Caribbean’s lure is a proven charm. Back in the 16th century until the early part of the 1800s, when colonial explorations and conquest forever changed the destiny of the world, pirates and colonizers roamed the vast Caribbean seas and oceans and even anchored on its many islands—plundering and dividing spoils.
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Many centuries later, the pink white beaches, rugged and unspoiled earth landscapes, verdant valleys, and an impression of cultural exoticism have long made Caribbean a perfect getaway destination for the moneyed few. It’s the summer haven of the wealthy even before mass tourism was introduced sometime in the previous decades. Cash flows in the Caribbean; tourism is an economic engine and it continues to rumble.
The Caribbean is a land full of metaphors. In fact, in recognition of its colorful past, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) releases “The Caribbean: From Pirates to Hoteliers,” a coffee table book being published in commemoration of the group’s 50th anniversary. Indeed, it’s a fitting reminder of the region’s marvelous, colorful history.
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Today, some upscale, full-service, world-class hotels sprang up and mushroomed along its shores and made a new facelift in the region. No doubt, these fuel economic growth. Gone are the days of the marooned buccaneers that sought shelter on the Caribbean soil. Today, the visitors wear different bandannas, they sail in luxury yachts, sip margaritas, and enjoy the beautiful amenities of the Caribbean’s natural paradise. The Caribbean just never loses its charm.
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