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Martinique Silver Award Winner of Travel Weekly’s 2020 Magellan Awards
French Caribbean island awarded honors in Destination Category
New York (November 4, 2020) – Known as the Isle of Flowers, the island of Martinique is proud to be awarded a Silver award in the Destinations Category of Travel Weekly’s 2020 edition of the Magellan Awards. Specifically, Martinique was honored in the Caribbean, Overall Destinations, Cultural/Arts category.
The French Caribbean’s entry highlights the diverse offerings found on the island from music and contemporary art to gastronomy and rum. Major writers like Aimé Césaire and Frantz Fanon have Martinican roots and Martinique’s history also resonates in the island’s musical mix of bèlè, biguine and zouk. Martinique is the preeminent destination for contemporary art in the Caribbean; outdoor art installations, murals, monumental classics such as the Slave Memorial in Diamant. All this illustrate the richness of the many art forms to be found on the island.
No winter season is complete without Carnival and similarly for the summer with the unique boat race, the Tour des Yoles. Finally, Martinique’s ten distilleries are the only ones in the world to receive an AOC designation for their rhum agricole.
Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards salute the best in travel across industry segments ranging from Hotels and Resorts, Travel Destinations, Cruises Lines, Online Travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, Tour Operators and Car Rental.
“The Magellan Awards represent the best of the travel industry and we’re thrilled to be a 8-time winner” notes Martinique Tourism Board Commissioner Karine Mousseau. She continues, “Our destination has a wide array of attractions and we continue to look forward to sharing them with a growing audience of travelers in the better days to come.” The winners of the Magellan Awards will be featured in the November 16th issue of Travel Weekly.
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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. Hot off the press: In December 2019 and for the second year in a row, Martinique was named “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” by the Caribbean Journal. The island was also recognized in January 2019 by OprahMag.com and in first place in their list of “The 19 Best Winter Getaways.” Martinique was also featured in the Caribbean Journal’s Best Caribbean Islands to visit in 2019. Martinique has also been featured in Travel + Leisure and the New York Time’s “52 Places to go in 2018.”