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Anguilla Announces Appointment of New Minister of Tourism

The Valley, Anguilla, July 15, 2020:  Anguilla’s new Premier, the Honourable Dr. Ellis Lorenzo Webster, has appointed the Hon. Haydn Hughes as the new Minister of Tourism for the Caribbean island. With many years of experience in the private sector as a member of the Executive Board of Cap Juluca, Minister Hughes is destined for success in his new appointment. The Hon. Premier Webster shared his confidence in his new Tourism Minister; “With Minister Hughes’ appointment, Anguilla is poised to bring much-needed advancement in tourism to meet the evolving demands in the industry. Now, more than ever, we must be at the forefront of change for tourism in this tumultuous time. I am confident that the Hon. Haydn Hughes is the best person to ensure our tourism industry will soon thrive again, once our borders reopen.”

As the newly elected representative for District 6, the Hon. Haydn Hughes is a veteran businessman and politician. Originally joining the private sector with Barclays Bank PLC in 1989 in the foreign trade and current accounts department, he has spent 22 years in the private sector including 20 years as a business owner. His first foray into public office was as a candidate in 2005; he won his seat, and was appointed as a Nominated Member of the House of Assembly of Anguilla and Parliamentary Secretary with responsibility for Tourism and Sports.

In addition to his expertise in business and politics, Minister Hughes brings with him expertise in tourism – he was the first ever Anguillian recipient of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association scholarship. Through the scholarship Minister Hughes was able to study at one of the best hospitality management schools in the world, L’École Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland. Additionally, as a member of the Executive Board of the legendary Cap Juluca resort, he oversaw a number of departments including Villa Operations, Beach and Watersports, Landscaping and Security.

A philanthropist, Hughes has worked in his community for over 25 years and was compelled to run for office by a desire to create change for Anguilla, recognizing the importance of investing and empowering the local community, especially the youth and elderly. “The island of Anguilla, and her people, are my passion and absolute priority,” declared the Hon. Haydn Hughes.  “It is an incredible honor and privilege to be appointed as the new Minister of Tourism. The tourism industry is the greatest driver of growth and opportunity for Anguillians, and I look forward to working closely with the public and private sectors to ensure that Anguilla remains the leading destination in the region. Working together, I am confident we will usher in a new day in tourism for Anguilla, to ensure her success for generations to come.”

While there is no definitive date for reopening the borders to commercial international travel at this time, the government has outlined their measured approach to reopening, which will take place in phases. Additional updates on the reopening of Anguilla’s borders and tourism sector will be issued in the coming weeks, once all travel safety protocols have been finalized.

 

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Turks and Caicos Islands Travel Requirements Prior to Reopening on July 22, 2020

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS (July 10, 2020) – Honorable Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands, announces an update to travel requirements to the destination as a part of TCI Assured, a quality assurance pre-travel program and portal, which will be live as of July 15 in advance of the reopening of borders on July 22, 2020.

In consideration of testing availability across the country, the Turks and Caicos Islands is now requiring a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test taken within five days of travel, rather than the previous requirement of a test to be taken within three days of travel. Children under the age of 10 years old are not required to be tested.  Additionally, travelers must have medical / travel insurance that covers medevac (insurance companies providing the prerequisite insurance will also be available on the portal), a completed health screening questionnaire, and certification that they have read and agreed to the privacy policy document.  These requirements must be complete and uploaded to the TCI Assured portal, which will be available on the Turk and Caicos Islands Tourist Board website (www.turksandcaicostourism), in advance of their arrival.

Once travelers register on the TCI Assured portal and complete the requirements as outlined, a travel authorization notification will be given. The TCI Assured travel authorization should be presented at the time of check-in to the appropriate airline; airlines will not be able to board passengers without this authorization.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Turks and Caicos Islands, which can best be described as ‘Beautiful by Nature’.  We feel confident these safety measures will allow us to safely reopen our borders and we will continue to review conditions on an ongoing basis to evaluate whether further changes are necessary.

We would like to encourage travelers to comply with all health protocols enforced in our jurisdiction as they are designed to help ensure the safety of our visitors and residents. For more information and to stay informed on the reopening of the Turks and Caicos Islands, call 1 (800) 241-0824 or visit www.turksandcaicostourism.com.  Follow the Turks and Caicos Islands on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

 

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MarryCaribbean.com Produces The Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Wedding & Romance Guide

New York, NY, July 6, 2020…  The COVID-19 pandemic brought the travel and tourism industry to a standstill, and to counter, MarryCaribbean.com is producing an updated ‘Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Wedding & Romance Guide’.  This new and revised version is designed to capitalize on the pent-up demand for consumers wanting to rekindle passion, celebrate a milestone anniversary, renew marriage vows, experience a beach wedding, or enjoy a honeymoon and to do so in the Caribbean.

Marrycaribbean.com CEO, Jacqueline Johnson said, “After months of confinement there is a wanderlust for travel and travelers are seeking an escape, especially to locations that are uncrowded and unhurried. For those who are in love, the need is even more urgent. With open spaces to roam and freedom to explore, the Caribbean provides such a respite and a welcome change for the many that are living in urban areas with restricted access to the outside world. We have re-designed the Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Wedding & Romance Guide to speak directly to those persons”.

The Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Wedding & Romance Guide features a newly constructive  homepage with content provided by Caribbean islands that cater to the romance market. The guide is recognized as the lead source in the romance market for information on Caribbean countries, cruises, resorts, hotels, and service providers and this inclusive marrycaribbean.com promotion is open to all the regional tourism stakeholders. With a 12 month shelf life, the Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Wedding & Romance Guide is carried on E-Zine, reaching a targeted audience of over 2.2 million couples that have a passion for travel and in need of the most up-to-date information on destinations, including laws pertaining to getting married in the Caribbean, along with expert advice on where to go, when to go and how best to have a seamless and memorable experience.

Johnson continued, “To support our previous partners, the revised and updated version of the Ultimate Caribbean Honeymoon, Wedding & Romance Guide is included with editorial coverage at no additional cost. This ensures that the production remains an extraordinarily efficient investment for maximum participation across all sectors of the Caribbean travel market while providing a one-stop shop for consumers and the travel trade to obtain information on all  things romance”.

 WEBSITE:  https://marrycaribbean.com/caribbean-romance-guide/ 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 203.461.8423

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Anguilla – COVID-19 Update 12

Executive Council met on July 12 to consider matters relating to the COVID-19 situation.

Cases/suspected cases – there are no active or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Anguilla, but we must not be complacent. We ask you all to continue to practice social distancing and good basic hygiene to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases.

Border Closure – based on the current situation, the borders will remain closed for passenger movements until at least July 30 except for:

  • medical emergencies and evacuations with the approval of the Chief Medical Officer; and
  • persons wishing to leave Anguilla on flights/boats to approved destinations.

Repatriation – To date almost 200 persons have been repatriated without incident. However, based on the rapidly evolving situation, particularly the significant increase in cases in the Americas, Executive Council today took the difficult decision to suspend repatriations from countries and territories with active cases of more than 0.2 percent of the population. This figure has been determined, based on the best current technical advice. This suspension is effective immediately and will remain in place until July 25 at the earliest. This decision was driven by the need to protect the health of the nation.

Executive Council advises that persons who have registered on the COVID-19 website but not yet approved to travel should shelter in place until further notice. This suspension does not impact persons already approved to be repatriated. It also does not impact repatriation from certain Caribbean and European countries with low percentages of active COVID-19 cases. A list of these countries will be published on the beatcovid19 website.

Protecting Anguilla from illegal entry – we continue to judge that illegal and therefore uncontrolled boat landings remain the greatest threat to our health and security. Coordinated land, sea and air patrols remain in place and anyone attempting or assisting an illegal crossing will be arrested. We thank you all for your vigilance in reporting any boat movements. Should you have any information you wish to share with the authorities you can do so in confidence at – www.gov.ai/911.

Prohibition on boat use – regulations prohibiting the use of any boat in Anguilla’s waters unless specifically exempted remain in force until 30 July.

Playing your part – the steps we have all been taking are helping to keep us safe. No active cases does not mean we should stop hygienic practices or respiratory etiquette. So once again, we urge you all to take the simple steps that save lives:

  • wash your hands frequently;
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, or in the crook of a flexed elbow;
  • frequently clean and disinfect shared spaces and work surfaces; and
  • avoid contact with persons suffering from or exhibiting symptoms of acute respiratory infections such as the flu, coughs, and colds.

Let us remind you again of the Ministry of Health hotline on COVID-19. The number is 1-264- 476- 7627 that is 476 SOAP, or 1-264- 584- 4263, that is 584-HAND.

You can also access the most recent guidance and information at www.beatcovid19.ai

 

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The Bahamas – Testing Protocol for Incoming Visitors

Update #88

The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that travelers must complete a Bahamas Health Visa application and present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test with a sample taken within ten (10) days of arrival.

Effective immediately, all travelers will be required to complete an electronic Bahamas Health Visa application before departure from the place of embarkation. This can be found at travel.gov.bs. Travelers are required to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test and provide contact information.

The Government of The Bahamas will accept the negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test if the sample was taken within (10) ten days of arrival. Tests over ten (10) days old will not be accepted.

An automated response will be provided once the application is completed. The only persons approved to travel are those who have received a green color-coded response, as proof of approval. This confirmation must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas. The Health Visa application process will take twenty-four to forty-eight (24-48) hours and should be completed with adequate lead time.

Failure to comply with the stated requirements will result in denied entry. It is recommended that all travelers interested in visiting The Bahamas review requirements applicable to each member of their traveling party at www.bahamas.com/travelupdates before booking a trip.

For more information, or to view the Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan, please visit www.bahamas.com/travelupdates. You may also contact the Ministry of Tourism COVID-19 travel hotline at (242) 502-0829 Monday to Friday, 8 AM – 6 PM, or via email at [email protected].

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Caribbean Airlines Passengers Required to Wear Face Masks

Port-of-Spain July 10 2020- Caribbean Airlines is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of our customers and employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We require all customers to wear a face mask/covering throughout their entire journey at all Caribbean Airlines touch-points  from check-in at the airport, departure gate areas, jet-bridges and on-board the aircraft for the duration of the flight.

This requirement is compulsory. Refusal to comply, shall result in customers being denied boarding by the airline; except in the case of children under the age of 2 years, or adults who have a medical condition which prevents them from using a mask.

Any special exemptions would need to be endorsed by a medical practitioner and approved by Caribbean Airlines before travel.

For further information and guidelines for travel, please visit the link on our website https://www.caribbean-airlines.com/#/travelalerts/travel-guide-to-keep-you-safe

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