Along with teambuilding, the US-based hospitality management company says that other trends observed throughout its 39 hotels, resorts and conference centers includes a slow but steady demand for meeting products, a rise in group rates, more need for customization and the all important necessity for constant contact through high performance wireless.
Cruise lines carried 20.3 million passengers last year and expect the numbers to rise in 2013.
Barbados is making its mark as a Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) destination, attracting new business for the industry and the Association's members. Chairman of the BHTA's MICE Product Club, Anderson Daniel, explained that years of promoting this aspect of Barbados's tourism product is finally paying off for the country: "More and more buyers/meeting planners are now seeing Barbados as a MICE destination.
Three Caribbean nations have joined forces to offer an unprecedented Black Friday through Cyber Monday deal that is sure to attract a large audience of US travelers. Through cooperation between the public and private sectors, the tourism boards and hotel associations of Barbados, St. Lucia and Antigua are offering 20% off virtually any hotel or resort when booked through their official websites. This is the first time that Caribbean nations are working together in a unified promotion to attract visitors.
Each year November is designated as Caribbean Tourism Month, a time when we focus particular attention on the attributes of this great region and pay our respects to the sector of the economy that is our lifeblood. We in the Caribbean have many reasons to celebrate and give thanks. Whether we are dazzling the world with stellar performances in sports, entertainment, culture and the professions, or pampering guests with our warm hospitality, we are always aware of the impact of our work and our reputation on the success of tourism.