NEW YORK, NY (May 15, 2006) -- New Yorkers will once again be able to experience the sights, sounds, colors, culture and unique vacation attributes of the Caribbean region when Caribbean Week 2006 converges on New York, June 10-17, 2006, for the annual weeklong series of Caribbean consumer-focused events, vacation specials and business meetings.
Arranged by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Caribbean Week 2006 features events highlighting the Caribbean vacation experience, fashion, food, entertainment and two Caribbean weddings! The week culminates with the black-tie 33rd Annual Governments of the Caribbean State
Ball at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.
Caribbean Week 2006 will also feature a partnership with the United States Postal Service (USPS) which will make applying for a U.S. passport at CTO-organized events quick and convenient. The partnership helps to address the new U.S. regulation requiring all travelers entering or re-entering the United States starting December 31, 2006 to be in possession of a valid passport. The USPS will have a booth at the Caribbean Fair as well as at other events so prospective Caribbean vacationers can apply for a U.S. passport on-site.
Events scheduled as part of Caribbean Week 2006 are as follows:
Saturday, June 10, 11:00 am
CELEBRITY CRICKET MATCH
223rd St. and 148th Ave., Queens
Caribbean Week 2006 will begin with a Celebrity Cricket match, as local cricketers prepare to compete against an all-star team comprised of several former West Indies professional players. The competition will take place at Idlewild Park in Queens, NY -- a popular venue that accommodates 2,000 spectators.
CTO has arranged for music, entertainment and vendors to be on hand. Food and drinks, including some popular Caribbean specialties, will be available for purchase at concession stands. Admission to Celebrity Cricket is free, however, spectators are encouraged to arrive early for optimal seating.
Saturday, June 10, 8:30 pm
OECS MUSIC LEGENDS CONCERT
Borough of Manhattan Community College, Tribeca Performing Arts Center,
199 Chambers Street, Manhattan
The OECS Music Legends Concert will feature legendary musicians from Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) including long-time favorites and current stars from the Caribbean. Performers include Da Bhann (Antigua & Barbuda); Kevin Little (St. Vincent & The Grenadines); King Short Shirt (Antigua and Barbuda); Arrow (Montserrat) and Ellie Matt (St. Kitts). There will be an invitation-only media event and cocktail reception for government officials preceding the concert. The concert is open to the public and admission is $35 per person. For tickets, call 212-541-4117. OECS Legends of Music is one of the public events occurring during Caribbean Week 2006 but not created or produced by the CTO
Sunday, June 11, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hanson Place United Methodist Church
144 St. Felix Street, Brooklyn
The heart and soul of the Caribbean will touch New York City as never before when some of the region's favorite performers convey the immortal spiritual psyche of Caribbean people at the inaugural Caribbean Gospelfest.
The three-hour concert will feature long-time favorites and current star performers from the Caribbean including: Hopeton Lewis and Joan Myers (Jamaica); Wendy Mitchell and Wayne Johnson (Trinidad and Tobago); Joseph Niles (Barbados); The Bahamas Praise Team (Nassau, Bahamas); Cora Williamson (Guyana); Harrella Goodwin (St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands); Janice Charles (Grenada); Miriam Drakes (St. Lucia); and the New Life Ambassadors of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. A number of talented young performers open the show, giving the audiences a peek at the stars of the future.
Admission to Caribbean Gospelfest is $15 in advance via www.caribbeanweekny.com or $20 at the door. Space is limited.
Monday, June 12, through Friday, June 16
CARIBBEAN CELEBRITY CHEFS
Bloomingdale's, Williams-Sonoma, Macy's, Marriott Marquis, South Street Seaport and the Waldorf=Astoria, Manhattan
Renowned chefs from world-class resorts of the Caribbean will be in town to spice up the city with Caribbean flair and flavors. These Celebrity Chefs will prepare distinctive Caribbean dishes at prestigious locations whose customers match the profile of potential Caribbean vacationers. From Monday to Friday, June 12-16, Celebrity Chefs will conduct in-store cooking demonstrations at Bloomingdale's (located at 59th Street), Williams-Sonoma (Time Warner Center) and Macy's Herald Square (June 13, 15 and 16). Customers will sample exotic Caribbean dishes and collect valuable tips on choosing the destination that's just right for any occasion. The Celebrity Chefs will be featured at New York City restaurants, the Caribbean Media Marketplace (Marriott Marquis), the Caribbean Fair (South Street Seaport), and the 33rd Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball (Waldorf=Astoria).
Monday, June 12, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Town Hall Meetings
Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn AND
St. Luke's Episcopal Church (East 222 Street, Bronx)
The CTO in conjunction with the Dubois-Bunche Center for Public Policy at Medgar Evers College is presenting a Town Hall Meeting, which will provide an opportunity for visiting Caribbean Tourism Ministers to interact with their New York-based constituents in discussions led by popular moderators. Confirmed Caribbean participants include Hon. Commissioner Mrs. Sarah Wescot-Williams, Commissioner of Constitutional Affairs and Leader of Government of St. Maarten and Hon. Glen Beache, Minister of Tourism, Youth & Sports, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
An additional meeting is scheduled for the hall of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in the Bronx, where Hon. Harold E. Lovell, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Antigua and Barbuda, is confirmed to participate.
Tuesday, June 13, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
South Street Seaport, Piers 16 & 17, New York City
An expanded location, two 'live' Caribbean Weddings, a new Caribbean Vacation Mart, a United States Postal Service booth so consumers can apply for passports, and many exciting cultural and musical offerings will highlight the program of the Caribbean Fair. The event, slated for Piers 16 and 17 at the historic South Street Seaport, will welcome consumers from 10 am - 7 pm. Throughout the day attendees will experience various aspects of the Caribbean by visiting approximately 70 country booths showcasing promotional materials, indigenous products, arts and crafts, food samples prepared by Caribbean Celebrity Chefs, and a variety of cultural items and presentations.
A brand new feature of the Fair, the Caribbean Vacation Mart will provide consumers with value-added Caribbean vacation specials with prices only valid through the duration of Caribbean Week 2006. Travel professionals from American Express Vacations will be on-site to assist the public with purchasing specially-priced packages to more than 30 Caribbean countries in the region.
Delighting in the Caribbean's 'love affair' with couples, Caribbean Week 2006 will present two 'live' Caribbean Weddings sponsored by the Cond√© Nast Bridal Group. Themes chosen for the weddings include "The Most Romantic Proposal" and "The Second Time Around." The two lucky couples exchanging vows at the Fair will each receive a romantic Caribbean honeymoon.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has kindly agreed to partner with CTO to make Applying for a U.S. Passport at CTO-organized events quick and convenient. This partnership helps to address the new U.S. regulation requiring all travelers entering or re-entering the United States starting December 31, 2006 to be in possession of a valid passport. USPS Retail Associates will be on site at the Caribbean Fair at the South Street Seaport on June 13 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information, please contact the USPS Marketing Department at 212-330-3070. Visit the website at: http://usps.com/passport for downloadable forms or call 1-800-ASK-USPS.
During a special Presentation of Proclamations at 2:30 pm, Caribbean tourism ministers and directors of tourism, along with private sector strategic partners, will be in attendance as New York City and State officials deliver proclamations officially declaring June 10-17, 2006 Caribbean Week in New York. There will also be a Flag Raising Ceremony for the Islands of the Bahamas, the venue for the CTO's next major conference, the 29th.