Travels With Darley’s Martinique show wins big at Caribbean Week Media Awards

Press release


On June 7, 2018 the CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization) held its annual Media Awards Gala during their Caribbean week which took place in New York June 2 to 8, 2018.

Among the 10 awards is the coveted Golden Mic for Best Feature Broadcast, which was awarded to Darley Newman for "Travels with Darley in Martinique," which aired on PBS and is now available via Amazon Prime.

In her May 31 release to announce her nomination for the Best Feature Broadcast Golden Mic award, Darley Newman said: “We discovered Martinique through the eyes of local people and covered the diversity of experiences, history, cuisine and culture, including the top places to sun, sail, snorkel, eat, drink and take a deeper dive into eco-friendly nature and fascinating Creole culture.”

In the program, Darley Newman shared the story of one of Martinique’s most famous sons, Aimé Césaire, the poet, author and politician, who founded the movement known as “Négritude” to restore the cultural identity of the African Diaspora. She also brought to her viewers attention that Napoleon’s first wife, Empress Josephine, was born in Martinique and role in the history of slavery.

Ms. Newman went on to say: “We also celebrate the tradition of Carnival with the Clay Men Group at the Pottery Village in Trois Ilets and Vaka Band’s Carnival rehearsal, which has some fun outtakes in our “behind the scenes.” Our filming in Martinique wouldn’t be complete without rum tasting, which we were able to sample throughout this Caribbean island.

It’s through the people we met and were able to film to share Martinique’s rich stories that we find the true essence of Martinique!...”

The expanded awards program also included a new category for Social Media influencers and campaigns with a nod to several Caribbean islands including Martinique.

About Martinique (

The French Caribbean Island of Martinique is also known as the Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, the Birthplace of coffee in the New World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) – Martinique ranks among the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world. As an overseas region of France, Martinique boasts modern and reliable infrastructure – roads, water and power utilities, hospitals, and telecommunications, services all on par with any other part of the European Union. At the same time, Martinique’s beautifully unspoiled beaches, volcanic peaks, rainforests, 80+ miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, streams, and other natural wonders are unparalleled in the Caribbean, so visitors here truly get the best of both worlds. The currency is the Euro, the flag and the official language are French, but Martinique’s character, cuisine, musical heritage, art, culture, common language, and identity are of a distinctly Afro-Caribbean inclination known as Creole. It is this special combination of modern world conveniences, pristine nature, and rich heritage that has earned for Martinique several notable distinctions in recent years. In 2018, Martinique is highlighted in the Caribbean segment of the New York Time’s “52 Places to go in 2018.” and prominently featured in a January 2018 article in Travel + Leisure. In a 2017 review of noteworthy French Islands throughout the world selected Martinique as number one. Other distinctions include being named as a “Must-Visit” destination by Caribbean Journal, “Best Caribbean Destination” by, and “Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining” by Caribbean Travel + Life.

About Caribbean Week New York

Caribbean Week New York is the largest regional tourism activity in the New York area. Artists, performers, celebrity chefs, the Diaspora community, investors and other strategic partners joined government officials, tourism stakeholders and the media for a week of festivities, raising awareness for the Caribbean's diverse tourism industry and provide opportunities. Member destinations promoted individual products and services, participated in meetings, seminars and other business development activities to further enhance the Caribbean brand, and provided updates and critical support to the travel agents and media who influence key travel demographics in the region's #1 source market.


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