Belmond Revamps Splendido Mare, Adds Suites to Train

Belmond, now under ownership of LVMH, has been busy behind the scenes preparing for a 2021 return to travel. We hear that Splendido Mare, a Belmond Hotel, in Portofino, Italy reopens on April 16 with a full renovation by Paris design agency Festen Architecture. “The Mare” is the first to be renovated under the LVMH … Read more

Brand-New and Renovated Vegas Suites

Las Vegas and its resorts spent the recent downtime in travel to revamp and renew. To that end, visitors can safely enjoy some of their favorite performers; this includes the return of renowned magician David Copperfield, winners of “America’s Best Dance Crew” Jabbawockeez, and standup performers at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club — all of which … Read more

Leo Garbutt Named Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association

Grenada‘s minister for tourism and the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) have announced that Leo Garbutt MBE has been named president of the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association (GHTA). Garbutt brings to the table over 30 years of tourism experience locally, supporting Grenada’s tourism industry and regionally playing a key role at the Caribbean Hotel and … Read more

Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ Marketing Provider Makes

Premier Worldwide Marketing, the sales and marketing provider for Karisma Hotels & Resorts, has announced several promotions to its executive leadership team as it embarks on an ambitious growth trajectory, including at least five hotel openings in 2021. Elizabeth Fettes has been named chief marketing and sales officer and Marilyn Cairo and Rienk De Jong have … Read more

Anguilla Unveils New Online Portal for Visa Applications

Anguilla’s Department of Immigration has introduced a new online portal, e-Visa Anguilla, to facilitate the application process for visitors who need a visa to travel to Anguilla. The e-Visa portal offers visitors detailed information on the island’s visa requirements and guides prospective applicants through an easy, three-step process. Travelers who log on to e-Visa Anguilla can complete and submit the application form, … Read more

CHTA’s Frank Comito Steps Down From Trade Association

Frank Comito has stepped down as CEO and director general of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) after guiding the association through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, several devastating hurricanes and numerous global challenges affecting the region’s top industry. Comito’s transition comes at the conclusion of nearly 40 years of service to local and regional … Read more

In Memoriam: Sandals Founder Gordon “Butch” Stewart

Jamaican entrepreneur and founder of Sandals Resorts International Gordon “Butch” Stewart has died at the age of 79. Stewart was responsible for a Jamaican-based empire that includes two dozen companies collectively representing Jamaica‘s largest private sector group, the country’s biggest foreign exchange earner and its largest non-government employer. At the time of his passing, he … Read more

Curaçao Opens to All U.S. Travelers

The Caribbean island of Curaçao is eager to start 2021 on a high note, announcing earlier this week that prior border restrictions have been lifted. American residents from every state will be allowed entry without the previously required 14-day quarantine so long as they adhere to the entry protocols. The announcement follows the island’s initial phased reopening, which began … Read more

Curaçao Lifts Border Restrictions; All U.S. Travelers Able

The Caribbean island of Curaçao is eager to start 2021 on a high note, announcing earlier this week that prior border restrictions have been lifted. American residents from every state will be allowed entry without the previously required 14-day quarantine so long as they adhere to the entry protocols. The announcement follows the island’s initial … Read more

What’s New in Belize | Travel Agent Central

There’s plenty going on in the country of Belize as we close out 2020 and head into the new year. Here’s a sampling of what you need to know on the hotel front. Revamped Resorts (Open Now) The latest offering from Naia Resort and Spa is Solvei, a five-bedroom, three-story beach house with an elevator … Read more