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Caribbean Sees Slight Rise in Hotel Occupancy

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Following a very strong September, the Caribbean hotel sector saw slower growth in October, according to the latest report from STR. The region’s occupancy was 57.9 percent last month, a 1.2 percent rise over the same …

A Very Strong Month for the Caribbean Hotel Sector

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Caribbean hotels posted strong growth in September, according to the latest report from hotel analytics firm STR. The region’s hotel occupancy was 54.4 percent last month, a 6.4 percent year-over-year improvement over the same month …

An Historic Caribbean Hotel Is Reborn

 By the Caribbean Journal staff An historic Caribbean hotel has new life. The Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel and Casino has officially debuted, following a $40 million renovation that began in 2014. The property, which plays a major role in …

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 New pact makes travel easier By the Caribbean Journal staff Barbados and India have signed an Air Services Agreement, the two sides announced. The agreement will “redound to the benefit of both Barbados and India,” according to Barbados Tourism Minister …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff A major new hospital has officially opened its doors in Jamaica. The $19.3 million USD Hospital Montego Bay was officially opened by the Spanish-owned Hospiten group in the Rose Hall area of St James. The …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The W Retreat and Spa in Vieques has named Nathalie Urban its new general manager, Starwood announced. She joins the property after most recently working at the Presidente InterContinental Cancun resort. “Nathalie’s experience and proven …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Marriott International is embarking on a major expansion push in Latin America and the Caribbean, the company said this week. The company said it plans to open 60 new hotels in Latin America and the …

 By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Caribbean nations must strengthen their Internet infrastructure in order to take full advantage of the global digital economy. This was the message was expressed by Mark Vanterpool, Vice President of Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), at the …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff It’s the toniest island in the Caribbean, and that means serious real estate. The newest listing to hit the market in St Barth is called Artepea, a four-bedroom, four-bathroom villa at the top of the …

 Major damage on several islands By the Caribbean Journal staff Hurricane Joaquin pummeled parts of the Bahamas as it rose north this weekend. The Category 4 storm’s biggest damage came in the south of Long Island, where it caused “major …

 A new place to stay By Dana NilandCJ Contributor Blue Sky Luxury has announced the addition of Langara, the Penthouse at Sandy Cove Barbados, to its Caribbean villa portfolio. Blue Sky Luxury now represents over 250 rental properties in Antigua, …

 A push for transparency By Gerard BestCJ Contributor Across the Caribbean, governments are moving their essential services to digital platforms and generating more data than ever. Yet much valuable public information remains locked away in proprietary systems, beyond the reach …

 A flip-flop tree grows in Cayman By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor It started with just one flip-flop. But now there are hundreds, joined by assorted sneakers, slippers and even flippers, nailed to a casuarina tree bordering the coastal road that …

 A new call for tourism By Dana NilandCJ Contributor The Caribbean must keep refreshing its tourism product in order to ensure its people continue to benefit from the revenue generated by the industry, according to one regional tourism leader. Karolin …

 Exploring YCCS By Alexander Britell It isn’t really like any other yacht club in the Caribbean. But that’s because the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s roots aren’t in the Caribbean, but the Italian island of Sardinia. And this Virgin Gorda yacht …

 Region’s tourism leaders gather at El Conquistador By Guy Britton FAJARDO – Some of the Caribbean’s top tourism leaders have gathered at Puerto Rico’s El Conquistador Resort for the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum, or CHIEF. The three-day event includes …

 A new project at the luxury all-inclusive By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucia’s BodyHoliday resort recently began a $20 million renovation. The project will include a series of upgrades and additions “designed to maintain the property’s level of luxury …

 A new culinary concept in Old San Juan By the Caribbean Journal staff San Juan’s El Convento hotel is taking the farm-to-table concept one step further. The hotel set in a 360-year-old convent in Old San Juan has debuted a …