"Webruary" in the Caribbean

From new booking engines to portals to blogs, February has been a web-filled month for the Caribbean as the resorts and destinations continue to roll out more online tools for agents and clients.

Here's a breakdown of some of the most notable web-related news to come out of the region this month.

The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) recently developed and launched the auction site, www.stmaartenauction.com, to drive tourism to the destination by featuring discounted hotels stays (one per month) to St. Maarten.

Also, clients looking for one-stop access to some of the Caribbean’s most desirable destinations can now log onto www.ihg.com/caribbeanvacations in English or www.ihg.com/caribe in Spanish to book special packages to participating InterContinental, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express properties in Aruba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Trinidad.

Last week, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) and the Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association (SLHTA) announced it will launch a new and improved booking engine on their respective websites, www.saintlucianow.com and www.bookstlucianow.com.
Designed to bolster the island’s tourism industry and enhance the consumer and travel agent booking experience, the new system is provided by Regatta Travel Solutions.

The new booking engine will enrich the consumer’s experience of planning a trip to St. Lucia and will allow agents to book specials, provide their IATA number and information and earn commission.

Finally, Sandals Resorts recently launched its official “In the News” blog, featuring all the latest news coverage, awards and accolades, product updates, current promotions, news from Sandals Lifestyle loyalty program and special events information related to Sandals Resorts, along with sister brands Beaches Resorts, Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, the Sandals Foundation and Fowl Cay Resort.

Keep visiting www.travelagentcentral.com for all the latest trends to come out of the Caribbean.