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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.

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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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