The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced Cancun hotels recorded occupancy rates of 93 per cent in the first half of 2015; this represents a year on year increase of 2.5 per cent. The figures are published as Mexico’s favourite holiday destination looks on course to enjoy a record year for tourist numbers. Cancun is now one of the best performing destinations in the world for hotel occupancy levels.
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) will conduct its first hospitality and tourism conference since 2007 under the banner of the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Education Forum (CHIEF).
Jamaica is showcasing some of its spectacular tourism offerings this week as Montego Bay plays host to the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s premier tourism marketing event, Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2014. The marketplace, which is expected to attract 1,200 delegates, is being hosted at Montego Bay Convention Centre, which was named Caribbean’s Leading Meetings & Convention Centre in 2013 by the World Travel Awards.
Hurricane Sandy, which first made landfall in Jamaica on Wednesday, 24 October, had a widespread impact on occupancy across the Caribbean, according to data from STR.
NTA President Lisa Simon was elected to the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Tourism Organization last week at the CTO’s annual State of the Industry Conference in Basseterre, St. Kitts. As a member of the CTO board, Simon will help guide the organization’s efforts to develop policies for increasing tourism to its more than 30 member-nations.
The Seychelles Tourism Minister, Mr. Alain St.Ange, led a two-member delegation to the Caribbean’s leading tourism gathering, the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s State of the Industry Conference in St. Kitts this October. Mr. St.Ange, who was appointed Minister of Tourism and Culture in March of this year, was accompanied by Mrs. Elsia Grandcourt, the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board.
Travel agents selling the Caribbean will come October get to follow their hearts to St. Kitts and Nevis, where they will explore, feel, love and remember during a three day conference organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) New York office.
Sandals Resorts is making its mark in the growing Voluntourism sector, with the launch of its latest initiative which enables holidaymakers to visit local schools in the Caribbean and help children learn to read. The all-inclusive market leader is also preparing to host the prestigious World Travel Awards at its Royal Caribbean & Private Island property this evening.
Since Adam Stewart’s appointment as chief executive four years ago, Sandals has experienced unprecedented growth, transforming the all-inclusive concept with its Luxury Included resorts. As Sandals Royal Caribbean & Private Island in Jamaica prepares to host to the prestigious World Travel Awards next week, BTN caught up with Stewart, to find out just how the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand has maintained its 30 year industry leading status, achieving growth in the midst of one of the most volatile economic storms.
From the new Pinewood film studio set to open in the Dominican Republic to the $3.4 billion mega Baha Mar resort that recently broke ground in the Bahamas, all eyes are currently on the Caribbean.