Month: November 2014

Strong Summer Boosts Tourism to United States Virgin Islands

 Above: St John (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff A strong summer season boosted tourism numbers for the United States Virgin Islands, according to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. After a sluggish winter tourist season, the US territory …

Barbados Looks to “Recapture” Canadian Tourism Market

 Above: Barbados (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbados is looking to take back the Canadian tourism market, according to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. The Prime Minister was speaking during a reception for Canadians at Ilaro Court, his residence, …

Grand Velas Riviera Maya Names New Director of Sales

 Above: the Grand Velas Riviera Maya By the Caribbean Journal staff The Grand Velas Riviera Maya has named a new director of sales. The resort announced this week that it had named Georgina Godoy to the position, effective immediately. Godoy …

LATEST NEWS

 By Paul HayCJ Contributor The fifth “Global Ministerial Summit” was held in Washington, DC on Sept. 21. Ministers of health, tourism and economic development, trade commissioners, and health attachés from 25 nations gathered to discuss medical tourism challenges and offer …

 Above: The Condado neighbourhood of Puerto Rico (CJ Photo) By Alexander Britell SAN JUAN — I didn’t plan on being here, with the Buddha and the duck croquetas. I’m having dinner joined by a small Buddha statue, eating duck croquettes …

 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Chris Roberts, who sent in this snapshot of morning in the Caribbean city of Cartagena, Colombia. Did you take a great photo of the Caribbean? Send it to news@caribjournal.com with CPOTW …

 Above: the entrance to Island Roots (all photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell ROAD TOWN — The Virgin Gorda ferry was leaving soon, which meant about 15 minutes to spare on the narrow back streets of Road Town. So it …

 Above: the Dominican Republic (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Dominican Republic will be receiving a $250 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank to boost productivity and improve the country’s business climate. The loan will target the …

 Above: the Tamarind Bay condos on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman By the Caribbean Journal staff The Cayman Islands is continuing a very strong year for tourism. The British Overseas Territory received 293,652 tourist arrivals in the first nine months …

 Above: Marc Anthony By the Caribbean Journal staff One of the brightest stars in Caribbean music took home the Latin Grammy on Thursday. Marc Anthony, who is of Puerto Rican heritage, won the Latin Grammy award for the Best Salsa …

 Above: the new greenhouse at the St Kitts Eco-Park By the Caribbean Journal staff St Kitts and Nevis has officially opened what is believed to be the largest greenhouse in the Caribbean. The 24-metre-tall, 14,000-square-foot greenhouse is part of the …

 Above: the Treehouse at the Rock Cafe in Virgin Gorda (All photos by CJ) VIRGIN GORDA — It isn’t the highest bar in Virgin Gorda, but it’s certainly the tallest. Here, winding through branches, weaving up around the island’s famous …

 Above: Guatemala By the Caribbean Journal staff Guatemala is projecting big things in the tourism sector. The country’s tourist board said it was projecting 2.2 million visitors for the year 2014, with significant investment on the way in the next …

 Above: construction at the Park Hyatt St Kitts By the Caribbean Journal staff Construction is expanding at St Kitts’ most anticipated hotel project. According to developers Range Development, five buildings are already up and work has begun on another 15 …

 Above: St Lucia (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucia has officially established diplomatic ties with Mauritius. The agreement between the two countries aims to “promote cooperation and is in line with Saint Lucia’s goal of deepening relations …

 Above: Bob Marley By the Caribbean Journal staff Seeking to capitalize on the growing legalization of marijuana and medicinal marijuana around the world, the Marley family has launched its own marijuana brand. It’s called Marley Natural, and will reportedly initially …

 Above: São Paulo By the Caribbean Journal staff Trade between Brazil and the Caribbean Community has significantly increased in recent years, according to Brazil’s new Ambassador to CARICOM, Lineu Pupo De Paula. Total trade between CARICOM and Brazil was $530,602 in …

 Above: inside Regent Seven Seas Voyager By the Caribbean Journal staff Norwegian Cruise Line has completed its previously-announced acquisition of luxury cruise company Prestige Cruises International. Prestige is the parent company of Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises; the …