The Business of Tourism – The Disruptive Becomes The New Normal

The Business of Tourism – The Disruptive Becomes The New Normal
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Dec. 2, 2016: The problem with disruptive technology is not just that it disrupts what we have become comfortable with, but that it has unpredictable consequences that can go far beyond what was intended. Take Airbnb, a simple idea that is a form of...

Caribbean Tourism And Those Statistics

Published on Nov 20 2016 // Caribbean, Features, Top Stories, Travel and Lifestyle
Caribbean Tourism And Those Statistics
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Mon. Nov. 21, 2016: According to Hugh Riley, the Secretary General and CEO of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), visitor numbers, so far in 2016, are ahead of annual projections which had suggested that the region will see arrivals grow by four...

Five Possible Economic Implications Of A Trump Presidency For The Caribbean

Five Possible Economic Implications Of A Trump Presidency For The Caribbean
As part of a nationwide series of university student walkouts in protest of Republican President-elect Donald J. Trump’s proposed policy initiatives regarding immigration and the deportation of criminal undocumented immigrants, nearly a thousand students and faculty members at Rutgers University...

The Business of Tourism – Brand Trump And The Tourism Industry

The Business of Tourism  – Brand Trump And The Tourism Industry
Donald Trump has become a joke to many. This sign in London says it all! (Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images) By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Nov. 4, 2016: Mixing business and politics is regarded in most countries as unacceptable because of the conflict of interest...

Caribbean Beaches And Public Access

Published on Oct 06 2016 // Travel and Lifestyle
Caribbean Beaches And Public Access
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Oct. 7, 2016:  Every now and again a story appears in the Caribbean media about beach access. Although many governments, developers and hotel owners in the region feel that this is no longer an issue, it remains contentious in the minds of many Caribbean...

The Business Of Tourism – To Connect Or Not To Connect

The Business Of Tourism – To Connect Or Not To Connect
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Sept. 23, 2016: Having spent a significant part of my working life staying in hotels in the Caribbean, North and South America and in Europe, I have become accustomed to the varying, sometimes surprising, facilities and styles one finds in hotel rooms. For...

A Time To Sell Caribbean Tourism In The UK

A Time To Sell Caribbean Tourism In The UK
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Sept. 9, 2016:  Earlier this year, a survey undertaken by Barclays business data indicated that nearly one fifth of British travelers, when questioned about their vacation plans, said that they were planning to holiday in their own country in 2016....

Rebalancing The Chinese Economic Relationship

Published on Aug 25 2016 // Blogs, Caribbean, Top Stories, United Kingdom
Rebalancing The Chinese Economic Relationship
By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Aug. 26, 2016: Last month the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a paper: ‘Chinese rise in the Caribbean – What does it mean for Caribbean Stakeholders?.’ Although, in its conclusions, it said little more than a number of Caribbean...

The Business of Tourism – Star Ratings And Caribbean Hotels

The Business of Tourism – Star Ratings And Caribbean Hotels
                    By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Fri. Aug. 26, 2016: A few weeks ago I received an email asking me how many five star hotels there are in the Caribbean. I replied that there was no recognized or adjudicated star system...

Is It Time For A New CARICOM Policy On Marijuana?

Published on Aug 15 2016 // Blogs, Caribbean, Top Stories, United Kingdom
Is It Time For A New CARICOM Policy On Marijuana?
Marijuana fields on a St. Vincent & the Grenadines mountain side.                     By David Jessop News Americas, LONDON, England, Tues. Aug. 16, 2016: At the end of July eleven individuals received jail sentences in Havana of between 15 to 30...