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Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique Ranked #2 for Best Caribbean Island for Romance

St. George’s, Grenada  – Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean has once again been recognized as a great place to vacation and this was highlighted in the USA Today’s Top 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for several Tourism categories.

To be rated number #2 in the Best Caribbean Island for Romance category is a great honour as we know the Caribbean region is one of the most romantic places to visit in the world. Couples can visit our 15 waterfalls, get a massage at one of our Sulphur springs, take a leisurely hike around Grand Etang lake or just relax and enjoy the stunning sunsets on one of our 40 white sandy beaches. Special mention must be made of the world famous Grand Anse Beach, ranked #4 in the Caribbean.

Local Beach Bar Umbrellas on Grand Anse Beach was rated #6 for being a cool place to hang out and enjoy the vibe while local restaurant BB’s Crabback was rated #9 (Best Restaurant category) for its tasty, authentic, spice infused cuisine.

Our rum factories, Clarke’s Court and River Antoine Rum Distillery were rated #6 and #8 respectively and anyone who has visited River Antoine Estate is in awe at the oldest working water wheel in the Caribbean and can taste the purity of the ancient processing technique while Clarke’s Court offers an award winning selection of island flavoured rums, the newest being their chocolate rum liqueur Amaz-In.

Not only on land does Grenada have plenty to offer visitors but beneath the sea as well.  The world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park was rated #8 and for dive enthusiasts, the Bianca C dive wreck site was rated #4.  Our sister island of Carriacou known as the ‘Isle of Reefs’ got a dive feature with Sisters Rock and was rated #9.

To crown it all off, our hotel product was also featured with the only AAA Five Diamond resort on island, Spice Island Beach Resort ranked #7 in the Caribbean. The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) thanks the judges from USA Today for the nominations and extends congratulations to all our Tourism partners on these awards, which are highly appreciated as they are determined by popular vote.

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.

Media Contact

Ria Murray, Communications Officer, Grenada Tourism Authority

[email protected]473 440 2001/2279; 473 420 2557 (mobile)

For all our recent news releases go to www.puregrenada.com/news

 

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Guyana Wins “Best of Ecotourism” at Sustainable Destinations Awards

6 MARCH 2019 – BERLIN: Guyana has been named the #1 “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world. The award was presented to Guyana at the ITB global travel trade fair in Berlin, Germany.  The second annual “Best of Top 100” Awards is a selection of the finest top 100 destinations selected by a panel of experts who reviewed sustainability success stories submitted by destinations worldwide. The newly created “Best of Ecotourism” category was added in 2019 and put Guyana up against very well-known and experienced ecotourism destinations like Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

The announcement was made this evening at Berlin’s Messe Berlin exhibition grounds by Mr. Albert Salman, President of Green Destinations Foundation. Mr. Brian T. Mullis, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority was in attendance to accept the award on behalf of Guyana.

“Guyana has expended considerable effort in recent years not only to develop new and innovative eco-friendly tourism products as a part of the national Green State Development Strategy, but also to incorporate sustainable tourism best practice into all aspects of its strategy, planning and  programming while educating the world about its deep commitment to maximising the positive socio-economic and conservation outcomes from tourism,” said Brian T. Mullis, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority. He continued, “It is a tremendous honour for us to be recognized globally alongside our fellow leaders in eco- and sustainable tourism.”

Guyana is positioned as the next must-see destination for travellers. With daily non-stop flights already available from New York, Miami and Toronto and direct routes available from Europe through sister Caribbean countries, and it being the only English-speaking country in South America, travellers can experience vibrant indigenous culture, rich history, and hospitable and friendly people in the language both parties know best. Guyana has also recently become the first country to adopt the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s International Adventure Travel Guide Qualification & Performance Standards.

When asked about Guyana’s selection as #1 in the “Best of Ecotourism” category, Mr. Albert Salman, President of the Green Destinations Foundation said “The Top 100 Awards Jury was impressed by the dossier prepared by Guyana Tourism Authority for the Top100-nomination and by the success stories submitted of Surama and Rewa. Both these eco lodges have ambitious and admirable goals and successes, are community-owned and led, and aim at preserving Guyana’s ecosystems and indigenous traditions. The Jury also liked that Guyana has a policy of a ‘Green, Inclusive and Prosperous Guyana’ that provides a good quality of life for all its citizens based on a sound education and social protection, low-carbon resilient development, green and decent jobs, economic opportunities, individual equality, justice, and political empowerment.’”

About Guyana, “South America Undiscovered”

Largely unknown to the world, Guyana is a small South American country that represents six ethnicities and a rich Amerindian culture. Bordered by Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela, Guyana is part of the revered Guiana Shield, one of the world’s most biodiverse regions that includes many endemic species and South America’s ‘Land of the Giants.’ Guyana possesses Atlantic beaches to the north, staggering mountain ranges to the west, never-ending savannahs to the south and 18% of the world’s tropical rainforests. It’s an untapped playground for explorers and adventure seekers.

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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Statement on U.S. Travel Advisory

March 4, 2019:  The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is aware of the recent update to the U.S. Travel Advisory for The Bahamas. We would note that overall, their guidance to citizens remains a Level Two advisory recommending caution, but not actually urging delay or cancellation of travel plans to our islands. We recommend that travelers to any destination maintain awareness of their surroundings and exercise basic precautions, as they likely would in their home cities and when not on holiday.

In reality, the vast majority of our 6 million annual visitors do so without any incident whatsoever. According to Royal Bahamas Police data for 2018, there were only 43 incidents involving tourists, of which 30 involved U.S. nationals and nearly all were minor offences. The Ministry of Tourism appreciates the efforts of law enforcement and congratulates authorities on the progress they have made in significantly reducing serious crimes like murder (-25%), armed robbery (-18%), attempted robbery (-19%) and shoplifting (-23%). The safety of residents and visitors is of paramount importance and efforts to maintain and improve security are a constant priority for Bahamas authorities as is true for all governments.

Safety and security efforts include the use of CCTV in addition to a heightened police presence with foot, bicycle and motor patrols across all areas referenced in the advisory and tourist areas, including additional Beach Enforcement Officers that have been deployed to beaches frequented by visitors. Regular communication is in effect between the Royal Bahamas Police Force Land and Marine Units, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Harbour Patrol Unit and the Ministry of Tourism to ensure concerns are addressed quickly.

The Ministry of Tourism supports the various steps taken to address needed changes in regulation and enforcement of measures to ensure the safety of watercraft activities. The Port Department and, by extension, the Ministry of Transport and Local Government have sought to strengthen its laws governing vessels (including enhancements to the Commercial Recreational Watercraft Act) through the adoption of regional safety codes and requirements under the Small Commercial Vessel Code and Caribbean Cargo Ship Safety Code. Such Codes stipulate higher inspection standards, mandatory safety equipment required on board vessels, criteria for domestic or home built vessels, dry docking inspections and increased ship manning requirements.

These measures are being aggressively maintained or pursued by the Ministry of Transport and Local Government and the Port Department to ensure the Maritime Industry is effectively regulated, thus ensuring the safety of visitors and all seafarers. This effort includes joint and coordinated sea patrols by the Police Marine Unit, Defence Force Harbour Patrol Unit and the Port Department, and development of a citation and ticketing system for those not in compliance.

Safety and security on land and at sea is critically important for visitors and for the Bahamian people. Aggressive efforts are underway across all relevant Bahamian ministries and departments to ensure that our islands remain a destination that provides a welcoming environment where visitors enjoy our culture and our citizens enjoy economic opportunity.

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Saint Lucia Anticipates Welcoming Over 140K Cruise Visitors in March 2019

CASTRIES – Monday, March 4, 2019 – The Month of March is expected to be a record-breaking period in Saint Lucia’s cruise sector.

Between Friday March 1, and Sunday March 3, 2019, twelve (12) cruise vessels including the inaugural call of Crystal Esprit brought an estimated combined capacity of 19,052 travelers to the destination. Expected through March 31, is the arrival of an additional 125,434 travelers.

In an effort to maximize the benefits of tourism locally that is in direct keeping with our current plans and policy trends toward sustainable cruise tourism strategies, special focus is being placed on the development and management of the cruise sector.

We are doing everything possible to ensure that Saint Lucians benefit more from these impressive numbers. A revenue committee has been established at the Tourism Council to yield greater economic penetration for our people.” said Tourism Minister, Dominic Fedee. Therefore, the tremendous growth we are experiencing is a great beginning and we are committed to making this count by training our vendors and other stakeholders to focus on revenue.”

With Saint Lucia’s capacity to welcome Vista, Quantum and Freedom Class vessels, cruise increased by 13.6% in 2018.  The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is projecting 6 to 7 percent growth this year, continuing an upward trend that began in September of 2018.

In the near future cruise travelers will have much more to see and do, as Saint Lucia is moving towards community-based tourism strategies. The Department of Tourism has earmarked eight communities nationally for the development of the Village Tourism programme with the aim of promoting linkages between onshore businesses and other sectors of the economy.

The idea is to convert each of the communities into a tourism destination, highlighting its unique culture, cuisine, heritage and history, thereby creating an experience for visitors unlike any other destination.

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TTAL appoints overseas marketing representatives for Tobago

SCARBOROUGH Tobago, Tuesday March 05, 2019: The Tobago Tourism Agency Limited has appointed overseas marketing representatives in Scandinavia and Germany, as part of the organizations’ continued efforts to strengthen destination marketing in these source markets.

These reps are strategically selected individuals and organizations who use their intimate knowledge of Tobago’s various source markets to effectively reach local consumers, outbound operators, and local media in order to drive destination sales and increase visitation to the island.

Tobago’s overseas rep in Germany is Angelika Wegner, owner of Tourimax: a full-service marketing and public relations agency that specializes in working with clients in all areas of the hospitality industry, from tourism destinations, accommodation providers and tour operators. Tourimax has high profile experience in representation and marketing strategy work for international tourism boards including Fiji Islands, New Zealand and South Australia.

In the Scandinavian region, the TTAL has engaged the services of Tapani Kauhanen, General Manager of AVIAREPS Nordic: a tourism representation agency with strong physical and organizational market presence in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

AVIAREPS also represent German leisure airline Condor, which Tobago has existing contractual agreements with. This synergy presents an opportunity for the Tobago Tourism Agency to secure airlift out of the Scandinavian region- one of the objectives outlined in the TTAL’s Road Map for Growth.

The Tobago Tourism Agency also has existing overseas representatives in other major source markets. In the UK, Tobago is represented by Advantage Management Group (AMG) Ltd. and its CEO Nadine Rankin, while in Canada, the destination is represented by Jesille Peters.

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Tobago to engage German market at ITB Berlin

SCARBOROUGH Tobago, Friday March 01, 2019: A delegation from Tobago will be attending ITB Berlin in March 2019 to promote the destination among the German travel trade and key distribution channels, and strengthen relationships with industry stakeholders in this critical source market.

Internationale Tourismus- Börse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany is the world’s leading travel trade show of historical magnitude in the tourism industry, addressing important issues in the global tourism industry and presenting solutions to help mitigate current and future challenges.

This convention is also a strong networking platform for the international travel and tourism trade and encompasses all levels of the tourism value chain. Germany, combined with its neighboring landlocked and socio-culturally similar countries Austria and Switzerland, comprise of the GAS (German, Austrian and Swiss) market which provides Tobago with more than 15% of the island’s international passenger arrivals.

Attendance at ITB Berlin will be used as an avenue for the Tobago’s tourism officials to strengthen current business relationships between the lucrative German tourism business unit and the destination.

The Tobago delegation will be led by the Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly and Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation, Councillor Nadine Stewart-Phillips, and includes officials from the Tobago Tourism Agency Limited.

They will be meeting with key stakeholders in the German media, travel and tourism industries to identify and explore new opportunities to stimulate additional passenger arrivals to the destination, and generate economic activity for industry stakeholders in Tobago.

A significant undertaking at ITB Berlin by the Tobago delegation will also be the launch of the Tobago Beyond brand and “Go To Market Strategy” specifically tailored for influential German speaking travel media and travel trade stakeholders.

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