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.

Onsite Review: Riu Palace St. Martin: The French Side’s All-inclusive

Posted on May 1st, 2015

It doesn’t look like a Riu, at least not one of the larger ones in the Caribbean. But in recent years Riu has branched out, opening smaller resorts and city hotels (Miami in February, and soon, Times Square), and the 258-suite Riu Palace St. Martin makes the family tree even more interesting.

A New Kind of Viva Wyndham

Posted on April 30th, 2015

In November 2015 a novel, adults-only product will debut: V Samana, in Las Terrenas, an entirely new sort of Viva Wyndham.