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For Immediate Release
Source: Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
Greta Andzenge, Marketplace Excellence
+1 201 861-2056

From left: Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar; CHTA CEO and Director General Frank Comito; and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Deputy Director General Ellison ‘Tommy’ Thompson


CHTA renews commitment to bring premier Caribbean travel and tourism marketing event to Baha Mar, Bahamas in 2020

MIAMI (October 24, 2019) – Citing the new tourism offerings in The Bahamas and throughout the Caribbean and the opportunity to showcase the nation of islands to the travel world following Hurricane Dorian, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) reaffirmed that all systems are go to bring the region’s largest and longest-standing tourism marketing event to The Bahamas January 21 to 23, 2020.

The 38th Caribbean Travel Marketplace (CTM) will bring together hotel and destination representatives as well as other tourism providers; wholesalers and tour operators; online travel agencies; along with media representatives for two intensive days of business meetings, including thousands of prescheduled appointments.
This marquee event will be held at Baha Mar’s Performing Arts and Convention Center, at one of the newest and most impressive resorts in the Caribbean region. The Bahamian government also recently announced that Baha Mar is pushing forward a $300 million dollar expansion of the resort. This will not only bring exciting new features to the resort but create employment opportunities for Bahamians.
The CHTA meetup is a collaboration with local partners Baha Mar, the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA), the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, and the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board.
CHTA President Patricia Affonso-Dass asserted that the destination is ready for the event: “Our immediate assessment following Dorian revealed that most of The Bahamas was unaffected by this situation and without question we knew that The Bahamas and in particular the Baha Mar complex remain the ideal location for CTM 2020. The travel trade is interested in seeing one of the region’s newest and largest resort complexes and supporting The Bahamas.”
She also noted that attendees will have the opportunity to experience The Bahamas Out Islands before and after the conference thanks to a special initiative of The Bahamas Out Islands Promotion Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation.
Bahamas Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar encouraged attendees to register: “Prior to Dorian’s impact, The Bahamas was trending towards its best tourism performance ever and expectations are that with the exception of Abaco and Grand Bahama, the rest of The Bahamas will continue on that trajectory for 2020. Hosting CTM will facilitate the remaining 14 destinations in The Bahamas to proudly showcase the resiliency of the destination, while tourism dollars will help to support the recovery of Abaco and its Cays and Grand Bahama.”
“We are looking forward to an incredible travel event in The Bahamas, that brings together all stakeholders and business prospects to one location presenting the tourism industry with an opportunity to showcase the diverse products of the region, including many newly opened and upgraded properties,” stated Frank Comito, CEO and Director General of CHTA.
“It’s a one-stop gathering for hotels, attractions, airlines, tour operators and wholesalers, and destination DMOs to meet with the world’s key decision-makers who influence consumer travel. It also is the industry’s key forum for attracting new decision-makers who otherwise would not be familiar with the region – thus opening up new markets to the Caribbean, both from different geographic areas around the world as well as with new niche markets,” he added.
The meeting will build on the success of the previous Marketplace in Jamaica, which attracted 64 new buyers, including 18 new Chinese entrants.
To register and for more information on Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2020, visit or contact
About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean’s leading association representing the interests of national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 50 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working with some 1,000 hotel and allied members, and 33 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean’s future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether helping to navigate critical issues in sales and marketing, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, climate change, data and intelligence or, looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on issues which matter most.
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For Immediate Release
Source: Jade Mountain
Contact: Darcel Choy, Marketplace Excellence + 1 201 861-2056

Travelife Gold certification showcases the sister resorts’ commitment to sustainability and fair practices

ST. LUCIA (October 24, 2019) – Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy, owners of Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia, have announced the hotels’ recertification for the internationally renowned Travelife Gold Certification for Hotels and Accommodations. The twin properties are the only Gold-certified accommodations on the island.

Travelife, the sustainable tourism certification system, has reassessed Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet’s performance in responsibly managing their socioeconomic and environmental impacts. The resorts first achieved certification in 2017 and have worked hard to maintain the title.

To gain a Travelife Gold certification, Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet were assessed against 88 sustainability criteria that take into account the following environmental issues and positive social impacts:
  • Protecting the environment, by minimizing the amount of energy, waste and water used;
  • Respecting and treating employees fairly;
  • Respecting the local community, including its residents and the safeguarding of children;
  • Protecting the local culture, heritage, and wildlife of the destination; and
  • Supporting the local economy and its businesses.
The Troubetzkoys said of the accolade: “We are absolutely delighted to have achieved Travelife Gold Certification once again, as environmental efforts have always been at the heart of our resorts. It is incredibly important to us that we continue to commit to sustainability and to supporting the local community year-over-year.”

Environmental concerns, sustainability and community efforts are at the epicenter of Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet, with daily practices set up to conserve water and energy and increase recycling efforts. These include but are not restricted to the following:
  • The design of Jade Mountain reinforces the connection to the natural environment with passive ventilation of the rooms and natural day-lighting. Heating and cooling of the sanctuaries (rooms) are based entirely on the natural rhythms and cycles of the world. Not being dependent on artificial cooling or lighting of the rooms decreases the use of precious energy resources and minimizes the carbon footprint of the resort.
  • The exterior plaza of Jade Mountain was designed to capture all the rainwater in Koi ponds and planting areas. The plants are then harvested for use in the resort’s restaurants.
  • A natural coral tile was used for exterior walkways and roof areas. It is highly reflective and effectively diminishes any “heat island” effect in the local micro-climate.
  • Potable water for the resorts is produced by collecting it in a reservoir that was originally constructed and used by the British and French to power the water wheels that crushed sugar cane. The reservoir was repaired after decades of not being used and now collects over 1.5 million gallons of water annually that is gravity-fed to a state-of-the-art water purification system.
  • Only local, indigenous plants were used in the landscaping, which minimizes the need for watering and protects a precious resource.
  • The resorts were the catalyst behind the coral reefs of St. Lucia being declared a marine reserve to protect this valuable resource.
  • The resorts provide alternative transportation for its employees. On a daily basis, shuttles are scheduled hourly to transport workers from the resort to the local community, keeping carbon emissions to a minimum.
  • During the construction of Jade Mountain, any left-over construction materials were distributed to the local workforce for use on their own properties.
  • Construction materials that were used primarily came from the island, reducing the use of fossil fuels for transportation and the resultant pollution. For example, wood used was harvested from a managed forest.
  • During construction, the workers were protected through the implementation of an Indoor Air Quality plan that minimized worker’s exposure to harmful airborne compounds.
  • Low emitting materials (paints, adhesives, etc.) were used throughout the resorts, which effectively eliminated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are detrimental to a person’s health.

Guests are given the opportunity to learn about the resorts’ sustainability programs and actively participate in environmental activities such as reef cleaning and tree planting.

Nightly rates at Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain start at US$375 and US$1,080,  respectively, per room based on double occupancy. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT. To book visit or

About Jade Mountain
Rising majestically above the 600-acre beachfront resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain Resort on St. Lucia’s southwestern Caribbean coastline is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating the island’s stunning scenic beauty. Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has expanded upon his philosophy of building in harmony with Caribbean nature in his creation of Jade Mountain. The bold architectural design – individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky – makes Jade Mountain one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences.
For more information, visit
Anse Chastanet is set amid a lush 600-acre estate with two soft-sand beaches and breathtaking views of St. Lucia’s twin Pitons mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amidst St. Lucia’s lush tropical beauty, activities range from jungle biking, hiking and bird watching to snorkeling on the reef within swimming distance of the beach. The environmentally friendly, award-winning resort comprises 49 individually designed rooms, 37 of which are scattered about a lush hillside, and 12 that are nestled within a tropical garden at beach level. Innovative menus – one of which is entirely vegetarian – are offered in four different locations and feature fresh produce served up from the resort’s organic farm. Guests can partake in interactive chocolate-making classes in the resort’s chocolate laboratory and a variety of water sports are also on offer.

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For Immediate Release
Source: United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
Alani Henneman-Todman, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism +1 340 774-8784
Bevan Springer, Marketplace Excellence +1 201 861-2056
 Stanley and The Ten Sleepless Knight
Photo credit: Malek Bascombe

Iconic Quelbe Band will be celebrated at 2019/2020 Crucian Christmas Festival
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (October 5, 2019) – St. Croix’s renowned musical group Stanley and The Ten Sleepless Knights will be honored at this year’s Crucian Christmas Festival on its 50th anniversary in the music business.

Newly-appointed Director of the Division of Festivals, Ian Turnbull, announced that the iconic group will be celebrated at the festival, whose carnival village has been named “Stanleyville” this year.

One of three major cultural events celebrated annually on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, this year’s Crucian festivities will be held on “The Big Island” between December 6, 2019 and January 5, 2020.

“It’s hard to find another musician (Stanley Jacobs) or musical group deserving of this honor after working tirelessly to keep our quelbe music and Crucian culture alive for more than five decades,” said Turnbull, who confirmed that culinary icon and culture bearer Lena Schulterbrandt will also be honored during the festival’s “Cultural Night”.

With the theme “What a sight to see: music, culture and pageantry”, this year’s festival schedule is undergoing a revival and will include calypso and soca events, a boat parade, food fair, pageants, reggae and latin nights, along with the traditional children’s and adult parades.

Shamari Haynes, the division’s assistant director for St. Croix, stated that new components of this year’s festival include a Sweet Bread and Jam Breakfast Fete in Christiansted, and Jou’Day, a day-time street party, each of which will showcase the food truck cuisine of St. Croix. Food trucks will also be able to park on the periphery of the festival village.

He reminded vendors participating in the festival of a committee meeting on Wednesday, October 23 at Gertrude’s restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

All vendors doing business with the Division of Festivals are required to have a valid USVI Business License and DUNS number.

For further information, vendors can contact the Division of Festivals at the Department of Tourism.

Assistant Director Haynes can be reached at 340-772-0357 or, while Director Turnbull and Assistant Director for St. Thomas Halvor Hart III can be contacted at 340-774-8784, or and, respectively.

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