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Belize to offer Testing to meet CDC’s Expanded Requirements

Belize City, Belize, Wednesday January 13, 2021 – Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it will require a negative COVID-19 test from all passengers arriving in the United States, as of January 26th 2021. This will have severe impacts on Belize tourism sector.

In response to this new requirement, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), after consultation with the Belize Ministry of Health and Wellness hereby confirms that testing will be expanded and made available to all passengers departing Belize for the U.S.

Further details including cost and testing locations across the country are being determined. All individuals who plan to visit Belize can therefore proceed with their travel plans.

The Belize Tourism Board recognizes that US travelers account for approximately 70% of visitors to Belize. We will continue to be guided by health protocols to welcome all visitors and ensure a safe experience from arrival to departure.

 

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Belize Receives Safe Travels Stamp from World Travel & Tourism Council

Belize City, Belize, Monday, January 11, 2021 – The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that Belize has achieved the Safe Travels Stamp, granted by the World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC). The Safe Travels Stamp, the first global safety and hygiene stamp, was awarded to Belize in late December 2020 in recognition of the country’s enhanced health and safety protocols.

The stamp was developed in order to help restore confidence in travellers and revive the global travel and tourism sectors. It enables travellers to recognize destinations around the world that have adopted health and hygiene protocols that are aligned with the WTTC’s Safe Travels Protocols.

Belize joins an esteemed group of destinations that have achieved this recognition, including Dubai, Mexican Caribbean, Barcelona, Jamaica, Mauritius and Saudi Arabia, among others.  Belize’s Tourism Gold Standard certification program for hotels, restaurants, tour operators and attractions and our comprehensive Health & Safety guidelines underscores that our highest priority is the health and safety of our guests.

“Belize is delighted to have received the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Stamp of Approval,” says Belize’s Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, Hon. Anthony Mahler, “The WTTC’s Stamp of Approval is a milestone achievement for Belize, and is truly a strong testament of Belize’s unwavering commitment to an environment which is safe, secure and provides an authentic and meaningful experience to our visitors!”

The BTB continues to encourage and work with tourism stakeholders who have not yet applied for Tourism Gold Standard Certification (TGS) to do so.

For more information kindly contact the BTB at Tel 227-2420 or via email at  [email protected].

Kindly click on the following link to read the official WTTC press release:  https://wttc.org/News-Article/WTTC-celebrates-the-end-of-2020-with-its-200th-Safe-Travels-destination.

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What’s New in the Islands of The Bahamas in 2021

NASSAU, Bahamas, January 12, 2021 – The Islands of The Bahamas are kicking off the New Year with new hotel opening, continued reopenings and increased airlift from major international markets, giving travelers plenty of reasons to add the destination to their 2021 bucket lists. With the new and improved Bahamas.com, future travelers can explore all that the islands have to offer while planning their next Bahamian getaway.

The Bahamas Invites Santa to Defrost on Stocking Island ­– After a busy holiday season, The Bahamas has invited Santa to hang up his suit and hat and spend the next year defrosting on Stocking Island. By extending Santa and Mrs. Clause complimentary BEATS visas (Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay), they will be able to unwind and enjoy the seclusion of the Out Islands and The Bahamas’ most merry offerings until it’s time to prepare for next Christmas.

Margaritaville Beach Resort Opens to Visitors – The highly anticipated resort, located near Junkanoo Beach and downtown Nassau, held a soft opening in late December and is now accepting reservations. During this time, guests can enjoy the One Particular Harbor building and its amenities, including Joe Merchant’s Bakery, JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, luxurious infinity pool and more. Margaritaville Beach Resort plans to open the main building and all other amenities this spring.

Hotel Reopenings Across The Bahamas ­– A number of hotels across The Bahamas have reopened in time to ring in the New Year. Currently, Atlantis Paradise Island, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Grand Isle Resort & Spa, Resort World Bimini and more have reopened and are accepting guests while Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort will reopen January 28 and Sandals Emerald Bay will reopen February 1. Additionally, The Cove at Atlantis will reopen February 11.

Increased Airlift to The Out Islands – For those eager for a more secluded vacation, a number of international carriers have resumed service to the Out Islands. Delta Airlines is operating daily flights between Atlanta, GA and North Eleuthera and Atlanta, GA and George Town, Exuma. American Airlines is also operating daily flights between Charlotte, NC and North Eleuthera and George Town, Exuma. Additionally, American Airlines offers daily flights between Miami, Florida and Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.

Ministry of Tourism Relaunches Bahamas.com ­– The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation has relaunched Bahamas.com with new features and functionalities allowing consumers to easily plan their next vacation. The new, user-friendly interface includes tools to promote key passion points for travelers and ensure the ease of planning with the new Itinerary Planner, Experiences and “Discover Your Next Adventure” features.

For a complete, up-to-date listing of deals and packages for The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.

Caerula Mar Romantic Retreat – The South Andros resort is offering a free romantic amenity valued at $195 for couples staying over Valentine’s Day. Situated on Andros’ white-sand beaches, the recently opened resort is an ideal destination for a romantic escape.

21% Off in 2021 at Atlantis – Atlantis Paradise Island is ensuring 2021 treats guests well and is offering 21% off when staying four nights or more through November 30, 2021. Travel must be booked by January 21, 2021.

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Statement from the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board on the Passing of Gordon Butch Stewart

Today the Tourism Industry in the Turks & Caicos Islands mourns the loss of Founder and Chairman of Sandals Resorts International Gordon Butch Stewart. The Board of Directors, management and staff of the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board extend condolences to the Stewart family. Mr. Stewart has made an immeasurable contribution to the tourism industry of the Turks & Caicos Islands through Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa. As the largest resort and largest private sector employer in the country, this loss is felt throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands and indeed the entire Caribbean region. We join with the industry in celebrating a visionary leader whose life and legacy should inspire us all to dream bigger and aspire to greatness. May he rest in peace.

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GTA Statement on the Passing of Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – 6th January, 2021 – The Ministry of Tourism and the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) express sadness over news of the passing of Tourism business icon Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD. Stewart, the Chairman and Founding Director of Sandals International Resorts Ltd has been a beacon of inspiration in the Caribbean, creating a brand that has stood tall in the international market for decades.

The late Chairman evolved his love for sales and business into a passion that created the world-renowned all-inclusive Sandals hotel chain and his determination saw its quick expansion throughout the Caribbean, including Grenada. The partnership between Sandals and the Government of Grenada has enhanced Grenada’s Tourism profile by adding significant quality room stock to the destination and training, development and employment for hundreds of Grenadians. The Sandals Foundation has also made significant contributions to Grenadian society through funding for social programmes.

Speaking of Mr. Stewart’s impact, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Climate Resilience and the Environment Hon. Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen said, “Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart was visionary and his memory will serve to inspire future Caribbean generations in breaking barriers and committing to excellence.”

The Ministry of Tourism and the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) extend condolences to the family and friends of the late Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart. May he rest in peace.

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Travel in Style to the British Virgin Islands With evoJets

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, 5 Jan 2021 – The British Virgin Islands (BVI) officially reopened its borders to international travelers on 1 December , exclusive to arrivals at Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island. With safety and socially-distanced travel top of mind, the BVI Tourist Board & Film Commission (BVITB&FC) is excited to announce a partnership with evoJets, one of the most trusted names in private jet travel. While many commercial airlines do not have direct flights to Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, flying private is the easiest and most convenient way to get to the destination.

In an effort to make private jet travel more readily accessible, the BVITB&FC has established a new partnership with evoJets that offers $1,500 towards catering, ground, or flight cost on any portion of a trip booked to the BVI. To redeem credit, travelers may apply the code BVITOURISM in the comments section of the private jet charter booking form. A number of recommended land and sea offerings for guests to choose from will be outlined to complete the perfect socially distanced vacation, whether travelers prefer to spend their days relaxing on the beach or chartering a yacht to island-hop and experience all the BVI has to offer.

Additionally, in their commitment to create a greener earth and promote a more sustainable BVI, evoJets has committed to The BVITB&FC’s Seeds of Love Programme. For each trip booked to the BVI, evoJets will contribute an additional $1,500 to Seeds of Love. This contribution includes the planting of approximately 27 White Cedar trees per donation. The White Cedar tree is the territorial tree of the BVI.

Clive McCoy, Director of Tourism, is excited by evoJets’ generous partnership component to donate to the community through this initiative. “This partnership is a demonstration of how important sustainable tourism is to our industry partners and us. We are truly thankful for their contribution to protecting the flora of the BVI.”

The Seeds of Love programme was launched in 2017 to replant trees lost in the as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which impacted the Territory that year. Through this programme, the BVITB&FC has conducted several plantings and cleanup campaigns throughout the Territory.

“The British Virgin Islands is an oasis of natural beauty which bring joy to all who visit. We are excited to support the comeback of tourism to the islands and contribute to the rebuilding of their stunning ecosystems,” says Rich Palese, managing partner at evoJets.

For more information, visit bvitourism.com and www.seedsoflove.org

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