Thursday, August 02, 2018

Antigua Is Booming!

Looking for something new and exciting? Antigua is fast becoming the next big thing with new culinary offerings and added non-stop flights from the US. Read more about this great Caribbean destination HERE.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Favorite Old School Pornstar

Anybody else remember Kiko from back in the day? He was the greatest versatile actor. Now, who can tell me which studio he worked for? Ready, set, go!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Car Rental in DR

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is opening in the Dominican Republic, with new locations opening in the country's largest airports. As part of its ongoing expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean, the company has opened four new locations at Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo, Cibao International Airport (STI) in Santiago, and Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) in Puerto Plata.

Although sister brand National Car Rental has been operating in the country since 1974, this move marks the establishment of the first locations for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Both brands are part of the Enterprise corporation.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Dominica Tourism on Upswing

The tourism sector on the island of Dominica, long called the Caribbean's "nature island," is looking bright following efforts to restore much of the damage caused by hurricane Maria. Check the full story HERE.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Cuban Cruise Port to Expand

CarribeanNewsNow- Cuba’s recent announcement to triple its cruise ship berths at the port on the edge of Old Havana by 2024 may seem surprising coming just months after President Donald Trump moved to clamp down on Americans’ travel to Cuba. But it shouldn’t, says Kislaya Prasad, research professor and academic director of the Center for Global Business at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
The port expansion actually reflects the flavor of the restrictions U.S. travelers face since the crackdown. US travelers are banned from visiting Cuba’s government-backed hotels and restaurants – and that makes cruise liners, with their built-in lodging, restaurants and educated tour guides, the perfect way to explore the long-off-limits island nation.
“The cruise ships have customized excursions that meet the criteria for ‘educational’ US travel to Cuba,” Prasad says.
“Somebody who is going on a cruise can just have the company organize the paperwork, and they can just go to Havana and feel secure about not flouting any laws about which hotels they are allowed to stay in or what restaurants they are allowed to eat in,” Prasad says. “Those kinds of risks are mitigated.”
The number of cruise ships making port calls in Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba has surged in the past two years, now topping more than 650 sailings, much of them boarded by Americans. That’s poised to increase yet again, with Cuba recently signing a deal with the world’s largest independent cruise port operator to increase capacity at the terminal in Havana.
Even without US travelers in Cuba, there would still be potential for expansion, given the number of visitors each year who travel from Canada and Western Europe.
Nonetheless, small entrepreneurs in Cuba – owners and employees of the paladares and casa particulares – across the budding Cuban hospitality sector are feeling pinched by the revised US policies. And the loss of high-spending US customers may be a result of many of the US visitors coming off cruise ships and making a short visit restricted to Old Havana, Prasad says.
“Sadly, this trend is the opposite of what was hoped for when travel restrictions to Cuba were first lifted during the Obama administration,” he says. “The hope was that a rising middle class would be emboldened to demand greater freedoms, and this eventually lead to a more open society.”
Even when Trump rolled back some of the policies of the previous administration, Prasad says, the intention was to target establishments owned by the Cuban Army – not the private sector. The new policies, Prasad says, by many accounts are hitting the private sector hardest, while leaving the state sector largely insulated.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Urban Mural Makeover

10 artists have painted 14 murals on the streets that are north of the Colonial City. The murals stand out in areas plagued by transport chaos, ambulatory vendors and crowds of people. They can be seen at Avenida Duarte and Av. Paris in Villa Francisca, a short walk north from the Colonial City.

The urban art comes to us thanks to the Hoy Villa Francisca initiative that began in 2015 in the Santa Bárbara area, also north of the Colonial City.

The artists painted facades of houses and apartments from 25 June to 1 July 2018, some 15 murals in total, with the backing of Modafoca in alliance with the city government of the National District (ADN), the Association of Stores of the Duarte Avenue (AsoDuarte) and private companies.

Mayor David Collado visited the area while the painters were at work. He highlighted that the city government will continue to back efforts such as this one that highlight culture, cleanliness and love for the barrio and serve to attract tourism to these populous sectors.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Jamaican Travel Deal

                                                          Cliff divers at Rick's Café

Starting today, Vacation Express has cut the price of its 6-night all-inclusive vacation to Jamaica from Dallas to $959 per person.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Scandal and Pride

as reported by Caribbean News Now:
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Almost a month after the death of convicted felon, Kern Romero, the gay friend of Chief Justice Ivor Archie implicated in a public housing fraud scheme that he (Romero) was convicted of in 2015, the conflicting reports as to how he died have apparently been put to rest.

The Trinidad Guardian’s digital editor, Sampson Nanton, told Caribbean News Now that he spoke directly with family members of Romero, who confirmed that Romero did in fact die in hospital on Friday, May 25, and was not found shot in the head in the Arima village of Congo on the following day as reported initially.

The initial confusion over the exact cause of death is now said to be as a result of confusion over two bodies, one of which — the body of the person found shot dead in Arima — was unidentified but nevertheless became linked to Romero.

No autopsy or police report on the unidentified man has been made public to date as far as Caribbean News Now is aware.

The autopsy report of Romero is also not available. However, Nanton confirmed that the family states that he died after a lengthy illness at hospital.

The importance of the exact cause of death of Romero, if by murder or assassination, was viewed in the context of controversial allegations of an assassination attempt of another close friend of Archie, Dillian Johnson, who it has been alleged by the Trinidad and Tobago Law Association (LATT) that Archie had business links with.
In other news, read HERE about the first Gay Pride event in Guyana.