The Business of Tourism – Learning Lessons From Hurricanes Irma And Maria

Published on Sep 21 2017 // Caribbean, Features, Travel and Lifestyle, United Kingdom
The Business of Tourism – Learning Lessons From Hurricanes Irma And Maria
Some of the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Maria in Dominica. By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Sept. 22, 2017: From early on September 6, to late on September 10, Hurricane Irma raged at speeds of up to 185 mph across the Caribbean. It caused at least 43 deaths, extensive...

Venezuela: The Longer View

Venezuela: The Longer View
Venezuelan opposition activists carry out a peaceful demonstration to remember the opppositionists jailed and the victims of past protests, in Caracas on August 30, 2017. The widespread rights abuses committed against protesters in Venezuela has left democracy ‘barely alive’, the UN said...

The Business Of Tourism – Tourism Is A Force For Good

Published on Aug 10 2017 // Blogs, United Kingdom
The Business Of Tourism – Tourism Is A Force For Good
In Cuba, locals use their vintage cars as taxis to give tourists city tours. One of the stops is always Plaza de la Revolución (Revolution Square). By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Aug. 11, 2017: Tourism is a globally important industry playing an essential economic role in almost...

The Business of Tourism – Tourism, Kingston And A Caribbean Renaissance

Published on Jul 27 2017 // Blogs, Caribbean, Top Stories, United Kingdom
The Business of Tourism – Tourism, Kingston And A Caribbean Renaissance
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. July 28, 2017: Most Caribbean cities have seen better days. Many harbor a mix of faded and ill-maintained colonial architecture, a plethora of modern concrete blocks, tired government buildings, and a hinterland of low-cost and informal housing. However,...

Is CARICOM And The Caribbean Regional Integration Process Foundering?

Published on Jul 17 2017 // Blogs, Caribbean, Top Stories, United Kingdom
Is CARICOM And The Caribbean Regional Integration Process Foundering?
CARICOM Leaders at the Thirty-Eighth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at Grand Anse, Grenada, on 4-6 July 2017. (CARICOM image) By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. July 18, 2017: There is a pervasive view within and beyond...

The Business of Tourism – Visitor Arrival Numbers Are Not The Whole Story

Published on Jul 13 2017 // Caribbean, Top Stories, Travel and Lifestyle
The Business of Tourism – Visitor Arrival Numbers Are Not The Whole Story
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. July 14, 2017: To understand the Caribbean tourism economy requires time, and a willingness to explore what lies behind the commentaries and headline statistics. Despite this, and the fact that tourism is now the region’s most significant industry,...

Drones, Vacations And Caribbean Regulations

Published on Jun 01 2017 // Caribbean, Travel and Lifestyle, United Kingdom
Drones, Vacations And Caribbean Regulations
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. June 2, 2017: Some time ago, I wrote a column about flying drones in the Caribbean – the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) loved by hobbyists – but which also have important everyday commercial applications. I did so not because I have a drone, but...

The Business Of Tourism – Overbooking And The Airlines

Published on May 18 2017 // Top Stories, Travel and Lifestyle, United States
The Business Of Tourism – Overbooking And The Airlines
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. May 19, 2017: When I go to the theatre, I buy a ticket which has seat number on it. When I am there, the seat is mine for the duration of the performance. I have paid for it, and if I fail to show up, the seat remains empty and the theatre keeps my...

Responding To The Rise And Rise Of Cuba’s Tourism

Published on May 04 2017 // Caribbean, Cuba, Features, Top Stories, Travel and Lifestyle
Responding To The Rise And Rise Of Cuba’s Tourism
Pässengers of US Royal Caribbean Cruise line ship Azamara Quest walk on the gangway upon her arrival in the port of Havana, on March 31, 2017. (Photo credit: ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images) By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. May 5, 2017: When the former US President, Barack Obama,...

What Advice Should Travelers Be Given?

Published on Apr 06 2017 // Caribbean, Travel and Lifestyle, United Kingdom
What Advice Should Travelers Be Given?
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. April 7, 2017: In February, a British coroner’s court had to rule in a case that raised important matters of principle about the responsibility of tour operators, hotels and governments. In part, at issue were the warnings given to visitors, and...