Month: February 2015

Sandals’ New Jerk Pit

 Above: the new Jerk Pit in Ocho Rios By the Caribbean Journal staff Sandals has been adding a host of new dining options to its all-inclusive resorts of late, from a new steakhouse (Butch’s Chophouse) to a new Indian eatery. …

Supporting Cuba’s Entrepeneurs

 Above: Havana By the Caribbean Journal staff The United States’ approach to Cuba in large part about “empowering the Cuban people and Cuban civil society,” the State Department said Friday in a statement. The State Department said in a media …

Turks and Caicos is the Caribbean’s Fastest-Growing Tourism Destination

 Above: the Turks and Caicos Islands By Alexander Britell MIAMI — The Turks and Caicos Islands is the fastest-growing tourism destination in the wider Caribbean region, Caribbean Journal has learned. The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board reported a 50 percent …

LATEST NEWS

 By S Brian SamuelOp-Ed Contributor There’s no cheap travel within the Caribbean. Unlike Greece and other island archipelagos, virtually all travel within the Caribbean is by air. And as we all know, travelling by air within the Caribbean is, to …

 Above: the Crystal Palace Casino in Nassau By the Caribbean Journal staff Nassau’s Crystal Palace Casino closed on Thursday, ahead of the debut of the Baha Mar resort. The casino, which was the largest casino in New Providence, first opened …

 Above: Curacao (CJ Photo) The Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao received 450,953 tourists in 2014, according to new data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. That was a 2.5 percent increase over the previous year, buoyed by a summer season that …

 Above: Grenada (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Germany’s government has agreed to provide just under $1.6 million in funding to support reforms in Grenada’s energy sector. The funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff After a slow start to 2014, the Caribbean hotel sector finished strong last year, according to year-end data from STR Inc. The region’s hotel sector saw a 5.3 percent increase in occupancy in December, following …

 Above: Havana By the Caribbean Journal staff JetBlue is adding a new charter flight to Cuba. The company announced Thursday that it had made an agreement with its partner, ABC Charters, to add a new flight to Cuba beginning this …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Just a few weeks after buying Travelocity for $280 million, Expedia is at it again. The travel giant announced Thursday that it had paid the equivalent of $1.6 billion to acquire rival travel company Orbitz. …

 Above: the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort By the Caribbean Journal staff A premiere beachfront hotel in Grand Cayman is on the block. CBRE Hotels announced that it has been tapped to market the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort for …

 Above: Grenada (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The island of Grenada received 133,521 tourist arrivals in 2014, according to new data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. That represented an 18.4 percent increase over 2013, the highest rate of …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean reported record tourist arrivals in 2014, according to a new report from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. The region welcomed an estimated 26.3 million tourists last year, a 5.3 percent increase over the previous …

 Above: the Club Med Punta Cana By the Caribbean Journal staff The Club Med Punta Cana resort is expanding. The company announced this week that it would be adding a new development called a Zen Oasis. The 78-room “escape” will …

 By Ryan PetersonCJ Contributor Finance and governance. Economy and energy. Tell me it ain’t about the money. Tourism and environmentalism. Productivity and community. Tell me it ain’t about technology. Education and innovation. Nation and next generation. Tell me it ain’t …

 Above: a JetBlue plane By the Caribbean Journal staff A little more than a year after launching its first-ever flight to Haiti, JetBlue is adding another. The New York City-based carrier announced Wednesday that it would be operating a new …

 Above: the new design of Bacardi By the Caribbean Journal staff The world’s best-selling rum has a new look. Bermuda-based Bacardi has unveiled a major overhaul of its bottle designs. The changes, which the company said were designed “in consultation …

 Above: Grenada (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff China is planning to continue its housing construction project in Grenada. Grenada Housing Minister Delma Thomas said this week that the country’s government had signed a new agreement with China for …