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BodyHoliday St. Lucia to close for 8 weeks for $20 million overhaul

One of the Caribbean’s best-known resorts is undertaking a US$20 million renovation, just in time for its 30th anniversary.
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Jamaica’s Half Moon to reveal US$75 million redevelopment in November

Coming in November 2018, Jamaica’s iconic Half Moon resort will unveil 20 acres of redeveloped property that will not only be “transformative” but also “re-establish” the brand in the Caribbean.
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It’s a great time to be in the hotel industry – even with Airbnb

How much have booking patterns changed over the years? When Best Western’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Dorothy Dowling, started her career, the average booking lead time was nine months. Now? It’s 45 days.
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AMResorts to open Secrets, Dreams in Europe in 2019

Two AMResorts brands, Secrets and Dreams, are coming to Europe as part of a strategic alliance between AMResorts parent company Apple Leisure Group and Madrid-based NH Hotel Group.
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AccorHotels scoops up Atton Hoteles

AccorHotels’ acquisition streak continues with news the company plans to buy Chile’s Atton Hoteles.
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Couples Resorts, Jamaica makes a big investment in agents with 15% commission

Couples Resorts, Jamaica has made the bold move of increasing standard travel agent commissions to 15% on all new bookings after May 14, 2018.
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Groups save more at Sandals & Beaches with new ACV promo

Air Canada Vacations and its partner of over 30 years Sandals & Beaches have teamed up to offer an exclusive new group promotion, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since 2013.
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Groups are golden with Transat and Karisma

Transat has a new Groups promotion in partnership with Karisma Hotels & Resorts.
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Third major hotel chain falls in line with group bookings commission cut

It looks like 7% for group bookings is fast becoming the new normal as yet another hotel chain has announced a commission cut.
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Undaunted by U.S. backtracking, Cuba forges ahead with new hotel plans

Cuba is aiming for at least 103,000 new hotel rooms and eight new hotels by 2030.
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