Month: October 2014

Op-Ed: Rethinking PetroCaribe

 By Jevon MintoOp-Ed Contributor The International Monetary Fund’s Director for the Western Hemisphere Department, Alejandro Werner, warned this week, during a forum held in Montego Bay on Unlocking Economic Growth in the Caribbean, that the likelihood of fallout in the …

Disney Cruise Line Adding Tortola and Martinique to 2016 Lineup

 Above: Tortola (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Disney Cruise Line is adding two new Caribbean destinations to its 2016 lineup, the company announced. Disney is adding Tortola, British Virgin Islands and the French Caribbean department of Martinique to …

Suite Spot: The Grand Lucayan Resort

 By Robert DiPanoCJ Contributor GRAND BAHAMA — The motto here is “what you want, whenever you want it.” Whether you desire hot chocolate sauce on your conch fritters, swim-up frozen cocktails, or a wedding with a few hundred people with …

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 Above: Tobago (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean needs to embrace digital marketing, according to Orville London, chief secretary in the Tobago House of Assembly. The Chief Secretary, who was addressing the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s 7th Tourism Human …

 Above: a Southwest Airlines plane By the Caribbean Journal staff Southwest Airlines reported a profit in the third quarter, the air carrier announced this week. Third quarter net income, excluding special items, was $382 million, the company said, up from …

Depaz distillery in Martinique.

 It’s the rum capital of the Caribbean — at least if you go by the number of distilleries. The French Caribbean island of Martinique has a whopping 11 distilleries, with even more rum brands, each producing the department’s signature rhum …

 Above: the new Douglas-Charles Airport By the Caribbean Journal staff Dominica has officially renamed its main airport. The former Melville Hall International Airport has been renamed the Douglas-Charles Airport. It honour former Prime Ministers Roosevelt Douglas and Pierre Charles for …

 Above: a Six Senses spa in the Dominican Republic By the Caribbean Journal staff Could Six Senses one day open a resort in Haiti? The company recently held a working visit to Haiti led by Chairman Wolf Hengst, according to …

 Above: the Jimenoa River, Jarabacoa, Yaque del Norte Water Fund (Photo: The Nature Conservancy) By Erick F. CondeCJ Contributor Securing water supplies for communities has become a challenge for water managers across the world. In the Dominican Republic, 20% of …

 Above: the Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun By the Caribbean Journal staff The new Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun is opening its doors on Saturday, according to the company. The property is a rebranding of the former Villa …

 Above: a LIAT plane By the Caribbean Journal staff Regional carrier LIAT will be a smaller airline in 2015. The company announced this week that, as part of its “fleet transition programme,” LIAT will be operating nine aircraft as opposed …

 Above: Carnival Dream By the Caribbean Journal staff Carnival Cruise Lines CEO Gerry Cahill is retiring, the company announced Thursday. Cahill will be retiring effective Nov. 30, following two decades of service at the company. He has served as CEO …

 Above: Jamaica Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips began a three-day visit to New York City on Wednesday. The visit will include a meeting with 50 of “the most prominent …

 Above: St Croix (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff St Croix will soon be home to a major new resort. Developer Golden Resorts is planning a resort on the US Virgin Island that would include 400 rooms, along with …

 Above: the Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma in Playa del Carmen By the Caribbean Journal staff Azul Hotels by Karisma is planning a $40 million expansion of its property in Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. The expansion of …

 Above: Cartagena By Alexander Britell JetBlue has officially launched its new service from Fort Lauderdale to Cartagena on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The first JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale to Cartagena touched down in the Caribbean city just before 7 PM. …

 Above: some of the 100 dresses  for the initiative on display  By the Caribbean Journal staff A new charitable initiative based in Florida is looking to bring brand-new dresses for young girls in the orphanages and resettlement camps of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor I’ve eaten goat, tripe and ostrich in my travels but this is a first. As the Curaçao sun beats mercilessly down on our jeep pulled over on the arid north coast, tour guide Michel is …