First Ever Dive Festival in June 2009 in Montserrat

First Ever Dive Festival Coming in June

The Green Monkey Dive Shop with the support of the Montserrat Tourist
Board (MTB) and the Montserrat Tourism Challenge Fund (MTCF) will host
the destination’s inaugural Montserrat Dive Festival from June 27 – July
4, 2009. Held in conjunction with Montserrat’s bi-annual Reef Check
Program, the scheduled dive program includes a free Coral Reef
Conservation Specialty course, discounted Peak Performance Buoyancy
course and two tank dive trip to the elusive Redonda Island. The
Montserrat Dive Festival will also offer activities for adults, children
and non-divers including scenic boat tours to Plymouth, land tours and
kayaking trips.  Dive festival registration is $25 USD and includes a
2009 Montserrat Dive Festival & Reef Check T-shirt, welcome cocktail
reception, reef check classroom instruction and reef check dives
including tanks and weights (buoyancy control device and regulator
additional), PADI/Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course
(certificate card additional), BBQ and Beach Party, and 20 – 30%
discount on all dives and scheduled activities. For more information,
visit www.divemontserrat.com <http://www.divemontserrat.com/>  or call
(664) 496 2960 or 496 3483.

Tropical Mansion Suites Summer Vacation Packages
 Offering more bang for the buck, guests can take advantage of the
following summer vacation packages at Montserrat’s only hotel, Tropical
Mansion Suites. US$80 Dive Festival Rate – In conjunction with
Montserrat’s first-ever dive festival, guests receive accommodations,
daily breakfast for two, airport transfers, rental vehicle, and
complimentary late check-out for a rate of $79.99 per night, per person.
Rate is valid from June 15 – August 1, 2009, based on double occupancy
and requires a six-night minimum stay. There is also an US$ 86 Weekend
Getaway Package and a Volcano Adventure Package for US$97.50.  The rates
for both of these pacakges are per person, per night, based on double
occupancy, and valid from May 15 – September 15, 2009.  A speical Family
Vacation Package is also available upon request from the hotel. Package
rate can be adjusted based on the number of travelers by calling the
hotel.  For reservations or more information, visit
www.tropicalmansion.com <http://www.tropicalmansion.com/> , email
reservations@tropicalmansion.com
<mailto:reservations@tropicalmansion.com>  or call 664.491.8767.

Montserrat Now Has its Own Facebook Page
 The island of Montserrat can now be viewed on Facebook. The Montserrat
page is a virtual way to experience Montserrat, where you can view
recent articles, photos, videos, events and other related items. The
Montserrat page has a current fan base of over 1000 persons and
continues to grow rapidly.  To become a member of the growing Montserrat
fan-base and to add your own personal pictures or experiences of
Montserrat go to
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Island-of-Montserrat/92877280361?ref=ts
<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Island-of-Montserrat/92877280361?ref=ts>

ZDF TV From Germany Visits Montserrat
During the period May 7-12th, 2009, a four man crew from ZDF TV in
Germany visited Montserrat, to film a documentary on the island. ZDF is
Europe’s largest television station and the documentary on Montserrat
will air during the 2009 Christmas period to an estimated audience of 5
million viewers.  Mr. Juergen Podzkiewitz, a producer with ZDF TV in
Germany, visited Montserrat earlier this year on a scouting mission.
His visit convinced him that Montserrat had a tourism product offer that
was unique enough to warrant the production of a documentary.

Montserrat Featured in Lonely Planet Magazine
Montserrat is featured in  an 11-page spread in the June 2009 print
edition of the Lonely Planet Magazine UK.  The piece was written by UK
comedian and journalist John O’Farrell who visited Montserrat during the
2009 St. Patrick’s Week celebrations.  The link below provides a
five-page preview of the piece on Montserrat (scroll to pages 29-33 for
the online edition of the story).

http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1T4a09a38c7e6e4518.cde?detectflash=false
<http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1T4a09a38c7e6e4518.cde?detectflash=false%20>

Win a Free Villa Vacation
A chance to win a free villa vacation to Montserrat is still open. For
details and to enter online go to
http://www.visitmontserrat.com/sweepstakes.php
<http://www.visitmontserrat.com/sweepstakes.php>

Caribbean Map <http://www.visitmontserrat.com/index.php?categoryid=30>
Upcoming Events
aeroplane <http://www.visitmontserrat.com/index.php?categoryid=15>

Guest House <http://www.visitmontserrat.com/index.php?categoryid=12>

snorkler <http://www.visitmontserrat.com/index.php?categoryid=18>

masqueraders <http://www.visitmontserrat.com/index.php?categoryid=27>
June
Whit Monday Holiday
June 1st

Rotary Club Road Relay
June 1st

Queen’s Birthday Parade
June 13th

Laugh Out Loud featuring Paul Keens Douglas
June 14th

Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
June 15th

Montserrat Dive Festival
June 27th – July 4th

July
Summer Drama Camp
July 1st – August 31st

Calabash Festival
July 11th – 19th

Cudjoe Head Celebrations (20th Anniversary)
July 30th – Aug 1st

Look Out Day
Date to be confirmed

August
Emancipation Day Public Holiday
August 3rd

St. Peter Parish Bazaar August 3rd

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