The New All-Inclusives for Families

Posted on March 2nd, 2016

Could any trend be stronger than the posting of puppy videos on Facebook? Just one: the race to open name-brand, all-inclusive resorts, some for adults only and others that are family-friendly. Here’s how three successful companies are parenting new resorts targeting families.

Onsite Review: Sandals Ochi Beach Resort

Posted on March 2nd, 2016

Almost every time a staffer in a golf cart passed me while I was walking to/from my butler suite at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, he or she offered me a lift. Why? (a) The resort covers a lot of ground. (b) The employees really know how to provide service. (c) I looked incapable of walking without adult supervision. Class, your job is to pick the two correct answers.

Travel Industry Responds to Zika

Posted on February 5th, 2016

New reports on Zika’s spread, potential effect and modes of transmission surface by the day, but is it, and how is it, affecting travel to destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America?

Different Visions of Luxury for Fast Escapes

Posted on February 1st, 2016

The following five resorts present different visions of vacations, but they all have these two things in common: An ambiance that bespeaks luxury and nonstop flights from the mainland.

What’s New in the Bahamas

Posted on January 26th, 2016

As Joy Jibrilu, Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, noted at a Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Marketplace press conference, The Bahamas is about more than just Baha Mar.

Caribbean Tourism Business: The Big Picture

Posted on January 25th, 2016

At the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Marketplace at Atlantis Resort & Casino on Paradise Island, Recommend's Caribbean Editor, Ed Wetschler, was impressed by STR's director of client services Newton Kam's, unbiased, tell-it-like-it-is summarization of STR's findings about Caribbean tourism.

How Green Energy Will Impact Tourism in Nevis

Posted on January 15th, 2016

"Nevis will soon become the greenest place on Planet Earth," said Hon. Mark A.G. Brantley, Minister of Tourism for Nevis (and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation for St. Kitts and Nevis) at lunch on a visit to Manhattan.

Trending Now in the Caribbean

Posted on December 1st, 2015

While the world experienced a 4.3 percent growth in international tourist arrivals (UNWTO’s latest figures for 2015), Caribbean arrivals rose 6 percent. That beats every other region on earth. Along with growth has come new resorts and nonstop flights, infrastructure upgrades (airports, roads, the late-night ferry to Anguilla, entire cities), and the “discovery” of Cuba, and huge swaths of the Dominican Republic.

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...