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.

Only on These Islands, 5 Unforgettable Experiences

Posted on June 28th, 2016

“The average couple staying for one week at a Sandals Resort will take three Island Routes tours.” That insider’s comment at JAPEX is Exhibit A for making the case that Caribbean beach holidays have changed. Sure, even the most active and inquisitive travelers still lounge around the pool, but they also want to do things, see things. Following are five experiential activities that are hot—and are best booked in advance.

New Ways to Get Married

Posted on June 1st, 2016

What next, zipline weddings? Why, yes, because today many wedding couples want a ceremony that’s unique. Sure, many still tie the knot on a resort beach, but here’s what to suggest for clients who, much like my wife and me when we got hitched, want something different.

4 Very Different Honeymoons

Posted on June 1st, 2016

Is it better to celebrate a honeymoon by decompressing on the beach or by enjoying an island’s best restaurants (or golf, or...)? That’s right: There is no right answer.

Onsite Review: CHIC Punta Cana & Club Med Zen Oasis

Posted on June 1st, 2016

How can two adults-only, all-inclusive honeymoon havens in the same corner of the same Caribbean island be so successful and yet so different? Guests I met at Royalton Resorts’ CHIC Punta Cana in late April would have felt out of place at Club Med Punta Cana’s Zen Oasis, and vice versa

Expo de Turismo International (ETI), Part 2: It Wasn’t Just about Puerto Rico

Posted on May 20th, 2016

"The travel industry will double in the next decade, making it the second largest industry in the world, exceeded only by agriculture," said Bill Todd, author of “Increase Sales Now,” to 400 travel agents at ETI, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company's annual conference. "You couldn't have picked a better career path."

Report from JAPEX, Part 2: Hotel News

Posted on May 12th, 2016

On May 3, Recommend's Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler quoted an Island Routes official who told him that the new highway connecting Montego Bay to Kingston would soon make it possible to expand the company's excursions to the capital. Three days later, Island Routes publicly announced a new Bob Marley and Kingston Highlights tour. We're on a roll, so let's look at some Jamaican hotel news.

Onsite Review: Moon Palace Jamaica Grande

Posted on May 1st, 2016

Two questions guided my recent stay at Palace Resorts’ first foothold in Jamaica, the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande: 1. How was Mexican-owned Palace Resorts adapting to the land of alright? 2. How could it stand out on an island that already has dozens of all-inclusive brands?