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Another Month,  Another Dominican Republic Tourism Record 

 The Dominican Republic’s sizzling 2022 continued last month with yet another arrivals record broken, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The country reported 561,323 tourist arrivals in May, the most of any May in the destination’s history.  Indeed, that total was 11 …

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The US Virgin Islands Just Removed All Travel Rules for Americans 

 The US Virgin Islands, among the biggest tourism success stories of the pandemic, has announced a major updates to its entry rules: the lifting of all restrictions for American travelers.  That means U.S. citizens traveling from the US mainland and …

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Turks and Caicos Tourism Is Surging Right Now

 Tourist arrival numbers continue to surge to Turks and Caicos, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The destination’s numbers in the first quarter were just about even with what had been spectacular visitor arrivals in the first quarter of 2019.  Indeed, Turks …

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 In a significant step, the island of Barbados has removed all testing requirements for vaccinated travelers.  The move comes as more than 70 percent of the eligible population in Barbados is fully vaccinated, according to Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley.  …

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 In a significant milestone, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao just eclipsed its pre-pandemic numbers for the month of April.  Last month, Curacao reported 42,715 stayover visitors, representing 106 percent of its arrivals in April 2019.  That was buoyed by …

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 The Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire is projecting a strong 2022, according to new data fro Tourism Corporation Bonaire.  The island’s top tourism organization is reporting a “strong increase” in bookings in the first six months of this year.  And …

 Looking for an easy island getaway? Bermuda is offering some of its biggest savings of the year right now, with a host of places to stay. Bermuda’s calling it a “Splash Sale,” with a 30 percent discount on your stay …

 After a sluggish peak tourist season, things were looking grim for tourism growth in Belize. But a strong summer season put the Caribbean destination into a strong position by the end of the year. Belize reported a 6.2 percent increase …

 A new push in 2016 By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The tourism sector in St Kitts and Nevis is poised to receive a “Fresh Start” in 2016, according to Prime Minister Timothy Harris. “As part of our Fresh Start Agenda, my …

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 Quietly, a major new tourism player has emerged in Jamaica. No, it’s not Spain. Nor is it China. It’s closer to home: Mexico. That country’s investors have been responsible for much of the island’s major tourism investments over the last …

 A significant new project in the Cayman Islands By Alexander Britell In a potentially significant deal, Howard Hospitality Group has announced the acquisition of Grand Cayman’s Treasure Island resort. HHG said it had already begun planning a major redesign and …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff It’s time to insert “innovative and revolutionary thinking and to generate fresh energy” into the Caribbean’s tourism sector. That was the call by Barbados Tourism Minister and current Caribbean Tourism Organization Chairman Richard Sealy at …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean-Mexico hotel pipeline fell last month, according to the latest STR Construction Pipeline Report. There were 163 hotels comprising 27,583 rooms under contract in the region last month, a 6.7 percent decrease in rooms …

 Above: Curaçao Minister of Economic Development Stanley Palm opens the conference By Alexander Britell WILLEMSTAD – The Caribbean’s leading tourism conference officially began on Wednesday evening on the island of Curaçao. The Caribbean Tourism Organization’s 2015 State of the Industry …

 By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is “in the process of reviewing” the number of concessions granted to hotel developments in the twin-island federation. “At the end of the day we want development but we …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff A major new condo-hotel project is coming to the Bodden Town area of Grand Cayman. The project comes as a result of an agreement between the government of the Cayman Islands and Beach Bay Land …

 Focus on linkages hub By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica is placing an increasing emphasis on tourism “linkages,” or the various businesses that support the country’s major tourist sector. The plan is to emphasize the work of Jamaica’s “linkages hub” …

 “Much-anticipated breakthrough” By the Caribbean Journal staff Baha Mar contractor China Construction America has returned to the major project’s construction site, the development’s joint liquidators confirmed this week. The company has “returned to the site for analysis and assessment of …