The shortest landstrip in Saba

The shortest landstrip in Saba

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, the Saba’s Ariport, is recognised as one of the most scenic airports (Travel Galleries, Privatefly 2017) and is known all over the world having the shortest commercial runway in the world, only 400m long. Jet aircraft are unable to land at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, due to the runway length, but small propellor aircraft and helicopters can land there.

The airport’s risky reputation arises from the airport’s physical position: it is flanked on one side by high hills; and on the runway’s other side and both ends, cliffs drop into the sea. Due to the island’s vertical shape, this strip makes for one of the trickiest landings (and take offs) in the world. Simply seeing Saba from the air makes for one of the most fascinating sites in the world, too.

 Just a 20 minute ride from St. Maarten, Saba is worth a visit for the air experience alone.

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Best beach in World – Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

Best beach in World – Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

 

Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos has been awarded the title of best beach in World, voted by Travellers on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website.

“This beach has shades of blue and green which are just a feast for the eyes. The water is generally gentle making swimming easy. The easy slope makes wading into the ocean a delight. Just watching the waves lap upon the beach is just so serene. Watching the sunrise and the sunset was an experience beyond description,“ said one totally charmed visitor.

It is not the only the beach in an Overseas Country and Territory in the top 25 of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2018. Eagle Beach, Palm, Aruba and Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, took fourth and fifth spots respectively. 

OCT hotels featured in TripAdvisor’s 2018 list of best hotels in the World 2018 including The Tuscany, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and Eden Rock, St Jean St. Barthelemy, placed 23rd and 24th respectively.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravelersChoice

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Strategic Tourism plan Bonaire

Strategic Tourism plan Bonaire

On the 1st of December the Tourism Bureau and the University of Central Florida launched the strategic tourism plan for Bonaire. The plan has been conceived in close cooperation with all relevant tourism stakeholders in Bonaire and is supported by both the chamber of commerce and the Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association.

Execution of this plan should lead to Bonaire becoming a ‘blue destination’ by focussing on the sustainable blue nature of the ocean and coast, thereby strengthening its position in the Caribbean tourism market. A full version of the plan you will find Strategic Tourism Plan Bonaire.

Other similar news about Caribbean OCTs you may find at https://english.rvo.nl/ and directly ronald.vermeeren@rvo.nl

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An Analysis of the Art and Craft Sector and its Potential for Sustainable Tourism Development in the Caribbean

An Analysis of the Art and Craft Sector and its Potential for Sustainable Tourism Development in the Caribbean

ECLAC discusses strategies to support regional artisans in the art and craft sector. improved interaction between tourists and artisans could result in an enhanced experience for visitors, and in better livelihood opportunities for artisans, who may also benefit from new funding streams made available by public and private sector financial institutions.Read more

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Tourism dream

Tourism dream

Tourism is the main industry in TCI and contributes over 60% of GDP of the country. As tourist destination in the Caribbean region, TCI is the fastest growing OCT, where United States have 81.7% of all stop-over arrivals to the island.

The tremendous growth in visitor arrivals to the destination can be attributed to a number of factors including:

• Accessibility to the destination with frequent flights from most major cities in the United States,

• Market position as a high-end luxury destination,

• Protected pristine natural environment with the world’s third largest barrier reef,

• Low crime rate.

Herewith attached: TCI Tourism Presentation

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BRUZZ on Turks and Caicos Islands

BRUZZ on Turks and Caicos Islands

Chair of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier and Minister for Investment and Trade of the Turks and Caicos Islands is in cooperation with OCTA Innovation inviting you for a direct talk and networking drink.

It is no wonder that the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are one of the fastest growing and most innovative economies in the Caribbean.

An Overseas Country and Territory of the European Union, TCI is made of up of forty islands, of which eight are inhabited with a combined population of forty thousand. The country has established itself as a leading, high-end luxury tourism destination with five star rated hotels and spas, and world class restaurants.

With Standard and Poor’s Credit rating for TCI at BBB+, and an annual economic projected growth of 4.3%, the government has embraced innovation as a way forward. This creates exciting pro-business investment opportunities. TCI is ready for take-off and is open for business.

Free registration: here.

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Distillerie de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon récompensée par un BIC Award

Distillerie de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon récompensée par un BIC Award

Distillerie de whisky : annonce de l’implantation à Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon !

L’annonce était espérée, elle a été confirmée lors de la conférence innovation du 26 juin. Organisée par Archipel Développement, avec le soutien de la Collectivité territoriale et de l’Union européenne, la journée a permis de rassembler plus de 40 participants, acteurs publics et privés, autour d’une thématique d’avenir pour notre territoire : « Brasserie et secteur des spiritueux, quelles opportunités dans l’archipel ? ». MM. Heins et Vergier, experts mondiaux en spiritueux, ont présenté le projet de distillerie de whisky à Saint-Pierre en le situant dans contexte du marché mondial qui bénéficie d’une dynamique très favorable.

Elle résonne comme une chance de relance de la diversification économique. Elle constitue un défi collectif pour favoriser un projet qui, à terme, bénéficiera largement au territoire, avec des emplois durables dans le secteur privé. Que ce soit pour la filière touristique, le rayonnement régional international du territoire, et à terme pour les finances publiques, le potentiel du projet ne doit pas être sous-estimé pour mieux valoriser les nouvelles possibilités créées.

La Collectivité a notamment annoncé la création d’un fonds innovation qui permettra de soutenir ce type de projet, créateur de richesses pour le territoire. M. Briand leur a transmis un prix innovation pour la « Distillerie de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon : pour la relance de la fabrication et des exportations de produits de luxe grâce à la valorisation du patrimoine historique de l’Archipel », décerné dans le cadre d’un projet européen qui récompense les initiatives innovantes dans l’Outre-mer.

Les participants à la conférence innovation ont pu ensuite échanger en sous-groupes autour de 4 tables-rondes : Tourisme et Prohibition, Agriculture et malt, Formations et œnotourisme, Agroalimentaire et Restauration. Ces travaux ont été restitués dans la session plénière de clôture, avec des conclusions consensuelles qui permettent de poser des bases solides pour le développement de la filière agroalimentaire (y compris en lien avec la micro-brasserie de Miquelon). Elle constitue enfin une opportunité majeure à valoriser pour la filière touristique, notamment en lien avec le centenaire de la Prohibition. La journée s’est clôturée par l’intervention de M. Bernard Briand, 1er Vice-Président du Conseil territorial et de M. Afif Lazrak, Secrétaire général de la Préfecture, qui ont tous deux salué et encouragé les porteurs de projet de la distillerie.

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Welcome to the Cayman Islands

Welcome to the Cayman Islands

Learn about what makes a Cayman Islands’ vacation different; their people, the water, the traditions that make these three little islands (Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac) unique.

Make some of their recipes, plan your visit around some of their annual events such as Pirates Week, Batabano or Cayman Cookout. All of these things and more can be found in SOUL magazine.

Link to the edition May – August 2017

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