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St. Mary's Parish in Jamaica: New Sustainable Tourism Destination?

For our first-ever trip to the Caribbean, my friend Michael, his then-girlfriend, my then-girlfriend, and I rented a cottage on the north coast of Jamaica, about a stone's throw from Ocho Rios and the parish of St. Mary. This was in 1979, and travel to Jamaica was different then. Couples Resorts existed, but there…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on September 2, 2019 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Jamaica Successful in Bid to Chair UNWTO’s Regional Commission for the Americas

(This just in from Jamaica's Ministry of Tourism.)

KINGSTON, Jamaica; May 20, 2019:  Jamaica has been selected to chair the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Regional Commission for the Americas (CAM) for the biennium 2019-2021.

“Jamaica graciously accepts the position of Chairman for the Regional Commission of the Americas and thanks the members for the confidence which has been demonstrated. This is the first time…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on May 20, 2019 at 2:16pm — No Comments

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown Is Making Americans Cancel Trips

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The longest Federal government shutdown in U.S. history is having a substantial impact…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on January 17, 2019 at 8:49am — No Comments

St. Lucia Will Build a New Airport Terminal

The redevelopment of Saint Lucia’s international airport will get underway very soon. On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the Parliament of Saint Lucia voted to borrow US$100 million for the Hewanorra International Airport redevelopment project.…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on December 30, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Airbnb's Challenge to Caribbean Resorts

A few months ago Airbnb entered into a partnership with the Bermuda Tourism Authority that involves marketing and the exchange of fees. Then, in December, it signed one with the British Virgin Islands. Remarkable, because Bermuda and the BVI are nothing if not upmarket destinations. What's more, Airbnb has now signed memorandums of understanding with 16…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on December 4, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Eleuthera Video about Lady Di of the Sacred Pineapple

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Added by Ed Wetschler on October 1, 2018 at 3:01pm — No Comments

  New airlift, new experiences and refreshed product are already translating to increased tourism business for Barbados. Newly released figures show that Barbados is continuing its path of positive g…

 

New airlift, new experiences and refreshed product are already translating to increased tourism business for Barbados. Newly released figures show that Barbados is continuing its path of positive growth in 2018, attracting 357,668 stayover visitors for the period January to June. When compared to the corresponding period in 2017,…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on July 24, 2018 at 9:46am — No Comments

Four in Ten Americans Say They'd Least Like to Fly With their Own Children

A new survey has revealed who Americans would least like to get on a plane with, and their own children came out as the top answer. What’s more, 18% have avoided holidays abroad so that they don’t have to fly.

 

Children have topped the list that Americans would least like to fly with, in a study looking into their travelling habits, followed by…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on June 28, 2018 at 11:03am — No Comments

A Traveler's Guide to High Incidence of Lyme Disease

My wife and I have a house in a much-visited part of Pennsylvania -- visited by both recreational travelers and Lyme disease. But it's not just our neck of the woods where travelers are getting infected, so I'm reposting a press release that might be of help, especially because the majority of Americans vacation within the United States. Here goes:…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on June 28, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Travel to Hurricane-Impacted Caribbean Islands Is Rebounding

Some surprises in this update from the Caribbean Tourism Organization:…
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Added by Ed Wetschler on February 18, 2018 at 7:55am — 2 Comments

Update: What's Open on St. Barts

St. Barts Restaurant, Bar and Hotel Open for 2018 Season  

St. Barts, January 29, 2018 – St. Barts, one of the Caribbean’s most varied and upscale islands, is pleased to announce that they are continuing to welcome visitors for the 2018 season. The tropical destination continues to thrive by offering guests…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on January 29, 2018 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Turks and Caicos: Back in Business after the Hurricanes

In the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Caribbean Tourism Development Company classifies each island nation as either Open for Business or Road to Recovery. The first category is the big one; as Caribbean Hotel & Travel Association president Karolin Troubetzkoy reminded me at a mid-October travel industry…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on October 18, 2017 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Irma's Destruction on St. Martin through Locals' Eyes

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To help the north Caribbean help itself in the wake of Hurricane Irma, see the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association's Caribbean Tourism Recovery Fund or the Caribbean…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on September 9, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Picnic with a Celebrity Goat in Jamaica

Sunset at the Palms, an all-inclusive, adults-only resort in Negril, Jamaica, garnered a lot of attention this spring when its staff expanded to include Betty, a female goat who became an instant hit when she was adopted by the hotel’s grounds keeping crew.

In response to…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on August 18, 2017 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Blue Diamond Resorts Will Operate Jolly Beach Resort & Spa

TORONTO, Aug. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ --…
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Added by Ed Wetschler on August 14, 2017 at 11:57am — No Comments

Kool Rummings at the Four Season Nevis

No, I did not misspell that.

The new KOOL RUMMINGS Rum Cart at Four Seasons Resort Nevis offers a variety of rum punches, including the signature Rasta-Guava Rum Punch. The newest addition to…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on August 9, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Scottish Luxury Hotel Company Will Start a Caribbean Brand

Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI), the team behind some of Scotland’s best known luxury hotels, is swapping glens and lochs for sun and sea to launch a new hotel management company in the Caribbean – The Liming.

 

ICMI’s MD Norbert Lieder, Chairman Dr Chai and sales and marketing expert John Green have joined forces with…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on August 8, 2017 at 8:56am — No Comments

Caribbean Media Awards Nominees

NEW YORK, NY (June 1, 2017) - The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has announced the finalists in its annual Caribbean Media Awards competition and will recognize journalists at the Caribbean Tourism Industry Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 8, 2017,…
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Added by Ed Wetschler on June 1, 2017 at 2:18pm — No Comments

The Caribbean Knight





Six things about Sir Royston Hopkin (top, center), the visionary behind Spice Island Beach Resort on Grenada:…


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Added by Ed Wetschler on May 14, 2017 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Most Colorful Attraction in Sint Maarten?

Nothing wrong with joining the crowds at Maho Bay to stand about five feet under jumbo jets coming in for a landing (what could possibly go wrong?), but I have a new pet attraction in Dutch Sint Maarten: Parotte Ville. It's really three attractions, because it includes an…

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Added by Ed Wetschler on March 15, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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