CMEx updates: Caribbean Marketplace gets social
CMEx will broadcast catchy update briefs from Caribbean Marketplace slated for the storied Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.
NEW JERSEY, United States, Friday January 20, 2012 – Those on the move, but not in the Bahamas over the weekend, can keep up with headlines from Caribbean Marketplace through tweets from the Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx).
CMEx, in addition to the condensed tweets, will also broadcast, through its website, catchy update briefs from Caribbean Marketplace slated for the storied Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas this weekend.
The nonprofit media organization, which last month hosted its 20th symposium in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on using tourism to improve the lives of Caribbean people and their communities, will update Marketplace delegates as well as those unable to attend the January 22 to 24 convention via its website at: www.cmexmedia.org and Twitter handle CMExmedia.
A NEW SEASON IN NEVIS
The only Four Seasons in the Caribbean, on the island of Nevis, is elevating its five-star status to offer an even higher standard of luxury.
Upgrade highlights include tastefully renovated accommodations enhancing the traditional luxury which is now combined with the best of modern amenities expected by discerning high-end travelers.
In addition to innovative new dining and experiential activity programs, Four Seasons guests will enjoy a new air service to the island, and high season savings. It is now much easier to get to Nevis as in November 2011, Cape Air launched new non-stop flight service from San Juan to Nevis, providing connections to and from major US carriers.
The resort is currently running a ‘Stay Longer - Fourth Night Free’ package. Rates start at US $445 per room, per night.
NBC TO BROADCAST FROM THE BAHAMAS
One of America's most highly watched TV shows will feature the Bahamas next month.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism secured two broadcasts of the popular fourth hour of NBC’s “TODAY” show. With about three million viewers, the show is hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.
The "TODAY" shows are slated for February 9 and 10, bringing the sun and warmth of The Bahamas to U.S. consumers during the key winter sales season. The production will use Atlantis, Paradise Island, as home base for the show. Fans can tune in to the fourth hour on both days from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET).
ST. KITTS STARTS TRAVEL AGENT TRAINING
Partnering with Travel Agent University, St. Kitts has launched the St. Kitts Agent Destination Specialist program.
The dedicated online training program will give travel agents a thorough understanding of St. Kitts as well as its top selling features and booking basics.
Graduating agents will also enjoy exclusive benefits, including free stays or cash back for bookings made, Preferred Agent listing on the St. Kitts website, and a VIP FAM Trip.
US VIRGIN ISLANDS WELCOMES WEST INDIANS THROUGH TEMPO
Getting Caribbean people to come home is the aim of a partnership between the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) and a television network run by a native son.
With the recent TEMPO Networks launch in the United States, the USVI Department of Tourism encourages Caribbean nationals to sample their special Virgin Islands brand of hospitality.
The month-long partnership features display ads in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, an online travel article on NJ.com, high rotation commercial airplay, online integration, and cross channel promotion on News 12, BET and the Travel Channel.
A luxury four-night prize trip giveaway to the island of St. Croix is also on offer. For contest details, visit www.gotTEMPO.com. The entry deadline is Sunday, January 22, 2012.
TEMPO is run by popular media executive Frederick Morton, Jr., originally from St. Croix.
SAINT LUCIA PLANTATION HOTEL OFFERS REAL DEALS
One of the world's best plantation resort hotels will be accessible this winter when it lops 25 percent off its room rates for the chilly season.
Saint Lucia's award-winning Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, ranked the second best plantation resort in the world, is offering the deep discounts off all rooms, any day of the week.
Travel must be booked by February 15, 2012 and completed by April 30, 2012.
Fond Doux owner Mrs. Eroline Lamontagne, on the eve of her departure for the Caribbean Marketplace in the Bahamas, also promoted the bargain "Warm Winter Retreat" special of US$2,700 per couple, including seven nights' accommodations, breakfast, à la carte dining for three nights, airport transfers, and a bottle of champagne on arrival. In addition to two spa treatments of choice, taxes and service charges are included in the package. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAINT LUCIA'S DISCOVERY OFFERS LATE WINTER DELIGHT
The luxurious Discovery at Marigot Bay Hotel in Saint Lucia is offering a big winter sale.
Vacationers will be warmed by discounts which go as deep as 40 percent for guests staying 7 nights. However, discounts start at 30 percent off for five night stays.
The booking window ends February 15 and the offer is for travel from now through April 30 this year.
For further information, email email@example.com or visit with Sales Manager Pamela Robinson at Caribbean Marketplace in the Bahamas.
NEW MINISTERS GO TO MARKET
Participants headed to Caribbean Marketplace always anticipate hearing of new tourism products, but an extra buzz has been created by the imminent arrival of two new ministers of tourism following government changes in the important destinations of Saint Lucia and Jamaica.
Saint Lucia’s new Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, Lorne Theophilus, will lead a strong delegation from the Eastern Caribbean nation, while Dr. Wykeham McNeill, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, will spearhead Jamaica’s contingent to the trade show.
Minister Theophilus is an attorney-at-law while Minister McNeil is a Cuba-trained physician and long-standing parliamentarian. Dr. McNeill is no stranger to the tourism portfolio, having served in the industry for many years, including as Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism.