Caribbean Travel News & Deals

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 15, 2023: Here are the top Caribbean travel news and deals this week in 60 seconds.

Canada is warning its nationals to exercise a high degree of caution if travelling to or in the Dominican Republic due to crime there. This as The Dajabón-Ouanaminthe and Elias Piña-Belladere land borders between the Dominican Republic and Haiti remain closed and the DR govt. has announced that land, air, and sea border closures may occur today – September 14th.

Canada Jetlines will be introducing twice-weekly flights between Toronto and Montego Bay on November 5th. As a start, there would be flights on Saturdays and Sundays utilising state of the art A320 Aircraft with 174-passenger capacity.

Get ready for a new resort in Antigua & Barbuda. Blue Diamond Resorts’ Royalton CHIC Antigua is set to debut and welcome guests to the leeward island in early April 2024.

The Dominican Republic will soon welcome Larimar City & Resort, a new multi-use development from Sonesta International Hotels Corporation. Completion of the first phase of Larimar City & Resort is expected in late 2025 to early 2026.

Blue Diamond Resorts and the West Indies School of Hospitality (WISH) have officially forged a strategic partnership this month. THe initiative will extend the benefits of a world-class learning program to members of the hotel management company and hospitality professionals.

Plan to check out the 12°N, 61°W Grenada Film Festival this year. The event is set for October 24-29, 2023, under the banner “From Small Seeds to Big Dreams: Five to Fifty.” For more and to book travel check out

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Royalton CHIC Resorts Makes Its Antigua Debut Featuring an Overwater Restaurant

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Weds. Sept. 13, 2023: With its recent addition to the prestigious Blue Diamond Resorts portfolio, Royalton CHIC Antigua is set to debut and welcome guests to the leeward island, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean, in early April 2024. Coaxing spirited travelers with a vibrant and social all-inclusive vacation experience, designed exclusively for adults, the beachfront resort is set on the northwest coast of Antigua and is now available for bookings.

Located 20 minutes from VC Bird International Airport along idyllic Dickinson Bay Beach, Royalton CHIC Antigua will unfold as a tropical hotspot for vibrant couples, groups of friends and energetic solo travelers. The resort will invite visitors to break free from the everyday routine with an out-of-this-world getaway that bubbles with energy and vitality through Royalton CHIC’s exuberant Party Your Way concept, ensuring that everyone enjoys a lively atmosphere with something to celebrate every day.

“The upcoming opening of Royalton CHIC Antigua marks a significant milestone in the West Indies and for Blue Diamond Resorts. This unique concept of all-inclusive hospitality has proven to be a success, and introducing it to Antigua is a perfect match. This move enhances the destination’s positioning for international travelers seeking vibrant experiences,” said Jordi Pelfort, President, Blue Diamond Resorts. “As always, exceptional service and top-notch experiences are the pillars of rewarding hospitality, and we anticipate that guests will be able to embrace plenty of both at our newest Royalton CHIC Resort in Antigua.”

Situated along a sandy beachfront that shimmers in sun and starlight through the day, Royalton CHIC Antigua will feature 235 stylish rooms and suites, each with a balcony or terrace for breathtaking ocean and sunset views, and modern décor in keeping with sister Royalton CHIC Resorts in Punta Cana and Cancun. Lush details will include Royalton’s signature DreamBed, rain shower and All-In Connectivity amenities; 24/7 room service featuring the picks from the menus of onsite dining outlets, creating the perfect setting for guests to linger in after active, energetic days.

Royalton CHIC Antigua will also offer guests a wide array of captivating experiences and activities, with something for everyone to enjoy throughout their stay. For passionate foodies, introducing the first Overwater Restaurant of its kind in the region, Pescari is driven by a Diningtainment concept that elevates dining and entertainment with awe-inspiring views of crystal clear waters. This exclusive restaurant will elevate dining experiences with breathtaking ocean views, incredible sunsets and a stylish atmosphere filled up with effervescent energy and unparalleled vibe. A wide variety of dining and drinking destinations will be available on terra firma as well, with seven restaurants, five bars, and an on-site rum shop conceived for the property including an authentic steakhouse, menus highlighted by Mediterranean and Italian cuisines, the mouthwatering flavors of the Caribbean, and assorted opportunities to indulge in cocktail pairing and special mixology.

Guests eager for an even more luxurious and exclusive resort experience will be able to elevate their stay at Royalton CHIC Antigua with the exclusive Diamond Club room category, offering everything from butler services to personalized check-in and check-out, private space to call their own by the pools and on the beach, and ultimate in-room amenities to take their downtime over the top.

Resort offerings will also include sparkling swimming pools, a picture-perfect beach club with a captivating view of the pristine shoreline and a bubbling ambiance, an entertainment plaza with a theater for live music and more; and an indulgent spa with wellness offerings for the body, mind, and spirit, including pampering treatments and a hydrotherapy circuit (at additional cost). To complement personal wellness journeys, a selection of modern equipment at the resort’s fitness center will offer a robust program of instructor-led activities to aid guests in maintaining and even surpassing their fitness goals including Paddle Board, Sunset Yoga, and Beach Bootcamp.

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About Blue Diamond Resorts  

Blue Diamond Resorts encompasses over 60 properties, exceeding 18,000 rooms in eight countries located in the most popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean. Its nine leading hotel brands include the Award-winning, All-In Luxury® Royalton Luxury Resorts, where Everyone is Family. Whether guests come as friends, parents, kids, couples, weddings, corporate or incentive retreats, or solo travelers everyone is family in these properties that feature personalized services and signature amenities including All-In Connectivity, DreamBed, and the Sports Event Guarantee.  To refocus on valued relationships and friendships, Hideaway at Royalton offers an adults-only experience with exclusive dining and preferred accommodations to enhance Togetherness among their guests. Party Your Way at Royalton CHIC Resorts, an adults-only vibrant and effervescent all-inclusive brand to revel in the unexpected. Mystique by Royalton is Miles from Ordinary, offering their visitors the chance to connect with their surroundings in a boutique-style resort collection full of endless beauty and hip vibes. In Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril offers guests over the age of 21, a unique and all-inclusive Au Naturel vacation along with a secluded shore for the utmost privacy. Memories Resorts & Spa offers a vacation designed whether you´re planning a family vacation, reuniting with friends, or just have a relaxing moment with your significant other, while Starfish Resorts provides amazing value, breathtaking surroundings, and rich culture and heritage. Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts invites guests to Vacation Like A Star with an engaging and interactive experience, plus famous pop culture items from iconic movies, music, and sports while you will Dodge the Paparazzi at Planet Hollywood Adult Scene  where your adults-only vacation will be the center of fascination and attention with glam and exclusivity.  

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About Royalton CHIC Resorts

Royalton CHIC Resorts offers adults-only vibrant and effervescent all-inclusive experiences to Party Your Way and revel in the unexpected. Located in popular Caribbean destinations such as Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Cancun, Mexico, this new adults-only generation of all-inclusive concept delivers unprecedented experiences in which luxury and fun meet in each idyllic location. Choose between relaxing and treating yourself or partying and having fun, party your way.

Ideal for couples, groups, singles or friends, including modern rooms and suites featuring All-In Luxury, the premium DreamBed, a variety of culinary offerings, All-In Connectivity and exclusivity through the Diamond Club category. Guests can choose between relaxing and treating themselves in the spa or enjoy the resort’s unique events and theme parties at signature locations.

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Engaging The UK Diaspora In Guyana’s Emerging Oil & Gas Opportunities

By Tash Van Doimen, Rae Wiltshire & Dr. Terrence Blackman

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Sept. 11, 2023: In an inspiring convergence of thought leaders, the recent event titled “Navigating a Changing Guyana: Pathways to Prosperity in the Era of Oil and Gas” emerged as a pivotal platform for illuminating the evolving landscape of opportunities in Guyana. Orchestrated by the Guyana Business Journal & Magazine (GBJ), the Caribbean Policy Consortium, (CPC), Guyana SPEAKS, and the Guyana UK Social Development Association (GUSDA), the dialogue unfolded at Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, University of London. Beyond being a mere gathering, this event symbolized a potent catalyst for unlocking the promising horizons within Guyana.

Featuring a diverse range of expertise spanning the private and public sectors, the expert panelists including Mr. Carl Greenidge, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Advisor on Borders; Mr. Alistair Routledge, President of Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd; Dr. Riyad Insanally, Former Guyanese Ambassador to the United States; Dr. Juanita Cox, Guyana SPEAKS; Dr. Rosh Khan, President – ACE Consulting Group, SocialRank Media, Masterclass Institute (Franklin Covey Guyana); Michele Small, Development Finance Professional; and Mr. Faizal Khan, Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce(BritCham) Guyana shared with the audience profound insights into the challenges and prospects inherent in Guyana’s burgeoning oil and gas sector.

The event included a comprehensive Oil and Gas Update for the UK Guyanese Diaspora, presented by Mr. Alistair Routledge, President of Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd., ExxonMobil’s subsidiary company in Guyana and the operator of the Stabroek Block. His presentation offered a well-structured overview of the partnership between a major energy company and Guyana, tracing its evolution from initial explorations and first oil to the energy company’s present-day activities and future projections.

Mr. Routledge’s insights painted a vivid picture of Guyana on the cusp of remarkable transformation. Noteworthy among his disclosures was the projection that Guyana’s annual government revenue from the energy sector is poised to soar to as much as US$10 billion by 2030. He highlighted investments totaling over US$40 billion committed to date, including the groundbreaking Whiptail project, a US$13 billion endeavor set to become the most significant single investment in Guyanese history.

Mr. Routledge unveiled a vision of a strategic partnership binding the company and the people of Guyana, driven by a shared mission to generate substantial revenue and secure the nation’s progress. The necessity for this partnership between the energy company, the government, and the people of Guyana was echoed by Dr. Insanally, who opined that finding pathways to a prosperous and equitable Guyana, not just for this generation but for future generations, was central to the future of the country.

According to Mr. Routledge, one of the critical elements of this partnership has been the Center for Local Business Development (CLBD), established in 2017, which actively supports Guyanese businesses through training and industry knowledge. The energy company’s investment of over US$900 million in Guyanese businesses signifies substantial progress and a commitment to fostering local economic growth.

Mr. Routledge further underlined the necessity of continuous efforts to empower Guyanese businesses while avoiding over-reliance on one industry alone—a problem of the resource curse. With over 5,000 Guyanese workers employed, the oil industry has made large investments in retraining technicians from other sectors as a way of diversifying, enhancing, and aligning local skill sets with 21st-century market demands. Finding ways to leverage these skills across industries will be an important challenge for Guyana.

The company has committed to addressing Guyana’s long-standing, multi-generational electricity generation challenges by providing the fuel for a natural gas-fueled power generation plant that the government predicts will cut prices in half for households and businesses, while reducing pollution substantially.

EEPGL’s commitment extends beyond economic contributions to encompass social and environmental initiatives. Through the Greater Guyana Initiative, the company has invested USD 100 million in capacity building, healthcare, and community support. Collaborations with their foundation have enabled initiatives focused on marine awareness, ecosystem restoration, and educational empowerment, particularly for women.

The journey by ExxonMobil in Guyana traces back to 1999, with an agreement that laid the foundation for the discoveries made since. After years of exploration, the pivotal moment arrived in 2015. Mr. Routledge emphasized the profound impact of this discovery, highlighting the role those technological advancements played in enabling drilling at previously unreachable water depths.

This landmark discovery in the Stabroek Block propelled an ambitious development plan to reshape Guyana’s economic landscape. Challenges, from geopolitical intricacies to technological innovations, accompanied the journey from discovery to realization.

The energy company’s role characterizes this partnership as a contract operator entrusted with harnessing Guyana’s abundant resource wealth. EEPGL President Routledge highlighted the significant contributions to Guyana’s Natural Resource Fund as evidence of his company’s commitment to transparency and fair distribution of revenues.

Mr. Routledge’s presentation also addressed the importance of socio-economic and political stability in Guyana for the energy company’s investments. When emphasizing the company’s preference for politically stable destinations, there was an opportunity to reaffirm EEPGL’s commitment to the rule of law within Guyana and to speak more explicitly to evident local frustration about the pace of the impact of the energy discoveries on the lives of ordinary citizens. There was also an opportunity to address questions about focusing on a single Gas to Shore project rather than a comprehensive Guyanese Gas Master Plan, which may be a logical next step for the Government.

Mr. Carl Greenidge, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Advisor on Borders, added a distinct perspective to the dialogue. He engaged with the audience on the role of local businesses in the operations. Greenidge’s remarks emphasized the importance of understanding the functions and needs, particularly concerning providing services and goods.

He emphasized the opportunities for Guyanese businesses to contribute to the production process by supplying various goods and services that the energy company requires. Greenidge highlighted the significance of efficient production processes, the education of the local labor force, and the potential for businesses to package specialized skills for sale. Greenidge’s argument for building concrete pathways to connect various business community sectors to emerging opportunities must be amplified and acted upon by Guyanese policymakers.

The emerging partnership between the Guyanese people and EEPGL can exemplify the power of collaboration in shaping a promising and sustainable Guyanese future. If embraced with mutual respect by all parties, it will stand as evidence that when industry leaders align with a nation’s aspirations, the possibilities are boundless, and the impact is profound. The comprehensive range of initiatives underway will transform Guyana’s socio-economic and political landscape. Will it be a transformation that enhances the nation’s well-being and that our grandchildren will look upon with pride?

The answer to this question is entirely up to us; trite and true, tomorrow is a function of what we do together today.

Tash Van Doimen was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana. She holds a master’s degree in development policy from the KDI School of Public Policy and Management with a double major in International and Sustainable Development. She used this opportunity to examine Guyana’s oil industry and the nexus between economic development and environmental implications. Ms. Van Doimen began her journalism career, covering hard news and featured articles. Ms. Van Doimen began her career as a Foreign Service Officer, representing Guyana on multiple forums and speaking on various issues aligned with Guyana’s Foreign Policy.

Rae Wiltshire is a storyteller and art student. His multiple playwriting awards include the 2015 National Drama Festival’s Best New Guyanese Play. His works grace The Guyana Annual. The recent Guyana Prize for Literature in Drama 2022 honored “Don’t Ask Me Why,” also shortlisted for “Adults.” Graduating with honors in literature and linguistics from the University of Guyana, his academic work informs scriptwriting, directing, and cinematography.

Dr. Terrence Richard Blackman, associate professor of mathematics and a founding member of the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics at Medgar Evers College, is a member of the Guyanese diaspora. He is a former Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor at MIT and a Visitor to The School of Mathematics at The Institute for Advanced Study. Dr. Blackman has previously served as Chair of the Mathematics Department and Dean of the School of Science, Health, and Technology at Medgar Evers College, where he has worked for almost thirty years. He graduated from Queen’s College, Guyana, Brooklyn College, CUNY, and the City University of New York Graduate School. He is the Founder of the Guyana Business Journal & Magazine.

Blue Diamond Resorts and West Indies School of Hospitality Forge Transformative Partnership

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Mon. Sept. 11, 2023: In an innovative initiative aimed at raising the standards of hospitality education across the Caribbean, Blue Diamond Resorts and the West Indies School of Hospitality (WISH) have officially forged a strategic partnership. Starting in September 2023, this initiative will extend the benefits of a world-class learning program to members of the hotel management company and hospitality professionals, providing them with a valuable opportunity to enhance their skill sets.

“As the hospitality industry experiences rapid growth, attracting a rising number of travelers to the Caribbean’s highly sought-after destinations the need for skilled teams capable of providing exceptional vacation experiences has become more crucial than ever,” said Gaurav Sindhi, VP of Operations West Indies for Blue Diamond Resorts. “Our commitment to ongoing innovation, as exemplified by recent enhancements to our Diamond Club and Star Class room categories, hinges on the foundation of exceptional service. This partnership extends to nurturing Caribbean growth and empowering our staff.”

“Blue Diamond Resorts’ commitment to enhancing access to education for its team members, as well as other hospitality workers throughout the region, speaks volumes about the brand’s dedication to its guests but also to the thousands of Caribbean individuals employed in the hospitality industry,” said Barry Collymore, Executive Chairman of Mount Cinnamon Resort and Founder of WISH. “We are focused on building peoples’ skills and setting a very high-quality Caribbean standard that honors the Caribbean; whether that be allowing our natural friendliness to be part of our service ethos, or celebrating the rich produce available across each island,” he added.

The program will provide international training and certification for both Caribbean citizens and global students aspiring to study in the Caribbean. This collaboration leverages WISH’s acclaimed educational curriculum through their platform and harnesses Blue Diamond Resorts’ all-inclusive hospitality expertise to enrich leadership and service training within the tourism sector. Courses span a wide breadth of topics, from Hospitality Management and Strategic Hospitality Marketing, to Analyzing Climate Change and the Global Food and Beverage System.

Established in 2021, the West Indies School of Hospitality has swiftly risen as a notable institution in hospitality education. Through its partnership with eCornell University and The Culinary Institute of America, it delivers a comprehensive curriculum with over 1,000 lessons via its On Demand platform. Building on its achievement of awarding over 1,000 scholarships to hospitality workers in 2022, WISH envisions a substantial increase in impact through this innovative partnership with Blue Diamond Resorts.

The collaboration between WISH and the renowned all-inclusive resort company sets the stage for an exceptional era of training and instruction in hospitality, propelling the Caribbean to a prominent position in global service and guest experiences.

For more information about the West Indies School of Hospitality and Blue Diamond Resorts, please visit or

About Blue Diamond Resorts

Blue Diamond Resorts encompasses over 60 properties, exceeding 18,000 rooms in eight countries located in the most popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean. Its nine leading hotel brands include the Award-winning, All-In Luxury® Royalton Luxury Resorts, where Everyone is Family. Whether guests come as friends, parents, kids, couples, weddings, corporate or incentive retreats, or solo travelers everyone is family in these properties that feature personalized services and signature amenities including All-In Connectivity, DreamBed, and the Sports Event Guarantee. To refocus on valued relationships and friendships, Hideaway at Royalton offers an adults-only experience with exclusive dining and preferred accommodations to enhance Togetherness among their guests. Party Your Way at Royalton CHIC Resorts, an adults-only vibrant and effervescent all-inclusive brand to revel in the unexpected. Mystique by Royalton is Miles from Ordinary, offering their visitors the chance to connect with their surroundings in a boutique-style resort collection full of endless beauty and hip vibes. In Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril offers guests over the age of 21, a unique and all-inclusive Au Naturel vacation along with a secluded shore for the utmost privacy. Memories Resorts & Spa offers a vacation designed whether you’re planning a family vacation, reuniting with friends, or just have a relaxing moment with your significant other, while Starfish Resorts provides amazing value, breathtaking surroundings, and rich culture and heritage. Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts invites guests to Vacation Like A Star with an engaging and interactive experience, plus famous pop culture items from iconic movies, music, and sports while you will Dodge the Paparazzi at Planet Hollywood Adult Scene where your adults-only vacation will be the center of fascination and attention with glam and exclusivity.

To learn more about Blue Diamond Resorts, please visit

About West Indies School of Hospitality

The West Indies School of Hospitality (WISH) was founded in 2021 by Barry Collymore and Danny Fakhre. The West Indies School of Hospitality (WISH) aims to create learning paths for Caribbean people in the Hospitality and Service Industries. WISH believes that this will lead to the creation of a more empowered, confident, and efficient workforce. This investment in the people of the Caribbean will no doubt lead to a more competitive Caribbean destination.

Through a unique agreement with eCornell, and the Culinary Institute of America, WISH provides thousands of scholarships every year in the field of Hospitality. WISH is funded through the patronage of its partners: Blue Diamond Resorts and Mount Cinnamon Beach Resort. WISH also has a partnership agreement aimed at increasing access, with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Educational Foundation.

6 Best Caribbean Resort Sites For Students

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Sept. 11, 2023: The Caribbean has long been synonymous with paradise. A mosaic of islands, each with its unique charm, presents a kaleidoscope of sun-kissed beaches, azure waters, and vibrant cultures. Whether you’re dreaming of lazy afternoons on the sand, adrenaline-pumping water sports, or immersing yourself in the rich history and traditions of the islands, the Caribbean has something to offer every traveler.

Yet, contrary to popular belief, the Caribbean is not reserved solely for honeymooners, retirees, or the jet-set elite. A growing number of students are discovering the allure of these tropical havens, viewing them as ideal spots for relaxation, adventure, and even learning experiences. With the academic pressures mounting and the common plea of “Can someone write my college paper cheap?” echoing in the dorm halls, it’s no wonder that students are looking for an idyllic escape to recharge.

Affordable Elegance in Jamaica

Jamaica, with its rhythmic reggae beats, mouthwatering jerk cuisine, and stunning beaches, is a top pick for many travelers. For students, a particular resort stands out, combining affordability with elegance. Nestled on the island’s north coast, this resort offers a range of accommodations tailored to fit tighter budgets without compromising on the Caribbean experience.

Sun-loungers dot the pristine white sandy beach, and students can take advantage of a plethora of activities, from beach volleyball to dance classes. For those looking to immerse themselves in Jamaican culture, the resort offers local cooking demonstrations and music nights. And the cherry on top? The resort often provides special student discounts during off-peak seasons, making it even more appealing for those wanting a taste of luxury without the hefty price tag.

Party Central in Cancún, Mexico

Cancún is famously known for its electrifying nightlife, making it a magnet for students looking for a mix of relaxation by day and party by night. There’s a resort in the heart of Cancún that has rightfully earned the title of ‘Party Central.’ With beachfront access, students can bask in the sun, indulge in water sports, or simply chill with a cocktail in hand.

As the sun sets, the resort transforms. Renowned DJs, beach parties, themed nights, and poolside events make every night unforgettable. What’s more, the resort offers student group packages, making it an ideal destination for spring breaks or group getaways. Not to forget, when a quiet moment is needed, serene spots overlooking the Caribbean Sea provide a perfect backdrop to relax and rejuvenate.

Cultural Immersion in the Dominican Republic

For students keen on delving deeper into the Caribbean’s rich tapestry of cultures, the Dominican Republic offers a unique blend of Spanish, African, and Taino influences. A resort situated on the island’s picturesque coast specializes in offering guests an authentic Dominican experience.

Here, the experience is not just about sun and surf. The resort organizes regular trips to nearby towns, allowing students to engage with locals, learn traditional dances, and savor the nation’s rich cuisine. Workshops range from cigar-making to Merengue lessons, ensuring that guests don’t just visit the Dominican Republic; they live it. For those on a study abroad program or simply keen on understanding the world better, this resort offers the ideal blend of relaxation and cultural enrichment.

Making the Most of Your Caribbean Vacation

A Caribbean vacation is more than just beach lounging and sunset gazing. It’s about forging connections with local communities, tasting new cuisines, and pushing one’s boundaries through new experiences, even if you just have one day. For students, it’s also about being judicious with resources, ensuring every experience is worth the investment. Embracing local foods, engaging in communal events, and even taking public transport can make for rich memories. Lastly, remember that the beauty of the Caribbean isn’t just in its landscapes but its people – their warmth, their stories, and their traditions.

In the world of academia, where students often find themselves searching for the best dissertation writing service or the quickest way to ace a course, it’s crucial to remember that true learning also happens outside the classroom. The Caribbean offers a myriad of experiences, each resort serving as a gateway to new adventures, cultures, and reflections.

With the right choice, a Caribbean vacation can become a tapestry of unforgettable memories, life lessons, and rejuvenation. As the waves of the Caribbean Sea ebb and flow, so do the phases of student life. And sometimes, amidst the assignments and deadlines, a Caribbean retreat might be just what one needs to find inspiration, relaxation, and joy.

Unlocking Caribbean Real Estate Expansion Opportunities With Bridge Funding

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Sept. 11, 2023: In the ever-evolving realm of real estate, seizing growth opportunities and securing capital for lucrative deals is crucial. One financial instrument gaining prominence in the Caribbean is Bridge Funding, according to Invest Caribbean officials who has this type of funding currently available to qualified commercial property holders.

Understanding Bridge Funding

Bridge Funding, also known as Bridge Loans, offers a lifeline to real estate developers and investors in need of short-term capital to fuel expansion and capitalize on emerging prospects. Key attributes of Bridge Funding encompass:

Loan Amount: Bridge loans in the Caribbean can reach a substantial maximum of $20,000,000, making them ideal for a wide spectrum of real estate projects.

Loan Term: Typically, bridge loans feature a maximum term of 3 years, providing investors and developers with the essential short to mid-term financial flexibility.

Amortization: During the loan term, bridge loans typically adopt an interest-only payment structure, easing immediate financial pressures.

Region: Bridge funding is accessible in both the United States and the Caribbean regions, facilitating cross-border real estate transactions.

Prepayment: Unlike certain conventional loans, bridge loans often do not carry prepayment penalties, allowing borrowers to settle their debts ahead of schedule without incurring additional costs.

Property Types: Bridge funding is versatile, applicable to various property types, from residential and commercial real estate to land development projects.

Loan-to-Value (LTV): The maximum LTV ratio for bridge loans typically ranges from 70% to 75%, providing borrowers with significant capital while safeguarding the lender’s interests.

Interest Rates: Bridge loan interest rates usually commence at a competitive 7%, ensuring accessible borrowing costs for real estate ventures.

Fees: Borrowers can anticipate fees ranging from 1% to 3% of the loan amount, covering administrative and processing expenses.

Advantages include:

Swift Access to Capital: Bridge loans are celebrated for their rapid approval and funding processes, enabling real estate professionals to seize time-sensitive expansion opportunities.

Customized Solutions: Bridge loans can be tailored to address the specific financial needs of real estate projects, whether it’s acquiring new properties, renovating existing ones, or securing working capital.

Streamlined Application: These loans often require less documentation compared to traditional financing, simplifying the application process for borrowers.

Cross-Border Transactions: The availability of bridge funding in both the US and the Caribbean regions facilitates seamless cross-border real estate investments and transactions.

Enhanced Financial Flexibility: Real estate developers and investors can leverage bridge funding to bolster liquidity, address unforeseen expenses, and capitalize on growth prospects.

Navigating the Bridge Loan Landscape

While bridge funding offers a plethora of benefits, it is imperative for real estate professionals to approach this financial option judiciously. Collaborating with experienced financial advisors and reputable lenders is recommended to ensure that bridge loans align with specific real estate objectives and financial capacities.

Bridge funding is emerging as a potent financial resource for real estate ventures in the Caribbean. Its flexibility, rapid accessibility, and adaptability for various real estate purposes make it a viable option for unlocking expansion capital and capitalizing on growth opportunities in the region’s dynamic real estate sector. As real estate professionals continue to seek agile financing solutions, bridge funding is poised to play a pivotal role in fueling the Caribbean’s real estate growth story.

How Caribbean Businesses Can Unlock The Power Of Chatbots

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Sept. 11, 2023: In an era of expanding e-commerce, chatbots are emerging as invaluable assets for businesses, especially Caribbean and Latin American Businesses. These AI-driven conversational agents are revolutionizing how companies interact with customers, automate tasks, and streamline operations. If you’re a small business owner contemplating the use of AI chatbots on your website, this article is your essential guide according to Hard Beat Communications.

Understanding Chatbots
Chatbots exemplify artificial intelligence (AI) technologies reshaping the business landscape. They are software applications powered by AI, capable of performing tasks traditionally handled by humans. Think of popular examples like Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, or Facebook Messenger’s chatbot. Chatbots, including SMS and social media variants, learn from user interactions, progressively enhancing their realism and efficiency. They can tackle various business functions, from processing expense reports to identifying sales leads and engaging customers online.

Diverse Applications of Chatbots
Small businesses across industries can deploy chatbots in various operational facets. The versatility of chatbots is expanding rapidly, with applications continually emerging. Here are some common roles chatbots play in small businesses:

Sales Support: Chatbots excel at gathering prospect information, identifying qualified leads, and automating outreach. They engage customers, providing instant responses to queries and personalized recommendations.

Customer Service: Call centers frequently employ chatbots to swiftly respond to routine inquiries, freeing up customer service reps to handle more complex questions. Customizable chatbots enhance engagement, even offering competitive analysis or serving as survey conduits.

Marketing Allies: Chatbots facilitate customer interactions and upselling. They automate conversations with existing and potential customers, recommend products, share information, and seamlessly pass leads to sales and marketing teams.

Elements of Effective Chatbots
To harness the full potential of chatbots, two essential factors come into play:

Branding: Chatbots must align with your brand identity. A chatbot that fails to reflect your brand can harm your reputation and deter sales. Consistency in tone, style, and messaging is crucial to maintain a positive brand image.

Workload Reduction: Effective chatbots streamline tasks rather than adding to your team’s workload. They should handle routine inquiries, allowing your staff to focus on more complex interactions. Chatbots enhance productivity and efficiency, crucial for small businesses operating with limited resources.

Crafting Chatbot Responses
Crafting effective chatbot responses requires attention to detail and strategy:

Sales Replies: Focus on qualifying questions and gathering contact information while guiding prospects toward the appropriate sales funnel.

Customer Service Replies: Keep responses concise and clear to prevent customers from disengaging from the conversation.

Marketing and Engagement Replies: Tailor responses based on specific goals, directing users to relevant content or offering incentives for further engagement.

Survey Replies: Adapt response formats to suit the survey’s length and subject matter, ensuring optimal data collection.

Selecting the Right Chatbot Solution
As chatbots become increasingly prevalent, selecting the right solution is crucial. Consider the following when choosing a chatbot solution:

Problem-Solving Focus: Opt for chatbots designed to solve particular problems or address specific business needs, such as customer service or lead generation.

Data Savviness: Choose solutions that prioritize data transparency and explainable AI, ensuring you understand how your data is utilized.

Vendor Compatibility: Work with a vendor you trust and feel comfortable entrusting your data to, considering factors like pricing, functionality, ease of use, and support.

Functionality Assessment: Evaluate your business’s specific needs, determining whether a straightforward chatbot or a more advanced solution is required.

Chatbots have transcended futuristic concepts to become essential tools in the digital landscape. By selecting the right chatbot and crafting effective responses, small businesses can save time, enhance customer experiences, and thrive in an increasingly digital world.

7 Ways to Measure the Success of Your Press Release, Especially As A Caribbean Or Latin American Business

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Sept. 11, 2023: In today’s competitive media landscape, press releases remain a powerful tool for sharing news and information. For businesses targeting a life sciences-related audience, press releases are especially vital especially for Caribbean and Latin American businesses. They help establish authority, cultivate media relationships, boost online presence, and connect with professionals in the life science industry worldwide.

However, the question arises: How can you determine if your press release is genuinely successful? To gauge the impact of your press release, consider using a range of metrics to obtain a comprehensive view of its performance. Here are seven key ways to measure the success of your press release according to CARIBPR WIRE:

Media Pickups

Track the quantity, quality, reach, and spread of your media pickups. This includes online and print pickups as well as indexed pickups.
Assess the quality of media pickups by targeting top-tier publications and measuring how many of them feature your story.
Consider domain authority, subscriber size, and subscriber relevance to evaluate quality.
Examine the diversity of your media pickups, such as business media, trade media, and geographically-focused outlets.

Follow-up Stories

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Follow-up stories often provide more in-depth coverage and contribute to increased visibility.
Positive interactions with editors or journalists, even if they don’t result in published follow-up pieces, indicate success.

Social Mentions and Sentiment

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Look for mentions of your company and identify if your organization is recognized as a thought leader in the field.
Analyze sentiment to determine whether discussions around your news are positive, negative, or neutral.

Media E-newsletter Mentions

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Stay informed about how your story is featured in newsletters, as it can contribute to your press release’s success.

News Aggregator Inclusions

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Count how many times your press release appears on top aggregators and platforms relevant to the life sciences industry.
Include platforms such as Google News, Bing News, Apple News, and others in your assessment.

Link Clicks

If your press release contains links (which is often advisable), measure the number of clicks your links receive.
Use URL shorteners with tracking capabilities like to facilitate link tracking and obtain valuable statistics.

Site Visits

Expect a spike in website traffic when you distribute a press release.
Although this is an indirect measure of success, monitor your website statistics for increased traffic. Keep a record of web traffic patterns around each press release to establish benchmarks for future assessments.

Measuring the success of your press release requires a comprehensive approach that considers various indicators. By evaluating media pickups, follow-up stories, social media engagement, newsletter mentions, aggregator inclusions, link clicks, and site visits, you can gain a comprehensive understanding of your press release’s impact. This multifaceted assessment ensures that your press release aligns with your communication goals and reaches its intended audience effectively.

30 things you did not know about Dominica

News Americas, Roseau, Dominica, Fri. Sept. 08, 2023: The Commonwealth of Dominica is a small island located in the Caribbean between Martinique and Guadeloupe. Tourists marvel at the crystal blue ocean views and tropical humid climate, there is an abundance of discovery on the Nature Isle of the Caribbean. 

Explore 30 interesting facts about the magical island of Dominica! 

Cultural history

1. Dominica was named by Christopher Columbus

Prior to Christopher Columbus’ arrival on the island, the Caribbean settlers named it Watikbuli, meaning ‘Tall is her Body’. In 1493, Christopher arrived on the island and named it Domingo, which means Sunday, the day which he discovered the island. 

2. Dominica has an interesting motto

The motto is French, ‘Après le Bon Dieu, c’est la Terre’, translated to English as ‘After God, the Earth’, Dominica eloquently displays its natural beauty. 

3. Dominica is a republic in the Commonwealth

The Nature Isle gained its independence on 3 November 1978 and celebrates this day annually with vibrant national festivities. These include cultural markets, music festivals, and beauty pageants. 

4. The National Anthem is titled ‘Isle of Beauty, Isle of Splendour’

Dominica’s national anthem was written by Wilfred Oscar Morgan, with the music composed by Lemuel McPherson Christian OBE, after receiving statehood in 1967. 

5. Government system

As a parliamentary democratic republic nation, The Executive branch of government has a President and Prime Minister, whereby nominees are elected in consultation with the opposition leader. The two-party system, with the ruling Dominica Labour Party and the opposition party, the United Worker’s Party. 

All Dominican adult citizens may cast their ballots every five years during the government elections. 

6. Dominica’s President, His Excellency, the Honourable Charles Savarin

Elected as Dominica’s eighth president in October 2013, Honourable Charles Savarin is a member of the Dominica Labour Party. He received his nomination from Prime Minister, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, who has been the head of government since August 2004. Previously, His Excellency, Honourable Savarin was a teacher, trade unionist, parliamentarian, diplomat, and government minister. 

7. English Common Law system

Dominica’s constitution includes the right to life, personal liberty, and freedom of expression, which follows one-third of the world’s English Common Law. The hierarchy of Dominica’s court starts from the Magistrate Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, and lastly The Court of Appeal the Privy Council. 

8. Dominica’s small population of 72,412

The population of Dominica is currently sitting at 72,414, making it the 11th least-populated nation in the world.  

9. The Dominican flag is one of only two national flags with the colour purple

Out of all the nations in the world, Dominica’s national flag is one of only two national flags to incorporate the colour purple. The other is the Nicaraguan national flag. The Dominican national flag features a Sisserou Parrot that has purple feathers on the underside and the crown.   

Geographical landscape

10. The island is also known as the Nature Isle of the Caribbean

Dominica’s spectacular natural beauty is oftentimes affectionately known as “The Nature Isle of the Caribbean.” The vast amount of the island is covered in lush forests. Year-round visitors can experience wondrous waterfalls and mud ponds. Indigenous rainforest animals and insects such as parrots, iguanas and rare butterflies make up some of the phenomenal fauna.  

11. The national flowers for Dominica

The Sabinea carinalis, warmly known as the ‘Bwa Kwaib’ or the Carib Wood. Is the indigenous wild xerophytic plant. In bloom, it exhibits bright scarlet flowers from its branches. It is said to represent the longevity of the Dominican youth. 

12. The National Bird of Dominica is the Sisserou Parrot

The national bird of Dominica the Sisserou (Amazona Imperialis), “The Pride of Dominica” is found on the country’s emblems such as the Coat of Arms, the National Flag, the Public Seal, The Mace of the House of Assembly and Dominica’s Honours for Meritorious Service. The imperial parrot is endemic to Dominica’s dense mountainous rainforests. This shy and yet attractive indigenous bird has resided on the island for numerous thousands of years and can live over 70 years of age. The bird is an endangered species and is under preservation. 

13. Dominica is the only country in the world where sperm whales reside year-round! 

Sperm whales have called Dominica’s waters their home, and it is extremely likely to spot them swimming in pods, as whales and dolphins live close to shore throughout the year.   

14. The Island is home to the Giant Ditch Frog known as the “mountain chicken”

Dominicans refer to the frog as the “mountain chicken” due to its legs imitating drumsticks. The frog used to be a delicacy as a national dish and is now under conservation to preserve the species. 

15. Home to the Caribbean’s first long-distance hiking trail

The Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT) is the first long-distance hiking trail in the Caribbean. It is estimated to be 183 km long and is split into 14 sections. The trail was built between 2007 and 2012, the route crosses through Dominica and traverses some of the country’s most spectacular terrain. It will take a minimum of two weeks to complete the hiking trail. 

16. Dominica is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Morne Trois Pitons National Park is the exclusive Heritage Site in Dominica and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. This national park is situated in the southern half of the island and contains many of Dominica’s most spectacular attractions including the Titou Gorge, Boeri, Freshwater Lakes, the Boiling Lake, and the Middleham Falls. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park covers roughly 9 per cent of Dominica’s land area. 

17. Dominica has practised herbal medicine for centuries

The original inhabitants of the island, the Caribs, and later Africans, brought with them thorough knowledge of plants and herbs. This knowledge has been passed down through generations and many herbs like Moringa, Basil and Dandelion are still used today for medicinal purposes, usually referred to as “bush medicine.” 

Economic features of Dominica

18. Dominica’s main industries

The country’s main industries are agriculture, tourism and manufacturing. Over 20 per cent of the island’s land is arable and under cultivation, with bananas traditionally serving as Dominica’s largest export. Although Dominica has recently increased the production of other fruits, as well as vegetables and coffee beans.  

Dominica’s tourism sector continues to steadily grow, with the alluring nature attracting an estimated 200,000 holidaymakers annually. The island’s manufacturing industry primarily depends on raw materials from the agricultural sector, where in-demand exports include coconut soap, ceramics and shoes. 

19. Dominica’s official currency is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)

Dominica introduced the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (ECD) currency in 1965, which is used in another seven countries in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).  

Foreign currencies including the euro and dollar are also accepted as tender. It is also pegged to the US dollar at a rate of US$1 to ECD (East Caribbean Dollar) $2.70. As Dominica is a member of the Commonwealth, all banknotes and coins feature an image of King Charles III.   

20. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Dominica 

The World Bank recorded the island’s GDP had an outstanding US$612,048,148 in financial year 2022. 

21. Investors can acquire Citizenship of Dominica by Investment

Investors in Dominica tend to seek citizenship through investment opportunities around the country. When visitors officially become Dominican citizens, they can develop businesses, work, relocate and extend their citizenship to their family members. 

Dominica’s CBI Programme received first in the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) initiative for six consecutive years by the CBI Index.  

22. English is Dominica’s official language

English is universally spoken in Dominica and UK English spelling is used. Dominican Creole (an Antillean Creole derived from French), and French Patois are spoken amongst the locals. This is because of the long history of French migration to the island as well as Dominica’s location between two French-speaking countries; Martinique and Guadeloupe.  

23. Christian religious practices

Christianity is the most common religion in Dominica, practised by over 90 per cent of the population. However, religious freedom is enshrined in the Constitution of Dominica so inhabitants can follow alternative faiths if they so choose, such as Rastafarianism. 

24. Cricket is the most popular sport in Dominica

Many Dominican cricketers play for the West Indies cricket team internationally. Shane Shillingford and Adam Sanford are two of the most notable cricketers from Dominica. 

25. The capital city of Dominica is Roseau

The largest city in Dominica it is located on the Southwest coast of the country and is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, the Morne Bruce Hill and the Roseau River. Filled with lively markets, 18th-century French architecture and famous landmarks like the Roseau Cathedral and the Morne Bruce Cross.   

26. The Main Airport is Douglas-Charles Airport

Formerly known as Melville Hall Airport, Douglas–Charles Airport is Dominica’s largest of the country’s two airports. Douglas–Charles Airport operates both passenger and cargo planes to other destinations in the Eastern Caribbean region.   

27. Dominica is on a quest to be the world’s first climate-resilient nation

The Government of Dominica has called on investors around the world to assist in the development of sustainable and robust industries and infrastructure. This is an exclusive opportunity to implement the latest technologies and developmental approaches. Dominica aims to be at the forefront of tackling climate change challenges. 

28. Unique rivers for each day of the year 

Apart from breathtaking beaches and volcanoes, Dominica has over 365 rivers! While some are cool and clear, others are cloudy and fast. All the rivers are surrounded by exotic plants and flowers. The Indian River is the widest on the island, and many visitors choose this river to explore the rivers for the first time. 

29. There are nine active volcanoes in Dominica 

Dominica has the highest concentration of volcanoes in the world, with approximately nine active volcanoes. Eruptions are very rare, and the last volcanic eruption was in 1997 and the one before that was in 1880.  

The highest mountain and volcano are Morne Diablotins, and it is a magical sight. Adventurists can take a six-hour hike to reach the top where neighbouring islands, Martinique and Guadeloupe can be seen from the top. 

30. Many of Dominica’s beaches are covered in black sand

The volcanoes in Dominica influence the colour of beautiful black-sand beaches. Some of the most famous black sand beaches in Dominica include the Number One Beach, Mero Beach, and Rosalie Bay Beach. 

Caribbean Travel News & Deals

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 8, 2023: Here are the top Caribbean travel news and deals this week in 60 seconds.

Look out for Lee! Hurricane Lee is strengthening and could start impacting the Caribbean this weekend according to the National Hurricane Center with large swells likely to reach the Lesser Antilles Friday. The swells generated by Lee are expected to reach the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Bahamas, and Bermuda this weekend. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening​surf and rip current conditions.

As of September 1, travelers visiting Jamaica are now required to complete the country’s Immigration and Customs Declaration or C5 form ahead of time online or using paper upon arrival. They can do so ahead of their trip for free by visiting Barcode readers will be available upon arrival at the airport in Jamaica. In the event that a passenger is unable to complete the online form, a paper form will be issued in the Immigration Hall at the airport in Jamaica.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Eagle Beach, Aruba are the lone two Caribbean countries to make it into this year’s 10 ten of most popular destinations this fall according to TripAdvisor.

Frontier Airlines will increase flights to Santo Dominigo from Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) beginning Nov. 16th. Flights will be thrice weekly and start at an introdcutory low of $89 each way.

Spirit Airlines will be officially expanding its nonstop flight service to Sint Maarten. The low-cost carrier will add a four times a week flight to Sint Maarten on Oct. 5th between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and St Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). And starting on November 15, Spirit’s services will be increased to daily.

A statement from the Government of Sint Maarten says on October 5, this service will be increased to four times per week, adding Thursdays and Sundays to the schedule, and starting on November 15, Spirit’s services will be increased to daily.

Caribbean resort company Elite Island Resorts has announced its first-ever Elite Islands Loyalty Program. As part of the program, the travel company is offering discounted rates and value-added perks for its devoted clientele. This includes 15 percent off when booked nine months or more in advance, 10 percent off when booked six months or more in advance and 5 percent off when booked less than six months in advance.

Dream Yacht Worldwide is offering a​cruise to Exumas (Bahamas) or British Virgin Islands from Annapolis. Cruises include breakfast, lunch, dinner. The ExumasDream Premium cruise costs $1,384 to $2,442 per person in a double cabin. The Tortola Dream Premium cruise run $1,394 to $2,238 per person in a double cabin. Book by​December 31. Valid for cruises through March 31, 2024.

And Resorts World Bimini Resort is offering up to 40% in savings with the Fall Madness Special. Guests can book with promotional codes FMS35 and FM40 for stays Monday to Thursday and Friday to Sunday, respectively through October 31,2023 at