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Martinique, The French Caribbean Diving Destination

NEW YORK, NY ǀ November 12th 2018 – The French Caribbean Island of Martinique will attend once again the annual DEMA SHOW, which takes place this year in Las Vegas from November 14th to 17th 2018.

The annual DEMA Show, the largest trade-only event in the world for scuba diving businesses, ocean water sports and adventure/dive travel companies, attracts hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of dive and travel industry professionals from around the world.

The Martinique Tourism Authority (double booth #612) will be presenting the diversity of its underwater world alongside private sector partners such as ABC Dive, Espace Plongée Martinique and Natiyabel.

To learn more about Martinique and its diving scene, two 45 minutes long seminars are organized at noon for travel agents on Wednesday November 14 (room N240) & Thursday November 15 (room N239).

Divers of all ages and abilities will find true happiness in the crystal-clear waters of Martinique by exploring the diversity of its underwater world and its colorful coral reefs.

In addition to these natural assets and over 22 dive sites, the island has no shortage of quality and certified professional dive infrastructures, poised to enhance the visitor experience in complete safety.

“Full of archeological discoveries and fascinating fauna & flora, Martinique is a paradise for divers”, said Karine Mousseau, Martinique Tourism Commissioner. “This is why attending DEMA Show with our local partners is an ideal opportunity to showcase the island as a perfect French Caribbean diving destination.”

For dive aficionados, Caradonna Adventures offers expert and novice seven-night programs over 20 of Martinique’s best sites, including daily breakfast, airport transfers and five dive days.

To learn more about Caradonna Adventures’ Martinique programs visit www.caradonna.com

For more information about diving in Martinique www.us.martinique.org

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First Annual Belize Birding Festival – A Resounding Success

On Saturday, October 27, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), in partnership with the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) and Belize Hotel Association (BHA) successfully hosted over two hundred participants at the first annual Belize Birding Festival in the City of Belmopan.

The festival featured a packed agenda with an Audubon Early Morning Urban Bird Watch, followed by a full day of exhibition and presentations at the George Price Center, an afternoon guided bird walk at St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, and closed with an evening cocktail at the Inn at Twin Palms. Participants of the festival included avid and professional birders, bird and other professional photographers, local and international bird clubs, hotels and tour operators, artisans and other guests.

The presentations kicked off with a panel discussion by representatives of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), BAS and BTIA who shared content and their views on birding tourism in Belize and its growth. Key presenter, Dr. Oliver Komar, spoke about birds and birding in Belize and shared some pointers on the Warblers of Belize field identification tips. Guest presenter, Jason Tiesman, focused his presentation on tips for birding photography for the avid and professional.

“The BTIA is proud to have been one of the leading organizers of the first annual Belize Birding Festival, commented Executive Director, John M. Burgos.” The great turn out of participants and quality of the information shared at the festival, resounded the importance of recognizing birding tourism as a niche market for Belize. We are definitely looking forward to planning for the second annual Belize Birding Festival to be hosted in October 2019, which will see greater participation of international birders wanting to bird watch in Belize,” concluded Burgos.

BTIA gives special thanks to its partners, BAS, BHA and Romaldino Martinez, who selflessly gave of their time and expertise to assist with organizing the festival. We also thank the Belize Tourism Board, main sponsor, and other sponsors of the festival, Atlantic Bank, Turtle Inn, Traveller’s Liquors, Bowen and Bowen Beverages, BMR Lamanai Landscaping Limited, Ian Anderson’s Caves Branch, The Inn at Twin Palms, and Loskot Studios.

We also want to recognize and thank our prize sponsors, Captain Hook’s Shrimp Restaurant and Bar, Caribbean Shrimp Company, Chukka, San Ignacio Resort and Hotel, Programme for Belize, Pine Lumber Co. Ltd., Cahal Pech Village Resort, Victoria House Resort and Spa, and Blush of Eden.

Discover the birds of Belize at the second annual Belize Birding Festival, scheduled for October 19 and 20, 2019. Stay in tune for more information and updates on the upcoming two-day festival via our website, www.belizebirdingfestival.bz, email at [email protected] and phone at +501-227-1144.

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BTIA Celebrates the Launch of the 20th Edition Destination Belize

The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) launched the 20thedition of Destination Belize, in celebratory fashion, at the Radisson Fort George Hotel & Marina in the presence of over one hundred BTIA members, advertisers and other industry partners on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.  BTIA Celebrates the Launch of the 20thEdition Destination Belize.

Destination Belize has, for over two decades, been the key marketing tool distributed globally by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and BTIA to travelers and travel agents wanting to learn more about Belize for a visit in the future.  The print publication has played a major role in educating readers of the many natural attractions and different types of activities Belize has to offer – touching on the inland and offshore attractions of the destination.

While the 20thedition of Destination Belize does not differ, when compared to past editions, as to the type of content featured on Belize’s attractions and activities, its article topics featured do go in line with the theme of the edition – Find Our Roots, Feel (Y)our Rhythms.  As one pages through the magazine, they will discover what’s new and hot about Belize and gain a greater appreciation for the theme and cover images featured of the Maya Fire Ball Game and Half Moon Caye National Park.  Readers will be able to learn more about the beautiful people of Belize through the culture articles and explore each of the destinations featured to identity the one destination that suites their rhythm as they immerse into the activities and attractions.

New features of the 20thedition of the magazine include:

  • An article on each of the seven most predominant cultures found in Belize
  • Top picks for the eleven featured destinations
  • Articles from the heroes of Belize’s Barrier Reef
  • Directory listing of all advertisers and BTIA members separated by destination and services
  • Perforated Map of Belize designed to highlight the major attractions and seven World Heritage Sites
  • The e-book for the Spanish version of the magazine
  • Website, www.destinationbelize.com, which will provide easier access to online content about Belize and advertisers of the 20thedition – taking Destination Belize beyond the pages

“It was important for the BTIA, as first time publisher of Destination Belize, to produce a magazine that is reflective of Belize’s diverse cultures and attractions, that the articles were written by experts of the topics featured, that it creates more marketing opportunities for advertisers and that it included a listing of all BTIA members,” commented Executive Director, John M. Burgos.  “The BTIA is sincerely humbled by the support received from the BTIA Board of Directors, the Belize Tourism Board, Oceana Belize, members of the Editorial Committee of Destination Belize, the authors and photographers, the advertisers and by extension, all BTIA members.”

To view the e-version of the magazine, go to www.destinationbelize.com.  Printed copies will be made available to all BTIA members and advertisers during the months of November and December.  Individual copies can be picked up from either of the BTIA TICs or BTB border kiosks.

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Barbuda’s Luxury Hotel Barbuda Belle Reopens for the First Time Following Hurricane Irma

JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (November 6, 2018) – Barbuda Belle, an intimate, luxury boutique hotel on Antigua’s sister island of Barbuda has reopened for the 2018/2019 Winter Season.

This is the first time that the award-winning hotel has opened since being damaged during Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

Accessible by boat via Barbuda’s Codrington Lagoon, the rustic-styled property located at Cedar Point offers ultimate seclusion, tucked neatly away behind of lush mangrove trees and a picturesque pink sand beach.  Originally a seven bungalow property, Barbuda Belle now boasts eight beachfront bungalows since renovations saw the total rebuild of one bungalow damaged during the storm, and the addition of a completely new bungalow.   A beach bar and grill is also a new addition. Daily rates for Barbuda Belle start at US$890.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Investment, Senator, The Hon. Mary-Clare Hurst spoke at the November 3 reopening Ceremony on behalf of the Minister of Tourism and Investment, The Hon. Charles Fernandez who was away on duty.

“Today marks a very important step in Barbuda’s recovery post Hurricane Irma and a significant step in our Country’s Tourism. Today is our collective affirmation to our visitors far and wide, that Barbuda is open for business!”, Hurst said.

“The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is excited by the momentum and progress that we have seen so far, as it relates to Barbuda’s Tourism and progress just one year on.”

The Barbuda Belle re-opening is the first in many openings that will take place in Barbuda for the season. The Barbuda Ocean Club, and Barbuda Cottages are expected to open in December.

For more information on Antigua and Barbuda go to: visitantiguabarbuda.com

To book Barbuda Belle go to: barbudabelle.com

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CTO at WTM 2018

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) brings you, World Travel Market 2018.

Watch the four young Antiguan women seeking to be the first all-female Caribbean team and the first ever all-black team to row the Atlantic.

Find out from Joy Jibrilu, the director general of tourism, about the People to People programme in the Bahamas, as well as what’s behind the destination’s rising arrival numbers

Hear from Vicky Chandler of Discover Dominica about the island’s recovery from Hurricane Maria

And Saint Lucia’s minister Dominic Fedee, also the CTO chairman on positioning the Caribbean brand and the “The Rhythm Never Stops” campaign.

Meet Duvone Stewart, the Tobagonian pannist, composer and pan arranger, who’s promoting his island at #WTMLondon, and shares his passion, as well as his concerns, about the future of the steel pan in Trinidad & Tobago.

Also, meet Yolanda Job-Thomas, an entertainer from Tobago, who speaks about promoting her island at WTM.

Here’s Colin James, the CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, who says Antigua and Barbuda Tourism is strong

Plus, there’s a “new look” #PureGrenada at #WTMLondon 2018 with Patricia Maher, CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority

And, Tobago is beyond the ordinary with new branding, says CEO of the tourism agency, Louis Lewis

Much achieved at WTM 2018, says Carol Hay, the CTO’s director of the UK/Europe


There are so many reasons to attend World Travel Market, so many ways the Caribbean benefits, says Hugh Riley, the secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization

Meet Dominic Williams, teacher, drummer and Tobago ambassador. He talks about his love for drumming and 101 things to do in Tobago

Nearing normality in the British Virgin Islands, says Kyle Harrigan, the BVI tourism board’s business development officer in the UK

Barbados’ minister Kerrie Symmonds talks about tourism taxes, the new tourism agency, innovations in tourism and why #Barbados’ tourism is on the rise again

Barbuda is back, says Asha Frank, tourism chair at the Barbuda council

For images of the Caribbean at WTM click on this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/d2tp8byxNoRKcC5X9

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Saint Lucia Commemorates Inaugural JetBlue Mint Service

Prime Minister, Honourable Allen Chastanet and acting Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Mrs. Tiffany Howard are among officials set to welcome the inaugural JetBlue Mint service on Saturday November 3, 2018. The flight originating out of Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is expected to land at the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) at 12:39 p.m.

The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is ecstatic about the new service. While it is not a new flight, JetBlue has added its premium Mint service to the route, which allows passengers the luxury of kicking back and relaxing on fully lie-flat seats. Each seat features cushions with adjustable firmness and a massage feature, a comforter and pillow, and ergonomic touches. In addition, the Mint service provides individualized seatback TVs and unlimited snacks.

The Acting CEO at the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Mrs. Tiffany Howard, said; “This is exciting news for our destination as the introduction of the JetBlue Mint service from Boston shows continued growth in our luxury sector out of Northeast United States. Our goal at the SLTA is to continue welcoming more visitors to Saint Lucia and JetBlue, as a partner, continues to complement our marketing efforts.”

The SLTA has planned a welcome ceremony to commemorate this new service with a pannist, and masqueraders who are expected to greet passengers on the tarmac followed by a short reception in the VIP Lounge of the Hewanorra International Airport.

Also expected to attend the ceremony are SLTA Director of Marketing for the USA, Kelly Fontenelle–Clarke; General Manager for JetBlue Airways, Marcelline Palton; and Regional Manager for LATAM/Caribbean – Product, JetBlue and JetBlue Vacations, Wendy Jurngerkes.

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