Month: February 2015

Jamaica’s Big Hopes for Bananas

 Above: a banana plant (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica has big hopes for the island’s banana industry. Jamaica Agriculture Minister Derrick Kellier said this week that “major developments” would be taking place shortly in the industry, with …

Secrets Cap Cana Breaks Ground in Dominican Republic

 Above: the Secrets site on Juanillo Beach By the Caribbean Journal staff AMResorts has officially broken ground on the Secrets Cap Cana resort in the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina was on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony for …

How Many Tourists Visited Barbados in 2014

 Above: Babados (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff A total of 519,639 stayover visitors came to Barbados last year, according to government data released on Tuesday. That represented a 2.2 percent increase over 2013, the first time the island …

LATEST NEWS

 Above: the new Marriott Port-au-Prince By the Caribbean Journal staff A major new hotel has opened its doors in Haiti. But while it’s a major boost for the country’s nascent tourism hopes, it might also be something else: a new …

 Above: Haiti’s Moulin sur Mer hotel By the Caribbean Journal staff When Montreal-based Transat debuted its first travel packages to Haiti, it was largely alone in making a bet on Haiti’s still-nascent tourism sector. Now, Haiti is a rising tourism …

 Above: the swearing-in ceremony in Basseterre By the Caribbean Journal staff St Kitts and Nevis has sworn in the twin-island federation’s new Cabinet. In a ceremony on Monday, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris himself accepted the …

 Above: the talks in Basseterre By the Caribbean Journal staff St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Marris kicked off his first full week in office by hosting a visiting delegation from Venezuela. The Venezuelan group was led by …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Visiting St Thomas? Don’t rush through it. Run through it instead, on one of Active Island Tour’s hour-long tours. Guides lead groups of runners (and power walkers) on roughly hour-long tours of Charlotte Amalie that …

 Above: Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro By the Caribbean Journal staff Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is visiting Trinidad and Tobago this week. The visit comes after an invitation extended by Trinidad Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar after the CELAC summit in Costa …

 Above: the terminal at the under-construction Argyle International Airport (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The new planned airport in St Vincent and the Grenadines will derive part of its energy needs from solar energy. The Argyle International Airport, …

 Above: a JetBlue plane By the Caribbean Journal staff JetBlue announced a series of new promotions and appointments to its leadership team on Monday. The moves include the promotion of Mike Elliott to executive vice president for people; Jeff Martin …

 Above: Havana By the Caribbean Journal staff The United States and Cuba are set to continue their newly-launched high-level talks later this week. On Feb. 27, the US and Cuba will hold talks in Washington, DC focusing on “reestablishing diplomatic …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor My expectations were low. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Our cruise had just docked at the port in St Thomas, where store after store proffered the usual: tie-dye T-shirts, gauzy sun-dresses, and duty-free designer-branded bling. There’s nothing …

 Above: Round Hill in Jamaica By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica’s landmark Round Hill resort has unveiled a series of additions to the property, highlighted by a new fitness center/gym. The 2,300-square-foot facility includes an open courtyard, an open pavilion …

 Above: Carnival Triumph in Dominica The Carnival Triumph made its first-ever call to Dominica this week. This was the 2,754-passenger Triumph’s only scheduled call to Dominica during the 2014/2015 season. “The relationship between Carnival Cruise Lines and Dominica began in …

 Above: a still from “The Voyage” By the Caribbean Journal staff The Bahamas’ soon-to-debut Baha Mar resort debuted at the Oscars on Sunday night. The resort has been positioning itself as the “Bahamian Riviera,” and its ad called “The Voyage” …

 Above: Havana By the Caribbean Journal staff There could soon be a new way to get to Cuba from the United States: by sea. A Florida-based company called CubaKat says it is looking to develop high-speed catamaran ferry service between …

 Above: Imen Epaminondas at work at her restaurant, YaKeen (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell GOSIER, GUADELOUPE — There was a church service across the street. It was nighttime in Gosier, the market bubbling, the aroma of punch coco …