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Jamaica FAM Trip Announced


The Jamaica Tourist Board is organizing a FAM specifically for travel agents interested in attending the upcoming Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX). The JAPEX show is a great chance for agents to meet with a variety of Jamaica’s leading tourism suppliers, including hotels and attractions.

The trip will take place from April 28 to May 4 and visit Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios. Agents will participate in planned JAPEX show activities. The FAM will cost $499 (including taxes) and includes return airfare via WestJet (YYZ-MBJ), shared accommodation in a twin-bedded room, all meals, local transportation and sightseeing. Overnight in Toronto,  if required, will be the responsibility of the agent.

Interested agents should visit and click on the “Fam Tours” tab for more information. Please note the application deadline is April 1.

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Sandals to Open Overwater Bungalow Suites in Jamaica


March 16th, 2016
By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
CJ Travel Editor
Who hasn’t dreamt of a romantic idyll in an overwater suite?
But if Bora Bora is beyond your budget, you’ll be thrilled to hear that Sandals Resort is bringing the dream within reach, announcing the debut of a clutch of overwater suites at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica.
On sale now for arrivals beginning November 16, 2016, the suites at the Montego Bay resort will feature glass floors and floating water hammocks from which to appreciate the beauty of the Caribbean close up.
The plush cabins will come with private infinity pools, a pair of outdoor showers, and personal butlers.
The overwater bungalows will be the first of their kind in the English-speaking Caribbean.

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Carnival Cruises Lines added Tobago to its destinations starting in 2016

The world’s largest cruise ship company, Carnival Cruises Lines has added Tobago to its destinations starting next year, 2016.

The announcement came as part of a series of new longer voyages the cruise line will be offering.

This will mean ten thousand six hundred and forty two Carnival Cruise Line passengers will visit Tobago and brings to eighty one thousand and fifty cruise passengers expected to come to the island during the 2015/2016 cruising season.

Secretary of Tourism and Transportation Tracy Davidson Celestine said the news was good for Tobago’s growing cruise industry.

She said, “This year we saw a two hundred percent growth in Cruise Ship guests coming to Tobago and next cruise season we are again going to see double digit growth. This is testimony to the hard work that we are doing as a Division and as the THA and what we really want to see is Tobagonians taking advantage of the opportunities this presents.”

The Secretary added, “We have to prepare for more passengers, we need to ensure that when the guests come here we have enough activities for them, whether that means tours, craft, food, water sports etc, we need our people to be entrepreneurs. Look at what is possible and plan for the next season. We can only create the opportunities it’s for the people of Tobago to now take advantage of them.”

Ships including Carnival Miracle, Dream, Glory and Sunshine will be visiting ports like Bonaire, Martinique, Dominica, Grenada and Scarborough.

Terry Thornton, senior vice president of itinerary planning at Carnival said, “Based on feedback from our guests and travel agent partners, we’re delighted to offer these longer length voyages which provide vacationers an opportunity to visit some of the world’s most breathtaking destinations while enjoying all the wonderful on-board innovations and features found aboard Carnival’s ships.”

Scarborough, Tobago will be visited by the Carnival Sunshine ship beginning in February 2015.

Tobago will be part of an itinerary that includes St Maarten, Dominica, Barbados, Scarborough, Grenada, Martinique, St Kitts and St Thomas.

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First International Tourism Expo in Caribbean scheduled for May 13-16, 2015

San Juan:  The Puerto Rico Tourism Company announced that ETI –Expo de Turismo Internacional, the first international tourism expo in the Caribbean, will take place at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, May 13-16, 2015. The inaugural international tourism expo, ETI- Puerto Rico, is designed to showcase the beauty, sports, nature, adventure, and gastronomy experiences available throughout the Caribbean and beyond, bringing together members of the tourism industry from across the globe.

‘’In planning for this event and with input from local and regional organizations such as the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association and most importantly ASTA and APAV,” said Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism company, organizers of ETI, “we are confident that this event has the potential to be a mainstay on the international calendar of tourism events.”

ETI – Puerto Rico will be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, the largest and most technologically advanced business conference venue in the Caribbean. The Center is located in the heart of San Juan on the Isla Grande peninsula, near the world-renowned city of Old San Juan.

As the U.S. travel market’s top-selling destination, “the Caribbean has long required an annual event tailored specifically to travel agents,” said Rivera. “The fact that Puerto Rico acts as a hub for the Caribbean with air and sea access to most islands, makes it an ideal location for this inaugural tourism expo.”

The four-day event will include group meetings, social and cultural events, field trips, workshops, destination trainings, keynote addresses and more, while the Exhibit Hall will be open two days to travel trade and one day to consumers. ETI – Puerto Rico will feature pavilions from the Caribbean and beyond, providing tourism boards, hotels, suppliers, tour operators, airlines and others with direct access to 1,000+ travel agents from the U.S., Central & South America, and Europe, and exposing them to new destinations and attractions. Additional information is available

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BERLIN, Germany, 6 March 2015 – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) last night welcomed nearly 50 media professionals to it 12th pan-Caribbean media awards event for German media at the renowned Funkturm Restaurant, the Berlin radio tower inaugurated in 1926 and which provides spectacular views on the city.


The Caribbean Travel Journalism Awards 2015 were presented during a networking evening, supported by the Curaçao Tourism Board.  Over 100 guests, comprising visiting ministers, directors and their delegations, industry partners and an array of consumer and trade media, national and regional newspaper journalists and a number of freelancers attended the event.


Eight awards were presented in three categories: Newspapers (Print/Online), Magazines (Print/Online) and broadcast.


“It’s good to have the support from our friends in the media, which is very much appreciated amongst all our Caribbean representatives. We would like to reward and thank all travel writers for their continued support in maintaining the colourful and charismatic reputation of the Caribbean in Germany,” said Carol Hay, the CTO’s director of marketing for the UK and Europe.


“I’d also like to thank Curaçao for co-hosting this event in what is an excellent demonstration of co-operation between the CTO and its member countries,” Ms. Hay added.

Other sponsors included sponsors: Barceló Hotels, Condor, Dertour, Norwegian Cruise Lines and TUI

–           Winners and runners up please see attached document

CTO Travel Journalism Awards winners:

1.         Best broadcast, TV and radio feature

•           2nd Place: Ralf Benkö

•           Piece: ‘holiday dreams: Caribbean holiday for 2.000 €’, Martinique

•           Media: RTL


2.         Best broadcast, TV and radio feature

•           1st Place: Harald Schmid

•           Piece: ‘My most beautiful holiday experience’, Saint Lucia

•           Media: Saarländischer Rundfunk


3.         Best newspaper feature (online/print)

•           3rd Place: Heidi Diehl

•           Piece: ‘Singing with plants’, Curaçao

•           Media: neues deutschland


4.         Best newspaper feature (online/print)

•           2nd Place: Wolf Alexander Hanisch

•           Piece: ‘Bahamas on mail boats’, Bahamas

•           Media: Die Zeit


5.         Best newspaper feature (online/print)

•           1st Place: Jakob Strobel y Serra

•           Piece: ‘Paradise is a privat estate, Bahamas

•           Media: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


6.         Best magazine feature (print/online)

•           3rd Place: Martin Cyris

•           Piece: ‘Spinning dreams in paradise’, Jamaica

•           Media: Spiegel online


7.         Best magazine feature (print/online)

•           2nd Place: Christian Ermert

•           Piece: ‘Jungle-Run with pirate feeling’, Dominica

•           Media: aktiv Laufen


8.         Best magazine feature (print/online)

•           1st Place: Anne-Bärbel Köhle

•           Piece: ‘Vacations like cocktails’, Curaçao

•           Media: Brigitte

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