November is officially Caribbean Tourism Month. The celebrations carry the recurring theme, ‘One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean. The CTO encourages all of its members to celebrate Caribbean Tourism Month at the national level.
The objectives of Caribbean Tourism Month are:
- To raise awareness among Caribbean people of the importance of tourism in the Caribbean,
- To enhance the profile of the Caribbean tourism sector in the marketplace,
- To reflect on the invaluable impact of tourism on the economic, social and cultural well being in the Caribbean,
- To attract positive media coverage for and of the Caribbean and the local tourism product and;
- To celebrate the diversity of what the Caribbean offers.
2017 Caribbean Tourism Month Activities
- St Maarten/St Martin
St MAARTEN/ST MARTIN
Portrait and Poetry
The Arts and Culture department of both the collectivity and Dutch Sint Maarten with the collaboration of the French Tourist Office are pleased to announce the upcoming event entitled “Portrait and Poetry Corner”. This will give you the opportunity to discover the works and talents of our local artist through their paintings, poetry and music.
The topic is based on Hurricane Irma.
Event: Free of charge
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Place: Marigot Water Front
1, 2, TREE for Saint Martin
The Tourist Office in collaboration with the Arts and Culture department, the department of environmental affairs and the district councils are working on a project based on replanting fruit trees, flowers and medicinal plants known to the Island.
The message conveyed through this project is to not forget the environment during the reconstructing process of the island and also to incite persons to replant in their gardens.
Therefore, on Caribbean Tourism Day, a symbolic gesture of planting a tree in the garden of the Collectivity will be carried out by the President of the Collectivity and the President of the Tourist Office.
Pre St Martin’s Day
A small festive village will be set up in the district of French Quarter which will kick off the St Martin’s Day Celebration.
Various activities and dancing will be part of the agenda.
St Martin’s Day Celebration
On the Agenda: Traditional Activities, Music, Cultural Heritage and Local Dishes.
November 11th is also known as “French Quarter’s Fete”
6 Villages, 6 Flavors, 1 St Martin
Christmas has always been an impactful and Cultural Celebration here on St Martin.
This year we intend to work hand in hand with the Cultural Department and the District Councils in order to organize the festivities.
Our Christmas celebration will begin with the launching of our first Christmas village which will be situated in front of and in the garden of the Collectivity.
It is a moment of sharing and exchanging, highlighted by traditional Christmas dishes and goodies which will be on sale and gracefully displayed.
Throughout the day local bands such as “Jolly Boys, Rhythm Boys, Bottle Neck Crew, Boulogne Combo and the Gospel group will be showcasing their talent.
During the month of December, the different districts will be hosting the Christmas village festivities
Each district will portray its originality. We would then have the great privilege of interacting with the stall holders and sampling the different dishes during the entire evening
SXM Smile Again Event
At the end of our 2017 Caribbean Tourism Month celebration, we will have the students who follow Tourism classes spell out SXM Smile Again with their bodies.
DOTCT Celebrates Caribbean Tourism Month with Week of Activities : Caribbean Tourism Week 2017 Schedule
Sunday 19th November, 2017
Opening of Interactive Museum – Fort King George Heritage Park, 3pm & 5 pm
The theatrical re-enactments at Fort King George will commence from Sunday 19th November, with free tours taking place at 3 pm and 5 pm. There will also be a storytelling session at 2 pm. The Interactive Museum will be open to the public on days cruise ships call on the island, at 10:30 am and 2 pm, as well as on Sundays at 3 pm. Tours will cost $20 (adults) and $10 (children).
Monday 20th November, 2017
Youth Tourism Symposium for Secondary Schools – Shaw Park Cultural Complex, 9am-2pm
The “Youth Tourism Symposium” is the first of its kind in Tobago and targets Forms 4-6 students enrolled in Secondary Schools throughout the island. The theme of the symposium is Promoting Youth Leadership in Tourism. The objective is to engender within the island’s youth an appreciating for, and understanding of, the tourism industry; educate students on the significance of the sector; and stimulate interest in the industry as a viable career choice. Speakers include:
- Travis Robinson, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Government of The Bahamas
- Le-An Telesford, Junior Minister of Tourism, Trinidad and Tobago
- Dwayne Lyons, Tobago Entrepreneur, Xclusive Ideologies
Tuesday 21st November, 2017
Thanksgiving Service – DOTCT Head Office, 12 Sangster’s Hill, 9am
The Thanksgiving Service is a non-denominational open air service, hosted to celebrate the hard work of all staff within the Division and nurture a spirit of togetherness among staff.
Primary School Community Awareness Quiz Finals and Prize Giving Ceremony – Lowlands Multipurpose Centre, 9am – 1pm
The Primary School Community Awareness quiz seeks to educate and sensitize Tobago’s Primary School students about the importance of tourism to the island’s economy, and impress upon them the significant role they can play in the development of the industry. With twelve (12) primary schools participating, the quiz runs from 15th – 20th November.
Thursday 23rd November, 2017
Stakeholders Cocktail Reception – Pigeon Point Heritage Pavilion, 7pm-10pm
The Stakeholder Reception seeks to bring together industry stakeholders involved in both the public and private sector. The event is designed to facilitate networking, as well as constructive dialogue with the aim of improving the synergies among all parties involved in Tobago’s tourism industry.
Saturday 26th November, 2017
Tobago Great Tourism Adventure – Island wide, 9am
The Tobago Great Tourism Adventure puts a cultural twist on the traditional treasure hunt. Participants will embark upon an exciting trek across the island, on a quest to solve riddles and execute tasks that will educate them on the island’s rich culture and heritage. Historical landmarks, iconic attractions and age-old traditions will all be featured in this one-of-a-kind experience.
Tourism Week Social Media Campaign
Stay tuned to the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation – Tobago House of Assembly Facebook page for the launch of the My Tourism Story video series, the Spot the Sites contest, and more.