Month: July 2015

Belize Hosts Tourism Conference

 Annual gathering meets this weekend By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The Belize Tourism Board is set to hold its annual Tourism Industry Conference this weekend. Industry partners will gather to discuss tourism accomplishments in the past year, as well as strategies to …

Riu Palace Aruba Reopens Following Renovation Project

 Upgrades in Aruba By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Aruba’s Riu Palace hotel has reopened following a refurbishment project, the property announced this week. The upgrades took place over the spring and summer of 2015; they included renovations to the property’s buffet …

Cayman Islands Reporting Slight Increase in Tourist Arrivals

 Increase in first six months of 2015 By the Caribbean Journal staff The Cayman Islands received 213,495 stayover arrivals in the first six months of 2015, according to the country’s department of tourism. That represented a 1.43 percent improvement over …

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 In praise of the perfect patty By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Served piping hot in a brown paper bag, the Jamaican patty – a meat-filled pastry pocket similar to Brits’ Cornish pasty or Latins’ empanada ¬– is to islanders what …

 A new way to rock in Curaçao By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor It’s just over a month until Curaçao’s North Sea Jazz Festival, so if you haven’t booked a room yet, better hop to it! An option that just crossed our …

 Another new Caribbean diplomatic partner By Alexander Britell CARICOM and the Vatican have officially established diplomatic ties, the two sides announced this week. CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque accepted the credentials of the Vatican’s first-ever Ambassador to CARICOM, Archbishop …

 A new entrepreneurship drive in Guyana By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The government of Guyana has announced plans to promote small business and entrepreneurship opportunities throughout the country. Guyana Minister of Business and Investment, Dominic Gaskin (above), presented this plan this …

 Chelsea Clinton, Donna Shalala visit Haiti By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton and Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala traveled to Haiti this week to visit the foundation’s initiatives that are supporting Haitian agriculture, health and women’s entrepreneurship. …

 A tourism boom  By the Caribbean Journal staff Tourism to Trinidad and Tobago is surging. The country reported 222,946 stay over tourist arrivals in the first six months of 2015, up 9.3 percent compared to the same period in 2014. That …

 “Take me to an adults-only resort.” It’s something you probably find yourself saying all the time, whether you’re looking for a getaway or just a hotel that’s a little bit more tranquil. And while there are great inclusions at all-inclusive resorts around …

 A new destination for the rapidly-growing carrier Above: the Cayo Espanto resort in Belize By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Starting this December, Copa Airlines will be offering its first-ever service to Belize. The Panama-based carrier will be operating two weekly direct flights …

 In Nevis, the art of collage By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor NEVIS — I take great pride in my shopping skills and my ability to sniff out a “shopportunity” when I travel. So I was more than a bit concerned …

 A unique inclusion  By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor As Caribbean all-inclusive resorts expand their list of features, it’s not unheard of to have butler service (Sandals resorts), a 15-foot boat (Fowl Cay) or even guitar lessons (Hard Rock Punta Cana) …

 Regional carrier continues expansion By Dana NilandCJ Contributor InterCaribbean Airways and British Airways have teamed up to launch an agreement that will provide new options for European travelers to the Caribbean. The new interairline agreement will provide single-ticket purchasing for …

 A partnership to regain Haiti’s lost forest cover By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Haiti has lost as much as 98 percent of its forest cover over the decades, but the country has slowly been taking steps to regrow trees. Now, JetBlue …

 A Major Caribbean hotel trade By the Caribbean Journal staff The iconic El San Juan Resort & Casino, a Hilton Hotel, has been sold. An affiliate of Blackstone has sold the property to a partnership including Leon, Mayer & Co, Fundamental …

 A drive for domestic tourism By the Caribbean Journal staff In a bid to increase tourism revenue, Belize is looking close to home. The country has launched a new ad campaign aimed at local travelers, under the theme “Discover How to …

 New lift from the West Coast By Dana NilandCJ Contributor American Airlines is launching nonstop flights from Los Angeles International Airport to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay starting Dec. 18, 2015. The new route, which reportedly comes in response …