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Jamaica “Optimistic” About Tourism Rebound Post-Coronavirus

 Jamaican tourism officials are striking an optimistic chord about the destination’s potential recovery once the global coronavirus situation has been controlled. Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says a “new approach” will be needed to rebuild the tourism industry in the …

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On the Trail of James Bond in the Caribbean, From Jamaica to Nassau

 Ever since Ursula Andress took her sensuous stroll out of the surf at Dunn’s River Falls in 1962’s Dr. No, there’s been a love affair between the James Bond movies and the Caribbean.  And the sultry relationship continues right through …

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Radisson Hotel Group Names New CEO for Americas

 Radisson Hotel Group has named Jim Alderman as its new chief executive officer for the Americas, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The Minnesota-based company has more than 680 hotel properties across its portfolio in the wider Americas region.  “Jim is a …

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 Marriott, the world’s largest hotel company, has issued a statement addressing the Coronavirus pandemic.  Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson told travelers that “we know travel may not be your first thought, but I want you to know the safety …

caribbean food

 Sitting under a palapa at the water’s edge, dining on whole snapper glazed in unagi joined by a 2016 Astrid & Therese riesling, one begins to realize just how much the Caribbean culinary scene has changed in recent years.  Because …

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 The most highly-anticipated hotel opening of 2020 is here: the new Eclipse at Half Moon, Jamaica’s new standard-bearer luxury hotel, which has officially launched in the heart of Montego Bay. The 57-room beachfront hotel is a major new addition to …

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 Martinique had another strong year of tourism growth in 2019, according to the latest data report from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.  The French Caribbean department reported 556,268 visitor arrivals last year, which represented an increase of 3.5 percent, according to …

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 It’s just you and the sand. No crowds, no hassle, no long journeys to get from your room to the water.  That’s what the best beach resorts are about — places where nothing stands between you and the object of …

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 One of the Caribbean Basin’s most charming historic quarters will soon be home to a new Hyatt hotel.  Hyatt has announced plans to open the new Hotel La Compañia in Panama City, Panama’s Casco Viejo historic district.  The hotel will …

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 A partnership between Royal Caribbean International and Bahamas Port Investments has purchased the Grand Lucayan Resort on Grand Bahama in The Bahamas.  The government of The Bahamas was the seller of the property, which it had originally purchased the resort …

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 A massive new destination hotel complex by Karisma Hotels and Resorts has officially broken ground in Jamaica.  The estimated $1 billion USD multi-hotel Sugarcane Bay Jamaica project is set on 226 acres in Llandovery in Jamaica’s “garden parish” of St …

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 Caribbean hotels opened 2020 with the region’s lowest January occupancy level since 2011, according to data from STR.   For the month, occupancy was down 3.7% year over year to 66.5%. Average daily rate (ADR) also fell 1.5% to US$253.09, …

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 The highly-anticipated new all-inclusive Royalton Grenada has officially opened its doors on the island’s Magazine Beach.  The new Royalton, set at the former Grenadian by Rex Resorts property, is a major infusion of energy into Grenada’s tourism sector.  The 269-room, …

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 ResortPass, the hotel platform that allows travelers buy day passes to participating resorts, has expanded to the Caribbean, including major markets like the Dominican Republic and The Bahamas.  The Los Angeles-based company has also expanded to St Kitts, St Maarten, …

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 Puerto Morelos, the tiny beach town in Mexico that’s one of the Caribbean’s best-kept secrets, is about to get a major new luxury hotel.  It’s called The Fives Oceanfront Puerto Morelos, the third outpost by The Fives, a growing boutique …

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 Marriott’s Westin brand just opened a new hotel in the heart of Monterrey, Mexico.  The new Westin Monterrey Valle is the brand’s first-ever property in the city, and its eighth in Mexico.  The property, which is owned by Fibra Inn …

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 It was a sluggish start for the Caribbean’s hotel industry in January, according to new data from hotel benchmarking firm STR.  The region’s hotel occupancy was 66.5 percent in January, which represented a 3.7 percent decline compared to the same …

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 Long gone are the days where the Dominican Republic was known only for inexpensive all-inclusive getaways: today the Dominican Republic can match any other destination in the Caribbean for the quality and variety of its luxe hotels, many of which …