Hundreds of delegates from across the region have been gathering at the 30th annual Caribbean Marketplace at the Atlantis Resort, the Bahamas. Following a sensational opening ceremony last night, it was down to business today with hundreds of buyers and suppliers meeting on the conference floor.
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.
Rosewood’s recently transformed and luxurious private island resort, Jumby Bay, is delighted to offer guests the exclusive opportunity to experience sailing with leading yacht charter company Ondeck, aboard one of their ‘around-the-world’ yachts, based in Antigua.
The Caribbean Tourism Organisation has confirmed it will host a four-hour consumer event showcasing Caribbean cuisine, rum and music in London later this month.
A number of flights have been cancelled and cruise ships diverted as the Caribbean braces itself for Hurricane Earl. A number of homes have been destroyed and tourists have rushed for shelter as 135mph winds struck Anguilla as well as a number of other nearby islands.
Some people really will go the extra mile to avoid inviting unwanted friends and relatives to their big day, and according to Sandals Resorts, almost half of the population will go as far as leaving the country. The Caribbean hotel company have recently found that 47 per cent of the 2000 surveyed said they would like to or are planning to marry abroad to avoid inviting distant relations and acquaintances that they really don’t want to be there.
It’s that time of year when people cluster around brochures and start eagerly pointing at the Caribbean, cooing over pictures of white sand beaches and carefully constructed rum punches. And you can bet your bottom East Caribbean dollar they will be on about Jamaica or Antigua.
A new international airport and a pier to harbour the world’s largest cruise liner are among ambitious plans Haiti has laid out to revive its tourism economy following years of political turmoil that plunged the former French colony into abject poverty. The government has recently signed a US$30m deal with Venezuela for the construction of an international airport, whilst in December Royal Caribbean will start sending its flagship Oasis of the Seas on a weekly stopover.
In autumn 2010, the Port Authority of Jamaica will debut Falmouth, a major new cruise port with world-class facilities and a glorious history that will transform the town one of the Caribbean’s most culturally vibrant cruise destinations.
Two ‘live’ weddings, musical performances and a new children’s village are the highlights of the Caribbean Fair &Vacation Mart at South Street Seaport during Caribbean Week 2007.
As a last minute reminder to consumers to obtaintheir passports, sellers of Caribbean destinations and hotels are offeringincentives to obtain a passport in light of the impending Western Hemisphere TravelInitiative.