Veteran and award-winning Caribbean hotelier Anthony Bowen has been appointed Regional Managing Director of Elite Island Resorts.CEO of the resort group Robert Barrett announced that the Saint Lucia-based Bowen, who also serves as President of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA), has been selected to lead the hospitality company's charge throughout the Caribbean. "Our brand is poised for continued growth (and) with Tony managing that growth in the Caribbean region and Saint Lucia in particular, we are confident of a successful 2011 and far beyond."
Jamaica is projecting solid tourism growth in 2010. Speaking at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Caribbean Marketplace 2010 travel trade event, which opened this week in Puerto Rico, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett reported that preliminary figures show that the island’s arrivals increased by four percent in 2009. According to forecasts, arrivals are expected to register a six percent increase in 2010. Minister Bartlett attributed this growth to the foundation the Jamaica Tourist Board and its tourism partners have built over the last few years.
Getting to Jamaica is now a breeze with the launch of Apple Vacations’ nonstop service to Montego Bay (MBJ) from Capital Region International Airport (LAN) in Lansing, MI, on December 26, 2010. The four-hour flight from Lansing, MI, to Jamaica will operate on Sundays through April 24, 2011.
Jamaica Tourist Board’s New England Sales Manager John Woolcock braves the plummeting temperatures to hail one of Boston’s new hybrid taxis in front of the city’s iconic South Station. Throughout the month of January, Jamaica advertisements will be featured on Boston taxicabs as part of the destination’s Winter Rescue campaign encouraging travelers to escape the blustery climate and head to the warm isle of Jamaica, just four hours away. Bostonians who spot a Jamaican cab can visit 107.9 KISS-FM’s website to provide details about the time and location the cab was spotted and enter to win a trip to Jamaica, courtesy of JetBlue Airways and Riu Hotels & Resorts. JetBlue recently launched new nonstop service from Boston to Montego Bay on January 9, offering Bostonians greater accessibility and convenience when traveling to Jamaica.
Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Senator Allen Chastanet leads Saint Lucia's delegation to the 2011 edition of Caribbean Marketplace which takes place at the new Montego Bay Convention Centre in Jamaica from January 16 to 18, 2011.