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NORWEGIAN AIR HAS INCREASES SERVICE FROM THE U.S. TO MARTINIQUE

New York – June 21st, 2018 | Norwegian, Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline and Value Airline of the Year 2018, announced 3 major news today; following successful winter seasons from the North East Coast  to Martinique, Norwegian is increasing its U.S. winter seasonal routes to Martinique:

  • The Fort Lauderdale to Martinique service will resume on October 31, 2018, with four flights weekly. It represents an increase from three flights per week during winter 2017/18.
  • The New York-JFK to Martinique service will resume on October 28, 2018, with six flights, two flights more than the previous seaon.

The award winning airline also announced a new four times weekly route from Martinique to Cayenne in French Guiana. The winter seasonal service from Martinique to Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport Cayenne will launch on October 31, 2018, and operate four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Another major news is that Norwegian Air is also opening a new route from Canada; the airline will launch seasonal service from Montréal, to Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport on November 1, 2018, and operate three times per week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Launch fares start as low as $219 CAD one-way, including taxes and will operate during the winter season until end of March, 2019.

“We are very pleased with Norwegian’s increase of air service from the United States and with the new route between our island and French Guiana. The new service from Montreal to Fort-de-France is also excellent news. The additional offer provided by Norwegian will make Martinique more accessible than ever and increase traffic from and to this crucial Canadian market. This is an opportunity for us to expand our reach and showcase Martinique Magnifique, its multiple assets, its vibrant culture, its authenticity, along with the warmth of its people. We are looking forward to see more and more Quebecois making Martinique their own!” said Karine Mousseau, Martinique Tourism Commissioner.

“Norwegian is excited to return for its third season to the magnificent island of Martinique, this year expanding our service to Cayenne and Montreal. We were the first airline in more than 20 years to link Martinique to New York City and we will now be the only airline to connect the French Caribbean with both Canada and the United States, as well as French Guiana, » said Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer, Norwegian.

“The new opening from Montreal and Cayenne, as well as the increase of the existing service from New York and Fort Lauderdale, are the concrete results of the efforts made by the Martinique Tourism Authority and all stakeholders, to position Martinique as a destination of choice on the market of the Americas adds Karine Mousseau. “This increase also represents a pledge of trust from Norwegian Air, which has become a proactive and efficient partner over the seasons, seeing our island as a must-visit destination for their passengers. “

Norwegian operates one of the world’s youngest fleets; Boeing 737-800s will serve the Island for the season.

All fares are now available for sale on Norwegian’s  American and Canadian websites.

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American Airlines Introduces Daily Flights to Barbados from Charlotte, NC

American Airlines has announced the addition of non-stop, daily service from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) beginning December 19, 2018. This announcement comes just weeks after the carrier unveiled its third daily flight from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Barbados, which is also set to launch December 19.

The island anticipates a demand for additional flight service given the growth in U.S. arrival numbers, which have risen year after year. In 2017, Barbados welcomed 188,970 U.S. visitors – a 30-year high – and the country is showing no signs of slowing down. “Our airline partners have been instrumental in the growth of visitation from the United States. This new service signals tremendous confidence in Barbados and constitutes a 100% increase in seat capacity into and out of the island.” said Barbados’ newly appointed Minister of Tourism and International Transport, the Honorable Kerrie Symmonds. “Increased service to these important cities will help to ensure another year of record passenger arrivals to our destination.”

High-level airline partnerships have been a cornerstone effort for the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI).  This strategy has led to increased airlift and the introduction of new gateways including Fort Lauderdale, Boston and Newark.

Alfredo Gonzalez, Managing Director – Caribbean, American Airlines described Barbados as a, destination in high demand and noted, “One month after announcing additional service to Barbados from our Miami hub, we’re thrilled to continue growing our presence in the island with new daily service from our Charlotte hub, both operating during the winter. As the demand continues to grow over the years, today we’re proud to serve as the leading U.S. airline in the island with up to 28 weekly flights.”

Tickets for the new route went on sale June 17.

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Caribbean Airlines Ranked 34th in Global On Time Performance

Port of Spain, June 14, 2018.  The OAG (Official Aviation Guide) has ranked Caribbean Airlines 34th in the world, based on on-time performance (OTP) for May 2018. The OTP of over 150 airlines was used to determine the ranking.

According to the OAG’s monthly Flight Review, Caribbean Airlines OTP for May is 85.6%, based on the 2693 flights operated by the airline.  This places Caribbean Airlines in the top 10 percentile world-wide.

The OAG leverages the world’s largest network of air travel data to provide accurate, timely, actionable digital information and applications to the world’s airlines, airports, government agencies and travel-related service companies.

The OAG’s definition of on-time performance (OTP) is a flight that arrives or departs within 14 minutes and 59 seconds (under 15 minutes) of its scheduled arrival/ departure time. Cancellations are also included.  It is trusted for the credibility of the information it publishes monthly and annually and is an IATA Strategic partner.

These latest statistics provided by the OAG, show a marked improvement in Caribbean Airlines’ OTP globally, thanks to the unwavering commitment of the airline’s employees, who consistently go above and beyond, to ensure that its customers arrive to their destinations safely and on time.

Caribbean Airlines operates more than 600 weekly flight to twenty (20) destinations in the Caribbean and North and South America.

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A new International Sporting Event in Martinique takes flight

New York – June 11th, 2018 | Organized by the Martinique Tourism Authority (MTA), the Martinique Flying Regatta will take place from November 17 to 24, 2018. It will be the world’s signature international foiling event.

The bay of Fort-de-France is the perfect location to run a race and showcase these hydro-foil sailboats that represent the technological future of competitive sailing. Inducted into the prestigious club of “The Most Beautiful Bays in the World,” the Fort-de-France Bay is particularly well suited for these sailing boats, with is vast and protected 28 square miles (72km2) of maritime space. Wrapped in the island’s low 80s temperatures the bay’s steady, moderate winds and smooth seas will provide these speedsters with perfect conditions.

We are very proud to hold this groundbreaking race,” commented Karine Mousseau, the Martinique Tourism Commissioner. “The Martinique Flying Regatta will not only showcase the beauty of the island and everything we have to offer, but also our people’s innovative knowhow. The joyous mix of our natural wonders and perfect sailing conditions with the sleek designs of the foil revolution will make the Martinique Flying Regatta the nautical must of the Caribbean and of the World.”

To date, about 40 participants have been registered in this seven series race (or foil types), representing most of today’s hydro-sailing boats. Foil types include the very fun and high-tech Kitefoil and Windfoil—that may soon be seen at the Olympics—the one-man Onefly and the celebrated Moth; the race will also feature bigger crafts like the Flying Phantom, the Easy to Fly and the American favorite, GC32.

The competition will include demonstrations and racing events in the Fort-de-France Bay; residents and guests will enjoy what promises to be a spectacular show. The program will also include races from the bay towards the farther shores of Trois-Ilets, Anse Mitan or Anses d’Arlet.

 

Martinique Flying Regatta Teaser

THE PROGRAM

Saturday, November 17: Individual training and launch day

Sunday, November 18: Individual training and demonstrations

Monday, November 19: Martinique Exploration day for the participants

Tuesday, November 20: Start of official races

Wednesday, November 21: Long-distance race day – Skippers Supper Soirée

Thursday/Friday, November 22- 23: Official races

Saturday, November 24: End of races – prize-giving – special soirée

 

Major logistical support will be provided to registered competitors including complimentary shipping in containers or and preferential rates for accommodations. Access from the US to Martinique is just a hop skip and a jump; with Norwegian Air from JFK & FLL, American Airlines from MIA.

The Martinique Tourism Authority has also secured support from the Fort-de-France Port Authority and the Sailing Federation of Martinique, representing the island’s clubs which will provide nautical logistics. Registration to Martinique Flying Regatta is handled by Sirius Event.

For more information visit the new website www.martinique-regatta.com

Registration is open until October 17th, 2018 www.martinique-regatta.com/index.php/en/register/ 

PRESS CONTACTS

Géraldine Rome

Martinique Promotion Bureau (MTA USA)

T: 212-838-6887 E: [email protected]   

About Martinique (www.martiniquepresskit.org)

The French Caribbean Island of Martinique is also known as the Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, the Birthplace of coffee in the New World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) – Martinique ranks among the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world. As an overseas region of France, Martinique boasts modern and reliable infrastructure – roads, water and power utilities, hospitals, and telecommunications, services all on par with any other part of the European Union. At the same time, Martinique’s beautifully unspoiled beaches, volcanic peaks, rainforests, 80+ miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, streams, and other natural wonders are unparalleled in the Caribbean, so visitors here truly get the best of both worlds. The currency is the Euro, the flag and the official language are French, but Martinique’s character, cuisine, musical heritage, art, culture, common language, and identity are of a distinctly Afro-Caribbean inclination known as Creole. It is this special combination of modern world conveniences, pristine nature, and rich heritage that has earned for Martinique several notable distinctions in recent years. In 2018, Martinique is highlighted in the Caribbean segment of the New York Time’s “52 Places to go in 2018.” and prominently featured in a January 2018 article in Travel + Leisure. In a 2017 review of noteworthy French Islands throughout the world ThePointsGuy.com selected Martinique as number one. Other distinctions include being named as a “Must-Visit” destination by Caribbean Journal, “Best Caribbean Destination” by About.com, and “Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining” by Caribbean Travel + Life.

 

 

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St. Kitts Welcomes Air Canada Expanded Service

Basseterre, St. Kitts (June 11, 2018) – For the first time in the island’s history, Air Canada will serve St. Kitts for a full six months for the 2018-2019 peak season. The non-stop Saturday flights from Toronto will operate from November 3, 2018 all the way through April 27, 2019.

“This is an unprecendented air service expansion by Air Canada that marks yet another historic first for St. Kitts,” said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “I could not be more pleased to welcome this additional flying, which expands the options for visitors and Diaspora from our key Canadian source market to get to island.”

From November 3 through December 10, Air Canada will operate a 136-seat Airbus A319-100 Rouge aircraft with 124 economy class and 12 business class seats for the non-stop Satruday flights. From December 15, 2018 through April 27, 2019, Air Canada will operate a 200-seat Airbus A321-200 Rouge aircraft with 184 economy class and 16 business class seats for these flights. The schedule for the flights is as follows:

 Flight               Depart                         Arrive

AC 1730          YYZ 8:20am                SKB 12:55pm

AC 1731          SKB 2:45pm                YYZ 6:55pm

* Note: Flights are listed in local time and schedules are subject to change. St. Kitts does not observe Daylight Savings Time, which begins on November 4.

“Air Canada’s decision to expand service into St. Kitts is a testament to the strength of our growing tourism sector,” said Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. “As our airlift from North America expands to accommodate our recently announced new hotel developments and upgrades to existing hotel product which include all-inclusive options, Canadians now have a full range of vacation choices available. This is truly is a complement to our existing North American airlift and gives us significantly increased capacity for this season and beyond.”

Air Canada first began serving St. Kitts non-stop on Fridays in peak season from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in 2011 and subsequently shifted to Saturday service. It is the island’s only non-stop scheduled service from Canada. In previous years, the flight operated from late December through early April. With the expanded service, St. Kitts will receive an additional 6 weeks of non-stop flying that provides the potential for an increase in Canadian air passenger arrivals.

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 220 airports on six continents.  Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2017 served more than 48 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 59 in the United States and 98 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,317 airports in 193 countries.  Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2017 Best Airline in North America.  Air Canada was also named the 2018 Eco-Airline of the Year by the respected airline industry publication Air Transport World for its commitment to emissions reductions. For more information, please visit: aircanada.com/media, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.

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CARIBBEAN CULTURE, FASHION & CULINARY ARTISTRY ENHANCE CARIBBEAN WEEK 2018 EVENTS (#CWNY18)

NEW YORK, NY (25 May 2018) – Vibrant colours, authentic cuisine and Caribbean fashion will be on display in the Grand Ballroom at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel as five Caribbean American designers and an exceptionally talented Caribbean chef will be featured during the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Dinner and Fashion Show on Thursday, 7 June 2018 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. as part of Caribbean Week New York 2018 (#CaribbeanWeekNewYork2018, #CWNY18) hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

Rejuvenation – A Caribbean American Fashion Showcase will feature industry veteran Malchijah Hats from Guyana, d’Marsh Couture headed by Jamaican designer Glenroy March, Haitian fashion designer Berny Martin’s CatouWear, and high-end women’s brand apparel Fashion Sixty4’s Samanta Samuel from Trinidad and Tobago. The fashion show will be presented by JLC PRoductions, in association with EventsWorks and TSD Image.

“For decades, the Caribbean has been a source of inspiration to fashion designers, movie makers and other artists globally, however, the creatives of the Caribbean have yet to capitalize, en masse, in their own vibrant creativity. Surely in this Year of Rejuvenation, we should all agree that the time has indeed come for the Caribbean to shore up its sustainable diversity and as a region, create economic empowerment through cultural development,” said Janice Lawrence-Clarke, Founder CAFE – Caribbean American Fashion Exchange™.

The event will also feature the culinary masterpieces of Barbados native Chef Jason Howard. Chef Howard is marking his place in history as a modern Caribbean chef as he infuses the flavours of his native cuisine with French cooking techniques to create stunning, balanced, and thought-provoking dishes, known for vibrant colours and diverse textures.

“Coming to New York to be a part of a celebration of Caribbean food is testimony to my belief that our cultural influences have taken root in international cuisine and fine dining,” said Howard, adding “This should be inspiration for upcoming Caribbean chefs to express themselves using the ingredients, techniques and flavours which first sparked their passion for food.”

“CTO is committed to continuing to showcase the great cultural talent of the region, through food, music, fashion and many other expressions,” said Sylma Brown, director CTO-USA. “Caribbean Week is an important and perfect platform for destinations to seamlessly highlight the authentic and complex nature of the region. CTO is grateful for the opportunity to share with the world the work of a few of many of the region’s savvy designers and chefs during Caribbean Week,” Brown added.

Caribbean Week New York 2018 will have a special feel this year as the Big Apple’s 8.5 million residents get a taste of the re-energising and rejuvenating power of Caribbean wellness. During the week-long event (3-8 June), the wellness theme will be incorporated into many activities, including a trade show and educational forum for travel agents on how to sell the Caribbean as a wellness destination. Registration details for all events can be found at http://www.onecaribbean.org/events-calendar/cwny-2018/.

About Caribbean Week New York

Caribbean Week New York is the largest regional tourism activity in the New York area. Artists, performers, celebrity chefs, the Diaspora community, investors and other strategic partners join government officials, tourism stakeholders and the media for a week of festivities, raising awareness for the Caribbean’s diverse tourism industry and provide opportunities. Member destinations will have the opportunity to promote their individual products and services, participate in meetings, seminars and other business development activities to further enhance the Caribbean brand, and provide updates and critical support to the travel agents and media who influence key travel demographics in the region’s #1 source market.

Caribbean Week is supported by: Academy Engraving, American Express, Anguilla, Anse Chastanet & Jade Mountain, Antigua & Barbuda, Arrivalist, Islands of the Bahamas, Barbados, Bloomingdale’s, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Islands, Cholula Food Company, Cititech Solutions, Club Med, Delta Air Lines, Doctor’s Cave, Dominica, Empire State Building, GoGo Vacations, Grace Foods, Grenada, Haiti, Half Moon, Jamaica, JetBlue, Ka’ana Resort and Spa, Manhattan Beer Distributors, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Seaborne Airlines, Sheraton-Puerto Rico, Sugarcane Restaurant, Travel + Leisure, Travel Impressions, TripAdvisor, Unique Vacations/Sandals, West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), and William Sonoma. Media Sponsors: Meredith Travel Group, UBC Network, and Zee TV.

To participate in, or sponsor any Caribbean Week New York event, visit www.caribbeanweek.com; email [email protected] or call (212) 635-9350.

CTO members receive special concessions when they participate in Caribbean Week New York. To find out more about membership visit http://bit.ly/alliedmembers or email [email protected].

For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization, please visit www.OneCaribbean.org and follow CTO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to be part of the conversation.

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