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Caribbean Hotel Room Rates Are Getting Lower

 It was bound to happen. After six straight months of occupancy declines in the Caribbean, the region’s hotel room rates were down in year-over-year comparisons for the first time in 2019.   Compared with September 2018, Caribbean hotel occupancy dropped …

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A New Way to Vacation in the British Virgin Islands

 There’s a moment on this trip when you take it all in, when you look around at the glory of this place and stop to savor it.  We have been fortunate enough to have made the journey around the British …

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New USVI Legislation Aims to Spur Hotel Development

 The US Virgin Islands has enacted a new bill aimed at spurring hotel development and construction in the Caribbean territory.  The USVI’s expanded Hotel Development Bill gives hotel developers the ability to channel a percentage of room revenue both to …

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 By Alexander Britell One of the Caribbean’s most legendary resorts is making its long-awaited comeback in the first quarter of 2020, Caribbean Journal has learned. The historic Rosewood Little Dix Bay resort on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands …

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 By Alexander Britell What is almost certainly the most anticipated reopening of 2019 will be happening earlier than expected. The long-awaited return of The Ritz-Carlton, St Thomas is set for Nov. 22, Caribbean Journal has learned. The reinvigorated resort’s debut …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff The USVI has “resumed business” following the passage of Tropical Storm Karen, officials said Wednesday. While the storm brought heavy rainfall to the trio of islands, it “had little to no impact on the territory’s …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Patti Edwards, who sent in this lovely shot of sunset on Little Cayman in the Cayman Islands. Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean? …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff The Caribbean has no shortage of great culinary festivals, from St Barth to Barbados, all showcasing the marvelous diversity of Caribbean food. But one of the Caribbean’s most popular destination food festivals has a rather …

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 By Bob CurleyCJ Contributor St Vincent and the Grenadines isn’t your typical Caribbean vacation destination. The lush, volcanic island of St Vincent is by far the largest land mass in this archipelago nation, yet may be the least visited despite …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff As relief and recovery efforts continue in Abaco and Grand Bahama, the remainder of The Bahamas has quickly relaunched its vital tourism economy. And that includes The Bahamas’ vast collection of marinas and most of …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff As relief and recovery efforts continue in Grand Bahama and Abaco, Bahamas officials stressed that nearly the entirety of the country’s 700-island tourism economy was open for business. Indeed, every airport in The Bahamas with …

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 By Alexander Britell On Sept. 8, 1932, the biggest storm ever recorded in Abaco pummeled the island, destroying hundreds of homes and killing 10 people, just enough to land it on page 22 of the Sept. 9 edition of the …

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 By Alexander Britell The French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe is about to get a series lift from JetBlue. The New York City-based carrier has announced plans to launch its first-ever nonstop flights to Guadeloupe, with a tentative start date of …

Bahamas Great Harbour Cay Airport

 By the Caribbean Journal staff One of the Bahamas’ most beloved, but still largely undiscovered, destinations is getting a brand-new airport. Great Harbour Cay, a tiny white-sand paradise in the heart of the country’s Berry Islands archipelago, is the site …

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 By Rico LouwCJ Contributor The Caribbean hotel industry saw its first occupancy decline since October 2018, but continued its run of growth in room rates and revenues, according to April data from hotel analytics STR. In year-over-year comparisons with April …

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 With 700 islands and cays and some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere on the planet, it’s not surprising that the Bahamas is filled with terrific resorts. But while the destination is perhaps best known for larger hotspots on the …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff Following the industry-shaking ban of cruises and other travel to Cuba, major cruise lines are scrambling to adapt — and one Caribbean cruise destination is out in front. The US Virgin Islands said it was …

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 By the Caribbean Journal staff The PGA Tour is set to add the island of Bermuda to its schedule next season. The world’s highest level of tournament golf will debut the Bermuda Championship from Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2019, the first-ever …