Last week, ITB Berlin 2019 travel show participants shared great news for travel to Caribbean destinations, such as the Bahamas, Grenada, and Jamaica.
Bahamas Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu touted her agency’s successful #FlyAwaycampaign featuring Bahamas-rooted music star Lenny Kravitz, and the country’s increase in tourist arrivals.
Grenada revealed a new air travel code share agreement between LIAT and Condor airlines — greatly aiding connecting flights between the carriers. And Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett told ITB Berlin audiences about Jamaica’s efforts to ensure “communities benefit from tourism.”
‘Cab Karaoke’ campaign
Simply put, “Yellow Cab Karaoke” is a unique appetizer for the “Taste the Islands Experience” Caribbean culinary festival, coming to Fort Lauderdale on April 26-28.
Musically speaking, the eight-week-long promotional campaign features high-profile Caribbean entertainers — premiering last Monday with Wayne Wonder and including Julian Marley, Spragga Benz,
Taking place in several locations in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the April festival features tastings,cooking demonstrations, a Caribbean cuisine history, a tasting tour, a riverboat cruise, and a fashion show and musical presentations. Hosting will be show producer
Guyana’s an ‘eco’ winner
When it came to ecotourism, Guyana got a big win at the recent ITB global travel trade fair in Berlin —netting the title of the “Best Ecotourism” destination in the world at the event’s second annual Best of Top 100 Awards.
Efforts to promote tourism while preserving Guyana’s ecosystems and indigenous traditions impressed the Top 100 Awards jury
Brian Mullis, director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, accepted the award.
‘Babylon’ comes to NYC
Well worth the wait, director Franco Rosso’s South London-set film “Babylon” will be shown at the BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn through Thursday. Described as “raw and smoldering,” the film tracks Blue, a dancehall DJ (played by Brinsley Forde of British reggae group Aswad), on his quest for musical success and in his battles against racism and xenophobia.The film — being screened from Brooklyn to California on its North American premiere — was first shown at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival, but was barred from the New York Film Festival that year —reportedly for its racially tense content.
The musical content — with soundtrack by Barbados-born, British-based musician/producer Dennis Bovell — is rife with great reggae, lovers rock, dub and dancehall.
Free ‘Women’s Conference’
A free “Women’s Conference and the Launching of Women’s Across Borders — Rising From Across the Ashes” will be held Tuesday in Queens at the Liberty Church auditorium, 106-45 98th St. in Ozone Park, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The session — presented by Liberty Church in collaboration with Women Across Borders — features Barbara Atherly, Guyana’s Consul General to New York; author/entrepreneur Sonia Noel; WJMS Radio host Jaymie Bowles; Liberty Church Women Department head Ruth Caetano; Guyanese Girls Rock founder Cloyette Harris Stoute; and Pastor Joe Persaud of the Hope is Rising sustainable economic development initiative.