Month: May 2020

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Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende Begins First Phase of “Reactivation”

 Mexico’s popular tourism destination of San Miguel de Allende has begun what tourism officials are calling “Phase 0” of its COVID-19 “reactivation plan,” which for now is limited to the local population. The first phase includes activation of the local …

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Caribbean Airlines Ramping Up Trinidad-Tobago Flights

 Caribbean Airlines is ramping up its domestic operations between Trinidad and Tobago, the carrier said in a statement.   Beginning June 1, Caribbean Airlines will be increasing its flight frequency on what’s known as the “domestic air bridge” between the …

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Dave Mason, Forever Feelin’ Alright in St Thomas

 Musician Dave Mason’s biography reads like a who’s-who of rock history: the co-founder of the band Traffic with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, and Chris Wood, writer of “Feelin’ Alright,” and performer of the ‘70s hit “We Just Disagree” counted Jimi …

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 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Monique van Pamelen, who sent in this lovely shot of the Gold Mill Ruins on the east coast of Aruba.  Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean? Send it …

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 Living in the time of COVID-19 has underscored how difficult it is to maintain our distance. Many of us are longing for a time when we can feel comfortable to reconnect with our family and friends and restart regular economic …

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 Another Caribbean destination is reopening for tourism — the Turks and Caicos Islands, which has officially announced it will reopen its borders on July 22.  Turks and Caicos Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson announced the move, which will come with a series of …

st maarten antigua flights

 The pandemic has altered the hospitality landscape in so many ways, with an understandably strong focus on health and safety.  One Antigua resort, the Hodges Bay Club, has announced a major new initiative to transform its operations to reflect the …

puerto rico ritz-carlton refinancing

 It was a major step for the reopening of Puerto Rico’s tourism industry this week as the destination reopened all of its nearly 15 golf courses, including the popular course at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel, which is …

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 What’s next for the Caribbean travel industry? How will it begin to rebound amid COVID-19? What’s the outlook for demand? A webinar June 2 will gather regional travel industry leaders for a roundtable discussion on the next steps for the …

antigua taxi operators

 The pandemic means the entire Caribbean tourism industry has to adapt its practices — and that includes the on-island transportation industry. Accordingly, officials in Antigua and Barbuda have begun training sessions for taxi operators focused on passenger safety and “minimizing occupational …

southwest airlines montego bay

 Southwest Airlines is planning to relaunch a number of routes as the Caribbean begins opening up once again for tourism, the carrier said.  While the launches are dependent on each individual destination’s reopening plans, Southwest Airlines said it would be …

jetblue guyana flights

 Guyana has drafted a four-stage blueprint for the reopening of the country’s airports.  The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has submitted the plan for review with the country’s National COVID-19 Task Force.  Guyana’s airports have been closed since the early stages …

mexican caribbean health

 As it prepares for the return of travelers, the Mexican Caribbean has launched a new program to ensure high sanitary standards in the tourism industry.  Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, the Governor of Quintana Roo, which is home to popular destinations like …

st croix caribbean tiki bar

 The Fog Cutter. The Hurricane. The Chief Lapu Lapu. The Mai Tai.  These are some of the drinks that have defined the world of “tiki,” the colorful, cheerful, retro culture that for almost 100 years has paid tribute to a …

barbados tourism recovery

 Barbados Tourism Minister Kerrie Symmonds has launched the new Barbados Recovery Tourism Task Force.  The unit is responsible for managing the island’s tourism sector during the pandemic and its aftermath and “mapping its transformation.” The unit is being chaired by …

puerto rico air surge

 The negative short-term economic global impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the tourism industry has been devastating.  Now, as the world begins to slowly reopen and potentially recapture their lost tourism industry, it is imperative to rethink and reassess how …

us virgin islands tourism open

 The United States Virgin Islands is reopening for leisure visitors on June 1, USVI Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte announced.  That will make the US Virgin Islands the first Caribbean destination to officially reopen for tourism.  Boschulte said the USVI was …

antigua residential resort

 There will soon be a new way to stay at one of Antigua’s most prestigious luxury residential resorts.  The island’s Tamarind Hills is planning to debut the third phase of its project with a boutique residential resort component.  The development …