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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 www.stkittsmusicfestival.com 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 FlipKey.com, 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 info@stkittstourism.kn, visit www.stkittstourism.kn, or connect on Facebook, Twitter and/or YouTube

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Caribbean Rocks NYC with the best of Caribbean entertainment and travel

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 www.caribbeanrocksnyc.com, www.gottempo.com, and www.bahamas.com/caribbeanrocksnyc 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 www.onecaribbean.org, email CaribbeanWeek@caribtourism.com 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 www.gotTEMPO.com

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 https://www.instagram.com/ctotourism/ 

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 www.Bahamas.com.  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 10Best.com 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.  10Best.com 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 http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/view-all-winners/.

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: www.DiscoverDominica.com, 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

 

GAY AND LESBIAN TRAVEL TO BE DISCUSSED AT REGION’S LEADING TOURISM CONFERENCE & NETWORKING EVENT

~ 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 www.onecaribbean.org. For a personal welcome  by Curaçao’s Minister of Economic Development Stanley Palm, please click on the following link: http://bit.ly/1K1V2Xg.

 

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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 www.curacao.com, call toll free 1.800.328.7222 or download our newest brochure at http://curacao.com/brochure.  Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Curacaotb, 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

 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR AS NEVIS REVS UP ROMANCE

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 www.nevisisland.com  and on Facebook – Nevis Naturally.

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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’.

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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

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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.