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Caribbean Hotel Occupancy Continues to Rebound

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Caribbean hotels continued their strong third quarter with another increase in occupancy last month, according to the latest data report from analytics specialist STR. The region’s hotel occupancy was 66.7 percent in August, a 1.8 …

Richard Branson Urges “Marshall Plan” For British Virgin Islands

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Sir Richard Branson, whose own Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands was devastated by Hurricane Irma, is urging the creation of a long-term “Marshall Plan” for the British Virgin Islands, modeled on the massive …

Hurricane Maria Devastates Dominica

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Hurricane Maria made landfall on the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica on Monday night as a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour, according to the NOAA’s National Hurricane Center. …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff With several islands steel reeling from the destructive force of Hurricane Irma, another major storm is barreling toward the Caribbean: Hurricane Maria. As of Sunday evening, Hurricane Maria was about 120 miles east-southeast of the …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor The appeal of swim-up suites ­– hotel rooms that open directly onto a private plunge or shared serpentine pool – is undeniable. Across the Caribbean, resorts with these room categories report that they’re consistently sold …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Fast-expanding JetBlue had another traffic surge in August, according to the New York City-based carrier’s latest data report. JetBlue tallied 4.42 billion revenue passenger miles in August, a 5 percent increase over the same period …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor You may know St. Croix jewelers Sonya Ltd as the originator of the hook bracelet, that classically Crucian silver or gold piece of jewelry that silently signals whether you’re single or taken, depending on whether …

 By Alexander Britell It’s a short drive on a dusty road from the Gold Mine Ranch to Bushiribana, where a century and a half ago they used to take mined gold and process it here. Today it is but a …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff There were 16,297 rooms across 92 hotel projects in construction in the Caribbean and Mexico last month, according to hotel analytics firm STR. That represented a 24.4 percent year-over-year increase based on the number of …

 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Steve Lefler, who sent in this stunning shot of sunrise from his home on the Sittee River in Belize. Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean? Send it to …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff American Airlines saw a slight uptick in traffic to Latin America and the Caribbean in August, according to the carrier’s latest data report. American Airlines reported just under 2.6 billion revenue passenger miles to the …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Apple Leisure Group is planning to ramp up its development push through its subsidiary, AMResorts. The company has announced the addition of vice president of development Federico Moreno-Nickerson to its team. Moreno-Nickerson will support the …

 By Alexander Britell In a major boost for Grenada’s hotel sector, the island’s Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel has become a member of the Relais & Chateaux hotel group. Relais & Chateaux is a collection of mostly family-run hotels with a …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Hospitality giant Choice Hotels officially has a new CEO. Patrick Pacious began his tenure as the company’s president and chief executive officer this week. He succeeds former CEO Steve Joyce, who was recently tapped as …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Caribbean villa management company WIMCO is reporting that all members of its St. Barth-based staff are safe after the passage of Hurricane Irma, and that their office on-island has reopened with power and internet access. …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor If you’re hungry for a Caribbean vacation (or just plain hungry) you’ll want to know about the Barbados Food & Rum Festival, scheduled for November 16 to 19. Now in its eighth year, the event …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The Bahamas is “back to business” after the passage of Hurricane Irma, officials said Wednesday. All airports in The Bahamas are now open and operating, with international and domestic service having resumed. Major properties in …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The island of Barbuda was totally devastated by the passage of Hurricane Irma last week Almost 95 percent of the island’s buildings were destroyed, with both private properties and government facilities either destroyed or extensively …