Caribbean

US. Senators battling CDC for cruise restart

A group of U.S. congressmen, supported by members of the cruise and tourism industries, are fighting back against the ongoing restrictions against cruising issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Tuesday, April 13, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the Careful Resumption Under Improved Safety Enhancements (CRUISE) […]

Global Ports Holding provides critical partnership in developing Nassau as a home port

The cruise industry made positive waves in mid-March when luxury cruise brand Crystal Cruises announced it was launching a series of seven-night round-trip “Bahamas Escapes” voyages from Nassau. The line’s Crystal Serenity ship would homeport in Nassau, and visit Bimini and four other Bahama Islands, avoiding any U.S. ports. The response from the pubic was […]

Relationships times three lead WEBB Banks to powerful new brands and growing business

With tourism essentially shut down, WEBB Banks’ focus on the Caribbean local markets during the coronavirus pandemic has helped propel the leading wine and spirits distribution company to a stronger position than it was in a year ago, says WEBB Banks CEO Andy Consuegra. TMI met recently with Consuegra; Phillip Jarrell, Vice President, Marketing & […]

MONARQ Group reaches customers with digital innovations

As international tourism dried up MONARQ Group shifted its focus to digital marketing, social media and e-commerce, Managing Director Robert de Monchy tells TMI. To promote its brands on social media, the independent premium wine and spirits distributor launched MONARQ’s Social Club early on during the pandemic with overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants. The company […]

Juan Gentile creates Distribution Spirits Company to build premium brands in the Caribbean

Respected spirits executive Juan Gentile has created his own wine and spirits distribution company based in Miami with a focus on the Caribbean and duty free markets. Gentile, who worked for Edrington for almost 20 years most recently as Senior Vice President, Managing Director Americas Travel Retail at Edrington Americas, tells TMI he will use […]

Porsche Design holds exclusive Rouge Duty Free event for Grenada launch

Lifestyle brand Porsche Design has launched its stylish collection of sunglasses at Rouge Duty Free on the island of Grenada. The launch was kicked off with an exclusive event for invited guests at Rouge’s popular luxury store located in Port Louis, Grenada’s renowned marina for mega-yachts. The Porsche Design sunglasses collections showcase the brand’s combination […]

Dufry wins new retail contracts at Jamaica’s Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay

Global travel retailer Dufry has been awarded a new concession license at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where it has held a contract since 2012. The airport operator, MBJ Airports Limited (“MBJ”), is currently expanding and redeveloping the retail space as it expands and modernizes the facility. Montego Bay is one of the […]

WEBB Banks to distribute Infinium Spirits portfolio

WEBB Banks has signed an agreement with California-based distributor Infinium Spirits to distribute its spirits portfolio in travel retail in the Americas, cruise lines, the Caribbean basin and select Central American markets, effective immediately. Under the agreement, WEBB Banks will exclusively distribute and represent Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Templeton Rye American Whiskey, Zaya Rum as […]

CHTA asks Canadian Government to reverse harmful COVID-19 travel requirement

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has asked the Government of Canada to reconsider new pandemic testing rules that will strain already stressed Caribbean public health systems and cause further damage to the region’s economy. “This policy is creating challenges and places even greater economic hardship on the people and governments of the Caribbean […]

Island Companies seeking exceptional luxury partners for Cayman’s unique high-end clientele

Cayman Islands-based Island Companies Ltd. is on a crusade to show the luxury world the value of the destination’s unique high net worth visitors. The sophisticated Caribbean island, known as a leading international financial center, hosts an enviable roster of both long-term tourists staying in such top-line 5-star hotels as The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman with […]