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.
interCaribbean Airways is pleased to announce the introduction of new scheduled non-stop air service connecting Kingston to Montego Bay, with 16 weekly flights each way. These new flights from Montego Bay to Kingston provide onward flights to Providenciales, Grand Turk, Santo Domingo and San Juan making connections across the wider Caribbean a reality.
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.
According to Caribbean Cruise Line scam prevention is one of its highest priorities as a vacation package provider. As many Americans embrace travel plans for annual spring breaks, Caribbean Cruise Line encourages tourists to use cause—especially when traveling abroad. In a recent press statement, the company comments, “Through the Caribbean Cruise Line Scam Watch program, we hope to decrease the amount of scams travelers face so that they can enjoy their time away with confidence and in an affordable manner.”
According to Caribbean Cruise Line, scam artists are prevalent throughout the travel industry, making it hard for any family to trust any offer that may be presented with to embark on a great vacation.
“While travelling, it’s important to watch out for people offering unsolicited help,” advises a representative for Caribbean Cruise Line Scam Watch, a consumer protection organisation. “Scams often involve some form of distraction, so be aware of your surroundings before you turn your attention to someone you don’t know.”
According to the Boston Globe, a referendum next month will decide if some forms of gambling will be legalised in the Bahamas. But, warns Caribbean Cruise Line, scams known as “web shops” are currently the only way for islanders to participate in this pastime.
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.