Test Newsletter 2013

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AIR SERVICE TO MARTINIQUE

Getting to Martinique is now easier thanks to American Airlines and Seaborne Airlines

American Airlines

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, that’s why American Airlines added a second weekly flight from Miami on Wednesdays to Martinique. Flights will run from November 27th, 2013 to March 26th, 2014.

This additional flight complements the existing Saturday flight, allowing more flexibility in travel arrangements.

The flights operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays as follows:

Miami (MIA) – Martinique (FDF)
Day Flight No. Departure Arrival
Wed 330 11:30 am 3:20 pm
Sat 330 11:30 am 3:20 pm

 

Martinique (FDF) – Miami (MIA)
Day Flight No. Departure Arrival
Wed 330 4:25 pm 6:25 pm
Sat 330 4:25 pm 6:25 pm

To book now, please visit www.aa.com/homePage.do

Seaborne Airlines

Seaborne Airlines proposes also a 4 times a week flight between San Juan and Martinique. This route, thanks to the interline agreement with American Airlines, allow more possibilities to get to Martinique, for visitors in transit and from Puerto Rico.

The flights will operate as follows:

Martinique (FDF) – San Juan (SJU)
Day Flight No. Departure Arrival
Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun 4606 8:20 pm 10:35 pm
San Juan (SJU) – Martinique (FDF)
Day Flight No. Departure Arrival
Mon, Thurs, Sat, Sun 4521 9:10 am 10:25 am

To book now, please visit www.seaborneairlines.com

MARTINIQUE IN THE U.S PRESS

Martinique has been featured in top U.S publications.

Read the latest articles!

Anses d'Arles Martinique

nypost.com/2013/12/03/france-in-5-hours-go-gallic-on-the-island-of-martinique/

www.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/travel/beneath-martiniques-beauty-guided-by-a-poet.html

www.afar.com/magazine/spirited-away

Special deals

CLUB MED EXCLUSIVE OFFER

7 Nights at Buccaneer’s Creek from $1,799* per person.
Stay on one of the most beautiful beaches in Martinique at Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek

 

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Ideal for traveling to with friends or your family, this Caribbean resort has retained an authentic Creole spirit while allowing you to enjoy an array of land and water sports, gourmet dining options, full open bar – all included.

Looking for an exotic destination – with convenient air access? With lush tropical landscapes and some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek offers vacation unlike any other.

Air-inclusive packages to Martinique 7-night Winter escapes from $1,799 pp*

Round-Trip flight included from Miami, New York, Boston, Los Angeles.

These packages will be available for booking for Saturday departures through 10/15/2014.

BOOK NOW

 

AMERICAN EXPRESS VACATIONS

3-Night Winter Deals Special
From $543* per person

Stay at one of the most fantastic hotels in Martinique and experience the culinary delights, awe-inspiring beauty, rich cultural history, warm smiles and so much more!

American Express VacationsSpecial Deal Vacations

Hotel choices include:

3 star Hotel La Pagerie*

4 star Hotel Bakoua

3 star Hotel Plein Soleil

4 star La Suite Villa

5 star Le Cap Est Lagoon Resort & Spa

* Sample per person American Express Vacations hotel package includes roundtrip hotel transfers, 3-night hotel accommodations at Hotel La Pagerie in a Double room, full daily breakfast and hotel tax.

Advertised rate is valid for travel from 1/5/14 – 4/12/14.

All hotels packages include full breakfast daily.

BOOK NOW

4 STAR MGALLERY BAKOUA

Stay 3 nights for the price of 2

When an extra day makes a perfect stay … Take advantage of our special offer and enjoy 3 nights, breakfast included, for the price of 2!

 

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Bakoua Hotel

Considered the most beautiful hotel in Martinique, the Hotel Bakoua, now part of the MGallery collection, on the west coast of the island is the ideal destination for a business trip or holiday. This former colonial residence has retained its authentic French East India Company charm, with wide open spaces, cane work and precious woods. The tropical garden looks out onto the white sandy beach and the Carbet Peaks, silhouetted against the blue of the sea and sky.

Extras of this hotel

This magical destination offers a wide variety of exciting options from steel bands to 4×4 excursions, golf, tennis, horseback or water sports. And epicureans will delight in both the Creole and international gourmet cuisine served by the sea.

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Calendar of Events

CHRISTMAS “A LA CREOLE” IN MARTINIQUE

Christmas in Martinique is as much about private homes, public buildings and squares decorated as it is in New-York or Paris and as in many places of the world, children dream of the many presents to come.

Christmas in Martinique

Christmas in Martinique tell however of a singular story. The filao trees, our version of the sapin de Noël, sparkle as glittery as a starry night on top of Mount Pelée, the delicate flower we call Fleuri Noël is only at this time of the year, in full bloom and the typically French crèche, or manger scene, is re-created either in miniature or, alive in village squares or churches, with human figures and real animals.

The traditional Christmas menu usually centers around, a smoked caramelized ham marinated in advance for a couple of days, warm petits pâtés, yams, boudin créole (a zesty West Indian sausage), and a spicy pork ragout with congo peas, all topped off with the Bûche de Noël, or Christmas log, for dessert.

Another specialty in Martinique at Christmas, when oranges and tangerines are in great abundance, is shrubb, a delicious and very fine liqueur made from the dried peels of the fruit, sugarcane syrup, and white rum. Still other festive drinks include Creole rum punches and spirits flavored with licorice, coconut or hibiscus.

Christmas Carols are the focal point of the holiday season in Martinique. We call it Chanté Noël. This ancient tradition comes from the middle ages in France where friends and family would gather at each other’s home to celebrate the birth of Christ. In Martinique however, those carols are whole heartedly sung in a distinctively creole way. For the 3 weeks preceding Christmas, people gather at each other’s house, bring food and sing carols all night long. From coast to coast, South to North, from fishermen villages to inland hamlets, the voices of friends, families and neighbors join in Chanté Noël accompanied by the beat of the drums, the pulse of the Ti bwa and sometimes, old fashioned violins and accordions.

Starting from the 1st Sunday of Advent until Christmas Day, these joyful gatherings are one of Martinique’s most treasured traditions and a perfect showcase of the warmth and spirit of the Martinican people.

For information on Martinique Winter escape packages, please contact the Martinique Promotion Bureau, 825 Third Avenue, NY 10022 Tel (212) 838 6887. www.martinique.org. info@martinique.org

MARTINIQUE INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART

1ST EDITION FROM 22ND NOVEMBER 2013 TO 15TH JANUARY 2014

From November 22nd 2013 to January 15th 2014, the Martinique International Biennial of Contemporary Art will be a new high point in artistic creation and will put Martinique on the international artistic stage.

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This first edition, ‘On the resonance of the literary outcry in the visual arts’, will have as its guest of honour Ousmane Sow.The BIAC has developed its programme around the meeting of literature and contemporary art. Whilst encouraging a fruitful dialogue between different artistic disciplines, the BIAC will take the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aimé Césaire along unexplored creative paths.

With the cross-cutting nature of the arts as its underlying theme, the BIAC Martinique will give life to a literary utopia imagined by Johanna Auguiac-Célénice, Director of the BIAC, embellished by the poetic impulse of Patrick Chamoiseau, writer and winner of the French Prix Goncourt, where the urbanness of slammers and graffiti artists will merge with the poetry of story-tellers, where oral tradition, music, painting, literature and contemporary art will come together in festive-like gatherings. Between natural landscapes, urban environments and Martinique’s symbolic heritage sites, the BIAC will reveal the world of the Americas, whose influence has been highlighted by Professor Edward J. Sullivan, professor of the history of modern and contemporary art of the Americas at the University of New York (NYU).

Within the International Pavilion, curated by Tumelo Mosaka, curator in contemporary arts at the Krannert Art Museum, Illinois, after having been joint curator of exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and the Martinique Pavilion, curated by Holly Bynoe (artist, co-founder and editor in chief of Arc Magazine), about forty artists from the Caribbean and other regions of the world have been invited to invade the territory of Martinique along in situ trails and in workshops that will bring life to the urban space and to Martinique’s symbolic heritage sites.

By bringing to the island a wave of openness and creative innovation, the BIAC will be continuing the artistic momentum launched by Havana, Santo Domingo, Curacao and Aruba, building the foundations of a strong Caribbean identity.

ORGANIZATION AND ARTISTIC DIRECTION

The BIAC, initiated by the Regional Council of Martinique and managed by the Campus Caraïbéen des Arts, will be able to call on the expertise of a Scientific Committee and a curatorial team chaired by the President of the Regional Council of Martinique, Serge Letchimy. Professor Jean-Claude William will provide a socio-political outlook on the event and Marianne de Tolentino and Lucie Touya will contribute to the artistic expertise of this edition through their curatorial experience, their socio-cultural approach and their knowledge of Caribbean arts.

For more information, follow the Facebook page: BIAC Martinique

MARTINIQUE’S FIRST CRUISE VILLAGE

The Cruise Village opened on December 11th to enhance the cruise passenger experience on the island.

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.

Cruse Martinique

The village features a wide variety of vendors, who all accept US dollars, including: local clothing stands, jewelry and accessory designers, locally-produced skin care products and perfumes, souvenir shops, local artists exhibiting their paintings and artisanal treats. Set to the rhythm of live music, the experience is enriched by local dancing and rum tasting. Visitors will soon be able to buy the local AOC rums.

Mrs. Karine Roy-Camille, the Martinique Tourism Commissioner stated: “This temporary cruise village is a milestone for the cruise passengers’ experience in Martinique. We hope to enhance visitors’ appreciation of the island by extending the traditional Martinican hospitality from the moment they step off the boat.”

The Martinique Tourism Authority and the Fort-de-France tourist office also have booths onsite to assist visitors in designing their perfect day in Martinique. Further into the city, visitors will be assisted by “city stewards” easily noticeable by their red jacket uniforms. These multilingual local guides, dispatched throughout the city, are always delighted to answers questions, give directions and greet visitors.

Cruise lines making port calls in Martinique during the 2013-2014 cruise season include: Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Aida, Seabourn, Star Clippers, Club Med, Compagnie du Ponant, Costa, MSC, Sea Cloud and Swan Hellenic.

LES BOUCANS DE LA BAIE

Come to celebrate the end of the year with fireworks, an outdoor concert, water rides in the bay, a gourmet symphony in restaurants, and museums late openings.

Les Boucans de la baie

Les Boucans de la Baie will be a magical pyrotechnic event, hosted in one of the most beautiful bays in the world, the Fort de France Bay.

LES RENDEZ-VOUS DE L’IMPERATRICE

The bi-monthly Jazz live music at the Impératrice Hotel.

Imperatrice Hotel

Finger food, cocktails, friendliness and warm atmosphere will be the perfect combo for a jazzy experience in Downtown Fort de France.

Gourmet corner

SHRUB RECIPE

Shrub Martinique

Ingredients

  • 1 liter of white rum
  • 5-6 skins of oranges
  • 500g of sugar cane
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Instructions

  • Scrape the white parts of orange peels.
  • Let them dry for about a week.
  • Put dried orange peels in rum.
  • Add the vanilla, 1 stick of cinnamon, sugar.
  • Put the mixture in a bottle and keep it expose three days to the sun.

Did you know?

MARTINIQUE WILL HOST THE 43RD CARIFTA GAMES

The CARIFTA Games, the annual athletics competition founded by the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) will be held in Martinique, from April 18th to April 21st.

Carifta Martinique

These games’ history dates back in 1972 and consist of track and field events including sprint races, hurdles, middle distance track events, jumping and throwing events, and relays. The Games has two age categories: under-17 and under-20. This inter-Caribbean athletic competition gathers the best junior of 28 nations in the Caribbean propels each year the greatest champions of the world.