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.
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’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 is upping its commission to 21 percent and adding a new loyalty travel club program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Delta Vacations is helping travel agents add value to their Caribbean bookings with the addition of new commissionable excursion vouchers.
Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) just announced new leadership to its Liberty Travel and GOGO Vacations brands.
Puerto Rico combines idyllic beach resorts with rich culture and history, and a vibrant culinary scene.
Hilton Worldwide’s plans to reach 100 hotels in Latin America and the Caribbean by the end of 2015 are well on its way.
"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."
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 will discontinue sale of Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Resorts effective Oct. 15, 2015.