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TTC Special: Some good news for the Caribbean tourism

TTC Special: Some good news for the Caribbean tourism

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By Frank Martin

Good news is not as frequent as bad news for the Caribbean such as the aftermath of climate change or high oil prices. But the Caribbean tourist industry moves forward and therefore generates good news.

Here are some:

Cartagena, the beautiful colonial port city on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, has joined the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association.

The news is important because the city, represented by COTELCO Cartagena, has become the organization’s 33rd destination and the first commercial association to join the regional association in more than 15 years.

COTELCO Cartagena, a chapter of Colombia’s hotel and tourism association, has 56 affiliated hotels and more than 4,000 hotel rooms, including brands such as GHL Hotels, Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group, Karisma Hotels & Resorts, Movich Hotels, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Sofitel and Hyatt.

In Colombia, COTELCO Nacional has 900 affiliate hotels throughout the country with a presence in 23 departments.

Frank Comito, director general of CHTA said about it that “we are absolutely delighted that COTELCO Cartagena, which represents the jewel in the crown of Colombia, has joined CHTA with its brilliant fusion of Caribbean and Latin American culture adding enormously to the rich diversity of our organisation”.

Just in the same days of the announcement about Cartagena Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in global cruise travel announced select 2020 and 2021 itineraries for 12 of its 17 ships.

As of April 13, 2021, Norwegian Breakaway will cruise a mix of five, seven and nine-day Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean cruises from Miami.

Her Eastern Caribbean sailings will include calls to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Norwegian’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas.

Her Western Caribbean cruises feature visits to Roatán Island, Honduras; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and the Caribbean’s premier resort-style destination in Belize, Harvest Caye. Norwegian Breakaway’s Southern Caribbean cruises will visit Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curaçao; Kralendijk, Bonaire; and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Great news revolves around the Caribbean.

Luxury travel market has a huge growth potential and would see immense demand from the emerging markets.

According to forecasts Europe and Caribbean would continue to be the most preferred luxury travel destinations.

The most popular luxury travel destinations in Europe are identified as Germany and Italy. Whereas, Paris is the global leading metropolitan destination, which witnesses nearly 18.8 million international arrivals yearly.

But Brazil continues to show a promising potential and is predicted to become one of the top-five global economies by the middle of this century. As per the tourism statistics, tourist arrival in Latin America has observed an increase of 50% in the past decade.

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