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ResortPass Adds Dominican Republic in Wider Caribbean Expansion

ResortPass, the hotel platform that allows travelers buy day passes to participating resorts, has expanded to the Caribbean, including major markets like the Dominican Republic and The Bahamas.  The Los Angeles-based company has also expanded to St Kitts, St Maarten, […]

Norwegian Epic Returns to Sailing Following Shipwide Enhancements

By the Caribbean Journal staff Norwegian Epic has reentered service following a series of shipwide enhancements. The ship was in a three week dry dock. IT will be homeport at Port Canaveral in the fall of 2016. Norwegian’s second-largest ship […]

The Wider Context to Jamaica’s Big Media Merger

Local and Global Trends By Marcia Forbes, PhD CJ Contributor As promised, here is another look at the proposed RJR/Gleaner merger. This announcement comes against the backdrop of a media landscape that is constantly evolving globally, regionally and locally. Media […]

Hilton Worldwide Expands in Panama

Above: the new Hampton by Hilton Panama By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean Basin’s hotel boom is surging. Hilton Worldwide announced the opening of its latest hotel in the region this week, the new Hampton by Hilton Panama in […]

Taiwan Providing Island-Wide Wi-Fi Hotspots For St Lucia

Above: St Lucia (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The government of Taiwan will be providing island-wide Wi-Fi hotspots around the island of St Lucia, the government said this week. The project has already been approved, and will be […]

LIAT Undertaking “Wide-Ranging” Review of Commercial Activities

Above: a LIAT plane By the Caribbean Journal staff Caribbean regional air carrier LIAT is undertaking a “wide-ranging review of its commercial activities,” the company said in a release this week. The purpose of the review is to enhance the […]

Federal Agents Arrest USVI Police Officer in Widening Drug Trafficking Probe

Above: District Court in St Thomas By the Caribbean Journal staff Federal agents have arrested a police officer in the United States Virgin Islands as part of an investigation into alleged drug trafficking by a official in the government’s planning […]

Trinidad Moves to Restore Power After Nationwide Blackout

Above: Trinidad PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar at the Phoenix Park plant on Friday (Photo: OPM Trinidad) By the Caribbean Journal staff Trinidad and Tobago suffered a nationwide blackout on Friday morning following a malfunction at the Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited, […]

Jamaica Planning Island-Wide Consultations on Logistics Hub Project

Above: Kingston (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica’s Ministry of Industry, Investment Commerce plans to conduct a series of island-wide public consultations on the government’s plans for a logistics hub in Kingston, Minister Anthony Hylton announced. The government […]

St Lucia Eyes Free Island-Wide Wi-Fi

By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucia’s government is taking steps to increase internet and Wi-Fi penetration on the island, with an ultimate plan to make it free across the country. This year, the government will launch what it says […]

Panama Begins Computer Distribution Project, Continuing Caribbean-Wide Trend

Above: President Ricardo Martinelli launching the programme (Photo: OP) By the Caribbean Journal staff Continuing a trend that has made its way across the Caribbean, from Antigua to Guyana, the government of Panama has delivered the first computers to families […]

Dominican Republic Continues $20.6 Million Nationwide Paving Plan

Above: the national paving plan in process (Photo: CIG) By the Caribbean Journal staff Continuing the country’s nationwide infrastructure push, the Dominican Republic is investing $20.6 million in a National Asphalt Plan to remake its roads. The plan, which was […]

Jamaica Signs Deal on ICT Loan as Part of Wider Technology Strategy

Above: Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (JIS Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The Jamaica Promotions Corporation and the Development Bank of Jamaica Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday on a $20 million loan facility to […]

Jamaican Opposition Plans Island-Wide Protest over Extradition Affair

Jamaica’s Opposition People’s National Party is planning an island-wide protest concerning the government’s handling of the extradition crisis involving Christopher “Dudus” Coke. Former Justice Minister KD Knight, the lead attorney representing the party during the recently-concluded Commission of Enquiry, said […]

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Wyndham Debuts New Look at Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive 

The new-look, renamed Wyndham Alltra Vallarta all-inclusive has made its debut in the Nuevo Vallarta area just north of Puerto Vallarta.  Playa Hotels and Resorts says the property has undergone a renovation that amounted to a “significant investment,” with an […]

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Curacao Hotels Keep Filling Up 

Hotels in Curacao continue to see strong growth as the island beats its tourism records, according to new data from the Curacao Hotel and Tourism Association.  Hotel occupancy in Curacao was 72.7 percent in October, 2.7 percentage points higher than […]

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Marriott Just Opened Its New Riviera Maya Edition in the Mexican Caribbean

Marriott calls it the “anti-hotel chain.” Edition, originally conceived as a partnership between the hotel giant and legendary hotelier Ian Schrager, is a collection of “individualized” hotels, all with unique personalities and fresh takes on modern luxury.  Until now, though, […]

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The Ultimate Car Rental in St Barth 

The Caribbean’s most glamorous island is also home to some of its most stunning places to drive: the winding, switchback, cliffside roads of St Barth.  While much of the island’s traffic is filled up by smaller hatchbacks, scooters, Renault Twizys […]

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JetBlue Is Launching Its First-Ever Belize Flights Next Month

JetBlue is now flying to a new destination: the rainforest-filled, reef-lined, beach-covered hotspot of Belize.  The increasingly popular getaway on the Caribbean coast of Mexico will soon be served by nonstop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.  […]

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American Airlines Is Adding More Flights to Barbados, Anguilla 

American Airlines is planning another major expansion of service to the wider Caribbean next summer, with plans for a wave of new daily flights to destinations like Anguilla and Barbados.  It’s another reminder that the Caribbean has become a true […]

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A New Way to Fly Nonstop From Chicago to Cancun

It’s been one of the hemisphere’s most popular destinations since the pandemic: Cancun on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, the Western Caribbean’s hotspot for large all-inclusive resorts, flowing tequila and unrivaled Mexican hospitality.  No airline has been adding more flights […]

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Yes, You Can Stay at an All-Inclusive Resort in St Thomas, USVI

The Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas may be the most popular all-inclusive resort you’ve never heard of. It’s not that the resort itself isn’t well-known: this family-run and managed, beach resort has been in business since 1974. But […]

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This Saint Lucia Resort Just Joined Relais & Chateaux

Saint Lucia’s Cap Maison has always been the island’s premier culinary destination, with an all-encompassing focus on gastronomy, from Chef Craig Jones’ culinary masterpieces to the endlessly lovely walk-in wine cellar. Now, the resort is upping its game, becoming the […]

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The Bahamas’ Atlantis Paradise Island Just Turned 25

I remember when Atlantis’ Royal Towers first debuted. I was 13 years old, and as someone who had already been visiting Paradise Island for much of his life, during the days of Merv Griffin Airport and Swanks Pizza and the […]

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Major National Honor for Legendary Caribbean Hotelier 

One of the Caribbean’s most legendary hoteliers has received a significant honor from Antigua and Barbuda.  Robert Barrett, the chairman of the Elite Island Resorts hotel group, has been awarded a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of the […]

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The 15 Best Spa Resorts in the Caribbean

Resort spas have become almost as common as fitness centers on amenity lists, but while it’s simple enough to carve out some space for a few treatment rooms, there are some spas that offer a true “experience” to go along […]


Azamara Names New CEO

Small-ship cruise line Azamara has named a new chief executive officer.  The company has tapped Dondra Ritzenthaler as its new chief executive officer; Ritzenthaler was most recently the senior Vice President of sales, trade support and services for the Americas […]

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Kempinski, Posadas Form Strategic Alliance

Posadas, the largest hotel operator in Mexico, has announced a strategic alliance with Kempinski Hotel Cancún, a part of the European luxury hotel brand, to commercialize its 363 rooms in Quintana Roo. This property will be available through Posadas’ commercial platform, adding […]


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