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Bahamas Minister of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, on Caribbean Tourism Month

Caribbean Tourism Month will be celebrated throughout November to bring awareness to our region and greater meaning to our theme: One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

Throughout the month with the help of CTO members – 32 governments and the private sector – the region will take the opportunity to heighten the value of tourism. Various member countries have developed activities to highlight the vibrant culture and rich heritage of the Caribbean and in turn, inspire visitors to explore their islands.

More information: www.onecaribbean.org

Leading Duo Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears Headline Exclusive Concert 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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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


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




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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.

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