Caribbean & Bermuda

Caribbean & Bermuda

The Chandelier Bar inside El San Juan Hotel is one of several public spaces being restored at the iconic hotel.

Iconic Puerto Rican Hotel Bounces Back

After damage from Hurricane Maria forced Puerto Rico's El San Juan Hotel to close, the island's iconic hotel is set to reopen in fall 2018. 
Ayurvedic Centre at BodyHoliday in Saint Lucia.

The Caribbean Wellness Push

Every year the Caribbean Tourism Organization identifies a dominant trend (adventure, romance, etc.), and it has named 2018 The Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation in the Caribbean.
This year's Wave Season is bringing big savings for cruises aboard MSC Seaside.

MSC Cruises Goes Big for Wave Season

It's Wave Season and MSC Cruises is marking the occasion with reduced rates for sailings on its newest ship, MSC Seaside.
Both travelers and agents can benefit from the Warwick Paradise Island-Bahamas' special promotions for stays throughout 2018.

Bahamas Resort Offers Promotions With Increased Commissions

The adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island-Bahamas is enticing would be visitors and travel agents with special discounts and increased commissions for travel throughout 2018.
Pavilion-style suites at the Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua will offer ocean views when the property opens in 2021.

Rosewood Expands With New Caribbean Property

A 1950's hotel is getting new management and a new lease on life when it reopens as the Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua in 2021.
Travel agents can visit Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica, among other Karisma Hotels & Resorts, on a FAM trip this year.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts 2018 FAM Trips

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is inviting travel agents to experience its all-inclusive properties throughout Mexico and the Caribbean on a series of FAM trips scheduled for 2018.
Club Med Punta Cana is one of several properties where guests can take advantage of early booking rates and other perks.

Live Your Bucket List With Club Med’s New Offer

With many people letting their vacation days and bucket list dreams go to waste, Club Med is offering discounts and extra perks to encourage people to 'live their list' at any of its resorts in Mexico, Florida, and the Caribbean.
Iberostar Las Letras in Madrid, the location of the press event for Iberostar. (Photo courtesy of Iberostar.)

Iberostar ‘Lets It Shine’ with Rebrand

Iberostar Group has undergone a rebranding and received a new segmentation of its properties. During an event at Iberostar Las Letras, Sabina Fluxa, Iberostar Group’s vice-chairman and CEO explained to a crowd of journalists from across the globe, the brand’s new revamped identity.
The Terrace Suite patio at the Curtain Bluff offers ocean views.

Curtain Bluff Gets a Facelift And Travel Agents Get a Bonus

Antigua and Barbuda's Curtain Bluff is offering an even better experience than before,for both travelers and the retail travel agents who book them.
Renderings show the future of Margaritaville at The Pointe opening in The Bahamas' capital city.

Margaritaville Expands in the Caribbean

The Margaritaville brand is ready to leave its mark on The Bahamas with the announcement of Margaritaville at The Pointe, its $250 million, 6-acre development coming to Nassau.
Beach yoga is one of many wellness activities guests can participate in at various Royalton Luxury Resorts throughout the Caribbean.

Caribbean Resorts Roll Out New Wellness Programs

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has declared 2018 The Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation. Here are some of the new packages, facilities, and programs at Caribbean resorts that will help travelers end their vacations in better shape than they were in when they started them. 
Couples can enjoy a romantic getaway in the Bahamas at the Warwick Paradise Island resort.

Celebrate Love in Paradise this Valentine’s Day

With less than a month to go before Valentine's Day, help your clients rev up their love lives with a romantic getaway at the Warwick Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas.
Speakers at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Climate-Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum spoke on a variety of issues from climate change to resilience post-natural disasters.

Sustainability as a Travel Business Issue

Much of the talk at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's recent Climate-Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum in St. Kitts was, as advertised, about climate change, but it was more than that. Here are a few of the many takeaways.
For clients suffering in the harsh winter temperatures, a vacation in the Turks & Caicos may be just what they need.

Early Bird Gets the Worm…And Winter Discounts

They say the early bird gets the worm, and at the Seven Stars Resort & Spa, that worm comes in the form of discounted room rates for travel now through April 16, 2018.
Steve Simao, v.p. of sales at Windstar Cruises, visited San Juan, Puerto Rico and other islands impacted by the 2017 hurricane season on his recent trip to the Caribbean.

Windstar Exec Sails Caribbean for Post-Hurricane Updates

With many members of the tourism industry working diligently to spread the word about the Caribbean being open for business post-hurricane season, Steve Simao, v.p. of sales at Windstar Cruises, decided to head south and check things out for himself. What he found was a Caribbean still in recovery, but still as vibrant and vacation-worthy as ever.
Celebrity Edge will sail the Caribbean earlier than expected, debuting new features, including two-story suites.

There’s a New Ship in Town, Earlier Than Expected

Make room on the water. A new ship is hitting the high seas, and it's doing so much earlier than expected. 
Swap out the cold of winter for a frozen cocktail at Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman.

Baby It’s Cold Outside…Warm Up at Margaritaville

With record low temperatures hitting many part of the U.S., nothing will warm your clients' hearts more than planning a winter escape to the Caribbean. Thanks to Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman's winter promotion, your clients can make those plans at a discounted rate. 
Travelers on the LGBT Getaways group cruise will sail aboard the Celebrity Silhouette.

LGBT Getaways Sailing Debuts

Cruises Inc., CruiseOne, and Dream Vacations are coming together to host their first LGBT Getaways group cruise, which is set to sail on a 7-day voyage to the Eastern Caribbean this spring.
Maurice Bonham-Carter, ID Travel Group president and CEO delivered relief items to Anguilla following Hurricane Irma.

ID Travel Group Helps Caribbean After Hurricanes

Months after the 2017 hurricane season devastated several countries in the Caribbean, ID Travel Group and its nonprofit foundation are continuing to help in relief efforts through raising funds and offering special perks to encourage travel to the region. 
The Sandals Grande has just reopened after a refresh.

Updates on Caribbean Destinations Hit by Hurricanes

Representatives of six island destinations affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria attended last week's Climate-Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum and participated in a Tourism Recovery Roundup.
Beaches Turks & Caicos reopened post Hurricane Irma with new features for guests to enjoy.

Beaches Turks & Caicos Reopens Post-Hurricane Irma

After closing for several months due to Hurricane Irma, Beaches Turks & Caicos reopened its doors to guests on Dec. 14, 2017.
The Park Hyatt St. Kitts is the first Park Hyatt property in the Caribbean. (Photo credit: Ed Wetschler)

Scoop: The New Park Hyatt St. Kitts

When I showed up a second time at Fisherman's Village, one of the restaurants at the brand new Park...
Nikki Beach Barbados will make its debut in Port Ferdinand this winter.

Nikki Beach is Coming to Barbados’ Shoreline

Port Ferdinand, Barbados will welcome a newcomer to its shores this winter: Nikki Beach Barbados. 
Featured here is one of six villas by Bluefields Bay Country Retreat on the Sea, where agents can received increased commissions for booking clients this holiday season.

Increased Commissions for Holiday Getaways in Jamaican Villas

There's still time to book clients on a last minute holiday getaway to Jamaica, and with the newest offer from Bluefields Bay Country Retreat on the Sea, you can receive increased commissions just for doing so.
The Gardenview Orchid Villa at Stonefield Villa Resort.

Globetrotting: Saint Lucia’s Gems

Seeing the Pitons for the first time while sailing along Saint Lucia’s coastline is to be face-to-face with paradise.
Bird’s-eye view of the Bahia Principe Runaway Bay, Don Pablo Collection in Jamaica.

Globetrotting: Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay

What’s in a name? When that prestigious appellation is Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay, Don Pablo Collection, you know you’re in for a treat.
Beach sanctuary at Baha Mar.

8 Events of 2017 That Will Impact Future Caribbean Travel

“The Caribbean had been performing at a healthy growth rate of 5.2 percent between January and June,” said CTO (Caribbean Tourism Organization) chair Joy Jibrilu at the State of the Tourism Industry Conference in October, and growth continued to soar this summer until September, when two Category 5 hurricanes crashed the party. Let’s see how this and other events of 2017 will affect the islands—and you—in 2018.
Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas is offering increased commissions now through all of 2018.

Increased Commissions For Adults-Only Resort in The Bahamas

The adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas is enticing agents to book their clients at the Nassau property with increased commissions in effect now through all of 2018.
U.S. travelers now have more options for flying to Martinique with the launch of new flight services from Norwegian Airlines.

Norwegian Airlines Launches New Nonstop Flight Service to Martinique

After two successful seasons flying from the northeast of the U.S. to Martinique, Norwegian Airlines has expended its offerings to the French Caribbean island with nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale.

Windstar Cruises’ President Will Sail from Puerto Rico

Windstar Cruises president John Delaney wants to help promote Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean after its recent hit with the hurricanes earlier this year.
New restrictions will not stop tour operators and cruise lines from taking American travelers to Cuba.

How Cuba’s New Regulations Affect Agents + Cuba FAM

The U.S. State Department announced the specific restrictions Americans will now face when traveling to Cuba, but they are not as prohibitive as tour operators and cruise lines once feared.

Villas with Fabulous Vistas

With vistas like these, your clients will never want to leave these gorgeous villas.
The Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay is offering discounts just in time for the holidays.

Holiday Promotions at Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay

The holidays are starting early at the all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay with the property now offering discounts for stays between Dec. 23, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018.
The Southwest Airlines route marks the seventh major carrier to service Turks and Caicos.

Southwest Launches Turks and Caicos Service With Promo Fare

On Nov. 5, 2017, Southwest Airlines will launch its new daily nonstop flight service from Fort Lauderdale International Airport to Providenciales International Airport in Turks and Caicos with one-way promotional fares starting at $69.
ZOetry Montego Bay Jamaica Couple Yoga_2A

What’s Hot in the Caribbean

What’s undeniably hot right now? A panel of three experts have answers.
High-end accommodations at Serenity in Saint Lucia.

Globetrotting: Serenity at Coconut Bay

“Serenity is a place where there is no ‘no,’” says CEO Mark Adams Good, because this boutique property is likely to be hosting a lot of honeymooners.
Artist renderings reveal big plans for the Le Blanc Spa Resort, Los Cabos set to open in early 2018.

Palace Resorts’ Plans For Expansion

Travel agents, tour operators and industry insiders gathered at Moon Palace Jamaica for Palace Resort's fourth annual Palace Experience Global Conference where executives shared some big news on the brand's plans for expansion.
Outdoor spinning class is one of many activities guests can participate in to stay fit while on vacation at IBEROSTAR.

New IBEROSTAR Program Helps Guests Stay Fit on Vacation

While staying at an all-inclusive resort often involves lots of eating and drinking, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts is encouraging guests to stay active while on vacation through its Fit & Fun program.
Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Navigator will include Cuba calls on their 2018-2019 sailings.

Regent Seven Seas to Add Cuba Calls in 2018-2019

After first calling on Havana in April 2017, Regent Seven Seas has announced the addition of Cuba calls to six itineraries set to sail in the line's 2018-2019 Caribbean season. 

11 Important Updates about Guadeloupe

Things are changing in Guadeloupe. Stay in the know with the latest news coming from the islands.
Now your clients can extend their winter vacations with Baha Mar's latest promotion.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Offers Sunshine on Sale Promotion

The Bahama's new Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is enticing guests to visit this winter with its Sunshine on Sale promotion.

Report from SOTIC, Part 4: News from Nevis, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and St....

Spoiler alert: The Four Seasons will get even better, Statia is adding rooms, and stricken islands seem to be recovering faster than this reporter would have predicted.
Sebastian's On The Beach will be among the first hotels to reopen on the British Virgin Islands.

Report from SOTIC, Part 3: The Shipping News and other Tales from the Caribbean

Islands that were hit directly by the hurricanes are working to get back on their feet, and those that didn't suffer damage are offering aid to their neighbors, as well as expanding their tourism sector in important ways.
Antigua is ready to welcome guests post hurricanes

Report from SOTIC, Part 2: What’s New on Four Islands

Every country in the Caribbean was affected by the recent hurricanes—emotionally, that is. Physically, however, the overwhelming majority of destinations were unscathed. Here's the start of an update on Caribbean countries both lucky and unlucky.
One Caribbean Family Travel Leaders

Travel Leaders Campaign Aims to Increase Caribbean Travel Post Hurricanes

Travel Leaders Group has set out to dispel the myths and lack of information that is fueling concerns surrounding Caribbean travel with its One Caribbean Family Ambassador campaign.
A photo of St. Thomas from before the hurricanes shows several cruise ships in its harbor. (Photo credit: U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism)

U.S. Virgin Islands Updates Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria

The U.S. Virgin Islands was hit by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Like many of its neighbors, the nation is slowly but surely moving towards normalcy for its residents and eventually towards revving up its once-booming tourism industry.
Cayman Islands native, Grace Byers, shows off the romantic side of her home country with husband Trai Byers by her side.

“Empire” Star Grace Byers Becomes Face of the Cayman Islands Romance Campaign

Partnering with Grace Byers, star of the FOX series, "Empire," the Cayman Islands has launched an ad campaign running now through September 2018 to showcase what it has to offer the lovebirds.
After a two-year renovation process, El Embajador still stays true to its 1950's origins in some ways.

El Embajador Hotel Reveals New, Fully Remodeled Look

El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, has unveiled the results of its $40 million renovation that combines the glitz and glam of its past with the enhancements and amenities expected of a luxury hotel today.
The lobby at Royalton Negril Resort & Spa brings beach vibes indoors with blue decor and water views.

Report from JAPEX, Part 3: New in Negril and the Hills

In the final post of this three-part report on JAPEX, Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler focuses on resort properties in Negril and beyond.
Two all-inclusive properties celebrated their openings at JAPEX, including Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa.

Report from JAPEX, Part 2: New Montego Bay All-Inclusives

Two important resorts celebrated their official openings during JAPEX in late September, and Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler visited both. Here are a few of his thoughts on what stood out.
The family-friendly Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa opened its doors to new visitors last week.

New All-Inclusive Resort Opens in Montego Bay

On a private cove between the Caribbean Sea and the rolling hills of Jamaica, sits the island's newest oceanfront all-inclusive resort: Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa. 
Cap Maison’s The Cliff at Cap restaurant in Saint Lucia.

9 Top Resorts with All-Inclusive Packages

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