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Virtually Yours Martinique Travel Show

The Martinique Tourism Authority is organizing the Martinique Travel Show (MTS) from May 18 to 20, the first ever 100% virtual international trade show in Martinique for travel industry players.

Highly innovative and interactive, the MTS will allow national and international travel professionals including tour operators, travel agents, and the trade and consumer press to learn about the latest destination developments and news. It will also be a unique moment for American travel professionals to meet one-on-on with Martinique suppliers.

Visitors will be invited to explore a whole virtual universe. For the one-on-one meetings visitors and exhibitors will be able to create their own personal avatars to meet «in person » at the virtual booths or just «drop in» at one booth or another. They will be free to « visit » four virtual worlds: the world of Rum, Yole sailboats, Gastronomy & the city of Saint-Pierre, Martinique former capital. There will also be actual press rooms.

Registration for travel professionals will open April 12 @ martiniquetravelshow.com

A 100% virtual first for Martinique
With about fifty exhibitors expected, the MTS will be a crossroad of exchanges and business opportunities via an interactive platform, in which visitors will be able to better understand the products and developments of the Martinique destination.

In addition to the individual meetings, several conferences and seminars moderated by guest experts and speakers will be programmed both in French and in English. The Martinique Travel Show will close with an awards ceremony – the Martinique Tourism Awards – to honor and salute the efforts of leading island professionals and the products they offer, especially in these challenging times.

A not to be missed event
“This virtual trade show is of paramount importance in our strategy targeting the North American market. Our recent recognition by UNESCO and TripAdvisor, among others, confirms our efforts to anticipate the grand return of travel and we stand ready to welcome our future US visitors in the best possible conditions,” said Karine MOUSSEAU, Tourism Commissioner of the Martinique Tourism Authority.

With the special participation of several public figures of national and international stature, the MTS will be the must-attend event for the tourism industry in Martinique.A detailed program of the three-day event will be available soon and a press conference will be held as well. More details to follow.

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The Guyana Tourism Authority Partners with Green Traveller to Create the Green Traveller’s Guide to Guyana

The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) has partnered with the leading British eco travel specialists, Green Traveller, to create the Green Traveller’s Guide to Guyana.

With the growing global trend of travellers being more aware of their impact on the destinations they visit – having seen the environmental benefits of reduced human activity during the pandemic – the GTA has launched the Green Traveller’s Guide to Guyana in an effort to showcase its unparalleled tourism offering and advise travellers on how to visit responsibly, leaving a net positive impact on the destination.

Green Traveller founder, award-winning travel journalist and sustainable tourism expert, Richard Hammond, worked with members of the GTA to create the Green Traveller’s Guide to Guyana with the initial launch guide featuring bespoke artwork, an introductory destination video, information on where to stay, what to do and how to travel responsibly, and an image gallery. Green Traveller will also be updating the guide and adding further features to ensure it provides the most up-to-date and relevant information for travellers.

Guyana is a destination that has already established itself on the international tourism stage thanks to its concerted efforts to sustainably manage the destination through a strategy which sees indigenous communities managing and owning their own eco-tourism projects in Guyana’s hinterland. All the revenue generated through these projects is reinvested into the community and conservation efforts to protect the ancestral lands in which they are set. Guyana has picked up multiple international awards recognising its own brand of green tourism including the Destination Stewardship Award from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), World’s #1 “Best in Ecotourism” and “Best in Sustainable Tourism” from the Latin American Travel Association (LATA) Achievement Awards.

The GTA hopes that the Green Traveller’s Guide to Guyana will increase destination awareness among one of its key target audience, eco travellers, while also providing a practical tool for travellers planning their awaited trip to Guyana.

The Green Traveller Guide to Guyana can be viewed via www.greentraveller.co.uk/guyana

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Barbados’ New COVID-19 Travel Protocols Take Effect May 8th

The Government of Barbados has updated its travel protocols required for entry to the country as it continues to manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and protect its citizens and visitors alike.

As a result, due to the global on-going vaccination process, there have been a few changes to the quarantine and COVID-19 testing processes.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has approved the COVID-19 AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer[1]BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson vaccinations for entry into Barbados and effective May 8th, 2021, travellers who are considered to be fully vaccinated are required to:

  • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result 3 days prior to travel
  • Provide a vaccination certificate on arrival to Barbados
  • Have a standard or rapid COVID-19 PCR test done at the airport or their approved accommodation
  • Use specially designated transportation providers for their transport to their approved accommodation and while awaiting their COVID-19 PCR test result
  • Stay at their approved accommodation where they are free to move around in accordance with the guidelines of that property

All fully vaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine for approximately 1 to 2 days.

Unvaccinated Travellers

Any traveller who has not been fully vaccinated, not vaccinated at all, does not have any evidence of vaccination or has travelled from or transited through a country where the prevalence of certain variants of COVID-19 are deemed of particular concern to Barbados, are required to:

  • Provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test on arrival 3 days prior to travel
  • Use specifically designated transportation providers for their transport from the airport to approved accommodation
  • Stay within their rooms/suites before receiving a 2nd negative COVID-19 PCR test. Travellers are not allowed to leave their rooms/suites
  • Take their 2nd test 5 days after their arrival to Barbados

All unvaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine for approximately 5 to 7 days.

Special Considerations

Children under 18 who are travelling with fully vaccinated guardians will be allowed to adhere to the fully vaccinated traveller guidelines. If you are travelling within a group as a vaccinated traveller with other unvaccinated travellers, you will be subject to unvaccinated traveller guidelines if you choose not to be separated.

All unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 3 days prior to arrival. Vaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the guidelines for all vaccinated travellers, whereas, unvaccinated unaccompanied minors will follow the protocol of unvaccinated travellers.

Due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, these protocols are likely to change. Travellers are encouraged to check http://www.barbadostravelprotocols.com  for updates.

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St. Kitts Five-Day Getaway

Basseterre, St. Kitts (April 9, 2021) – St. Kitts is rolling out the red carpet for visitors with several hotels offering exciting value-added perks as part of the Five-Day Getaway promotion. To sweeten their stay, the Park Hyatt St. Kitts & St. Kitts Marriott are offering complimentary room upgrades, free breakfast for four, and a few additional extras for travelers who visit the island through September 5, 2021. A stay at either of these hotels offers plenty of amenities, seclusion, space to disconnect, and beautiful beaches as soon as you take a step outside. The Four Seasons Nevis Resort is offering its own deal with a complimentary third night for those staying two consecutive nights.

“St. Kitts is charming, simple and the traditional Caribbean. With the roll out of the vaccines globally and travel picking up, St. Kitts is the ideal destination to relax and rejuvenate. You can spend your day lounging on the beach surrounded by natural beauty, enjoy the diverse amenities offered by your hotel or indulge in freshly caught lobster or fish, prepared for your delight. The last 12 months have not been easy for any of us, and a safe vacation that allows one to enjoy and unwind with family or friends is in demand and long overdue,” said St. Kitts Tourism Authority CEO Racquel Brown. “Our Five-Day Getaway promotion is flexible with bookings and cancellations, and runs until Labor Day offering travelers time to visit St. Kitts.”

Park Hyatt St. Kitts  
Guests staying 5-days/4-nights at the Park Hyatt St. Kitts will receive an automatic upgrade to the next room category and a complimentary full American breakfast at The Great House for 2 adults and 2 children. As an extra, the hotel is also offering 2-hours of in-room babysitting for one evening (reservation required), 50% off a spa treatment at Sugar Mill Spa & Sanctuary and 50% off daily cabana rentals.

Booking Window: Now – July 31, 2021
Travel Window: Now – September 5, 2021

The Four Seasons Nevis Resort also has an enticing deal for visitors who want to extend their stay a little longer. For every two consecutive nights, the Four Seasons Nevis will extend one’s stay by offering a complimentary third night in any guest room, suite or villa.

This offer is valid now through December 16, 2021.  For more information on these promotions or to book your stay, please visit: https://www.stkittstourism.kn/promotions/five-day-getaway

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Jamaica Firm Selected to Conduct CTO’s Tourism HR Knowledge and Skills Audit

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (9 April, 2021) – A Jamaican firm has been selected by the regional tourism development agency, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), to conduct its first-ever regional skills audit to assess the competencies of the Caribbean tourism workforce.

After a comprehensive process for procuring consultancy services to undertake this project, A-Z Information Jamaica Ltd. was chosen to conduct this critical tourism human resources audit, as the industry seeks to navigate the next phase of Caribbean tourism and strategically plan for its future.

The exercise – funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to the tune of US$124,625 – is aimed at assessing the levels of knowledge and competencies of the Caribbean tourism workforce and identifying future skills needs for the region’s tourism and hospitality industry.

“A- Z is deeply honoured to have been selected to execute this strategically pivotal project in collaboration with the CTO at such an unprecedented moment in the history of our region and people. The convergence of the potentially crippling impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly growing effects of climate change present us with a unique opportunity in this regional HR audit of the industry’s current leadership and workforce knowledge, skills and attitudes,” said chief executive officer, Dr. Noel Watson. “We look forward to working together to help define and frame the profile of the creative, innovative and resilient tourism sector leadership and workforce that will help fashion 21st century Caribbean tourism.”

From an initial 12 companies expressing interest in providing consultancy services for the project, the Kingston-based firm was among four finalists invited to submit comprehensive proposals, and ultimately emerged the top-ranked firm.

Backed by a network of employment and labour market researchers, tourism academics and practitioners and strategic human resources planning and development experts, A-Z has a solid regional footing and extensive experience working around the region on various large research focused projects, including labour market needs assessments, workforce strategies and plans, and human resources audits.

The main goal of this project, which begins this month, is to help Caribbean tourism planners and policymakers better understand how to most effectively leverage human resource development for a more innovative and competitive industry.

Among other objectives, it will seek to identify the specific leadership and workforce competencies required to meet the current and future needs of the region’s tourism sector and provide a detailed review of the critical skill sets and resources necessary for the development of a sustainable, high-performing Caribbean tourism workforce. It’s also expected to provide valuable information and recommendations that will assist with the development of policies and better planned interventions related to human capital.

Data obtained from the audit will contribute to effective human resource planning for the tourism industry in the region by providing a framework for decision-making, to guide the development and refinement of tourism education and training programmes by academic and training institutions in order to reduce skills gaps and mismatches and bring about more sustainable synergies.

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