May 5th was National Travel Advisor Day – a time to celebrate the countless agents and advisors who plan everything from romantic getaways, to business retreats, to family vacations. In the last many months, tourism has taken a deep spiral dive due to the COVID-19 pandemic and everyone in the industry has struggled to survive, let alone thrive.
But the spirit and passion is still very much present in the travel companies, associations, and all their team members. They collectively wait, as do we travellers, for the opportunity to ditch the Zoom visits and get people back on the road, in the air, on the open water to their favorite Caribbean destinations. To at least start planning adventures far outside their own backyard, leaving troubles behind and finding peace and unparalleled natural beauty. Travel agents and advisors are critical to the rebuilding and rebound of tourism – to making dreams come true – and they deserve a very special “Thank you!”
Speaking of the joys of travel and hospitality, in this month’s Business View Caribbean, we take a delightful trip to R Hotel Kingston. Located in the heart of Jamaica’s fabulous capital city, R Hotel has more than a few exciting (and delicious) surprises in store – just check out Destination 5!
Meanwhile, Time Line Services (TLS) are literally ‘lighting up the Caribbean’. Based in Oranjestad, Aruba, this dynamic company is the preferred source for intelligent and high-quality light sources throughout the region. A prime example of how the unlimited potential of technology is creating a bright and brilliant future!
Health and wellness continue to be top of everyone’s mind these days. That is especially true in a wonderful healthcare center in St. Augustine, Trinidad. When St. Augustine Private Hospital first opened its doors in 1998, it was a small, one-story facility with big plans. Today, the hospital is a four-story care center that offers obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, radiology, medical laboratory services – sought-after essential services you’d expect to find in a modern hospital, provided with warmth and compassion at the place “where patients come first”.
Continuing in the health sector, we discover the origins and evolution of an innovative pair of pharma supply companies. With a background described as ‘worldwide modern technology steeped in centuries-old tradition’, Medimpex West Indies Limited & Medimpex Jamaica Limited are making waves as leading distributors of first-class products for healthy living. Their outstanding team educates doctors and professionals about these products and potential options of treatment – becoming not just a supplier but also an essential partner.
It’s our pleasure to bring you these inspiring stories of the businesses and people who care so much for their communities and the Caribbean region at large. We hope you enjoy the read.
Lorie Lee Steiner
Editor in Chief