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BY Francis Akhalbey, 1:00pm December 18, 2018,

2019 is the ‘Year of Festivals in the Caribbean’ and this is why you should visit

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To our fellow brothers and sisters who are contemplating on visiting the Caribbean or looking for a justifiable excuse to do so next year, well it looks like you just got one!

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has declared 2019 as the Year of Festivals in the Caribbean. Boasting a large membership comprising Dutch, English, French and Spanish speaking countries and territories, tourists will have the luxury of selecting from a wide array of destinations to experience unique cultures and traditions.

“The Year of Festivals will focus on the fascinating events that have become an integral part of the Caribbean tourism calendar. Festivals help to energize communities across the region, while giving visitors more reasons to enjoy our destinations,” said Hugh Riley, Secretary General of CTO.

“In addition to providing an opportune time for vacationers to visit, these celebrations also emphasize the unique characteristics that define the many diverse backgrounds and traditions which comprise the Caribbean’s cultural tapestry,” added Riley.

With the Caribbean being the pot of many things; a wonderful blend of culture, beautiful and welcoming people and magnificent sights to see, visitors are definitely going to have a memorable experience.

“While each destination is unique and inviting in its own right, the common denominator for all Caribbean societies is a yearning to celebrate life – and each Caribbean country provides a beat that can’t be replicated elsewhere,” said Riley.

“The Year of Festivals will highlight music, art, sailing, lights, food, rum, religious, literary and dance festivals celebrated throughout the region. It’s a theme which can easily be embraced by all CTO member destinations,” Riley noted.

From next year, the Premier Pan-African Voice, Face2Face Africa, on a monthly basis will be sharing with its readers a complete lineup and background of festivals in the Caribbean.

Meanwhile, click here to read about some Caribbean and African festivals we’ve written about.

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: December 19, 2018


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