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A New Caribbean “Guide” for Coral Reef Restoration

 Healthy coral reefs aren’t just essential for the Caribbean ecosystem — they’re also vital for the Caribbean tourism economy.  That’s the impetus behind a major new guide for coral reef restoration specifically aimed at the Caribbean tourism industry.  The new “Guide,” …

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Caribbean Tourism Leaders Urge Hurricane Preparedness 

 The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Caribbean Tourism Organization are urging the region’s tourism sector to step up its preparations for the 2022 hurricane season.  This year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1 and technically runs through Nov. …

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Caribbean Travel Marketplace Is Coming to Puerto Rico  

 The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace is making a comeback.  The popular industry event is set to return in October in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after having been canceled last year amid the pandemic. (A virtual version …

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 The Caribbean tourism industry is primed to “flourish” with a “strong winter rebound,” according to Nicola Madden-Greig, the new president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.  The pronouncement comes as the Caribbean continues to recover faster than any other …

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 The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association has a new president.  The Miami-based regional hotel association has tapped Jamaican hotelier Nicola Madden-Greig to the role.  Madden-Greig is currently the group director of marketing and sales for the Courtleigh Hospitality Group in …

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  Bahamas has a new Minister of Tourism, following the country’s recent general elections.  The new Minister of Tourism is Chester Cooper, who succeeds former Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar; his portfolio includes Investments and Aviation.  Cooper is serving in the cabinet of …

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 It was one of the first Caribbean destinations to reopen amid the pandemic. Now it’s leading the Caribbean’s tourism rebound.  The United States Virgin Islands, buoyed by its class-leading Travel Screening Portal, was the top performing destination I the Caribbean …

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 St Maarten has a new Minister of Tourism, following the swearing-in of new Minister Roger Lawrence.  Lawrence’s portfolio also includes Economic Affairs, Traffic and Telecommunications.  “We need to create stable instruments of cooperation to develop and promote our tourism sector,” …

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 Saint Lucia has a new Minister of Tourism, Caribbean Journal has learned. New Prime Minister Philip Pierre has named Dr Ernest Hilaire to the role, which will also include the portfolios of investment, the creative industries, culture and information. Hilaire …

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 It’s been an issue in the Caribbean for years: air taxes.  But now, the tide seems to be turning, with the recent news that the Caribbean Community would be launching a review of taxes and fees on airline tickets in …

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 The upcoming Caribbean Travel Marketplace conference will offer a “post-pandemic look” at the region’s tourism industry, organizers say.  The event, the brainchild of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, will be held virtually this year from May 11-14.  Buyers from …

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 The Cayman Islands has named a new Tourism Minister, following the British Overseas Territory’s recent elections.  New Premier Wayne Panton has assigned MP Kenneth Bryan to the role, which includes the portfolios of tourism and transport.  Bryan succeeds longtime Cayman …

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 One of the Caribbean’s top travel industry conferences is set for May.  The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace conference will be held virtually from May 11-14.  “Regional stakeholders should avail themselves of this special opportunity to improve …

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 As the Caribbean tourism and hospitality industry continues to respond to challenges arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association has launched a new program the region adapt.  It’s called Forward Together, and it’s an initiative …

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 Turks and Caicos has a new Minister of Tourism, following the swearing-in of new Minister Josephine Connolly. Connolly was appointed by new Premier Charles Washington following the British Overseas Territory’s recent election. “I am honored to serve the Turks and …

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 The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2021 conference will be held virtually.  The 2021 edition of what has long been one of the region’s leading tourism gatherings will be held online from May 11-14.  Marketplace organizers are …

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 The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association says it is urging the government of Canada to reconsider its new testing rules for return travel to the country. The rule, which took effect Jan. 7, requires all residents and travelers entering Canada …