Caribbean Tourism News

Hat-Trick of Accolades for Saint Lucia at the Inaugural Telegraph Caribbean Travel Awards

(London, 29 June, 2015) Saint Lucia picked up three prestigious awards on Thursday night at the inaugural Telegraph Caribbean Travel Awards which took place at the annual ball on behalf of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

 

 

Simon Reeve, best-selling author & TV personality Atlyn Forde, SLTB’s Director of Marketing, UK/Europe; Carol Hay, CTO’s director of marketing, UK/Europe; and Charles Starmer-Smith, executive head of travel, Telegraph Media Group

Across 10 different categories the island won ‘Favourite Luxury Hotel’ with Sugar Beach, joint winner of ‘Favourite Boutique Hotels’ with Rendezvous Resort whilst the destination itself was awarded ‘Best for Spa Holidays’ and runner up for ‘Top Nature Holidays’.

The awards, which were organised in partnership with the Caribbean Tourism Organization and hosted by Simon Reeve and Angie Greaves, highlight the diversity of holiday experiences on offer across the region, with thousands of Telegraph readers voting for their favourite islands and hotels.

Atlyn Forde, Director of Marketing – UK and Europe comments:

‘We are delighted that Saint Lucia has been recognised by Telegraph readers as a leader in these categories; the island offers such a diverse range of activities and accommodation and these awards really help to highlight this fact.  To have taken home not one, but three awards is a great achievement for the island and we are all incredibly proud’.

St. Martin – The Caribbean counts numerous tourist destinations

St. Martin in Brazil

On June 17th, the Saint-Martin Tourism Office and CAP AMAZON its marketing firm in South America hosted an amazing event in Sao Paulo.

The Caribbean counts numerous tourist destinations, but Saint-Martin really has the ambition to distinguish itself. The Saint-Martin Tourism Office plans to position the island as the perfect festive, smart and romantic destination. Brazilians are well-known French-lovers. They will find in Saint-Martin a little piece of France at hand, through its gastronomy and good wine. Once again, Saint-Martin has everything in its favor to please.

The Launching Event featured a culinary collaboration between Franck GUILLEMIN, the Chef “Ocean 82” restaurant in Grand-Case, and Christian FORMON, a chef established in Brazil for several years now. The guest list is composed of travel agents, tour-operators, opinion leaders, and Brazilian and international press. To these diverse media are added personalities such as the French Consulate and Embassy in Brazil, and the “Alliance Française” in Sao Paulo.  Another highlight of the evening was the exhibition of local artists, ambassadors of the island’s culture, such as Cindy CHOISY, and a raffle to win a stay in Saint-Martin courtesy of our partners (Hotel Mercure Saint-Martin Marina and Spa, Esmeralda Resort Hotel, Belmond La Samanna Resort, Alamanda Resort Hotel), all of this in a dream like set up in the heart of Europa Gardens in São-Paulo. 

What a week for Saint-Martin Tourism Office!

Caribbean Week was held from June 1st to 7th, 2015 in New-York. On June 4th, the famous website tripadvisor.com awarded the winners of the Traveler’s Choice 2015 in the “Caribbean” category.

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Office de Tourisme de Saint-Martin – Juin 2015

Route de Sandy  Ground – Marigot   97150 Saint-Martin

Tel : 05 90 87 57 21 & Fax : 05 90 87 56 43

www.iledesaintmartin.orgwww.stmartinisland.org

 

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Leading Duo Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears Headline Exclusive Concert in Barbados

ELECTRO-POP STARS, PRIORY, SET TO PERFORM LIVE IN BARBADOS

Leading Duo Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears Headline Exclusive Concert On-island This Independence Day Weekend

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NEW YORK (June 25, 2015) – This Independence Day weekend, fans are flocking to the sun-drenched island of Barbados for an exclusive concert by rising electro-pop stars, Priory. Dubbed an “emerging” band by Billboard Magazine, the Portland-based band will debut on-island July 5 at hotspot The Boatyard with hit songs from their latest album “Need to Know.”

Hot off the heels of their recent New York City Governors Ball performance, the band is quickly topping charts with their debut single “Weekend,” considered “best new song of the year” by Los Angeles ALT 98.7 radio. Opening for Priory on-island is Barbados’ own NexCyx, an alternative hip-hop band known for hit singles “Gossip Girl” and “Nightclub Superheroes.”

In collaboration with Warner Bros., Shazam and NYLON, two lucky winners and a guest have been selected to travel to Barbados for a three-day stay at the Southern Palms Resort and have been granted all-access passes to the concert.

 Home to pop-star Rihanna, the island of Barbados has a thriving music scene which plays host to some of the biggest festivals in the Caribbean including:  Classical Pops (December 11-12, 2015), The Barbados Reggae Festival (April 2016), The Naniki Jazz Festival (January 2016). JetBlue’s acclaimed flatbed service Mint, will begin operation to Barbados from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport this November and their continued expansion in the region sees the introduction of a seasonal weekly service from Boston’s Logan International Airport directly to the island.

About Barbados

barbados all inclusive vacationThe island of Barbados offers the most authentic Caribbean experience with its exceptionally rich culture and history rooted in remarkable landscapes.  Rated as one of the world’s sexiest beaches in 2008 by Concierge.com; Barbados’ Crane Beach in St. Philip stands as a premier destination for travelers.  Barbados is also the first Zagat-rated Caribbean island and is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Barbados has hosted several world class events including: The annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival; the 2006 PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in 2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in 2010, and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010, and the Rihanna LOUD concert in 2012. Accommodations range from picturesque plantation houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. Grantley Adams International Airport offers even more non-stop and direct service from a growing number of U.S., making Barbados the true gateway to the Eastern Caribbean.  Barbados was voted eighth in the World by Trip Advisor’s “2008 Travelers’ Choice Destination Awards” in its Top 100 Destinations category.  For more information on travel to Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org, follow on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VisitBarbados, via Twitter @Barbados.

 

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BARBADOS DELIVERS TRAVEL NEWS THROUGH MULTI-CITY ‘SPIRIT OF BARBADOS’ ROAD SHOW

The Island Strengthens Ties with the Travel Agent Community Targeting Key Source Markets in the U.S.

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BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS (June 13, 2015) – Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), led by Petra Roach, Director US, has officially kicked off its regional road show this past Monday, June 8th with an event attended by over 70 top travel agents in the Boston, Massachusetts region. Currently the seventh largest source market for U.S. visitation to Barbados, Massachusetts is now home to the recently announced start of JetBlue’s new direct service from Boston to Barbados.

Moving along the coast, the BTMI and local partners continued the educational series in key northeastern markets Connecticut, New Jersey and New York representing the fourth, third and largest market respectively for the island, reaching an additional 200 agents. Barbados recognizes the importance of the travel agent community by continuing to implement innovative programming that ensures travel partners are adequately equipped to sell the destination.

“Getting in front of the travel agent community and educating them about what is different and unique about Barbados is a priority for us, and ensures that we get their loyalty and support in spreading the Barbados message to their clients. Travel agent’s in most cases, are the direct liaison between travelers and the destination, as the majority of consumers rely implicitly on the recommendation of their agent.” said Petra Roach, BTMI US Director.

Ms. Roach continues,  “Phocus Wright estimates that the travel agent distribution channel accounts for one third of the U.S. travel market, projecting sales of over 100 billion this year. Tour operators who sell mainly through travel agents rather than direct are reporting double digit growth of up to 30% – the agent community offers what no online service can and that is personalization.”

Over 23 partners from the hotel and ancillary sector have joined the two-week long tour, engaging with over 400 agents as a result of the regional road show.  The “Spirit of Barbados” road show has attracted top producing retail and home -based agents in addition to luxury advisors from the Virtuoso, Ensemble and Signature consortia. Event highlights included a marketplace where agents interacted with the exhibitors and an extensive training presentation overviewing the best that Barbados has to offer.

Andrea Franklin, West Coast Villas noted, “I am happy with the caliber of agents who came out for the first few events and am looking forward to further developing the villa experience with them.”

Patricia Alfonso Dass, Ocean Hotels commented, “Excellent to see the agents engaged and excited to sell the destination and based on the response I have seen, I know that we are poised to make good headway in this market.”

Recently re-launched, Barbados’ Elite Club Training Program remains an important tool in the ongoing education and training of agents. Loaded with rewards and benefits, the ten chapter program covers the island’s niche markets and elite insider tips to keep agents in-the-know.

The tour continues next week to Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas and Houston, penetrating the sales community and creating destination buzz nation-wide. For more information on Barbados, visit www.visitbarbados.org or call 1-800-221-9831.

Bahamas continues winning trend for 2015 with latest award

BAHAMAS CONTINUES WINNING TREND FOR 2015 WITH LATEST AWARD

ESQR Gold Quality Achievement Award is 5th Award Recognising the Islands this Year

 

 

 

Bahamas continues winning trend for 2015 with latest award

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Receives ESQR Quality Achievements Awards for Quality Service in the Gold Category. L to R: Michael Harris, Senior Advisor, European Society for  Quality Research; Joy Jibrilu, Director General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism;  Ellison “Tommy” Thompson, Deputy Director General, BMOT; Anthony Stuart, Director of Europe, BMOT. 

Nassau, Bahamas (June 24, 2015): This year continues to be a landmark year for the Islands of The Bahamas, with this latest recognition for leading the way in delivering a quality product and service by the ESQR (The European Society for Quality Research), which awarded The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism with Gold at its Quality Achievement Awards last week in London. This latest award was of particular note as The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism was one of only five organisations to receive an award in the Gold category. The top award for Quality Management came in recognition of the relentless hard work and the achievements that The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has made in customer service, hard work and commitment to quality.

Each year the ESQR recognises organisations, public administrations and companies from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and Australia, which have demonstrated outstanding commitment, support and effort to endorse and improve quality management. The organisation looks at industries across all seven continents that impact their regions in such a positive manner that they improve the quality of life for residents, to ultimately make each region a better place to live. Therefore, this latest award is truly special for the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, proving that its relentless work has made a difference in improving the Islands—for both visitors and residents.

Tourism Director General, Joy Jibrilu, was on hand to accept the latest award. “What winning these awards says to us, not just as the Ministry of Tourism, not just as an organisation, but also the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on the whole, is that we are doing something right and we are on the right track. The world is watching, they are recognising us, and they’re letting us know that we are getting it right,” Jibrilu said.

While being the most recent award, the ESQR Gold Award joins the many nominations and awards The Bahamas has received thus far in 2015. The Bahamas has already won the Trip Advisor 2015 ‘Best Beaches’ award.  Junkanoo was also voted ‘#1 Festival in the Caribbean’ in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards in 2014. The Bahamas was voted in the top 10 places in the Caribbean to visit by U.S. News and World Report in 2015. Additionally, The Bahamas has been nominated in nine different categories for the 22nd World Travel Awards, for which voting will close in August of this year. Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality.

Not only is 2015 shaping up to be a landmark year in industry recognition,

but at a projected tourism growth rate of 6.7% according to the WTTC, The Bahamas expects to host more visitors than ever in 2015. To meet this increased demand, there is expected to be an increase in room availability, as well as more attractive events for visitors to look forward to, such as the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival that attracted thousands when it debuted in May, and a variety of sporting events from the Bahamas Marathon to the Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl. There are endless activities for travellers to choose from when visiting the Islands of The Bahamas.

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 golf, scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway, and the Bahamian dollar is at par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember that It’s Better in The Bahamas. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit
www.Bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

High-end wedding show organizers help bring romance to Caribbean Tourism Organization Week New York

Caribbean Tourism OrganizationNEW YORK, NY, 15 May, 2015 –The Caribbean Tourism Organization is once again injecting a little romance into Caribbean Week New York. For the second year running, the region’s tourism development agency has retained Wedding Salon, the planners of United States bridal tradeshows for the luxury market, to organize a Romance Pavilion at the grandest Caribbean tourism event in New York.

The Romance Pavilion is an opportunity for engaged couples seeking a romantic honeymoon or destination wedding to connect with renowned Caribbean resorts, countries, and travel agents.

Wedding Salon, a partnership between American event planner, Tatiana Byron, and Martha Stewart Weddings, organizes high-end weddings and luxury bridal shows. Their shows attract thousands of brides-to-be, celebrities, and socialites seeking to discover the latest trends and meet with the top vendors.

“Destination weddings are on the rise with one in four couples getting married in a locations far from their residence. The Caribbean Romance Pavilion provides couples with the opportunity to speak to vendors and decision makers that would otherwise be a flight away. It’s comforting getting to do some of the planning face to face,” said Ms. Byron.

Over 300 couples have already registered to attend the event, where they will meet the top local vendors from the Caribbean who will help plan these couple’s destination wedding or honeymoon.

It will be held on Wednesday 3 June from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Ez Studios on 325 West 37th Street, New York. The programme will include a refreshment station, Beautini makeup trials, a flower adorned canopy by QG Floral , Glamour Closet designer gown previews, Artemix Tattoos, M2M DJs, door prizes and luxury swag bags with surprise products such as Essie and OPI.

Caribbean Week New York is a series of business meetings and consumer events organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s New York office to showcase the warmth, spirit and vibrancy of the Caribbean. In addition to direct contact with consumers, it also provides extensive media exposure for participating CTO members and partners.

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For more information about the Romance Pavilion and Caribbean Week New York visit www.CaribbeanWeek.com, email CaribbeanWeek@caribtourism.com, call (212) 635-9530, or connect on Twitter @CaribbeanWeekNY and on www.facebook.com/caribbeanweekny. Caribbean Week sponsors and supporters include by 5*Cap Est lagoon & Spa Resort – Martinique, American Express, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, ASM, Academy Engraving, Association of Travel Marketing Executives, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Airlines, Caribbean News Service, Caribbean Open Tour – Martinique; CarnivalInfo.com, Cayman Islands, CitiTech Solutions, Conde Nast, Curacao, Dominica, Grace Foods, Haiti, Jamaica, Laura Davidson Public Relations, Lou Hammond & Associates, Manhattan Beer, Martinique, MarryCaribbean.com, Montserrat, The New York Times, Puerto Rico, Routes, St. Kitts, Saint Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, The Atrebor Group, Travel + Leisure, Trinidad & Tobago, TripAdvisor, Unique Vacations/Sandals Inc, US Virgin Islands and Wyndham New Yorker.

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Marriott Hotel Georgetown Opens

Marriott Hotel Georgetown OpensGuyana, South America Undiscovered – The grand opening of the highly anticipated, internationally branded Marriott Hotel was today undertaken by President Donald Ramotar, in Georgetown Guyana.

The Head of State also unveiled the hotel’s plaque and he was joined by several officials of the hotel, government ministers and members of the local private sector.

While addressing the gathering, President Ramotar noted that the ceremony was indeed an ‘historic’ occasion, as the Marriott Brand is world renowned for its high class and service.

The Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister, Irfaan Ali noted that this investment this will be a catalyst for tourism development in Guyana and it will help to raise the profile of the destination.

He was presented with a symbolic key, along with other guests while a message from Bill Marriott, first host and General Manager was read, “world- class service comes from more than a building. It comes from people-our brilliant hosts,” he read.

This evening, a grand reception will be held to mark the hotel’s opening for business to local and overseas guests.

The luxury hotel brags of 197 guest rooms and suites that offer views of the ocean at every turn. Its Ballroom has the capacity to accommodate between 400 to 700 persons at any time depending on the set up. It can also be transformed into four sections to host smaller events.

The hotel also has five boardrooms and an open style kitchen to allow patrons to dine in the restaurant and watch their meals being prepared by expert chefs.

Its indoor gym will cater mainly for its guest but membership will eventually be offered to the public. In addition, daily passes will also become available once the hotel is open to the public.

The nine storey Hotel is Located at the mouth of the Demerara River in Kingston, Georgetown.

Guyana will also see additional major investments in tourism in the near future, these include the CJIA Airport Expansion, the Hospitality Institute, the Specialty Hospital, the Guyana/Suriname Bridge , the upgrading of the access road from Brazil to Georgetown and  the addition of the Ramada Hotel Brand among many others.

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Caribbean island of Dominica offers a fresh Caribbean spring break escape with festivals, films, arts and fun

Caribbean island of DominicaSpring has sprung on the Caribbean island of Dominica, and with it a schedule brimming with fun and festivals. Events such as DOMFESTA, Hike Fest and Jazz ’n Creole invite visitors the world over to participate in the excitement. In addition, the Dominica Film Challenge and Nature Island Challenge are athletic and cultural challenges that test the mettle of participants while inviting others to join in the fun via social media and online access.

Adventure Excitement: Nature Island Challenge 3.0

Teams of endurance athletes have descended on Dominica for this week’s Nature Island Challenge 3.0 (April 13 – 17), an endurance competition for accomplished, social media- connected trail/adventure racers seeking once-in-a-lifetime experiences. This year’s teams include the returning champs from Trinidad & Tobago; Barbados; two teams from the U.S., including one representing Dominica’s own Ross University; and two teams from Germany. During the Challenge, team members alternate on daily 10-15 mile-long trail runs, followed by team challenges. The event is scored on a points system based on daily winners and special challenges.

Teams will capture the thrill of the competition in photos and video which will be posted across social media networks. Follow the excitement on Twitter and Instagram at @NIChallenge, on Facebook at NatureIslandChallenge, or on the official blog www.natureislandchallenge.com. Use the hashtag #NatureIslandChallenge to join the conversation!

Celebrate a Rich Arts Heritage

During May, DOMFESTA showcases the island’s varied arts and culture as playwrights, poets, artists, singers and musicians offer their interpretations of Dominica’s rich artistic heritage. Artists across the island present village feasts, theatrical plays, art expositions, poetry and drumming festivals, as well as creole competitions and concerts.

Get in Step with Hike Fest

Dominica’s world-renowned hiking trails are the star of the annual Hike Fest held during Saturdays in May. Visitors join other hiking enthusiasts on May 9, 16, 23 and 30 to discover Dominica’s interior by exploring the island’s many hiking trails.

Hike Fest offers treks through Dominica’s pristine, untouched natural trails that follow routes ranging from easy to moderate to difficult, offering one of the best ways to discover Dominica. Hikers enjoy spectacular scenery, hidden beaches, cozy bays and fascinating rock formations that jut out into the sea.

Jazz ’n Creole Offers Dominica’s Unique Musical Vibe

In late May, visitors can add Jazz ’n Creole to their Nature Island experience. The event includes a fusion of jazz and creole music, scrumptious food and a celebration of local culture. Main stage performers for 2015 include Ronald Tulle, described as one of the greatest pianists from Martinique. Ralph Thamar is making his first appearance on the Jazz ‘n Creole stage. Also from Martinique, Thamar is best known as the lead singer for the group Malavoi. In addition, Michele Henderson, Dominica’s Princess of Song, will return to the Jazz ‘n Creole main stage. Also returning to the main stage is Barbadian saxophonist, Arturo Tappin. Described as a cross between Teddy Pendergrass and Kenny G, Tappin is referred to as the smoothest, ‘saxiest’ horn man the Caribbean has to offer.

The annual event takes place from May 17 – 24 with the main stage performances on Sunday, May 24 at Fort Shirley in the Cabrits National Park.

Vote for Your Favorite Film Challenge Creation

Videographers from around the world spent a week on the island in March for the second annual Dominica Film Challenge. Each team captured the story of Dominica in their own creative way, either in a short film, photography project or a social media endeavor. Final projects will be posted online for a public vote to determine the winner in mid-May. Watch for them at dominicachallenge.com.

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US travel agents to explore authentic Caribbean at Caribbean Week New York

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Sylma Brown, director of CTO USA Inc

(NEW YORK, New York) 7 April 2015An estimated 100 elite travel agents in the New York City area will be immersed in an authentic Caribbean experience during an educational seminar and trade show at Caribbean Week New York in June.

Authentic Caribbean: Exploring Food, Culture and Nature will be the focus of the seminar, organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) to help agents better understand how these niches enhance their clients’ Caribbean vacation experience.

The travel agents will learn about the many influences that make Caribbean cuisine desirable to foodies; why visitors are attracted to the region’s unique culture and the significance of the natural environment to the history of the people of the Caribbean and to the agents’ clients.  They will also develop skills that will help them identify new clients who travel for purpose-driven experiences, where to find them and how to become an expert in selling the Caribbean to these cultural connoisseurs.

“Despite the constant changes in the travel distribution system, the Caribbean Tourism Organization recognizes that travel agents have always played an important role in the sale of Caribbean vacations. Top consumer publications like the NY Times, USA Today and Times Magazine agree that travel agents are making a comeback and as such our region needs to continue to support their business, so that the Caribbean remains top of mind when they discuss vacation options with their clients,” said Sylma Brown, the director of CTO USA Inc., the CTO’s New York office responsible for organizing Caribbean Week.

The 2013 American Culinary Traveler Report states that the number of American consumers who travel to learn about unique dining experiences jumped from 40 per cent of the travelling population in 2006 to 51 per cent by 2006 and 2013 and in the US alone the estimated expenditures on food services topped $201 billion dollars, nearly a quarter of all travel income.

In addition, a Global Heritage Fund-sponsored analysis of 500 global heritage sites by Stanford University economics graduates estimates that global heritage sites in the developing world are expected to generate over US$100 billion a year by 2025, up from $24.6 billion today.

“As consumers’ desires for new and authentic experiences continue to evolve, the travel industry must be prepared to provide opportunities for visitors to make genuine connections with local people, try their local foods, learn about their cultural heritage and, at the same time, disconnect from the stress of their everyday lives,” said Ms. Brown.

The seminar will be facilitated by Arnie Weissmann, the editor-in-chief of the influential business-to-business news resources for the travel industry, Travel Weekly.

“A new traveller is emerging who rejects the symbols and trappings of old-guard status symbols. One way this has impacted travel is that the young and affluent don’t want to wall themselves up in the iconic, classic hotels that their parents aspired to inhabit, and they aren’t satisfied with only tokens of local colour,” contends Mr. Weissmann.

The interactive seminar and trade show, which will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Monday 1 June at the Wyndham New Yorker Grand Ballroom, is free to travel agents. It is also included in a specially priced Travel Agent Attendee Package announced by the CTO for the 42nd Annual Caribbean Week New York, June 1-5, 2015.  In addition to travel agent functions, the package includes admission to several major industry events during this networking and fact-filled week.

Travel agents must register at http://caribbeanweek.com/category/travel-agents, for the Attendee Package or any events they wish to participate in during Caribbean Week

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Caribbean escape: Dominica adventure, Barbados relaxation

dominica adventuresROSALIE, Dоmіnіса: “Are you ѕurе thіѕ is the rіght wау?” I аѕkеd, my lеg flailing to fіnd аnоthеr сrеvісе іn thе tree knоtѕ below mе. Luса, mу huѕbаnd, rеѕроndеd with a grunt – nоt very rеаѕѕurіng.

Luca and I are nоt exactly avid hіkеrѕ оr adrenaline junkіеѕ – nо skiing, ѕurfіng or bungee-jumping fоr uѕ оn a tурісаl vacation. But whеn thе urgе to escape the wіntеr grіnd ѕtruсk, we dіdn’t juѕt want tо rеlаx оn the bеасh. Wе аlѕо wanted some еlеmеnt оf іnѕріrаtіоn аnd adventure – however mіld. Onlу question: Where to gо? Wе decided tо make оur fіrѕt trip tо thе Caribbean, tо two іѕlаndѕ, Dominica аnd Bаrbаdоѕ, еасh wіth іtѕ оwn аllurе.

And thаt’ѕ how wе ended up hаngіng over a сlіff face in Dоmіnіса.

A rugged, hаrd-tо rеасh, ѕеlf-рrосlаіmеd “nаturе island” drорреd into thе Lesser Antіllеѕ, Dominica is аѕ far аwау frоm thе all-inclusive Cаrіbbеаn experience as уоu can gеt. Inѕtеаd оf bаndѕ оf tranquil bеасhеѕ crawling with tоurіѕtѕ, іt’ѕ соvеrеd with luѕh rain forest аnd enough trails tо keep уоu hіkіng fоr weeks.

Wе wеrе сlіmbіng dоwn Wаvіnе Cyrique оn оur fіrѕt day, a vеrtісаl trаіl оf tangled mangrove rооtѕ and іmрrоvіѕеd rope lаddеrѕ. And wе hаd, in fасt, managed tо lose оur wау. Thеrе wаѕ nоthіng tо dо but keep gоіng.

But аѕ wе lеаrnеd throughout thе trip, Dоmіnіса аlwауѕ rewards a ѕtrugglе. Sаfеlу rеасhіng thе bottom, wе fоund оurѕеlvеѕ оn a ѕсеnе straight оut оf “Pіrаtеѕ оf thе Caribbean” wіth a ѕесludеd blасk ѕаnd bеасh, a wаtеrfаll shooting off thе сlіff іntо the rоugh sea аnd a coconut trее ѕwауіng lazily іn thе brееzе.

Dominica wаѕ full оf small аѕtоnіѕhmеntѕ lіkе thаt. Aftеr ѕсrаmblіng over muddу rосkѕ аnd wаdіng thrоugh rivers fоr an hоur, wе’d ѕuddеnlу find оurѕеlvеѕ fасеd wіth a роwеrful wаtеrfаll еmрtуіng into a basin оf turquoise wаtеr – реrfесt for swimming.

Snоrkеlіng, we not оnlу enjoyed watching nеоn fіѕh and ѕеа сuсumbеrѕ, but thanks to thе island’s volcanic асtіvіtу, we were surrounded bу ѕраrklіng bubblеѕ thаt give the ѕроt іtѕ name: Chаmраgnе Reef. dominica adventures

I соuldn’t have fеlt fаrthеr frоm my usual buѕу schedule. In thе mоrnіng, we’d ѕtаrt thе dау with a rеfrеѕhіng jump іntо thе rіvеr. At nіght, we сurlеd uр іn a соmfоrtаblу furnіѕhеd уurt аt a рrореrtу саllеd Mеrmаіd’ѕ Sесrеt, fаllіng аѕlеер to the саllѕ of сrісkеtѕ and frogs.

But sometimes, аѕ thеу ѕау, уоu need a “vacation from thе vасаtіоn.” Dominica’s isolated nаturаl bеаutу enchanted uѕ. But аftеr five days of еxрlоrіng, оur muѕсlеѕ wеrе tіеd uр іn knоtѕ аnd оur legs were сrіѕѕсrоѕѕеd wіth scratches.

Sооn, we were сrаmmеd into a white vаn, Luса scrunched up nеxt to our suitcase, rеggае music mаkіng uѕ wаnt tо dаnсе. For $1, we wеrе hеаdіng frоm thе аіrроrt tо the home оf оur Airbnb hоѕtѕ.

Wе chose to vіѕіt Bаrbаdоѕ bесаuѕе it was оn Dоmіnіса’ѕ flight раth (flights also раѕѕ through Antіguа) but аlѕо because wе’d hеаrd it was rеlаtіvеlу еаѕу оn the wаllеt. Itѕ роѕtсаrd-реrfесt bеасhеѕ are frее and рublіс transportation is ѕіmрlе to nаvіgаtе. Almоѕt еvеrу tіmе wе ѕtерреd onto thе street, a vаn pulled up nеxt tо us, rеаdу to whisk uѕ аwау.

At fіrѕt, wе wеrе a bit dazed by thе сrоwdеd bеасhеѕ, overflowing wіth fаmіlіеѕ оn vасаtіоn. But thanks tо thе vаnѕ, wіth a little legwork wе fоund perfectly ѕесludеd beaches іn Barbados too.

Jumа’ѕ Rеѕtаurаnt, in Sреіghtѕtоwn, was аn еаѕу favorite. Pool-calm wаtеrѕ, аn immaculate ѕtrеtсh of ѕаnd аnd free use оf lоungе chairs аnd umbrellas make іt thе іѕlаnd’ѕ bеѕt-kерt ѕесrеt. On thе Sаturdау we vіѕіtеd, thе lоungе сhаіrѕ dіdn’t еvеn fіll up. Fоr аn іnеxреnѕіvе lunсh уоu can buу a sandwich fоr $5.

On thе оthеr side of thе island, try Bottom Bay. Wіth its drаmаtіс сlіffѕ and foamy wаtеrѕ, іt wаѕ сlеаr tо ѕее why it’s popular for fаѕhіоn shoots. There аrе nо restaurants nеаrbу, so расk a picnic, but уоu саn buу a pina colada іn a fresh сосоnut onsite.

Stіll, thеrе’ѕ a tіmе аnd рlасе for сrоwdѕ in the Cаrіbbеаn. On Friday nіghtѕ, tourists and locals аlіkе dеѕсеnd on Oistins Fіѕh Frу, аn оutdооr bаzааr оf restaurant ѕhасkѕ thаt fіx uр оvеrflоwіng plates оf fish, рlаntаіnѕ аnd mасаrоnі fоr $15. Aѕ thе nіght wеnt on, thе muѕіс turnеd up, mоrе lосаlѕ jоіnеd in, аnd thе stage became a frееwhееlіng dаnсе ѕсеnе whеrе everybody ѕhоwеd оff their moves.
Refderence: Dominica Adventure Vacations, Diving in Dominica,Hiking Dominica

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Eco-friendly cruising in Antigua and Barbuda

antigua barbudaAntigua Barbuda tourism – While Antigua is the more popular of the two, now is the time to cruise over to Antigua’s exclusive sister island Barbuda.

“Barbuda has emerged as a green cruising destination welcoming, smaller luxury cruise lines with discerning cruisers, and this will have a significant impact on the economy of the sister island” says CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James.

For the 2014-2015 winter season the island will receive calls from Europa, Ponant, Sea Dream, Club Med, Black Watch, Windsurf and Wind Spirit.

A nature lover’s paradise, the island is filled with experiences that are sure to appeal to eco-aware cruisers. See Barbuda’s unique pink sand beaches, and spectacular 17 mile stretch of pristine, unbroken beach.

The largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the western hemisphere, accessible only by boat, the sanctuary contains over 170 species of birds in addition to the more than 5,000 Frigate birds that call Barbuda their home.

Visitors are invited to take a wander through the charming Codrington village, founded in the 16th Century by Christopher Codrington. Explore historic sites, including Highland House, built in the 1720s, by the Codrington Family and Martello Towers, a fort built by the British and once used to guard Barbuda’s south-west coastline.

A must while in Barbuda are the Caves at Two Foot Bay.  Visitors on a hike through Barbuda’s Indian Cave, will discover ancient Amerindian petroglyphs.

Anyone who visits this fishing island is invited to sample the local seafood and Barbuda’s famous, spiny lobster. antigua barbuda

Those cruising over to Antigua will also have plenty of opportunities to engage in environmentally sustainable excursions.

With a 300 year history, St. John’s, the capital city of Antigua, is full of interesting sites and landmarks, making a walking tour the perfect way for cruisers docking in Heritage Quay or historic Redcliffe Quay, to soak up the history and culture of the town.

Nearby landmarks include the oldest building in St. John’s, the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, built in 1747 for use as a Court House and the17th century St. John’s Anglican Cathedral.

Travel towards the farmers and craft markets, for locally grown produce and local handicrafts. There, you will find the bust of Antigua and Barbuda’s first Prime Minister and nearby the childhood home of National Hero, and cricketing legend, Sir Vivian Richards.  View the Official Residence of the Governor General, the Cenotaph War Memorial, and relax at the Victoria Park Botanical Gardens.

Antigua boasts a host of activities, including Antigua and Barbuda vacations, Antigua and Barbuda packages, its attractions, and port facilities which are undergoing major upgrades, allowing Antigua and Barbuda to regain its marquee status as a premier Caribbean cruise destination.

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About Antigua & BarbudaAntigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’ da) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua & Barbuda comprises 108-square miles. The 365 white and pink sand beaches, one for every day of the year, are just the beginning of the treasures that await visitors.  Antigua’s rich history and spectacular topography provide a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort commissioned by the British in 1755, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. Betty’s Hope, built in 1674, is the site of one of the first full-scale sugar plantations on Antigua, and offers a chance to step back into time by visiting the restored mills. Another unique attraction is Devil’s Bridge, located at the eastern tip of the island in Indian Town National Park, where Atlantic breakers have carved out a natural limestone arch. Antigua boasts a varied tourism calendar including events such as the World Class Antigua Sailing Week, Classic Yacht Regatta, Antigua Sports Fishing and also the annual Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Island accommodation ranges from luxury resorts and all-inclusive hotels to smaller more intimate boutique guesthouses and cottages. For information about Antigua & Barbuda visit www.visitantiguabarbuda.com