The Luxury Travel Buzz at SOTIC

Posted on September 26th, 2016

Here are a few post-conference takeaways Recommend’s Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler gathered from the Caribbean Tourism Organization's State of the Travel Industry Conference in Barbados.

Airlift, Weddings and Villas at SOTIC

Posted on September 16th, 2016

Delegates here in Barbados are talking about the Caribbean in general, but at this huge annual Caribbean Tourism Organization event, the news from specific islands got my attention, too. Here's a peek...

News from SOTIC 2016

Posted on September 14th, 2016

At SOTIC 2016, the Caribbean Tourism Organization's annual State of the Travel Industry Conference in Barbados, Recommend’s Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler studied the numbers, which revealed a few eyebrow-raising surprises.

Villas and Condos with Real Resort Facilities

Posted on September 1st, 2016

Condos and villas in the Caribbean region are increasingly popular among multigenerational families because they have living rooms, patios, kitchen/dining areas, and often private pools that allow people to reconnect without intrusions.

All-Inclusive Resorts for Rekindling Romance

Posted on August 1st, 2016

Come on, Baby, light my fire. Great song, but after childbirth, child rearing, or just years of coupledom, the ember often dims. That’s when couples need an escape from routine so they can rediscover their love, and all-inclusives help by eliminating extraneous concerns over how to get back to the hotel after dinner or whether to pony up for nightcaps.

Love, Saint Lucia-Style

Posted on August 1st, 2016

How did Saint Lucia come to be such a powerhouse in the romance travel business? Prime time on “The Bachelor” didn’t hurt, but above all, it was (and remains) a combination of scenery rivaling that of Polynesia and some of the most innovative and well-run hotels in the Caribbean, not to mention a tourist board and hotel association that were smart enough to capitalize on all that.

Why People Are Excited About CTO’s SOTIC 2016

Posted on July 7th, 2016

"Arguably, SOTIC is the most significant event the Caribbean Tourism Organization puts on," said CTO chairman Richard Sealy at a July 6 press conference, and I would argue that this goes double for the 2016 edition, which will take place in Barbados, Sept. 14-16.