Caribbean & Bermuda

Caribbean & Bermuda

Caribbean Tourism Business: The Big Picture

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.

Palace Resorts Introduces Palace EDGE Program

Palace Resorts has launched Palace EDGE (Exceptional Destination Groups & Events), a new program for U.S. tour operators that offers group and wedding benefits.

JetBlue Launches Barbados to Fort Lauderdale Service

Petra Roach, director of the U.S. Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) beamed as she announced the launch of JetBlue’s new service from Barbados to Fort Lauderdale, beginning April 28.

CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort Spring Break Promotion Ends Soon

CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort’s Spring Break promotion ends Jan. 31, giving you just a wee bit of wiggle room to book your clients on a tropical getaway to this boutique property on Crocus Bay Beach in Anguilla.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts Ups Commission to 21 Percent

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is upping its commission to 21 percent and adding a new loyalty travel club program.

Travel Bound Offers Incentives on Beach Collection

Travel Bound has launched its new Beach Collection 2016 and is offering vacation incentives to agents who make a booking from any of the featured destinations.

Getting to Guadeloupe: Easier Now Than Ever

Low cost airline Norwegian launched seven nonstop flights from the U.S. to Guadeloupe Islands last month, and American Airlines has added one weekly nonstop to Pointe-à-Pitre.

How Green Energy Will Impact Tourism in Nevis

"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.

Cruise Savings & Agent Incentives

Agents, here are a few savings and incentives major cruise lines are extending to you and your clients.
Anguilla

The Rewards of Selling Anguilla

From award-winning accommodations and superb dining to breathtaking beaches and heritage sites, the Caribbean island of Anguilla is an inviting destination for a variety of travelers.
The pool at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla. 

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa’s Winter Getaway Packages

Your clients can shake off the winter blues with a trip to Anguilla’s Rendezvous Bay, where CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is offering two packages and two promotions available through 2016.

Valentine’s Day Getaways To Remember

Your clients can surprise their sweetheart with a Valentine’s Day package to some of the world’s most romantic destinations.

USTOA: Positive Outlook for 2016

Listen closely to what USTOA members are saying, and you’ll be all smiles going into the holidays and into 2016. There’s a positive outlook for the coming year, with tour operator members showing strong growth this past year and going into 2016, and affirming that travel agents contribute significantly to USTOA members’ business. Let’s look at the numbers, shall we.
Learn all about what Trinidad & Tobago have to offer.

Get Educated on the True Caribbean

Recommend's Trinidad & Tobago Travel Agent Specialist Program is now available for you to find all the information you need to provide your clients with a unique vacation experience.
Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic.

Eden Roc at Cap Cana Unveils Beach Club Renovation

Eden Roc at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic, a Relais & Chateaux property, unveiled its newly renovated Beach Club as part of the property’s ongoing, multi-million dollar renovation.
A reef in Cozumel, Mexico.

Agent Incentives in Mexico and the Caribbean

Here’s a round-up of the latest agent incentives being offered in Mexico and the Caribbean.
Travcoa's new Community, Culture and Cuisine Cuba tours visit the capital city of Havana.

Tourism Booms in Cuba

Tourism, as you well know, is booming in Cuba. The demand for tours, flights and hotel accommodations in the country are at an all time high, which is good news for these companies, who are meeting the demand with a variety of new offerings.
The MSC Divina is undergoing updates to its casino offerings, children and family programs and onboard experiences.

The MSC Divina Returns to Miami

The 4,345-passenger MSC Divina is returning to Miami as part of the first phase of MSC Cruises' expansion in North America, where it will sail year-round to the Caribbean.
The 930-passenger, all-veranda Viking Star is making its first Transatlantic journey to Montreal on Sept. 18, 2016.

Viking Ocean Cruises Crosses the Atlantic Into North America and the Caribbean

For the first time in the line’s history, Viking Ocean Cruises will cross over the Atlantic Ocean from Europe into North America and the Caribbean with five new itineraries debuting September 2016.
Sainte-Pierre in Martinique. (Steve Bennett, UncommonCaribbean.com)

Trending Now in the Caribbean

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.

Q&A With Kevin Froemming

Recommend’s contributing writer Donna Ray had the pleasure of speaking with Kevin Froemming, executive v.p. & chief marketing officer for Playa Resorts Management, at the Nov. 19 grand re-opening celebration of Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos.

Delta Vacations Adds New Caribbean Excursion Vouchers 

Delta Vacations is helping travel agents add value to their Caribbean bookings with the addition of new commissionable excursion vouchers.
Travel Impressions is launching two new Cuba people to people tours next Monday.

Travel Impressions’ New Cuba Tours Launch Monday

Next Monday, Travel Impressions will be launching two new Cuba people to people tours—one direct from JFK, the other from Miami.
John Vandenheuvel will be GOGO Vacations' new president.

Flight Centre Travel Group Announces New Leadership

Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) just announced new leadership to its Liberty Travel and GOGO Vacations brands.

Agent-Exclusive Incentives

Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Discover Dominica Authority are incentivizing agents to visit Mexico and the Caribbean with exclusive offers.

Eye on the World: Puerto Rico’s Hilton Worldwide Properties

Puerto Rico combines idyllic beach resorts with rich culture and history, and a vibrant culinary scene.
Alaskan Airlines’ new nonstop service operates connects Orange County, California with Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (pictured).

New Nonstop Services to Mexico and Jamaica

Alaskan Airlines and Southwest Airlines are now operating new nonstop services from the U.S. to Mexico and Jamaica, respectively.
The Hilton San Luis Potosi in Mexico.

Hilton Worldwide Continues to Expand in Latin America & Caribbean

Hilton Worldwide’s plans to reach 100 hotels in Latin America and the Caribbean by the end of 2015 are well on its way.

Major Cruise Lines Announce 2016/2017 Itineraries

AmaWaterways, Crystal Yacht Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, SeaDream Yacht Club and Windstar Cruises have all announced new itineraries scheduled for their upcoming cruise seasons.
European Waterways and Silversea Cruises early booking discounts on 2016 cruises end Dec. 31 and Dec. 10, respectively. 

Early Booking Discounts

Silversea Cruise and European Waterways are both offering early booking discounts on 2016 cruises.
At the Caribbean Tourism Organization's annual State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC), William “Billy” Griffith, CEO of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., forecasted continued growth in Barbados' tourism. 

Barbados Is Nifty at Fifty

"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

North American arrivals to Curaçao are up 21 percent year to date, with U.S. visits up 14 percent and Canadian visits, 50 percent.
Parliamentary Secretary with Responsibility Cardigan Connor at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's annual State of the Industry Conference.

What’s New in Anguilla

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."

Trinidad and Tobago’s New Emphasis on Tourism

"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

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.

Travel Impressions Discontinues Sale of Sandals Resorts

Travel Impressions will discontinue sale of Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Resorts effective Oct. 15, 2015.
Trinidad & Tobago is expecting to receive more than 30,000 visitors during the 2015/2016 cruise ship season, which kicks off next month.

Cruise Ship Season Kicks Off in Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago is anticipating 16 ships and more than 30,000 visitors during the 2015/2016 cruise ship season, which kicks off next month.
Sonia Laguna is sharing Cuba's culture, cuisine, music and art with guests through tours of her native country.

Cuba-Born Sonia Laguna Leads Authentic Cuba Tours

Cuba-born Sonia Laguna is leading authentic cultural tours of Cuba on three new trips highlighting the island’s rich culture, cuisine, music and art.
AMResorts’ Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa unveiled its newly renovated lobby, restaurants and lounges, fitness center and suites to guests during its grand opening on Oct. 1.

Dreams Los Cabos Reopens After Hurricane Odile

One year after the devastation caused by Hurricane Odile in Mexico, most of Los Cabos’ hotel properties are back in operation.

Fall Into Fun in the Dominican Republic

Casas del XVI and Sublime Samana Hotel and Residences resorts in the Dominican Republic are offering a cultural package experience and limited-time, fall promotion.
Earlier this month, JetBlue launched two new routes to Mexico City from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. 

JetBlue Jets to Mexico City

JetBlue Airways is jetting to Mexico City, its newest destination, on two new routes from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
One of the 300+ white-sand beaches on Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism

"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.
Agents can save their clients up to 47 percent on new IBEROSTAR Premium Gold Hotels & Resorts bookings with this Travel Impressions offer.

Travel Impressions Helps Clients Save and Agents Earn

Travel Impressions is helping your clients save money on air-inclusive/all-inclusive vacation packages at IBEROSTAR Premium Gold Hotels & Resorts by offering up to 47 percent savings on bookings made by Oct. 31, 2015 for travel Oct. 1 through Dec. 23, 2015.
Recommend's Caribbean editor, Ed Wetschler, covers the new hotel scene in the Caribbean at JAPEX.

JAPEX—Part 2

So many resorts are opening in Jamaica that it's hard to keep up with them.
The MoBay City Run is a charitable event that draws both locals and visitors.

JAPEX—Part 1

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.
A Bolus Bag Massage at The BodyHoliday.

Onsite Review: The BodyHoliday

The BodyHoliday, a 154-room all-inclusive resort on Saint Lucia that’s undergoing a $20 million renovation project, has long been...
Butler service at Sandals.

The Butler Did It

The first time I ever stayed in a butler suite, I had no idea how to make use of...
The spa at Petit St. Vincent.

SPA Wars

If all the independently owned, ultra-upmarket all-inclusives have splendid beaches, designer decor, and chefs who can crank out foie...
Royal Caribbean’s new shore excursion travel agent website allows agents to access to the latest news on Royal Caribbean. 

Royal Caribbean’s New Shore Excursion Website for Agents

Royal Caribbean’s new shore excursion website is a one-stop shop for travel agents planning a tropical vacation for their clients.

Q&A With Central Holidays’ New V.P. of Latin America and Cuba Division

After many years of serving as the executive vice president of the South America division at LATOUR, Arthur Berman has joined Central Holidays as vice president of the company’s newly created Latin America and Cuba division.
AskMeWeddings’ new agent incentives include air credit, an all-inclusive vacation for two and up to 15 percent commission.

New Agent Perks From AskMeWeddings

We’re excited to be among the first to reveal AskMeWeddings’ new agent perks and incentives.
Trinidad and Tobago are working on a new initiative to establish or improve both islands' trails.

Happy Trails to You

As if it weren't already one of the top eco-travel destinations in the Caribbean and beyond, Trinidad and Tobago are working on a new Eco-Adventure Trails Project.

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