Month: February 2020

punta cana hard rock

Hard Rock Punta Cana to Host Top Dominican Tourism Conference

 The tourism hub of Punta Cana will play host to the leading tourism conference in the Dominican Republic next month.  ASONAHORES, the Dominican Republic’s national hotel and tourism association, will run the 20th edition of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange …

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Caribbean Photo of the Week: Sunset at the Holiday Inn Aruba

 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Robert Sheroke of Nottingham, Maryland, who sent in this gorgeous shot of sunset at the Holiday Inn Resort in Aruba.  Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean? Send it …

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In St Barth, Finding The Rhythm of Caribbean Rum

 My journey started with the thrill of the prop plane nosing down for a “bombs away” landing at the Gustaf III airport runway, one of the shortest in the world, as the landing gear of the Tradewind Aviation plane hammered …

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anguilla tourism

 Anguilla’s all-important tourism sector has put Hurricane Irma in its rear-view mirror.  The island set a new record for tourist arrivals last year, according to new data released by the Anguilla Tourist Board.  In 2019, Anguilla welcomed 95,375 tourist arrivals …

guyana hilton hotel

 Fresh off the announcement of a planned second Marriott hotel in Guyana, another new projet has broken ground, this time under the Hilton umbrella.  Guyana’s first Hilton hotel will be located southeast of the country’s Ogle International Airport.  The project’s …

caribbean tourism arrivals record

 The Caribbean region set an all-time record for visitor arrivals in 2019, according to a new report from the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization. Stayover arrivals to the Caribbean totaled 31.5 million, the highest total in the region’s history. That represented …

puerto rico air traffic surge

 Puerto Rico’s major airport had a very strong fourth quarter to close out the year, according to data from the Mexico-based ASUR airport group, which manages Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.  Passenger traffic in Puerto Rico was up 18.1 percent …

spirit airlines cancun austin

 Spirit Airlines has begun its first-ever international service from Austin, with the official launch of flights from Austin to Cancun in Mexico.  The new service will be operating four times per week, with service on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  …

st maarten caribbean destination

 In a significant achievement for a destination hit hard by the storms of 2017, St Maarten was the fastest-growing tourism destination in the Caribbean last year.  The destination’s growth rate of 80 percent was the biggest improvement of any destination …

bermuda tourism authority ceo

 The chief executive officer of the Bermuda Tourism Authority has resigned, the BTA said in a statement.  Bermuda Tourism Authority CEO Kevin Dallas’ departure takes effect Feb. 26.  In a statement, the BTA said its senior executive team would carry …

antigua barbuda rorc 600

 Looking to solidify its position as the “sailing capital of the Caribbean,” Antigua and Barbuda has announced that it will continue hosting the RORC 600 sailing race for another five years.  The race, which is now in its 12th year, …

turks and caicos providenciales resort

 Another new residential resort is coming to the booming tourism investment market of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. It’s called South Bank, a combination residential resort and marina development set on 2,200 feet of edge of Long Bay Beach, on …

cape air caribbean

 Popular regional Caribbean carrier Cape Air just broke a record for ridership. Cape Air carried 35,000 passengers between December 2019 and January 2020, its highest monthly ridership to date since launching in the region 22 years ago. That number represented …

royal caribbean rebrands

 The Port of St Maarten will get a boost this year with a series of additional calls by cruise giant Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean has modified its regional itineraries by adding 15 new stops in St Maarten this year. That …

bahia principe tulum resort

 Grupo Piñero, which owns the  Bahia Principe all-inclusive chain, is planning a major renovation of its resort in Tulum, Mexico. The company says it has allotted $40 million to upgrade its Bahia Principe Grand Tulum resort. The remodel, part of a …

mexico westin hotel

 Marriott’s Westin brand just opened a new hotel in the heart of Monterrey, Mexico.  The new Westin Monterrey Valle is the brand’s first-ever property in the city, and its eighth in Mexico.  The property, which is owned by Fibra Inn …

swoop flights

 Canadian low-cost carrier Swoop has tapped a new head of commercial, the company said.  Swoop has named Bert van der Stege to the role, in which he will oversee the carrier’s network and planning, pricing and revenue, distribution and sales …

marriott caribbean pipeline

 From all-inclusives in Barbados to design-focused hotels in Jamaica, Marriott International added more than 10,000 rooms to its pipeline in Latin America and the Caribbean last year.  And the company is showing no signs of slowing down.  2019 was the …