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Bevan Springer

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CHTA president honors the life of the late Sir Royston Hopkin

BARBADOS––The president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) joined regional tourism industry stakeholders in mourning the passing of Sir Royston Hopkin, one of the Caribbean’s most respected and accomplished hoteliers.

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Guyanese-American actress Dawnn Lewis returns to Broadway

Guyanese-American actress and Grammy Award-winning singer, Dawnn Lewis, known for her character Jaleesa Vinson in the ’90s sitcom “A Different World,” has returned to Broadway as Zelma Bullock (Tina Turner’s mother) in “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.”

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Jamaican journalist, airline veteran among CMEx awardees

Leading Caribbean journalist and entrepreneur Janet Silvera and veteran airline executive Chris Kennedy are two recipients of the 2019 Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) Leadership Awards which will be conferred on December 14, 2019 in Miami.

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Trinidad and Tobago music legend to perform at Miami Fundriaser

Celebrated Caribbean calypsonian Willard Harris, known onstage as Lord Relator, will be the featured cultural performer at the 2019 Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) Leadership Awards Dec. 14 in Miami, Florida.

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Ian Turnbull selected to lead U.S. Virgin Islands Division of Festivals

Islands marketing and communications specialist Ian Turnbull has been appointed the territory-wide director of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism’s new Division of Festivals.

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American Airlines adds third daily Miami flight to St. Thomas

MIAMI—The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has announced the addition of a third American Airlines daily flight between Miami and St. Thomas in time for the winter season.

Millions pledged for Caribbean conservation programs

France and Germany, along with The Nature Conservancy, have pledged over US$45 million in contributions to the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund to increase resources for biodiversity conservation.

Caribbean hotelier says get online or get left behind

Leading Caribbean hotelier, Sanovnik Destang, executive director of Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia, is encouraging fellow tourism industry professionals to fully embrace the use of technology if they want to drive business to their hotels, restaurants and attractions.

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Fitness company fights climate change in the Caribbean from the gym

SportsArt, the green fitness company, is offering individuals residing in and visiting the Caribbean an opportunity to contribute directly to the fight against climate change while exercising and staying healthy.

Health City Cayman Islands donates to NFL alumni

Health City Cayman Islands is supporting NFL Alumni’s (NFLA) charitable mission with a $20,000 donation to its “Caring for Kids” program.


The thriving Cayman Islands’ accommodation market welcomes a newcomer with a fresh, modern feel, ideally located in the heart of the world famous Seven Mile Beach corridor.

Sailrock Resort in South Caicos partners with Hyatt hotels

Members of the Hyatt Hotels loyalty program can now book vacation stays as well as earn and redeem points at one of the Caribbean’s leading hotels in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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St. Lucia's Jade Mountain, Anse Chastenet listed among the best

St. Lucia’s iconic Jade Mountain Resort has received more top international travel accolades while its sister resort Anse Chastanet continues to be recognized by the world’s most discriminating travelers.

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U.S. Virgin Islands high school graduates eligible for free college tuition at UVI

Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, students who have graduated from secondary school in the U.S. Virgin Islands will have one less concern about their college careers: tuition payments.

Sunil Chatrani named 2019 Hotelier of the Year

Sunil Chatrani, chief executive officer and executive director of Elegant Hotels Group, is the Caribbean’s 2019 Hotelier of the Year.

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U.S. Virgin Islands relaunches ‘Real Nice’ campaign

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (Dec. 6, 2018)—As travelers look to escape from the cold this winter, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is supporting the territory’s private sector partners with the relaunch of a $3 million marketing campaign to stimulate travel to St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas in the coming months.

NFL Alumni partners with Health City Cayman Islands

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (Nov. 29, 2018)—NFL Alumni today announced a partnership with Health City Cayman Islands, a world-class tertiary care medical facility founded by renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Devi Shetty.

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US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism appoints Joe Boschulte

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (Nov. 15, 2018)—The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is deepening its working relations with the cruise industry by appointing an industry specialist to bolster the work of the Ports of the Virgin Islands, an alliance between the Virgin Islands Port Authority, The West Indian Company Limited and the Department of Tourism.

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St. Thomas takes top spot

ST. THOMAS (Oct. 25, 2018)—St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands has been ranked the No. 1 Caribbean destination on Airbnb, with a 600 percent increase in bookings over last year.

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Anse Chastanet and Scuba St. Lucia train Caribbean dive instructors

Top Caribbean resort Anse Chastanet has partnered with its in-house operation Scuba St. Lucia to provide Professional Association of Diving Instructors instructor training to students from St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbados.

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UVI receives National Science Foundation grant

The partner institutions involved in the execution of the grant are the University of the Virgin Islands, North Carolina A&T State University, Fielding Graduate University and the Association of American Colleges & Universities.

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Hotelier hails Naomi Osaka’s Haitian heritage

Le Plaza Hotel’s general manager, Marc Pierre-Louis, hails Naomi Osaka’s stunning victory at the U.S. Open as “an achievement of which all Haitians should be incredibly proud.”

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CHTA engages on recovery plans at Clinton Global Initiative

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association was out in full force recently for the second formal meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery.

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U.S. V I student tops FCCA competition

Tyrone Lake of the U.S. Virgin Islands is the winner of the Junior Division of the 2018 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Foundation Children’s Environmental Poster Competition.

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New GM for St. Lucia hotel

Experienced Caribbean hotelier Daryl Aaron has been appointed general manager of the newly opened Bay Gardens Marina Haven hotel in St. Lucia.

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USVI Road March champs to perform at NABJ

U.S. Virgin Islands’ Carnival Road March winners Spectrum Band has been confirmed as the official house band for the upcoming National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair to be held in Detroit, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5, 2018.

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Impact of Britain’s air taxes should guide Caribbean

BARBADOS (July 5, 2018)—The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association strongly urged governments in the region to consider carefully the impact of leveling high air travel-related taxes and fees on travel demand as they wrestle with balancing budgets.

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Bay Gardens Properties listed in Trip Advisor’s Hall of Fame

Bay Gardens Hotel and its sister property, Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia, have entered the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame after being recognized for outstanding hospitality for five consecutive years by the influential travel site.

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Spirit to start new flights to St. Thomas

n the heels of the launch of new service between Fort Lauderdale and St. Croix, Spirit Airlines has announced even more flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Sunshine State.

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Mango Madness returns to Anse Chastanet

Guests at St. Lucia’s luxury resort Anse Chastanet are in for a special treat when Mango Madness returns from June 13 to June 17, 2018.

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Caribbean hoteliers advised to become GDPR compliant

Caribbean hoteliers are being advised to ensure European Union General Data Protection Regulation compliance.

Caribbean hospitality forum offers critical chance to learn

Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, CHIEF is a high-level forum for hospitality education with interactive workshops, panel discussions and the sharing of best practices.

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Comfort Suites Paradise Island reports strong winter performance

With a focus on family travel for 2018, a popular hotel on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is reporting strong performance this winter season.

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Miami forum to focus on unity and innovation

The fourth annual Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum, the premier educational forum for Caribbean hospitality and tourism professionals, is slated for June 22 to June 24, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Miami.

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USVI to expand cruise tourism

With innovative thinking, leadership and continued public-private sector collaboration, the U.S. Virgin Islands has a good opportunity to further develop its cruise tourism sector.

Delicate spinal surgery in the Caribbean saves woman from paralysis

Neurosurgeons at Health City Cayman Islands have restored a patient’s ability to walk by removing a tumor embedded within her spinal cord in a highly complicated operation in the Caribbean.

Hotel executive applauds Caribbean women, wants obstacles addressed

A prominent Caribbean tourism leader is calling on the region’s leaders to pay more attention to the need to protect and support women working in tourism, the region’s biggest money earner.

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Jamaica to host 2019 Caribbean Travel Marketplace

The Caribbean’s largest tourism marketing event will be held in Jamaica next year.

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Three airlines to expand service to St. Thomas

Three scheduled carriers will soon increase air service to St. Thomas, reported U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty.

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U.S. Virgin Islands reports more than 90 percent of power restored

U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp announced this week that his administration achieved its goal to restore 90 percent of power to the territory by the holidays, after two Category 5 hurricanes nearly wiped out the entire electrical grid.

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 Award-winning exec elevated at Comfort Suites Paradise Island

Comfort Suites Paradise Island has promoted Yasmine Mills-Strachan as its director of sales.

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Hotel in Haiti promotes history and culture

Travelers interested in exploring the rich cultural history of the French-Creole Caribbean nation of Haiti are being wooed by one of its distinguished hotels.

U.S. Virgin Islands updates media, airlines in Atlanta and New York

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism visited Atlanta and New York City last month to share updates about the territory’s recovery with national media, key airline partners and Virgin Islanders.

Caribbean hotel insurance rates to increase by 10 to 40 percent

Caribbean hoteliers should plan now for an increase in insurance premiums anticipated to range from 10 to 40 percent after two Category 5 hurricanes, which struck several destinations in the region in September.

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Comfort Suites Paradise Island open for business

Comfort Suites Paradise Island, a member of the Choice Hotels International, Inc., family of franchises, is among the many hotels that were not seriously affected by recent hurricanes in a Caribbean islands and the Bahamas and are welcoming visitors to indulge in the region’s world-renowned hospitality product.

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CHTA shares One Caribbean Family initiative with the diaspora

MIAMI (Nov. 3, 2017)—Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association President Karolin Troubetzkoy told Caribbean-American residents in South Florida that the response to the trade association’s recently launched One Caribbean Family initiative has been extremely encouraging.

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St. Thomas to welcome return of Royal Caribbean Nov. 10

The Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands is welcoming the return of Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas to the territory Friday, Nov. 10.

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Odell Beckham Jr. to have ankle surgery later this week

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will have surgery for his broken left ankle later this week.

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U.S. Virgin Islands to promote travel at NABJ convention

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism continues building links with the important African-American community with support for this year’s National Association of Black Journalists convention, taking place this week in New Orleans, La.

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Cayman Islands hospital offers new atrial fibrillation procedure

A leading hospital in the Caribbean is offering another first that could save the lives of heart patients across the Caribbean and the world.