This new form of touring in Jamaica certainly gets the thumbs up from me because it really encourages people to get out of the hotels and a bit more under the skin of the destination. Albeit that you are driving in a convoy and with a guide, nevertheless you are not staring out at the locals and the scenery through the tinted windows of a big bus, but rather integrating into the daily hustle and bustle of Jamaica’s roads and its people which, I can promise you, is a lot of f
NASSAU PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas, October 10, 2016 – Under warm, sunny skies, the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board and Paradise Island Tourism Development Association report that the destination is open for business and welcoming guests following last week’s passing of Hurricane Matthew. Member hotels and resorts were well-prepared for the storm and sustained minimal damage. Clean-up efforts began immediately following the storm’s passing on Friday and Lynden Pindling In
I once sat behind the glass observing a couple of consumer focus groups talking about travel to the Caribbean. I nearly broke the one-way glass down when one of the attendees stated “there is no culture in the Caribbean”! For those of us that know the Caribbean, this kind of ignorance of course beggars belief, but you can see how, with all the marketing of endless beaches and gin-clear waters, the consumer may get the impression that the Caribbean has little else to offer.
My name is Darrin and for the last few weeks, I awake with a tingling panic in my blood. I am a Trinidadian living in the UK and cannot make the trip home for the greatest party on the planet... The Trinidad & Tobago Carnival. It is my responsibility to survive this doomy-gloom until the festival is over. It is also my responsibility to share Mara Sofferin's article on how to survive the planet's most energetic social wonder. #GoTTCarnival - February 8 & 9, 2016 Written by Ma
I recently returned from a fantastic family holiday at Jewel Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Feeling rather poetic, after a relaxing week on the beach, I sourced this lovely quote: "And I as rich in having such a jewel
As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl,
The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold"
- William Shakespeare The boys tried sailing at Jewel As I wandered through the hotel and listened to all the British, French, Italian accents there were moments where I wasn’t th
In June, I was very honoured to be invited as a speaker at a conference organised by Wilton Park to analyse and discuss economic development in the Caribbean and to bring fresh young minds to the table to present ideas and new ways of thinking. I wasn’t one of those young minds, by the way, just a representative of the tourism sector, asked to share my thoughts on ensuring that the region continues to diversify and broaden its tourism economy. Other speakers addressed much wi
...Look no further than the fantastic duo in the southern Caribbean offering two unique experiences - Trinidad & Tobago. Picture Caption: (Left to right) Carol Hay, Director of Marketing UK and Europe - Caribbean Tourism Organisation Darrin Des Vignes, Account Manager - AMG Ltd – UK representatives for Trinidad and Tobago Nadine Rankin, Managing Director – AMG Ltd - UK representatives for Trinidad and Tobago Simon Reeve - Author and TV Presenter The Twin Republic destinatio
Sometimes you get those little reminders that what we do does have a positive effect on lots of people – not just the holidaymakers or the profit margins of commercial partners – but the real people whose countries we love to visit. With the news that the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Education Foundation has awarded record levels of scholarships this year, it does make it all feel worthwhile. 36 Caribbean nationals will be benefitting from US$141,800 in the coming academic year,
At AMG, we talk a lot about niche marketing – referring to special interest holidays such as diving, birdwatching, golf and weddings & honeymoons. Well, the niche offering is getting wider and wider, and increasingly mainstream! For example, there is a major trend of growth in yoga retreats. Holidays always were for rest, relaxation and re-connection with yourself and your loved ones, but yoga retreats are the real deal. Offering the opportunity to ignite or rekindle motivat