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It’s Official – Anguilla is Beyond Extraordinary!

New York, NY, Thursday, December 13, 2018: The Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) launched its Beyond Extraordinary destination campaign at a festive event in New York City on Tuesday, December 11th, at The PUBLIC, An Ian Schraeger Hotel.

A delegation comprised of the Hon. Cardigan Connor, Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism, Mrs. Donna Banks, ATB Chairperson, and Mrs. Shellya Webster, Manager, Corporate Affairs at the ATB head office, briefed 100 leading travel industry partners, island stakeholders, and representatives from the trade and consumer on new developments on island, and new marketing initiatives being undertaken by the Tourist Board.

In his welcome remarks, The Hon. Cardigan Connor, Parliamentary Secretary, Tourism highlighted the two new luxury brands that now call Anguilla home — Relais & Chateaux and Belmond, joining the Four Seasons and Auberge Resorts Collection, and independent brands CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa and Zemi Beach House.

Mrs. Donna Banks, ATB Chairperson, gave a comprehensive update on Anguilla’s tourism product, from access and accommodations through experiences and activities.  She then introduced the Beyond Extraordinary campaign, aimed at sharing all the extraordinary aspects of Anguilla with travellers and travel planners alike.

Beyond Anguilla’s renowned 33 public, pristine white sand beaches and turquoise waters –Anguilla’s activities include festivals, music, an award winning dining scene, boating and sport events, off-shore cays, caves and so much more.  The campaign aims to capture the diversity and richness of the Anguilla experience, and it will utilize stunning visuals to highlight the island and varied activities across digital advertising, search engine marketing, social media, online video, and many other tactics.

“Our Beyond Extraordinary campaign represents a greater investment by the Anguilla Tourist Board in the transformation of Anguilla’s marketing to embrace digital and mobile first strategies,” said ATB Chairperson Donna Banks. “We are positioning ourselves to compete in today’s tourism market, which increasingly depends on digital and mobile technology,” she continued.

A highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the Anguilla Tourist Board’s brand new web presence at IvisitAnguilla.com. In addition to gorgeous images of beautiful beaches and easier user navigation, the website provides many useful features for visitors to explore Anguilla including: an interactive map of the island that allows users to quickly find the best places to eat, sleep, relax, and celebrate; a custom itinerary builder where visitors can “favorite” any restaurant, hotel, or activity to organize a personal travel experience; Editor’s Picks with suggested itineraries for 3, 5 or 7 day trips geared toward different types of travelers; and so much more.

The evening concluded with a series of surprise drawings for hotel stays, restaurant specials and airline tickets courtesy of Anguilla’s leading properties — Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection; Zemi Beach House Hotel & Spa; Frangipani Beach Resort; CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa; Carimar Beach Club; Shoal Bay Villas; Belmond Cap Juluca; Blanchard’s Restaurant and Beach Shack; Tasty’s; Mango’s; Good Korma; Veya; Dolce Vita; Seaborne Airlines and Tradewind Aviation.

For information on Anguilla, please visit the official website of the Anguilla Tourist Board: www.IvisitAnguilla.com; follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/AnguillaOfficial; Instagram: @Anguilla_Tourism; Twitter: @Anguilla_Trsm, Hashtag: #MyAnguilla.

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Team Grenada Welcomes Two New Cruise Ships on the Same Day

St. George’s, Grenada – 13th December, 2018 – Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean welcomed inaugural cruise ship calls from the Celebrity Reflection and MSC Preziosa both bringing more than 5,000 passengers to the destination. Passengers were greeted with blue skies and the sweet sound of steelpan music as they went off to explore St. George’s, visit the beach or tour the island visiting chocolate and rum factories and breath-taking waterfalls among other experiences.

The captain and crew of the Celebrity Reflection were warmly greeted by Team Grenada including the CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) Patricia Maher, representatives of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, local agents George F. Huggins & Co.Ltd, the Grenada Ports Authority, Customs and the Royal Grenada Police Force.

Handing over a commemorative plaque to Celebrity Reflection Ship Captain Panagiotis Skylogiannis on behalf of the Government and people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique was GTA CEO Patricia Maher.

She welcomed the captain and crew saying, “We are delighted that your passengers are enjoying such perfect weather today. They are spoiled for choice when visiting Grenada from experiencing bean to bar chocolate tours and rum factories to waterfalls, white sandy beaches and so much more.”

Similar plaques were handed over by George F. Huggins & Company Ltd. and the Ports Authority. The team then boarded the MSC Preziosa for a short inaugural commemoration ceremony. Welcoming the captain and crew and handing over a commemorative plaque was GTA Communications Officer Ria Murray.

Ship Captain Corrado Iaconis told the gathering that this was not his first visit to Grenada though it was the ship’s inaugural visit. He said, “Our passengers always enjoy Grenada and we are happy to be visiting today.”

The visits of Celebrity Reflection and MSC Preziosa bring the number of new cruise ships to Grenada to six for the 2018/19 Winter Cruise Ship Season.

 

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.

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St. Kitts Music Festival 2019 Gets ‘Smoking’ Hot

Basseterre, St. Kitts (December 10, 2018) – Kicking off what is sure to be a star-studded line-up, the St. Kitts Tourism Authority in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism, announced that Smokey Robinson will be performing at the 23rd Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which will take place on June 26-30, 2019. Also joining the line-up are popular artists French Montana, Popcaan, and Davido.

“It is gratifying to see these top musical artists 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. “Each year, this event features top international acts along with a mix of local and regional talent showcasing a broad range of musical genres. It is one of the reasons that our Music Festival is a unique event and appeals to such a wide audience.”

Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, added, “System-wide air arrivals were up 28.1% in June 2018 as compared to June 2017, the biggest June increase we have seen in recent years, demonstrating the success of our marketing of the event in driving travel to St. Kitts for the festival in what is otherwise a slow period.”

Famous for co-founding Motown Records with Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson has been making and breaking records since 1960 when his group, The Miracles, sold one million units of their first hit, “Shop Around.” Over the next decade, Robinson and the Miracles produced 26 top 40 hits, including several top 10 hits like “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “I Second That Emotion,” “The Tears Of a Clown,” “My Girl” and others. Celebrated for his contributions to the music industry and the Motown era, Robinson is an inductee of the Kennedy Center Honors and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has received numerous accolades, including the GRAMMY Living Legend Award, BET Lifetime Achievement Award, the Heritage Award at the Soul Train Music Awards, and the National Medal of Arts. Howard University also conferred on Robinson the degree of Doctor of Music in 2006, as did the Berklee College of Music in 2009. During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric.

French Montana is a Moroccan-American rapper, singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Morocco, he immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 13He is the founder of Coke Boys Records and has a joint-venture recording deal with Bad Boy Records and Maybach Music Group. His mixtape debut was released in 2007. In 2010, his breakthrough hit “Choppa Choppa Down,” rose through the charts. He released his debut studio album “Excuse My French” in 2013 and his second studio album, “Jungle Rules,” in July 2017, which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200. The album was supported by the single “Unforgettable,” featuring Swae Lee, which became Montana’s first song as lead artist to reach the top 10 in the U.S.

Andrae Hugh Sutherland, known by his stage name Popcaan, is a Jamaican dancehall artiste, dj, singer and songwriter from the parish of St. Thomas. In 2008, he joined Vybz Kartel’s Gaza music empire and in 2010, he released his breakthrough international hit “Clarks” with Kartel, an ode to the popular shoe brand. In 2014, he signed with Mixpak Records and released his debut studio album, “Where We Come From.” Popcaan’s top singles include “Only Man She Want” (2011), “Everything Nice” (2014), “El Chapo” (2017), and “Family” (2017). He has collaborated with a number of international artists, most notably Drake, Jay Z, Pusha T, Snoop Dog and Giggs. His second album for Mixpak, entitled “Forever,” was released in July 2018.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Davido is an American-Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer. His 2011 single “Dami Duro” was well-received in Nigeria and was featured on his 2012 debut album, “Omo Baba Olowo.” Between 2013 and 2015, he released singles, “Gobe”, “One of a Kind”, “Naughty” featuring DJ Arafat and “The Money” featuring Olamide. In November 2017, Davido won the best African act at the MOBO Awards and also became the first African act to perform live at the awards. His most recent hits include “If” and “Wonder Woman.”

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.

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Saint Lucia named 2018 World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination

Castries, December 2, 2018 – Saint Lucia has been named the 2018 World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination. The island was bestowed the honour at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final 2018 porgramme in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Chairman of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Mr. Nicholas John, received the award on the island’s behalf.

The destination was nominated among the top Honeymoon hotspots around the world, including Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; Jamaica; the Maldives; Maui, Hawaii, USA; Mauritius; Miami Beach, Florida, USA; and Paris, France.  This is the island’s tenth World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination Award, but only its first title since 2010.

No other destination has won the coveted title as many times – Saint Lucia’s closest rival is Mauritius, which has won four times.

Acting CEO of the SLTA, Mrs. Tiffany Howard, said “This award puts Saint Lucia in a class of its own in the area of Honeymoons and Romance. To be named amongst the most amazing destinations in the world is a huge honour, but topping them all to win this title is a very gratifying achievement.”

To commemorate the award, the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) unveiled a massive billboard outside the Hewanorra International Airport on Sunday, December 2, 2018 announcing its most recent title and highlighting some aspects of the island that won its acclaim as the leading honeymoon destination.

On September 23 this year, Saint Lucia was named the WTA Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination which put the island in contention for the World title.

The World Travel Awards™ is the most prestigious and sought after awards programme in the global travel and tourism industry.  It was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry, marking 2018 as the 25th anniversary of the World Travel Awards programme.

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Silversands Grenada Opening Compliments a Pure Luxury Caribbean Destination

St. George’s, Grenada – 27th November, 2018 – Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean is offering different options in the luxury end of the market with a brand new member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Silversands Grenada. Joining the class of the family owned luxury resorts of Spice Island Beach and Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel, Silversands Grenada is another jewel in the luxury hotel product mix.

Silversands Grenada was officially opened on Thursday November 22, 2018 with a reception hosted by the owner, Mr. Naguib Sawiris, who has invested over US125 million dollars to build the intimate luxury resort. Mr. Sawiris fell in love with Grenada and its warm and friendly people and purchased land on the world famous two-mile Grand Anse beach. On Thursday, he proudly announced to the delight of the Grenadian audience that work will begin on a second and third hotel in 2019.

According to the Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, “this project is important for us as not only does it add to our already high end luxury resort market, the hotel is committed to working with local farmers for their fruit and vegetable supplies as well as working with the local tertiary institution, the T.A. Marryshow Community College to discover talent in the hospitality sector.”

Chairman of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), Mrs. Brenda Hood, was thrilled that Silversands Grenada wants to promote the destination first and the hotel second. She stated, “This is the very essence of our marketing of the destination to showcase the uniqueness of what Grenada has to offer first and foremost from our flora and fauna to our world-renowned spices. “

Chief Executive Officer of the GTA, Ms. Patricia Maher, was excited that the architecture and interior designed by Paris based firm AW², Reda Amalou & Stéphanie Ledoux, with its 43 suites and 9 villas showcase the natural beauty of the destination.

The hotel is open to the public starting on December 1, so Grenadians can enjoy the dining from either the Grenadian Grill or the Asiatique Restaurant; reservations are required. The Silversands Spa is another option to unwind and enjoy locally inspired treatments. Silversands’ design was influenced by the location with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and with the opening to its first guests on December 1, 2018, the destination anticipates growth in visitor arrivals from all over the world.

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Windstar Cruises Return to Barbuda for 2018/2019 Season

ST.JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (November 26, 2018) – In another first for Barbuda, Antigua’s sister island, has welcomed luxury cruise line Windstar back to Barbuda; the first cruise line to return to the island following Hurricane Irma.

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials celebrated the anchoring of Windstar’s Wind Surf, which comes less than one month after the re-opening of the luxurious Barbuda Belle boutique hotel.

Minister of Tourism & Investment, The Honourable Charles Fernandez said: This is an extremely important milestone for Barbuda tourism as the island returns to normalcy.

“Windstar’s return is the result of a lot of lobbying by the Ministry of Tourism, The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and our cruise partners who have been attending major cruise conferences since 2017, encouraging the smaller cruise lines to return to Barbuda. This is a vote of confidence in Barbuda, and the services and tours that will be available for guests of the ship to enjoy.”

The largest ship in the Windstar fleet, the Wind Surf is a five-masted motor-sail yacht that accommodates 310 guests. The Windstar website describes the ship “as being known for its casually elegant environment”.

Wind Surf will make nine calls to Barbuda this season, calling bi-weekly.

The Barbuda Council’s Chair of Tourism, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs for the Barbuda Council Asha Frank was present at the Barbuda dock on Sunday November 25 to greet cruise executives from the vessel.

Frank said, “Small cruise lines such as the Windstar that offer a more personal and authentic experience are ideal for the picturesque shores of Barbuda. We welcome the Windstar and thank them for the huge support of our local businesses.”

Barbuda is being marketed as an eco-friendly, high-value, low volume destination, making it perfect for inclusion on the cruise itineraries of smaller luxury cruise lines.

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, CEO Colin C. James, noted that, “As a result of the work done reassuring cruise lines that Barbuda is open for business, Barbuda will also see additional calls from other scheduled cruise ships as the season goes into high gear. This will act as a significant economic stimulus for Barbuda as passengers not only enjoy Barbuda’s beautiful beaches but explore the destination on tours to Barbuda’s fascinating sites such as the caves, the largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Western hemisphere and the historic and unique Martello Towers.”

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

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