Tag: Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)

Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Strengthens Ties With Nature Conservancy

CORAL GABLES — The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is strengthening its collaboration with one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), to promote sustainable tourism throughout the Caribbean and bolster its efforts to keep the region’s waters healthy and thriving. Since the launch of the collaboration two years ago, CHTA […]

Anti-LGBT+ Laws Cost Caribbean Billions In Lost Business, Report Says

ROAD TOWN, Tortola — Businessman Richard Branson on Wednesday urged Caribbean countries to be more LGBT-friendly as a report said anti-gay laws cost the region’s 12 English-speaking nations up to $4.4 billion a year in lost tourism and emigration. “Business can be a driving force for social, environmental and economic benefit,” said Branson, founder of […]

Sun, Sand, Sea, Shots: Caribbean Seeks Vaccines To Revive Nosediving Economy

SAN JUAN — The Caribbean is hunting for visitors and vaccines to jump-start the stalled economy in one of the world’s most tourism-dependent regions. Clear waters and warm sand attracted a record 31.5 million tourists to the Caribbean in 2019, but visits plummeted by an estimated 60 percent to 80 percent as the pandemic hit […]

Full Caribbean Tourism Recovery Is Possible After 2021: OP-ED By David Jessop

Last year was a disaster for Caribbean tourism. Estimates suggest that visitor arrivals to the region fell by 75 percent in the last three quarters of 2020 causing overall Caribbean economic growth for the year to contract by 6.2 percent. Despite this, industry professionals now express cautious optimism that by the end of 2021 Caribbean […]

LOVE IN A TIME OF CORONAVIRUS! Virtual Strangers Are Hooking Up In Caribbean Through Airbnb

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands is the top Caribbean destination on Airbnb, with a 600 percent increase in bookings over 2019. San Juan, Puerto Rico isn’t far behind with a 400 percent increase. Rounding out the top three is Grand Cayman with a 100 percent spike. The Caribbean has been particularly hard hit by the […]

Tourism Will Rebound From COVID-19, CHTA’s Frank Comito Says In Zoom Chat

CORAL GABLES — The tourism and travel industry has shown a consistent ability to bounce back from tough times, says the head of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. “Our industry is incredibly resilient, globally as well as regionally,” CHTA CEO and Director General Frank Comito said on a CHTA/Caribbean Zoom chat. “We bounce back […]

1st Hotel Indigo Is Coming To The Cayman Islands Near 7 Mile Beach

GEORGE TOWN — The Caribbean’s tourism sector may be suffering along with the rest on the world in the pandemic, but the first Hotel Indigo is coming to the region. Dart, the Cayman Islands’ leading real estate developer and investor, and InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts (IHG), have announced plans for a new Hotel Indigo near […]

Governor Bryan Wants Pre-Flight COVID-19 Testing For Visitors From U.S. Mainland

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan Jr. believes pre-departure testing at U.S. mainland airports as well as strict adherence to public health protocols will help contain the spread of COVID-19 locally and throughout the Caribbean. Speaking Wednesday during a Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) “Caribbean Tourism Fireworks” discussion hosted by Frank Comito, CEO and Director […]

CHTA Education Foundation To Provide More Scholarships and Local Training In 2020

CORAL GABLES, Florida — Building on the success of its 2019 training initiatives, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) is planning to expand its hospitality training programs and scholarship support in the Caribbean in 2020. The annual New York Times Travel Show fundraising drive saw strong support, for which CHTA member hotels […]

CHTA Teams Up With Nature Conservancy To Protect Environment Here

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has teamed up with one of the world’s leading environmental organizations, The Nature Conservancy, to help create a more resilient Caribbean, where tourism thrives while communities benefit and natural resources are used in a sustainable way. “It’s a perfect match which brings together CHTA’s private […]