This week in Puerto Rico, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation joined its private sector partners, including hotels, destination management companies, tour operators and travel agencies to position the Eastern Caribbean nation as a premier location for travel and tourism in 2010. In the photograph, the Saint Lucia tourism contingent stands shoulder to shoulder, in every sense, at the Saint Lucia booth at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center Hotel & Casino in San Juan.
NEW YORK, NY – May 10, 2011 – Hundreds of New Yorkers and visitors alike were able to experience the rhythm of Jamaica yesterday, Monday, May 9, when the Jamaica Tourist Board(JTB) partnered with Flash Mob America for a destination flash mob. This week marks the 30thAnniversary of the passing of Jamaica’s music legend Bob Marley. In honor of the occasion,Jamaican reggae star Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley’s eldest son, showed his support by creating a an exclusive version of a track from his upcoming album, Wild and Free, into an island-themed remix titled “Jamaica In My Head” for the event.
NEW YORK (May 12, 2011) - The CaribbeanTales New York Film Showcase was described as a "fantastic addition" to Caribbean Week in New York by the island region's tourism body.The Caribbean Tourism Organization, made up of the region's governments, enthusiastically welcomed the Film Showcase to the huge Caribbean Week festivities in New York and hinted the partnership may extend to other markets where similar festivals are produced.Addressing community leaders and members of the North American press in Manhattan,, the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Director of The Americas, said New York generates the largest volume of business to the Caribbean and her organization was pleased that CaribbeanTales had become a new addition to the program of activities this year.
  Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts, Aruba’s premier hotel for romance vacationers, has been awarded the TraveLife Gold Award for its commitment to sustainable tourism efforts. No stranger to this type of recognition, Bucuti has been leading sustainable tourism efforts in Aruba and the Caribbean for the past 20 years. During this time, Bucuti has also been recognized by some of the most renowned organizations in green, including ISO and Green Globe, which will feature Bucuti owner, Ewald Biemans, as part of the elite group of speakers who will present during the Green Globe World Summit in Paris, France, May 27 – 29, 2011. In addition to its leadership in sustainable tourism efforts, Bucuti is also regarded as one of the best hotels in the world for romantic getaways and destination weddings. With multiple award and honors from outlets like Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, TripAdvisor and Coastal Living, Bucuti has proven that sustainable tourism and romantic luxury vacations can coexist as a tourism product as well as a successful business model.
David L. Shields, Jamaica’s Deputy Director of Tourism, Marketing (second from left) and Ainsley Henriques, Director of the United Congregation of Israelites, Kingston (left) indulge in conversation with Jane S. Gerber, Professor of Jewish History at The Graduate Center, CUNY and author of “The Jews of Spain” (second from right) and Miriam Bodian, Professor at the University of Texas and author of “Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation.”The group gathered at the opening of the inaugural Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean Conference where Gerber collaborated with Henriques to co-chair the conference. Bodian served as a member of the panel discussing “The Formation of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Diaspora.” The Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean Conference is being hosted at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston from January 12-14, 2010. It will feature experts from the United States, Jamaica, France and Israel who will address topics exploring Caribbean Jewish identity and heritage.