Major turnaround for Jamaica’s cruise industry

Executive Director of Jamaica Vacations (JamVac), Joy Roberts, says the 2022/2023 cruise-shipping season will see a major turnaround for Jamaica, following the setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “For starts, 2022 going into 2023 will see Royal Caribbean sending...

Farmers earn J$125m from tourism in 10 months

For the first 10 months of this year, Jamaican farmers sold just under J$125 million of produce through the tourism Agri-Linkages Exchange (ALEX) online platform. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett revealed those figures during the launch of the Agricultural Suppliers...

Dominica expects active cruise ship season

Royal Caribbean Cruises’ 2,000-passenger MV Rhapsody of the Seas is scheduled to make 12 calls to Dominica for the 2022/2023 cruise season. It is one of six ships that made inaugural calls to the island over the past two months. Rhapsody of the Seas is one of the...

CAL resumes daily flights to Grenada

Grenada once again has daily flights from Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) and, in welcoming the increased intra-regional flights, Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell has noted the extreme hardship in recent times to move freely between the islands. “The return of a daily...

Jamaica poised for largest room boom

With Jamaica’s local tourism interests upbeat and expecting a "very good winter tourist season", the minister with responsibility for the sector Edmund Bartlett is even more bullish about the long-term prospects. Bartlett says thousands of resort rooms are now under...

SIA: multi-destination hub

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett is heading a team of Caribbean tourism officials to Saudi Arabia to cement a major multi-destination tourism arrangement with leading airlines in the Middle East. Bartlett who left the island on the weekend, will also be a key...

UNICO signals new perspective, says Bartlett

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett has signalled the start of what he termed “a new perspective in tourism development in Jamaica” following the ground-breaking ceremony for the UNICO Montego Bay 451-room luxury adults only all-inclusive resort recently. UNICO...

Tobago woos locals

For the first time ever, the Tobago Tourism Agency Limited will be hosting a domestic tourism roadshow experience by Tobagonians and for Tobagonians called “We Are Tobago”. Hosted as part of the Division of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities and Transportation “Tourism...

Dominica unveils 2023 festivals

Discover Dominica Authority has unveiled its 2023 festival line-up, welcoming the return of all three of its signature festivals, including Mas Domnik, for the first time since the pandemic. Known for its rich culture and traditions, the island’s three festivals, Mas...

Bartlett bats for health & wellness tourism

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says that Jamaica's natural resources and geographic location make the island well-positioned to be a leader in the health and wellness tourism industry. He, therefore, called for greater investment to be made in the industry to ensure...

ROK’s first Christmas

The Hilton’s ROK Hotel Kingston intends to make its first-ever Christmas unforgettable. It’s rolled out an impressive list of holiday offers and, as of November 25, it may unveil not one but three Christmas trees on property. ROK Hotel Kingston is the perfect place to...

December deals @ The Cliff Hotel

For locals who usually start their Yuletide celebrations as soon as December rolls around, The Cliff Hotel in Negril’s West End has extended its summer deals to cover the first 20 days of the month. “Typically, locals consider the entire month of December a festive...

Chilling & Grilling

FOURTEEN Queens Drive in Montego Bay is a spot that has a long history of serving up good food. Years ago it housed the very popular Boston Jerk, and more recently it was the venue for Sabrina’s Kitchen & Cocktails. Now, Chilling and Grilling is the latest eatery...

What a rush!

We continue our look at some of the fun things to do at Jamwest Motorsports & Adventure Park, one of the packages you can effortlessly book through Island Routes. If you’re all about action-packed adventure and don’t mind getting a bit dirty, we highly recommend...

Jamaica wows at World Travel Awards

Jamaica has been named the World’s Leading Family Destination and World’s Leading Wedding Destination at the 2022 World Travel Awards. The international recognition took place at the Gala ceremony at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Muscat, Oman. “These...

Neos Air: MAJOR BOOST

Jamaica's air connectivity out of Europe has received a major boost with the return of direct flights out of Malpensa Airport in Italy to the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The return of the service started on November 20. "The addition of these direct...

Virgin Atlantic launches UK/TCI route

Virgin Atlantic begins flying from Turks & Caicos to the vibrant and historic city of London in 2023. The new service to London Heathrow airport will provide travellers from Turks & Caicos a direct link to the UK’s iconic capital city, alongside seamless...

Health standards for tourism

Building upon the Caribbean’s innovative and successful partnership between tourism and health, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (Carpha) has launched the first Caricom-approved health safety and environmental sanitation (HSE) hospitality standards. These guidelines...

Four Seasons Nevis: ready for THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays fast approaching, Four Seasons Resort Nevis is pulling out all the stops this festive season, rolling out a wide variety of celebratory programming that spans the Resort's 350-acre playground. Greeted by blue skies, crystal clear waters, the majestic...

Bahamasair milestone

Bahamasair now offers direct flights from Raleigh to Freeport, a milestone event that is expected to boost visitor arrivals to the island. Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA) officials were on hand on, November 17, for the launch....

Dream holidays for Black Friday auction

Up to November 25, dream holidays will be available in the first Caribbean Black Friday Travel Auction, which will benefit the Education Foundation of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTAEF). The CHTAEF is the largest charitable organisation to provide...

‘Jamaica’s Tourism Titans’ podcast launched

The Tourism Product Development Company Ltd, (TPDCo) a public body of the Ministry of Tourism Jamaica, has launched a podcast that will share the inspirational stories of those who have made a significant contribution to the industry. It has been dubbed “Jamaica’s...

Canada, Jamaica strengthen ties

The long-established relationship between Jamaica and Canada, its second largest tourism market, has been strengthened with an agreement reached to enter a new era of cooperation and collaboration in tourism, resilience and sustainability. Jamaica’s Minister of...

TCI makes students tourists for a day

Members of the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board recently travelled to South Caicos for school visits, as well as to commence the ‘Hello Tourist’ programme, part of Tourism Environmental Awareness Month (TEAM). The team from the Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist...

Desirable Tobago

Tobago has won silver in the Most Desirable Island - Rest of World category at the 2022 Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards. The win is being attributed to the Tobago Tourism Agency Limited’s (TTAL) ongoing strategy to revive interest in destination Tobago within the UK...

St Lucia eyes 1 million cruisers after port upgrade

A partnership between the Government of Saint Lucia and GPH – the world’s largest independent cruise port operator – will help boost cruise passenger volume to St Lucia to more than one million per year. The peak is now 790,000 passengers each year. The partnership...

Record numbers

Destination Jamaica has rebounded strongly in the Canadian market with commitments of airline seats for winter up by almost 30,000 over the numbers for 2019, before the pandemic. Canada is Jamaica’s second largest visitor market. “So far, we have been successful in...

Arajet pushes down prices, flight time in Caribbean

The Caribbean’s newest airline, Arajet, will take to the skies with direct flights between Santo Domingo and Kingston as of November 14, significantly reducing ticket prices and travel time. Fares will fall from an average US$800 to US$252, round-trip, and travel time...

415 trained in Turks & Caicos

A record 415 participants from the hospitality and tourism sector across the Turks & Caicos Islands have completed a 24-day intensive training programme facilitated by the CHTA Education Foundation. The national Caribbean Supercharged Service training series was...

New tourism investment thrust needed

As the global marketplace wrestles with the 40 per cent GDP loss in tourism and travel brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett has called for a new tourism investment thrust to recover from the fallout. Prior to the...

TARGET: 30% more tourism workers each year

Global tourism stakeholders have agreed on the need to increase sector employees by at least 30 per cent each year, part of a wider “paradigm shift” that is vital to attract, retain and adjust staff amid post-COVID-19 shortages. This is among the findings from a...

Cuba, Jamaica talk tourism

The continued push to reimagine Caribbean destinations and move to cement multi-destination tourism was the topic on the agenda during a meeting joined by Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett; Cuba's Minister of Tourism, Juan Carlos García Granda and other...

Canadian wins trip to Antigua & Barbuda

Canadian radio contest winner, Kella Thompson will soon be saying “goodbye” to the cold weather and “hello!” to a week of sunshine in Antigua & Barbuda after winning an all-inclusive stay at the Gallery Bay Resort and Spa. Thompson, who won a trip for two, was the...

Jamaica takes 7 Travvy Awards

Jamaica copped seven awards in the prestigious gold and silver categories for 2022 at the Travvy Awards. The categories in which the island did well ranged from weddings to food and the support provided to upcoming travel agents. Representatives from the Jamaica...

UK market doing well for Jamaica

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett has announced that the United Kingdom (UK) is the fastest growing recovery market for the island. Speaking at the November 7 launch of the destination’s new advertising campaign dubbed ‘Come Back’, Bartlett said the...

St Kitts celebrates island wellness

In honour of Tourism Awareness Month, St Kitts Tourism Authority is embracing this year’s theme, “Immerse, Indulge, Renew, Rethinking Tourism 2022,” to spotlight the island’s wellness experiences. Throughout the month, the Tourism Authority will host a series of...

Saudi hotel chain eyes Jamaica

Saudi hotel chain Boudl Hotels and Resorts is actively searching for a significant hotel investment in Jamaica.   Talks, which began in July during a visit by a large delegation of Saudi Arabian government and business interests, continued at World Travel Market...

BVI hosts 10th lobster fest

It is “A decade of decadent celebration” as the BVI Tourist Board & Film Commission (BVITB&FC) celebrates the 10th year of the Anegada Lobster Festival (ALF).  From November 25 to 27, this festival will welcome foodies from around the world to Anegada to...

Two million and counting

Jamaica has welcomed more than two million stopover arrivals for 2022, as of October. This is in line with previous projections as the destination continues its strong tourism recovery. “It is truly gratifying to see our arrivals numbers returning to growth in recent...

‘COME BACK’ to Jamaica

Jamaica has launched a new advertising campaign inviting people to come back to their best selves at the destination.  “In Jamaica, we’ve been recording arrivals that exceed pre-COVID-19 levels, demonstrating that our travel sector is resilient and so are...

Robin Russell’s vision for JHTA

Robin Russell has little interest in sporadic cash injections that will give the tourism sector a short-term shot in the arm. What he will focus on, during his tenure as president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), is long-term sustainability. This...

Bartlett sells Jamaica in NY, London

As Jamaica seeks to reconnect with travellers and strengthen its tourism brand in the global market, Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett and a team of high-level tourism officials have begun yet another strong marketing push. It began with Bartlett leaving the...

Record October for Jamaica

Jamaica’s tourism sector is on track for record arrivals for the month of October 2022, surpassing pre-pandemic levels. According to Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett preliminary figures released by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) for the first three weeks of...

More kudos for TCI

The Turks and Caicos Islands has dominated the category of “Top 20 Resorts in the Atlantic Islands” in Condé Nast Traveler’s recently released annual Readers’ Choice Awards. “Resorts from the Turks and Caicos Islands securing approximately half of an entire Condé Nast...

£2000 award for Animal Farm

Animal Farm and Nature Reserve has won a £2000-award from Big Up Small Business as part of a business improvement programme.  The nature attraction and venue in Hanover, Jamaica offers walking trails, bird watching, events and eco-cottages. From left: Jamaica...

Grenada expects 11% more cruise passengers

Grenada will welcome 202 calls for the 2022-23 cruise season, bringing 11 per cent more passengers seen in the benchmark 2018 – 2019 season. The current season officially got underway on October 21 with the arrival of Celebrity Summit, part of the Royal Caribbean...

Chukka Caribbean’s US$4-million injection

A US$4-million investment by Sygnus has been welcomed by CEO of Chukka Caribbean Adventures, Marc Melville who says the funds will help the company execute plans to grow even further. “We have a growth strategy, and we see a lot of opportunity and untapped potential...

It’s cruise season!

JAMAICA’S 2022 cruise season is underway and tourism players are eager to see how the sector will perform now that measures put in place during the height of the novel coronavirus pandemic have largely eased. Since September 5, ships are allowed to board unvaccinated...

Cruise control

IF passenger feedback is anything to go by, Jamaica’s cruise sector appears to be moving in the right direction. Efforts are underway to boost both home-grown and international marketing of the sector; meanwhile the tourism ministry is expected to make yet another...

Getting ready for the millennials

With more millennials booking cruises, Jamaica’s tourism ministry, its various agencies and local stakeholders are working to come up with new activities for them to do when they come ashore. The move is expected to be a boon for community tourism. “We have passengers...

Cruise options for locals

It’s not a topic often explored but, yes, Jamaicans do go on cruises that leave from the country’s shores. LetsTravelCaribbean.com sought out managing director at Leisure for Pleasure Holidays and Tours Limited Judith James-Watts for details on upcoming cruise options...

SOOTHING: Rocky Water Village Mineral Bath

With Island Routes offering more than 500 tours in 13 destinations across the Caribbean, we turned to them to help us discover fun things to do in Jamaica. The tour company has, after all, “carefully selected the crème de la crème of curated excursions, adventures and...

Belinda’s serves up authentic Jamaican food

Belinda's Riverside Restaurant sits on the banks of the Rio Grande waiting to serve the best meals in Portland. Operated by Belinda Grey, affectionately called Ms Belinda, this rustic riverside eatery boasts a unique history spanning more than four decades. Miss...

Lavender Moon Villas: Labour of love

There’s an interesting story behind the name of Ocho Rios’s latest place to stay: Lavender Moon Villas. It’s named in honour of one of the co-owner’s sisters, Natasha Levers, who was fondly called Moony. Lavender was her favourite colour. “This was done with so much...

Saint Martin’s Hommage

If you’re ever on the 'friendly island' of Saint Martin, you have got to check out Hommage Hotel & Residences, overlooking Simpson Bay Lagoon. Saint Martin is an overseas collectivity of France, located in the Leeward Islands and Lesser Antilles. It shares borders...

‘Big up Ms Gia!’

Starting as a HEART trainee at the front office, moving through to middle management and now at the helm of a team of more than 70 housekeepers at Beaches Ocho Rios resort, Gia Redway has remained humble and committed. She strives to always give more than expected by...

HUGE WIN for AC Hotel Kingston

AC Hotel Kingston, a leading business and lifestyle hotel in the city, has been named Jamaica’s Best MICE Hotel 2022. This is the first time the hotel, part of the Marriott brand of companies, has been nominated for and bestowed with this honour, adding to the...

Grenada kicks off cruise season

Grenada’s 2022-2023 cruise season got under way on October 21 with the arrival of Celebrity Summit, part of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, carrying 1,500 passengers to the port at Melville Street, St George’s. Two hundred and two cruise calls are scheduled this...

Sustainable travel talks at forum in France

Minister of Tourism for Jamaica Edmund Bartlett is slated to share insights on ways to boost the resilience and sustainability of the global tourism industry, during a series of high-level international discussions and meetings with international tourism partners,...

Sandals Foundation gives farmers a boost

The Sandals Foundation has solidified its mandate in developing a resilient and sustainable agriculture sector in Jamaica by improving the capacity of farmers in the rural community of Hermitage in St Ann to implement climate smart practices to increase crop...

St Martin to host food fest

After the huge success of last year’s inaugural event, the St Martin Tourist Office is organising the second edition of its gastronomy festival on November 11 and 22. A host of culinary talent from all over the world, as well as foodies who want to embark on a gourmet...

ON THE COVER: TCI

Turks and Caicos has made the cover of Outlook Travel Magazine which has a 50-page feature on the destination. The leading destination and global lifestyle magazine with an audience of more than 575,000 business executives and avid travellers works closely with...

Cruise talks wrap up

Hundreds gathered in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with one common goal: improve cruise tourism, especially the mutual benefits between destinations and cruise companies. That was again the main theme of another successful FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show,...

Push for GLOBAL TOURISM RESILIENCE DAY

Major tourism stakeholders in the Caribbean have thrown their support behind a move to designate February 17 as Global Tourism Resilience Day. They are hoping the rest of the world will come on board to make this an annual, worldwide event. President of the Caribbean...

Meet in Jamaica

Jamaica’s strength as a destination for meetings and events is being touted during IMEX America, the largest trade show in the US for the global meetings, events and incentive travel industry. “While all destinations across the world have experienced challenges as a...

FRIENDLY BELIZE

Belize’s contagious, warm hospitality, stunning natural beauty, and cultural richness have earned the country international recognition as one of the friendliest nations in the world. This outstanding recognition of the Jewel was announced in the Condé Nast 2022...

Antigua & Barbuda gets more from AIR CANADA

The dual-island destination of Antigua & Barbuda is seeing an uptick in Canadian traffic just in time for the winter travel season. A new offering of flights from Air Canada, which began on October 8, is expected to help realise a recovery to pre-pandemic airlift...

862 & COUNTING cruise jobs for Barbados

Almost 900 people in Barbados received job offers coming out of a recent Royal Caribbean Group job fair and Princess Cruises recruitment sessions. “Of the 862 persons that received job offers, 70 of them have departed Barbados to take up positions on ships from US and...

CHTA names winners of resilience awards

In keeping with its commitment to advance the quality, sustainability and profitability of the tourism industry in the Caribbean, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has announced the winners of its 2022 Destination Resilience and Caribbean Hotel...

Jamaica ahead of tourism targets

Jamaica is expected to welcome five million visitors in 2024, a full 12 months ahead of the initial target. It is also poised to generate a projected US$5 billion in earnings from tourism for the 2023 calendar year, based on the current trend in the industry’s...

More from Frontier

American low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines has announced plans to expand its relationship with Jamaica by introducing three additional non-stop flights into Montego Bay starting next February. Frontier's Senior Manager for International Sales and Marketing William...

Kevin Hendrickson is Caribbean Hotelier of the Year

Distinguished Jamaican hotelier and businessman Kevin Hendrickson has been declared Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA). The award was presented during CHTA’s historic Caribbean Travel Forum ahead of the official...

US$5.7 billion: Jamaica’s earning since reopening

After months of closure following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Jamaica’s tourism sector said it has, to date, raked in more than US$5.7 billion in earnings since reopening its borders in June 2020. According to recent data, more than five million...

Weathering any storm

Resilience. It’s a word that comes up in almost every discussion about the tourism industry these days.  Including weather-related events and a pandemic, there have been an estimated 12 major disruptions in the sector in the last half a century. After the...

Inside the resilience centre

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, co-chair and founder of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre explains why the centre was launched and the work it has been doing. LetsTravelCaribbean.com: Why was there a need to establish the Global Tourism...

Resilience index coming

An index that will provide valuable data on everything from visitors’ safety to how attractive a destination is to investors is one of the big ticket items on the agenda for the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMG) which has emerged,...

Stronger together

Resilience has joined sustainability as the newest buzzword in tourism circles and the point is often made that Caribbean countries have a much better chance of recovering from any disruption if they work together. “If we can forget, for a minute, the wonderful values...

Chukka’s multi-destination boost

Multi-destination tourism is being touted as a major part of the strategy the Caribbean must embrace going forward, one of the tools that will make the region more resilient. Chukka Caribbean Adventures knows a thing or two about that. According to CEO Marc Melville,...

Time to unite… again

By Executive Chairman, Sandals Resorts International, Adam Stewart “There is no doubt that the pandemic united us.  While disarming ourselves of competitive tensions we had to focus on the big picture at all times. It was probably the first time in modern-day travel...

Sea Island Beach Club

— One for the books With deliciously prepared meals, a cocktail bar full of surprises, and a beautiful white sand beach, the newly opened Sea Island Beach Club in Montego Bay welcomes everyone longing for good food and a relaxing day in paradise. Located on the...

Indulge your senses at Temple X Music Mansion

A tour of Montego Bay’s newest attraction, Temple X Music Mansion, is sure to leave music and art lovers with a heightened sense of appreciation for the rich historical value that can be found behind the property’s walls. Brainchild of Canadian music promoter Kit...

Celebrating Tourism Awareness Week

Now being celebrated until October 1, Tourism Awareness Week (TAW) 2022 got underway with representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, its public bodies and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) gathering to give thanks for the industry and its...

The next big idea

The tourism ministry is banking on innovative Jamaicans to come up with the next big idea that will help the country hold onto its place as one of the leading destinations in the world. The Tourism Innovation Incubator will be launched on September 30 as part of a...

AC Hotel Kingston’s Andre Harris

Andre Harris’s passion for food led him to the tourism industry, and he hasn’t looked back. He’s been soaking up knowledge over the years and it’s prepared him well for his newest role as hotel manager at AC Hotel Kingston. He stepped into his new role on September 1....

Here comes the bride

Gorgeous gowns from Bliss Bridal Boutique took centre stage at Jamaica Bridal Expo 2022, held September 23 and 24 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Each staging of the popular event showcases Jamaica as a premier destination for weddings, honeymoons and romance,...

Homecoming Tour

It’s an almost two-decades-old tradition. A group of hardworking Jamaicans living in Florida spend five relaxing days at one of the Sandals Resorts across the Caribbean. By the end of their trip, they vote on which property they will visit the next year. It’s the Duke...

NEEDED: Global tourism resilience fund

As destinations worldwide continue their recovery efforts from the impact of COVID-19, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett says a Global Tourism Resilience fund is needed now, more than ever.   Speaking at the 5th Tourism Expo Japan (TEJ) Ministerial...

Jamaica looks to Japan

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett has indicated that tapping into the Japanese outbound market is a priority for the Caribbean country, as the destination continues its strong recovery from the pandemic. The announcement follows fruitful discussions with...

CHTA head touts tiered airline tax

The President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is recommending a tiered “dynamic taxation system” as a novel and potential solution to address ongoing concerns about the high cost of air travel within, as well as to and from the region. Calling...

Montserrat’s BIG PLANS

Six days and more than 10 opportunities have been planned to allow Montserrat residents and visitors to experience some of the tours and experiences offered by local businesses during Tourism Week. The celebration has been co-sponsored by the United Nations...

Rethinking tourism

Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism, its public bodies and industry partners will highlight the importance of the sector to economic development and invite stakeholders to rethink how they approach tourism in a post-COVID-19 pandemic world, through the observance of Tourism...

Chukka’s Caribbean push

Chukka Caribbean Adventures has collaborated with the Antigua and Barbuda Government to create, manage, and operate a new historical eco-adventure tour in Fort Barrington, Antigua, in time for Antigua Cruise Port’s fifth pier to welcome the world’s largest cruise...

Martinique’s Depaz distillery

A trip to the French overseas department of Martinique – the flower of the Caribbean – would not be complete without visiting the Depaz distillery in the northern part of the island. Nestled in a wonderfully scenic setting in the hills around Saint-Pierre,...

Bryan is new CTO head

Cayman Islands Minister of Tourism, Kenneth Bryan has been elected as the new chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). This follows last Tuesday’s Annual General Meeting which was part of the CTO Business Meetings and Caribbean Aviation Day Event staged...

Tobago teen wins CTO Youth Congress

J’nae Brathwaite of Tobago has won the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Tourism Youth Congress which was staged at The Ritz-Carlton in the Cayman Islands on September 15. In her winning presentation on Experiential Tourism, the 17-year-old Brathwaite articulately...

SANECIA TAYLOR: Jamaica’s 2022 Jr Minister of Tourism

Sixteen-year-old Sanecia Taylor is Jamaica’s new Junior Minister of Tourism and will represent the island at the 18th staging of the Regional Tourism Youth Congress, being held in the Cayman Islands. The three-day Congress ends on September 16. A student at the...

Sandals, Cayman tourism dept sponsor prizes for CTO youth congress

Sandals Barbados Resort & Spa and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) are sponsoring prizes for the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) 18th Tourism Youth Congress taking place in the Cayman Islands on September 15. Eleven countries are...

WTA #6 for Margaritaville

Margaritaville has been dubbed the Caribbean’s Leading Entertainment Venue for the 6th consecutive year, solidifying the company’s position as an innovator and industry leader in entertainment and its dedication to consistently delivering world-class dining and...

Sandals, Beaches now on Hotelbeds

One of the world’s most well-known names in hospitality, award-winning Sandals and Beaches Resorts, has been added to the Hotelbeds portfolio. As the leaders in Luxury Included® vacations, the adults-only Sandals Resorts and family-friendly Beaches Resorts offer a...

Big plans for Negril

Major plans, including an additional 5,000 hotel rooms, are on the drawing board for the development of Negril over the next five years. At the same time, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has hinted at Negril being given a status that will remove it from the dual...

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ROK’s first Christmas

ROK’s first Christmas

The Hilton’s ROK Hotel Kingston intends to make its first-ever Christmas unforgettable. It’s rolled out an impressive list of holiday offers and, as of November 25, it may unveil not one but three Christmas trees on property. ROK Hotel Kingston is the perfect place to...

December deals @ The Cliff Hotel

December deals @ The Cliff Hotel

For locals who usually start their Yuletide celebrations as soon as December rolls around, The Cliff Hotel in Negril’s West End has extended its summer deals to cover the first 20 days of the month. “Typically, locals consider the entire month of December a festive...

Four Seasons Nevis: ready for THE HOLIDAYS

Four Seasons Nevis: ready for THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays fast approaching, Four Seasons Resort Nevis is pulling out all the stops this festive season, rolling out a wide variety of celebratory programming that spans the Resort's 350-acre playground. Greeted by blue skies, crystal clear waters, the majestic...

Canadian wins trip to Antigua & Barbuda

Canadian wins trip to Antigua & Barbuda

Canadian radio contest winner, Kella Thompson will soon be saying “goodbye” to the cold weather and “hello!” to a week of sunshine in Antigua & Barbuda after winning an all-inclusive stay at the Gallery Bay Resort and Spa. Thompson, who won a trip for two, was the...

Lavender Moon Villas: Labour of love

Lavender Moon Villas: Labour of love

There’s an interesting story behind the name of Ocho Rios’s latest place to stay: Lavender Moon Villas. It’s named in honour of one of the co-owner’s sisters, Natasha Levers, who was fondly called Moony. Lavender was her favourite colour. “This was done with so much...

Saint Martin’s Hommage

Saint Martin’s Hommage

If you’re ever on the 'friendly island' of Saint Martin, you have got to check out Hommage Hotel & Residences, overlooking Simpson Bay Lagoon. Saint Martin is an overseas collectivity of France, located in the Leeward Islands and Lesser Antilles. It shares borders...