Members & Travel Agents ment, St. Maarten has received a little over 8,000 vaccines to start with. The vaccines will first be offered to seniors aged 60 years and older and health care workers. Stay Inspired, Stay Safe. For more information about the destination, visit www.vacationstmaarten.com, www. facebook.com/portstmaarten or www. portstmaarten.com. PUERTO PLATA AND TAINO BAY: TWO COMMERCIAL ALLIES THAT WILL GIVE MORE IMPETUS TO THE COMMERCIAL TOURISM SECTOR The Taino Bay project that began its work in La Novia del Atlántico, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, located in the north of the country, promises with an initiative through the diversification of the tourism sector to attract more than 900,000 cruise passengers a year to the Port of Puerto Plata. With the main goal of rebuilding the existing cargo terminal, the construction of a passenger tourist pier, the construction of a fishing pier, shelter works (beach protection), buildings and port facilities will transform the area into a multipurpose port. This important commercial alliance will create sources of employment that will benefit more than 14,000 people in the tourist area of the Puerto Plata region and surrounding areas. Once again, the Dominican Republic is moving towards the sustainable tourism development of one of its earthly jewels, thanks to the arduous management of the government.
VACCINES ARRIVE AS SINT MAARTEN PREPARES COUNTRYWIDE INOCULATION CAMPAIGN The COVID-19 vaccines from the Netherlands arrived in St. Maarten on February 19 and was received by Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs. In the first ship34 FIRST QUARTER 2021 | TRAVEL & CRUISE
SAINT LUCIA – THREE PEAT ROMANCE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD Saint Lucia continues to be recognized the world over for her stunning beauty, lush vegetation, picturesque underwater, deep culture, hidden gems and, more importantly, its romantic escapes. The destination was awarded the title of World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination for 2020, making it the third consecutive year in recent time that the destination copped this prestigious title. For information on travel to Saint Lucia, please visit www.stlucia,org/covid-19.
SAIL INTO BONAIRE’S TRUE AUTHENTICITY Discover Bonaire’s hidden gems from the highest point of Brandaris to the crystal-clear and blue waters, filled with new colorful and fun adventures and exquisite culinary experiences. Bonaire’s true island authenticity is waiting for you! For more information, please visit www.tourismbonaire.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube: @ Bonaire Tourism.
BLUE LAGOON CREATING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT Blue Lagoon Island in Nassau, Bahamas continues to lead the charge in creating a safe environment where cruise guests can enjoy the beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas and thrilling encounters with dolphins, sea lions, stingrays and sharks. The private island destination was the first excursion in the country to be awarded the global World Travel and Tourism Safe Travels stamp of approval for its comprehensive safety procedures and protocols.
CHUKKA REVAMPS OCHO RIOS TOUR PACKAGES WITH ISLAND VILLAGE CHUKKA Caribbean Adventures has partnered with Island Village, next to the Ocho Rios Cruise Ship Pier, to build out exciting new additions that will attract visitors to the area. In addition to adventure tours to Chukka locations, guests visiting Island Village will have access to shop, eat and play at this newly renovated complex. A three-level viewing tower with slide, interactive water fountain, bamboo rafting and challenge course are just a few of the additions to come.