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Prix Fixe Summer: Fun, Sun and Savings in Anguilla
Jul 17, 2015
Relaxation and restoration await your clients in beautiful Anguilla… at prices that won’t break the bank. Designed to provide value alongside the opportunity to experience the island’s charming escapes, unparalleled luxury and quality living at affordable rates, the Summer Prix Fixe promotion boasts savings of up to 30 percent off regular...
Face to Face: CT Meets the US Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism
Apr 20, 2015
By Ilona Kauremszky When the new governor asks you to take on a leadership role, you don’t say no. Luckily for US Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty, who was recently appointed by Governor Kenneth Mapp, the timing was just right. She previously held the territory’s top tourism job and has...
Hard Rock All-Inclusive Goes Bollywood
Mar 19, 2015
By Samara Meade Toronto’s travel trade was treated to a real taste of Bollywood this week, thanks to the Hard Rock All-Inclusive Collection. Travel professionals and members of the media dined on Indian hor d'oeuvres and watched traditional dancing displays at the launch of the company’s ‘Ishq Rocks Wedding Collection’ at the...
Jan 29, 2015
It’s been a busy couple of days at Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTO) Caribbean Travel Marketplace in San Juan, as the cream of the Caribbean tourism industry’s movers and shakers meet to boost business in one of the most desired vacation regions for Canadian travellers. With 1,100 delegates from 29...
Havana: The Barfly Guide
Dec 17, 2014
For the barfly in Havana, they walk in the footsteps of Ernest Hemmingway and know what he knew - the only way to soak up the essence of Cuba is in its classic bars. Cuba Libres, daiquiris and mojitos rule the roost but many of the drink menus in Havana...
Christmas in the Caribbean
Dec 8, 2014
If it is a white Christmas you're dreaming of then the Caribbean can provide. Not with ice and snow but rather crystal clear water and white sand. Taking a trip to the Caribbean is sure to fulfill all those warm holiday wishes, if those wishes happen to be bright sun...
Jamaica: One Jerk at a Time!
Nov 19, 2014
Jamaican cuisine is world famous and people travel from around the globe to taste its authentic flavours at the source.  Travellers can experience the island's foods firsthand by visiting various food festivals and events throughout the year. Jamaica's most famous culinary export, jerk cooking, is front-and-centre at these events and sure to tantalize...
Anchors Away - 17 Ferry Rides That Will Leave You Speechless
Nov 15, 2014
Ferries can be more than just a way to get from one location to another - they can often provide the best ways to tour some of the most beautiful and remote locations on Earth. Here are some of our favourites…
Cuba: Where to Go Salsa Dancing
Oct 25, 2014
Cuba has the sun and sand to draw the crowds, and many visitors spend their entire time lounging about on the beaches. Although this is truly a great way to enjoy the Caribbean island, you can easily spice up your adventure by exploring the nightclubs and adding a little salsa to...
Cuba: Hemingway Sites
Oct 13, 2014
Although Hemingway was from the United States, he fell deeply in love with Cuba; so much so, he often referred to himself as a "Cubano Sato," or an average Cuban citizen. His fondness for the land and kinship with the country inspired a number of his books like 'The Old...
The Low Down from JAPEX
Sep 28, 2014
By Melanie Reffes The single most important business generator for Jamaica's tourism industry, Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) is an annual meet and greet between the tourism suppliers and the wholesalers and travel agents who sell the destination. Sponsored by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), the...
The Caribbean Aims for 30 Million Visitors
Sep 28, 2014
By Melanie Reffes Held this year in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, State of the Industry (SOTIC) is the Caribbean’s leading tourism conference bringing together the movers and shakers from the public and private sectors. With the theme ‘ Realizing the Vision: Positioning Caribbean Tourism for Major Change’ , the annual event...
Dancing Feet: Five Cities That Will Get You Up and Moving
Sep 21, 2014
Music is both universal and regional, with certain styles calling to mind specific countries and cities. Who doesn’t think of the mysteries of Turkey and Persia when they hear belly-dancing music? Or the United Kingdom when watching the curiously elaborate Morris Dancing? Music colours our perception of a place just...
Jamaica: Tourism Arrivals from Canada Soar
Jul 16, 2014
The final 2013/2014 winter arrival numbers are in and Jamaica recorded an increase in Canadian visitors over last winter (November to April) - with a total of 264,605 arrivals. This figure marks an impressive jump of five per cent over last year. “We are thrilled to report further growth in Canadian...
Underwater Adventure - Meet The Creatures Of The Deep
May 29, 2014
Whether you’re a huge fan of sea life, an avid explorer or someone who just enjoys unique experiences, mingling with the denizens of the deep is an experience that shouldn’t be passed up... Sunlight on Water – Honokohau Harbor, Hawaii, US On the Kona side of the Big Island, Sunlight has been...
Sunquest Launches An Exclusive Promotion With Sandals, Beaches & Grand Pineapple Resorts
Apr 14, 2014
Starting Monday April 14, Sunquest is launching a special promotion with Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Resorts that rewards agents and customers alike with a total value of up to $500 per booking! Valid on all new Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple package bookings made between April 14th and May 14th,
Pack The Dress; Leave The Stress
Apr 5, 2014
If they've been dreaming of beautiful beach with 360-degree Caribbean views, Occidental will not disappoint. Planning a destination wedding can be...
An Infinite World Of Romance
Apr 4, 2014
Sensual sunsets: Cuba is the perfect destination for a romantic wedding. An infinite world of romance... That doesn't sound too bad, does it? And it's sure to get your bride-to-be clients thinking. Because an infinite world of romance is just what Meliá's Cuba Hotels are offering, along with some fantastic free ceremony...
Doing the Dominican Republic
Apr 2, 2014
  "We are included in packages sold by Air Canada Vacations and Transat and, as we're eager to attract more Canadian guests this year, we've started discussions with both airline groups in order to develop a marketing strategy aimed at the Canadian market." - Maxaida Marte, (left) general manager, Balcones Del...
March To The Beat Of A Different Drum On Tobago
Apr 1, 2014
The design of the par-72, 18-hole course at the Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort utilizes indigenous plants to increase habitat diversity for wildlife. $2 Million Revamp For Golf Course The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort has recently taken over the management of the 18-hole Tobago Plantations Golf Course and overseen...
Happily Ever After in the Caribbean
Apr 1, 2014
By Melanie Reffes There are weddings and then there are really memorable weddings and although taking the plunge in the Caribbean is reliably memorable, choosing a venue that’s a tad less predictable than barefoot on the beach at sunset offers pretty good odds you’ll never forget your anniversary. Whether it’s the...
AAA in the Caribbean - Discover Action, Adventure & Activities For Everyone
Mar 9, 2014
By Melanie Reffes From a trek and a triathlon to soaring high on a zip line, kicking your cardio into high gear is as much a part of a Caribbean holiday as a lazy afternoon on a hammock. Vacation envy is no longer just about tan lines (or the lack of...
St. Maarten Sees Highest Number Of Canadian Visitors Ever in2013
Feb 25, 2014
After experiencing a significant spike in North American passenger traffic in the first half of last year, the friendly island of St. Maarten (http://www.VacationStMaarten.com) is pleased to announce its best year ever for Canadian tourism with an overall 14.5% increase in visitor arrivals from Canada during 2013 compared to 2012.
The Long And Winding Road - Eight Destinations Where You Can Relive Beatlemania
Feb 16, 2014
It has been 50 years since Beatlemania kicked off with the band's journey across the pond. Over the subsequent years, The Beatles blazed around the world and created some of their most memorable music. Following that trail takes Beatle-junkies not only to a slew of locations that were immortalized in...
Here Comes The Bride - Seven Romantic Places To Tie The Knot
Feb 14, 2014
Having your wedding and honeymoon at the same time is a stress free way to ensure your nuptials are the best time of your life – and usually at a fraction of the cost. And with so many romantic locations to choose from, your dream wedding is just a plane...
Feast For The Senses - Food, History, Colour & Character In Curacao
Feb 14, 2014
For many, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a blanket of snow on the ground. Then there are those who would prefer a blanket of alabaster sands. If the latter is more your style, Christmas on Curaçao may be an ideal festive selection...
A Place in the Sun – Selling the Caribbean
Feb 11, 2014
By Melanie Reffes  Organized by Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) in partnership with the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA)...
Conch, Conch Everywhere - The National Dish Is More Like A National Obsession In Turks & Caicos
Feb 11, 2014
The buildings are ramshackle. The picnic tables could definitely use a fresh lick of paint. The beach is in need of raking. And the dogs are stray. But, the food at Da Conch Shack and Rum Bar in Turks and Caicos is fresh and delish. The Turk’s Head beer is...
Sunset Sips - Jamaica Style
Jan 15, 2014
From sunset sips and late-night shindigs, to cliff jumping, water slides and pelican watch­ing, Jamaica’s beach bars offer travellers a variety of unique experiences. Here are just a few of our favourites...
How To Increase Your Sales To Jamaica
Jan 13, 2014
Philip Rose, Regional Director for the Jamaica Tourist Board in Canada: “The journey from Western Canada to Jamaica may be a...
A Beach Bonanza - Family Travel To The Caribbean Can Be Hassle-Free
Jan 9, 2014
Choosing the right resort for the entire family can be the vacation wild card. Although all offer beds for heads, only a handful make sure the grown-ups don’t need another holiday once they get home. Whether the kids are old enough to show off their new shoes or still learning...
Plan Ahead - The Best Places To Enjoy The Holiday Spirit Across The U.S.
Jan 7, 2014
By Josephine Matyas How does the song go? The most wonderful time of the year… Next year's holiday season will be...
Dig In - Christmas Food Traditions Around The World
Dec 24, 2013
While the roast turkey that Canada enjoys every Christmas may seem pretty common place in a lot of other countries, every country celebrates Christmas a little differently...
Green Sleeps - Rest Your Head At An Eco-Chic Hotel
Dec 15, 2013
In this day and age, it’s chic to be environmentally-conscious. Hotels and destinations around the world are catching on to this trend and offering tempting green options for their guests, as well as doing their part to be eco-friendly while remaining truly luxurious. Below you can find a roundup of...
'Tis The Season To Be Irie - Holiday Traditions In Jamaica
Dec 8, 2013
As we Canadians approach another festive season fraught with frigid temperatures, Jamaica offers visitors a great escape and the ideal winter getaway...
Dominican Passage - A First-Timer Drinks In The Wonders Of The DR
Dec 1, 2013
“Pay no attention to the man with the snakes on his head,” says my tour guide, not something I’d expected to hear in the plateau-rich, forested Dominican Republic, a country where tourism has fast become the new livelihood and where a nest of docile snakes can turn over a buck...
Sandals Makes A Splash - Openings & Renos Around The Caribbean
Nov 21, 2013
By Melanie Reffes  2013 has been a banner year for the perennially-popular Sandals and Beaches Resorts and with three new properties...
Fall Cruise Review - What’s Floating Your Cruise Client’s Boat This Season?
Nov 12, 2013
Silversea Canadian business is booming at Silversea, according to the company’s director of national sales for Canada, Lori Nojaim. “Canadians truly appreciate...
Keeping It Real In Belize
Nov 7, 2013
From Pyramids To Parrot Fish: It’s Great To Get Down To Earth In Belize By Tim Johnson It came exactly as described...
Dominican Passage - A First-Timer Drinks In The Wonders Of The DR
Nov 6, 2013
“Pay no attention to the man with the snakes on his head,” says my tour guide, not something I’d expected to hear in the plateau-rich, forested Dominican Republic, a country where tourism has fast become the new livelihood and where a nest of docile snakes can turn over a buck...
State of the Industry 2013 - Marketing the Authentic Caribbean Vacation
Oct 27, 2013
The ‘State of the Industry’ (SOTIC), the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) annual conference on tourism was held this year on the French island of Martinique.
Bon Appetit! Raise Your Glass & Your Fork Throughout The Caribbean
Oct 14, 2013
Everyone goes to the Caribbean for the beaches, right? Well, that and the warm weather and never-ending sunshine. But you have to eat when you’re there and the Caribbean has some of the best food-inspired destinations in the world...
Seduced By St Lucia - 7 Reasons To Fall In Love With St Lucia
Oct 11, 2013
If you have a sweet tooth, prepare to be amazed: October is Chocolate Heritage Month in St Lucia. “Travellers are in for a sweet surprise when they visit St Lucia during Chocolate Heritage Month,” says Tracey Warner-Arnold, deputy director of tourism for St Lucia...
The Bahamas - Everything's Better On A Boat
Oct 10, 2013
Captain Greg Marlo leans back, glass of Shiraz in hand, and declares: “Everything is better on a boat. Food and wine, the scenery, the company, sleep and even sex, especially sex...
CT ON TOUR - It's All About The Outhouse!
Oct 5, 2013
Grand Pineapple Antigua is hiding a fabulous secret. By Vickie Sam Paget in Antigua CT is on tour in the Caribbean this...
US Virgin Islands 2013 - America's Caribbean
Oct 1, 2013
Four of the US Virgin Islands’ beaches have received the prestigious Blue Flag certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Blue Flags have been raised at Lindbergh Bay at the Emerald Beach Resort and Great Bay at The Ritz Carlton on St Thomas, Trunk Bay on St John, and Pelican...
Ya Mon! Rasta Rocks In Jamaica
Sep 21, 2013
Rum and reggae are the makings of a grand vacation in Jamaica, but it’s the Rastafari culture that’s piquing the interest of those Canadian travellers who are curious about more than the ingredients in their cocktail or what’s playing on the juke box...
Bon Appetit - Raise Your Glass & Your Fork On Four Islands With Food Finesse
Sep 12, 2013
By Melanie Reffes   Everyone goes to the Caribbean for the beaches, right? Well, that and the warm weather and never-ending sunshine.
Island Rhythms - Experience The Rastafari Indigenous Village
Aug 13, 2013
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live life to the beat of a different drum? Then check out...
The Butler Did It - Luxuriating At Sandals Grand Riviera Beach and Villa Golf Resort
Aug 6, 2013
They sure did. They? I actually had two butlers during my stay at Sandals Grand Riviera Beach and Villa Golf Resort in Ocho Rios. A tag-team of sorts who were there to pamper and spoil me throughout my stay.
Puerto Rico 2013 - Isle of Enchantment
Jul 31, 2013
What’s New • Ritz Carlton Reserve: Ritz Carlton has opened its signature ‘Reserve’ property on the former Rockefeller Estate at Dorado...
'Tis The Season - Summer In The British Virgin Islands Is A Bonanza Of Dream Deals & Super Savings
Jul 9, 2013
Admittedly the majority of sun-seeking visitors arrive in the British Virgin Islands during winter. However, time does not stand still once the high season is over. In fact, summer visitors have the distinct advantage of special packages and summer savings on everything from resort hotels to vacation villas, boutique properties,
You Don't Have To Be Rich - Sell Your Clients On Luxury Travel - It's More Affordable Than They Think
Jul 4, 2013
Airport Butler is YVR’s latest Meet & Greet Service. Premium and customized to elevate your airport experience, the professional concierge staff is all accredited for post security access and know the airport inside and out. From the time they arrive to the time they depart, Airport Butler’s clients have our...
To The Fore - Teeing Up In The Caribbean With Golf Courses & Golf Packages
Jul 4, 2013
“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon,” observed esteemed writer Henry James, “to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” All about lazy summer afternoons, the Caribbean is also a Mecca for golfers who flock to the many courses for a sunny afternoon of play.
It's Easy Being Green - Eco-friendly & “Green” Destinations Across The US
Jul 4, 2013
Travellers are thinking about the environment: the impact of their travel choices, where to go and what to do to leave the smallest footprint. This is where travel professionals come in – a little reading, some research and you’ll be well on your way to making suggestions that are good...
CTO Caribbean Week - Spicing Up The Big Apple
Jun 19, 2013
By Melanie Reffes The largest regional tourism event in the New York area, Caribbean Week, rocked the Big Apple last week. Organized...
Dance The Night Away - Discover Aruba's Top Nightlife Experiences
Jun 9, 2013
Ever since a friend told me about going to Aruba for his honeymoon, it has been high on my list of places to go. It’s a beautiful little island in the southern Caribbean with amazing weather and a ton of great things to do while you’re there. Not only are...
Beyond The Beach - Adventure Travel Throughout The Caribbean
Jun 5, 2013
When it comes to the quintessential beach vacation, the Caribbean does it right. Although the sun, sand and surf are vacation-perfect, there is more to a holiday in the tropics than taking up space on a sun lounger. Tours galore are the newest cool with a plethora to choose from...
Have You Had A BVeeBVee? - Planning Your Clients' Best BVI Vacation
May 29, 2013
Before we get into planning your client’s BVIBVI (pronounced BVeeBVee – meaning Best Vacation In BVI) we should start with how you might attract your client’s attention and then have them go that one step further and ask you for more information. This attraction is called “the lure”. Yes, just...
A New Level Of Luxury - Melia Cuba Hotels Raises The Bar On Luxe Travel To Cuba
May 1, 2013
Cuba has become one of the world’s premiere spots for luxury travel, due in no small part to the expansion of Melia Cuba Hotels, a line of luxury hotels and resorts that have helped to define what luxury travel means in the island country. The company’s hotels cater to a...
It's A DATE - Doing Business in the Dominican Republic
Apr 30, 2013
Organized by the National Hotel and Tourism Association of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES) and hosted at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort, the 13th edition of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) was a spirited affair at the Convention Centre in Punta Cana.
Green Makes Green - Selling Sustainability in the Caribbean
Apr 24, 2013
Hosted for the third time by the twin isles of Trinidad and Tobago and organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), 14th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development (STC-14) took centre-stage at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain.
Girls In The Sun - Getaway Ideas From Across The Caribbean
Mar 31, 2013
    By Melanie Reffes   A week away with the ladies is not only a guaranteed crowd pleaser, it’s also big business. Girlfriend Getaways, as they’re known, are offered by just about every resort in the Caribbean worth its sea salt. Whether it’s a gal pal vacay at a swishy seaside resort, an...
Happily Ever After - Take A Vow To Say “I Do” in the Caribbean
Mar 28, 2013
    By Melanie Reffes   Raising the romance bar with lobster dinners, champagne breakfasts and massages pour deux, the Caribbean oozes passion around every palm tree. From weddings and honeymoons to vow renewal celebrations and anniversary trysts, nothing says romance sweeter than a getaway in the tropics. Whether it is a seaside ceremony...
Happily Ever After - Take A Vow To Say “I Do” in the Caribbean
Mar 28, 2013
    By Melanie Reffes   Raising the romance bar with lobster dinners, champagne breakfasts and massages pour deux, the Caribbean oozes passion around every palm tree. From weddings and honeymoons to vow renewal celebrations and anniversary trysts, nothing says romance sweeter than a getaway in the tropics. Whether it is a seaside ceremony...
7 Ways To Spend Spring Break In The Bahamas
Mar 10, 2013
    Our clocks may be springing forward allowing for a little extra daylight, but spring temperatures aren't in bloom yet. So if you're looking to get away and hop on a plane to a warmer destination within three hours, The Islands Of The Bahamas is ripe with sunshine and off-the-beaten-path activities.
Into The Blue - Azure Seas, Sapphire Skies, No Wonder Varadero Is Hot, Hot, Hot
Feb 27, 2013
By Sam Ion   Mention Cuba and most people think Varadero. No wonder – this long narrow peninsula has 20 kilometres of broad, clean, fine white sandy beaches, add the turquoise warm water of the sea and the blue of the sky and it makes a picture, that you’ll want to be...
Selling The Sun - Carribean Marketplace 2013
Jan 28, 2013
Hosted by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board and organized by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the much-anticipated and always well-attended Caribbean Marketplace 2013 was a spirited affair at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. Held for the second consecutive year in...
Off The Beaten Path - Dig A Little Deeper to Find Caribbean Surprises
Jan 23, 2013
By Aaron Saunders Despite being one of the most popular itineraries in the world, many Eastern Caribbean cruises seem to offer the same assortment of ports from one cruise line to the next. But if you look closer, there’s a whole world of adventure to be had in these sun-splashed islands;...
Pleasures Of Paradise - Living the Good Life in St. Lucia
Jan 21, 2013
By Melanie Reffes   Simply defined, guilty pleasures are those indulgences that we really like but think twice about getting like that pricey pair of shoes, a brand new car and yes, a luxury vacation in the Caribbean. West of Barbados and south of Martinique, St. Lucia is that kind of guilty...
More Than A Sailing Trip - Shore Excursions Make Memories On A Western Caribbean Itinerary
Jan 17, 2013
By Toby Saltzman   Snorkeling through crystalline waters as the sun’s rays streamed over a kaleidoscopic garden of coral reef, I was living a dream sparked long ago by a film clip of Jacques Cousteau. As tropical fish flashed by, their neon hues glowing in the light, I recalled the French explorer’s...
Hot Fun On The High Seas - Pirate Adventure & Disney Magic In The Caribbean
Jan 16, 2013
By Steve MacNaull All of sudden Jack Sparrow drops from the sky. He battles an endless onslaught of sword-wielding pirates with comic schtick and then sets off a dazzling series of fireworks over the ocean. No, this is not the next installment in the wildly-successful Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise by Disney...
Kids Fun In The Sun - Family Friendly Fun In The Caribbean
Dec 20, 2012
By Melanie Reffes   A family vacation in the Caribbean means more these days than booking a room with a view, lining up for the breakfast buffet or leaving the kids in the game room. Getting off the beach chair is the new ‘cool’ with Canadian families who want more from a...
Only In Jamaica
Dec 13, 2012
  With an intoxicating cocktail of natural beauty, seaside resorts, vivacious nightlife and friendly locals, Jamaica has earned legions of adoring...
JAPEX Rocks The House - Meet & Greet in Jamaica
Nov 16, 2012
By Melanie Reffes Organized by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) with support from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Jamaica Product Exchange, known as JAPEX, was a smashing success at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios. Now in its 22nd year, JAPEX 2012...
Selling The Caribbean - CTO's State of the Industry 2012
Nov 16, 2012
By Melanie Reffes With the theme, “Developing a Winning Tourism Strategy”, the ‘State of the Industry 2012’ was held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in collaboration with the St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism and the St. Kitts Tourism Authority. In its second...
Living La Vida Local
Nov 5, 2012
  There’s the vida loca and there’s the vida local, and you can find a little of both on the islands...
Off the Beaten Path
Oct 25, 2012
Despite being one of the most popular itineraries in the world, many Eastern Caribbean cruises seem to offer the same...
Winter Outlook: SUNNY
Sep 21, 2012
As the colder months set in, clients will be clamouring for warmer, sunnier climes. The Caribbean, with its many attractive...
World Report
Sep 21, 2012
  Fiji Adventure Ahoy! Fiji seems to have an endless choice of adventures, on land, at sea, and in the sky. Trek mountain trails culminating in a swim under a waterfall, and visit caves to hear stories of great chiefs and tribal wars. Fiji boasts one of the world’s top snorkeling and diving...
Customize Your Vacation
Sep 21, 2012
My ideal Caribbean vacation may look completely different from yours. While I want a quiet getaway with some spa treatments...
Haute & Spicy - A Culinary Tour Of The Caribbean
Aug 6, 2012
If it’s Saturday, you can bet at least half of Tobago is sitting down to a piping hot bowl of cow heel soup gussied up with dumplings, yam, sweet potatoes and herbs. As tropical as a swig of Carib beer on a hot afternoon, this soupy salute to starch is...
Puerto Rico 2012 - Island of Enchantment / Isla Del Encanto
Jul 27, 2012
One of only four W Retreats & Spas in the world has recently opened on Vieques Island; St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort has recently opened in Rio Grande; the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel is scheduled to open in the fall; Dorado Beach, A Ritz Carlton Reserve, and Puerto Rico’s first, 6-Star...
Cuba's Jewels - Explore The Jardines del Rey Archipelago & Discover History, Culture & Amazing Beaches
Jul 23, 2012
With more than 300 beaches along 588 kilometres of Cuba’s coast, sun worshipers seek destinations with solid reputations. Cuba’s premier beach resort Varadero, with 21 kilometres of sparkling white sand, brings vacationers back time and time again. A string of hotels backs onto the flat expanse of beach. At night,
Jul 16, 2012
Life’s a beach. At least it is in the Caribbean. But venture beyond the beach and you’ll find treasures like festive carnivals, spicy cuisine, nature trails, duty free shopping and a warm, no-worries way of life.
Caribbean Week in New York
Jun 19, 2012
A spring rite of passage in the Big Apple, Caribbean Week was a smashing success in Manhattan in June. Celebrating the sights, sounds, culture and vacation opportunities the world’s favourite vacay destination has to offer, Caribbean Week is the largest regional tourism event in New York and attracts a host...
There's Something Familiar - Puerto Rico & USVI Are Classically Caribbean & Uniquely American
May 29, 2012
Classically Caribbean and uniquely American, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands are tropical playgrounds where radio stations play American oldies and Caribbean calypso, holidays are toasted with a shot of rum and a Chili Cook Off is as coveted as a Caribbean Food Fair.
It's A Date In The Dominican Republic - News From The PremiereTrade Show In The DR
May 10, 2012
An annual event, Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) celebrated its lucky 13th year in April at the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort Convention Center in Punta Cana. Sponsored by The Hotel and Tourism Association of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES), DATE is the premier trade show in the DR attracting buyers, sellers,
Gal-Pal Getaways - Fab Female Fun At A Tropical Resort
May 10, 2012
A diamond may be a girl’s best friend but a women’s-only getaway is the shiniest way to relax, renew and refresh.
Pooling Their Assets - Palace Resorts & Hard Rock Hotels Are Teaming Up To Wow All-Inclusive Travellers
Apr 27, 2012
By Laurie Carter Just when all-inclusive fans think they’ve seen everything, Palace Resorts has teamed up with Hard Rock Hotels to create a new and truly unique experience. Pairing the multi-diamond service and amenities that have long set Palace Resorts apart, with the entertainment-based, rock star feel of Hard Rock Hotels...
We Did It! - Weddings, Honeymoons Or Just Sparking, The Caribbean Is The Place To Be
Mar 2, 2012
Whether you’re still smitten with an old flame or igniting sparks with a new one, romance runs rampant in the Caribbean. Graced with mountain-rimmed coves and tie-dyed sunsets, finding passion in the Caribbean is breeze.
Ship Ahoy - Discover The Lure Of The English-Speaking Caribbean
Jan 27, 2012
Christopher Columbus, as we all know, got here first, landing in the Bahamas in 1492 looking for trade routes and treasure to take back to his Spanish employers. He was quickly followed by treasure-seekers, or rather takers, of another sort – the buccaneers, marauders and pirates of high seas legends...
Caribbean Report - New Flights, Accessible Barbados
Nov 25, 2011
Air Canada will launch weekly, non-stop service to Curaçao International Airport (CUR) from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on December 24 departing Toronto at 10:05 a.m. and arriving in Curaçao at 4:20 p.m.
A Family Affair - A Survival Guide To Caribbean Travel For All Ages
Nov 25, 2011
With kids in tow, the challenge of a summer vacation lies in maximizing the fun and minimizing the meltdowns. Getting away from chicken fingers on the buffet and swimming pools that look like daycare centres is the true test of a family-friendly holiday and although you can give the kids...
Ya mon - In Jamaica It's All About The Vibe
Oct 26, 2011
It starts with the ya-mon-no-problem mantra of the island’s people and carries through to the luxurious all-inclusive resorts that dot its white sand shores.
We're Talkin' Sun - Canadian Tour Operators Tell Us What's New & What's Hot
Sep 30, 2011
With the healthy Canadian dollar and well-established tour packagers adding new products and additional air flights, sun-worshippers need look no further than the idyllic Caribbean when it comes to winter escapes. Below, meet some of these tour packagers and what they have to say about the upcoming 2011/12 season.
The Green Economy - Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Conference 2011
Sep 29, 2011
Organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in collaboration with the Bermuda Department of Tourism, the 12th annual Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC-12), was held in Bermuda in April. More than 200 business, political and tourism leaders as well as tour operators and travel agents from the Caribbean, Canada and the...
A DATE in the Dominican Republic
Sep 29, 2011
Organized by The Hotel and Tourism Association (ASONAHORES) and staged at the Hard Rock Hotel, the 12th annual Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) was held in Punta Cana in April. Sponsored by the Dominican Ministry of Tourism, the show affords product providers like hotels, travel agencies, airlines and excursions as...
The Caribbean Takes a Bite out of the Big Apple
Sep 29, 2011
Wowing the big city with Caribbean charm, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) took a bite out of the Big Apple during Caribbean Week in New York City. From the Empire State Building lit up in the traditional Caribbean colours of blue, green and yellow to fashion shows, industry seminars and...
Water, Water Everywhere
Aug 22, 2011
An island with spectacular beaches and constant warm temperatures, Cuba is the place to find fun in, on and under the water. Resorts boast all manner of water toys and activities, from pool noodles to parasailing. The sporting menu also includes windsurfing, kite boarding, sea kayking and, of course, swimming...
A Feast For The Senses
Aug 22, 2011
Havana may be physically decaying from decades of isolation and neglect, but Cuba’s feisty capital is anything but crumbling when it comes to nightlife, cuisine and cultural attractions.
Nature At Its Finest
Aug 22, 2011
Nature-lovers love Cuba with its well-preserved ecosystems, amazing array of landscapes and abundance of flora and fauna. Cuba is home to more than 6,700 species of higher plants (about half of which are native), as well as 14,000 species of invertebrates and 650 vertebrates – including 350 bird species.
Captivating Colonial Towns
Aug 22, 2011
Those who think Cuba is all about beaches and mojitos need to think again. True, this finger of an island located in the Caribbean just south of Florida boasts myriad silvery beaches but it is also a virtual outdoor museum of colonial towns and cities. A visit to Cuba should...
It's Always Sunny In Cuba
Aug 22, 2011
Cuba welcomed a record 945,000 Canadian sun seekers in 2010. With many must-do activities across the island, it’s clear why Canadians love Cuba. And after touring historical buildings in Old Havana, sampling cigars along the Route of Tobacco, and hiking in the forests of Pinar del Rio, sun worshippers head...
The Authentic Caribbean
Aug 22, 2011
It doesn’t get any more real than Cuba. An intoxicating blend of culture, cuisine, history, adventure, wildlife, nightlife and, of course, stunning beaches on crystal waters, the country is the place for an authentic Caribbean experience.
Sylma Says
Aug 22, 2011
Canada represents a significant market for the Caribbean showing steady growth over the last decade. Despite the slowdown of the global economy, Canada continues to maintain its market share of more than 11%. Sylma Brown Bramble is the director of marketing for the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and has held various...
We Love The Caribbean - Beaches, Festivals, Sports & Fine Food Keep Drawing Canadians In Record Numbers
Aug 22, 2011
Canadians love the Caribbean. In fact, we like it so much we make up 11% of the visitors to the region. Why? Plenty of reasons. Beaches, sunshine and watersports head the list followed by the diversity of culture celebrated in local cuisines and carnivals. Here’s an island-by-island look at the...
History Lives In Santo Domingo
May 25, 2011
With so many beautiful beaches competing for the attention of tourists, it would be easy to overlook Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic. But what a mistake that would be! The path of history has touched Santo Domingo – it is here, in the 500-year-old architecture and...
A Natural Beauty - Cayo Santa Maria Is Cuba's Newest Island Paradise
May 24, 2011
Lying off the north coast of Villa Clara province, 120 kilometres from Santa Clara, Cayo Santa Maria, is Cuba’s newest destination. A small island 13 kilometres long and up to two kilometres wide, Cayo Santa Maria is in the Jardines del Rey (King’s Garden) archipelago, part of the UNESCO Biosphere...
Bermuda Shorts - A Quick Look At What To See & Where To Go
Apr 20, 2011
You have to admire a place that's famous for shorts. That's right – men's short pants. Bermuda – the exotic pink sand island – even features a pair of pink shorts in its official logo. These pink shorts have to be worn in the most fashion-flummoxing way: two inches above...
The Sporting DR
Mar 25, 2011
An intriguing hike or an inviting beach is never far away. The diverse island geography includes tropical rainforests, mountain wilderness, mangrove swamps, azure waters and everything in between. Each setting is a playground for the sports nut. And the forgiving climate means it’s always a good time to climb, raft,
Samaná: From The Rainforest To The Coastline
Mar 25, 2011
On the Samaná Peninsula, nature occurs in the drama of green, jungle-draped mountainsides, the sensuous curve of a perfect powder-white beach, the sight of a mother whale and her calf frolicking in the deep ocean waters. These are the images that first-time visitors take home from Samaná, inspiring them to...
The Big Trip: Punta Cana
Mar 25, 2011
Once just a quiet spot on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, the towns of Punta Cana and Bávaro have exploded into a resort zone of all-inclusive properties that cater to honeymooners, families and spring breakers looking for sports by day and exciting nightlife after the sun goes down.
A Puerto Plata Primer
Mar 25, 2011
As planeloads of winter-weary Canadians head south for a mid-winter break, there’s a good chance that they’re headed for the airport at Puerto Plata, one of the budget destination capitals of the Caribbean. To be more precise, they are almost certainly headed for one of the all-inclusive resorts at Playa...
The DR Au Naturel
Mar 25, 2011
The clear waters and dazzling scenery of the Dominican Republic are seductive to those hoping to discover the panorama of life underwater and ashore. One of the more diverse islands of the Caribbean, the landscape covers the spectrum from mountainous highland ranges to cacti-dotted semi-arid deserts, mangroves, lagoons and rivers.
La Romana In A Week
Mar 25, 2011
It’s a little quieter on the south coast of the Dominican Republic. Mass tourism has made its mark; but the sea is a little calmer here, the pace is dialed down a notch and despite making it onto the main tourist radar, the village of La Romana still exudes a...
Cultural Treasures
Mar 25, 2011
The Dominican Republic is known for its natural beauty – the pristine beaches fringed by palm trees, the richness of the rainforest and the sheer wonder of the biodiversity found in the crystal clear waters. But visitors who step away from the beachfront will also find a land rich in...
Delicious DR
Mar 25, 2011
Thanks to a perfect mix of geography and climate, the farmers’ fields of the Dominican Republic spillover year-round with an abundance of fruits and vegetables. Small fishing boats bob in the surrounding waters, pulling in fresh catch to supply local restaurants. Fresh ingredients rein here, so be adventuresome. Venture out...
They Said - It Sales Tips
Mar 25, 2011
The brand under which the company H10 Hotels operates its establishments in the Caribbean, was launched in 2008. Ocean by H10 Hotels establishments feature outstanding seaside locations, top-notch facilities, a wide array of services, all-inclusive packages, health and beauty centres, scuba-diving centres and themed restaurants offering select, world-class cuisine.
A Vital Partnership - CHTA Marketplace 2011
Mar 25, 2011
Presented by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association (JHTA), Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), MasterCard and Virgin Holidays, Caribbean Marketplace 2011 welcomed buyers and sellers from the Caribbean, North America and Europe to the new Montego Bay Convention Centre January 16 to 18.
Outside The Brochure - Generating Niche Business With Nolitours & Transat Holidays Products
Mar 22, 2011
In 2010, between January and November, 576,926 Canadians went south to the Dominican Republic for their vacation. What a great start to an article, eh? Always good to know the who, the where and how many fellow Canadians are going there. They’re already going! Bonus. All you have to do...
Holy Matrimony - Knockout Nuptials In The Sun
Feb 24, 2011
What could be more wonderful than saying “I do” on a quiet Caribbean beach - the sound of the sea in the background? Or taking the plunge with a sultry Mexican wedding, where couples can make memories to last a lifetime? How about an oceanside ceremony kissed by soft Hawaiian...
U.S. Virgin Islands 09 - America's Caribbean
Feb 23, 2011
Butterfly Farm: Visitors walk through a 929 square-metre atrium where 30 unique species of butterflies from all over the world fly freely around. The area is also filled with tropical landscaped gardens, exotic flowers and pools. A 25- minute guided tour provides information on the evolutionary cycle of butterflies. St.
Puerto Rico 09 - Isle of Enchantment
Feb 23, 2011
Coffee Zone: 10 historic coffee plantations in Jayuya, San Sebastian, Ponce, Adjuntas, Las Marías and Lares have been designated a Coffee Zone where tourists are welcomed at the plantations.
Sparking Growth in the Caribbean
Feb 23, 2011
Although the economy might not be as sunny as the weather, delegates at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC) in Bermuda were upbeat about the future of tourism in the region. Bankers, investors, hoteliers and tourism officials held their heads high at the annual conference sponsored by the...
Feb 23, 2011
Hosted by the National Hotel and Restaurant Association (ASONAHORES) and the Ministry of Tourism, the 10th edition of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) attracted 400 delegates to Punta Cana in April. As the destination’s leading travel trade show, the annual event welcomed wholesalers, travel agents, airlines and government officials...
They Said It - Barbados
Dec 13, 2010
By Merle Rosenstein How to sell Barbados? Canadian Traveller went to Canadian tour operators for the answer. Here’s their expert advice: Air...
Commissions For Life - When You Sell Barbados You Sell A Lifestyle
Dec 13, 2010
Oh how I wish every travel agency website home page delivered this type of message to each and every visitor. The team behind the BTA Barbados Tourism Authority knows how to woo you into clicking further. Check this welcoming script hot off the BTA home page.
A Blue Sky Holiday - Numbers Don't Lie, Clearly Canadians Love Barbados
Dec 10, 2010
Proud of a record number of visitors to the easternmost island in the Caribbean, Barbados is extending a warm island welcome to Canadians hankering to escape the winter chill. With frequent flights, expanding array of accommodations, attractions and restaurants and a strong Canadian dollar, Barbados is, indeed, fun in the...
A Voluptuous Beauty - Stunning St. Lucia Offers The Great Caribbean Escape
Nov 23, 2010
West of Barbados and south of Martinique, St. Lucia is celebrated for its voluptuous natural beauty that includes the spectacular twin Piton Mountains, drive-in volcano, black sand beaches and a rainforest that teems with wild orchids and fragrant fruit trees. A five-hour flight from Toronto, the picturesque island is a...
Caribbean Report November 2010
Nov 23, 2010
WestJet Airlines will fly from Toronto to Varadero four times per week; Holguin two times per week; Cayo Coco two times per week; and Santa Clara (Cayo Santa Maria) once a week.
Love Blooms - Jamaica Is Wooing The Romance Market
Oct 27, 2010
The perennial favourite of lovebirds around the world and with easy requirements for Canadians wanting to say “I Do”, Jamaica is wooing the romance market with picturesque venues, resort and hotel wedding planners and an advertising campaign aimed at attracting newlyweds and their families.
Small Hotels Looking Up
Oct 27, 2010
Industry optimism was in the air in September at the Small Hotels Retreat and Taste of the Caribbean culinary competitions at the Rio Mar Beach Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Get Happy - Get Away To Anguilla
Oct 26, 2010
Nature gets a standing ovation in Anguilla. Graced with sea grape trees, sun-dappled skies and endless strands of sandy beaches, the tiny island in the Eastern Caribbean rivals the best in the tropics. A seashell away from St. Maarten, eel-shaped Anguilla is the A-list choice for Canadians who covet the...
Return To Paradise - The Caribbean's Bounced Back Say Canadian Tour Operators
Oct 5, 2010
A strong Canadian dollar, new products, and exciting destinations from tour operators are key factors in what promises to be a winning winter. It’s a positive turn-around from last year’s uncertainty when, according to the Canadian Association of Tour Operators, winter sales dropped 20 per cent over 2008. Today’s optimism...
Caribbean Report September 2010
Oct 5, 2010
Curacao is celebrating the start of “Travel Agent Appreciation Season.” Unbeatable airfare and hotel deals are available from September 5 to October 31. Curacao is partnering with American Airlines, Inse Air and top hotels to offer deeply discounted rates for travel agents to experience the island. Travel agents can book...
From Jungle to Reef - Affordable, Educational & Family Oriented Travel in Belize
Oct 5, 2010
The English speaking country of Belize is emerging as an affordable and educational destination for family vacations. The country’s unspoiled landscapes, rich cultural history and colourful locals offer a variety of activities to keep everyone in the family happy. Located between Mexico and Guatemala in Central America there are crystal...
They Said It - Caribbean
Aug 29, 2010
Anguilla is the perfect destination for the FIT traveller seeking an authentic holiday. With no all inclusive resorts, be prepared to explore an amazing destination by car, bike, horseback or walking! In addition to the 33 beaches, which are all stunning, we have over 20 art galleries, some of the...
Caribbean Report - August 2010
Aug 29, 2010
Sandals Resort International launches the ‘Million Dollar Giveaway’. Travel agents who make bookings of three nights or longer, from June 1 through December 15 to any Sandals Resort property will be entered into the drawing for one of several prizes.
Lovin' The Caribbean - Fun, Friends & Fantastic Getaways Down South
Aug 29, 2010
Canadians love the Caribbean. Why? Plenty of reasons. Beaches, sunshine and water sports head the list. But the crackling mix of cultures makes for great festivals, wonderful food and a special Caribbean ambience that brings Canadians back again and again. Here is a snapshot of each island, and our list...
New Website For Bonaire
Aug 25, 2010
New Website For Bonaire Tourism Corporation Bonaire has announced the launch of its new official website www.tourismbonaire.com. The site has been...
Canada Numbers Up To Jamaica
Aug 17, 2010
The Jamaica Tourist Board reports significant growth in the number of visitors from Canada for January to June 2009, as 175,365 Canadians visited Jamaica. This is an increase of 28.3 per cent in comparison with the same period in 2008.
CAYMAN ISLANDS Wedding Made Easy
Aug 17, 2010
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism has launched a new website, www.caymanvows.ky, designed to showcase its wide range of wedding experiences, connect couples with service providers and inspire them to find their own unique wedding style.
Sun Destinations 2009 - What's New From Canada's Tour Operators This Winter?
Aug 16, 2010
With the summer almost behind us, Canadian tour operators have been busy planning their 2009-2010 winter season. And what a season it is shaping up to be. While Canadians are faring better than their neighbours to the south economically, there are other factors that will determine whether Canadian snowbirds will...
Bahamas Inclusive With WestJet
Aug 16, 2010
The Islands Of The Bahamas has teamed up with WestJet Vacations to unveil the world’s first island inclusive vacation – Club Grand Bahama – a flexible, affordable holiday experience that redefines traditional vacations.
Jamaica Is Jammin' - New Developments & Growing Visitor Numbers
Aug 13, 2010
With the aim of bolstering arrivals for the upcoming winter season, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has revved up its marketing efforts with a wide-ranging plan that includes seminars, sales blitzes, FAM trips, e-mail blasts and consumer promotions. According to Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, the ‘Drive for Five Campaign’ is...
Small Size, BIG Adventure - Diving, Mayan Ruins & Nature Reserves - Belize Has It All
Aug 13, 2010
Belize (pop. 322,000) fits like the thumb of a left-hand mitten against Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, with Guatemala forming its straight-as-a-rule boundary to the west. Yet Belize’s lack of size doesn’t stop it from being one of the world’s foremost adventure destinations.
A Beautiful Island Paradise - Bountiful Beaches, Outdoor Fun & Caribbean Culture In The D.R.
Aug 4, 2010
In the heart of an archipelago surrounded by Cuba, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Caribbean sharing the island of Hispaniola, or Little Spain, with Haiti. Washed by the rugged Atlantic Ocean to the north and the calm Caribbean Sea to the...
Pearl Of The Antilles - Cuba Is More Than Cigars, Rum & Music
Jun 28, 2010
The Gulf of Mexico harbours the Caribbean’s largest island, only 140 kilometres south of Florida. Cuba, also known as the “Pearl of the Antilles”, boasts almost 4,000 islands and islets that are spread across the Caribbean Sea. The tourism industry is the country’s main livelihood, bringing in billions of dollars...
Nelson, Betty & Shirley - The Beach Is Just One Of Antigua & Barbuda's Attractions
Jun 28, 2010
Warm steady breezes, hundreds of safe anchorages and a nearly unbroken protective reef attracted the first visitors to Antigua – the British navy. Today these same enticing characteristics attract sailors to one of the world’s great maritime events, divers to the underwater wonders of the reef system and all of...
Caribbean Jewel - Barbados Tops The Hit List For Winter Weary Canadians
Jun 28, 2010
The easternmost of the Caribbean Islands, Barbados is bordered to the west and south by golden sand beaches framing the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea and to the east by limestone cliffs that stand guard over the rugged Atlantic Ocean. From spectacular scenery, historic sites and eco-tours to world-class...
Frommer's Top Spots
Jun 28, 2010
The editors at Frommer’s have consulted their many author-experts to come up with the top destinations for 2008. The list of 13 of the best and most beautiful spots the world includes ranges from big-city hotspots to tranquil rural retreats.
Get SMART In St. Martin
Jun 28, 2010
The 8th annual SMART -– St. Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow – drew more than 50 supplier companies and 30 buyers including Transat Tours, WestJet Vacations, Cheap Caribbean.com, Expedia and Costco Travel to the French side of the island. Showcasing the islands in the northeast Caribbean including Anguilla, Antigua, Barbuda, British...
Positive Numbers At JAPEX In Jamaica
Jun 28, 2010
Hosted by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), the 19th annual Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) drew industry leaders from Air Canada Vacations, Signature Vacations, Thomas Cook North America, Vacances Tours Mont-Royal, Transat Tours Canada, Sunwing Vacations and West Jet Vacations and more than...
Ahh, The Caribbean - Relax, Our Annual List Of Canadians' Favourites Is Here
Jun 25, 2010
It’s still summer, but not too early to start selling for winter. Here is our annual review of what’s new, what’s hot and what’s intriguing in Canadians’ favourite Caribbean destinations.
Jamaica - On a Roll
Jun 25, 2010
Now in its 20th year, Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) is the island’s premier trade event organized by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB). Held in Montego Bay, the show was opened by Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Bruce Golding who praised the stellar season of...
Selling Sustainability
Jun 25, 2010
Organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in collaboration with the Barbados Ministry of Tourism, the Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC) was held in May at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown. Now in its 11th year, the timely forum attracted more than 200 delegates from the Caribbean, Canada, United...
What's Up Caribbean? - What's New & Surprising In The Caribbean This Winter
Jun 24, 2010
The mercury’s still soaring, but soon snowbirds will be planning the annual migration to their favourite island nests. Time to get ready. Canadian Traveller has the news, the noteworthy and even the little-known bits that may surprise you about some of Canadians’ favourite Caribbean hot spots.
May 1, 2010
Sponsored by the Dominican Ministry of Tourism and hosted by the National Hotel and Restaurant Association (ASONAHORES), Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) is the region’s premier trade event. Held in April in Punta Cana, the 11th annual conference welcomed tour operators and travel agents from North America, Caribbean and Europe...
Sweet Summer Deals
May 1, 2010
The highly rated Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa will be launched as St. Thomas’ only 100-per cent all-inclusive resort starting July 1. With this new status, it will offer discounts including Summer Getaway rates starting at US $387 and a family special featuring 50-per cent off a second room...
Pure Warmth
May 1, 2010
Grenada has launched a new multi-lingual website that boasts a host of new features including a trip planner, tour operator locator, interactive map and blog.
Health Insurance Update
May 1, 2010
Following up on its earlier announcement that effective May 1, all visitors to Cuba will be required to have medical insurance, the Travel Health Insurance Association (THIA) has received confirmation from the Government of Cuba Tourism Bureau that Cuban authorities will accept either provincial government health insurance cards, or proof...
The Essential Havana - Museums, Rumba & UNESCO Heritage Highlight Cuba's Capital
May 1, 2010
For centuries Havana has served as the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. Originally christened La Villa de San Cristóbal de la Habana, the city was the storehouse for treasures that Spanish fleets brought to the New World, before morphing into the centre of trade and commerce between the old...
Record Numbers From Canada
Mar 1, 2010
Canadians have made it clear that Barbados is one of their top choices when it comes to vacation destinations. A total of 63,826 Canadians visited Barbados in 2009, boasting an 11.2% increase from the previous year. Regional breakdowns show an increase of 22.3% from Alberta, 5.7% from British Columbia, 12.3%...
Antiguan I Dos
Mar 1, 2010
Getting married on Antigua and Barbuda has never been easier. Even cruise ship visitors can do it. There are three simple steps: clients must visit the Ministry of Justice on lower Nevis Street in St. John’s with valid passports, complete the application and pay applicable fees.
Numbers Jumpin'
Feb 1, 2010
For the sixth straight year, Destination Jamaica recorded growth in visitor arrivals from Canada. For 2009, the destination received 22.9 per cent more visitors than in 2008. In total, 290,307 Canadians visited the country.
Selling the Tropics
Feb 1, 2010
Poised for an economic turnaround, Caribbean Marketplace 2010 welcomed 1,311 delegates from 15 countries including Canada to the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan January 10 to 13. Organized by Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Marketplace was hosted by Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Puerto Rico Convention Bureau and the...
Making New Friends - Grow Caribbean Commissions Selling Aruba
Jan 1, 2010
Boasting the highest repeat visitor rate in the Caribbean, Aruba is on a roll with a host of new travel incentives. The Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) and the Aruba Hotel and Tourism Association (AHTA) have launched an agent-friendly website – www.aruba.com – with a booking engine and social networking feature...
Southern Hospitality - Historic Inns & Properties Of The Southern US
Dec 1, 2009
With the economy starting to thaw just as the ground is freezing up, Canadians can still take advantage of some fantastic deals south of the border…many of them where the sun is shining and the weather is more co-operative. Add to that the warmth of staying at an historic property...
A New Frontier - A Look At Cuba's Always Improving Tourism Infrastructure
Dec 1, 2009
The lush tropical setting of Cayo Santa Maria, a pristine cay at the western end of the Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago, is the idyllic setting of the new frontier of Cuban tourism. Tied to the island by a man-made causeway, this is where you find Melia Las Dunas, one of several five-star...
Bajan Bliss - Barbados Promotes The Art Of Fine Living
Dec 1, 2009
With a new destination-brand campaign and increased airlift, Barbados is gearing up for a busy winter season. Framed to the west and south by the calm Caribbean Sea and to the east by limestone cliffs and the craggy Atlantic Ocean, the easternmost island in the Caribbean tempts with stunning scenery,
Half Moon Certifies - Jamaica
Nov 1, 2009
Half Moon has introduced the Half Moon Select online training program to help travel professionals be experts in selling the 55-year-old resort. The program is divided into two sections; the first takes agents through property knowledge and provides information on resort and destination culture. The second phase allows agents to...
Fly Away to Jamaica
Nov 1, 2009
This winter coast-to-coast departures from Vancouver to Halifax will provide Canadians more opportunities than ever to fly non-stop to Jamaica, including for the first time, a London, Ontario, to Montego Bay weekly departure.
Island I Dos - Weddings & Honeymoons On Antigua
Nov 1, 2009
The island of Antigua is rich in everything you’d ever want to experience on a romantic getaway: powder white beaches, friendly people, tempting meals and picture-perfect Caribbean sunsets. With so many elegant resorts to choose from, there’s a surprising array of settings for exotic weddings, intimate honeymoons and anniversary celebrations...