Fly Jamaica’s love in with travel agents

Fly Jamaica’s love in with travel agents

By Gerald V. Paul As Fly Jamaica Airways celebrates its second anniversary, the airline held a love-in recently in Toronto with travel agents fielding questions, challenges and offering solutions and sharing experiences. “Right now our planes are underutilized. If you have the traffic, we have the planes. Our business is world-wide. Not just Guyana. Not […]

Follow your heart to St. Kitts

Follow your heart to St. Kitts

Come on down. From left, Brad Richards, Carolyn James, Racquel Brown, the new St. Kitts Tourism Authority CEO, and John Allen want everyone to visit St. Kitts, an “authentic” destination. By Gerald V. Paul Newly minted chief executive officer of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority Racquel Brown came to Toronto to sing the praises of […]

Jamaica, where the heart is

Jamaica, where the heart is Girls – and everyone else – just wanna have fun in Jamaica. To many, Jamaica is the heart of the Caribbean. The birthplace of reggae and the Rastafari movement, and with all-inclusive resorts. Jamaica symbolizes many of the things most loved and perhaps, most misunderstood about the region. A simple […]

St. Thomas an alluring Virgin

St. Thomas an alluring Virgin

St. Thomas an alluring Virgin Beautiful beaches, attractions, golf, good food all await the visitor to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. It would be so easy to stereotype any patch of land in the Caribbean as a beach-bumming, rum-drinking, palm-fringed, laid-back tropical island. But just as each city has its own culture and most countries […]

St. Lucia

St. Lucia

Wilson Baptiste and Magdalene Cooman want to promote tourism to St. Lucia via their new business. By Jasminee Sahoye Two St. Lucian nationals residing in Ottawa are creating a buzz among fellow St. Lucians around the world with their slogan: Marketing is everybody’s business. Since their business, Gems of St Lucia, was launched in April […]

Historian throws out tourism challenge

By Jasminee Sahoye   A respected historian, anthropologist and politician from the island of Dominica has thrown out a challenge to Caribbean tourism officials to ensure that their information about sites, performances and experiences is accurate, honest and interesting. Dr. Lennox Honychurch, during a presentation, titled Delivering Authenticity: The Truth About Product Development, at the […]

Caribbean aims for 'total visitor satisfaction'

By Jasmine Sahoye   In an effort to ensure that visitors to Caribbean tourism destinations receive the best products and services, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has instituted a pilot survey in six countries to gauge what it calls total visitor satisfaction. The total visitor satisfaction survey, which has already started in Barbados, St Lucia, […]

Tobago courts Canada

By Jasminee Sahoye   Tobago tourism officials want Canadians to know that the island is ready and open for visitors to experience their unique exotic destination and to use the island as their ultimate destination for weddings and honeymoons. A team, which includes the administrator of the Division of Tourism and Transportation, from the 116-square […]

St Lucia focuses on the five senses

While efforts are being made by the Caribbean Tourism Organization to market the Caribbean as an attractive tourist destination, individual countries are doing their fair bit of work to promote their unique products. Last Monday, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board unveiled a new brand campaign “Lift Your Senses,” that captures vacation moments in a fresh, […]

A visitor’s impression of Guyana

Written by Dr PETER FLAHERTY, Faculty of Education, York University, Toronto, Canada Sunday, 06 January 2013 21:28 ON New Year’s Day, 2010, I shared a first-time visitor’s impression of Guyana with the readers of this newspaper. My comments then were mostly positive, since my very pleasant experiences here had contrasted so sharply with the negative […]