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Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Arrow’s Funeral on October 1st, 2010

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Persons Coming for Arrow’s Funeral
Increased Flights and a Ferry Service to be Organised(September 23rd, 2010 – Brades, Montserrat):  In anticipation of the significant number of persons that will be coming for the funeral on October 1, 2010 of Montserrat’s most-famous son Arrow, the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) wishes to announce increased access, both by air and sea, to cater to these travelers.  In addition to the regularly scheduled air services on Winair ( and Fly Montserrat (, several additional charter flights are being organised on Fly Montserrat.  The cost of a return ticket from Antigua on these special charters is US$250 per person.   Passengers can pay in EC$ or US$ cash or by credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover Card).   Travelers are also advised to limit the amount of luggage they will be bringing, as the aircrafts can only take a very limited amount of baggage.  Along with an increased number of flights, a return ferry service will also operate during the week leading up to the funeral on Friday October 1, 2010.  Further detailed information on dates, frequency and times of departure will be circulated, as soon as information is confirmed regarding the number of persons wanting to travel by ferry.Persons wishing to travel to Montserrat for the funeral, whether on the special air charters or by ferry, are asked to contact the Montserrat Tourist Board by email at, by phone at (664) 491 2231, by fax at (664) 491 7430.  The following information would be required:          Name of person traveling          Number of persons in the travel party         Time and date of arrival into Antigua         Airline and flight no. arriving into Antigua         Time and date of Departure from Antigua         Airline and flight no. for departure from Antigua         Indicate whether desirous of traveling  by air charters or ferry          Accommodation in Montserrat where you will be staying
This travel information is necessary so that adequate return flights and ferry services can be arranged in and out of Montserrat during the period leading up to the funeral and afterwards. Persons are also asked to monitor the Getting Here section of the MTBs website at for updates on travel arrangements and also on Facebook at

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

Winter Holiday News 2009-2010

Winter Holiday News 2009-2010
November 16, 2009 — Wanderlusts who are yearning to get away during the upcoming
holidays should look no further and book a trip to one of the many sun or ski destinations
below to ring in the festive season. With special holiday deals and offerings from
Saint Lucia to Switzerland to Jackson Hole and Salt Lake City, travelers have enough
reasons to get away this winter and create lasting memories with family and loved
ones into the New Year.
Saint Lucia

* Cap Maison []
is offering festive Christmas and New Year’s Eve prix fixe menus at Cliff  []Cliff
at Cap []at
Cap, the resort’s signature restaurant featuring breathtaking panoramic views of
 the Caribbean Sea. Both available at $135, the Christmas and New Year’s Eve menus
feature an elegant 8-course French West-Indian meal with classic staple dishes including
braised short rib of beef and slow-roasted turkey with herb and onion stuffing,
while giving a St. Lucian twist with its rich pudding dessert topped with island
 rum anglaise. Holiday rates (from December 20, 2009 to January 2, 2010) start at
$565 in a Gardenview Room. Rates are based on double occupancy, per room per night
and include full breakfast. []

* East Winds Inn []
is offering guests who stay a minimum of seven nights, a free stay on EW Deluxe
Day on an all-inclusive basis (7 nights for the price of 6). This is valid for all
new bookings and for arrivals at the hotel between December 19 and 24, 2009. Nestled
between Castries and Rodney Bay on the northwest side of Saint Lucia, East Winds
 is an all-inclusive resort located on the waterfront of LaBrelotte Bay, one of
the most pristine, golden sand beaches on the island. The resort recently debuted
a new Open-Air 3,000 square foot Yoga and Fitness Pavilion this winter. All-inclusive
rates are based per room, per night and start at $950 in a Superior Double (from
 December 21, 2009 to January 3, 2010), and include all meals, wine, bottomless
flutes of champagne and beach activities. []

* Ladera  []is
offering a Christmas and New Year’s Eve Program this year, Dasheene []complete
with a classic Christmas Dinner at the acclaimed Dasheene Restaurant, evening entertainment
performances including local carolers and live bands, the option to attend Christmas
Day Mass at Fond St. Jacques Catholic Church, a cocktail reception with General
Manager Waddy Francis, and festive libations and meals at one of the Caribbean’s
 best restaurants. There’s also a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner available at $135 per
person where revelers can enjoy a live band, dancers, party favors and celebratory
midnight countdown to ring in the New Year. Reservations are required in advance
 for the New Years Eve Gala. Dress code is smart casual. Holiday winter rates begin
at $680 in a Petit Piton Suite with a plunge pool (from December 21, 2009 to January
4, 2010). Rates include breakfast, afternoon tea, and full use of resort facilities
including warm volcanic mineral water bath, gym, beach shuttles, snorkeling equipment
and WiFi access throughout the resort. []
Virgin Gorda

* Aquamare  []offers
the setting for the perfect family beach holiday vacation. Now is the AQ Living
Rm []time
to think about the holidays in 2010, since the 2009 holiday season is already booked
due to high demand. From the clear, calm, shallow waters that are made for young
 swimmers to its safe and sandy beach just steps that’s perfect for sand castles,
the three villas that overlook the Sir Francis Drake Channel offer comfort, adventure
and luxury. With 8,000 square feet of private living space, five guest rooms, including
three Master Suites each with its own expansive marble bath area, the villas are
 purposely built for large, multi-generational gatherings and comfortably sleep
up to 12 guests. []

* Lake Geneva Region of Switzerland [],
located on the shore of Lac Léman (Lake Montreux Xmas []Geneva)
in the French-speaking part of Western Switzerland, will feature their annual Christmas
Markets in Montreux and Lausanne from November 25 to December 24, 2009. Both cities
will be transformed into an enchanting holiday fair with over 100 richly decorated
stands resembling small chalets. In addition to the wide selection of holiday crafts
and gifts, the Markets feature classic Swiss cuisine, including roasted chestnuts
and light white wines from the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

* Hotel Terra [],
Jackson Hole’s AAA Four-Diamond LEED Certified hotel, is offering a Ski & Stay Free
Special [–TBGPFzFutLZdL55GEppOC3_34xd2PS3o4FynIp0F3jnilwpnP0f3VY7uku8FqPJRcZghX2_MYtCJG3g==]
for the holiday season. Available at only $99 per person, per night, the offer provides
a complimentary lift ticket and a stay at Hotel Terra. There is a four night minimum
stay. Full, non-refundable pre-payment is required. Hotel Terra opened in February
2008, landing a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” and Travel + Leisure’s
“It List” shortly thereafter. The hotel was also named one of the Top Ten Eco-Hotels
by TripAdvisor’s customer reviews. Located slope side to the Jackson Hole Mountain
Resort, just a mile from Grand Teton National Park and just an hour from Yellowstone,
Hotel Terra is ideally situated to bring something new to the luxury mountain lodge
category. Holiday winter rates start at $289 at double occupancy, depending on dates. []

* Teton Mountain Lodge [],
Jackson Hole’s AAA Four-Diamond hotel located at the TML Winter []entrance
to Grand Teton National Park, is offering a Ski & Stay Free Special []
for the holiday season. Available at only $99 per person, per night, the offer provides
a complimentary lift ticket and a stay at Teton Mountain Lodge. Couples or families
can capture the true spirit of the festive holidays with the luxury lodge, located
only steps from legendary Jackson Hole skiing. There is a four night minimum stay.
Full, non-refundable pre-payment is required. Holiday winter rates start at $289
 at double occupancy, depending on dates. []
Salt Lake City

* Salt Lake City []will
host the 16th Annual New Year’s EVE []celebration
from December Ice skating []29
to 31, 2009. Presented by the Downtown Alliance
and hosted in venues throughout downtown Salt
Lake City, tens of thousands of visitors and locals
will gather for EVE, an indoor/outdoor urban extravaganza, complete with live
entertainment and performing arts, winter sports, activities for kids and
families and a festive midnight fireworks show. Over half of Utah’s out-of-state
 visitors opt for staying in Salt Lake, and with good reason. Located just 30 minutes
from SLC International Airport with over 750 daily flights from most major domestic
gateways, the downtown area provides guests with the best of all worlds. Using Salt
Lake as their “base camp,” visitors are less than an hour drive from 11 of Utah’s
14 world-class ski resorts. []

Houston Launches “Where the Chefs Eat” Culinary tours Oct 2009

Houston Launches “Where the Chefs Eat” Culinary Tours

Top Houston Chefs Expose City’s Foodie Secrets

Houston, TX October 19, 2009 – Houston restaurants have been making
national news lately.  Houston chefs have graced the covers of Food and
Wine and Bon Appetit, brought home James Beard Awards and have enjoyed
the kind of recognition that many residents and foodies feel has been a
long time coming. 

But it’s not the upscale restaurants that set Houston apart from major
foodie cities like Chicago, San Francisco or even Las Vegas.  It’s the
small, independent, ethnic restaurants whose recipes have been passed
down from generation to generation that separates Houston’s personality
from other cities.  And four Houston chefs-all who have the clout and
national reputations to simply rest on their laurels-have made it their
mission to show both residents and visitors the underbelly of Houston’s
foodie scene.

In conjunction with Whole Foods Market and the Greater Houston
Convention and Visitors Bureau, chefs Bryan Caswell (Reef, Little Bigs
and Stella Sola), Randy Evans (Haven), Monica Pope (T’afia and Beaver’s)
and Chris Shepherd (Catalan) are launching culinary tours to showcase
Houston restaurants, markets and neighborhoods that make Houston one of
the most diverse culinary cities in the world.

With only 15 people per tour, the participants will gain intimate
knowledge about the city: unexplored neighborhoods; undiscovered
restaurants; and markets and farmers that contribute to the
locally-driven menus of each chef.

Each location is selected by the chefs, so the tours vary, depending on
which chefs are leading. All tours will begin and end at Whole Foods

Tour details

2010 dates

Sunday, January 10: Media preview (a selection of locations from the
public tours)

11am-4pm (Caswell, Evans, Pope, Shepherd)

Sunday, March 14: A Taste of Southeast Asia

Featuring Kasra Persian Grill, Balaji Bawan, Sin Sin and Kim Tai

11am-4pm (Caswell, Pope)

Sunday, April 18: Grocery Stores and Ethnic Markets

Featuring Thai Grocery, Lankford Grocery, Hong Kong Market and Polonia

11am-4pm (Evans, Shepherd)

Sunday, Sept. 12: Long Point Road

Featuring a diverse selection of the most authentic ethnic restaurants
in the city

11am-4pm (Caswell, Shepherd)

Sunday, Oct. 10: Fair Food

Featuring Ray’s Franks and More, MAM’s House of Ice Snoballs, Frenchy’s
Chicken and My Dee Dee’s Pie Shop and Deli

11am-4pm (Evans, Pope)

Cost: $180 per person

Tickets for the tours will be available through concierge at Whole Foods
Market Kirby, 2955 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098. Tickets may also be
purchased by phone by calling               713.520.1937         713.520.1937.

About the Chefs

Bryan Caswell

“All of our food is born from these types of places.  It’s the
foundation of what we do.”

Staying true to his Gulf Coast roots, Chef/Owner Bryan Caswell imparts
his love for fishing and the ocean in his seasonally-changing,
award-winning Reef restaurant. Diners love the spot’s refined blend of
locally-grown produce and use of Third-Coast-caught seafood, as do
foodies on the national stage. In 2009, Caswell was named a
Semi-Finalist for a James Beard Award, Food & Wine magazine named him
one of the “Top 10 Best New Chefs,” and he was named to Continental
Airlines’ Congress of Chefs. Stay tuned as he continues to expand his
biz in Little Bigs-his laid-back, slider-serving burger joint and wine
bar concept.

Randy Evans

“A lot of people miss Houston’s rich history-homegrown and
immigrant-because they stay in their own little bubble and don’t really
know what their city has to offer.”

Hot on the heels of opening his new certified-green restaurant, Haven,
Executive Chef and Co-Owner Randy Evans continues to source
locally-grown produce in his modern Texas-style cuisine. The
restaurant-which opened in October ’09-is the product of Evans’ more
than decade-long experience in Houston’s culinary scene. As Executive
Chef of Brennan’s Restaurant, the Art Institute-grad was named one of
three “Chefs of the Future” by Texas Monthly magazine and “Upcoming Chef
of the Year” by My Table magazine. Evans has also published an
award-winning cookbook, The Kitchen Table.

Monica Pope

“We always say that it’s the people that make Houston what it is. These
are the people that make Houston.”

Dubbed the “Alice Waters of the Third Coast,” German-born,
Houston-reared chef Monica Pope has been revolutionizing Houston’s
culinary scene since she opened her first restaurant in 1992. She shares
her passion for connecting local farmers and consumers in her successful
Midtown Farmers Market, weekly cooking classes and t’afia and Beaver’s
restaurants. Pope has also enjoyed national recognition in the form of a
James Beard award nomination and remains the only Texas woman chef to be
named Best New Chef by Food & Wine thanks to her inventive, “eat where
your food lives” cooking style.

Chris Shepherd

“There are actually very few people living in Houston that are
originally from here, so we have access to so many cultures-things to
see and things to taste. People need to take advantage of that.”

Midwest-raised Chef Chris Shepherd spent weekends as a child scouring
farms throughout Oklahoma in search of straight-from-the-vine tomatoes,
fresh corn and peas. Today, he’s the mastermind manning the stoves at
Houston’s Spanish-leaning, boundary-pushing Catalan restaurant-a place
Robb Report recently declared one of its 100 Favorite Restaurants in the
world. There, the Art Institute-alum and former Executive Sous
Chef-turned-Sommelier of Brennan’s brings his farm-to-table passion to
fruition in decadent dishes like the wildly-popular crisp pork belly
with cane syrup and Foie gras bon bons.

Houston is a cultural melting pot home to a vibrant arts scene, thriving
ethnic neighborhoods and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Houston is one of
a handful of American cities to house professional theater companies for
each of the major arts disciplines. Sports fans can rally behind
Houston’s professional teams in nearly every major sport. Houston is
also home to the world’s largest concentration of medical professionals,
world’s largest rodeo and nationally acclaimed restaurants and shopping. <> .