Much-awaited and well-attended, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) hosted the Caribbean Travel Marketplace this year at Atlantis, Paradise Island. Getting off to a rousing start, the opening ceremony didn’t disappoint with performances by The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band and the Colors Junkanoo Group, with keynotes by the Hon. Obie Wilchombe, minister of tourism for the Bahamas and Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of the Bahamas.
A time-honored Caribbean tradition, chowing down at a Friday Fish Fry comes from the centuries-old religious practice of abstaining from eating meat for one day of the week. Although not adhered to as strictly as it once was, many of the islands still keep that tradition alive with Friday night fish frys that celebrate the catch of the day. A beachy vacation is an easy vacation to sell, but for clients who want to explore the island and not just the swim-up bar, suggest a tasting tour of the tastiest Fish Fry feasts under the starry skies.
The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua and its petite pretty sister isle Barbuda are a wonderland of the finest beaches under the Caribbean sun. Attractions include historical sites like Nelson’s Dockyard, an unbroken wall of coral reef that attracts divers from all corners of the world, and a potpourri of edible delights like black pineapple and pepper pot stew.
The pre-eminent tourism gathering in the Caribbean, State of the Industry (SOTIC), organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in collaboration with Curacao’s Ministry of Economic Development and the Curacao Tourism Board brought together tourism decision-makers, hotel and airline executives and travel agents. At the World Trade Center in Willemstad; capital city of Curacao, the conference theme Caribbean Tourism: Growth through Innovation was an attention-grabber with a host of seminars and keynotes that excited an enthusiastic crowd. www.OneCaribbean.org
Selling fun in the sun as the winter winds start blowing at home is a no-brainer. Although many resorts front their own beach, savvy travelers these days are looking to shake up the vacation mix by exploring a variety of beaches. Sure, they all have stately coconut palms, bone-white sand and baby blue waves, but only a handful come with uncrowded stretches and vistas prettier
“Irie?” Ms. Nicola Madden-Greig, President of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) asked the audience at the official welcome reception for JAPEX 2015. A robust “Irie!” filled the room.
JetBlue flight 950 took off promptly at 7:25am through a shower of celebratory water jets. The occasion was the inaugural flight from New York’s JFK Airport direct to the famous Spice Island of Grenada in the Caribbean. At the departure gate, songs and dance rhythms, coffee and tea service, an island of cupcakes and a spread of fresh fruit and pastries were followed by congratulations and acknowledgements by JetBlue and Grenadian dignitaries.
Steeped in British tradition and tinged with Caribbean charm, Bermuda is a fish-hook shaped string of 181 islands, islets and rocks; most of them uninhabited and some so small there is only room for the birds to build their nests in the trees. Anchored in the Atlantic Ocean 650 miles east of North Carolina, temperatures rarely reach the nineties and high season is from April to November.
Clients seeking a less expensive way to visit Cuba without being forced to join a group should know about CubaCruise. Aboard the Celestyal Crystal, a 1,200-passenger Malta-flagged vessel leased by a Canadian company, anyone who can reach Montego Bay on a Friday between December 15, 2015 and April 8, 2016 can start a very reasonably priced, high quality, seven-day
For some, a round of golf is vacation nirvana, yet for others - not so much. Traveling with a partner who likes to practice their putting can also be great fun for the non-golfer, as long as there is plenty to do away from the driving range. Ditch the golf guilt and discover that selling a golf vacation to players and those who travel with them is a breeze.