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Caribbean Hotel Programme Wins Best Energy Efficiency Project for 2018

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (14 Nov. 2018) -The Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Programme (CHENACT), created by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) to propel the Caribbean hotel sector towards energy efficiency, has won Best Energy Efficiency Project for 2018 at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF) in Miami.

The awards recognize the leaders in the Caribbean energy sector who have made a profound impact on the region’s clean energy development.

CHENACT aims to improve the competitiveness of small and medium sized hotels (less than 400 rooms) in the Caribbean region through improved use of energy with the emphasis on energy efficiency, renewable energy and micro-generation.

Conceptualised in 2009 and completed earlier this year, the initiative has helped over 150 hotels in seven countries receive detailed investment grade energy audits and realize potential savings of 30-50% in energy and up to 50% in water. The project also provided workshops and training tools to hotels.

The programme was a joint venture of the CTO and CHTA Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) and was funded by The Inter American Development Bank (IDB), Centre for Development Enterprise (CDE), German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

CHENACT resources are available on CHTA’s website and www.chenact.com

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The award was accepted by (left to right) Sylma Brown Bramble, Director for the Americas, CTO; Loreto Duffy-Mayers, CHENACT Regional Programme Manager; Christiaan Gischler, Lead Energy Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank; and Frank Comito, CEO and Director General, CHTA

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CTO Wins ‘Favourite Roadshow”

We are really thrilled to be voted as Favourite Roadshow for the Selling Travel Agents Choice Awards. Travel agents are exceptionally important partners and it’s critical that we maintain regular contact with them and to keep educating them about the many attractive attributes of the Caribbean so they can keep selling the region.

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CTO Announces the Winners of the 2018 Caribbean Travel Media Awards

London, UK 7 November, 2018: The Caribbean Tourism Organization has announced the winners of the 2018 Caribbean Travel Media Awards. On Monday, 5 November over 60 members of the UK media joined visiting Caribbean Ministers, UK Chapter Members and Caribbean partners at an exclusive networking evening, held at the Fox @Excel, to celebrate the winners and runners up of the ten category awards.

The big winner on the night was Ursula Barzey of Caribbean & Co., who scooped the ‘Best of the Best’ award out of over 130 entries for her consistency in producing outstanding content about the Caribbean. Other award wins for Ursula were in the Best Social Media category for an all-encompassing #NextStopGrenada Campaign; and Best Caribbean Round up for an insightful 10 facts-about-the-Caribbean-region enthusing travellers to refine their travel search.

In the very competitive Best Consumer Feature category, Will Bruton won on all counts for his dazzling account of an authentic sailing holiday in ‘Fall in Love with Antigua’ in *Yachting Monthly.

The award for Best Travel Trade went to Tamara Hinson for an excellent Tobago Nature Tour review in Travel Weekly while the award for Best Online Feature went to Rupert Parker for his quirky and fun story of Mangoes, Food and History in Nevis for metro.co.uk.

Sally Peck picked up the Best National Newspaper award for an enticing ‘Nevis, Me and a Honeymoon for One’, feature in the Telegraph, with Best Regional Newspaper going to Hannah Stephenson for her account of volunteering in Jamaica, published across 40 regional newspapers, including yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk.

Amongst the other accolades were Blogger duo, Yaya and Lloyd of Hand Luggage Only, who won the Best Blog Post award for their captivating stories and images of St. Kitts across their social media platforms entitled Your Essential Guide of Things to do in St Kitts.

The Best Broadcast award was won by *BBC Two’s excellent production of ‘An Island Parish Anguilla – After the Hurricane’ which offered a heart-warming overview of life on the island a year after the hurricane and as the re-building begins. Finally, Best Photojournalism was won by Julianna Barnaby for a ‘Nevis Travel Guide’ Things to do in Nevis featuring brilliant imagery and content in her blog, The Discoveries Of.

Opening the Awards Ceremony Carol Hay said, “The standard of entries this year was extremely high and I was pleased to note such highly engaging and informative articles, digital and non-digital, as well as great video and photography. On behalf of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, I would like to congratulate all the finalists, especially our winners and our 2018 overall winner, Ursula Barzey. Each entry plays its part in raising awareness of the Caribbean as a region, and this year has been no exception. I would also like to thank the Judges for their excellent reviews and scoring and the sponsors who very generously provided the prizes.”

The 2018 Caribbean Travel Media Awards winners, runners-up (2nd and 3rd place respectively) and sponsors were:

Best Travel Trade Feature:
1st place: TAMARA HINSON ‘Tobago Natural Tour’, Travel Weekly
2nd : Laura French (Travel Weekly)
3rd: Andrew Doherty (TTG)
Sponsor: Bahamas Tourist Office-London

Best National Newspaper Feature:
1st place: SALLY PECK, ‘Nevis, me and a honeymoon for one’
2nd : Tamara Hinson (Express Weekend)
3rd: Keith Miller (Telegraph)
Sponsor: Saint Lucia Tourism Authority

Best Regional Newspaper Feature:
1st place: HANNAH STEPHENSON, ‘Here’s to Voluntourism’, PA
2nd: Oxford Mail/Oxford Times
3rd: Nicola Brady, Evening Standard
Sponsor: InterCaribbean

Best Consumer Feature:
1st place: WILL BRUTON, ‘Fall in love with Antigua’, Yachting Monthly
2nd : Vitali Vitaliev, Geographical
3rd: Fred Mawer, Sunday Telegraph and Katie Bowman, Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Sponsor: Discover Dominica Authority

Best Broadcast TV and Radio Feature:
1st place: DONNA CLARKE & CHRIS MITCHELL, An Island Parish Anguilla – After the Hurricane
2nd: Alison Hammond, ITV
3rd: Cathy Bartrop, Travelguru TV
Sponsor: St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Best Online Feature:
1st: RUPERT PARKER, ‘Stunning beaches and bags of culture in Nevis’, Metro.co.uk
2nd: Oliver Smith, Telegraph Online
3rd: Amy Hopkins, Family Traveller
Sponsor: Kuoni

Best Blog Feature:
1st place: LLOYD AND YAYA, ‘The Essential Guide to visiting St. Kitts’, Hand Luggage Only
2nd: Macca Sherifi, Adventurous World
3rd: Terry Lee, LiveShareTravel
Sponsor: Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

Best Piece of Photojournalism:
1st place: JULIANNA BARNABY, ‘Nevis Travel Guide’,  The Discoveries of
2nd: Andrew & Emily, Along Dusty Roads
3rd: Nick Robertson-Brown, Scubaverse
Sponsor: Tobago Tourism Agency

Best Social Media Campaign:
1st place: URSULA BARZEY, ‘#NextStopGrenada, Caribbean & Co.
2nd: Caroline & Nick Robertson-Brown, Scubaverse
3rd: Heather Cowper, Heather on her travels
Sponsor:  St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourist Office

Best Caribbean Round Up:
1st place: URSULA BARZEY, ‘10 Facts About The Caribbean Region’, Caribbean & Co.
2nd: Heather Cowper, Heather on her travels
and Nigel Tisdall, Telegraph
Sponsor: Caribbean Tourism Organization

About the Caribbean Media Awards
The Caribbean Travel Media Awards celebrate and reward the very best representation of the Caribbean by the media industry in the areas of writing, photography, digital media, broadcast media, publishing and trade. Within each category, points are awarded for the Best representation of the Caribbean as an attractive region to travel to; Best representation of the island featured within the Category; Best promotion of the key USP’s of the island featured within the Category and, finally, Originality of the campaign, article, video or blog.   The 2018 Caribbean Travel Media Awards were reviewed and judged by a panel of 11 Judges, made up of high-profile individuals representing the travel industry and media.

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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.
https://bit.ly/2qxl98n.

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
https://bit.ly/2RDktde

Hear from Vicky Chandler of Discover Dominica about the island’s recovery from Hurricane Maria
https://bit.ly/2JJdoVD

And Saint Lucia’s minister Dominic Fedee, also the CTO chairman on positioning the Caribbean brand and the “The Rhythm Never Stops” campaign.
https://bit.ly/2DqYxyO.

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.
https://bit.ly/2JL9viZ

Also, meet Yolanda Job-Thomas, an entertainer from Tobago, who speaks about promoting her island at WTM.
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Here’s Colin James, the CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, who says Antigua and Barbuda Tourism is strong
https://bit.ly/2Da8xMd

Plus, there’s a “new look” #PureGrenada at #WTMLondon 2018 with Patricia Maher, CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority
https://bit.ly/2REx53K

And, Tobago is beyond the ordinary with new branding, says CEO of the tourism agency, Louis Lewis
https://bit.ly/2Dvtq5k

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

https://bit.ly/2T2wydA

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
https://bit.ly/2DvgYTc

Meet Dominic Williams, teacher, drummer and Tobago ambassador. He talks about his love for drumming and 101 things to do in Tobago
https://bit.ly/2PSj4SG

Nearing normality in the British Virgin Islands, says Kyle Harrigan, the BVI tourism board’s business development officer in the UK
https://bit.ly/2RKQr7r

Barbados’ minister Kerrie Symmonds talks about tourism taxes, the new tourism agency, innovations in tourism and why #Barbados’ tourism is on the rise again
https://bit.ly/2FoSRHJ

Barbuda is back, says Asha Frank, tourism chair at the Barbuda council
https://bit.ly/2PI2Zzd

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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Caribbean Airlines Achieves Operating Profit for Year-To-Date, September 20, 2018

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. October 31, 2018 – Caribbean Airlines reported a summary of its unaudited financial results, for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, which show the airline has moved into an operating profit and is net income positive for the year-to-date.

The unaudited accounts for the nine months to September 30, 2018 show Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT) of positive TT$96m – this is comprised of TT$118m on international and other operations and negative TT$22m on the domestic air bridge.

The airline’s total net income of TT$48m is comprised of TT$83m on international and other operations and a loss of TT$35m on the air bridge.

Year- to- date total revenues showed a 15% year-on-year improvement of TT$291M.  Fuel of TT$450.4M was a major expenditure for the same period, compared to TT$345.5M in 2017 resulting in a year-on-year increase of TT$104.9M.

Caribbean Airlines’ improved performance has been achieved despite the aforementioned losses on the air bridge which continue to occur.  Since 2005, the adult fare on the air bridge has been fixed at $150 one way, irrespective of rising fuel costs, for which the airline receives no subsidy. The actual breakeven fare on the air bridge is $300 one-way. Of that sum, the passenger currently pays $150, the Government subsidy to the adult passenger only is $50 (children receive no subsidy from the Government) and Caribbean Airlines absorbs the loss for the remaining $100 or $150 depending on if the passenger is a child but occupying a seat.

With respect to the improved performance, Mr. S. Ronnie Mohammed, Chairman, Caribbean Airlines, states: This is an exceptional achievement for Caribbean Airlines, particularly against a headwind of higher oil prices and our increased support of the domestic operations. We consider this to be great news for the Caribbean Region, driven by the team’s high level of professionalism, efficiency and customer focus”

Mr. Garvin Medera, Chief Executive Officer, Caribbean Airlines adds: “This success is testimony to the commitment of our employees and to the loyalty of our customers, who support us throughout the network. There is still more to do to build on this foundation, particularly as we enter a traditionally challenging time of year.”

Other highlights for the period January to September 2018:

  • Improved cargo and freighter revenue and profit
  • Increased passenger numbers and load factors on many key routes
  • Launched new products, features and services including: Caribbean View, Caribbean Upgrade, Caribbean Plus, Caribbean Explorer, online Caribbean Miles redemption, Online Webchat, WhatsApp Chat, and Caribbean Café.
  • Introduced New services from Port of Spain to Cuba and from St. Vincent to New York
  • Developed New Cargo website
  • Executed interline ticketing with Hainan Airlines
  • Introduced online interline bookings with three Regional Partners
  • Caribbean Airlines has ranked 25th out of 164 global airlines for September 2018, for on-time performance by the OAG (Official Aviation Guide) Star Ranking.
  • Voted as winner of ‘Caribbean’s Leading Airline’ for the eighth consecutive year and was also selected as the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Airline Brand 2018’
  • Air-Bridge Performance: Total Flights Operated: 11,372; Total Seats Provided: 805,233 and Total Passengers carried: 716,299

Caribbean Airlines sincerely thanks its valued customers and stakeholders for their continued support and patronage.

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