CTO News

Saint Lucia voted Chair of the CTO

NASSAU, Bahamas (2 October, 2018) – Saint Lucia has been voted in as chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with the election today of its Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee, ending the two-year term of the Bahamas, which ascended to the position in Barbados in 2016.

His election took place late this evening at the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort where the CTO held its annual general meeting ahead of the official opening of the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC).

Following his election Mr. Fedee said he was humbled and proud that his colleagues had placed their trust in him. The new chairman also stated: “We have an opportunity to advance the strength of our collective purpose. We have to spare no effort to use our collaboration at the CTO level to help to advance the wider integration movement and the CTO can be seen in the same ilk as West Indies cricket and the University of the West Indies as success stories to unite the Caribbean further.

“The Caribbean is one of the strongest and one of the most iconic and aspirational travel brands in the world but also it is the most underutilised and the opportunity exists for us to ensure that we utilise the strength of the brand for the collective good of the destinations of the Caribbean.”

The Saint Lucian minister has named Tiffany Howard, the acting chief executive officer of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, as chairman of the CTO board of directors, since, according to the CTO constitution, the board chairman and the chairman of the Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism must come from the same member country.

In addition to the election of the chairman, vice chairs were elected to serve on the executive committee of the board of directors to represent various sub-groups – Curacao, representing the Dutch Caribbean; Haiti representing the French Caribbean; Bahamas and Jamaica, representing the independent Caribbean Community countries and the Cayman Islands representing the British overseas territories. This committee will be completed with representatives from the private sector.

Today’s vote was in keeping with the CTO constitution which mandates that elections must be held every two years and that the chairman cannot serve consecutive terms.

This year’s conference at the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort is organised in collaboration with the Bahamas’ ministry of tourism and is sponsored by Martinique’s Aimé Césaire International Airport, Cititech Solutions, JetBlue and Delta Air Lines, with support from American Airlines, Bahamas Air, Caribbean Airlines and InterCaribbean Airways.

To view a short video clip of the new chairman, please click on the following link: https://bit.ly/2xPxQzB, and for more information on SOTIC, visit www.sotic.onecaribbean.org.

About the Bahamas

The Islands of the Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world’s best scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with preclearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It’s Better in The Bahamas. For more information call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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American Airlines Continues its St. Maarten Comeback

NEW YORK, NY (September 21, 2018) – American Airlines continues to announce new and resumed service between major cities across the United States and The Friendly Island’s famous Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).

St. Maarten-bound travelers will be able to fly American Airlines from Newark International Airport (EWR) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) as of December 19th of this year. American Airlines also announced, earlier in June, a highly-anticipated resumption of service from Charlotte, North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport to St. Maarten on November 4th.

“The new airlift from American Airlines and other carriers from across the US is a true testament of our island’s resilience and strength,” said Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation & Telecommunications, Stuart Johnson. “These new and resumed flight routes provide even more ease of access to St. Maarten and other destinations within the region, truly showing the importance of our airport as a hub.”

“This shows the confidence American Airlines has in the comeback of St. Maarten/St. Martin,” added St. Maarten’s Director of Tourism, May-Ling Chun. “The public and private sector have been working continuously with American Airlines to ensure that the flights return in a balanced way complementing the re-opening of various accommodations.”

Both the Charlotte and Philadelphia flights will operate daily while service from Newark will be on a weekly basis, on Saturdays.

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American Airlines Continues its St. Maarten Comeback

NEW YORK, NY (September 21, 2018) – American Airlines continues to announce new and resumed service between major cities across the United States and The Friendly Island’s famous Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).

St. Maarten-bound travelers will be able to fly American Airlines from Newark International Airport (EWR) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) as of December 19th of this year. American Airlines also announced, earlier in June, a highly-anticipated resumption of service from Charlotte, North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport to St. Maarten on November 4th.

“The new airlift from American Airlines and other carriers from across the US is a true testament of our island’s resilience and strength,” said Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation & Telecommunications, Stuart Johnson. “These new and resumed flight routes provide even more ease of access to St. Maarten and other destinations within the region, truly showing the importance of our airport as a hub.”

“This shows the confidence American Airlines has in the comeback of St. Maarten/St. Martin,” added St. Maarten’s Director of Tourism, May-Ling Chun. “The public and private sector have been working continuously with American Airlines to ensure that the flights return in a balanced way complementing the re-opening of various accommodations.”

Both the Charlotte and Philadelphia flights will operate daily while service from Newark will be on a weekly basis, on Saturdays.

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Message from Grenada’s Minister for Tourism & Civil Aviation Hon. Clarice Modeste Curwen on Occassion of World Tourism Day

It is my pleasure to address the nation on the occasion of World Tourism Day under the theme “Tourism and the Digital Transformation.” Over the past decade or so we have seen rapid increase in the use of technology in all areas of our lives.  Technological advances have led to improvement in areas such as science, medicine, commerce and agriculture.  Digital communications and social media have changed the availability and use of information and have served to connect the world in ways previously unseen – our world has become a “global village”. This use of technology and the digital transformation we are witnessing is also leaving its imprint on the tourism industry, a growing and dynamic industry on which, Grenada is highly dependent.

It is now not only possible but widely used, to book experiences without human contact through one’s computer or smartphone.  In fact, you can experience a destination or product via virtual or augmented reality without even physically setting foot at the location. Additionally, some organizations are already considering the integration of Artificial Intelligence into their business models.

A digitally transformed tourism sector can improve entrepreneurship, empower local communities, promote the efficient management of resources as well as increase the market share and visibility of any destination. As a nation, we need to better understand the growing economic, societal and environmental impacts of technology and innovation in tourism if the local industry is to enjoy sustained growth. In fact, not only must we understand, but we must engage the use of all available technologies to promote our tourism, to maintain and improve our sustainable practices and to ensure that the industry brings benefits to all our people for an extended time.

I believe there are innovative ideas right here in Pure Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique that are capable of revolutionizing the way our citizens and visitors experience all that this destination has to offer. I encourage citizens to give voice to these ideas. I also wish to encourage tourism enterprises to ensure that they keep abreast of the use of digital transformation to remain competitive. At the destination marketing level, my ministry along with the Grenada Tourism Authority will continue to lead the charge in further tapping into the opportunities provided by digital platforms and technology to ensure the world discovers, explores and shares Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean.

As citizens, we also have a number of digital social media platforms at our fingertips, including Facebook and Instagram which we know so well. I urge you to use them to share positive experiences about our country with the world, encouraging all to #FollowGrenada. We must pay attention to what we share, knowing that we are sending messages to the world and we need only our best to be seen and experienced.  In Grenada, the Tourism industry provides direct and indirect employment for approx. 11,000 people and visitor spend pumps millions into our local economy.

Let’s work together to ensure that these benefits continue for future generations.

 

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Carnival Breeze Makes Inaugural Call to Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean

St. George’s, Grenada – September 26, 2018 – Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean opened its 2018/2019 cruise ship season with an inaugural visit from the Carnival Breeze. The large cruise ship has a capacity of 4,428 passengers and 1,386 crew members. Visitors disembarking the ship yesterday morning were treated to steel pan music as they went off on island tours provided by George F. Huggins, the Grenada and National Taxi Association’s the Watertaxi Association and other stakeholders. Popular tours are Grenada’s award winning rum distilleries, waterfalls and chocolate factories.

On board the ship a short ceremony was held to commemorate its inaugural visit. A delegation led by Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Clarice Modeste-Curwen and including the Grenada Tourism Authority, Grenada Ports Authority, Customs, Immigration, Royal Grenada Police Force and agents George F. Huggins welcomed the captain and crew to Grenada. The Minister handed over a commemorative plaque to the ship’s captain on behalf of the Government and people of Grenada. She also provided an update on the work being done to ensure that cruise visitors have memorable experiences including frontline customer service training and foreign language training.

As of August 2018, the cruise industry in Grenada has grown by 26.75% year on year and Tourism officials are expecting this growth to continue.

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The Isle Of Flowers Gets 2 Big Nods From the Cruise Industry

A Seatrade Cruise Award and new visitor to the Port of Fort-de-France

New York, September 26, 2018—The Island of Martinique’ great port of Fort-de-France won second place in the Seatrade Cruise Awards’ Port of the Year category. The award was announced in Lisbon on September 19, 2018 featuring three finalists: the port of Dublin—the 2018 winner, the port of Martinique and the port of Quebec.

“We are thrilled that our efforts and the improvements we made to welcome the top cruise ships and their passengers have been recognized by the great organization Seatrade and the cruise industry leaders who judged the competition” said Jean-Rémy Villageois, CEO of the Martinique Port Authority.

The “Grand Port” of Fort-de-France—the island’s capital, features the passenger cruise terminals of Pointe-Simon Cruise Terminal and nearby Tourelles. These modern facilities are located the capital’s magnificent bay which was named among the “Most Beautiful Bays in the World.”

The Pointe Simon Cruise Terminal in Fort-de-France’s is now the island’s most frequented and state-of-the-art cruise facility. It is attached to a promenade, along the seaside that leads directly into the heart of the capital city. The early 2018 inaugurations of the first shops of the new shopping center of la Pointe Simon have also contributed to the site’s appeal. The Tourelles Cruise Terminal in Fort-de-France also received an upgrade, with expanded facilities, additional security lines and new VIP room for larger home ported vessels.

Martinique Salutes Carnival Glory

Recognizing the Isle of Flower’s know-how and beauty, the Carnival Glory, one of the cruise line’s “fun ships” will call on Martinique February 22nd, 2019. The cruise, which is part of the “Caribbean Carnival Journeys,” will depart Miami for its 12-night romp through Caribbean on February 16. Through February 28 Carnival Glory will visit the U.S. Virgin Islands’ St. Croix, The Islands of Guadeloupe, Barbados, Martinique—the Isle of Flowers,- Antigua – St.Marteen/Saint-Martin and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

On learning of the return of this great ship, Karine Mousseau, Martinique Tourism Commissioner said: “It is a true pleasure for us all to welcome back the Carnival Glory. We very much look forward to greeting its passengers.”

The Conquest-class ship—among the largest of the Carnival fleet—is an amazing floating resort, featuring the Camel Club Casino, an impressive array of clubs, shops and lounges, Very family friendly it includes family entertainment areas like a teen club, a video game roomand Camp Carnival. It also boasts Spa Carnival and large selection of international and specialty eateries. 60% of the staterooms have ocean views and private balconies.

Martinique is now well on the cruise world’s map. In 2017 it welcomed over 620,000 passengers during 278 port calls.

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