Current News - January 2016

Best Practices for Creating a Successful Year

Below are five new year business resolutions you should keep in 2016 to create a more successful business. In a world where we are all inundated with data, products and promotions, the last thing your customers want is another sales pitch...
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2016’s Must Attend Events of the Year

In 2016, CHTA's commitment to continuing professional education is stronger than ever. This year's Taste of the Caribbean will take place on June 7 – 11, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. In addition to the competitions, this year's Taste of the Caribbean will offer new and exciting hands-on sessions for the Food and Beverage Professionals taught by experts in the field... Read the full story >


CHTA Enters Strategic Partnership With AskMe Inc. and Clear Channel Airports

CHTA has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Ask Me Inc., a go-to internet resource specializing in coordinating weddings and hotel stays in the Caribbean and Mexico, and Clear Channel Airports,  an innovative airport advertising provider... Read the full story >


CHTA Applauds Outcome Of UN’s Conference On Climate Change; Drives Message ’1.5 To Stay Alive’

CHTA is pleased with the results of the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference, which took place last month. Adopted by 195 nations, “The Paris Agreement” will aim to keep a global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius [this century] and drive efforts to limit the temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels... Read the full story >


Save The Date For PRHTA’s Saborea Puerto Rico,
April 7 - 10, 2016


World-famous Escambrón Beach takes center stage in a flavorful weekend, with daily tastings from 30 of the island's finest restaurants, plus rums, wine, beer, distilled spirits, and 50 international and local culinary personalities! Read the full story >



Join the 2016 Curaçao Culinary Competitions

To form the Curaçao Culinary Team for Taste of the Caribbean, CHATA organizes the Curaçao Culinary Competitions to be held in February 2016. Different workshops are being organized; Bartender, Pastry and Chefs workshops. These workshops are for local Senior Chefs, Junior Chefs (till 21 years old), Pastry Chefs and Bartenders which work in CHATA hotels and restaurants... Read the full story >



Applications Available For 2016 CHTA Education Foundation Scholarships
The CHTA Education Foundation (CHTAEF) is now accepting applications for its scholarship program through March 31, 2016. CHTAEF provides academic, professional development, tourism and hospitality teacher, work experience placements and internship awards to Caribbean nationals who demonstrate a strong commitment to the industry. Read the full story >


Caribbean Tourism Organization Declares 2016 'The Year Of Romance In The Caribbean'

With the start of the New Year comes the launch of a new initiative by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) – 2016 The Year of Romance in the Caribbean – which celebrates everything romantic about the region...
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The Power Shift in Online Bookings

By David Chestler, SiteMinder
Online distribution is growing faster than the entire travel market. Spurred by the internet economy, the desire for experiences once reserved for the elite, and the sheer volume of information that’s available to travelers makes the the world more accessible... Read the full story >



Learn How to Get the Most Out of the Romance
Travel Market


by Ask Me Weddings
During Caribbean Travel Marketplace’s new educational sessions Marilyn Cairo, managing partner for Ask Me Weddings, a hospitality sales and marketing solutions leader specializing in Destination Weddings and Honeymoons... Read the full story >



How Millennials Will Change Travel By 2020

By 2020 or sooner, millennials might dominate the travel demographic. Hoteliers need to understand the nuances of this group of guests and be prepared with product and services that meet their needs and expectations. “The number of millennial travelers is significant and growing fast,” said Jason Dorsey, chief strategy officer...
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Simple Guide to Email Targeting

By Guestfolio
Sending targeted emails to your guests and subscribers isn’t just a pipe dream anymore, it’s happening all around us, and 2016 is the year for you to fully embrace it! As new technology solutions emerge that offer a single view of your customers it is easier than ever to engage your guests effectively... Read the full story >


Instagram Surpassed Twitter To Top Social Media Strategies

This year photo-centric Instagram eclipsed Twitter to claim more monthly active users than the microblogging platform. Besides having the highest user growth rate when compared to Facebook and Twitter, Instagram also has the most engaged community... Read the full story >



Historical Travel Data: How to Use It to Attract More Travelers

by Richard Black, Sojern
History is a marketer’s best teacher,
BUT only if the student uses what the past has taught them and gears their plan accordingly. A close examination of historical data on traveler preferences ... Read the full story >



9 Social Media Tips For 2016

Hotel marketers have never seen such rapid and overwhelming change like the one happening in social media. However, there are ways to approach the social media universe that will help maintain perspective in the face of all that change. The  growing dominance of mobile for social media means hotel marketers should create content and write copy with a “mobile-first mentality.”
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Delta Adds New Flights To The Bahamas

Delta has significantly expanded its service to the Out Islands of the Bahamas. The carrier launched a new twice-weekly service from Atlanta to Eleuthera and Marsh Harbor, Abaco in the Bahamas. The company has also increased its service to Georgetown in the Exumas... Read the full story >




United Airlines Launches New Caribbean Routes

United Airlines has completed the launch of several new routes to the Caribbean. Late last month, the carrier launched its first flight from Newark to St. Kitts, a direct flight operating weekly on Saturdays. United has also launched two new nonstop flights to St. Lucia, coming in response to increased demand from the U.S. market for the island...
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How The Islands That Will Be Destroyed By Climate Change Won A Victory In Paris

The 1.5 degree target was pushed for by the people who most desperately need it—because their homes are the most threatened. Dr. Hugh Sealy is sitting in his office in Grenada, looking out at a Caribbean bay and contemplating the work that lies ahead of him...
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Lawrence Tuck Joins Four Seasons Resort Nevis As Resort Manager

Four Seasons Resort Nevis today announced the appointment of Lawrence “Larry” Tuck to Resort Manager. With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Tuck joins the award-winning Resort just in time for its 25th anniversary celebration throughout 2016. Canadian-born Mr. Tuck was most recently the Resort Manager of the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa... Read the full story >


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