St Maarten Has a New Government

December 21, 2014 | 2:41 am | 0 Comment


Above: St Maarten’s new government By Alexander Britell It’s been almost four months since voters in St Maarten headed to the polls to choose their next government. And after a chaotic process, the country finally has its new government led by new Prime Minister Marcel Gumbs, who succeeds outgoing Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams. “We hold no more...

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New Flights From St Kitts to St Thomas and St Croix

December 21, 2014 | 2:15 am | 0 Comment


Above: a Hummingbird Air plane By the Caribbean Journal staff New air service has launched between St Kitts and the United States Virgin Islands. The new flights are operated by St Croix-based Hummingbird Air, which has launched weekend service from St Croix and St Thomas to St Kitts. The flights will operate on Fridays and Sundays, with separate St Croix-St more...

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Hyatt Opens Second All-Inclusive Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica

December 21, 2014 | 1:41 am | 0 Comment


Above: the new Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in Jamaica By the Caribbean Journal staff Hyatt has officially opened its second all-inclusive resort in Jamaica, the company announced Saturday. The Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall opened on Saturday at the former home of the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall in Montego Bay. The adults-only property debuted a week after its sister more...

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9 Ways to Enjoy Bonaire By Land

December 20, 2014 | 3:19 pm | 0 Comment


By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon CJ Travel Editor BONAIRE — With a whopping 89 dive sites, 350 species of fish, and 57 types of coral, Bonaire is a bonafide diver’s paradise. But you don’t have to go deep to appreciate it. Here are 9 ways to enjoy the Dutch Caribbean island, no regulator required. Sample Iguana Soup OK, this might not sound like the most more...

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Rum Journal: A Forgotten Rum

December 20, 2014 | 7:01 am | 0 Comment


IF THINGS had gone another way, it never would have made its way into the glass. Indeed — this rum would have already been consumed by someone else. But fate had something else in store. It was in 2007 when a major fire destroyed the administration and blending facility at the headquarters of St Lucia Distillers. During the aftermath, the distillery's cellar more...

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Barbados Credit Rating Cut Again

December 19, 2014 | 11:47 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Barbados (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbados has seen its sovereign credit rating lowered again. New York-based Standard & Poor's lowered the country's long-term sovereign credit ratings to "B" from "BB-", the ratings firm announced Friday. The country's outlook is negative, according to S&P. S&P lowered the country's more...

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Slight Cabinet Reshuffle in Cayman

December 19, 2014 | 6:57 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Cayman By the Caribbean Journal staff The Cayman Islands' government has undergone a slight Cabinet reshuffle. The moves, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2015, include the additional assumption by Premier Alden McLaughlin of the role of Minister of Health and culture, helped by chief officer Jennifer Ahearn. Minister Osbourne Bodden will assume the more...

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What Will An Open Cuba Mean For the Caribbean Travel Industry?

December 19, 2014 | 6:08 pm | 0 Comment


Above: the Melia Cohiba hotel in Havana By Alexander Britell MIAMI —What will an open Cuba mean for the rest of the Caribbean tourism industry? For now, the Caribbean travel industry seems to be taking a wait-and-see approach. "Over the years there has been much discussion about what the impact will be if and when Cuba is open to U.S. visitors," said more...

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Carnival Cruise Line Names Christine Duffy New President

December 19, 2014 | 5:49 pm | 0 Comment

Carnival Imagination

Above: a Carnival ship By the Caribbean Journal staff Carnival Cruise Line has named Christine Duffy the company's new president, Carnival Corporation announced this week. Duffy is currently the president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association; she will assume the role on Feb. 1, reporting to Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald. "Christine is one more...

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Jamaica’s First LEED Hotel

December 19, 2014 | 5:27 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Kingston (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The under-construction Courtyard By Marriott in Jamaica will be the country's first-ever LEED-certified hotel. The Kingston hotel will also be the first-ever LEED certified building in Jamaica. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building programme more...

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