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What’s New in Curaçao


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Island Update: What’s New in Curaçao

Curaçao’s latest news and island happenings


WILLEMSTAD, CURAÇAO – May 2017 – The Southern Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao not only recently graced the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017, the most widely read magazine issue in the world, but this spring, the tiny, yet bustling, nation is upping the ante with a new JetBlue flight schedule, hotel renovations, experiential packages, island-wide promotions, and a full calendar of highly anticipated events. Read below to find out what’s new in Curaçao.


  • Curaçao Featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017

The colorful ABC island of Curaçao set the stage for this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017. Curaçao’s striking blue waters are prominently featured in the magazine, which is on stands now through the end of May. The two-week shoot, which was photographed by veteran photographer Ben Watts, included top models Vita Sidorkina, Rose Bertram, Samantha Hoopes, Barbara Palvin and Myla Dalbesio. The crew stayed at Avila Beach Hotel and explored many of the island’s highlights, including Playa Porto Mari, Jan Thiel, Shete Boka and more. For more information, visit

  • JetBlue Adjusting Current Flight Schedule for New York to Curaçao Route

JetBlue is adjusting its current flight schedule to Curaçao. Starting on June 19, travelers can fly nonstop from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Curaçao’s Hato International Airport every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Currently, the airline flies non-stop from JFK to Curaçao on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and the trip takes approximately 4.5 hours. In addition to the New York routes, North American travelers can fly direct to the island from Toronto, Miami and Charlotte. For more information, visit

  • Island-Wide Discounts for Summer Travel

In celebration of the Curaçao Hospitality & Tourism Association’s (CHATA) 50th anniversary, travelers can save on travel to Curaçao this summer with exclusive island-wide offers at more than 15 hotels. Travelers can choose from 50th anniversary-themed savings at colorful boutique properties in Pietermaai to laid-back resorts tucked away on the island’s western side, with sales ranging from $50 off room rates, to $50 resort credits to use on dining and spa treatments. For more information or to book, visit


  • Scuba Lodge Completes Renovation

The vibrantly colored Scuba Lodge & Ocean Suites in the island’s trendy, up-and-coming area of Pietermaai has renovated one of its five buildings to include six new Superior Rooms. The new rooms include king-size beds, rainfall showers, and small kitchenettes. The 28-room boutique hotel, which is within walking distance of downtown Willemstad and the Queen Emma Bridge, also updated its guest check-in and reception area. For more information, visit

  • Hilton Curaçao Upgrades Meeting Spaces

The Hilton Curaçao recently upgraded its meetings spaces with new carpeting and aesthetic finishes. The beachfront property has more than 7,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, including an intimate boardroom for smaller meetings and a large ballroom able to accommodate groups of more than 400. Situated on Piscadera Bay, the resort also features two of Curaçao’s largest beaches, a PADI scuba diving center and on-property casino. For more information, click here or email,

  • New Additions at Rancho El Sobrino

Rancho El Sobrino Resort & Restaurant on the island’s rugged west coast has completed its three new studios, which each accommodate two guests and feature wood floors and a modern glass shower. The rooms also include a small kitchen with a gas stove, kettle, refrigerator, coffee machine and more. In addition to the new studios, the property recently began offering car rentals for guests to explore the island. Rentals begin at $40.00/day and guests can pick them up at the hotel or at Hato International Airport. For more information, visit

  • Royal Sea Aquarium Resort Introduces New Happy Hours and Breakfast Bar

The Royal Sea Aquarium Resort recently added a new poolside breakfast bar for guests to start their day on the right foot with classic favorites like omelets, pancakes, potatoes, bacon, French toast, fresh fruit and tropical island smoothies. Ideally located on its own private island, the resort also now offers Royal Happy Hours and a Tuesday Night Loko Party featuring eclectic cocktails, a fire show, live entertainment, and Dutch “Dushi” Waffles for dessert. For more information, visit


  • Koko’s Restaurant Opens on Jan Thiel Beach

Jan Thiel Beach recently welcomed Koko’s to its roster of beachside restaurants. The open-air hangout spot serves up a delicious selection of street food, including pulled pork flatbreads, Philly cheesesteaks, a slider trio, and more. The restaurant also offers fresh fruit smoothies, healthy shakes, juices, and cocktails. For more information, visit

  • Willemstad Welcomes Shelterrock Paradise

Shelterrock Paradise, a colorful restaurant just outside of downtown Willemstad recently opened its doors. The restaurant boasts breezy wind sails, decorative wooden tables, vibrant color accents and incredible water views for enjoying the sunset. The small eatery, which is already becoming a local favorite, serves up island delights, including BBQ chicken and ribs, fried plantains, peas and rice, fresh fish and more. For more information, visit

  • Williburger Opens in Banda Bou

The latest addition to the Curaçao culinary scene is WILLIBURGER in Banda Bou on Curaçao’s west side. The new restaurant recently introduced its very own “kabritu burger,” which is a spicy goat burger. The innovative dish, which is typically served as a stew, has been craftily created into a tasty burger. A portion of the food proceeds go to support talented children and encourage youth entrepreneurship. WILLIBURGER is still in the process of perfecting the dish and plans to expand its “kabritu burger” to various restaurants around the island. For more information, visit


  • Trunkdivers to Expand Guided Dive Options

This month, Trunkdivers, one of the island’s dive operators, will add three new sites to its guided dive options. The first will take divers to see the caves of Watamula, an area known for its volcanic rock, before exploring a steep drop-off. The dive concludes at Playa Gepi, a small sandy cove on the island’s west coast. Another new guided dive option for advanced open-water certified divers is at North Shore, a site that sits 70-80 feet below sea level. Trunkdivers will also now offer a special archaeological dive in Sint Annabaai upon request. For more information, visit

  • Hilton and Caribbean Sea Sports Launch Dive Package

The Hilton Curaçao has partnered with Caribbean Sea Sports to offer a special four-night dive package, which includes accommodations, daily breakfast and WiFi, along with six dives. Travelers will enjoy a two-tank dive each morning to some of Curaçao’s 65 distinct dive sites and will be provided with a tank, weight belt and BCD. The package starts at $530/person and is valid for booking now through June 30, 2017 with travel from May 1-July 31, 2017. To book, call 5999-462-5000 ext. 6011, or email“>

  • Substation Curaçao Aids Medical Research

Substation Curaçao has partnered with Sirenas MD, a California-based pharmaceutical company that researches new medicines by studying marine biodiversity. Together, the organizations recently completed a trip to Klein Curaçao in search of new sponges that contain chemical entities that modulate human immune response. The dives were completed in late March and ranged between 300 and 1,000 feet. The crew aboard the mini submarine discovered several new sponges, which are currently being researched in the company’s San Diego facility. For more information, visit

  • CURious 2 Dive Offers New Dive and Lionfish Experience

CURious 2 Dive now offers a two-tank dive every Thursday to East Point, a pristine reef on the island’s eastern tip that’s home to a school of tarpon, sharks, eagle rays, barracuda, and turtles. Once the divers resurface, the guides will teach participants how to clean any lionfish that were caught, which can then be sampled at The Pier, a restaurant in the Jan Thiel area. For more information, visit


Home to more than 35 captivating beaches, a diverse heritage spanning over 55 different cultures, including Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese, a ‘live and let live’ attitude and stunning European architecture; Curaçao remains an unrivaled tropical escape in the Southern Caribbean.  Recently ranked by USA Today as having some of the “Best Caribbean Beaches,” Curaçao’s natural beauty, world class diving and snorkeling sites are also a favorite with divers and adventure travelers, and its pristine beaches and idyllic weather, situated on the outer fringes of the Hurricane Belt, has won it further accolade and recognition.  Its capital city, Willemstad – a UNESCO World Heritage site – features an iconic colorful Handelskade backdrop, an eclectic roster of museums, monuments, flavorful restaurants and shopping; just a few of the many reasons why Curaçao continues to flourish as one of the most exceptional islands in the region.  Air service to Curaçao is available from the United States via JetBlue, flying nonstop from New York’s JFK on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and daily from Miami with American Airlines. American Airlines also flies non-stop to Curaçao from Charlotte weekly. From Canada, non-stop service is available from Toronto year-round with Air Canada and seasonally from Montreal. Seasonal non-stop service from Canada runs via WestJet and Sunwing.

To learn more about Curaçao, please visit, call toll free 1.800.328.7222 or download our brochure at Find us on Facebook:, Twitter: @CuracaoTravel or Instagram: CuracaoTB 

Fwd: Journalist Rendezvous at Dolphin Cove Jamaica


Ocho Rios, Jamaica, W.I. (November 10, 2016) International journalist and entrepreneur Sonya Nandi Gilkey and her husband Glenn an educator and health advocate, recently escaped the ordinary during a five-day vacation cruise on board Carnival Sensation. Their cruise would take them across the azure Caribbean Sea with a stopover visit to Grand Cayman, then onward to Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The couple had always dreamed of spending time together on the “Island in the sun” as they have heard it described.

The Gilkeys graced the shores of the island on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 to reunite with fellow colleague Sharon Parris-Chambers who met them in the Garden Parish. Ocho Rios is one of Jamaica’s prime tourist destinations, located in the parish of St. Ann. The town has a population of just over 10,000 people and has come a long way since the 1940s, when it was known as a sleepy fishing village. Its transformation reminds one of Negril, once an obscured fishing village, today it is a complete tourist resort.  Visitors to the North Coast area are likely to see Jamaica’s number one Attraction, Dolphin Cove. They are also likely to visit Dunn’s River Falls, engage in other touristic activities, such as enjoying our great beaches.

Upon their arrival at the Ocho Rios Pier, Mrs Burrowes, Managing Director, dispatched Enrique Rivera, Cruise Ship Operations Manager, who met the Gilkeys. He greeted them warmly and brought them to Dolphin Cove, a short distance away. When they arrived, they were greeted by Mrs Burrows, who made them feel at home. They were assigned a hostess to attend to their needs. After they received their armbands, they were free to roam the property, explore Swim with Dolphin adventure, Mini boat rides, Glass bottom Kayaking, Shark Show, Jungle Trail or Interact with Stingrays.

The couple chose Swim with the Dolphin Adventure and was just in time for the 10:00 am show. Trainer Daniel Christie worked with dolphin Shakira, the real star of the show. Shakira gave them the experience of a lifetime when she performed the Kiss, Belly to belly, Cradle and Dorsal swim. She concluded with a star performance, twirling like a ballerina and then bowing gracefully.

“Swimming with the dolphins truly exceeded my expectations, said Nandi. It was exciting, yet an enlightening experience that released some of my previous fears of interacting with marine life,” she added. Before the rains began, the Gilkeys walked over to “Too Cool Lagoon” to ride the kayak, which they did for about 15 mins. before the downpour began.  “Our various encounters at Dolphin Cove opened me to a new and deeper connection with nature, worth sharing with others,” said Glenn.

The rains brought the curtain down on a memorable visit to Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios.

The Dolphin experience whet their appetites for more fun and adventure in Jamaica and our team look forward to welcoming the Gilkeys, their family and friends back to Jamaica very soon. 


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Community Tourism Pioneer to be inducted in African Diaspora World Tourism Hall of Fame

 Community Tourism Pioneer to be inducted in African Diaspora World Tourism Hall of Fame


Montego Bay, Jamaica (August 8, 2016). The inaugural African Diaspora World Tourism Awards launched in May 2014 in Atlanta, has taken a giant leap ahead into the future, through a seeming alchemical transformation in just three years, as a major showcase of African royalty and cultural heritage in the Americas. The African Diaspora World Tourism Awards (ADWT-Awards) and Travel Expo are set to take place August 26-28, 2016 in Atlanta at the Westin Atlanta Airport (4736 Best Road, Atlanta, Georgia).

Jamaica’s internationally recognized pioneer of community tourism, Diana McIntyre-Pike O.D. will be inducted into the ADWTA Hall of Fame and will receive an award for her work in Community Tourism during a formal awards session. McIntyre-Pike has also been nominated as the Pan African Cultural Heritage Tourism Ambassador for Jamaica. She is the founder/President of Countrystyle Community Tourism/Villages as Businesses and President of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) Caribbean for over 24 years, and Kitty Pope adds this tantalizing quip “The awards ceremony is a world-class event honouring movers and shakers in black cultural heritage tourism. Dignitaries, notables, professionals and cultural heritage and travel enthusiasts from all over the world will be in attendance.”

Returning to the ADWT-Awards and Travel Expo will be Sharon Parris-Chambers, tourism consultant, co-founder of the Caribbean Health Tourism & Spa Conference (2005-2009) and IIPT Caribbean Advisory Board Member, who has received the African Diaspora World Tourism Flame Keepers Awards for Online Publication, Websites and Online Media that have done much toward promoting black travel, and black cultural and heritage tourism in 2014.  She had also been nominated as Pan African Cultural Heritage Tourism Ambassador for the Caribbean and is in contention for other awards.

Joining the all-star honorees this year are: Lou D’Amore, founder & president of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) serving as an International Chair for the 2016 African Diaspora World Tourism Awards. D’Amore will also be an African Diaspora World Tourism Awards Hall of Fame Honoree, recognized along with Royalty at the awards ceremony. The global nature of D’Amore’s work   which underpins respect for all travelers and preservation the environment, finds synergy with some of the Royal guests who share IIPT’s mission of promoting peace through tourism.

The Publisher for, Pope has travelled the world over as the guest of dignitaries and royalty,providing media coverage for cultural heritage events. This year’s premier staging of the “Royal Procession” is a new feature of the weekend events. Delegates will experience African Royalty in the Americas, during the presentation of contemporary African Kings and Queens and also Prince and Princesses. The Royal Procession Presentation is slated to be one of the main highlights of the ADWT-Awards event. Participants are asked to bring flags representing their countries.

For more information and to register for the event before the promotional period ends August 12, 2016, visit

The, an online magazine exploring black culture and heritage worldwide, in association with Atlanta’s AD King Foundation, is a non-profit organization promoting peace and non-violence. The African Diaspora World Tourism Awards & Travel Expo, the first of its kind, was founded by Kitty J. Pope, African Diaspora Tourism publisher, who serves as the director and executive producer of the event.  Dr. Babs Onabanjo, CEO of the AD King Foundation, ADWT-Awards founding producer and co-presenter returns with dignified style to join Kitty Pope to grace the star-studded event.

BVI launches new BVI Secrets Revealed Travel Agent Specialist Programme



Program provides travel agents with resources to book client trips to the BVI

TORTOLA, B.V.I. — The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board (BVITB) proudly announces the launch of the BVI Secrets Revealed Travel Agent Specialist Program, along with its accompanying mobile app and website, This program will connect the travel advisor community to the BVI by offering industry insiders access to exclusive insights and tools that allow clients to discover the unique and exciting aspects of the destination.

The BVI Secrets Revealed Travel Agent Specialist Program features three main areas of content: Destination Discovery, Product Showcase & Supplier Directory, and the Sales Toolbox. The tabs enable professionals to continually discover, re-visit, share, and reinforce their sales knowledge of the BVI, while empowering them to tell the most impactful story possible about the destination. Travel advisors will be able to easily access all the sales collateral they need, including videos, brochures, presentations, top 10 lists, maps, and more. By allowing users to select filters and quickly find properties that will surprise and delight clients, the new mobile app and website are indispensable tools for travel advisors.

After registering and completing a specialist program exam, travel advisors will be able to participate in on-site training and one-on-one webinars with Business Development Managers. As an added bonus, advisors who complete training will be qualified to win a complimentary trip to the BVI in 2017 and beyond. Additionally, a rewards program for travel advisors will kick off in 2017.

“We’re thrilled to work more closely with the travel advisor community through our new BVI Secrets Revealed Travel Agent Specialist Program,” said Sharon Flax-Mars, Director of Tourism. “This program provides advisors with all the tools they need to book trips for their clients to our beautiful piece of paradise and help them discover Nature’s Little Secrets.”

As a BVI Secrets Revealed Specialist/Advisor, each member will receive:

·         A personalized certificate

·         Continuing Education credits from the US Travel Institute

·         Marketing collateral templates

·         Sales Support from Business Development Managers

·         Concierge support for clients

·         Access to special rates from industry partners

·         Access to consumers via the BVITB’s website,        

The program can be accessed via the BVI Secrets Revealed Sales Companion mobile app, available for iOS and Android, or the dedicated website,

The BVI has recently received accolades in the travel industry. BVI’s Virgin Gorda was named The Best Island in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas in Travel + Leisure’s annual “World’s Best Awards.” Additionally, the BVI was named the #1 Best Place to Visit in the Caribbean by US News & World Report.

About the British Virgin Islands

An archipelago comprised of 60 islands and cays, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are located 80 kilometers east of Puerto Rico, in the northwestern region of the Caribbean Sea. The main islands are Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. Road Town, located in Tortola, is the British Virgin Island’s capital.

The BVI is renowned as a destination for sailing, diving and snorkeling. The destination’s vast topography provides unique opportunities for hiking, outdoor adventure and sustainable tourism.

The BVI is home to many famous attractions that include The Baths on Virgin Gorda, the Wreck of the Rhone off the coast of Salt Island, The Caves off the coast of Norman Island, the flamingos on Anegada, White Bay Beach on Jost Van Dyke, and Sage Mountain on Tortola.

Despite its status as a United Kingdom territory, the BVI uses the U.S. dollar as its official currency.

The BVI Tourist Board invites everyone to experience the seduction of our pristine and exquisite home. For more information on all that BVI has to offer, visit

Award-Winning Entertainment Executive to Attend

Award-Winning Entertainment Executive to Attend
St. Kitts Music Festival

Max Gousse to Conduct Workshop and Scout Local Artists
Performing at the 20th Annual Event



Basseterre, St. Kitts (June 21, 2016) – The St. Kitts Tourism Authority is pleased to announce that award-winning entertainment executive and entrepreneur Max Gousse will be on island to attend the 20th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which takes place June 23 – 25, 2016.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Gousse to St. Kitts. Over the past 25 years, he has spearheaded some of Hip-Hop and R&B’s biggest projects and discovered some amazing talent, including international stars who have performed at St. Kitts Music Festival previously,” said the Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry & Commerce. “In the history of our Music Festival, this is the first year we will have so many local artists performing. Having Mr. Gousse scout the Festival and conduct workshops with local talent will be a great opportunity for our nationals to further their careers in the music industry.” 

In addition to attending the Music Festival, Max Gousse will also participate in a workshop for local artists and conduct a second workshop specifically for the local artists performing in the festival, wherein he will also evaluate their respective performances.  The local acts scheduled to perform on Thursday night at the St. Kitts Music Festival include Shanna, Nicha B, KJah, KES the Band, Nu Vybes Band International and the Small Axe Band, while Dejour, Mod Stoney, I-Mark, Rodney and Crucial Bankie will be performing on Friday night.

A multifaceted businessman, Max Gousse has worked as the Sr. Vice President of A&R* for Sony’s Epic Records, Executive Vice President of Music World Entertainment, and Sr. Vice President of Universal Music Group’s Def Jam Record’s A&R division. During his run at Epic, Max discovered and developed the hottest R&B group of the millennium, B2K. While at Music World Entertainment, Gousse supervised all recordings and strategic partnerships for the company’s roster of A-list artists such as Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. At Def Jam, he worked with some of hip-hop’s most notable artists including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna and Rick Ross. Gousse is also responsible for Beyonce’s Grammy Award winning hit Single Ladies, and Grammy Award winning albums B-Day and I Am…Sasha Fierce.  (* In the music industry, A&R stands for Artist and Repertoire, and refers to the division of a record label that is responsible for scouting and artist development.)

Along with an impressive track record in the music industry, he has also produced #1 box office hit movies You Got Served, as well as the soundtracks for movies Barbershop and Cadillac Records. Gousse has over 100 million units sold, and his film and music projects have grossed over $500 million worldwide. He is also a consultant to several major labels and music publishers including BMG, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Tyrese, UMG, Razor and Tie, Ballup, and Reach Global. His most recent discoveries include YG (Def Jam), Ty Dolla $ign (Atlantic Records, DJ Mustard (Roc Nation) and Kieran Alleyne (Artistry/Virgin Records). 

Now entering its 20th year, the St. Kitts Music Festival attracts both locals and visitors alike. It features a wide range of musical styles on the popular market, including R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Gospel and Contemporary music. Past artists have included such prominent acts as John Legend, Lionel Richie, Jason Derulo, Trey Songz, T-Pain, Michael Bolton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, UB40’s Ali Campbell, Wyclef Jean, Ne-Yo, Air Supply, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Shaggy, Kelly Rowland, Tessanne Chin, Toni Braxton, Beenie Man, The Commodores, Dionne Warwick, Billy Ocean, Sean Paul, Boyz II Men, King Konris, Stephen Marley, Regina Belle, Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond, Roberta Flack, Biggie Irie, Bunny Wailer and Lord Nelson. For more information about the St. Kitts Music Festival, visit or “like” the St. Kitts Music Festival’s Facebook page.

About St. Kitts:

St. Kitts is currently ranked, with sister island Nevis, at #6 on a list of the Best Islands in the World, #6 on a list of the Best Caribbean Vacations, and #4 on a list of the Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations in the World, #3 on a list of Best Caribbean Honeymoons, and #10 on a list of the Best Affordable Caribbean Destinations by US News & World Report.  It is also ranked at #7 among the Hottest Places to Travel this Winter by CNN Money based on bookings received by Virtuoso, #8 on a list of the Top 10 Best Islands for a Holiday by Places To See In Your Lifetime, #14 on a list of the 50 Travel Destinations That Will Be Huge In The Next 10 Years as well as #8 on a list of the 25 Best Caribbean Islands by Business Insider, one of the Top 12 Best Caribbean Vacations on, the vacation rental company of leading travel website, TripAdvisor®.  In 2016, St. Kitts has been ranked #15 of The Top 21 Destinations for 2016 by Robb Report and one of the Ones to Watch in 2016 by Travel Weekly. St. Kitts & Nevis have been named #13 on a list of the most popular Caribbean islands among the very rich by Bloomberg Business online, one of the Top 15 Emerging Travel Hotspots for 2015 by The Huffington Post and has been ranked by The New York Times at #34 of the 52 Places to Go in 2015.

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and white sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean.  Located in the northern Leeward Islands, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history.  The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, and touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the more traditional vacation pastimes available are watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on a sandy beach.  Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts. 

For more information about St. Kitts, please contact the St. Kitts Tourism Authority toll free from the US at 1-800-582-6208 or from Canada 1-888-395-4887, e-mail, visit, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube

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Caribbean Rocks NYC with the best of Caribbean entertainment and travel



Barbados, Turks and Caicos Islands and St. Kitts Join the Islands of the Bahamas as sponsors of Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10


New York, NY – May 19, 2016


TEMPO Networks is pleased to announce that the islands of Barbados, Turks and Caicos and St. Kitts have joined the Islands of the Bahamas as sponsors of Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10, along with Caribbean Airlines and American Airlines.

“The Caribbean is one of the most captivating regions of the world; home to diverse multi-ethnic cultures with people of different skin tones, different languages and dialects, belonging to various melting pots yet connected by history and heritage. Our colorful culture has left its mark on the world – the way we walk, the way we speak, our music, our dance, and our cuisine are celebrated,” said the Hon. Portia Stubbs-Smith, Minister of Tourism, Turks and Caicos Islands. “The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board and Ministry of Tourism are thrilled to support Caribbean Rocks NYC – a celebration that promises to highlight the Caribbean diaspora and remind potential visitors that the Turks and Caicos Islands and the islands of the Caribbean are still the most enriching and fulfilling destinations for adventure, fun or total relaxation,” Smith further stated.

Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10 is being staged as part of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Caribbean Week NY celebrations, with a showcase of the best of Caribbean, music, culture and hospitality. The event is being produced by TEMPO Networks in partnership with the CTO and is a combination of cultural showcase and awards ceremony, designed to spotlight Caribbean tourism and entertainment, two of the region’s most important economic sectors and to engage and energize the Caribbean diaspora. “The people of the Caribbean Diaspora remain connected to their roots through a deep appreciation for the music, culture and heritage of the islands. Caribbean Rocks NYC brings the music and spirit of the Caribbean to New York City. The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is especially delighted to collaborate with TEMPO and CTO to produce Caribbean Rocks NYC—a one-of-a-kind Caribbean cultural extravaganza,” said Minister of Tourism, Hon. Obie Wilchcombe. 

Destination sponsors of Caribbean Rocks NYC will receive significant event branding, telecasts across TEMPO’s cable television network (Optimum/Cablevision, Verizon FiOS, Caribbean-wide) and talent exposure during the course of a 3-month campaign. TEMPO will produce a 2-hour Television special from the event that will be broadcast across its cable television network.  Having worked with numerous Caribbean destinations over the years in promoting and producing cultural events, creative content and other marketing initiatives, TEMPO is well-recognized for promoting Caribbean talent and its groundbreaking work in creating synergies between Caribbean entertainment and tourism. “I am super-excited by the leadership and support exhibited by the Islands of the Bahamas and now Barbados, Turks and Caicos Islands and St. Kitts, recognizing, in addition to reaching the general market, the importance of our Caribbean Diaspora and the connection between tourism and entertainment”, said Frederick A. Morton, Jr. Founder, Chairman and CEO of TEMPO Networks.  Caribbean Rocks NYC is “the beginning of a franchise and movement in which the Caribbean Rocks the world and issues a new and innovative invitation to all to experience our amazing destinations, people and culture,” said Morton. 

Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10 takes place at the legendary BB King’s Blues Club and Grill on Sunday, June 5, 2016.  Event details, including talent-line up and tickets sales, can be found at,, and or call the B.B. King’s Box Office at 212-997-4144 or TEMPO Networks at 718-355-8255.  For more information about Caribbean Week New York visit, email or call (212) 635-9530.


About TEMPO Networks:  

TEMPO Networks is the premier media and entertainment company worldwide producing and offering culturally relevant Caribbean content and engagement on all media platforms: on air, online, on mobile and on the ground. TEMPO Networks’ Flagship cable television network, TEMPO, captures and delivers the extraordinary Caribbean vibe, loved worldwide by over 40 Million annual travelers to the Caribbean, by producing and delivering Caribbean content dedicated to travel and tourism, music, cuisine, adventure, sailing, diving, social awareness initiatives, etc.  TEMPO is the “Caribbean Connection.”  TEMPO broadcasts in over 30 countries in the Caribbean and on Optimum/Cablevision in the NY Tristate Area, reaching over 5M viewers.  In 2016, TEMPO launches nationally throughout the U.S. on Verizon FiOS.  Additional information on TEMPO is available at

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization: 

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of the region’s finest countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean. Follow CTO on Instagram at 

About The Islands Of The Bahamas: 

The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone from Nassau and Paradise Island to Grand Bahama to The Abaco Islands, The Exuma Islands, Harbour Island, Long Island and others. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world’s best scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with preclearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It’s Better in The Bahamas.  For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations call 1-800-Bahamas or visit  Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Dominica ranked 3rd in top 10 Best Caribbean Destinations for Adventure

Dominica Best Caribbean Destination

Dominica Best Caribbean DestinationRoseau, Dominica (November 16, 2015) Dominica ranked number three for Best Caribbean Destination for Adventure  in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards.

Readers of and USA Today were asked to vote for the Best in select travel and leisure related categories ranging from food, lodging, destinations, travel, gear and things to do. travel experts selected the top 20 nominees and readers voted for the top ten finalists.  Voting took place over a three week period which ended on November 9, 2015.

The final results were announced last week on

Director of Tourism, Colin Piper states, “This is a great accolade for Dominica as it raises awareness of the destination and what is has to offer to a wide audience of potential visitors. It is truly a great achievement to be ranked in the top three Caribbean Adventure Destinations by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice. ”

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website:, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

About Dominica: Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a haven for adventure travelers seeking a unique vacation that includes: hiking and adventure, cultural events/festivals, diving and water sports, whale/dolphin watching and canyoning adventures. Dominica lies south of Guadeloupe and north of Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean. Air travelers can connect to Dominica on Air Antilles, Air Sunshine, Caribbean Helicopters, Coastal Air Transport, Hummingbird Air, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines, or WINAIR from the surrounding hubs of Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and U.S. Virgin Islands.  If travelling by sea, travelers can connect to Dominica on L’Express Des Iles ferry service from Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia.

Gay & lesbian travel on programme for SOTIC



~ Presentation on why the LGBT market is lucrative is part of a general session on niche markets at CTO State of the Industry Conference from 21-23 October in Curaçao ~


(BRIDGETOWN, (Barbados) 1 Sept. 2015 Some Caribbean destinations are being encouraged to go after the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) market while others are being advised  to first determine if it is among their top three priority niches before allocating funds for outreach programmes to this community.

David Paisley, the senior research director at Community Marketing and Insights, a San Francisco, California- based market research firm that specializes in outreach to the LGBT community and which works with tourism bureaus to reach out to that community, has said that while gay and lesbian travel is lucrative, not all destinations are attracted to it.

“For some destinations the gay and lesbian market makes a lot of sense, for others it does not. I look at the Caribbean on a whole, I think some destinations probably should be going after the LGBT market, other destinations probably need a sitter. Is this a sort of market that falls into your top three niches or not? That doesn’t mean you are an LGBT unfriendly place. It means your budget is limited and you need to go after other niches,” said Paisley, who said that over 100 tourism bureaus have outreach programmes to gay and lesbian travellers.

Paisley will present on the subject at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Curacao next month. He will be part of a panel entitled, Business Opportunities: Teach Me to Niche, which will also explore entertainment tourism and the millennial market.

“Gay and lesbian travel can be a real economic boom for some places and some destinations recognize that and are going after that market,” added Paisley.

He explained that this niche travels and spends more than their mainstream counterparts, particularly on hotels, restaurants and shopping. His presentation will focus on the numbers, as well as strategies that have worked for destinations that reach out to this market.

“What I want to emphasize is some of the statistics around the LGBT community and why it is a lucrative market, and try to get people to better understand why is it there are over 100 tourism bureaus that are actively outreaching to the LGBT community today. I want to break some of the myths. Gays and lesbians are like everyone else out there, we are travelling to a place because we want to have comfort, we want to have fun, we want to have a good time, we want to get out of work and our regular lives.  And the basic motivations for why we travel are exactly the same as everyone else. And I want to talk about some of the outreach strategies that have been successful for other destinations.”

The CTO State of the Industry Conference, the pre-eminent tourism gathering in the region, takes place from 21-23 October. It brings together tourism decision-makers, including ministers, commissioners and directors of tourism, hotel and airline executives, travel agents, students, the media and persons directly and indirectly involved in tourism. It is preceded by CTO business meetings, including meetings of the board of directors and the Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism.

This year’s conference, which has as its theme, Caribbean Tourism: Growth Through Innovation, is organized in collaboration with Curaçao’s Ministry of Economic Development and the Curaçao Tourism Board, with support from the United Nations tourism agency, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). It will be held at the World Trade Center in Willemstad.

  For more information on SOTIC, including how you can register, participate and benefit, visit For a personal welcome  by Curaçao’s Minister of Economic Development Stanley Palm, please click on the following link:


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About Curaçao

Home to more than 35 captivating beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, ‘live and let live’ attitude and unrivaled European architecture; Curaçao remains one of the most exceptional islands of the region. Its capital city, Willemstad – a UNESCO World Heritage site – with its iconic colorful Handelskade backdrop and roster of museums, monuments, flavorful restaurants and shopping, was selected in 2014 as one of USA Today’s 10 Best Caribbean Destinations.  Curaçao’s natural beauty, pristine diving and snorkeling sites are a favorite with divers and adventure seekers, and its beaches and idyllic weather, situated on the outer fringes of the Hurricane Belt, has won it further accolade and recognition. To learn more about Curaçao please visit, call toll free 1.800.328.7222 or download our newest brochure at  Find us on Facebook:, Twitter: @CuracaoTravel or Instagram: CuracaoTB 

About the Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of the region’s finest countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.

In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

Symposium To Guide Nevis’ Romance Marketing



Symposium To Guide Nevis’ Romance Marketing

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New York, NY, August 24, 2015… When people think of Nevis, they often associate it with unparalleled hospitality, natural beauty, and one of the most romantic and secluded getaway locations in the world.  But this October from the 19th to the 23rd, Nevis will be anything but secluded as the Nevis Tourism Authority hosts the Nevis Travel Symposium with this year’s focus on Romance in Nevis in conjunction with Dreamy Weddings and Tours.

As a jewel of the Caribbean, it’s only fit.ting that headliners such as Nancy Barkley, Natalie John, Keith Powell and Paula McCrory will be presenting during the symposium.  The Nevis Tourism Authority (NTA) has done a fabulous job gathering some of the industry’s finest to present on subjects from wedding planning, honeymoons and get-a-ways, and social media marketing and taste influencing.  Each speaker possesses years of professional experience, numerous accolades and real-world insights that they are ready and willing to share. 

During the Symposium, the speakers will also address how and why Nevis is the perfect place for anyone considering a romantic escape.  Topics to be discussed include: the ease of hosting destination weddings on Nevis, the hottest destinations for couples seeking elegance and romance, and pinpointing the most picturesque locations.

In addition attendees will gain invaluable insight and engage in stimulating conversations with some of the industry’s top gurus. They will have day-long opportunities to network with vendors and build relationships with the island’s tourism representatives. 

Finally, attendees will gain hands-on knowledge and expertise in the Nevis brand necessary to prepare them as certified Nevis Romance Specialists.  

If there is one event that should be on your calendar for October, it is the Nevis Travel Symposium. 

To register for this unforgettable event: Nevis Travel Symposium

Bookings to and from Nevis can be made via the Nevis website: Nevis Island

About Nevis:

Nevis is part of the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis and is located in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies. Conical in shape with a volcanic peak at its center known as Nevis Peak, the island is the birthplace of the founding father of the United States, Alexander Hamilton. The weather is typical of most of the year with temperatures in the low to mid-80s°F / mid 20-30s°C, cool breezes and low chances of precipitation. Air transportation is easily available with connections from Puerto Rico, and St. Kitts. For more information about Nevis, travel packages and accommodations, please contact the Nevis Tourism Authority, USA Tel 1.407.287.5204, Canada 1.403.770.6697 or our website  and on Facebook – Nevis Naturally.

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