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Travel Professionals Identify 15 Luxury Travel Trends For 2016 And Beyond

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Luxury travel buzzwords like authentic, local, curate, and, of course, experience may be overused, but they have become buzzwords because of their phenomenal staying power. While some trends fade with time, some just seem to resound with customers from one year into the next. Travel Market Report reports on the views of a group of […]

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Vacation Rental Startups Attract $100 Million in Funding So Far This Year

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Vacation rental startups attracted nearly $100 million in venture capital funding during the first quarter of 2016 with most of the funding concentrated across the U.S. and Europe. The alternative accommodations sector attracted the most funding of any sector in 2015 and it appears that momentum has continued during the first four months of this […]

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LIAT Airlines, Taxes And Caribbean Tourism

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LIAT Airlines has been a vital factor in the commercial and tourism life blood of the Caribbean for decades. However, the company has now had three CEOs and two Acting CEOs in the last seven years, evidence of LIAT’s challenges. Commentary on its unfathomable financial strategy, its lack of published accounts and it’s, arguably, unnecessary […]

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U.S. Preclearance Coming to Punta Cana Airport

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United States Customs and Immigration is bringing U.S. preclearance to the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana International Airport. The move, which was first announced last year, is expected to take effect beginning in May 2017. For more information, click here (Source: Caribbean Journal).

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CHTA Green Week Showcased Member’s Amazing Acts of Green

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From April 18-22, as part of our commitment to sustainability and to celebrate Earth Day in grand form, CHTA offered up to it’s members an environmentally focused five day photo challenge. The objective of this fun digital event was to showcase our members commitment to sustainable tourism and to positively impact the communities that support […]

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Green is the New Black: Eco-Friendly Offerings to Boost Revenue

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As the world is becoming more and more environmentally conscience, the tourism industry needs to step up to the challenge.  Many travelers are drawn to properties that recognize the importance of living sustainably.  According to the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), although ecotourism is a new concept, it is growing three times faster than the entire […]

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CHTA CEO Attends the Annual General Meeting of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA)

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“Turks and Caicos Islands’ (TCI) incredible rise to the top echelon of the region’s tourism destinations is to be commended,” according to Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) CEO and Director General Frank Comito during his recent address to members at the Annual General Meeting of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA). […]

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Barbados Enters Phase Two of Sustainable Tourism Initiative

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Barbados continues to make solid progress toward achieving global standards in sustainable tourism. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Donna Cadogan, confirmed that in January 2016, the island commenced the second phase of the Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas (SDAA) initiative. The SDAA partners include the Organization of American States (OAS), Caribbean Tourism […]

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Air Europa to Launch 787 Dreamliner Flights to Santo Domingo

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Spanish air carrier Air Europa will be launching 787 Dreamliner flights to the Dominican Republic from Madrid beginning in November 2016. Click here for further details (Source: Caribbean Journal).

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Water & Wellness

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Written by OBM International On average 16% of a hotel’s total potable water use and expense is used for irrigating and maintaining landscapes, as estimated by the EPA. Reclaiming grey water from spa facilities and hotels is one way of creating a sustainable solution to watering lawns and gardens.  It also reduces water consumption in […]

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