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Pure Grenada Is Open and Welcoming Visitors

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – 30th September, 2020 – Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, recognized and listed by the US Center for Disease Control as very low risk for COVID-19, is open and welcoming travelers from the destination’s key source markets in North America, the UK, and Caribbean, and indeed from all over the world. With Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique achieving World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels status, global travelers are encouraged to plan, book and get ready to experience the destination’s offerings for the fall and winter travel season, safely and responsibly.

Regionally, Grenada is included in a travel bubble with neighboring islands Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Dominica and St. Kitts. Visitors whose journey originates from these islands can enjoy travel to Grenada with very minimal requirements and explore the destination like a local Grenadian. Once on-island, travelers are free to enjoy immersive experiences including visiting historical forts, agricultural estates, diving and off-road adventures. With scheduled connectivity provided by Caribbean Airlines five days a week, InterCaribbean Airlines three times a week and One Caribbean which started a weekly service from September 15, 2020, exploring the culture and dynamic excursions on the three-island nation are even easier.

Visitors from all other countries must have a negative PCR test result taken within seven days prior to arrival in Grenada, details of which are found in an updated Traveler’s Guide to entering Grenada on the Ministry of Health website https://covid19.gov.gd. Canadian visitors can fly with Air Canada once flights resume on October 5, 2020, directly to Grenada and be easily processed through the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA). Flights will operate weekly departing Toronto on Mondays at 8:55 a.m., arriving in Grenada at 2:05 p.m. UK and European visitors can take advantage of frequent British Airways and Virgin Atlantic flights to the Barbados hub and on proof of a Covid-19 negative test (within 72 hours of arrival in Barbados) can transit seamlessly to the regional carriers providing connectivity to Grenada. All travelers are required to book Pure Safe Travels Approved Accommodation prior to arrival and these are listed on the Travel Advisory page of www.puregrenada.com. US carriers JetBlue Airways and American Airlines are resuming weekly flights to the destination on October 3 and October 8 respectively, providing the perfect opportunity to plan a fall or winter retreat. Once cleared by Ministry of Health officials, all visitors can go out and enjoy the tri-island destination and look for the GTA’s Pure Safe Travel Approved Stamp on certified taxis, attractions and tourism services.

The world’s leading five star luxury included Sandals Grenada will open its doors on October 1, 2020 with their Caribbean wide platinum protocols of cleanliness plans. The largest hotel on island, Royalton Grenada, with 269 rooms, has announced its re-opening date of November 29, 2020. As part of the yachting sector re-opening, Grenada and Carriacou had a successful migration from the Grenada Lima database to the SailClear regional clearance platform for arriving yachts. For further Covid-19 Travel related queries, please contact the Customer Service number 473-440-0670 at the Grenada Tourism Authority.

 

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Work Easily From Antigua and Barbuda

JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (30 September, 2020) –  The Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda is providing much needed space for workers throughout the world, with the launch of its Nomad Digital Residence (NDR) Programme, that allows persons to work safely and with ease from the twin-island paradise for as long as two years with the new NDR visa.

Announced by Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister, The Honourable Gaston Browne, the Nomad Digital Residence programme is designed to attract persons who can meet the requirements of their employers or their clients, while working remotely.

Under the programme, eligible persons can live and move freely throughout Antigua and Barbuda for up to two years, and benefit from Antigua and Barbuda’s no personal income tax status.

“Antigua and Barbuda is in a unique position to offer the ‘Nomad Digital Residence’ programme.  Our very small number of Covid-19 cases and our effective system of containing community spread, makes our country one of the safest environments in the world”, said Prime Minister Gaston Browne.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, The Honourable Charles Fernandez  said, “Antigua and Barbuda represent the perfect place to escape, and enjoy all the space you need – space to move, space to think and space to work.  The Nomad Digital Residence Programme encourages persons to broaden their horizons and consider Antigua & Barbuda when thinking of work from home options.”

The country’s telecommunication system, linked seamlessly to the rest of the world, places it in an advantageous position to attract persons seeking a safe environment in which to work and live their lives.

For more information on the Nomad Digital Residence Programme, go to www.antiguanomadresidence.com/

Persons entering Antigua and Barbuda on the NDR programme will be required to comply with all of Antigua and Barbuda’s protocols regarding COVID-19 which can be viewed on www.visitantiguabarbuda.com.

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Anguilla Announces Phase Two Reopening

The Valley, Anguilla, September 30, 2020……Anguilla’s Ministry of Tourism is preparing for Phase Two of the tourism reopening, slated to start on November 1st, 2020.  In Phase Two, hotels and resorts, along with the villas, have been added into the approved and certified accommodations mix for visitors to the island.  Furthermore, the government is introducing the bubble concept, which allows properties to safely offer their guests access to a variety of approved amenities, services, and activities while they stay in place. These vary by property but may include watersports, select indoor and outdoor games, beach yoga, and other activities, provided that they are implemented in accordance with general COVID 19 protocols, such as social distancing, sanitizing and hygiene practices.

A revised fee schedule has also been introduced to help offset the steep costs of managing the re-entry protocols and procedures.  For visitors staying at a pre-approved property, for a period of less than three months, the fees listed below are effective immediately:

5 DAYS OR LESS

Individual Traveler: US$300

Couple: US$500

Family: Main applicant US$300 + US$250 per additional family member. 

6 DAYS TO 3 MONTHS (90 DAYS)

Individual Traveler: US$400

Couple: US$600 + US$250 per additional family member.

Family: Main applicant US$400 + US$250 per additional family member.

This fee covers two (2) tests per person, surveillance and costs associated with the additional public health presence.

For extended stays of over 3 months and up to 12 months, the original fees still apply, as follows:

 

3 MONTHS TO 12 MONTHS

Individual Traveler: US$ 2,000

Family (4 persons): US$ 3,000 + US$ 250 per additional family member.

Family: Main Applicant + three (3) dependents.

A Dependent:

  1. a child or step-child under the age of 26 years;
  2. any other relative who is, by reason of age or any infirmity of body or mind, wholly dependent on that person for his/her subsistence.

 

This fee covers two (2) tests per person, surveillance and costs associated with the additional public health presence, the cost of extended immigration time/entry and a digital work permit.

All fees are payable only on approval of the travel application.

In June 2020, Anguilla was categorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having “no cases” of COVID-19.   Anguilla currently has the classification of “No Travel Health Notice: Very Low Risk for COVID-19” from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html).

To date, there are no active or suspected cases on the island, and to ensure that this remains the case, there is no change to the entry requirements.  A negative test result obtained three to five days prior to arrival along with travel health insurance that covers COVID-related treatment is required, and all visitors will be given a PCR test on arrival.  A second test will be administered on day 10 of their visit, for those originating from low-risk countries, and on day 14 for guests arriving from higher-risk countries. Once a negative result is returned after the second test, guests are then free to explore the island.

Travel Applications are being accepted online at the Anguilla Tourist Board’s website; a concierge will guide each applicant through the process.  The site provides visitors with everything they need to know about the application process as well as experiencing life in Anguilla.

For information on Anguilla please visit the official website of the Anguilla Tourist Board: www.IvisitAnguilla.com; follow us on Facebook: Facebook.com/AnguillaOfficial; Instagram: @Anguilla_Tourism; Twitter: @Anguilla_Trsm, Hashtag: #MyAnguilla.

For the most recent guidelines, updates and information on Anguilla’s response to effectively containing the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.beatcovid19.ai .

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Montserrat Observes World Tourism Day

 REMARKS FROM HON. JOSEPH E. FARRELL, PREMIER AND MINISTER OF TOURISM.

September 27 is  recognized around the world as World Tourism Day and this year’s theme is “Tourism and Rural Development”. Twenty-twenty though, is not an ordinary year. Despite showing tremendous resilience during these challenging times, the world’s tourism economies ground to a halt in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic from March of this year. Data from the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows that 100 to 120 million direct tourism jobs are at risk and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) forecasts a loss of 1.5 to 2.8 per cent of global GDP. Due to its many touch points, tourism is one of the most labour intensive industries in the world, with the Caribbean being the most tourism-dependent region on the planet.

Tourism and Rural Development” recognizes the unique role that the sector plays in preserving culture and natural heritage, as well as emphasizes the need to create opportunities for the world’s rural communities. Many of the Caribbean islands are fueled by these small communities, almost all of which have been impacted by the closing of their borders, or the restrictions on travel and the movement of people.  Over 60 million people visited the region in 2019, spending an estimated US$41 billion, and it is estimated that this would be reduced by over 60 percent in both instances by the end of 2020. Indeed, Montserrat has not been spared from the fallout caused by this scenario and has seen the 14 percent increase in visitor arrivals in 2019, as well as the EC$27 million contribution to the local economy completely wiped out. However, we are an island that has withstood the wrath of volcanic eruptions which occurred in 1995 and 1997, rendering two-thirds of the island as uninhabitable and causing the mass migration of over 60 percent of our population. And although the Soufriere Hills Volcano remains the only active volcano in the Caribbean to this day, this has not deterred us from pursuing a path of sustainable development for our island economy.

We were never an island with a large city centre, or one full of coastal resorts however, our hallmark has been the existence of our small, rural communities, each with its own personality and each making its contribution to the development of tourism in its own unique way. We felt therefore, that the theme of Tourism and Rural Development was speaking directly to the Emerald Isle of Montserrat. The advent of the pandemic and the closure of our borders has caused us to look inward even more and as we prepare to position ourselves to once again welcome visitors to our shores, efforts are being made to strengthen our food security and reducing our reliance on importing certain vegetables, ground provisions, fruits and fish. In addition to being in a better position to meet the requirements of the local market, once the tourism engine has re-started, more benefits will accrue to our farmers and fisher-folk.

The UNWTO highlights the fact that the tourism sector’s contribution to job creation is specifically recognized in Goal 8 of the Sustainable Development Goals, part of which states: “By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products”. The Government of Montserrat, through the Tourism Division, continues to implement its plans of enhancing hiking trails (a key element of our tourism product) and beach facilities as part of the efforts to ensure that our physical product meets or exceeds international standards. Its signature project would be the establishment of a Volcano Interpretive Centre, which will provide an interactive experience for visitors to understand the impact that the Soufriere Hills Volcano has had on the island’s social, cultural and natural history for the last 25 years. This project will be completed by the first quarter of the 2021/2022 financial year, and would provide employment opportunities at the planning and construction stage, while offering a range of service providers improved amenities and facilities to share with visitors to Montserrat.

The Tourism Division has also embarked on a series of training programmes to ensure that the human resource component of the tourism product is kept up to date with the latest trends and has the capacity to deliver quality service in the new environment in which we find ourselves. And lastly, to add a new marketing communications component, a new destination website is about to be launched, making it easier to get information on Montserrat’s sites and attractions, as well as locate the various tourism service providers in the many communities across the island. The website also contains a feature on one of the island’s national heroes and our most famous son of the soil, soca artiste, Alphonsus ‘Arrow’ Cassell, who produced the mega hit, Hot! Hot! Hot! This, in an effort to promote not just our musical history, but also to preserve part of our cultural legacy.

It is said that out of disaster comes opportunity. The Government of Montserrat has therefore risen to the challenge of strengthening its relationship with its partners in tourism to ensure that the local sector is able to continue its development along a sustainable path and be fully prepared to welcome and host visitors to our island in the safe, engaging and friendly environment for which we are well-known.

It is my pleasure to wish all a Happy World Tourism Day.

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Jamaica Pursues Wellness Focused Tourism Initiative

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – September 28, 2020 – As the sun rises on the morning of October 2, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, Donovan White and members of the Jamaica Cycling Association will crank up the RPMs as they partake in the first leg of Discover Jamaica by Bike. A local event, this will serve as a pilot for a consumer cycling experience that will debut in spring 2021. The ride, which begins in Port Antonio and concludes in Kingston on October 5, will lay the groundwork for a new tourism initiative rooted in active travel and the development of outdoor programs that will allow visitors to embrace the island’s natural beauty while enabling physical distancing.

“Jamaica has always prided herself on delivering a tourism product that is ideally suited to deliver what visitors desire,” said Director White. “Discover Jamaica By Bike continues that legacy as it taps into our collective renewed focus on health and wellness coupled with safe, physically-distanced activities. We know that cycling has become a fitness activity of choice for many through this pandemic, and we are confident that development of a bookable experience around this itinerary will drive continued interest in the destination through a new lens.”

Discover Jamaica by Bike will kick-off with a press conference at Goblin Hill on Thursday, October 1. Officials from the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Ministry of Health & Wellness and the Ministry of Tourism will be on hand to share details about the event as well as possible marketing efforts to promote it to international attendees. From October 2 – 5, participants will trek along the Resilient Corridors through Port Antonio, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril, South Coast to Kingston, with the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel being the final stop.

Key elements from the October itinerary will be the basis for a consumer-facing itinerary that will showcase different components of the destination with a number of partners along the route. Biking enthusiasts will experience firsthand the rolling hills, beaches and many towns along the way that make Jamaica such a unique destination.

For more information on Jamaica, go to www.visitjamaica.com

 

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The 4th Annual Pure Grenada Dive Fest Goes Virtual

St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – 28th September, 2020 –  Fans of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique’s diverse marine life and excellent dive sites still have the opportunity to enjoy the Pure Grenada Dive Fest as the 4th edition goes virtual.

Following the cancellation of the physical event this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Grenada Scuba Diving Association (GSDA), supported by the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) and Grenada Hotel & Tourism Association (GHTA), decided to host a virtual experience for everyone looking forward to the festival over the next four weeks.

Pure Dive Fest ‘The Virtual Experience’ will take viewers to Out of this World dive sites, showing them the diversity of the destination’s healthy marine eco-system and inspire people to take the plunge and join us underwater. From 25th September to 25th October, enthusiasts can follow the virtual action by tuning into Pure Diving’s Facebook or Instagram profiles @grenadapurediving.

Pure Dive Fest launched on September 25, coinciding with the anniversary of the sinking of the Tyrrell Bay wreck. She is the latest addition to the destination’s wreck lovers’ portfolio of amazing dive sites in Grenada and Carriacou. A video was posted on social media to share the story about her interesting service life to the people of Grenada, her ‘clean’ sinking, and her continued contribution to the destination as being a wonderful and popular attraction as an artificial reef.

‘Beginners Dive Day’ will be the only live event to be hosted this year. An excited group of Grenadian non-divers have been invited to experience a scuba diving lesson in a swimming pool. Stay tuned to find out who will go diving for the first time. Then, the Pure Dive Fest 2020 culminates on the 59th anniversary of the sinking of the ‘Titanic of the Caribbean’, the Bianca C on October 24.

Nautical Development Manager at the GTA Nikoyan Roberts praised the GSDA for pivoting the market promotion of Grenada’s national scuba diving event saying, “The GDSA team must be congratulated on reviewing innovations to remain relevant with potential dive visitors, especially millennials, and share our pristine coral reefs, healthy marine life and amazing wrecks for discovery and adventure digitally.”

Chief Executive Officer at the GTA, Patricia Maher, confirmed that five out of a total of nine Dive Operators in the destination are open for business and this is a great time for locals to learn to dive and for visitors to see what makes diving in Grenada so popular.

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