The Saint Lucia Tourist Board’s Piton Awards for Travel Agents

Posted on June 26th, 2015

Having enjoyed a more than 6 percent jump in visitor arrivals for 2014, a growth trend that has continued in 2015, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) hosted a mid-June Piton Awards Island Fete for top-selling North American travel agents.

Apple Will Offer Cuba with Packages Unlike Any Other

Posted on June 23rd, 2015

Recommend just got off a conference call with Apple Vacations' president Tim Mullen, and his claim that Apple is offering a rarity in the "Brave New World of Cuba" travel rings true.

Caribbean Week 2015

Posted on June 11th, 2015

On June 3, Recommend shared some of the buzz from Caribbean Week NYC 2015 in the feature, Antigua and Barbuda Doubling Hotel Rooms, and now, here's some more news from a region that enjoyed a 6 percent rise in arrivals for the first quarter of 2015.

Pleasant Holidays CEO Jack Richards on Baha Mar

Posted on June 8th, 2015

Originally scheduled to open December 2014, this Bahamian mega resort has pushed its debut back several times, most recently to September 2015. This hasn't just lead to changes in some people's vacation plans; it also sparked talk that the resort was in big trouble. While visiting Sandals Royal Bahamian, Pleasant Holidays CEO Jack Richards decided to see Baha Mar for himself, and when he got back to the office, he talked with Recommend's Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler.

Carnival Corporation’s New Port in the Dominican Republic

Posted on May 5th, 2015

"We don't like to develop ports," says David Candib, v.p. of development and operations, Global Port and Destination Development Group, while walking around Amber Cove, where the Carnival Corporation is spending about $85 million to do exactly that.

Why Are Dominican Republic Tourism Officials Smiling?

Posted on May 1st, 2015

"Tourism in the Caribbean grew 6.6 percent in 2014, which is robust, but in the Dominican Republic it grew 9.6 percent," announced Radhames Martinez Aponte, vice minister of tourism, at DATE 2015.