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Dreams All-Inclusive Planning March Relaunch in Panama

 The all-inclusive Dreams Playa Bonita resort in Panama will be opening at the end of the first quarter, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The resort, which is parent company AMResorts’ only hotel property in Panama, will reopen on March 10, 2021, …

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Sunwing Suspending Outgoing Caribbean Flights Amid Coronavirus

 Sunwing is suspending all of its outgoing Caribbean flights for the next two weeks amid the coronavirus epidemic.  The Canadian travel giant said it would be suspending all flights to its “sun” destinations for the next two weeks in order …

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Belize Has Quietly Become a Caribbean Hotspot

 Long a well-kept secret for travelers in the know, Belize has quietly become a full-fledged Caribbean hotspot in recent years, buoyed by one of the region’s fastest rates of tourism growth.  And now it’s borne out by the data — Belize …

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 The barrels were an afterthought, hidden away in the corner of the rum factory. And while they were few in number, these “lost” barrels held something rather special. And now Papa’s Pilar, the rum brand named for Ernest Hemingway’s fishing …

Panama Canal Cruises

 By the Caribbean Journal staff Holland America Line is planning a big push to the Panama Canal this upcoming season. The cruise line will run a total of 32 sailings to the Canal from September 2019 and May 2020, it …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Fast-expanding hotel giant Accor has named a new CEO to lead its North America and Central America regions, the company announced this week. The company has tapped Heather McCrory for the role, in which she …

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 By Alexander Britell and Dana Niland Belize is one of the hottest destinations in the region right now, according to the latest data from the country’s tourism board. The country on the Caribbean coast of Central America reported 14.6 percent …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The JW Marriott brand is coming to Panama. The Bahia Grand Panama, which first opened in 2011 as a Trump hotel, will be rebranded as a JW Marriott. It had been operating as an independent …

 Panama-based air carrier Copa Airlines has officially begun service between Panama and Belize. The airline’s first flight from Panama to Belize arrived on Tuesday carrying 92 passengers. Belize becomes Copa’s seventh destination in Central America. “For COPA Airlines this is …

 Above: the W Vieques By the Caribbean Journal staff Starwood Hotels and Resorts has named a new vice president of operations for the Mexico, Central America and Caribbean region, the company announced this week. The new appointment is Jean-Marc Janod, …

 Above: the Hotel Contempo in Managua By the Caribbean Journal staff Delta Air Lines is launching new seasonal service from Los Angeles to Managua, Nicaragua. The weekly service will launch June 5. Delta already offers daily nonstop service from Atlanta …

 By Alberto Duran and Noemi Areli SanchezOp-Ed Contributors The Central American Integration System (SICA) was formed in 1991 and is a regional organization which includes the States of Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. …

 Above: the TRYP by Wyndham Hotel in Panama By the Caribbean Journal staff The new TRYP by Wyndham Albrook Mall has opened in Panama, the largest TRYP by Wyndham in Central America. The hotel is also the second TRYP property …

 Above: a wind farm in Nevis (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Central American and Caribbean countries can reduce their dependence on oil through a combination of renewable energy, energy efficiency initiatives and regional energy integration, according to a …

 Above: Roatan on Honduras’ Caribbean coast By the Caribbean Journal staff Honduras Tourism Minister Nelly Jerez Karina Caballero met with Organization of American States Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin Wednesday to disuse the “growing importance” of the tourism sector for …

 Barbados and Panama are “on the verge” of cementing air links between the two countries, according to Industry Minister Denis Kellman. Kellman was speaking at the official opening ceremony of Barbados’ trade mission in Panama. The Minister said officials had …