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Sandals Montego Bay

Big Changes at Sandals Montego Bay Resort in Jamaica

 Sandals is continuing its Caribbean-wide renovation push with a major upgrade at its Sandals Montego Bay resort in Jamaica. The property has unveiled a number of new changes, along with the completion of the Palms building, the introduction of new …

Dominican Republic

Caribbean Hotels Occupancy Continues Decline

 Caribbean hotel occupancy fell year-over-year last month for the 10th month in a row, according to hotel analytics firm STR. The region’s occupancy was 66 percent in August, down 2.4 percent from August 2015, although the 2.4 percent drop was …

Sunset in Jamaica

Caribbean Photo of the Week: A Sunset in Jamaica

 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Laura MacLennan, who sent in this superb shot of sunset from the RIU Palace in Negril, Jamaica. Have you taken a great photograph in the Caribbean? Send it to [email protected] with …

LATEST NEWS

Drive-in Volcano

 It’s the only one of its kind in the world: a full-fledged drive-in volcano. The Soufriere Volcano in St. Lucia is one of the island’s must-see attractions, a bubbling crater of sulphuric steam and rocky wonder that you can actually …

Smart

 Practical examples for a Caribbean “smart” approach By Hugh RileyCJ Contributor A new world is emerging. Worldwide destinations are becoming “smart”. In this new smart world everything is connected, enabling the physical, digital and social domains to unite creating a …

American Airlines Slide

 American Airlines has named Alison Taylor its new senior vice president for global sales, the carrier announced this week. Taylor will be joining American from Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where she had been serving in a similar role. “Alison has …

Royalton Caribbean Expansion

 Royalton Luxury Resorts is making a big expansion in the Caribbean region, with a number of new hotels set to come on stream in the next few months. The Royalton Blue Waters resort in Montego Bay will be ready Oct. …

Caribbean Climate Push

 The Caribbean Tourism Organization and Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association have signed a Letter of Agreement to join other regional agencies and institutions representing climate sensitive sectors as joint Tourism Partners on the Consortium of Regional Sectoral Early Warning Information …

Expedia

 What’s the most popular Caribbean destination on Expedia right now? It’s Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, which was the most in-demand destination on the company’s network in the second quarter of 2016. Punta Cana was followed by San Juan, …

Best Western Antigua

 Best Western Hotels and Resorts is coming to Antigua. The new Best Western Premier Hotel at St. Mary’s Court is slated to open in the summer of 2018. The property will include 126 guestrooms, each of which will include 40-inch …

AMResorts Development

 AMResorts is continuing its major growth push with a new hire. The Apple Leisure Group subsidiary has named Claudio Zboznovits its new vice president of global sales and business development, a new role created to “further support the company’s unprecedented …

Caribbean Wax Museum

 Usain Bolt is, uncharacteristically, standing perfectly still. Marcus Garvey sits at a desk while Fidel Castro, dressed in head-to-toe army green, looks over his shoulder. Around the corner, Richard Branson’s dressed in a pirate outfit, and upstairs, Jennifer Lopez and …

Dominican Wings

 The Dominican Republic’s airlines are expanding quickly. Startup airline Dominican Wings will be launching new weekly flights from Miami to both Punta Cana and Santo Domingo beginning Sept. 29, Miami International Airport announced. This represents the carrier’s first US service. …

Miami-Santo Domingo Flights

 Fast-growing Caribbean airline PAWA Dominicana is expanding with its first international flights from the United States. The Dominican-based carrier will begin operating two daily nonstop flights from Miami International Airport to Santo Domingo on Nov. 16. The carrier will use MD-83 …

Dominican Republic

 There were 82 projects in construction across the Caribbean and Mexico region last month, according to the latest pipeline report from hotel analytics firm STR. Those projects comprised a total of 13,098 rooms. Overall, there are 27,951 rooms in 172 …

SOTIC 2017

 Grenada will play host to the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s annual State of the Industry Conference in 2017. The news was revealed by Grenada Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation for Clarice Modeste-Curwen at this year’s State of the Industry Conference …

AccorHotels

 AccorHotels, has announced the appointment of three executives to its luxury division. The announcement follows the acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts and its three luxury hotel brands: Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel. Greg Doman, François Baudin and Laure Morvan have …

silver

 Silver Airways, which operates flights between Florida and the Bahamas, has announced that it has completed its previously announced strategic review process. An affiliate of Philadelphia-based private equity firm, Versa Capital Management, is now the controlling equity holder of the …