Month: February 2017

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Dominican Republic Tourism Keeps Climbing

 The Caribbean’s most popular tourism destination continues to see strong growth. The latest data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization show a total of 5.95 million visitors arriving in the Dominican Republic last year, a 6.7 percent increase compared to 2015. …

Martinique Reporting Strong Tourism Growth

 The French Caribbean island of Martinique is seeing a tourism surge, according to the latest numbers from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Martinique reported 519,304 stayover tourist arrivals in 2016, a 6.6 percent increase compared to 2015. That was one of …

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Five Events to Check Out in Nevis in 2017

 Nevis has released a rundown of activities that visitors will find on the island in 2017. The calendar offers something for travelers seeking active vacations and relaxing getaways alike. First among the festivities is the 16th Bente Weber Memorial Swim …

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 Puerto Rico has long occupied a unique niche in the world of Caribbean travel; while it’s been off the radar of the jet set for decades (something that is, happily, changing), it has found favor with adventure and culture aficionados …

Turks and Caicos

 The Caribbean has a new fastest-growing destination, according to the latest numbers from the Caribbean Tourism Organization: the Turks and Caicos Islands. The TCI reported 17.5 percent growth in tourist arrivals in 2016, the highest of any destination in the …

 The Tamarijn Aruba has completed what the resort is calling “extensive renovations” across the property. The renovations include a new look featuring an upgraded lobby and “Pizza per Tutti” bar along with the redesigned Cunucu Terrace Restaurant. In addition, guests …

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 Carnival has completed an “extensive” makeover of its Carnival Dream cruise ship, the company said. The renovation, which took place in Freeport, Bahamas, included the addition of a number of new food and beverage options. The changes include a new …

 The World Bank has appointed Tahseen Sayed Khan as its new Country Director for the Caribbean. She will be responsible for maintaining a “solid partnership” with the countries to address their development and financial challenges, the organization said in a …

New Airport

 The Caribbean’s most anticipated airport project has finally come to fruition. The new Argyle International Airport on the island of St. Vincent receives its first-ever flights on Tuesday as the largest project in the history of the country. The first flights …

 Protecting sharks isn’t just good for the environment – it’s good for a country’s bottom line, too. That’s the finding of a new study by The Cape Eleuthera Institute, which reports that shark and ray tourism brought almost $114 million …

 Reggae superstar Ziggy Marley has done it again. The son of Bob Marley has taken home his third Best Reggae Album Grammy in the last five years. Marley won for his eponymous album “Ziggy Marley” under the Tuff Gong Worldwide …

 JetBlue Airways continues to show surging traffic, according to the New York City-based carrier’s latest data. The carrier reported 3.86 billion revenue passenger miles in January, an 8.6 percent increase compared to the 3.55 billion the carrier reported in January …

Belize Resorts

 From the reef to the rainforest, swanky offshore islands to rustic hillside retreats, Belize combines its Caribbean and Central American assets into a “one-stop” vacation package that has something for every traveler. It’s the kind of destination that draws an eclectic …

 It’s one of the coolest experiences in the Caribbean: Substation Curaçao’s personal submarine rides. The company’s Curasub offering descends four times a day to travel to depths unreachable for divers. And it also means that, with no effect of pressure …

 Bahamian national air carrier Bahamasair has named a new executive team. Bahamasair Chairman Valentine Grimes has announced that Tracy Cooper has been appointed the carrier’s new managing director. Cooper had most recently served as director of maintenance at the company, …

 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Olga Rodriguez, who sent in this shot from the beach at the Renaissance Ocean Suites in Aruba. Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean? Send it to news@caribjournal.com with …

Villa Marie in St. Barth.

 There’s a major new luxury hotel on tiny St. Barth: Villa Marie. The self styled “tropical chic” five-star property is the brainchild of the Sibuet family, whose Maisons and Hotels Sibuet label is on a host of hotels in the …

 It’s almost time for one of the Caribbean’s great annual festivals: Moonsplash. This year will be the 27th annual edition of the iconic Anguilla festival led by music star Bankie Banx, who first conceived of a reggae festival held under …