to be launched by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.

For more information on Antigua and Barbuda, where the beach is just the beginning: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com

For more information on hotel packages and the matches: https://www.womens-world-t20-cricket-antigua.com/  and our official mobile app for the games: Pocket Antigua   https://pocketantigua.co/download

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Six Hotels in Grenada & Carriacou Where Style and Affordability Go Hand-in-Hand

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – October 29, 2018 – Stayover visitors to Pure Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique from the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean spend an average of one week in a variety of accommodations during vacation time. With more than 100 beautiful resorts, villas, cottages and apartments to choose from, there is something for everyone whether a solo traveler, large group, newlywed couple or small family. When deciding on an accommodation, there is no need to sacrifice style and comfort for reasonable pricing as charming retreats are dotted throughout the destination from north to south and on the sister island of Carriacou. Below are a sample (with a full list here) of the three-island destination’s stand-out resorts and hotels starting at under $175 USD per night:

Blue Horizons Garden Resort

This eco-friendly resort, tucked away on a sloping hillside, is only steps from the world renowned Grand Anse Beach. While staying here, guests can take advantage of the top-rated West Indian restaurant, La Belle Creole, while sitting hillside overlooking garden, ocean and city views. Starting at just $136 USD/night, visitors can choose to stay in one of 32 deluxe-one bedroom or superior studios outfitted with contemporary style furnishings. All guestrooms include kitchenettes for self-catering convenience.

Bogles Round House Cottages and Restaurant

Located on Carriacou within the main town of Hillsborough, Bogles Round House features three cottages and an on-site contemporary Caribbean restaurant that uses fresh local produce in most dishes. Visitors to Carriacou enjoy experiencing an authentic island not fazed by modernity and are drawn to the untouched marine life that surrounds the island with vibrant corals and wreck sites for diving and snorkeling. During low season, rates start at just $85 USD/night based on double occupancy and includes continental breakfast.

La Sagesse Beachfront Rooms & Cottage

An intimate, 12-room boutique hotel situated on the lush and secluded La Sagesse Beach in St. David’s, La Sagesse is a harmonious blend of natural elements and contemporary comforts. A nature-lover’s dream, the hotel has access to hiking trails and tropical gardens home to an array of flora and fauna and all within steps of white sand beach. The on-site restaurant features local and continental cuisine made with fresh ingredients from local farms. Starting at $145 USD/night, this oasis immerses guests in the quiet countryside of Grenada.

Mount Edgecombe Plantation

A working plantation since the 1700s, Mount Edgecombe is surrounded by 28 acres of lush gardens with more than 40 types of spices, fruit and vegetables growing in abundance. An

intimate accommodation, up to 16 guests can be accommodated, making it the ideal location for a small wedding or family reunion. A live-in team provides housekeeping, freshly picked fruit for breakfast and fresh eggs from on-site chickens, providing a farm-to-table experience. A standard room starts at $170 USD/night.

Petite Anse Hotel
Located in northern Grenada and overlooking the sea to Carriacou and the Grenadines, Petite Anse Hotel has nine cottage-style bedrooms and two deluxe suites that all have a sea view and relaxing atmosphere. The hotel’s warmth and hospitality is felt through the staff’s friendly nature and the welcoming couple that founded it almost a decade ago. A garden grows produce and spices that are served in the restaurants delectable dishes. Low season rates start at $158 USD/night for an oceanfront room, which includes breakfast.

True Blue Bay Boutique Resort
The vibrantly colored suites and villas at True Blue Bay Boutique Resort are located on a hillside with seaside views while sloping gardens surround the resort.  Guests can experience the resort’s Dodgy Dock Restaurant & Lounge Bar, Blue Haven Spa, yoga studio, pools, kayaks, dive center, hobie cats, cooking classes and rum tasting demonstrations all conveniently on-site. Amenities include continental breakfast included in the room rate, daily happy hour with seasonal entertainment, a free shuttle to Grand Anse Beach, and so much more. Starting at $138 USD/night with a hot breakfast buffet and all activities included, guests will find themselves falling in love with this family-owned retreat.

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