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Travel News: Accessible Travel; Nagril, Jamaica; and Sustainable Alaskan Cruise

In Travel News for September 14th, 2022 we talk about an accessible focused marketing campaign from Florida, Holland America Line and sustainability, and the future of Negril, Jamaica

Florida Embraces Accessible Travel

Visit Florida, the states tourism marketing organization, has released three new episodes in their Accessible Florida series.  Entitled “Limitless Florida” the series first debuted in 2021 with six videos, each showing how residents with disabilities are able to enjoy Florida’s many attractions.  Along with the video series Visit Florida has an accessibility hub with guides for disabled travelers.  Personally as a Travel Advisor who specializes in Accessible Travel, and being disabled myself, it’s wonderful to see more destinations are taking accessibility seriously.

Holland America Line Gets Sustainably Certified

The Cruise industry has been working hard to transition to technology and processes that don’t disrupt the environments they sail.  One such cruise line, Holland America Line, has recently become the first, and currently only cruise line to receive the ‘Responsible Fisheries Management Certification’ for their alaskan cruises.  Having operated in Alaska for over 75 years, the company is committed to only purchasing local, sustainably sourced fresh seafood.  Even though the certification is new, serving locally sourced seafood has been a part of the cruse lines immersive culinary experience.  Holland America Line, on any of their alaskan cruise ships will serve roughly 2,000 pounds of alaskan salmon, 1,000 pounds of alaskan cod, 800 pounds of alaskan halibut, 500 pounds of alaskan rock fish, and other local seafood.

Future Negril, Jamaica Developments

Negril in Jamaica is a favorite for Caribbean travelers, with a 7 mile white sandy beach, picturesque cliffs, and amazing sunsets, it’s the epitome of tropical relaxation.  The Minister of Tourism has been hinting at expanding this area of Jamaica to accommodate more travelers.  Some of the expected developments include an increase of over 5,000 hotel rooms, both from new developments and expansions of existing properties such as Beaches and Sandals.  Increases in capacity aren’t the only development being considered, the ministry is looking at developing more public parks to be enjoyed by travelers and locals alike.

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