Month: April 2015

LIAT Adds New Caribbean Routes For Summer Season

 Above: a LIAT plane By the Caribbean Journal staff Regional air carrier LIAT has added a series of new routes for the summer season, the company announced this week. “From Antigua, customers will now be able to connect with a …

Barbados Signs Oil Exploration Agreement With BHP Billiton

 Above: Barbados (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean continues to look for oil off its shores, and now Barbados is continuing its exploration with a new agreement. The country announced this week that it had signed two …

Beach Journal: The Joy of the Sand on Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana

 Above: the beach at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe hotel in Punta Cana BAVARO — Sometimes we forget. We forget how beautiful Caribbean beaches can be. How quiet. How relaxing. How perfect. There are so many wonderful things about the …

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 Above: Jamaica Industry Minister Anthony Hylton during a media briefing at Jamaica Promotions Corporation’s offices in New Kingston (JIS Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica is looking to expand and strengthen its trade ties in the wider Caribbean Basin. …

 Above: Memories Holguin By the Caribbean Journal staff Sunwing’s Cuba expansion continues to gain steam. The Canadian vacation giant has added a series of new flights to Cuba, the company announced this week. The company announced that it would be …

 Above: the signing ceremony in Belize City By Gerard BestCJ Contributor Sometimes the best solution to a technical problem is social engineering. After a journey of two years, that’s exactly how Belize has come to a major milestone in its …

 Above: the JW Marriott Santo Domingo (All photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell SANTO DOMINGO — I am floating above Santo Domingo. I am walking on air, held up only by a thin sliver of glass extended from the lobby …

 Above: Barbados (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Entrepreneurship and innovation are critical for promoting competitiveness and diversifying the economy, according to Barbados Industry Minister Donville Inniss. The Minister, who was speaking at the opening of the recent Inter-American …

 Above: Santo Domingo (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff InselAir is launching new service to the Dominican Republic. The carrier announced Wednesday that it would begin operating two flights per week from Aruba to Santo Domingo beginning July 1. …

 Above: the relaunching ceremony this week By the Caribbean Journal staff The former Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Jamaica has relaunched with a new name and a new look. The property is now called the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay, following a …

The best Jamaica all-inclusive resorts.

 Jamaica’s first “year-round” all-inclusive resort, now known as Couples Tower Isle, opened its doors nearly four decades ago. Today, Jamaica continues to raise the bar with a slew of extraordinary all-inclusives that offer everything from catamaran cruises to caviar bars for …

 Above: Dominican Republic Vice Minister of Tourism Radhames Martinez Aponte (CJ Photo) By Alexander Britell PUNTA CANA — After a very strong year in 2014, the Caribbean’s largest tourism destination is continuing its growth so far in 2015. The country …

 Above: the lobby bar at the Hostal Nicolas de Ovando in Santo Domingo (All photos by CJ) This bar isn’t very old. But the building is. It’s been aging for half a millennium, a place that was once home to …

 Above: Punta Cana (CJ Photo) By Alexander Britell PUNTA CANA — The largest tourism conference in the Caribbean’s most popular destination is now underway. DATE, the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange, officially launched its 2015 edition on Tuesday night with a …

 Above: Cozumel By the Caribbean Journal staff Starwood Hotels and Resorts is expanding in Cozumel. The company announced this week that it had signed an agreement with Inmobiliaria Punta Tormentos to open a Sheraton hotel on the island off the …

 By Dennis ChungCJ Contributor PERHAPS the question I get asked most frequently is about the economy and the prospects for it. One of the things I hate the most is when people engage you on the economy and ask about …

 Above: Carnival Victory By the Caribbean Journal staff Carnival is repositioning its Victory cruise ship to San Juan, the company announced Tuesday. The company will be offering week-long southern Caribbean cruises on Victory beginning Nov. 6, 2016, according to a …

 Above: Antigua (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff How can intra-regional travel in the Eastern Caribbean be expanded? That was the question at a recent summit in Antigua and Barbuda to discuss an OECS-commissioned study on the factors inhibiting …