Holland America Line Expands and Upgrades

Posted on October 30th, 2015

At an Oct. 29 press conference, Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford announced enough news for 5 or 10 press conferences. Here are some highlights...

Barbados Is Nifty at Fifty

Posted on October 28th, 2015

"Air arrivals from Canada increased 19 percent January through September 2015 over 2014, and 27.9 percent from the United States—positive results for the first time in six years," said William “Billy” Griffith, CEO of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Curaçao Now: Enter, North America

Posted on October 27th, 2015

North American arrivals to Curaçao are up 21 percent year to date, with U.S. visits up 14 percent and Canadian visits, 50 percent.

What’s New in Anguilla

Posted on October 23rd, 2015

Here's the 4-1-1 from the Caribbean Tourism Organization's annual State of the Industry Conference on how Anguila plans to keep it's reputation of being an "authentic Caribbean experience."

Cuba for Everyone

Posted on October 23rd, 2015

In its 2014 Economic Impact Study, members of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) named Cuba one of the top two “emerging” countries whose popularity would grow in 2015.

Trinidad and Tobago’s New Emphasis on Tourism

Posted on October 21st, 2015

"The new government of Trinidad and Tobago has embraced tourism," said Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's State of the Industry Conference in Curacao. "For me, the last four weeks have been quite exciting and interesting as I've had a chance to engage stakeholders, and we are working to take the tourism product to where it needs to be."

Apple Leisure Group Is Growing

Posted on October 20th, 2015

The Apple Leisure Group is as all-encompassing an enterprise as you'll find in any industry. This is the real big Apple, with three distinct tour operators (Apple Vacations, CheapCaribbean.com, Travel Impressions), AMResorts' six hotel brands (Zoetry, Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now, Sunscape), the Unlimited Vacation Club at AMResorts, and the destination management company Amstar DMC. What's more, all branches of the family are on a roll.

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism

Posted on October 5th, 2015

"Fifteen months ago Antigua and Barbuda's economy was decimated by global crises and bad management," says Prime Minister Gaston Browne. "We were told tourism arrivals would be down 15 percent." Fifteen percent? It never happened.

JAPEX—Part 2

Posted on October 1st, 2015

So many resorts are opening in Jamaica that it's hard to keep up with them.

JAPEX—Part 1

Posted on October 1st, 2015

Last week at the annual Jamaican Product Exchange (JAPEX), Minister of Tourism Wykeham McNeill reminded all of us in attendance, "A few years ago Jamaica broke the 2 milllion mark for stayovers.