Article on gay and lesbian travel in Caribbean tops CTO awards

Joe Pike (right) accepts his award from CTO secretary general Hugh Riley
Joe Pike (right) accepts his award from CTO secretary general Hugh Riley

An article on lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) travel in the Caribbean has copped the top award at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s Caribbean Travel Media Awards programme.

The article by Joe Pike of Travel Agent magazine won the Best of the Best award at an awards luncheon at the Marriott Marquis in New York, part of the programme for Caribbean Week New York organized by the CTO.

Dubbed, How to Sell LGBT Travel to the Caribbean, the story explores Caribbean destinations and properties that pursue the $200 billion market and provides tips and trends to those who are considering it. It has its origin in a session organized by the CTO during last year’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Curacao.

“It is an extremely informative, well-researched and reported story. Mr. Pike did a nice job working to inform his readership about a growing LGBT travel market. Thanks to extensive research, he provided interesting data about the market potential and did first-hand reporting by interviewing industry experts to gather market intelligence. He also covers important sub-topics like safety, family travel, and same-sex marriage. Lastly, through detailed research, Mr. Pike identifies the most welcoming islands and hotels. This was an original idea and will definitely provide new and interesting information to the reader,” said director of international communications at the Washington-based The Boeing Company Steve Lott, one of the judges for the contest.

“It is very unique and different,” added Yuriy Boykiv, chief executive officer of Gravity Media, a New York-based marketing and advertising agency.

Pike was one of ten travel writers and photographers awarded on Thursay, May 2, for their coverage of the Caribbean.

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29 Comments

  1. Generals of DASH
    June 6, 2016

    You gays lesbians and transgender are not welcomed here. The Caribbean has no place for you. You are an abomination to jah. We won’t allow u to mislead jah children with your dirty sexusl imoralities. Your life style upsets me the creator, it makes him vomit.

  2. Is there a law against encouraging people to break a law :?:

    Unless I am mistaken there is a charge that covers this in some places.

    I will be surprised if Joe Pike’s article does not contain a statement or two that renders it illegal in any nation where homosexuality is against the law. If so anybody publishing or distributing it in that country risks being charged.

    sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  3. FORKIT
    June 5, 2016

    lets sing, i doh want fish inna me ital dish, keep to yourself,…. lol, destination LGBT DOMINICA…..dem MIRIDOM maybe partying, wish come true

  4. Caretaker
    June 4, 2016

    this is nothing new in dominica its just that it is under the carpit bring it out in the open and who knows you may get the man you marry back. hope and pray

  5. Reasoning
    June 4, 2016

    I won’t be surprised if the Caribbean islands fall for that,ause it’s all about economic power! The lgbt will use their money to influence the corrupt leaders of those islands! A message to all these leaders, if you all think that by allowing the lgbt people to come practice their abominable acts in your islands because you all think your tourism economy will grow,there’s a rude awakening of reality awaiting,the opposite will happen,violence and crime will rise and economy will fail lower than it was,

    • NUWP
      June 6, 2016

      there is more violence in the USA than in the Caribbean. how more violent can it become in the meddle east? is it because of LGBT? base on your comment it seems. there is something people needs to understand. PEOPLE HAVE CHOICES THE ALMIGHTY GOD GAVE THEM TO MAKE. WHO ARE YOU TO MAKE CHOICES FOR PEOPLE? HOW CAN YOU TELL A MAN WHO HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOOOOOOOOO FEELINGS FOR A ANOTHER MAN TO HAVE SEX WITH THAT MAN? HOW WOULD YOU FEEL? NOW TURN IT THE OTHER WAY AROUND FOR A MINUTE. DO YOU THINK IT IS RIGHT THAT YOU DO THAT TO SOMEONE?

      ITS ALL ABOUT RESPECT FOR PEOPLE AND THEIR CHOICES. ONCE IT DOESNT INVOLVES YOU WHY STRESS YOUR SELF OVER TWO CONSENTED ADULTS HAVING THEIR FUN?

      NOW YOU MAY SAY THE BIBLE SAY BLA BLA BLA… HOW MANY THINGS THE BIBLE SAID THOU SHALL NOT THAT WE STILL DO? EVEN SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE WE HAVING (FORNICATION) LIES CHEATING. ALL THESE AND MORE. SO WHY JUDGE WHEN YOU NO BETTER?

      SIN IS SIN AND ANYONE FOUND GUILTY WILL GO SAME HEEL. NO BIG SIN AND SMALL…

  6. tj
    June 3, 2016

    The behavior that is atrocious to some may be worrisome. However it is with us creation good luck if you can change it. Granted nobody should disrespect a distinction. Your bedroom is your business.

  7. Face the Facts
    June 3, 2016

    This is a lot of crap, not worthy of reading. If I were in charge of the Caribbean and individual countries I would not allow them in.
    Christ has no hands, feet and sense on earth but our own. He is expecting that we will defend our godly rights; not crap and what which is not right..
    The devil is in the offing. They should take a back step.
    Worst of all, when those who promote this abomination also for the almighty dollar, when they face God for their judgment, they will find out how evil and foolish they were.
    I recently wrote my Ontario MP and MPP about how much they have failed the people especially about this matter and yes, marijuana.
    I am an advocate. An advocate for The Lord and also people, the latter who have no voice or refuse to lend their voice or do not know any better.
    We will all stand before the Lord for our judgment. We better stand up for what is godly right; not abomination which is against the Law of God. Know that God is impartial.

  8. well well
    June 3, 2016

    fire burn all gays, lesbians and transgender, fire burn the group of nasty lawmakers that promote and support same sex marriage, fire have fi burn the vatican for allowing same sex marriage and fighting down weed which is a plant the mighty gave to man for cleansing

  9. viewsexpressed
    June 3, 2016

    Why not promote and fund programmes to stop poverty by addressing the issues of poor families, large families to be well supported that their children welfare is increased, education is a must all the way through. This is the Gender we should be supporting, protection, promoting. Not a group of people unable to produce engaging us and forcing us to accept their immoral habits.
    Sorry we eh ready for that. I believe in the natural pleasure of things, this is what nature is about. A man and a woman, yo get results, someone is born no same sex produces.

  10. Discombobulated
    June 3, 2016

    Personally I’m not into the LBGT ting but what somebody else do doesn’t affect me. Personally, I think we take too many people business and make it our own in Dominica anyway. Only God can judge me so who am I to judge another. Personally, as long as these people respect the country and its culture in the sense that they don’t do their thing in public, I welcome them. I don’t want my kids seeing that kind of behaviour but it’s all over tv these days anyway. Dominica need all the help it can get and as Dominica s we just need to keep our eyes on our own business because if someone is gay etc, it’s doing us no personal harm

  11. Obviously the purpose of this article is to promote homosexual tourism in the Caribbean by directing homosexuals to those Caribbean destinations where they are most welcome. These will be the islands that best provide what they are looking for in lust and indulgence.

    Not every parent wants to take their family into this type of environment. I was raised in a Canadian town of 17,000. This was over fifty years ago. Even then it had a gay community though homosexuality was illegal. There were three known male homosexual serial child molesters in trouble with the police and rumors about others. I never heard of one heterosexual male molesting a girl in all those years.

    Homosexuality is a sin contrary to nature. (Romans 1:26,27)

    Homosexuality violates God’s model (blueprint) for marriage. (Matthew 19:4-6)

    Homosexuality is forbidden in the Holy Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 6:9,10)

    • Continuation:

      God has given us a warning of how He will punish those who commit this sin unless they repent. Please read Genesis 19:1-24 with 2 Peter 2:6 and Jude vs. 7.

      Those who promote this abomination are fools because they are taking their nations out from under God’s protection.

      Here is the GOOD news. Homosexuality is NOT an unpardonable sin. The Bible says “…the blood of Jesus Christ (God’s) Son cleanseth us from ALL sin.” (1 John 1:7) You must believe that Christ died for YOUR sins and rose again. God will save you. He will also deliver you and set you free from the bondage of sin. God will break the chains and they will fall away. Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 and Romans 1:16. Now read Romans 6:14,18 :!:

      Did you know if you were the only person alive on earth Christ would have died for you :?: Believe it :!:
      This is what it means to receive Christ as your “personal” Savior.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • Dante Jones
      June 3, 2016

      “Obviously the purpose of this article is to promote homosexual tourism in the Caribbean by directing homosexuals to those Caribbean destinations where they are most welcome. These will be the islands that best provide what they are looking for in lust and indulgence.” – EXACTLY. And idiotic self-righteous states like our own will continue to lose out while we drown in poverty and stupidity because apparently religion has very little problem with either of those.

    • viewsexpressed
      June 3, 2016

      I concur 100%. This is a gentle effort of intrusion and infiltration on a community of Caribbean islands to indoctrinate this unnatural behaviour on us. These guys are very strategic and will penetrate with ease to sell this habit.
      Caribbean is deliberately targeted.

    • Channel 1
      June 3, 2016

      @Rev. Donald Hill, D.D. – This is definitely another attempt to brainwash & desensitize the right-thinking people of the Caribbean to homosexuality and trans-sexuality.

      These agendas especially the homosexual one with its “in-your-face” attitude wants to push by whatever means necessary their perversion on everybody else.

      I want to encourage the Ministry of Education in Dominica & the wider Caribbean to conduct detailed scrutiny of any new educational literature & curriculum which may be introduced into the primary, secondary or college school system.

      Learn from an incident which happened in Jamaica a few years ago – http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120915/lead/lead1.html

      P.S. – The homosexual agenda has absolutely no respect for the laws of the region on these matters and as such law enforcement entities in the Caribbean must be put on high alert to intercept and deal with anyone, any thing or any entity which breaks or seeks to encourage the violation of our laws.

    • sotp
      June 3, 2016

      Excuse you, mister gody. If God is continuing the practice of homosexuality, etc, then you should allow these people to continue! Change is welcome in this growing world.

      • How is “God continuing the practice of homosexuality”?

        Is He continuing the practice of incest, polygamy, pedophilia, and bestiality? Is He continuing theft, arson, rape, and murder?

        This is a foolish comment. because these things including homosexuality are forbidden by God,
        and He says those who do such things are worthy of death. (Romans 1: 26-32)

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill, Evangelist.

    • Ken Jones
      June 3, 2016

      Homosexuality is part of the NWO’S (satanist’s) agenda for population reduction and the ‘singularity’. Both are contrary to God’s will.

      • It is indeed a tool for population reduction.

        Interesting that it is being driven by people who are racist and is being aimed at black nations.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • June 3, 2016

      He that is without sin , let him first cast a stone.. No sin is greatere than the other… Sex before marriage is also a sin judge not its not your place

      • “No sin is greater than the other.”

        You cannot justify one sin by saying it is no worse than another sin.

        Is theft O.K. because it is no worse than murder? No! theft is a crime by itself. Theft is and should be illegal. It should be investigated. Thieves should be charged.

        Would you want the police to turn a blind eye to theft because there are other crimes to investigate? Of course not! There are bigger and worse crimes than theft but theft must still be dealt with.

        So it is with homosexuality. Yes, sex before marriage is a sin. There are other sins. But this does not justify homosexuality.

        Homosexuality is a sin against nature. (Romans 1:26,27.)

        Homosexuality is an assault against God’s model (blueprint) for marriage which is one man with one woman. (1 Corinthians 6: 9,10)

        These two factors place homosexuality in a classification by itself. Of course there are other sins.

        I do not judge. God has already judged.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  12. Channel 1
    June 3, 2016

    More covert psychological warfare propagandized rubbish from the “cloaked” homosexual agenda.

    So the CTO finds it fit to give an award to someone who wrote an article which seeks to encourage the promotion of activities which are illegal in most Caribbean countries eh.

    But I find some entities out there are real bold-faced eh. Dem feel they above the law or wha. That’s like someone being given an award for writing an article on how to sell cocaine & marijuana more effectively in the Caribbean.

    Aye, CTO who are the COVERT “influences” and facilitators that led to you all awarding that man for an article he penned promoting activities which contravene the laws of many Caribbean islands regarding homosexuality?

    I guess it is not too far-fetched to think that the CTO may one day decide to award someone who pens an article titled “How to effectively promote sex tourism in the Caribbean”.

    • Medsin
      June 3, 2016

      I agree with you 99.9%…..but, you may need to rethink your concept of “marijuana selling”….. :wink:

      • Every special interest group has its cause.

        Every cause has its lobby.

        Politicians on the take are vulnerable. Some are personally indulging in the forbidden fruit. Others have family members who are compromised.

        At the end of the day citizens should know where their candidates stand on social issues, morals, and family values. You the voter have a responsibility to test the waters and vote for a candidate who reflects your values. If you are a Christian you will want a leader who stands for
        the Word of God through whom Christ can express His Lordship.

        Vote for somebody who is FOR what God is FOR and AGAINST what God is AGAINST :!:

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • Channel 1

      “… covert psychological warfare … … from the “cloaked” homosexual agenda.”

      I totally agree with you. That is exactly what it is.

      It is an assault on the nations where homosexuality is illegal. Worse still it is being done in defiance of God and His Word. Is it legal to publish a writing that encourages people to break the law :?: If not this article is illegal in any nation where homosexuality is illegal :!:

      People only get away with this type of thing because we let them get away with it :!

      I thank and compliment you and every DNO commentator who has the knowledge and courage to speak out and write the truth.

      Many do not realize that articles like that written by Joe Pike are part of a planned and organized effort that uses psychological principles to influence the minds of the vulnerable and bend politicians hungry for votes.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • It is not too far fetched to imagine somebody being rewarded for writing an article on how to promote sex tourism in the Caribbean.

      If a man already has been awarded for writing an article on how to market sodomy and buggery in your beautiful islands to enhance the tourist industry the Caribbean is about to hit an all time low. For an appetite for this filth to exist anywhere a significant number of citizens have already crossed the line into the dark and perverted world of the moral abyss.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  13. June 3, 2016

    That’s just the beginning followed by making it legal..only when you are dead you will stop hearing strange news..

    • It seems to have been legal in Sodom.

      Legalization usually does not come overnight. It is the end of a process involving much deceit, lying, and lobbying resulting in a gradual introduction of small changes leading to a final takeover.

      When the nation’s cup of iniquity is full God’s wrath will be poured out.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

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