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St. Regis Bahia Beach Names New GM

 One of the Caribbean’s top resorts has named a new general manager. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico has appointed Ian-Robert Ciappara as its new GM, coming to the property after serving most recently as general manager …

Jamaica to Host Major UNWTO Conference

 Jamaica has agreed host the 2017 to host a major conference to commemorate the 2017 United Nations World Tourism Organization’s UNWTO International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.   The event, which is a collaborative effort between the Government of …

Bahamasair Launches First-Ever Haiti Flights

 Bahamasair has a new destination: Haiti. The carrier made its inaugural flight to Port-au-Prince this week as it touched down at Toussaint Louverture International Airport. The ATR-42, 50-seat turboprop aircraft – one of the carrier’s newest fleet acquired in 2015 …

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Excellence Oyster Bay

 A major new hotel is coming to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts has announced a new venture in Montego Bay: Excellence Oyster Bay. The company plans to break ground on the resort in the next few …

On the beach at Brickell Bay.

 Aruba’s Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa is an adults-only resort that encourages guests to enjoy the island’s tropical scenery at their own pace. The hotel is committed to easing the stress of travel for guests and starting their vacation …

Pipeline

 The Caribbean-Mexico hotel development pipeline continues to grow, according to the latest report from hotel analytics firm STR. The region had a total of 31,570 rooms in 188 projects under contract in December, a 10.5 percent increase over December 2015. …

 There’s a new air route coming to Grand Bahama. Vacation Express is launching new nonstop flights from New Orleans to Freeport, Grand Bahama, starting May 27, 2017. The flights will depart weekly from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport through …

Ocean Cay

 MSC Cruises has broken ground on a new private island project in the Bahamas. The island, called Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, is located south of Bimini and will likely begin welcoming cruise passengers as of November 2018. The new …

 JetBlue had a very strong 2016, according to the company’s year-end numbers. The carrier, which has continued to expand quickly in the Caribbean, reported 45.6 billion revenue passenger miles overall in 2016, a 9.4 percent improvement over 2015. Available seat …

Vista Repositioning

 Carnival Cruise Line is changing its Caribbean fleet. The company is repositioning three of its newest ships to new homeports in 2018, the company said this week. In September 2018, Carnival Vista will move to Galveston, Tex.; Carnival Breeze will …

Cancun Hilton Hampton

 Hilton is expanding in Cancun as part of a wider growth push across Mexico, the company announced this week. Hilton plans to debut the new Hampton Inn by Hilton Cancun in Mexico in the second quarter of this year, according …

Villas in St. Barth

 There’s nothing quite like renting a villa in St. Barth — from the views to the local experience, it’s an unforgettable French Caribbean vacation. And now top villa purveyor St. Barth Properties has added a pair of new villas to try …

 Aruba is quickly gaining a reputation as a foodie hotspot, led most notably by restaurants like Screaming Eagle. Now, there’s a new way to experience the island’s culinary excellence. Aruba Wine & Dine has introcued a new culinary tour, hosted …

 The boutique French Leave Resort in Eleuthera has joined Marriott’s Autograph Collection. The resort, located on Cupid’s Cay harbor, has 12 seafront cottages with British colonial interiors. It also features a restaurant called 1648. The resort represents the first construction …

 “I always dreamed of making rums,” Yves Assier de Pompignan tells me, walking through the waving stalks of a sugarcane field. But in Martinique, an island where there are more rum distilleries in one place than anywhere else on earth, …

 There aren’t any places like this in the Caribbean – the pristine waters of the Exuma archipelago of the Bahamas. It’s Windex-turquoise and ultra-calm, full of sandbars like this one. This is what it’s like to be there. — CJ

 Hilton is planning a major new hotel in the Mexican Caribbean. The company has announced plans to open the new-build property The Fives Downtown Playa del Carmen, Curio Collection by Hilton. The property will be Hilton’s first ever hotel in …

 Jamaica is making a push to harness the power of its craft sector. The country’s government has announced plans to establish a Craft Development Institute, in partnership with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. The institute, …