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United Kingdom updates Tobago travel advisory

“Although most visits to Tobago are trouble free, crime against tourists in Tobago and the inability of the Tobago authorities to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators remains a concern. The authorities on the island are taking positive steps and the situation is beginning to improve,” is how the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office begins its description of Tobago.

The update came in the second paragraph, “In 2008 there have been a number of serious robberies against tourists and residents. Some of these incidents have been accompanied by violence, including attempted rape. A resident Swedish couple were murdered at their villa in Bon Accord on 9 October 2008. Caution is therefore advised when renting villas in the south west of the island. All villas should have adequate security measures in place, including the provision of external security lighting, grills and 24-hour security guards. You should be aware of your surroundings at all times and preferably carry a mobile ‘phone with roaming capability for use in emergency. Petty theft from cars has also increased.” Continue Reading

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Puerto Vallarta Offers Irresistable Fall Deals For A Stress Free Escape

Not all the news about the overall state of the economy is bad. Travelers looking for unbelievable deals this fall need not look further than to the authentic Mexican charms of Puerto Vallarta for hard to pass up, deeply discounted rates and packages that are sure to leave everyone sunny and upbeat. From three star charmers to five star luxury, Puerto Vallarta hotels have never made it easier to go on a finance-stress free vacation. Even the exchange rate is more favorable these days with the US Dollar stretching further in Mexico which makes it even lighter on the pocketbook. Following are some of the special offers that travelers can take advantage of:

BUENAVENTURA GRAND HOTEL & SPA – This newly renovated property located just steps from lively downtown Puerto Vallarta is offering enticing fall packages with 25% off regular rates. The Fall all-inclusive package is priced at US$100.00 per person, per night (based on double occupancy) and includes: 3-nights/4 days accommodations in a Deluxe Room, one Gold Star Wrap spa treatment per person, daily breakfast, lunch and dinner served at Frutas and Flores buffet restaurant or Rodisso, an a la carte Brazilian steakhouse; unlimited international and domestic cocktails, beer and wine by the glass; and in-room mini bar with soft drinks, bottled water and beer (replenished daily). www.hotelbuenaventura.com.mx Continue Reading

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Take Off To The Caribbean This December and January With Tropical Sky

After a mixed summer, travellers dreaming of a bargain splash of sun this winter should look to specialist tour operator Tropical Sky (www.tropicalsky.co.uk / 0870 907 9600). New charter flights begin in December on Wednesdays to Tobago and Grenada and there is excellent availability over Christmas, New Year and into 2009 on both islands.

CHRISTMAS CRACKERS
… Grenada: The popular Grenadian by rex resorts is offering seven nights on an all-inclusive basis from £1,349 per person or 14 nights from £1,699 per person. Located among 30 acres of landscaped gardens overlooking the golden sands of Tamarind Bay, this impressive three-star plus hotel offers a good range of facilities including floodlit tennis courts, non-motorised water sports, a kids’ club and three restaurants and bars. Continue Reading

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Winter Sun in the Caribbean and Portugal

If the less-than-impressive British summer has left you feeling as flat as a pancake, Select Resorts has a mixture of excellent deals that will warm your heart this winter.

In Barbados, the two-bedroom Cassia Heights villas are located on the exclusive Royal Westmoreland Golf Resort and overlook the fairway. The split-level living area opens up through large bay windows to a delightful wooden deck. The properties are set within beautifully kept tropical gardens and are just a stroll away from the Clubhouse and the Sanctuary. The resort facilities include floodlit tennis courts, a gym, communal pool and a Kid’s Club which is open at peak times during the year. Prices start from £201 per night. Continue Reading

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Dominican Republic records 8% increase in visitor arrivals

The Dominican Republic is quite possibly the perfect embodiment of a Caribbean paradise nation – with its palm-fringed, white sandy beaches which are lapped by warm azure seas and caressed by almost endless summer days, this holiday hotspot is booming on the back of intelligent government policy designed to maintain macroeconomic balance and enable and encourage investment.

The government and private sector are united in nurturing the tourism and real estate industries in the Dominican Republic as these are fundamental drivers of the overall economy, which is why the destination is becoming a more and more enticing place for a holiday or even a holiday home investment. With consistent effort and policy planning in place to promote the delights and undeniable appeal of the nation, combined with significant investment into everything from road infrastructure to the enhancement of amenities and facilities for lifestyle tourism, the overall attraction of the Dominican Republic is improving annually. Continue Reading

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Costa Rica Hosts Meeting of UN’s International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism Development

Beginning this week, Costa Rica, the leader in sustainable tourism for Latin America, will be hosting the Fourth Meeting of the International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism Development. Members of the Marrakech Process, world leaders and business executives will be gathering from June 8 – 12, 2008 in San Jose and Arenal, Costa Rica to discuss the growing shift towards sustainable tourism practices.

Led by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Initiative for Social and Economic Development, the meeting will address issues such as protection of natural resources, promotion of sustainable production and consumption patterns in the tourism industry while discussing best regional practices on sustainable tourism development. Continue Reading

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Dominican Republic Tourism Minister Says Airline Cuts Hurt Travel & Cargo

Tourism Minister Felix Jimenez and Airport Department director Andres Van Der Horst concur that the profitability problems affecting the airlines and leading to cuts in flights and frequencies to the DR has a direct effect on remittances, agriculture and tourism. They said that the government is exploring the possibility of cutting taxes on aviation fuel (avtur) in order to compensate the airlines for the burden of record fuel prices.

Jimenez said that the strategy would also include other measures to ensure that the DR is less affected by the present economic problems. A meeting with private sector representatives to discuss the proposal has been called for Wednesday, 11 June at the Hotel Hamaca to finalize the proposal that would then be submitted to President Fernandez for approval. Jimenez said they are concerned that Europe may reduce flights and frequencies, following the cost saving strategy of US airlines, as reported in Listin Diario. Continue Reading

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Fresh Tourism Initiatives in Costa Rica Presented at Expotur 2008

EXPOTUR 2008, Costa Rica Travel Mart and Central America’s prominent travel trade show, closed on a positive note in the Hotel Ramada Plaza Herradura in San José with the participation of hundreds of national and international buyers and sellers, and media underscoring the position of Costa Rica as one of the most visited destinations in the region.

The tradeshow, which has been held annually for 24 years, showcased 400 service providers this year, and welcome international buyers from Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Ecuador, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, and the Unites States.

Minister of Tourism, Carlos Ricardo Benavides said that Costa Rica’s revenues from international tourism reached US$1.9 billion and the number of foreign tourists in Costa Rica reached almost 2 million tourists for 2008. Continue Reading

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DolphinGroupTravel.com Helps Upscale Travelers and Corporations Arrange Villa Rental, Jet and Yacht Charter and Exotic Car Usage in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

DolphinGroupTravel.com is a luxury – travel consulting firm specializing in exotic vacations to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. They are located in the U.S. and in Playa del Carmen Mexico.

Through years of relationship building, they have forged strong ties with leaders in the upscale travel industry located in Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and throughout the Mayan Riviera. The Dolphin Group is staffed with English and Spanish speaking consultants, who have all lived in the Mayan Riviera.

They are a full time Escape Planner – A personal assistant – who can reserve property, arrange air and ground transportation, and handle any and all special requests. The Dolphin Group can provide on site concierge services, a local host who can handle all arrangements before you arrive, from stocking the refrigerator, to chilling the champagne. Continue Reading

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Caribbean Bike Tours – Exploring Barbuda

A fifteen minute flight from Antigua, island trekkers can be cruising on Barbuda’s Pink Sand Beach.

Barbuda Bike Tours offers bicycle, tent & canopy rentals on the gorgeous beaches of Barbuda. They also offer guided mountain bike tours. Twenty-eight miles north of Antigua lies Barbuda, an island of sixty-two square miles of unexplored beaches and wilderness.

The terrain is completely flat and the elevation is close to or at sea level. This makes for easy yet exciting beach exploring and bird watching throughout the island. Barbuda is host to one of the largest frigate bird sanctuaries in the world. Barbuda is known for it’s lobster its number one export. Visitors to Barbuda can enjoy the biggest, freshest & lobster in the Caribbean.

Barbuda is a very dry island and presents an entirely opposite image of Antigua. You will find a more level landscape and shrubby vegetation. The population adds up to less than a couple thousand people and Barbuda’s main attraction are the wonderful sand beaches and the colorful underwater world. Around Barbuda you will find over 150 ship wrecks under water! Continue Reading

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Enjoy the Holiday Spirit With a Discount Bahamas Vacation Package

When you have been too tied up with your regular, hectic schedule and find yourself devoting less and less time to your loved ones, maybe it is time to stop and smell the roses. A well deserved break from time to time is required by every individual to prevent an eventual burn out, the age for which is becoming lower and lower with the passage of time. Such a break should preferably be in the form of a holiday or vacation with friends or family at a destination that is both appealing to your senses as well as easy on your pocket.

A perfect combination of the two can be found in a discount Bahamas vacation package and you should grab the first opportunity that you get to go to this exotic holiday destination that has captured the fancy of millions of tourists across the globe and is still considered among the favorite locations for a fun filled vacation.

Most of the travel and tour agents will have a suitable discount Bahamas vacation package in store for the enthusiastic holiday maker and all you need to do is approach the right agent for the same. You could also, conduct your personal research about the available discount Bahamas vacation package on the internet by browsing through few websites dedicated to the travel and tourism of this island. Continue Reading

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Marriott realigns Caribbean & Latin American Area Operational and Regional Sales Leadership Positions

Marriott International has realigned its area operational and regional sales leadership positions in the Caribbean & Latin America region.

The moves are the result of Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing Dominic Sherry’s transfer to a similar position to the company’s Asia Pacific region, and the retirement of Alex Stadlin, formerly area vice president of operations for Marriott in Mexico, Central America, and the northern cone of South America. Named in the realignment are:

• Andrew Houghton has been promoted to area vice president for Marriott International in the Caribbean & Brazil where he will be responsible for overall hotel operations. This responsibility currently spans more than 16 hotels and resorts across four lodging brands including JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, and Courtyard by Marriott hotels. Continue Reading

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