Month: December 2015

AMResorts Names New Senior Vice President to Help Expansion Push

 Fast-growing regional hotel brand AMResorts has named a new senior vice president. The company, which is a subsidiary of Apple Leisure Group, has promoted Colette Baruth to Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales, Revenue Management & Distribution, it announced this …

Turks and Caicos Projecting Strong GDP Growth

 By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The Turks and Caicos Islands is projected to have some of the region’s highest GDP growth in the coming years, according to data from its Strategic Policy and Planning Department. Future projections suggest that economic growth …

Island Routes Launches Entertaining New Safety Video

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Jamaica-based tour operator Island Routes is bringing some sass to the safety video with a musical version that debuted on board the company’s new fleet of buses this week. Written, produced and performed by a …

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 More funding for final phase of project By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $41 million grant for the fifth and final phase of the Caracol Industrial Park, which has become the main manufacturing hub in northern …

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 The US Virgin Islands will welcome new Delta Air Lines flights from Atlanta to St. Croix beginning Dec. 23. US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp says that the new flights are an important development in the resurgence of the economy …

 St John meets high fashion By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor St John’s Caneel Bay resort turns 60 next year and is celebrating the landmark in style by partnering with fashion brand Lilly Pulitzer to release a limited-edition scarf. The 28” x …

 Hoteliers in the US Virgin Islands are bracing for the introduction of an increased hotel tax on the island. The new hotel room tax will rise from 10 percent to 12.5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2016. The tax rate will …

 You’ve been on a tour. You’ve probably been on a tour in the Caribbean. And there are great tour guides around the region — ones who offer that extra insight, or take you to that place no one else seems …

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 We’ve long said that some (maybe most) of the best vacation experiences happen around food —  especially when traveling with families. And in the modern era, the all-inclusive experience in the Caribbean means top-level cuisine. Forget the loaded buffet and …

 JetBlue is continuing its Caribbean growth with an expansion in Puerto Rico. The carrier is adding a new route between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. JetBlue already serves the destination from New York …

 After a very strong year in 2014, the pace of tourism growth in St Lucia has slowed so far in 2015. Last year, the island reported a 6 percent growth in stayover tourist arrivals compared to the previous year. So …

 LIAT has added an extra flight to Dominica for the holidays, the company announced. The new flight will operate between Antigua and Dominica daily starting Dec. 23. The new flight coincides with the Christmas and New Year holidays. “We are …

 What’s the future for medical tourism in Jamaica? For Jamaica Industry Minister Anthony Hilton, it’s a bright one, if the country gets the support it needs. The government already has worked out a draft medical tourism policy paper, Hylton said, …

 Ashford Hospitality Prime has completed its purchase of the Ritz-Carlton St Thomas for $64 million, the company announced. Concurrent with the completion of the deal, Ashford has financed the hotel with a $42 million non-recourse mortgage loan. The property will …

 A new push in 2016 By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The tourism sector in St Kitts and Nevis is poised to receive a “Fresh Start” in 2016, according to Prime Minister Timothy Harris. “As part of our Fresh Start Agenda, my …

 A huge new island project By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor MSC Cruises has announced plans to develop its own private Caribbean island experience in the Bahamas. The company said it would be spending around $200 million on the project. Bahamian Prime …

 A luxurious Caribbean estate is headed to auction. The Jamaican estate called “L’Dor V’Dor,” set about 12 miles from Montego Bay, will sell to the highest bidder in an auction Feb. 16 by Concierge Auctions. The property is the largest …

 Another new green push By Dana NilandCJ Contributor St Kitts and Nevis is looking to expand its green energy sector, one that is already at the forefront of the region’s green movement. “More specifically, we must accelerate the pace of …