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Stay up to date on current properties and upcoming tourist events! At Caribbean Biz in New York, USA, we keep you in the loop about the latest happenings in the region. The 28 Islands referred to as the melting pot, because of the high cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity has approximately 40 million individuals, thousands of properties, each of which possess their own unique brand, culture and economic characteristics.

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Featuring 3 outdoor pools, a miniature golf course, and the Baian Breeze Restaurant, this resort is on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. In tropical gardens, it is a 10-minute drive from downtown Bridgetown.

Each brightly colored suite at the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort is furnished with a complete kitchen and a furnished balcony. The living area includes a TV and a sofa bed. Wi-Fi is available.

The Pure Ocean restaurant is on the beachfront, serving fresh local cuisine. Joslyn’s Café is open for lunch and located next to the beach.

Offering direct access to half a mile of sandy beach, the resort is ideal for surfing, scuba diving, and windsurfing. Guests can work out in the on-site gym or play on the tennis courts.

Grantley Adams International Airport is within a 15-minute drive of Southwinds Divi Beach Resort. The Garrison Savannah Horseracing Track is 5 minutes away by car.

Saint Lawrence is a great choice for travelers interested in nightlife, restaurants and sandy beaches.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.9 for a two-person trip.


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SOUTHERN PALMS BEACH CLUB, BARBADOS


Escape to the Caribbean Sea for a relaxing vacation at one of the best hotels in Barbados and embrace the island vibe at Southern Palms Beach Club. Located on the breathtaking South Coast of Barbados in St. Lawrence Gap, this Barbados hotel edges a white sandy beach with clear turquoise waters and gentle trade winds. Relax with your toes in the sand, chill under a palm tree, or swim in our two freshwater pools.

Retreat to seaside rooms or suites and sip a rum punch on your private balcony with breathtaking views. Enjoy the laid-back beach feel of our Garden Terrace Restaurant, serving Caribbean cuisine, BBQ and grilled seafood overlooking the sparkling sea. Family adventure. Romantic honeymoons. Beach bliss. 

The Pink Pearl is your home in paradise.

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MAY 13, 2021


Royal Caribbean Group Unveils 2021 Sustainability Report


Report revamps Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Framework, highlights efforts to reduce emissions on ship and at port

MIAMI, May 13, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Today Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) released its 14th annual sustainability report, providing a comprehensive update on the company's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) framework and activities across its three wholly owned brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises.

New for 2021, Royal Caribbean Group revamped its ESG framework to better reflect the company's contributions to a more sustainable cruise industry. The ESG framework focuses on five distinct ways to deliver great vacation experiences responsibly: Champion communities and the environment; provide unforgettable cruise experiences; foster human rights and be an employer of choice; advance net zero innovation; and govern responsibly.

"All of us at Royal Caribbean Group are focused on delivering the best vacations possible and doing so responsibly," said Jason Liberty, CEO, Royal Caribbean Group. "This report reflects our commitment to continuous innovation and building a sustainable cruise industry while growing our business for good."

The release of the 2021 Sustainability Report follows the recent announcement that Royal Caribbean Group has committed to another five-year partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF). A flagship partner, WWF will help the company continue to establish sustainable business practices in areas including emissions, sustainable tourism and more.

This year's ESG report highlights the company's unrelenting efforts to decarbonization, especially through the company's Destination Net Zero strategy, which aims to establish Science-Based Targets (SBT) and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Destination Net Zero, along with other ESG initiatives, will ensure Royal Caribbean Group develops ambitious and measurable goals for continued carbon emissions reduction, sustainable business development and growth, sustainable tourism, and waste management. Destination Net Zero encapsulates Royal Caribbean Group's focus on serving as a catalyst for innovation in the industry, with developments that include:

Introducing a fuel-cell hybrid design that allows for zero emission in port.

Future-proofing the company's ship-building portfolio through fuel flexibility and innovation that ensure each new ship class is 20% more energy efficient than its predecessor.

Developing waste management technologies that can convert waste to energy. Currently 100% of the fleet is equipped to be landfill-free.

Being ready, through shore power, to connect to local power grids as soon as it becomes available.

This year's report was shaped by RCG's 2021 materiality assessment and references the Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) 2020 core reporting standards. The report is also aligned, to the extent possible, with the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB) standards.

To view Royal Caribbean Group's 2021 sustainability report and learn more about the company's efforts, visit: www.royalcaribbeangroup.com/sustainability.


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May 05, 2022

Executive Changes at Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association to Strengthen Partnerships


Miramar, FL (May 5th, 2022) – Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) – the trade association that represents the mutual interests of destinations and stakeholders throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico, along with Member Lines that operate over 90 percent of the global cruising capacity – has made changes to its executive structure. Adam Ceserano, formerly the Senior Vice President, has been appointed as the President, with Michele Paige, previously the President, becoming the newly formed position of Chief Executive Officer. The decision was directed by the FCCA Executive Committee, comprised of Presidents and above of FCCA Member Lines, and effective immediately.

“On behalf of FCCA and the Executive Committee, I can confidently say that we believe this change will build a stronger association,” said Micky Arison, Chairman of FCCA and Carnival Corporation & plc. “While maintaining Michele’s crucial roles in the new title as Chief Executive Officer and adding a separate President in Mr. Ceserano, who has proven to be an invaluable asset to FCCA in his 21-year tenure, the partners, members and destinations will have a more unified leadership team.”

“I am honored and humbled by this decision and the creation of the CEO role,” said Paige. “I look forward to being as active and involved as ever while continuing the same mission I have held for decades: to advance mutual benefits between destinations and cruise lines.”

Paige has effectively built the FCCA from the ground up with the direction of the Executive Committee. After spending 17 years in various positions at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), she embarked FCCA in February 1992 as Director of Operations and Communications. She was appointed to head the association in January of 1993 as its Executive Director and then named President in March 1997. While leading FCCA, she has initiated numerous programs and forums to strengthen the association and, more importantly, the ties between the cruise industry and destinations and stakeholders, including: the annual FCCA Cruise Conference, the FCCA Foundation, the FCCA outreach programs, the FCCA membership programs and training programs, to name a few.

Ceserano joined FCCA in 2001 as the Manager of Marketing and was promoted to Director of Marketing and Sales in 2006. That same year, he was appointed to Vice President. Most recently the Senior Vice President, he worked in all aspects that FCCA operates and oversaw all day-to-day functions – with a focus on developing and strengthening FCCA membership programs, as well as the strategic partnerships between destinations and FCCA Member Lines.

“I am grateful for the faith that the Executive Committee has imparted in me with this appointment,” said Ceserano. “My goal has always been to strengthen the FCCA and our partners, and I am excited to find new ways to accelerate these objectives while maintaining a hands-on approach to touch on every program that FCCA operates.”


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April 26,, 2022


CHTA TEAMS UP WITH HOSPITALITY, FINANCE & TECH ASSOCIATION


MIAMI, Florida (April 26, 2022) – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has signed a three-year agreement with the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) association to expand the delivery of resources for members of both organizations.

The Memorandum of Understanding allows members to access finance and technology-related education on topics such as upscaling workforce automation and staffing, cryptocurrency, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and cybersecurity. These master classes are being developed by CHTA, while experts are to be supplied by HFTP.

CHTA members also will benefit from complimentary exhibits registration for HITEC North America, the world’s largest hospitality technology conference, to be held in Orlando, Florida from June 27 to 30, 2022.

CHTA President Nicola Madden-Greig said that being technologically astute in today’s rapidly changing and challenging business environment is central to a robust tourism rebound in the Caribbean. “We must be au courant in leveraging technological tools in driving operational efficiency, executing strong marketing campaigns as well as delivering new customer experiences,” the CHTA president reiterated.

“We need to be much smarter when it comes to the application of technology across the region – from artificial intelligence to big data,” the Jamaican tourism leader opined, while expressing optimism concerning the potential impact this partnership could have on the region’s travel and tourism sector.

Vanessa Ledesma, acting CEO and Director General of CHTA, described HFTP as a hospitality industry authority in the areas of finance and technology. “This is such a great fit for CHTA,” she said, adding that more of the Caribbean can now be on the cutting-edge when it comes to implementing solutions to pressing challenges.

Like CHTA, HFTP leverages its experts, networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences and events to benefit its members. HFTP also owns the world’s only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com, which centralizes highly fragmented industry information into a single, free-to-use platform.

“The strength of HFTP relies greatly on the reach of its global network, collectively building a broad knowledge base by sharing expertise and resources,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. “Partnering with CHTA and the Caribbean, a region well-known for its hospitality industry, is a significant step to connecting our shared efforts to support education and innovation.”

Ledesma envisions members of the two associations learning from one another and identifying new avenues for collaboration as the travel and tourism sector emerges from the ongoing pandemic.

Sanovnik Destang, CHTA’s 2nd Vice President and Chair of the Technology Task Force, said the Memorandum of Understanding between two organizations will bring many exciting benefits to members, including access to HITEC’s Entrepreneur 20x pitching competition.

“For the first time ever, Caribbean-based hospitality tech entrepreneurs will get to participate in this competition with the application fee waived. This is a great opportunity for our members and we look forward to more opportunities like this through our partnership with HFTP,” he said.

CHTA TO HOST BACK-TO-BACK DISCUSSIONS ON INTRA-CARIBBEAN TRAVEL

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February 28, 2022


LONG AWAITED CARIBBEAN TRAVEL MARKETPLACE SLATED FOR PUERTO RICO IN OCTOBER


MIAMI (February 28, 2022) – Caribbean tourism stakeholders are abuzz at the announcement by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) that its bedrock Caribbean Travel Marketplace (CTM), which brings together buyers and sellers of the region’s tourism products, will be hosted by Puerto Rico between October 3 and 5 this year.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant pent-up desire for fellowship with regional colleagues and business connections from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and elsewhere,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, President of CHTA.

“Over the past two years, there have been numerous changes across our destinations, which have added new products and services. Many hotels and attractions have undergone major renovations so this will be the time to find out in great detail all that the Caribbean now has to offer in one setting,” she added.

“The need to cement current partnerships and create new ones is critical,” she continued, as she saluted the team at Discover Puerto Rico for taking the bold step to partner with CHTA this year and deliver “the most diverse, exciting and meaningful Caribbean Travel Marketplace that will set the stage for the re-imagining of Caribbean tourism.”

“We are honored to be chosen as the host destination for Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2022 and excited to welcome its members alongside suppliers, buyers and travel advisors from around the world,” said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico. “It is an incredible opportunity to showcase all that our island has to offer, as we look to an exciting future for our industry, including the most technologically advanced convention center in the Caribbean, the groundbreaking Distrito T-Mobile entertainment complex and the vibrancy of our culture paired alongside the magical natural wonders only found here.”

An added incentive for participation is the fact that CHTA, which represents Caribbean tourism’s private sector interests, will be marking its 60th anniversary, which Madden-Greig expects will make it one of the association’s most memorable in-person gatherings.

“Marketplace will provide traditional and new buyers – from across all segments and representing varied specialties – with a distinct opportunity to explore the wide range of offerings of CHTA’s 33 member destinations as they connect with numerous Caribbean travel suppliers,” stated Vanessa Ledesma, acting CEO and Director General of CHTA.

“There is also the added allure of Puerto Rico as host. The Territory, like much of the rest of the region, has truly reinvigorated its product and many buyers from around the world will want to come and see for themselves the hotel and resort upgrades, the wide range of meeting facilities, the vibrant culinary and entertainment scene as well as exceptional attractions,” said Ledesma.

Caribbean Travel Marketplace 40 will build on last year’s virtual edition, which enabled the trade association to generate strong global awareness about the region.

CHTA believes the region is well-poised to experience a sustained robust recovery from the pandemic. While 2022 bookings have been encouraging to date, maintaining and growing business into 2023 and beyond will require hard work and strong partnerships, the likes of which will be forged during CTM, a major catalyst for growing Caribbean tourism.

Registration details will be available soon.

For more information, visit www.chtamarketplace.com.



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