Marriott Hotels and Resorts, like other hotel companies, has been navigating the bumpy travel road created by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are lots of twists and turns, but some regional pockets of the world show faster revitalization signs than others.
The Trump administration has ordered Marriott International to wind down hotel operations in Communist-run Cuba, a company spokeswoman told Reuters, extinguishing what had been a symbol of the U.S.-Cuban detente.
Marriott International watched one all-inclusive hotel after another open in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past decade without so much as an invitation to partner with property owners. But with the announcement of its own proprietary offerings this month, the chain finally decided to take all-inclusive into its own hands.
The Maldives has long been associated with ambitious underwater ventures.Earlier this summer, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island announced plans to build what's said to be the world's first undersea residence that's partially submerged underwater.
Tucked away on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, The Resort seems like a typical Caribbean hideaway. But there's one crucial difference: This property has been specially designed to accommodate plus-size people.
Holiday resorts are all about capturing a certain market. There are adults-only resorts, health retreats, spa hotels… and there’s also a Caribbean resort catering specifically to overweight people. The Resort – which opened two years ago on Eleuthera in the Bahamas – has been built specifically with obesity in mind.
Where they were once mostly indebted students living with their parents, many millennials today have spouses, families and, collectively as a cohort, hundreds of billions of dollars in spending power.
Though it has been two years since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro restored diplomatic relations between their respective countries (a move President Donald Trump is itching to reverse), American developers are still evaluating whether the Caribbean’s largest island and third most popular tourist destination is worth their capital investment.
In Havana’s Parque Central, shady stone benches and graceful palm trees beckon to mojito-sipping tourists and locals gathering to shoot the breeze. The gathering spot, in the center of town, is surrounded by horse-drawn carriages and long lines of colorful finned-and-chromed 1950s cars.
Cuban tourism authorities announced record number of tourists for the last year. The country welcomed more than 4 million visitors most of them coming from the North America. Dalila Alba González, deputy director of marketing for the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) reported that Cuban tourism ended the year of 2016 with more than four million visitors for the first time which means an increase of 13% compared to the previous year.