In a world where people are looking for ways to be environmentally responsible, many have recognized how their vacation can have a big impact, from hotel choice to where they shop and what activities they choose. Antigua, like many other Caribbean destinations, has taken a while to find its footing in sustainable tourism but is making progress towards meeting its goals of aligning with international sustainability standards. JAX FAX has found the island’s top eco-friendly activities and businesses as well as the best spots for nature-lovers to visit.
Increasing numbers of clients are looking for a unique travel experience instead of the predictable beach vacation in-a-box. The Dominican Republic is a great place for fledgling explorers to start, thanks to its affordability, enthusiastic tourism industry, and diverse landscape. For those who may want to just dip their toes in to venturing beyond the resort walls, there are plenty of places that can be visited via day trip from the popular beach towns.
The top selling points of all-inclusive resorts and packages are their guarantee that clients can stay on-budget with no surprises, and the stress-free knowledge that the planning has been done for them. This is especially appealing to families, who know that the kids’ appetites can quickly eat up the dining budget and the cost of activities adds up all too quickly. Caribbean vacations are an especially good choice for families who want to introduce their kids to travel within the safety of an established resort.
Flying into San Juan, Puerto Rico the average observer would be challenged to find any evidence of the hurricanes that ravaged this island and many others last fall. That is, except for the plethora of roofs covered by blue tarps. These are colorful reminders of the residual affect the storms had on life here.
8 tips and news to help your clients tie the knot in the Caribbean
Looking to help your clients plan a wedding in the Caribbean? What are some of the benefits of a destination wedding? Should couples visit the island before the big day? How many days should they plan to stay? We reached out to experts in the Caribbean to gather useful tips and insider news to share. Here is what they have to say-
Much of the Caribbean is back open for business. After damage from two back-to-back hurricanes four months ago, many destinations are reporting that they are ready to welcome tourists with open arms. Many travelers seem to have the impression that the entire region was destroyed, but these islands want tourists to know that this is not true. Tourism plays a large part in recovery, bringing revenue to the region, and providing employment for residents. They encourage people to come and see for themselves. There is still some residual damage and recovery efforts continue, but the beaches are still beautiful, and the people always warm and welcoming.
An island encounter that allows for as much, or as little as you feel you want to do, the Cayman Islands, consisting of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman is a must-do for your bucket list this year.
For foodies, the Cayman Islands are home to a strong epicurean scene. There are more than 200 restaurants or eclectic eateries waiting to entice visitors. The wide selection for gastronomy are more than enough to keep you well-nourished and healthy. In fact, I was told that the region is often called the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean.”
The 27th edition of the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX)-Jamaica’s premier trade event, and most important business generator-came and went with a bang this past September at the Montego Bay Convention Center.
Hosted by the Jamaica Hotel and Transportation Association (JHTA), in partnership with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), JAPEX 2017 revealed groundbreaking developments in Jamaica’s tourism industry, from arrival increases to new hotels and experiences. The conference also highlighted the country’s new leadership role in coordinating a plan of disaster recovery for the Caribbean, to be further discussed at the UNWTO sustainable tourism conference that Jamaica will host November 27-29.
Don’t overlook the Caribbean when suggesting vacation spots for your food-loving clients. They may not realize the rich variety of cuisines, or the fact that the islands have attracted some highly experienced chefs from the mainland to transform the kitchens of the upper-end resorts. These chefs, working side-by-side with local chefs that have special expertise in using the native ingredients - tree-fresh tropical fruits, fresh-caught seafood and locally grown spices - combine the best of island cooking traditions with sophisticated contemporary styles.
Offering some of the best vacation options for family travel, and providing guaranteed fun for children of all ages, the Caribbean has always been a popular family destination. The region itself continues to attract tourists from around the world and recently, at the 2017 Caribbean Week news conference, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar, new chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, announced that in the first quarter of 2017, destinations around the region received 8.7 million international tourist arrivals; 150,000 more than in the same period of 2016, a 1.8 percent increase.