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St. Kitts Welcomes Non-Stop Service from JFK by American Airlines

Basseterre, St. Kitts (May 28, 2019) – Continuing to expand upon a successful airline-destination partnership, American Airlines will fly a second weekly non-stop flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to St. Kitts on Wednesdays, complementing the carrier’s existing non-stop Saturday service from JFK.

“I am very pleased to welcome the addition of this mid-week flight by American Airlines,” said the Hon. Mr. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce. “It’s wonderful to receive this additional service from a valued partner, which provides visitors and Diaspora alike with more ways to get to island from our primary source market. This is a testament to American’s confidence in our tourism product.”

Starting on December 18, 2019, American Airlines will operate the flight utilizing a 176-seat Boeing 757 with 16 business class seats through February, and then a 160-seat Boeing 738 with 16 business class seats with the following schedule:-

Depart                                         Arrive                 
JFK 8:30 am                                  SKB 1:40 pm
SKB 2:35 pm                                JFK 6:20 pm

*Note: Flights are listed in local time and schedules are subject to change.

Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, added, “The timing of this additional flight is particularly significant, as American just launched summer non-stop service from Dallas this past weekend and expanded twice-daily service from Miami International Airport (MIA) to 5 days a week in 2017. The addition of mid-week service year-round from the New York metropolitan area indicates a growth in the marketplace concurrent with our marketing initiatives. This new service is part of our specific strategy to grow our tourism industry by building out airlift from select target gateways with our air partners to support the destination’s expanding hotel product.”

American Airlines is the carrier operating the most seats into St. Kitts. In addition to the new Wednesday non-stop service from JFK, American also serves St. Kitts non-stop on Saturdays from JFK and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) year-round. The carrier also flies to St. Kitts non-stop on Saturdays from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in the summer, with service having just launched May 25, 2019. American further provides year-round, non-stop daily service to St. Kitts from MIA, with twice-daily flights operating five times weekly (Wednesday through Sunday).

American’s new Wednesday JFK flight provides extra capacity to carry passengers to island, thereby supporting potential air arrivals growth for St. Kitts for 2020. Already for the first four months of 2019, St. Kitts is reporting a system wide increase in air passenger arrivals of +14.5% as compared to the same period in 2018. From all North American carriers, St. Kitts’ air passenger arrivals increased +17.2% for January through April 2019 as compared to the same period in 2018.

About American Airlines Group

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights to over 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.

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Pure Grenada Heats Things Up with #NextStopGrenada Summer Campaign

Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, is providing visitors with limitless opportunities to explore, relax and unwind this summer with the relaunch of its #NextStopGrenada campaign. From now through October 31, travelers can enjoy specials including discounts off hotel rack rates, room upgrades, complimentary massages and more during Grenada’s extended summer season.

Grenada Tourism Authority’s (GTA) Marketing Manager, Francine Stewart introduced the new feature of the campaign this year with the launching of the #NextStopGrenada Summer Savings card. This special savings card allows visitors to take advantage of additional discounts on tours, experiences, restaurants and more. Travelers can collect the discount card upon arrival at the airport or at all participating hotels and present it to participating vendors to enjoy the specials.

Now in its second year, the destination-wide campaign was developed by the GTA and designed to provide travelers with true value for money as well as the chance to experience all that Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique has to offer.

Grenada is also offering a wide selection of festivals and cultural events throughout the summer, including Flavours of Grenada, May 20-27, Grenada Chocolate Festival, May 31-June 7; Grenada Music Festival, June 7-9; Petite Martinique Whitsuntide Regatta, June 7-10, Carriacou Regatta, August 2-5; Grenada Spicemas Carnival, August 11-12 and much more.

As an added bonus, JetBlue has announced an increase in service throughout the summer from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to the Maurice Bishop International Airport. From June 11 – July 31, flights will operate daily and beginning August 1 – September 3, the airline will operate two flights per day direct to Grenada. Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen welcomes the increased airlift especially in time for our peak Summer booking period. She also highlighted the recent announcement by American Airlines that will bring additional flights direct from Miami and new route from Charlotte, North Carolina for the upcoming Winter Season.

For a complete list of summer specials and participating hotels, hospitality partners and tour operators visit www.puregrenada.com/summerdeals.

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NEW YORK, NY (17 May 2019) – The leading Caribbean food and rum event in New York will be rocking under the power of Skinny Fabulous, the leading Vincentian soca artiste and Trinidad carnival 2019 road march winner, during Caribbean Week New York (CWNY2019).

‘Skinny’ whose real name is Gamal Doyle, will unleash his infectious energy and mesmerising performance skills on Rum & Rhythm, The Ultimate Caribbean Food and Rum Experience, at Capitale (130 Bowery in Manhattan) on Friday, 7 June 2019 from 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. It is this same versatility, incredible talent and ability to create a perfect marriage between soca and dancehall that led him to create history by becoming the first non-Trinidadian to win the road march title in the twin-island republic.

“Skinny Fabulous is an internationally and regionally acclaimed soca artiste, who has penned, produced and performed several hits including the 2019 Trinidad carnival road march hit, Famalay,” said Glen Beache, chief executive officer of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority. “Having him represent St. Vincent and the Grenadines at Rum & Rhythm, will enhance the mandate of the tourism authority of attracting increasing exposure to our destination. Skinny’s presence as an official cultural ambassador will also serve to highlight a major component of our culture, namely our premiere festival “Vincy Mas,” which takes place annually, culminating with two weeks of fun and frolic beginning the last Friday in June.”

Skinny Fabulous joined forces this year with Trinidadian titans Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin for the massively popular song “Famalay,” produced by Dominica’s Krishna ‘Dada’ Lawrence. This infectious song with its catchy phrasing has been ripping up the airwaves regionally and internationally. It was the first soca track to ever hit No. 1 on the iTunes Reggae Charts.

In addition to his many accolades as a singer, the skilled artiste has delved into philanthropy. He founded a scholarship for grade six students and masterminded a school’s talent search which targeted young singers from secondary schools nationwide. He has also launched The Dazzle Magazine, which provides exposure for young professionals, entrepreneurs as well as established businesses.

“CTO is honoured to have Skinny Fabulous showcase the authentic, complex but complementary nature of the Caribbean at Rum & Rhythm,” said Sylma Brown, director CTO-USA. “Skinny Fabulous’ music continues to motivate audiences throughout the Caribbean, and now, during Caribbean Week, in the spirit of festivals of the Caribbean, his artistry will inspire travel to our region.”

Rum & Rhythm is an event where memorable experiences are made. Recognised as the most exclusive and exquisite Caribbean food and rum affair in New York City, the event brings  consumers, travel industry professionals and tourism officials on a magical cultural journey through the Caribbean by experiencing the eclectic cuisines, pulsating rhythms, camaraderie and quintessential experiences the region offers.

While the Rum & Rhythm represents the refined Caribbean cultural and gastronomic experience that the region is well known for, the event is also a major fundraiser for the CTO Scholarship Foundation, a charitable organisation that provides scholarships to Caribbean nationals desirous of pursuing studies in tourism and tourism-related subjects, who, without this assistance, could not pursue their dream of a career in the tourism industry.

Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased here. For more information about Rum and Rhythm Benefit™ and Caribbean Week New York, visit https://www.caribbeanweek.com.

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Antigua and Barbuda April 2019 Tourism Air Arrivals Show Best Ever Performance

JOHN’S, ANTIGUA (May 15, 2019) – Antigua and Barbuda has attracted a record number of visitors for April 2019, with 27,301 visitors arriving into the country during the month.  This is according to the latest tourism statistics released from the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism & Investment.

April 2019 saw an increase of 17.06%, with 3,979 more visitors travelling to Antigua, compared with April 2018 when 23,322 visitors vacationed in Antigua and Barbuda.

“A seventeen percent increase in arrivals is remarkable growth, and spells exciting news for Antigua and Barbuda”, said Minister of Tourism, the Honourable H. Charles “Max” Fernandez.  We hope to carry forward this momentum through the crucial summer months of May – October with the launch of our global summer marketing campaign #WhatCoolLooksLike.  This will all help to increase visitor arrivals and revenue to the destination, during this period.

The #WhatCoolLooksLike campaign currently being rolled out by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, offers cool savings on flights and accommodation for persons booking vacations to Antigua and Barbuda, with opportunities for further savings on tours, excursions and restaurant dining, when they arrive in the country.

Antigua and Barbuda’s peak season generally extends well into April, with flagship activities taking place in the destination, such as the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, and the Antigua Sailing Week.

During the month of April, the US market lead the way with 11,709 US visitors, arriving into Antigua and Barbuda, recording a 23.43% increase. Antigua and Barbuda also saw increased arrivals from the United Kingdom, Europe and the Caribbean source markets, with increases of 9.92%, 32.75% and 14.81% respectively.

For the year to date, visitor air arrivals into Antigua and Barbuda are showing an increase of 9,327 or 8.59% visitors over the same period 2018. This equates to 117,920 visitors up to April 2019, compared to 108,593 for 2018.

Tourism Officials anticipate that the strong performance so far will continue during the summer, with the new opening of the luxurious Royalton Resort, and the hosting of events on the tourism calendar such as the ‘Play It Out” Concert, Antigua and Barbuda Sports fishing Tournament, The Optimist World Championships, and Antigua’s Carnival: The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival.

View #WhatCoolLooksLike Cool Vibes clip:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLNsR9sUjBE

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Visitors Showed Anguilla the Love this Winter

The Valley, Anguilla, May 15, 2019……Anguilla welcomed guests from around the world this winter, resulting in the island’s best winter season in over 27 years. Guests flocked to Anguilla in record numbers, to bask on the island’s 33 pristine beaches, surrounded by sapphire seas; sample the extraordinary variety of delectable culinary experiences; and enjoy the warm and generous hospitality for which the island is so well known.

Anguilla logged yet another record-breaking month in March, with 11,940 tourist stayover arrivals.  This marks not only the highest March in history, but also the highest monthly total in the history of Anguilla’s tourism industry. The figure represents a 29.16% increase over the same period in 2017, and a 22.55% increase over March 2016, the month that until now held the record for the most tourist arrivals.

April continued this winning streak, as the 9,790 arrivals recorded is the largest number of tourist arrivals for any month of April dating back as far as 1993.  The first quarter tourist arrivals, (January to March 2019) at 30,135, was the highest recorded since the Anguilla Tourist Board began tracking arrivals.

During the first four months of the year (January to April 2019), just under 40 thousand guests spent one or more nights on Anguilla. The island has to date attracted almost 50% of the total tourist arrivals for 2016, the island’s best year to date for tourist arrivals.  “Let us celebrate but not become complacent,” said Mrs. Donna Banks, Chairperson of the Anguilla Tourist Board.  “There is still much work to be done; our goal remains a 20% increase in tourist arrivals over 2016.  We appreciate and value the continued support and cooperation of all our stakeholders, and the people of Anguilla, in helping us to achieve these significant milestones for our industry.”

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.

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Brenda Blackmon to Receive CTO’s ‘Distinguished Friend of the Caribbean’ Award

NEW YORK, NY (15 May 2019) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will present its “Distinguished Friend of the Caribbean” award to Brenda Blackmon, current anchor at WPIX11 in New York, for her passion for the Caribbean as well as her untiring dedication in supporting CTO with numerous key events.

Always ready to assist, Blackmon has played an integral role in the State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Barbados, the Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development, important keynote speaker at countless functions on the Caribbean and host of the elegant CTO Governments of the Caribbean State Ball on multiple occasions.

Blackmon will be honoured during the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards gala which recognises excellence in promoting the Caribbean and honours individuals whose outstanding, passionate and dedicated work has contributed to the development and success of the region. The esteemed awards dinner takes place on Thursday, 6 June from 7 – 10 p.m. at the Wyndham New Yorker (481 Eighth Avenue) during Caribbean Week New York (#CWNY2019), when the Big Apple is captivated with Caribbean flair, pulsating energy and colourful sounds.

“I just want to be a friend you can continue to count on. One Caribbean – the places of my fondest memories,” said Blackmon. “I am so grateful for being presented with the ‘Distinguished Friend of the Caribbean’ award by the CTO.”

Blackmon, a five-time Emmy award-winning journalist, has been nominated for 16 additional Emmys and more than a dozen Associated Press awards. She was a longtime anchor for New York City’s WWOR-9 and is the recipient of two Edward R. Murrow awards for broadcast excellence. Founder of the Kelly Fund for Lupus, Inc, she authored two books that help raise funds and educate about lupus and serves on the national board of directors of Lupus Research Alliance. A staunch supporter of education, she is an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and serves on the board of directors.

“I am pleased that the Caribbean Tourism Organization has chosen to recognise Brenda for her devotion and affection toward the region,” said Sylma Brown, Director, CTO-USA. “Whenever CTO needs a helping hand, Brenda readily and quickly commits her time and talent. She truly embodies the spirit of the Caribbean.”

In addition to the “Distinguished Friend of the Caribbean” award, CTO will present the Caribbean Travel Media Awards, the CTO Allied awards comprising of the “Jerry,” the Allied and a Special Recognition Award, the Distinguished Caribbean Citizen award, among others, as well as the Jamaica-sponsored Marcia Vickery-Wallace and Marcella Martinez memorial awards.

Tickets for the dinner can be purchased online only via https://www.caribbeanweek.com/events/caribbean-tourism-industry-awards-dinner/.

About Caribbean Week New York:

Caribbean Week New York is the largest regional tourism activity in the New York area. Artistes, performers, celebrity chefs, the Diaspora, investors and other strategic partners join government officials and the media for a week of festivities designed to raise awareness of the Caribbean’s diverse tourism industry and provide opportunities for member destinations 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 travel agents and the media who influence key travel demographics.

Caribbean Week is supported by: Academy Engraving, American Express, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bedessee Sports, The British Virgin Islands, Bloomingdale’s, Blue Waters, Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, Cayman Islands, Cititech Solutions, Coyaba Beach Resort, Cool Tech Air Conditioning and Refrigeration LLC, Delta Airlines, Dominica, Doctor’s Cave, Four Season Resort Nevis, Grenada, Jamaica, James Beard Foundation, JetBlue, Lightspeed Reservation system, Martinique, Ocean Terrace Inn, Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Sandals, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Saint Lucia, The Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, Travel+Leisure, Williams-Sonoma.

To participate in, or sponsor any Caribbean Week New York event, visit www.caribbeanweek.com; email [email protected] or call (212) 636-9350.

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].

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