The Caribbean is boosting its C&I offering with a raft of hotel launches and new airline routes.
Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) UK and Europe director of marketing Carol Hay said: "The CTO is delighted that our region is witnessing such a raft of continued developments and exciting offers to tempt travellers over to the Caribbean."
- Virgin Atlantic will start flying a weekly Saturday service between London Gatwick and Puerto Rico's San Juan on 7 November for the winter season 2009/10.
- Montserrat-based Montserrat Airways is launching a new local service, Fly Montserrat, to the island by mid-2009.
- Martinair now offers connections via Amsterdam to its scheduled Aruba flights from various UK departure airports including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Newcastle.
On the ground, property developments in the region include:
- Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has announced a £15.8m renovation of Jumby Bay Antigua. The project is set to be completed this summer and will include the redesign of rooms, a new spa, an oceanfront infinity pool and the renovation of the open-air restaurant.
- In 2010 Mandarin Oriental will open its first Caribbean resort, Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay, on Turks and Caicos. It will offer 197 rooms and a 2,040sqm spa.
- Cap Juluca in Anguilla is undergoing a £7.9m renovation.
- GoldenEye, Jamaica, is adding a multi-million pound high-end resort village to its resort in Oracabessa, St Mary. The resort is set to open in December 2010 with 200 guest rooms a spa, swimmin g pools and a lagoon.