Margaritaville and Karisma team up on all-inclusive resorts

Travel Agent has the scoop on a landmark partnership between Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Margaritaville Holdings to develop a collection of all-inclusive Margaritaville resorts.

The agreement introduces Margaritaville, an All-Inclusive Experience, by Karisma, which will include new resorts built in beachfront destinations throughout the Caribbean and Mexico.

Mandy Chomat, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Karisma Hotels & Resorts, tells Travel Agent that groundbreaking on the first hotel will take place this year with an official opening expected around late 2018 or early 2019.

Although Chomat would not tell us exactly where the first Margaritaville, an All-Inclusive Experience, by Karisma resort will be, he did tell us the first hotel will be in either Mexico or the Caribbean.

In fact, Chomat tells Travel Agent that such Caribbean destinations that are being considered for future Margaritaville resorts include Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Jamaica, The Bahamas and Antigua, where Karisma recently announced expansions plans to back in December.

As far as Mexico goes, Chomat tells Travel Agent that there is heavy interest in developing on the country’s West Coast, specifically Los Cabos.

Chomat says that although he expects the new brand to be the most popular amongst Millennials, he did note that Jimmy Buffett, the musician who made the “Margaritaville” song and brand famous worldwide, has fans, aka “Parrot Heads,” that span generations.

“This is going to be great for Millennials because Millennials are all about authentic experiences, but Margaritaville is going to attract Parrot Heads and there are Parrot Heads out there from Millennials to Baby Boomers. You would be surprised by the demographics and the ages that cater to (Buffett’s) songs and products.”

Buffett to play Charleston SC on May 11th

From the Post: “Jimmy Buffett concert announced at Volvo Car Stadium, tickets go on sale next week

Prepare yourselves, Parrotheads: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform in the Charleston area this spring.

It’s the first time Buffett has played a concert in the Lowcountry since performing at the North Charleston Coliseum in 2012.

The concert will be at 8 p.m. May 11 at the Volvo Car Stadium on Daniel Island as part of his “I Don’t Know” Tour of 2017.

Bob Moran, general manager of Volvo Car Stadium, called the news the “most exciting announcement we’ve ever made.”

“Jimmy Buffett kicking off his season is a dream come true,” Morgan said in the announcement, adding, “Get ready for the party of the year. Don’t miss out!”

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10 on Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.

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Buffett to play Wrigley Field in July 2017

From the Chicago Tribune: “Jimmy Buffett returns to Wrigley Field in July with Huey Lewis

Jimmy Buffett will be returning to Wrigley Field in July, with Huey Lewis and the News in tow.

The last time Buffett played Wrigley was 12 years ago. The upcoming stop, scheduled for 7 p.m. July 15, is part of the legendary singer/songwriter’s “I Don’t Know” tour.

In 2005 Buffett raised the curtain on Wrigley as a concert venue. The stop will be part of a busy year for the singer, whose “Escape to Margaritaville” musical will also be making its debut in California in May. Pre-Broadway stops are also scheduled for Chicago, New Orleans and Houston.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 10, at www.Cubs.com/JimmyBuffett or via phone at 800-843-2827.

Buffett performs at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa

From TulsaWorld.com: “It’s 5 o’clock in Tulsa: Jimmy Buffett performs at namesake casino resort

At 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon, it was Margaritaville in Tulsa. And at the stroke of 5, the man who wrote “Margaritaville” and the chief Parrothead himself, Jimmy Buffett, declared it so.

“To the city of Tulsa, it’s great to not only play here, but to be part of the city,” Buffett said to the nearly 3,000 Parrotheads in attendance at the new River Spirit Casino Resort venue, Paradise Cove.

Saturday served as a grand opening party for the Margaritaville addition to the River Spirit Casino Resort, a feather in the cap of a $365 million renovation that has opened in stages over the last six months, starting with the Margaritaville casino and restaurant, then the hotel tower and music venue.

Buffett played just over an hour at the venue, a departure from the festivals, stadiums and arenas he’s used to, but neither he nor his fans seemed to mind the change in atmosphere. It was still a party in Tulsa on Saturday night.

Margaritaville’s first ever Facebook live is a cool walk through of the beautiful new Margaritaville at River Spirit Casino in Tulsa, along with some of Buffett and the band’s soundcheck.