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The CTO Partners with International Institute of Tourism Studies to Deliver Professional Certificate Programme to Members

WASHINGTON, DC (3 March. 2020) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) announced a new partnership today with The George Washington University’s International Institute of Tourism Studies that will give CTO members the opportunity to earn a professional certificate in sustainable tourism destination management at a discounted rate.

“The Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent region in the world, and it also faces unique challenges due to these destinations’ vulnerability to climate change,” says Seleni Matus, executive director of the International Institute of Tourism Studies. “We are delighted to provide this specialised programme to local and regional industry professionals to support sustainable destination management throughout the Caribbean region.”

“The CTO is dedicated to facilitating opportunities for the development of tourism professionals in the Caribbean. We see our partnership with The George Washington University as further strengthening our programming in this critical area.” says Faye Gill, director, membership services at the CTO. “The focus on managing sustainable destinations is also very important, given the significant impact natural and man-made factors have had on the region in recent times.”

The professional certificate in sustainable tourism destination management introduces participants to best practices and current trends in sustainable tourism and destination management. Participants are exposed to the practical tools that lead to successful planning, development, management and marketing of sustainable tourism destinations and businesses. The programme will be offered in three-course sets twice this year and will be delivered online in order to easily reach participants throughout the Caribbean.

Whether participants enrol in a single course or complete the entire certificate programme, participants will have the opportunity to improve their professional standing, expand their industry network, and deepen their understanding of tourism’s ability to contribute to environmental, social and economic goals.

For more information about the professional certificate in sustainable tourism destination management, please visit the programme website or contact [email protected].

About The George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies 

For more than 30 years, the International Institute of Tourism Studies has been a global leader in tourism education, research, and consulting. We are helping to build a sustainable industry that balances visitor interests with destination well-being by providing guidance and support to community development and governance projects around the world. We also offer professional certificate programs in cultural heritage tourism, destination management and event management to prepare the next generation of doers, leaders and thinkers in these growth fields.

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Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Statement On COVID-19

The Bahamas Ministry of Health is working closely with the all pertinent government agencies throughout the destination to execute The Bahamas National Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19.  At this time, there are no reported cases of the coronavirus in The Bahamas.

The World Health Organization (WHO) does not currently recommend any restriction of travel or trade, and The Bahamas continues to welcome visitors to the destination. The Bahamas is one of the few countries conducting COVID-19 testing and is actively employing several measures used globally to screen visitors and residents and to manage the response to individuals of concern in line with international health best practices. Traveller health questionnaires and a screening protocol are used at ports, hotels and rental properties to identify guests who may require surveillance or treatment.

On January 30, 2020, The Bahamas implemented border control and quarantine measures for persons travelling from China as a component of the country’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan.

  • All travellers, who are not citizens or residents of The Bahamas, with a history of travel to China within the previous 20 days are to be denied entry.
  • Citizens and residents with a history of travel to China within the previous 20 days are to be quarantined and monitored closely by the Public Health Department to determine whether possible exposure while in China will result in illness.  Should they become ill, they will be managed per clinical management WHO guidelines for cases of COVID-19.
  • There are currently only four (4) quarantine cases in The Bahamas.
  • Currently, no other countries are restricted but the Government of The Bahamas is reviewing this matter on an ongoing basis and will keep the travelling public informed.

A destination-wide education campaign is underway to remind the public of the basic hygiene practices that can be used to prevent the spread of the virus including frequent, proper hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, frequent disinfection of surfaces and avoiding close contact with those exhibiting signs of respiratory illness.

The Bahamas is following the protocol outlined in the International Health Regulations (IHR) and reporting to WHO as appropriate. The WHO currently considers the risk to The Bahamas and Caribbean from the coronavirus to be low, but a key element of the IHR plan is to inform the public of relevant updates regularly.

For more information on 2019-nCoV, please visit these websites:

Inquiries on COVID-19 in The Bahamas should be directed to the Bahamas Ministry of Health, at 1-242-502-4790, 1-242-502-4776, 1-242-502-4737 or 1-242-397-1021.

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Patti LaBelle Among New Additions to 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival

New York, NY (March 1, 2020) – The 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center announces exciting additions to the lineup for the festival which will take place in Saint Lucia on May 7-9, 2020.

A Special Evening with Patti LaBelle” will feature songstress Patti LaBelle in rare intimate performances at The Ramp on Rodney Bay on May 8 and 9.  “It has been over 10 years since I last performed at the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival. It’s such a beautiful island with beautiful people and I can’t wait to get back,” said Ms. LaBelle. “I’m really looking forward to performing and being a part of an amazing experience, that people won’t soon forget!”

Exclusively for the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, Chucho Valdés and Esperanza Spalding will perform together for the first time in “Chucho Valdés Summit with Joe Lovano and Esperanza Spalding” at Gros Islet Park on May 9. On May 8, Chucho will appear as special guest on Celebrating Roy Hargrove with Willie Jones III Quintet featuring Renée Neufville. For this special performance, Chucho will reprise tunes he and Roy Hargrove recorded on the album Havana which earned Roy his first GRAMMY® in 1997.

Singer and songwriter Lisa Simone will perform at Gros Islet Park on May 7. Her recent stand out — and sold out — performances in Martinique highlight her ability to transcend genres and echoes the tradition of her mother and musical icon Nina Simone.

Tickets for the 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center are available via www.stlucia.org/jazz. Discounts are available on tickets purchased before 11:59 AST on March 1, 2020. In addition, hotels and resorts throughout Saint Lucia are offering packages with special rates, tickets, and more. Details can be found on the Specials section of stlucia.org.

The 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival Produced in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center lineup boasts the finest names in modern jazz performing in venues throughout Saint Lucia’s distinct Caribbean landscape, including The Ramp on Rodney Bay and Gros Islet Park from May 7-9.

The diverse lineup showcases artists and repertoire spanning the Caribbean, the U.K. and the U.S. including:

  • Chick Corea Trio with Carlitos Del Puerto and Antonio Sanchez
  • A Special Evening with Patti LaBelle
  • Chucho Valdés Summit Featuring Joe Lovano and Esperanza Spalding
  • Willie Jones III Quintet: Celebrating the Music of Roy Hargrove featuring Renée Neufville and Special Guest Chucho Valdés 
  • Alphonso Horne and the Gotham Kings
  • Ruben Fox’s London Brass Band and Theon Cross and Mark Kavuma
  • Lisa Simone
  • Maher Beauroy presents “Washa!”
  • Poppy Ajudha
  • U.S. Embassy Arts Envoy Sheléa Soul of the Great American Songbook
  • Nightly Jam Sessions

The three-day festival will feature world renowned artists who have performed on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s season concerts, touring initiatives, and global outposts, as well as throughout Saint Lucia Jazz Festival’s 28-year history.

In addition to world-class performances, the 2020 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will feature “Artists In Education” initiatives including master classes, professional development, and live performance collaborations with Saint Lucia School of Music students and local jazz artists.

Saint Lucia has been hosting a vibrant jazz festival annually since 1992. For more than 28 years, the festival has attracted visitors from around the world for events and concerts celebrating multiple forms of international, Saint Lucian and Caribbean jazz music. For more information, go to www.stlucia.org/jazz.

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Antigua and Barbuda Celebrates “Wendy” Movie Premiere

St. John’s, Antigua (February 27, 2020) – Antigua and Barbuda is celebrating the theatrical release of Wendy, the latest film by Beasts of the Southern Wild award-winning Director Benh Zeitlin that was partially filmed in the twin-island destination. Wendy is an American fantasy drama film, intended to be a re-imagining of J.M Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” that takes place in an exciting and breathtaking new setting. Premiered at Sundance, in this new version, “Wendy and her brothers come from a working family. Raised amongst dinner plates and diner patrons, the children have an itch for the adventurous and slightly mischievous. After long nights watching trains rattle by their bedroom window, the kids are whisked away by a mysterious boy named Peter. A long journey taken on faith lands them on Peter’s island. There they discover a wild new world, one without grown-ups and suspended in time. Reveling in their youthfulness and sprawling freedom satisfies the kids at first, but nostalgia for their lives left behind seeps in. When threats to their eternal childhood develop, Wendy is tasked with saving herself, her brothers, and the other island children with the most powerful tool she has: love for her family.”

Scenes for Wendy were filmed at scenic islet and natural attraction Hell’s Gate and various locations in Antigua and Barbuda, and the titular character of Peter Pan is played by Yashua Mack, a young Antiguan with no prior acting experience. Discovered by Benh Zeitlin, Yashua’s performance is being hailed by critics and plays a key part of the transcendent experience of the film.

To celebrate the worldwide release Antigua and Barbuda is inviting viewers to discover the allure of Peter Pan’s island shown in Wendy, and see firsthand why this Caribbean destination was chosen as the magical playground setting. “Antigua and Barbuda and all of her natural wonders and topography is on full display in the wondrous world of Wendy. We are excited to have Antigua and Barbuda brought to life across movie screens around the world on such a large scale. We are incredibly proud of Yashua Mack and his performance as Peter Pan and invite viewers to come see Peter Pan’s home firsthand,” shared The Honorable Charles Fernandez, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism and Investment, on the theatrical premiere.

Wendy is scheduled to be released on February 28, 2020, by Searchlight Pictures in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, with expanding release throughout March. A red-carpet event premiering the movie in Antigua will take place in March at the Hodges Bay Resort and Spa, hosted by Director Benh Zeitlin, Antigua Producer Bert Kirchner and the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism. To find out more about Antigua and Barbuda and why it was chosen as the fantastical home of Peter Pan and the lost boys go to www.visitantiguabarbuda.com today.

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Sustainable Tourism Roundup – February 18, 2020

Sustainable Tourism Roundup – February 18, 2020

Welcome to the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s 1st Sustainable Tourism Roundup for 2020. Below we present information and events relevant to sustainable tourism product development that you will find informative. You are encouraged to take action where appropriate and to disseminate this information widely, for the benefit of all tourism stakeholders.

View Roundup February 2020

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