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Martinique Carnival 2017

MARTINIQUE CELEBRATES CARNIVAL 2017
Vibrant festival season extending more than a month culminates February 26–March1

NEW YORK (JAN 6, 2017) – Excitement is building for Carnival Season in Martinique, the annual month-long celebration that culminates with a wild series of colorful street parades, parties, concerts and more February 26–March 1, 2017.
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Norwegian Air schedule

NORWEGIAN AIR ADDS BONUS MONTH OF SEASONAL NONSTOP FLIGHTS TO MARTINIQUE
Fly nonstop New York (JFK) to Martinique through April 30, 2017

NEW YORK (DEC 19, 2016) – Christmas has come early for anyone wishing for more Martinique this Holiday Season as Norwegian Air has extended its schedule of nonstop flights from New York (JFK) to The Isle of Flowers by a bonus month. The flights, which began November 10, 2016, were originally scheduled through the end of March 2017. With the extension, travelers can now revel in the joys of a Martinique escape through the end of April 2017.
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Travel Agents for Martinique

MARTINIQUE REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO U.S. TRAVEL AGENTS
New series of fam trips and road shows slated for Greater New York and New England on-tap for November 2016

NEW YORK (NOV 10, 2016) – The Martinique Promotion Bureau is reaffirming its commitment to U.S. travel agents this fall by hosting a series of fun and educational trade-focused initiatives designed to help agents boost leisure travel sales to The Isle of Flowers.
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Martinique best rum in the caribbean islands

LATEST ACCOLADES FOR RHUMS OF MARTINIQUE CEMENT ISLAND’S STATUS AS ‘THE RUM CAPITAL OF THE CARIBBEAN’
Rhum JM’s top prize at 2016 Spirits Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles headlines a series of recent notable achievements by Martinique’s celebrated rum producers

NEW YORK (OCT 12, 2016) – The Rhums of Martinique are on a roll, earning accolades and innovating exclusive new products further cementing the island’s status as The Rum Capital of the Caribbean.
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Events Martinique 2017

MARTINIQUE EVENTS CALENDAR – WINTER 2016/2017
From cycling races, fishing tournaments, and endurance marathons in the fall, to Chante Noel, Martinique’s vibrant Christmas celebrations, and Carnival in February, fun is always on-tap in Martinique during the winter months

NEW YORK (SEP 13, 2016) – Martinique’s social calendar is filled once again this winter with a wide array of special events for visitors to see and experience.
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What's New in Martinique 2017

WHAT’S NEW IN MARTINIQUE – WINTER 2016/2017
New luxury boutique hotel, ‘bubble’ eco-pod accommodations, immersive cultural tours, and fine dining options among the new enticements for visitors to discover in The Isle of Flowers

NEW YORK (SEP 13, 2016) – Martinique is rolling out the red carpet for U.S. visitors during the winter 2016/2017 peak travel season with new hotel accommodations catering to the jet-set and eco-conscious travelers alike. Expanded fine dining options further cementing the island’s status as The Culinary Capital of the Caribbean and unique tour options enabling visitors to get closer to the soul of Martinique are also among the new enticements.
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Martinique Air Service Update Winter 2016/2017

MARTINIQUE AIR SERVICE UPDATE – WINTER 2016/2017
*Norwegian Air to resume seasonal service from NY, Boston, and Baltimore/Washington, DC beginning Nov. 10, 2016* **American Airlines flights from Miami to operate DAILY from December 15, 2016 to January 8, 2017**

NEW YORK (SEP 13, 2016) – Martinique will be within easy reach of U.S. travelers during the winter 2016/2017 peak travel season thanks to a seasonal expansion in nonstop flights aboard Norwegian Air and American Airlines from four major U.S. gateways – New York, Miami, Boston, and Baltimore/Washington, DC.
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Mino Miles Davis Band percussionist

MILES DAVIS BAND PERCUSSIONIST MINO CINELU TAPS HIS MARTINIQUE HERITAGE FOR BASTILLE WEEKEND CONCERT SERIES IN NEW YORK
Initial Le Monde de Mino performance to be held this Friday, July 15, at SuperFine, Brooklyn

NEW YORK (JULY 13, 2016) – Melodic echoes of Martinique will take center stage in New York for Bastille Weekend 2016 as renowned percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer Milo Cinelu debuts his new concert series entitled “Le Monde de Mino” (The World of Mino) at SuperFine Bar and Restaurant in Brooklyn. A former percussionist in the Miles Davis Band who has also collaborated with such headliners as Stevie Wonder, Sting, Kate Bush, and Lou Reed, Mino will showcase the full range of his personal musical journey in his new show, highlighted by his paternal heritage in Martinique.
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La table de Marcel

MICHELIN-STARRED CHEF MARCEL RAVIN BRINGS THE INNOVATIVE CULINARY STYLE THAT MADE HIS BLUE BAY RESTAURANT AMONG THE MOST CELEBRATED IN MONACO TO THE CARIBBEAN’S HOTTEST NEW RESTAURANT IN HIS HOME ISLAND OF MARTINIQUE
La Table de Marcel, located within the all-new Hotel Simon in downtown Fort-de-France, debuted June 24, 2016

NEW YORK (JULY 11, 2016) – Martinique’s status as The Culinary Capital of the Caribbean is further cemented this summer with the opening of La Table de Marcel, the newest haven for haute cuisine in the West Indies located within the all-new Le Simon Hotel (established January 2016) in downtown Fort-de-France. The restaurant is headed by Martinique-native and Michelin-starred chef Marcel Ravin (46), who returns to his homeland following a celebrated 16-year tenure at the helm of the famed Blue Bay Restaurant within the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort in Monaco.
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French Coco

MARTINIQUE EXPANDS LUXURY TRAVEL PRODUCT WITH THE OPENING OF THE ALL-NEW FRENCH COCO BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Martinique’s newest ‘Hotel de Charme’ debuted July 1, 2016

NEW YORK (JULY 5, 2016) – The new home of luxury travel in Martinique, French Coco, opened July 1, 2016, beginning a new era of upscale hospitality in The Isle of Flowers. Expressly designed to blend elegance and comfort with nature and the colorful Creole spirit of Tartane, the small fishing village where the hotel is located, French Coco debuts with a four-star rating and membership in the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels Of The World.
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Martinique safest destination in 2016 Caribbean

MARTINIQUE CITED AS CARIBBEAN’S SAFEST DESTINATION IN 2016 CARIBBEAN TOURISM QUALITY INDEX
Results of annual study conducted by international travel and tourism experts Resonance Consultancy continues strong year of honors for The Isle of Flowers

NEW YORK (JUNE 15, 2016) – Martinique has been cited once again as the “Safest Destination in the Caribbean,” the designation published in the 2016 Caribbean Tourism Quality Index. Released during the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) “Caribbean Week” in New York (May 31-June 4, 2016), the Caribbean Tourism Quality Index is an annual study produced by Resonance Consultancy, an international leader in destination development, branding, and marketing headquartered in Vancouver and New York.
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THE NEW FACES OF THE MARTINIQUE TOURISM AUTHORITY

HON. KARINE MOUSSEAU, TOURISM COMMISSIONER & MRS JOELLE DESIR, GENERAL DIRECTOR THE NEW FACES OF THE MARTINIQUE TOURISM AUTHORITY

NEW YORK (JUNE 2, 2016) – After major elections last December 2015, the administrative status of Martinique has been changed, from a Regional and a General Council chaired respectively by Mr. Serge Letchimy and Mrs. Josette Manin, to a new political system, a Territorial Authority lead by the Executive President, Mr. Alfred Marie-Jeane.
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Norwegian Air to Martinique

NORWEGIAN AIR RESUMES NONSTOP FLIGHTS TO MARTINIQUE
World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline will resume seasonal service to Martinique beginning November 10, 2016 following a successful 2015 winter season

NEW YORK (JUNE 2, 2016) –Travel to Martinique, the petit corner of France in the Caribbean, will be easy for U.S. travelers once again during the winter 2016-2017 period as Norwegian Air has announced it will resume seasonal service connecting three major gateways in the Northeast with the island beginning November 10, 2016. The news follows Norwegian’s successful inaugural 2015-2016 winter season serving Martinique from the U.S. mainland.
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Martinique Yole race 2016

32ND TOUR DES YOLES BOAT RACE, THE MUST-EXPERIENCE CARIBBEAN EVENT OF SUMMER 2016
Martinique’s Annual ‘Carnival at Sea’ set for July 31st to August 7th

NEW YORK (JUNE 2, 2016) – Martinique’s summer schedule of festivals and special events offers fun and excitement for foodies, sports enthusiasts, the culturally curious, and more. One event, above all, incorporates these many interests, with a flair that is distinctly Martiniquais – the Tour des Yoles Boat Race.
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Martinique Habitation Céron

HABITATION CÉRON, THE NOT-TO-BE-MISSED ECO FRIENDLY SITE, AT THE CROSS ROAD OF MARTINIQUE’S HERITAGE

NEW YORK (JUNE 2, 2016) – A former sugar cane plantation estate dated from 1658, Habitation is now an eco-friendly tourist site located in the outskirts of scenic Le Prêcheur. This natural site offers discovery trail itineraries though majestic gardens and rivers. Its sugar and cassava refinery ruins are still standing, a testament to the island’s remarkable history. Nestled between Martinique’s majestic mountains, fine volcanic black sand beaches, and rivers, the estate backs up against an Integral Biological Reserve.
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Fam Rates 2016

MARTINIQUE’S LEADING HOTELS AND RESORTS WELCOME U.S. TRAVEL AGENTS WITH EXCLUSIVE FAM RATES FOR 2016
Discounted rates starting at less than $40 per-night available throughout summer/fall 2016

NEW YORK (JUNE 2, 2016) – Interest in and demand for leisure travel to Martinique among U.S. travelers is at an all-time high thanks to a 193% increase in nonstop air service from the U.S. mainland to Martinique last winter To help U.S. travel agents better serve clients keen on visiting the island in 2016 and beyond, Martinique’s leading hotels and resorts are offering a series of attractive fam rates.
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MARTINIQUE HOSTS JETRACER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

MARTINIQUE HOSTS JETRACER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IJSBA FROM APRIL 15TH TO 17TH
The city of Case-Pilote will host about 50 competitors during this three-day event

NEW YORK (MARCH 21, 2016) – Martinique hosts the first round of Jetracer World Championship IJSBA, an International Jet race Competition. The lovely fishermen town of Case-Pilote located on the Caribbean Coast will proudly host this three-day event, with two stages in Sainte-Anne and Fort-de-France, the Capital city. This city is one of the earliest settlements of Martinique and was named after Carib chief “Pilote”.
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Ti-Punch

MARTINIQUE CELEBRATES ITS WORLD RENOWNED RUM @ TI PUNCH CUP BY CLEMENT
Last updated February 12, 2016

NEW YORK (MARCH 9, 2016) – The Habitation Clement, magnificent classified domain from the 17th century will host Friday March 11th the first edition of the Ti Punch Cup. This competition will gather international bartenders from 10 countries such as France, UK, Belgium, Denmark, United States, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Switzerland and of course the rum Capital of the world, Martinique.
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Norwegian to Martinique

NORWEGIAN RESUMES ITS SERVICE TO MARTINIQUE

NEW YORK (FEBRUARY 26, 2016) – Norwegian, the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline, will resume its seasonal winter service to the French Caribbean following a successful first winter season. Nonstop service from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Logan International Airport (BOS) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Martinique will begin on November 10. Norwegian’s service between the United States and the French Caribbean began last December.
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Zika Virus Martinique

MARTINIQUE TOURISM AUTHORITY (CMT) STATEMENT ON ZIKA VIRUS
Last updated February 12, 2016

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (February 12, 2016) – The Martinique Tourism Authority (CMT), together with Martinique’s Regional Health Agency (ARS), and local government partners continue to take proactive measures toward mitigating the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus throughout the island. The latest measures currently being undertaken include:
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Travvy Awards 2016

MARTINIQUE WINS BIG AT 2016 TRAVVY AWARDS
Isle of Flowers nets three honors, including Best Tourism Board in The Americas

NEW YORK, NY (February 17, 2016) – Martinique was among the big winners at the 2016 Travvy Awards, earning top honors in the following three categories:
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What's New in Martinique 2016

WHAT’S NEW IN MARTINIQUE FOR 2016
New City Stay and Beachfront Properties, Renovations, and Expanded Villa Booking Options Headline the Latest Hospitality Developments in Martinique

NEW YORK, NY (February 16, 2016) – Martinique’s hospitality sector is getting a boost this winter as new city stay and beachfront hotel options combine with an expansive resort renovation and the launch of a new villa booking service to give travelers additional options fitting a wide range of budgets and travel interests.
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Fondation Clément Martinique

MARTINIQUE CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF FONDATION CLEMENT, THE CARIBBEAN’S NEW HOME FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
25,400+ square-foot museum showcases modern works produced by artists from all corners of the West Indies

NEW YORK, NY (February 9, 2016) – Contemporary art has a new home in the Caribbean as Martinique celebrated the grand opening of Fondation Clément, a 25,400+ square-foot museum showcasing fine modern works produced by artists from all corners of the Caribbean, in January 2016.
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MARTINIQUE HOSTS FCCA

MARTINIQUE REGISTERS 800% SPIKE IN CRUISE PASSENGER ARRIVALS SINCE 2010
380,000 cruise passengers for 2015-2016 winter season represent an increase of nearly 73% versus 2014-2015

NEW YORK, NY October 22, 2015 – The Martinique Tourism Authority is projecting that the recent surge in the island’s cruise sector will soar even higher during the winter 2015-2016 season as 221 port calls (+49 versus 2014-2015) are expected to see an estimated 380,000 cruise passengers come ashore in The Isle of Flowers, an increase of nearly 73% over last year.
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MARTINIQUE HOSTS FCCA

AVAILABLE NONSTOP AIR SEATS FROM THE U.S. TO MARTINIQUE INCREASE BY 193% FOR THE WINTER 2015-2016 PEAK TRAVEL SEASON
New nonstop flights aboard Norwegian Air from three gateways in the Northeast plus expanded service via American Airlines from Miami make Martinique more accessible than ever to U.S. travelers

NEW YORK, NY October 22, 2015 – The sky’s the limit for air travel options to Martinique this winter as beginning in December, available nonstop air seats from the U.S. to The Isle of Flowers will increase by 193% as calculated on a seasonal basis comparing the upcoming December 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 peak season versus the same period last in 2014-2015. The spike comes as a result of new nonstop service from three Northeast gateways – New York, Boston, and Baltimore/Washington, DC – via Norwegian Air, and an expansion in American Airlines nonstop flights from Miami to Fort-de-France.
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MARTINIQUE HOSTS FCCA

MARTINIQUE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY TAKES MAJOR STEP FORWARD WITH LAUNCH OF NEW NONSTOP FLIGHTS FROM 3 MAJOR NORTHEAST U.S. GATEWAYS ABOARD NORWEGIAN AIR SHUTTLE
Seasonal service from New York, Boston, and Baltimore/Washington, DC begins December 3, 2015

NEW YORK, NY June 15, 2015 – Martinique’s tourism development strategy took a major step forward with today’s announcement of the launch of new nonstop flights from three major gateways in the Northeastern United States – New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), and Baltimore/Washington, D.C. (BWI) – aboard Norwegian Air Shuttle. The new service, which begins December 3, 2015, represents the first time that Martinique has been directly accessible from the Northeast in more than 20 years.
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MARTINIQUE HOSTS FCCA

MARTINIQUE HOSTS FCCA DELEGATION IN PUSH TO CONTINUE STRONG CRUISE SECTOR GROWTH.
Cruise passenger arrivals up +631% since 2010

NEW YORK, NY June 15, 2015 – The Martinique Tourism Authority hosted a delegation of Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) officials May 28–29, 2015 as part of its continuing efforts to bolster the cruise sector on the island. The visit comes as Martinique enjoys its strongest cruise results in years, posting a 631-percent increase in cruise passenger arrivals since 2010.
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MARTINIQUE MORE ACCESSIBLE

MARTINIQUE MORE ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE FOR U.S. TRAVELERS IN 2015.
Expanded nonstop service via American Airlines and stronger U.S. dollar bringing The Isle of Flowers within reach for more Americans

NEW YORK, NY June 11, 2015 – Martinique has become more accessible than ever for U.S. travelers in 2015 thanks to expanded nonstop air service from Miami via American Airlines (www.aa.com), Seaborne Airlines codeshare agreements to Martinique (www.seaborneairlines.com) and the continued strengthening of the U.S. dollar versus the euro.
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MARTINIQUE TRAVEL MEDIA AWARDS

MARTINIQUE WINS BIG AT 2015 CTO TRAVEL MEDIA AWARDS.
Journalists producing stories touting travel to The Isle of Flowers take home five of 10 total awards

NEW YORK, NY June 9, 2015 – Martinique was the big winner at this year's Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Travel Media Awards with journalists producing articles promoting travel to The Isle of Flowers earning five of the 10 top honors. Honored journalists and their Martinique stories are as follows:
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MARTINIQUE TO HOST MAY CARIBBEAN CLIMATE 2015 CONFERENCE

MARTINIQUE TO HOST MAY 9TH CARIBBEAN CLIMATE 2015 CONFERENCE.

NEW YORK, NY May 9, 2015 – On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the French Caribbean island of Martinique will host the regional summit, Caribbean Climate 2015, which will be chaired by French President François Hollande. The summit will gather over 40 heads of state, governments and Caribbean organizations to discuss the impact of climate change on the island nations of the Caribbean. French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Laurent Fabius, will also be attending.
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MARTINIQUE SURF PRO

1ST MARTINIQUE SURF PRO PUTS CARIBBEAN AT CENTER OF THE SURFING WORLD.
World Surf League Qualification Series (QS) event highlights Martinique’s dynamic watersports options

NEW YORK, NY April 8th, 2015 – The eyes of the surfing world will be trained on Martinique this spring as The Isle of Flowers hosts the first Martinique Surf Pro, April 21-26, 2015. The only World Surf League (WSL) Qualification Series event to be held in the Caribbean in 2015, Martinique Surf Pro will be contested along the shores of Basse-Pointe, a “secret” surf spot cherished among locals and visitors “in-the-know” for its consistent, powerful and especially long waves that break right over an exposed reef break.
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Martinique New Cruise Ships

MARTINIQUE TO WELCOME A RECORD 22 NEW CRUISE SHIPS IN 2015-2016.
181 port calls and nearly 360,000 passengers projected

NEW YORK, NY (March 16, 2015) – The Martinique Tourism Authority is projecting another strong cruise season in 2015-2016, with a record 22 ships slated to make their first-ever port calls in The Isle of Flowers between October 26, 2015 and August 31, 2016. The 22 ships represent some of the biggest names in the cruise industry, including Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, MSC, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, and more. The full list of ships visiting Martinique for the first time in 2015-2016 is as follows:
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Martinique Cruise Success

MARTINIQUE CRUISE SECTOR RIDING UNPRECEDENTED WAVE OF SUCCESS.
2014 cruise passenger arrivals up 71.3%

NEW YORK, NY (March 16, 2015) – Martinique’s cruise sector continued to net strong results in 2014. According to the latest statistics from The Martinique Tourism Authority, cruise passenger arrivals for calendar year 2014 (January–December) were up 71.3% when compared to the same period in 2013.
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ClubMed Martinique

MARTINIQUE’S CLUB MED BUCCANEER’S CREEK RANKED AMONG ‘BEST HOTELS FOR 2015’ BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
Designation places all-inclusive resort among top 30% of all luxury hotels in the Caribbean

NEW YORK, NY (February 23, 2015) – Martinique’s status as one of the Caribbean’s top luxury destinations was validated recently by U.S. News & World Report, which ranked Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek, the island’s preeminent all-inclusive resort, on its “Best Hotels for 2015” list.
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Fort Saint Louis

MARTINIQUE AIR SERVICE UPDATE 2015
GETTING TO MARTINIQUE NOW EASIER THANKS TO IMPROVED DIRECT SERVICE FROM THE US, CANADA AND PUERTO RICO

NEW YORK, NY (January 28, 2015) – With American Airlines improved direct service from Miami, Martinique is getting now more and more accessible to travelers from the U.S mainland. This winter, American Airlines operates a midweek flight on Wednesdays from Miami, in addition to pre-existing weekly nonstop service, which operates on Saturdays.
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Fort Saint Louis

NOT-TO-BE-MISSED IN MARTINIQUE: WALKING TOUR OF FORT-DE-FRANCE
A newly reopened 17th century fort, the Caribbean’s answer to Central Park, and the region’s most eclectic library highlight the capital city’s must-see charms

NEW YORK, NY (January 27, 2015) – Martinique’s capital city, Fort-de-France, presents one of the Caribbean’s most dynamic visitor experiences for those with a love of history, sightseeing, shopping, and exceptional dining. Among the charms not-to-be-missed…
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Fort Saint Louis

MARTINIQUE MAKES EXPLORING FORT-DE-FRANCE EASIER WITH NEW SELF-GUIDED AUDIO TOUR MAPS
Interactive maps highlighting top attractions feature audio in English, French, Spanish and Italian

NEW YORK, NY (January 26, 2015) – The many famed attractions in Martinique’s picturesque capital city, Fort-de-France, are now easier to discover and explore thanks to new self-guided audio tour maps. Available for rent through The Fort-de-France Tourism Office, the new maps highlight such notable attractions as the Schoelcher Library, the Saint Louis Cathedral, Aimé Césaire Theater, and the La Savane Park. Each map comes equipped with an audio pen. For information on featured attractions, visitors need simply to point the audio pen on the attractions. Audio is available in a choice of English, French, Spanish, and Italian, with additional languages to be added in the coming months.
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Fort Saint Louis

SERGE LETCHIMY, PRESIDENT OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL OF MARTINIQUE, CONTRIBUTES FUNDS TOWARD THE PERMANENT MEMORIAL TO HONOR THE VICTIMS OF SLAVERY AND THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AT THE UNITED NATIONS

NEW YORK, NY (December 10, 2014) – On Wednesday December 10, 2014, Hon. Serge Letchimy, MP, President of the Martinique Regional Council, will attend a Pledging Event hosted by H.E. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, President of the 69th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. On that occasion, Martinique’s contribution will be presented to the Permanent Memorial Committee (PMC), which is chaired by the Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations. The PMC was established to oversee the initiative of the Permanent Memorial.
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Fort Saint Louis

WHAT’S NEW IN MARTINIQUE FOR 2015
New luxury villas and attractions, hotel renovations, expanded activities and excursions

NEW YORK, NY (October 16, 2014) – Martinique stands ready to welcome the world to her shores in 2015 with expanded and enhanced options across all segments of its tourism product – from accommodations and attractions, to excursions, activities, educational tours, and more!
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Fort Saint Louis

MARTINIQUE’S NEWEST TOURIST ATTRACTION IS ALSO AMONG ITS OLDEST – HISTORIC FORT SAINT LOUIS (EST. 1640) REOPENS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 13 YEARS
Facility closed to public and reinstated as a Naval Base following 9/11

NEW YORK, NY (August 1, 2014) – The already impressive list of historic attractions in Martinique’s capital, Fort-de-France, expanded recently with the reopening of Fort Saint Louis, a sprawling and imposing stone fortress that has stood guard over the island’s principal port city for nearly 375 years. Closed to the public since being reinstated as an active naval base by The French Navy after 9/11, the fort officially reopened on July 20, 2014.
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Martinique Quick Facts

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION ON THE CARIBBEAN ISLAND WITH FRENCH FLAIR

Overview/History – First sighted by Columbus on his initial expedition in 1493, Martinique played host to its first European “tourists” in 1502 when Columbus landed there during his fourth voyage. Dubbed Martinique by Columbus, the island was inhabited by Kalinago Indians who had driven away the Arawaks (both tribes had come to the island from South America). Martinique was claimed by France in 1635 and officially annexed in 1674. France and Britain fought over the island until 1815, when France prevailed. Slavery was abolished in 1848. In 1946, Martinique became a Department of France and in 1974 a Region of France, its current status.
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Transatlantic Slave Trade

ON BEHALF OF MARTINIQUE REGIONAL COUNCIL PRESIDENT SERGE LETCHIMY, MARTINIQUE TOURISM AUTHORITY COMMISSIONER KARINE ROY-CAMILLE VISITS THE UNITED NATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE PERMANENT MEMORIAL IN HONOR OF THE VICTIMS OF SLAVERY AND THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE
Martinique Regional Council pledges a financial contribution toward the construction of proposed Memorial

NEW YORK, NY - June 5, 2014 – On behalf of Martinique Regional Council President Serge Letchimy, Martinique Tourism Authority Commissioner Karine Roy-Camille made an official visit to the United Nations June 5-7 to contribute to the Permanent Memorial in Honor of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Dubbed The Ark of Return, the Memorial was designed by Mr. Rodney Leon, an architect based in Manhattan and an American of Haitian descent. Mrs. Roy-Camille pledged a financial contribution toward the construction of the memorial on behalf of the Martinique Regional Council and the people of Martinique.
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Gourmet French Creole

UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF GOURMET FRENCH-CREOLE CUISINE WITH NEW COOKING CLASSES IN MARTINIQUE FROM LES ATELIERS MÉDÉLICES
Packages provide visitors with hands-on instruction under the direction of such top local celebrity chefs as Jean-Charles Bredas

NEW YORK, NY - June 5, 2014 – Martinique has long ranked among the top culinary travel destinations in the Caribbean for the quality of its many fine restaurants, its inventive homegrown chefs, and unique French-Creole cuisine. Now, thanks to new packages from Les Ateliers Médélices, traveling foodies can take their “joie de la cuisine Martiniquais” a step further and learn the secrets to preparing their favorite local dishes while vacationing in Martinique.
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Martinique Air Service Update

MARTINIQUE AIR SERVICE UPDATE – Summer 2014
American Airlines to expand nonstop service from Miami to 2x’s weekly June 11 to August 13, 2014, resuming November 12, 2014 for the winter season

NEW YORK, NY - June 5, 2014 – Martinique will be a lot more accessible to travelers from the U.S. mainland this summer, and again for the winter season, as American Airlines has announced it will expand nonstop service from Miami to Fort-de-France with the addition of a second weekly flight operating on Wednesdays between June 11 and August 13, 2014. Seasonal midweek service will resume once more beginning November 12, 2014.
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Yoles Boat Race 2014

30TH TOUR DES YOLES BOAT RACE HEADLINES MARTINIQUE’S SUMMER 2014 SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE
Annual ‘Carnival at Sea’ set for July 27 to August 3rd

NEW YORK, NY - June 5, 2014 – Martinique’s summer schedule of festivals and special events offers fun and excitement for foodies, sports enthusiasts, the culturally curious, and more. One event above all incorporates these many varied interests with a flair that is distinctly Martiniquais – the Tour des Yoles Boat Race.
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Martinique Hotel Update

MARTINIQUE HOTEL UPDATE - Summer 2014
A new city-stay option in Fort-de-France, renovations and elevated star classifications in Trois-Ilets, plus a new luxury villa in le François highlight latest developments in Martinique’s hospitality sector

NEW YORK, NY - June 5, 2014 – Martinique continues to expand and strengthen its hospitality sector, welcoming a series of enhancements, renovations and new hotel openings thus far in 2014.
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Martinique Recommend

MARTINIQUE PROMOTION BUREAU/CMT USA LAUNCHES NEW DESTINATION SPECIALIST PROGRAM
Travel agent benefits include cash rewards, consumer leads and the chance to earn a trip for two to Martinique

NEW YORK, NY - June 5, 2014 – The Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA announced today the launch of a new Destination Specialist education program designed to help North American travel agents to promote and sell leisure travel to Martinique.
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Additional Summeer Air Services to Martinique

AMERICAN AIRLINES EXPANDS SERVICE TO MARTINIQUE THIS SUMMER

NEW YORK, NY - April 21, 2014 – Experiencing the “Isle of flowers,” with its magnificent Fort-de-France Bay, lush tropical rain forest and majestic Mont-Pelée volcano, will be made easier this summer thanks to American Airlines.
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Villas Rental in Martinique

ELEGANT VILLAS OF MARTINIQUE
Find and book your perfect vacation rental in Martinique.

NEW YORK, NY - January 27, 2014 – The Martinique Tourism Authority is thrilled to announce that the island’s villa rental offerings are attracting more American visitors than ever in 2014. The new popular trend allows visitors to have more independence and privacy. Ranging from cozy beachfront cottages to high-end villas, there is an option for all budgets.
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Fly Non-Stop to Martinique

FLY NON-STOP TO MARTINIQUE FROM MIAMI, MONTREAL AND SAN-JUAN IN 2014
Getting to Martinique from North America is now easier thanks to American Airlines, Seaborne Airlines, Air Canada and CanJet

NEW YORK, NY - January 6, 2014 – U.S. travelers have an easier time getting to Martinique in 2014 as American Airlines proposes a more convenient weekly service. The island has worked very hard to become more accessible to American travelers.
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Village Croisière in Martinique

MARTINIQUE’S FIRST CRUISE VILLAGE
The Cruise Village opened on December 11th to enhance the cruise passenger experience on the island

NEW YORK, NY - December 16, 2013 – The Martinique Tourism Authority is thrilled to announce its Cruise Village, the latest initiative to greet cruise visitors to the island. The complex, which consists of vendors and information points, is located at the Pointe Simon Cruise Terminal at the entrance of downtown Fort-de-France. Welcoming all cruise passengers, the village is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm on days of call for ships, until Friday, April 18th, 2014.
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Seaborne New Flight to Martinique

NEW DIRECT SERVICE FROM SAN-JUAN TO MARTINIQUE WITH SEABORNE AIRLINES
Route to operate 4-times a week starting June 1st, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - May 22, 2013 – Travelling from the U.S. to Martinique will be made easier with the launch of Seaborne Airlines’ new weekly service to the island beginning June 1st. The new flights will operate as follows:
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MARTINIQUE WELCOMES FIVE NEW SHIPS FOR THE 2012-2013 CRUISE SEASON

NEW YORK, NY – October 1st, 2012 – The Martinique Tourism Authority is expressing optimism for a strong 2012-2013 cruise season, buoyed in large part by its inclusion on the itineraries of five ships –Celebrity Summit, Adonia, Saga Sapphire, Voyager and Quest of Adventure – that until now have never dropped anchor at the Isle of Flowers.

Cruise ships call on Martinique in the heart of downtown Fort-de-France, the island’s capital city, recently inducted as one of the most beautiful bays of the world. When it comes to shopping, Fort-de-France is the capital of the Caribbean. The best of Parisian fashion, jewelry, porcelain, perfumes and other fine goods are here, and for U.S. travelers most of it is available at a 20% discount. Select stores offer the discount to visitors who make purchases using major U.S. credit cards or travelers cheques.
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MARTINIQUE MAKES STRONG PITCH FOR MORE CRUISE BUSINESS
Tourism Authority to host FCCA delegation including reps for Carnival, Princess Cruises and RCCL

NEW YORK, NY – Septembre 14, 2012 – The Martinique Tourism Authority is ratcheting up its efforts to attract more cruise business by hosting a delegation of Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) members September 17-19, 2012. The group will be led by FCCA President Michele Paige, and include high-ranking executives with such notable cruise lines as Carnival, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL).

“The opportunity for Martinique to grow its tourism receipts by further developing the cruise sector has never been greater,” said Mrs. Karine Roy-Camille, Commissioner of the Martinique Tourism Authority. “Recently completed capital improvement projects to the Malecon promenade and La Savane Park in Fort-de-France have reinvigorated the capital, while continued upgrades to the Pointe Simon wharf and Tourelles cruise terminal will soon enable the world’s largest cruise ships to dock here. The timing simply could not be better for cruise lines wishing to spice-up their itineraries with the unique brand of French Caribbean vacation chic only available in Martinique.”
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SPEND YOUR SUMMER IN MARTINIQUE

NEW YORK, NY – July 11, 2012 – Cultural festivals, traditional regattas, cycling races...spend your summer in Martinique! With one daily flight with American Airlines, planning your vacation to Martinique has never been easier.

From the 1st to the 21st of July, the International Festival in Fort-de-France takes over. Martinique’s capital city celebrates global and Caribbean arts with exhibits, live concerts featuring world renowned artists. From South African Opera to marching bands or Martinique’s very own chouval bwa, the International Festival of Fort de France is a yearly grand opening to the world, to the Caribbean and into everyone’s heart. Past performers include the celebrity singer Wycleff Jean, to the group that brought Zouk to the Antilles - Kassav, the famous South African Soweto Gospel Choir and the Chinese national circus with their adaptation of the Nutcracker.
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BLACK MEETINGS & TOURISM HONORS MURIEL WILTORD FOR SERVICE IN HERITAGE TOURISM

NEW YORK, NY – July 3, 2012 – Mrs. Muriel Wiltord, Director of the Martinique Promotion Bureau for the Americas recently received the 2012 APEX Award for Distinguished Service in the area of Heritage Tourism.
For 25 years now, Mrs. Wiltord’s career has been dedicated to promoting Martinique. She is responsible for creating ties between the US and Martinique through culture and tourism, launching the concept of the annual Martinique Days Festival in New York, which welcomed hundreds of local artists over a period of more than 15 years, actively working to have artists from Martinique featured in major festivals nationwide, developing events directly linked to Martinique’s heritage and working closely with universities to contribute to awareness of Martinican literature in the US.
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MARTINIQUE SLATES 2012 FALL SPECTACULAR PROMO OFFERING SIXTH NIGHT FREE SAVINGS ON SELECT HOTEL STAYS
Savings available at 6 distinctive properties for travel throughout fall 2012

NEW YORK, NY – June 7, 2012 – An idyllic fall escape to Martinique is more affordable this fall as the Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA has launched its Fall Spectacular promotion for the third straight year. The promotion rewards travelers with “Sixth Night Free” savings on hotel stays at a choice of 6 properties located throughout the island. Eligible booking and travel dates extend throughout the fall until December 2nd 2012 with individual hotels participating as follows:
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THE “TOUR DES YOLES RONDES” A BEAUTIFUL SPECTATOR SPORT UNIQUE TO MARTINIQUE !
28th annual Tour des Yoles Rondes to be held July 29 to August 5, 2012

NEW YORK, NY – June 7, 2012 – Carnival is to the Caribbean as fish are to the sea – one simply cannot exist without the other. In Martinique, the analogy is taken one step further when sports and sea are brought together for a celebration unlike any other, the famed Yawl Boat Race (Tour des Yoles Rondes). A yearly highlight of the Martinican social calendar, the Yawl Boat Race will be contested this year between July 29 and August 5, literally encircling the Isle of Flowers with the boundless spirit of carnival, replete with pulsating rhythms, prodigious libations and nonstop parties.
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MARTINIQUE ADDED AS NEW HOMEPORT FOR MSC CRUISES
MSC Lirica to operate seven-night itineraries originating in Fort-de-France starting December 2012

NEW YORK, NY - June 7, 2012 – Martinique continues to boost its profile within the cruise industry with news that MSC Cruises will homeport its 59,000-ton Mistral-class ship, Lirica, in Fort-de-France during the winter 2012-2013 peak season. MSC Lirica will operate a full slate of seven-night cruises originating in Martinique between December 15, 2012 and February 16, 2013. Cruises will disembark on Saturdays, leaving ample time for travelers to explore Martinique during pre- and post-cruise stays.
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MARTINIQUE, THE CARIBBEAN’S TOP DESTINATION FOR SHOPPING VACATIONS
Boutiques, malls and markets beckon shoppers with the best of Paris and unique Creole treasures

NEW YORK, NY - June 7, 2012 – Paris is a mainstay atop most every list of the world’s best destinations for shopping vacations, but in the Caribbean the island of Martinique stands above the rest. The best of Parisian fashion, jewelry, porcelain, perfumes and other goods is readily available here alongside unique Creole treasures born of centuries-old traditions. Diverse venues, encompassing everything from sprawling, ultra-modern malls, to chic boutiques and traditional farmer’s markets, only add to the dynamic experience of shopping in Martinique.
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MARTINIQUE TOURISM AUTHORITY HERALDS RETURN OF ROYAL CARIBBEAN
RCCL’s Vision of the Seas to make port calls in Fort-de-France during winter 2012-2013 season

NEW YORK, NY – April 10, 2012 – The cruise sector in Martinique was bolstered recently with news that Royal Caribbean International has included Fort-de-France port calls in winter 2012-2013 itineraries aboard the MS Vision of the Seas, which carries a maximum passenger capacity in excess of 2,400 people. This marks a return to the Isle of Flowers for Royal Caribbean, which last sailed to Martinique in 2009. The Martinique Tourism Authority is heralding the development as a major step forward in its efforts to grow the island’s tourism receipts from the U.S. market.

“Royal Caribbean’s return to Fort-de-France is the latest testament to the fact that Martinique is well positioned for tourism growth and 100% open for cruise business,” said Mrs. Karine Roy-Camille, Commissioner of the Martinique Tourism Authority. “This is certainly good news for Martinique and a strong building block for further expansion in the cruise sector over the coming years.”
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MARTINIQUE FAST FACTS – 2011 / 2012
Essential information on The Caribbean Island with French Flair

Overview/History – First sighted by Columbus on his initial expedition in 1493, Martinique played host to its first European “tourists” in 1502 when Columbus landed there during his fourth voyage. Dubbed Martinique by Columbus, the island was inhabited by Carib Indians who had driven away the Arawaks (both tribes had come to the island from South America). Martinique was claimed by France in 1635 and officially annexed in 1674. France and Britain fought over the island until 1815, when France prevailed. Slavery was abolished in 1848. In 1946, Martinique became a Department of France and in 1974 a Region of France, its current status.
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MARTINIQUE PROMOTION BUREAU/CMT USA WINS SILVER MAGELLAN AWARD
La Route des Rhums earns accolades for ties to local culture

NEW YORK, NY – October 18, 2011 – The Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA was recently named among the winners of Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards. Among the travel industry’s top honors, Magellan Awards recognize the very best in marketing and design services. Martinique received a Silver Magellan Award for its communications campaign in support of La Route des Rhums, a self-guided rum-themed tour of the island modeled after France’s famed Route des Vins.
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MARTINIQUE TOURISM AUTHORITY FORECASTS STRONG 2011/2012 CRUISE SEASON
Costa, Holland America, MSC, Seabourn, Windstar among top cruise lines calling on Martinique this winter

NEW YORK, NY – October 18, 2011 – The Martinique Tourism Authority is forecasting a strong 2011-2012 cruise season, as some of the top lines in the cruise industry will make port in Fort-de-France this winter. More than 100 port calls are scheduled between November 4, 2011 and April 28, 2012, bringing a maximum total capacity in excess of 125,000 passengers. Notable cruise lines featuring Martinique in their winter 2011-2012 itineraries include Club Med, Costa Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Seabourn, Star Clippers, Windstar Cruises.
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MARTINIQUE SET TO WELCOME ACCLAIMED INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS FOR 2011 JAZZFEST
Caribbean’s longest running jazzfest dating back to 1983 to be held November 24 to December 4

NEW YORK, NY – October 18, 2011 – Final preparations have been made for the 2011 edition of the annual Martinique JazzFest, with a stellar line-up of international artists set to put on another epic show November 24 to December 4, 2011. The Caribbean’s longest running jazz festival dating back to 1983, the Martinique Jazz Festival has welcomed some of the biggest names on the world music scene over its history.
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VIVE LA RENAISSANCE OF FORT-DE-FRANCE
Re-development of iconic La Savane Park & Le Malecon completed ahead of winter 2011-2012 peak travel season

NEW YORK, NY – October 18, 2011 – Long noted as one of the crown jewels of Caribbean cities, Fort-de-France in Martinique is now better than ever thanks to a recently completed capital improvement program encompassing two of the city’s prime attractions – La Savane Park and Le Malecon.
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‘REEL IN’ BLUE MARLIN & MORE AT LE MARIN INTERNATIONAL SPORTSFISHING TOURNAMENT IN MARTINIQUE, OCTOBER 26 – 29, 2011
21st Annual Event Celebrates The Skill & Spirit of Caribbean Deep-Sea Fishing

NEW YORK, NY – October 13, 2011 – Deep-sea fishing aficionados and anglers at every skill level can discover the thrill of reeling in a prized catch at the Le Marin International Sportsfishing Tournament in Martinique, taking place October 26 – 29, 2011. The annual event, now in its 21st year, is held under the auspices of the Martinique Billfish Association (www.martinique-billfish.org).
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MARTINIQUE SLATES 2011 SUMMER SPECTACULAR PROMO OFFERING SIXTH NIGHT FREE SAVINGS ON CHOICE OF 10 HOTELS
American Eagle also puts Martinique on sale, cutting fares by 50% on select flights

NEW YORK, NY – June 9, 2011 – An idyllic summer escape to Martinique is more affordable this year as the Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA has launched its Summer Spectacular promotion for the second straight year. The promotion rewards travelers with "Sixth Night Free" savings on hotel stays at a choice of 10 properties located throughout the island. Eligible booking and travel dates extend throughout the 2011 summer and fall months, with some properties stretching the savings all the way through November and December. Blackout dates may apply.
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MARTINIQUE BECKONS ACTIVE TRAVELERS WITH HIKING ADVENTURES TO SUIT ALL FITNESS LEVELS
31 different trails totaling 80+ miles reveal Martinique's supreme natural beauty, history, heritage and more

NEW YORK, NY – June 9, 2011 – With its widely varying topography – mountainous and lush to the north, flat in the middle and arid in the south – Martinique presents a wealth of hiking adventures suitable for active travelers of all fitness levels.
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DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF MARTINIQUE'S FINE RUMS ALONG LA ROUTE DES RHUMS
Self-guided tour directs visitors to 10 famed distilleries throughout the Isle of Flowers

NEW YORK, NY – June 9, 2011 – Just as wine lovers regularly visit France to savor the best of French wine while traveling along La Route des Vins, rum connoisseurs are increasingly making their way to Martinique to experience some of the world's finest and most distinctive rums by traveling La Route des Rhums.
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MARTINIQUE'S ANNUAL CYCLING EVENTS APPEAL TO ACTIVE TRAVELERS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS

NEW YORK, NY – June 9, 2011 – The Tour de France captures the attention of the sporting world each summer, but in the French Caribbean paradise of Martinique, le cyclisme is always en vogue year-round. Bright, sunny days combine with miles of exceptional roads stretching along scenic seascapes, up towering peaks and back again to create the Caribbean's ultimate cycling destination.
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MARTINIQUE'S SAINT-PIERRE WRECK DIVES OFFER THE CARIBBEAN'S MOST ACCESSIBLE UNDERSEA JOURNEY BACK IN TIME
11 ships, lying in depths of 30-265 feet, offer a glimpse into Martinique's storied past

NEW YORK, NY – June 9, 2011 – Caribbean wreck dives have long presented some of the most intriguing undersea adventures for scuba enthusiasts, nowhere more so than Martinique, where one of the more infamous natural disasters of the early 20th century has created a veritable playground of wreck dives in the calm, clear waters off the coast of Saint-Pierre.
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MARTINIQUE'S MOST ACCLAIMED FILMMAKER, EUZHAN PALCY, CONTINUES TO PUT HER HOME ISLAND IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Award-winning director's Career Retrospective at the MoMA celebrates her work and the island that helped shape it

NEW YORK, NY – April 20, 2011 – Martinique is in the spotlight again, thanks to its most celebrated filmmaker, Euzhan Palcy, whose life's work will be featured as part of the special Filmmaker in Focus exhibition series at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, May 18-30, 2011.
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REPUBLIC OF FRANCE PAYS TRIBUTE TO POET & POLITICIAN, AIME CESAIRE
Plaque honoring Martinique's favorite son to be dedicated by President Sarkozy at the famed Panthéon in Paris

NEW YORK, NY – April 6, 2011 – Martinique-born Aimé Césaire, poet, politician and hero of the Civil Rights Movement in the French-speaking world, will be honored among the great figures in French history today as President Nicolas Sarkozy will dedicate a plaque in his memory at the famed Panthéon in Paris.
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NBA STAR, RONNY TURIAF, TO HOST CELEBRITY SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMP IN HIS HOME ISLAND OF MARTINIQUE
Turiaf to be joined by 20 NBA and European League greats to benefit youth basketball in Martinique

NEW YORK, NY – March 20, 2011 –NBA star, Ronny Turiaf, has announced that he will host a Celebrity Summer Basketball Camp in his home island of Martinique this summer. The event scheduled for June 6-12 will see some 20 professional basketball players from the NBA and Euroleague Basketball join Turiaf in Martinique to lead training clinics, visit sick and underprivileged children and participate in two exhibition games.
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MARTINIQUE LOOKS TO CONTINUE CRUISE SECTOR GROWTH AT 2011 SEATRADE CONFERENCE, MARCH 14-17, IN MIAMI
Martinique Tourism Authority delegation led by Commissioner Karine Roy-Camile to lobby for increased port calls

NEW YORK, NY – March 11, 2011 –Martinique will be well-represented at the upcoming Cruise Shipping Miami 2011 conference (SEATRADE) March 14-17, 2011 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, as a strong 10-person delegation led by Karine Roy-Camile, Commissioner of the Martinique Tourism Authority, will attend the key industry event. Joining Mrs. Roy-Camile will be several high-ranking officials from the Martinique Chamber of Commerce & Industry, as well as the Cruise Association of Martinique, presenting a unified front between the island's public and private sectors in a concerted effort to continue recent gains in cruise travel to Martinique.
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BÉNODET-MARTINIQUE TRANSATLANTIC RACE SET FOR APRIL 10 – 30, 2011
The only solo transatlantic monotype race for 2011, Bénodet-Martinique covers 3,474 nautical miles

NEW YORK, NY – March 10, 2011 – The Martinique Tourism Authority, in partnership with the Pen Duick company, has announced dates for the Bénodet-Martinique Transatlantic Race. The only solo transatlantic monotype race slated for 2011, Bénodet-Martinique will take place April 10 to 30, pitting 15 world class sailors in an epic race across the Atlantic, between Brittany in northwestern France and Martinique in the Caribbean.
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11TH MARTINIQUE UNDERWATER VIDEO CHALLENGE NOW UNDERWAY!
Submissions of undersea films shot within the past two years open through March 28

NEW YORK, NY – February 22, 2011 – The 11th Martinique Underwater Video Challenge is underway, shining a bright spotlight on tropical undersea wonders around the world. The event invites amateur and professional videographers to submit original films showcasing undersea environs in the waters off Martinique, elsewhere in the Caribbean and tropical seas worldwide.
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FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T GET ENOUGH CARNIVAL, MARTINIQUE IS THE IDEAL DESTINATION
Unlike other Carnival hot spots, the party in Martinique extends into Ash Wednesday… and beyond!

NEW YORK, NY – February 8, 2011 –Pre-Lenten Carnival in Martinique shares many similarities to better known celebrations in Trinidad and Rio, but in Martinique there's one big difference: length. Each year as revelers in other Carnival hot spots wind down with the close of Shrove Tuesday, the party in Martinique keeps going, reaching its climax on one of the most solemn days on the Christian calendar, Ash Wednesday. The fitting theme for Martinique's "bonus" days of revelry – "Rejoice Today, Repent Tomorrow."
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MARTINIQUE'S 2011 CULINARY FESTIVALS BECKON FOODIES

NEW YORK, NY – February 2, 2011 – Anytime is a great time to steal away to Martinique for a culinary adventure, but with the Isle of Flowers having recently won its second consecutive "Best Gourmet Island of the Year" award from Caribbean World Magazine, the island's 2011 line-up of culinary festivals and special events present truly tasty travel treats.
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WHAT'S NEW IN MARTINIQUE FOR 2011
Enhanced attractions, new restaurants & excursions await visitors to the Isle of Flowers

NEW YORK, NY – October 19, 2010 – Martinique continues to roll out the red carpet for visitors in 2011 with enhanced attractions, new restaurants and excursions highlighting the most recent additions to the island's tourism product.
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SPEECH DELIVERED BY KARINE ROY CAMILLE AT THE MARTINIQUE MAGNIFIQUE TRAVEL SHOW IN NEW YORK, OCTOBER 18, 2010
Martinique Tourism Authority Chairman lays out development plans for future growth within the tourism sector

NEW YORK, NY – October 19, 2010
– Karine Roy Camille, Chairman of the Martinique Tourism Authority (MTA), detailed plans for future growth within the island's tourism sector before a crowd of 100+ U.S. travel agents during the most recent Martinique Magnifique Travel Show, held October 18, 2010 in New York City. The following is a transcript of her speech.

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MARTINIQUE FAST FACTS – 2010 / 2011
EEssential information on The Caribbean Island with French Flair

Overview/History – First sighted by Columbus on his initial expedition in 1493, Martinique played host to its first European "tourists" in 1502 when Columbus landed there during his fourth voyage. Dubbed Martinique by Columbus, the island was inhabited by Carib Indians who had driven away the Arawaks (both tribes had come to the island from South America).

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KARINE ROY-CAMILLE NAMED COMMISSIONER, MARTINIQUE TOURISM AUTHORITY
Former President of Martinique Cruise Tourism Association carries 20+ years of travel industry experience

NEW YORK, NY – October 19, 2010
– Serge Letchimy, President of the Martinique Regional Council, has tapped Karine Roy-Camille to head the Martinique Tourism Authority. She succeeds Madeleine de Grandmaison who had held the island's top tourism post for the past six years (2004-2010).
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2010 MARTINIQUE JAZZ FEST SET FOR NOVEMBER 27 TO DECEMBER 5
Caribbean's longest running jazz fest dating back to 1983 to feature local and international artists

NEW YORK, NY – October 19, 2010 – Martinique is making ready for the 2010 edition of its annual Jazz Festival. The Caribbean's longest running jazz festival dating back to 1983, this year's Martinique Jazz Festival will be held November 27 to December 5.

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MARTINIQUE WELCOMES THREE NEW SHIPS DURING 2010-2011 CRUISE SEASON
Island's cruise sector further bolstered by enhancements to popular attractions

NEW YORK, NY – October 19, 2010
– The Martinique Tourism Authority is expressing optimism for a strong 2010-2011 cruise season, buoyed in large part by its inclusion on the itineraries of three ships – Carnival Victory, Celebrity Century and Disney Magic – that have heretofore never dropped anchor at the Isle of Flowers.
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