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Bevan Springer

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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.

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Heinz Simonitsch first recipient of prestigious Icon of Hospitality Award

Legendary Caribbean hotelier Heinz Simonitsch, who defined luxury hospitality and environmental sustainability, has received the first Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Icon of Hospitality Award.

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Eat them to beat them: St. Lucian ‘conservation cuisine’ battles lionfish

Lionfish, one of the most destructive invasive fish species ever to reach the Caribbean, are wreaking irreparable damage on coral reefs by eating practically everything they come across.

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Enroll into ‘the university without walls,’ hotel legend urges

Hoteliers and aspiring young hospitality professionals need to appreciate the critical role that the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association can play in their success

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Barbadian economist says U.S. Virgin Islands on track to fiscal stability

Respected Caribbean economist Jeremy Stephen praised the U.S. Virgin Islands’ government’s recent efforts to correct the fiscal imbalances that have challenged its treasury for successive administrations.

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U.S. Virgin Islands advance plans to improve cruise sector

The U.S. Virgin Islands is advancing plans to improve its visitor experience for cruise ship passengers.

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Surgeons return child’s heart to chest cavity

Surgeons at Health City Cayman Islands have made history in the Caribbean after performing lifesaving surgery on a child from Nicaragua, who was born with his heart outside of his chest cavity.

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Caribbean305 to launch Caribbean-American heritage month celebrations in Miami

Flavors from more than a dozen Caribbean nations will be simmering together at Caribbean305, the region’s newest culinary and cultural celebration taking place on Miami’s Jungle Island.

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New flights to transport St. Maarten patients to Health City Cayman Islands

ST. MAARTEN (April 6, 2017)—Caribbean tertiary care hospital Health City Cayman Islands has announced direct charter flights to transport patients from St. Maarten to Grand Cayman for specialized medical treatment.

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USVI governor promotes economic development

U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth E. Mapp wants American and global businesses to know about the fiscal benefits of doing business in the territory.

Manny Pacquiao partners with Caribbean hospital

CAYMAN ISLANDS (Feb. 23, 2017)—World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao from the Philippines is partnering with a leading Caribbean hospital and charity to bring free cardiac care to children from his homeland.

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Caribbean hoteliers predict positive tourism performance for 2017 

THE BAHAMAS (Feb. 16, 2017)—Caribbean tourism fared well in 2016, and industry stakeholders are generally upbeat about the year ahead, despite the fact that many hoteliers were forced to adjust their high performance expectations for 2016 as the year progressed because of unforeseen events.

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A Caribbean hub for sports medicine?

CAYMAN ISLANDS (Feb. 9, 2017)—Health City Cayman Islands may be the go-to Caribbean hospital for Turks and Caicos Islanders needing to treat sports-related injuries, according to a recent beneficiary of treatment at the state-of-the-art medical facility. 

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Sandals and Marriott join forces to open Kingston hotel

Sandals Resorts International has announced a new partnership with Marriott International to bring AC Hotels by Marriott, a modern, design-driven lifestyle brand, to the Caribbean. 

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Scuba St. Lucia earns PADI Green Star Award

St. Lucia’s longest-running dive operation, Scuba St. Lucia, has received the Professional Association of Diving Instructors Green Star Award for its dedication to conservation.

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Comfort Suites Grand Cayman adds delicious sparkle

One of the more popular hotels in the Cayman Islands has become even more endearing to guests since a recent upgrade to its common and breakfast areas. 

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Health City Cayman Islands completes 500 orthopedic surgeries

Health City Cayman Islands has completed 500 successful orthopedic surgeries two and a half years after it opened its doors.

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Guyanese in St. Maarten receives life-saving pacemaker

Egland Arthur, a construction supervisor in St. Maarten, started experiencing shortness of breath while visiting Guyana earlier this year.

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USVI Department of Tourism upbeat after China visit

Efforts to attract travelers from China to the United States Virgin Islands were explored during Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty’s recent visit to Chengdu and Beijing. 

U.S. Virgin Islands supports young culinary talent

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (Nov. 3, 2016)—Committed to community outreach and the enhancement of the tourism product in the territory, the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is supporting young culinary talent during the second annual Restaurant Week with the launch of its “Dine on Us” charitable raffle.

Mixed fortunes for Antigua, Grenada with Caribbean appeals court

A Trinidad-based Caribbean appeals court has been in operation for nearly 12 years, but fewer than half of the countries of the 15-nation Caribbean Community bloc of nations have signed on as members.

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Caribbean hotelier receives ICABA Pinnacle Award

Leading Caribbean hotelier Karolin Troubetzkoy captured the Pinnacle Award at the International Career and Business Alliance Salute to Caribbean Excellence Awards event at The Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale over the weekend.

Support for Haiti and the Bahamas

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association is urging the region’s tourism industry stakeholders to assist with both immediate and sustained relief efforts to support the people of Haiti and parts of the Bahamas, which were hardest hit by Hurricane Mathew this month.

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Travel leader calls for urgent investment in Caribbean human resources

PUERTO RICO (Oct. 13, 2016)—Gerard “Jerry” Inzerillo, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, known for his innovations and relationships in the tourism, hospitality and entertainment communities, called for an urgent investment in the next generation of Caribbean travel and tourism leaders to elevate service standards within the region.

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Bahamian named Caribbean hotelier of the year

Bahamian hotelier Stuart Bowe was named the 2016 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

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Dear Editor

As the new school year resumes this month, my thoughts turn to those students who have the will to succeed, but not always the resources.

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New director of communications in U.S. Virgin Islands

Alani Henneman-Todman has been appointed the new director of the Communications Division for the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.

Anticipation building for tourism exchange

MIAMI (Aug. 4, 2016)—The Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum is generating a healthy buzz as it approaches its second conference, slated for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2016, at El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Puerto Rico.

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U.S. Virgin Islands launches family reunion promotion

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (July 28, 2016)—The United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is encouraging Virgin Islanders living outside the territory to come back home to reunite with their loved ones.

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Soufrière resorts named to top resorts list

Two of Soufrière, St. Lucia’s top resorts have been included among the Top 25 Caribbean Resorts by one of the world’s leading travel magazines.

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Miss Universe visits the Caribbean

Positively affected by Health City Cayman Islands’ humanitarian approach to healthcare, the reigning Miss Universe has pledged her support to advance the mission of the internationally-accredited hospital.

ACOYA Curacao names new general manager

A highly experienced hospitality professional, Ronald Kooistra, has taken the helm of ACOYA Hotel Suites and Villas, a member of the Ascend Hotel Collection, in Willemstad, Curaçao.

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President hails Caribbean Americans

The dynamism and diversity of Caribbean Americans have contributed to America’s story in extraordinary ways, says President of the United States Barack Obama.

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CTO appoints tourism specialist

Dominica’s Amanda Charles is the new sustainable tourism specialist at the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

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Bahamas hotel registers record performance

Comfort Suites Paradise Island in the Bahamas is expecting a record-breaking year for 2015, reports its founder and senior managing partner, William Naughton.

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American surgeon saved in Grand Cayman

A doctor from Massachusetts is alive today thanks to quick reactions by hotel employees, first responders and the skilled medical teams and surgeons at Health City Cayman Islands. Now he plans to partner with the facility that saved his life.

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Puerto Rico hotel enhances team

A Puerto Rico hotel is capitalizing on the hospitality management experience of a seasoned professional to improve guest satisfaction and support the professional development of younger members of the staff.

Jamaican businesswoman heartened by Caribbean hospital

Jamaican businesswoman is giving thanks for the lifesaving heart treatment she recently received in the neighboring Cayman Islands.

Caribbean hotels chip in for Dominica

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association raised funds to help the people of Dominica.

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Jamaican-American leader honored in Philly

Jamaican-American nonprofit executive Kwayera Archer-Cunningham was honored.

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St. Croix to host Restaurant Week

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has launched Restaurant Week on the island of St. Croix, the event running from Wednesday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Nov. 8.

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Caribbean Cultural Fest in Harlem

The 2015 edition of Caribbean Cultural Fest, presented by Virgin Islanders United, features the rich flavor of the Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean Sunday, Sept. 6 at Harlem’s Jackie Robinson Park.

JetBlue chief Caribbean bound

The head of one of the leading U.S. carriers will keynote an important tourism gathering in the Caribbean.

New leadership at the Landings St. Lucia

The Landings St. Lucia has appointed international business executive Kathy Taylor interim general manager after the departure of Caribbean hospitality veteran Kashmie Ali, who led a turnaround of fortunes at the premier Caribbean resort over the past year.

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Caribbean tourism growth needs collective strategy

Bill Clegg, a respected hotel industry professional, believes that as the Caribbean tourism industry recovers, its leadership should work more collectively to ensure growth in the region is sustained.

Couple celebrates 30th anniversary with Caribbean surgery

For many married couples, a wedding anniversary is an opportunity to enjoy a special luxury or a romantic getaway to a destination far away from the realities of everyday life.

Jade Mountain No. 1 in the Caribbean

The influential travel magazine Travel + Leisure again named St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain as one of the top 100 hotels in the world and number 1 in the Caribbean.

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One Caribbean TV goes to US Congress

WASHINGTON (July 9)—One Caribbean Television went to the U.S. Congress last month to honor legislators who contributed to the proclamation of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

Language skills needed for Caribbean tourism

It’s time for stakeholders in the Caribbean’s hospitality industry to more broadly represent the multicultural nature of the region and serve the growing diversity of visitors to the Caribbean by learning to speak more than one language.

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