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CTO Wins ‘Favourite Roadshow”

We are really thrilled to be voted as Favourite Roadshow for the Selling Travel Agents Choice Awards. Travel agents are exceptionally important partners and it’s critical that we maintain regular contact with them and to keep educating them about the many attractive attributes of the Caribbean so they can keep selling the region.

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CTO Announces the Winners of the 2018 Caribbean Travel Media Awards

London, UK 7 November, 2018: The Caribbean Tourism Organization has announced the winners of the 2018 Caribbean Travel Media Awards. On Monday, 5 November over 60 members of the UK media joined visiting Caribbean Ministers, UK Chapter Members and Caribbean partners at an exclusive networking evening, held at the Fox @Excel, to celebrate the winners and runners up of the ten category awards.

The big winner on the night was Ursula Barzey of Caribbean & Co., who scooped the ‘Best of the Best’ award out of over 130 entries for her consistency in producing outstanding content about the Caribbean. Other award wins for Ursula were in the Best Social Media category for an all-encompassing #NextStopGrenada Campaign; and Best Caribbean Round up for an insightful 10 facts-about-the-Caribbean-region enthusing travellers to refine their travel search.

In the very competitive Best Consumer Feature category, Will Bruton won on all counts for his dazzling account of an authentic sailing holiday in ‘Fall in Love with Antigua’ in *Yachting Monthly.

The award for Best Travel Trade went to Tamara Hinson for an excellent Tobago Nature Tour review in Travel Weekly while the award for Best Online Feature went to Rupert Parker for his quirky and fun story of Mangoes, Food and History in Nevis for metro.co.uk.

Sally Peck picked up the Best National Newspaper award for an enticing ‘Nevis, Me and a Honeymoon for One’, feature in the Telegraph, with Best Regional Newspaper going to Hannah Stephenson for her account of volunteering in Jamaica, published across 40 regional newspapers, including yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk.

Amongst the other accolades were Blogger duo, Yaya and Lloyd of Hand Luggage Only, who won the Best Blog Post award for their captivating stories and images of St. Kitts across their social media platforms entitled Your Essential Guide of Things to do in St Kitts.

The Best Broadcast award was won by *BBC Two’s excellent production of ‘An Island Parish Anguilla – After the Hurricane’ which offered a heart-warming overview of life on the island a year after the hurricane and as the re-building begins. Finally, Best Photojournalism was won by Julianna Barnaby for a ‘Nevis Travel Guide’ Things to do in Nevis featuring brilliant imagery and content in her blog, The Discoveries Of.

Opening the Awards Ceremony Carol Hay said, “The standard of entries this year was extremely high and I was pleased to note such highly engaging and informative articles, digital and non-digital, as well as great video and photography. On behalf of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, I would like to congratulate all the finalists, especially our winners and our 2018 overall winner, Ursula Barzey. Each entry plays its part in raising awareness of the Caribbean as a region, and this year has been no exception. I would also like to thank the Judges for their excellent reviews and scoring and the sponsors who very generously provided the prizes.”

The 2018 Caribbean Travel Media Awards winners, runners-up (2nd and 3rd place respectively) and sponsors were:

Best Travel Trade Feature:
1st place: TAMARA HINSON ‘Tobago Natural Tour’, Travel Weekly
2nd : Laura French (Travel Weekly)
3rd: Andrew Doherty (TTG)
Sponsor: Bahamas Tourist Office-London

Best National Newspaper Feature:
1st place: SALLY PECK, ‘Nevis, me and a honeymoon for one’
2nd : Tamara Hinson (Express Weekend)
3rd: Keith Miller (Telegraph)
Sponsor: Saint Lucia Tourism Authority

Best Regional Newspaper Feature:
1st place: HANNAH STEPHENSON, ‘Here’s to Voluntourism’, PA
2nd: Oxford Mail/Oxford Times
3rd: Nicola Brady, Evening Standard
Sponsor: InterCaribbean

Best Consumer Feature:
1st place: WILL BRUTON, ‘Fall in love with Antigua’, Yachting Monthly
2nd : Vitali Vitaliev, Geographical
3rd: Fred Mawer, Sunday Telegraph and Katie Bowman, Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Sponsor: Discover Dominica Authority

Best Broadcast TV and Radio Feature:
1st place: DONNA CLARKE & CHRIS MITCHELL, An Island Parish Anguilla – After the Hurricane
2nd: Alison Hammond, ITV
3rd: Cathy Bartrop, Travelguru TV
Sponsor: St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Best Online Feature:
1st: RUPERT PARKER, ‘Stunning beaches and bags of culture in Nevis’, Metro.co.uk
2nd: Oliver Smith, Telegraph Online
3rd: Amy Hopkins, Family Traveller
Sponsor: Kuoni

Best Blog Feature:
1st place: LLOYD AND YAYA, ‘The Essential Guide to visiting St. Kitts’, Hand Luggage Only
2nd: Macca Sherifi, Adventurous World
3rd: Terry Lee, LiveShareTravel
Sponsor: Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

Best Piece of Photojournalism:
1st place: JULIANNA BARNABY, ‘Nevis Travel Guide’,  The Discoveries of
2nd: Andrew & Emily, Along Dusty Roads
3rd: Nick Robertson-Brown, Scubaverse
Sponsor: Tobago Tourism Agency

Best Social Media Campaign:
1st place: URSULA BARZEY, ‘#NextStopGrenada, Caribbean & Co.
2nd: Caroline & Nick Robertson-Brown, Scubaverse
3rd: Heather Cowper, Heather on her travels
Sponsor:  St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourist Office

Best Caribbean Round Up:
1st place: URSULA BARZEY, ‘10 Facts About The Caribbean Region’, Caribbean & Co.
2nd: Heather Cowper, Heather on her travels
and Nigel Tisdall, Telegraph
Sponsor: Caribbean Tourism Organization

About the Caribbean Media Awards
The Caribbean Travel Media Awards celebrate and reward the very best representation of the Caribbean by the media industry in the areas of writing, photography, digital media, broadcast media, publishing and trade. Within each category, points are awarded for the Best representation of the Caribbean as an attractive region to travel to; Best representation of the island featured within the Category; Best promotion of the key USP’s of the island featured within the Category and, finally, Originality of the campaign, article, video or blog.   The 2018 Caribbean Travel Media Awards were reviewed and judged by a panel of 11 Judges, made up of high-profile individuals representing the travel industry and media.

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Martinique, The French Caribbean Diving Destination

NEW YORK, NY ǀ November 12th 2018 – The French Caribbean Island of Martinique will attend once again the annual DEMA SHOW, which takes place this year in Las Vegas from November 14th to 17th 2018.

The annual DEMA Show, the largest trade-only event in the world for scuba diving businesses, ocean water sports and adventure/dive travel companies, attracts hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of dive and travel industry professionals from around the world.

The Martinique Tourism Authority (double booth #612) will be presenting the diversity of its underwater world alongside private sector partners such as ABC Dive, Espace Plongée Martinique and Natiyabel.

To learn more about Martinique and its diving scene, two 45 minutes long seminars are organized at noon for travel agents on Wednesday November 14 (room N240) & Thursday November 15 (room N239).

Divers of all ages and abilities will find true happiness in the crystal-clear waters of Martinique by exploring the diversity of its underwater world and its colorful coral reefs.

In addition to these natural assets and over 22 dive sites, the island has no shortage of quality and certified professional dive infrastructures, poised to enhance the visitor experience in complete safety.

“Full of archeological discoveries and fascinating fauna & flora, Martinique is a paradise for divers”, said Karine Mousseau, Martinique Tourism Commissioner. “This is why attending DEMA Show with our local partners is an ideal opportunity to showcase the island as a perfect French Caribbean diving destination.”

For dive aficionados, Caradonna Adventures offers expert and novice seven-night programs over 20 of Martinique’s best sites, including daily breakfast, airport transfers and five dive days.

To learn more about Caradonna Adventures’ Martinique programs visit www.caradonna.com

For more information about diving in Martinique www.us.martinique.org

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First Annual Belize Birding Festival – A Resounding Success

On Saturday, October 27, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), in partnership with the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) and Belize Hotel Association (BHA) successfully hosted over two hundred participants at the first annual Belize Birding Festival in the City of Belmopan.

The festival featured a packed agenda with an Audubon Early Morning Urban Bird Watch, followed by a full day of exhibition and presentations at the George Price Center, an afternoon guided bird walk at St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, and closed with an evening cocktail at the Inn at Twin Palms. Participants of the festival included avid and professional birders, bird and other professional photographers, local and international bird clubs, hotels and tour operators, artisans and other guests.

The presentations kicked off with a panel discussion by representatives of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), BAS and BTIA who shared content and their views on birding tourism in Belize and its growth. Key presenter, Dr. Oliver Komar, spoke about birds and birding in Belize and shared some pointers on the Warblers of Belize field identification tips. Guest presenter, Jason Tiesman, focused his presentation on tips for birding photography for the avid and professional.

“The BTIA is proud to have been one of the leading organizers of the first annual Belize Birding Festival, commented Executive Director, John M. Burgos.” The great turn out of participants and quality of the information shared at the festival, resounded the importance of recognizing birding tourism as a niche market for Belize. We are definitely looking forward to planning for the second annual Belize Birding Festival to be hosted in October 2019, which will see greater participation of international birders wanting to bird watch in Belize,” concluded Burgos.

BTIA gives special thanks to its partners, BAS, BHA and Romaldino Martinez, who selflessly gave of their time and expertise to assist with organizing the festival. We also thank the Belize Tourism Board, main sponsor, and other sponsors of the festival, Atlantic Bank, Turtle Inn, Traveller’s Liquors, Bowen and Bowen Beverages, BMR Lamanai Landscaping Limited, Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch, The Inn at Twin Palms, and Loskot Studios.

We also want to recognize and thank our prize sponsors, Captain Hook’s Shrimp Restaurant and Bar, Caribbean Shrimp Company, Chukka, San Ignacio Resort and Hotel, Programme for Belize, Pine Lumber Co. Ltd., Cahal Pech Village Resort, Victoria House Resort and Spa, and Blush of Eden.

Discover the birds of Belize at the second annual Belize Birding Festival, scheduled for October 19 and 20, 2019. Stay in tune for more information and updates on the upcoming two-day festival via our website, www.belizebirdingfestival.bz, email at [email protected] and phone at +501-227-1144.

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BTIA Celebrates the Launch of the 20th Edition Destination Belize

The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) launched the 20thedition of Destination Belize, in celebratory fashion, at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina in the presence of over one hundred BTIA members, advertisers and other industry partners on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.  BTIA Celebrates the Launch of the 20thEdition Destination Belize.

Destination Belize has, for over two decades, been the key marketing tool distributed globally by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and BTIA to travelers and travel agents wanting to learn more about Belize for a visit in the future.  The print publication has played a major role in educating readers of the many natural attractions and different types of activities Belize has to offer – touching on the inland and offshore attractions of the destination.

While the 20thedition of Destination Belize does not differ, when compared to past editions, as to the type of content featured on Belize’s attractions and activities, its article topics featured do go in line with the theme of the edition – Find Our Roots, Feel (Y)our Rhythms.  As one pages through the magazine, they will discover what’s new and hot about Belize and gain a greater appreciation for the theme and cover images featured of the Maya Fire Ball Game and Half Moon Caye National Park.  Readers will be able to learn more about the beautiful people of Belize through the culture articles and explore each of the destinations featured to identity the one destination that suites their rhythm as they immerse into the activities and attractions.

New features of the 20thedition of the magazine include:

  • An article on each of the seven most predominant cultures found in Belize
  • Top picks for the eleven featured destinations
  • Articles from the heroes of Belize’s Barrier Reef
  • Directory listing of all advertisers and BTIA members separated by destination and services
  • Perforated Map of Belize designed to highlight the major attractions and seven World Heritage Sites
  • The e-book for the Spanish version of the magazine
  • Website, www.destinationbelize.com, which will provide easier access to online content about Belize and advertisers of the 20thedition – taking Destination Belize beyond the pages

“It was important for the BTIA, as first time publisher of Destination Belize, to produce a magazine that is reflective of Belize’s diverse cultures and attractions, that the articles were written by experts of the topics featured, that it creates more marketing opportunities for advertisers and that it included a listing of all BTIA members,” commented Executive Director, John M. Burgos.  “The BTIA is sincerely humbled by the support received from the BTIA Board of Directors, the Belize Tourism Board, Oceana Belize, members of the Editorial Committee of Destination Belize, the authors and photographers, the advertisers and by extension, all BTIA members.”

To view the e-version of the magazine, go to www.destinationbelize.com.  Printed copies will be made available to all BTIA members and advertisers during the months of November and December.  Individual copies can be picked up from either of the BTIA TICs or BTB border kiosks.

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Barbuda’s Luxury Hotel Barbuda Belle Reopens for the First Time Following Hurricane Irma

JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (November 6, 2018) – Barbuda Belle, an intimate, luxury boutique hotel on Antigua’s sister island of Barbuda has reopened for the 2018/2019 Winter Season.

This is the first time that the award-winning hotel has opened since being damaged during Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

Accessible by boat via Barbuda’s Codrington Lagoon, the rustic-styled property located at Cedar Point offers ultimate seclusion, tucked neatly away behind of lush mangrove trees and a picturesque pink sand beach.  Originally a seven bungalow property, Barbuda Belle now boasts eight beachfront bungalows since renovations saw the total rebuild of one bungalow damaged during the storm, and the addition of a completely new bungalow.   A beach bar and grill is also a new addition. Daily rates for Barbuda Belle start at US$890.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Investment, Senator, The Hon. Mary-Clare Hurst spoke at the November 3 reopening Ceremony on behalf of the Minister of Tourism and Investment, The Hon. Charles Fernandez who was away on duty.

“Today marks a very important step in Barbuda’s recovery post Hurricane Irma and a significant step in our Country’s Tourism. Today is our collective affirmation to our visitors far and wide, that Barbuda is open for business!”, Hurst said.

“The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is excited by the momentum and progress that we have seen so far, as it relates to Barbuda’s Tourism and progress just one year on.”

The Barbuda Belle re-opening is the first in many openings that will take place in Barbuda for the season. The Barbuda Ocean Club, and Barbuda Cottages are expected to open in December.

For more information on Antigua and Barbuda go to: visitantiguabarbuda.com

To book Barbuda Belle go to: barbudabelle.com

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