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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (January 25, 2012) – The prime minister of the Bahamas sees signs of "recovery and return to sustained growth for tourism in our region."

Speaking to more than a thousand attendees of the Caribbean Marketplace, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham saw "early signs of improvement are evident" with "a robust uptick in arrivals since November last. By a number of measures, this past December was particularly good for the 14 major Nassau and Paradise Island hotels."

lyton-lamontagne2When things get tough look beyond the usual, counsels a seasoned Saint Lucian businesswoman and hotelier.

"We need to think creatively to increase our share of world tourism," declared Eroline Lamontagne, owner and operator of the award-winning Fond Doux Holiday Plantation in Soufrière, Saint Lucia.

Endorsing assertions by Saint Lucia Director of Tourism Louis Lewis who stated "it will not be business as usual in 2012", Mrs. Lamontagne said a key sector that requires constant focus and attention is the destination weddings and honeymoon market which has become Saint Lucia's bread and butter niche.

palm-islandElite Island Resorts, representing an impressive collection of unique beachfront properties in the Caribbean, proudly announces that Palm Island, a private-island resort located in the Grenadines, was honored with Condé Nast Johansens’ 2012 Award of Excellence as the Most Excellent Eco Resort.

Readers of the Condé Nast Johansens’ luxury travel guides, hotel guests and the Condé Nast Johansens’ inspection team all contributed votes towards the 2012 awards, which included 28 categories ranging from Most Excellent Eco Resort to Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway. The winners were selected from an exclusive collection of luxury boutique hotels, inns and resorts throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America as well as the Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific Islands.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – January  2012 – Colorful costumes, pulsating music, chocolate mud and fetes…it’s all part of Trinidad Carnival and Hyatt Regency Trinidad, conveniently located in downtown Port of Spain, is ready to party with the best of them.  The hotel will once again host its very own all-inclusive fete, LIME, on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

Visitors from around the world will flock to the island for the festivities and LIME is one event not to be missed.  Following the success of last year’s inaugural party, the fete will feature island-inspired food and cocktails, as well as entertainment by Kes the Band featuring Kees Diffenthaller, Karma featuring Nisha and Ravi B, Roy Cape All Stars and more.  Guests will be greeted with the ever-popular Lime Time and Forbidden Lime cocktails and offered delicacies such as slow-roasted meats grilled on seasoned coals and smoked woods, Atlantic, Pacific and Caribbean seafood, local authentic island fare, along with vegetarian specialties.