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Jamaica Hosts “Together We Stand” Telethon to Raise Funds for PPE

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – April 10, 2020 – The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is raising awareness to help Jamaica fight the spread of COVID-19 with ‘Telethon Jamaica, Together We Stand.’ On Sunday, April 12 at 4:00 pm ET (3:00 pm Jamaica time), the virtual fundraising concert will feature remote performances by some of Jamaica’s leading artists and celebrities including Koffee, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Maxi Priest and Richie Spice. The six-hour event will be livestreamed on VP Records’ YouTube channel and a portion of the broadcast will be aired live on Television Jamaica and various digital platforms.

“‘Telethon Jamaica, Together We Stand’ is a call to action to support our doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals during this challenging time,” said Donovan White, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. “The donations made will provide essential resources to continue protecting our healthcare workers on the frontline and help fight the spread fight the spread of COVID-19 across all our communities. I have been inspired by Jamaica’s display of solidarity thus far and I am confident that as a resilient nation, we will get through this together.”

To make a donation, please visit www.jatogetherwestand.com or call toll free 1-866-228-8393 from the United States, Canada, and Jamaica; or +44-808-189-6147 from the United Kingdom and Europe.

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From Antigua with Love

JOHN’S, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA (APRIL 7 2020) – Date nights might be off the agenda and romantic trips away postponed, but Antigua and Barbuda is turning up the heat with five romantic tales all set on the picturesque island of Antigua. Widely regarded as the most romantic destination in the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda’s palm fringed white and pink sand beaches, picture-perfect sunsets and crystal-clear seas have always ticked the boxes for lovers in search of an idyllic escape. This meant the twin-island’s dreamy backdrop could not be more perfect for the setting of five short Mills and Boon stories.

From holiday romances to second chances and happily ever afters, Mills and Boon is transporting readers to an exotic paradise in Antigua’s most beautiful spots. From the sleek yachts at Nelson’s Dockyard to the balmy peaks of Shirley Heights Lookout, readers can escape to an alternative reality of secluded coves, turquoise waters and tales of love and adventure.

The perfect inspiration to plan future trips and honeymoons, Antigua and Barbuda look forward to welcoming visitors back to the twin-island paradise once travel bans and government restrictions are lifted. But for the time being, an island escape is a click away:



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Save the Date (April 8): BVI Virtual Happy Hour & Painkiller Cocktail Class

The British Virgin Islands family wishes you well during this difficult time and invites you to indulge in a much deserved cocktail. Tune in to a Virtual Happy Hour on Wednesday, April 8 at 4:00 pm EST on BVI Tourism’s Facebook Live to learn how to make the legendary Painkiller Cocktail, the official cocktail of the British Virgin Islands and one of the most iconic beverages in the Caribbean.

Viewers can transport themselves to the beaches of BVI by making this signature cocktail at home! What started at the shores of Soggy Dollar Beach Bar in 1970 continued with the development of the Pusser’s Painkiller shortly after. As Soggy Dollar owner Daphne Henderson takes pride in her secret recipe, Pusser’s founder Charles Tobias went to work trying to match her flavor as closely as possible. He finally worked out his own recipe to be a ratio of four parts pineapple, one part cream of coconut and one part orange juice, adding Pusser’s Rum to suit and topped with grated nutmeg. More info about the cocktail’s history and ties to the BVI can be found here.

We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful BVI soon, but for now – we hope you enjoy this delicious treat. We encourage you and your readers to tune into the live stream on Wednesday from the British Virgin Islands with BVI Ambassador, James Kelly. He will be showcasing the views from his adobe, speaking on the history of the Painkiller and teaching us how to make the Pusser’s Painkiller!

Let me know if you have any questions. The full recipe can be found below. Thank you for your consideration!


Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a big glass or goblet filled with ice. Add/grate fresh nutmeg on top and enjoy!

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CTO Foundation Invites Application for 2020 Scholarships

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (26 March. 2020) – The region’s tourism education charity has launched its 2020 search for Caribbean nationals seeking assistance to further their studies.

The CTO Scholarship Foundation – the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s scholarship programme – is accepting applications for scholarships and study grants until Friday 1 May.

Scholarship of up to US$5000 are being offered for studies in aviation or air transport technologies, public relations and/or communications and tourism education or human resources development. Study grants are being offered for areas of study that will enhance the development of a sustainable tourism industry and boost service excellence in the region, as well as in tourism research or statistics.

The full list of scholarships and grants, along with criteria for qualification, can be found at https://bit.ly/2JhVfO3. Applications are currently being accepted and the deadline for submitting entries is Friday, 1 May at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. All applications must be submitted online at https://bit.ly/39hWuZE. Applications will not be accepted via mail, email or fax. The foundation selects individuals who demonstrate high levels of achievement and leadership both within and outside the classroom and who express a strong interest in making a positive contribution to Caribbean tourism.

Individuals who wish to make a contribution to the CTO Foundation can do so via its GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/cto-scholarship-foundation.

The CTO Foundation is a 501 (C)(3) entity established in 1997 with the aim of training and developing future leaders for the Caribbean tourism industry by funding studies in tourism and tourism-related subjects, hospitality and language. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over US$1 million in scholarship funds and has provided over 280 grants and scholarships.

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CTO Signs Deal with Global Market Research Firm Euromonitor International

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (23 March. 2020) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has signed an agreement with a leading global market research firm, Euromonitor International, through which members can access additional information to aid in their tourism planning.

The collaboration agreement with the London-based firm will provide member countries with data and insights to identify future trends, statistics and analysis on industries, countries and consumers.

Access to the data from existing and target source markets will be through Euromonitor International’s global market information database, Passport.

“Our partnership with Euromonitor International expands the range of data and research available to our member countries which they can use to inform the development of their national tourism strategies,” said Faye Gill, the CTO’s director, membership services.

As part of the agreement, CTO members will receive access to relevant information about the travel landscape globally, such as market disruptors, latest trends and impactful scenarios like the coronavirus pandemic. Euromonitor International provides high-quality information and expert analysis on factors shaping tourism in different countries and economies.

Caroline Bremner, head of travel research at Euromonitor International, said, “We are delighted to partner with the CTO and help its members build strategies for resilience and sustainability for long-term success.”

The CTO’s move to forge this relationship with Euromonitor International is part of the organisation’s increasing thrust towards the provision of more robust data for decision making and planning.

Euromonitor International is a leading market research company that provides global data for different sectors and industries, including travel and tourism.  The company’s Passport database includes outbound trends, expenditure numbers, socio-economic data and traveller profiles for many of the region’s existing and potential source markets.

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