Caribbean Tourism News Wins ‘Best In Class’ at Interactive Media Awards Wins ‘Best In Class’ at Interactive Media Awards

 Nassau, The Bahamas: The official website of The Islands Of The Bahamas has been a hit with visitors, an achievement that has landed the destination the highest honor of the Interactive Media Awards., which is the official Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (BMOTA) site, has won the ‘Best In Class’ award in the category of Travel and Tourism.

The website represents the very best in planning and execution.

Officials at the BMOTA have been hard at work and now rely heavily on analytics to drive smart, data-driven decision making.

To assist with data collection, the Ministry has established a dynamic digital dashboard to see real time statistics like traffic to and engagement on all social channels.

The website’s dashboard also measures website visitors’ clicks on deals to book as well as converting those clicks to hot leads for hotel properties.


Recently, officials added a commission-free, hotel book direct engine on, powered by a company called JackRabbit.


For the period of December 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018, the “book now” links from individual hotels listed on generated 5,040 leads directly to hotel partners.


“This shows that we are moving in the right direction,” said Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu.


“The Islands Of The Bahamas has benefited greatly from our online presence and the world is certainly taking notice. We are going to continue utilizing the array of digital platforms to show the world what we have to offer and why it is better in The Bahamas.” has seen significant increases in unique visitors and page views, according to officials.


Plans are also on the drawing board to continue to improve by enhancing the site’s capability for visitors to search for places to stay in The Bahamas.


The website will also expand individual property listings with larger imagery, videos, a map, relevant activities and Trip Advisor reviews.


Additionally, won recognition by a very large and accredited organization within the web development industry called ‘The Webby Awards’.


The organization boasted about The Islands of The Bahamas saying,


Congratulations once again to you and your team on EDUCO’s success as an Honoree in the 22nd Annual Webby Awards. Out of over 13,000 entries received from 70 countries and all 50 United States, your work was ranked among the top 18 percent by the academy. That’s an incredible achievement!” 


The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS)—a 2000+ member judging body. The Academy is comprised of Executive Members—leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities—and Associate Members who are former Webby Winners, Nominees and other Internet professionals.

Tobago celebrates Caribbean Tourism Month with week of activities

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DOTCT Celebrates Caribbean Tourism Month with Week of Activities


SCARBOROUGH Tobago, Monday 13th November 2017: The Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation (DOTCT) joins the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the region in celebrating Caribbean Tourism Month 2017 by hosting a series of activities from November 19th – 26th, 2017.


Recognized annually under the theme One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean, Caribbean Tourism Month serves as an avenue through which Caribbean destinations are able to come together and collectively remind the world that the region is open for business.


On behalf of Destination Tobago, the Division will take this opportunity to increase awareness of the benefits of Tobago’s tourism industry to the island’s economy; develop a sense of pride and ownership of Tobago’s tourism product among the island’s residents; encourage greater collaboration between the public and private sector; as well as build morale and foster a spirit of camaraderie amongst Division staff.


The following is the schedule of activities for Caribbean Tourism Month



Opening of Interactive Museum – Fort King George Heritage Park, 3pm & 5 pm

The theatrical re-enactments at Fort King George will commence from Sunday 19th November, with free tours taking place at 3 pm and 5 pm. There will also be a storytelling session at 2 pm. The Interactive Museum will be open to the public on days cruise ships call on the island, at 10:30 am and 2 pm, as well as on Sundays at 3 pm. Tours will cost $20 (adults) and $10 (children). 




Youth Tourism Symposium for Secondary Schools – Shaw Park Cultural Complex, 9am-2pm

The “Youth Tourism Symposium” is the first of its kind in Tobago and targets Forms 4-6 students enrolled in Secondary Schools throughout the island.  The theme of the symposium is Promoting Youth Leadership in Tourism. The objective is to engender within the island’s youth an appreciating for, and understanding of, the tourism industry; educate students on the significance of the sector; and stimulate interest in the industry as a viable career choice. Speakers include:

Mr. Travis Robinson, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Government of The Bahamas

Ms. Le-An Telesford, Junior Minister of Tourism, Trinidad and Tobago

Mr. Dwayne Lyons, Tobago Entrepreneur, Xclusive Ideologies



Thanksgiving Service – DOTCT Head Office, 12 Sangster’s Hill, 9am

The Thanksgiving Service is a non-denominational open air service, hosted to celebrate the hard work of all staff within the Division and nurture a spirit of togetherness among staff.

Primary School Community Awareness Quiz Finals and Prize Giving Ceremony – Lowlands Multipurpose Centre, 9am – 1pm

The Primary School Community Awareness quiz seeks to educate and sensitize Tobago’s Primary School students about the importance of tourism to the island’s economy, and impress upon them the significant role they can play in the development of the industry. With twelve (12) primary schools participating, the quiz runs from 15th – 20th November.



Stakeholders Cocktail Reception – Pigeon Point Heritage Pavilion, 7pm-10pm

The Stakeholder Reception seeks to bring together industry stakeholders involved in both the public and private sector. The event is designed to facilitate networking, as well as constructive dialogue with the aim of improving the synergies among all parties involved in Tobago’s tourism industry.




Tobago Great Tourism Adventure – Island wide, 9am

The Tobago Great Tourism Adventure puts a cultural twist on the traditional treasure hunt. Participants will embark upon an exciting trek across the island, on a quest to solve riddles and execute tasks that will educate them on the island’s rich culture and heritage. Historical landmarks, iconic attractions and age-old traditions will all be featured in this one-of-a-kind experience.


Tourism Week Social Media Campaign

Stay tuned to the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation – Tobago House of Assembly Facebook page for the launch of the My Tourism Story video series, the Spot the Sites contest, and more.

Destination Trinidad & Tobago – Reborn, Refocused and Ready to do business

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International press listening attentively during Trinidad and Tobago’s press conference.


From left: Councillor Nadine Stewart-Phillips, Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation, Tobago House of Assembly, his Excellency Orville London, Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner in London, the Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Louis Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Tobago Tourism Agency, Dr. Sherma Roberts, Chairman of the Board, Tobago Tourism Agency at the T&T’s World Travel Market Stand.


From left: A representative from Virgin Atlantic, Louis Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Tobago Tourism Agency, Councillor Nadine Stewart-Phillips, Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation, Tobago House of Assembly, the Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism and Lizzy Davis, Content Creator, Virgin Atlantic. 

 Port of Spain, Trinidad – November 07, 2017 – The Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism, is leading the Trinidad and Tobago delegation at the prestigious tourism trade show World Travel Market (WTM) that is presently taking place at ExCel, London from November 06-08. Generating more than £2.8 billion of business contracts between attendees, Trinidad and Tobago’s attendance at World Travel Market provides the opportunity for the delegation to effectively promote the destination in a global environment and attain competitive advantages in the industry.

In her address during a press conference hosted at the T&T booth stand during World Travel Market (WTM) 2017, Minister Shamfa Cudjoe shared that destination Trinidad and Tobago is now re-born, re-focused and ready to do business as the Government is refocusing its efforts on the development of the tourism sector. The Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Tourism went on to add that we are re-developing all of our tourism offerings and getting ready to welcome the Brix Hotel which is part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, and in Tobago we are getting ready for Sandals

Minister Cudjoe also highlighted the excitement and vibrancy of destination Trinidad and Tobago with its wide ranging cultural tourism products and biodiversity. One country… two islands… two different sets of experiences. Rich biodiversity, butterflies, birds, nesting sites for turtles and much more.

Also speaking at the press conference was the Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation, Councillor Nadine Stewart-Phillips, who invited the international media representatives present to visit Trinidad and Tobago to experience Destination T&T’s theme at WTM 2017 —“LIVE THE CULTURE.

Councillor Nadine Stewart-Phillips also explained the reasons for Tobagos focus on cultural tourism, stating that the Tobago House of Assembly recently merged the departments of culture with tourism and transportation. The visitor spend from cultural and heritage travel is also more.

Moreover, Virgin Atlantic’s Content Creator, Lizzy Davis, announced at the press conference, the launch of the exciting new project “Let’s Map Tobagowhich allows stakeholders as well as visitors to upload photos of events, places and people. The project is supported across all social channels and is powered by Google. Other activities announced at World Travel Market were the Lime 365 Calendar of Events, the development of new tourism entities in Trinidad and Tobago to manage the tourism sector and efforts to secure increased and new airlift.

Held annually, World Travel Market brings together almost 5,000 exhibiting destinations, technology and private sector companies to exhibit and network with over 51,000 travel professionals, key industry buyers, and international media, digital influencers, students and senior government officials. 

Other members of the Trinidad and Tobago delegation include Louis Lewis, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Tobago Tourism Agency, senior executives from the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation of the Tobago House of Assembly, the Ministry of Tourism’s Senior Promotions Officer and Corporate Communications Officer as well as local hoteliers and tour service providers.

WESTJET begins direct flight to Belize from Calgary, Canada








WESTJET begins direct flight to Belize from Calgary, Canada

Belize City, Monday, November 6th, 2017A brief inaugural ceremony was held at the Departure Lounge of the Philip Goldson International Airport on Friday, November 3rd to commemorate WestJet’s new non-stop weekly service between Calgary, Canada and Belize. According to WestJet the service is part of the airline’s seasonal schedule for the winter of 2017-18.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Belize Hotel Association, senior staff of the Belize Airport Concession Company (BACC), the Canadian Consulate to Belize and the Belize Tourism Board among others. Short addresses were delivered by Mr. Lynn Young, Honorary Consul of Canada to Belize and the Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation.

In his address, Hon. Manuel Heredia said, “The importance of the Canadian market for Belize can certainly not be overstated in terms of the overall economic impact it has on Belize’s Tourism Industry.” 

He pointed out that “Canadian arrivals to Belize accounted for 6% of total overnight arrivals in Belize in 2016. That percentage share is expected to rise this year with the increased traffic from the direct flights from Canada to Belize introduced in the latter part of last year and, of course, with the start of this new flight.”

Most Canadians prefer to travel to Belize to enjoy the tropical weather that Belize has to offer.  But they also enjoy the warm hospitality of all Belizeans and the country’s awesome culture and excellent cuisine and attractions. 

According to BTB’s Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans, the new flight “will help with the different areas such as Vancouver and the others that were unable to get a direct connection into Toronto so this makes it much more convenient for a large market in Canada and to open up the opportunities for Belize even more.”

“ We expect that the size of the Canadian market will only continue to increase and hopefully we can expect at least 10% of our arrivals with the addition of this flight,” Ms. Bevans said. She added: “As we heard the Honorary Consul mention more and more students are now approaching him about the Canadian market or schools in Canada and that population has grown and we expect that to happen even more because this gives more accessibility, cheaper cost, so it does create more opportunity for our Belizean people.”

WestJet inaugurated its first flight from Toronto, Canada to Belize in 2016. The new WestJet service to Belize from Calgary, therefore, represents a resounding confirmation that Belize continues to be a growing, viable and a must-visit destination in Central America and the Caribbean.

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Mr. Lynn Young, Honorary Consul of Canada to Belize,                            Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation

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From left: Ms. Karen Bevans, BTB’s Director of Tourism, Minister             Ms. Karen Pike, BTB’s Director of Marketing & Industry Relations,
of Tourism, Hon. Manuel Heredia, Mr. Jorge Espat, CEO of BACC             along with other officials welcoming arriving passengers on the

and Mr. Lynn Young, Honorary Consul to Belize, cutting the                       WestJet’s Calgary-Belize inaugural flight.

Caribbean Tourism Month message from Grenada

Message From Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture Dr. Clarice Modeste Curwen in Observance of Tourism Awareness Month


The recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria are stark reminders of the ever changing environment we live in. Climate change is evident as storms become stronger and more frequent, with experts saying this phenomenon is a direct result of human activity. Our brothers and sisters in the Northern Caribbean have begun the arduous task of rebuilding and indeed Pure Grenada remembers this all too well when we dealt with a similar task in 2004 after Hurricane Ivan.


The Tourism industry is crucial to our economies, providing millions of dollars in revenue and a significant number of jobs. However, we have seen how vulnerable this industry is. Therefore, the challenge for this generation is to make smart choices to protect and preserve the natural assets that make this country such a great destination; our environment.


Grenada has long been lauded for its natural beauty and lush vegetation; from our rolling hills to our gorgeous waterfalls and pristine beaches. However, this natural beauty and Grenada’s purity is under threat by the littering of our beautiful nation. We all need to ensure that Grenada’s natural beauty is sustained for future generations. Let our human activity enhance our natural environment, rather than destroy it.


For this year’s observance of Tourism Awareness month in Pure Grenada, we have chosen the theme, “Sustainable Tourism: Our path to a Pure Grenada”. This theme reminds us that through Tourism we can advocate and contribute to actions that support the sustainable development of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Activities for this month include the launch of a Tourism Awareness Campaign on November 15, the launch of an Underwater Sculpture Park Design Competition, the launch of a Tourism Booklet for primary schools and engagement of the general public through the media.


The Tourism Awareness Campaign will be a three-pronged programme, aimed at bringing sustainable development issues to the forefront. This campaign will focus on careers in tourism, discovering Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique and preserving our natural environment. As the programme is rolled out we look forward to you joining us on the path to creating and maintaining a truly ‘Pure Grenada’.

Tourism Month Blasts into Action in St. Kitts


Tourism Month Blasts into Action


BASSETERRE (2nd November, 2017): Motorcade, student fieldtrips, heritage walk, karoke and photo competitions; These are just some of the exciting activities of the 2017 Tourism Awareness Month, in November.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Carlene Henry-Morton, launched the month of activities on Wednesday, and revealed the theme: “Enhancing Our Nation’s Prosperity by Nurturing Tourism Sustainability.”

“Throughout this month a variety of events and activities will highlight the fact that the tourism sector is vitally important to our country and that we all need to better understand, support, and protect tourism as one of the key drivers of our economy,” Morton said. “Indeed, it is important that we strive to protect all that is good about our island. That is why the team at the Ministry of Tourism and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority is committed in providing a consistently outstanding visitor experience through the sustainable development of our human, natural and cultural resources in order to maximize opportunity, prosperity and quality of life for present and future generations.”

Morton said her team has a pro-people approach to tourism sector development, which is intended to translate into youth inclusion and capacity building; entrepreneurship and employment. Therefore, citizens are empowered and equipped to deliver a quality, authentic and uniquely Kittitian experience, that will add value and differentiate us from other destinations.

Activities for tourism month include the following:

Friday 3rd November, 2017
Prize Giving for Winners of the CTO Youth Congress

Sunday 5th November, 2017
Church Service at the Zion Moravian Church (9:30am)

Tuesday 7th November, 2017
Caribbean Tourism Day Observance

Junior Minister of Tourism Radio Broadcast

Friday 10th November, 2017
Karaoke Competition
Port Zante Food Court 7pm

Saturday 11th November, 2017
Rails to Trails Project (6am)
Staff Appreciation Dinner

13th to 17th November, 2017
Talks In School Series

Saturday 18th November, 2017
Tourism/Carnival Island-Wide Motorcade

Sunday 19th November, 2017
Poinciana Theater Production
“When Men Talk About Sex”
ECCB 6pm

20th to 23rd November, 2017
Tourism Education Product Tour (Primary Schools)

Thursday 23rd November, 2017
Launch of Yachting Strategic Implementation Plan

Friday 24th November, 2017
Judging of the Best Destination Photo Contest

Saturday 25th November, 2017
Heritage Health & Fitness Walk
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Wedneday 29th November, 2017
Prize Giving For Best Destination Photo Contest


Barbados Wins Bid To Host 2018 Society of American Travel Writers Convention


Barbados Wins Bid To Host 2018 Society of American Travel Writers Convention

November 1, 2017 (Portland, Ore.) – Today, the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) has selected the island of Barbados as the host destination for its 2018 annual convention. This is the first time that any Caribbean nation has been selected as the convention host destination. The announcement was made at the 2017 SATW Annual Convention held in Portland, Oregon, U.S.

SATW is a professional association comprised of 1,100 writers, photographers, editors, broadcast/video/film producers, bloggers, website owners, public relations experts and hospitality industry representatives from the United States and Canada. Founded in 1955, the society’s members represent some of the most influential content producers in the travel industry with work that can be seen throughout all print, digital and broadcast platforms. 

“Barbados is a world class destination that is uniquely suited to host the conference in 2018. Despite the intense competition to host our organization, Barbados’ reputation as a bastion of story ideas for travel editors – both those in the U.S. and Canada – propelled its bid to the winning position. From its hotels to its unique attributes, we knew it was a place that would be interesting to our members,” said incoming SATW President, Barbara Orr.

“Hosting this convention in October 2018 will allow us to stimulate immediate social media coverage of Barbados prior to the kick-off of the winter travel season,” noted Petra Roach, Director, U.S., Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI). “These delegates influence thousands of our target consumers via their social media platforms every day, and we are designing our conference to maximize social media conversations.”

Furthermore, each journalist will be taken on thematic tours of the island, so that they can pursue story ideas for their print, broadcast and online media outlets, which will result in editorial coverage that tells the Barbados story to consumers for years to come.

Not only will BTMI leverage this platform to tell Barbados’ story, but BTMI is inviting Caribbean nations harmed during the 2017 hurricane season, who will be on the road to recovery by October 2018, to host pre/post trips as part of the official conference program.

“Barbados was fortunate to not endure the brunt of the recent hurricanes and has remained ‘open for business’,” noted Roach. “However we know that damage has been done to consumers’ perception of the Caribbean, and we see this as an opportunity to change the conversation to one about why consumers should consider travel to this region of the world,” she concluded.

Barbados has one of the strongest dollars in the Caribbean, a great education system, relatively low unemployment and is one of the safest Caribbean islands for visitors. These characteristics underscore a travel experience where visitors can enjoy rich authentic experiences. Barbados is replete with luxury hotels, unique attractions and beautiful beaches and hosts festivals throughout the year with everything from polo events in the winter and spring to its renowned Food & Rum Festival in the fall.

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About Barbados:
The island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experiences with its exceptionally rich culture and history. It was awarded the Caribbean Best Destination 2016 by Expedia and was rated the ‘Best Caribbean Beach’ by USA Today in 2015. Barbados was also recognized as the second on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2016 list of ‘The Most Beautiful Islands in the Caribbean’ and ranked third in the 2015 Trip Advisor “Travelers’ Choice Awards for Islands 2015” in its Top 100 Destinations category. In addition, Barbados is the first Zagat-rated Caribbean island and is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) offers non-stop and direct service options from a growing number of gateways in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, making Barbados the true gateway in the Eastern Caribbean. For more information on travel to Barbados, visit, follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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.