Regional News Tourism 

Caribbean’s Tourism Return Shows It Is Open and Has Something for Everyone

Billions of people now know that the Caribbean is open because of the multifaceted, million-dollar campaign by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association representing the mutual interests of the cruise industry and destinations and stakeholders in the Caribbean and Latin America. The Association’s “Caribbean Is Open” campaign generated awareness, along with more than 5 billion impressions, about the majority of Caribbean destinations operating normally, unhindered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Now that travelers again feel confident about the region and impacted destinations have recovered, the campaign is turning…

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Regional News Tourism 

Beaches Turks & Caicos Reopens Today, Sandals Grande Antigua to Follow this Sunday

Following its closure due to Hurricane Irma, Sandals Resort International is thrilled to announce that Beaches Turks & Caicos, the Caribbean’s Luxury-Included® vacation for everyone and family-focused brand, has reopened its doors this December 14th, 2017, offering guests new and exciting features. To see an exclusive preview of the newly reopened Beaches Turks & Caicos, you can visit CEO Adam Stewart’s Instagram page. “We know how important vacation time is and so we’re just delighted that Beaches Turks & Caicos is not only reopening its doors ahead of pace, but…

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Tourism 

Antigua and Barbuda wins Caribbean’s Most Innovative Destination AWARD

Antigua and Barbuda has won the Innovative Destination of the Year award in the 5th Annual Caribbean Travel Awards as released in December, by Caribbean Journal, one of the Caribbean’s leading news publications. The destination was lauded by Caribbean Journal for its ability to attract new hotel brands, while proactive messaging following the aftermath of September hurricanes, led to the destination gaining the hard-earned award. The Caribbean Journal article reads, “If there is a new capital of tourism investment in the Caribbean, it is most certainly Antigua and Barbuda, which…

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Disaster Management Entertianment Tourism 

(VIDEO) UB40 Come Back Darling Filmed in Antigua

UB40, featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, filmed a new music video for their Greatest Album hit Come Back Darling in a bid to reassure Brits that the region is ready for tourists to ‘come back’ following a concerted recovery effort. Virgin Holidays Managing Director, Joe Thompson, said: “Virgin Holidays works incredibly closely with tourism authorities across the region and want to put the Caribbean back on people’s radar for their 2018 holiday.  The islands are as stunning as ever and the misconception that the whole region has been devastated…

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Tourism 

Sandals Resorts Honored at World Travel Awards

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) was honored with prestigious recognition at the international 24th Annual World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony, held on December 10, 2017 at JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa in Vietnam. The Luxury Included® Resort Company collected seven awards in total from the World Travel Awards and World Spa Awards, demonstrating the continued commitment to excellence of the brand and its resorts. “Sandals Resorts International is thrilled to once again be the internationally recognized all-inclusive leader,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals…

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Regional News Regional Travel & Tourism Tourism 

Sandals Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart Receives Tourism Icon Award at UNWTO Conference

Chairman and founder of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, was this week honoured at the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank’s Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism. At the Conference’s Gala Dinner and Tourism Icon Awards, held on Wednesday, the UNWTO, in association with Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism, presented Mr. Stewart with the Global Legend of the Caribbean Award in recognition of his long and outstanding contribution to sustainable global tourism growth and to job creation in the Caribbean.…

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Tourism 

Unique Vacations deepens investment in the Caribbean

Unique Vacations, the worldwide representative for Sandals & Beaches Resorts, has announced plans to further its investment in the region. At present Unique Vacations has four contact centers established in Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Grenada and The Bahamas, which provide high paying jobs for over 500 Caribbean nationals. Unique has now announced plans to introduce a cutting edge online Learning Management System (LMS). The system will be implemented in conjunction with Sandals and Beaches Resorts, and will focus primarily on sales and customer service training. The LMS will also provide notification…

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Business Economic Foreign Affairs Tourism 

Honourable H. Charles Fernandez attends IMO Conference in London

The Honourable H. Charles Fernandez, Minister of Tourism, Foreign Affairs and Immigration, is presently attending the 30th Regular Session of the Assembly of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which commenced 27th November and will conclude on 6th December at its Headquarters in London. Minister Fernandez addressed the Assembly during the opening ceremony on Tuesday, and expressed solidarity with the Governments of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Iraq and the Argentine Republic in the wake of catastrophes experienced within all territories. The Minister further elaborated on…

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Charity Community Tourism 

Sandals Foundation Continues to Support Hurricane Displaced Students

Almost 250 Dominican children, now studying and residing in Antigua, following the devastating passage of Hurricane Maria through their homeland, were recently surprised with a gift of school supplies and back packs by the Sandals Foundation. This is a continuation of a similar project, in coordination with the Ministry of Education of Antigua and Barbuda in September, where much-needed school supplies were gifted to Barbudan children displaced by hurricane Irma. As part of a continuing effort to bring relief and recovery to those islands impacted by the destructive hurricane season…

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Tourism 

Throwing Down the Gauntlet for Antigua Sailing Week 2018

Antigua Sailing Week moves into a new era in 2018 as the start of the next 50 years of racing kicks off from April 28th to May 4th. In anticipation of a week of professionally managed racing the fleet is shaping up well. Entered to date are forty-eight boats from 24ft – 115ft including racing, multihull, bareboat and club classes which will take to the big turquoise seas off the south coast of Antigua for a week of exciting competitive racing. For any event, the importance of returning sailors is…

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