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Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean

August 7, 2017
Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami are monitoring two tropical weather systems that are currently threatening the Caribbean. Showers and thunderstorms are showing some signs of organization in association with a strong tropical wave located over the...

Tropical Storm Don forms; storm warning issued for Grenada

July 18, 2017
Tropical Storm Don forms; storm warning issued for Grenada MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Don formed east of the Windward Islands on Monday afternoon. A tropical storm warning was issued for Grenada and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia. Interests in Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Bonaire, and...

Aruba Airlines eyes the Guyana market

June 26, 2017
Aruba Airlines eyes the Guyana market GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Aruba Airlines plans to commence daily flights between Aruba and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana from July 7.  The CJIA's US$200 million modernization and expansion project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. However, the government...

Tropical Storm Bret moves into southeastern Caribbean

June 21, 2017
Tropical Storm Bret moves into southeastern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- After bringing gusty winds and torrential showers to Trinidad and passing to the south of Grenada on Monday night, Tropical Storm Bret moved into the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday. Little change in strength is forecast, with a weakening trend expected to begin later Tuesday.

Key cruise line executives and industry stakeholders gather to improve business at conference in Aruba

June 21, 2017
Key cruise line executives and industry stakeholders gather to improve business at conference in Aruba PEMBROKE PINES, USA -- Improving cruise tourism business was easier and happier than ever last week in Aruba. A group of more than 200 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Platinum Members, key cruise tourism stakeholders, and their family members and colleagues joined...

Storm warnings issued for potential tropical cyclone

June 20, 2017
Storm warnings issued for potential tropical cyclone MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana including Isla de Margarita. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bonaire and Aruba. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...

IMF concludes consultation discussions with Aruba

June 17, 2017
IMF concludes consultation discussions with Aruba WASHINGTON, USA -- On May 17, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation discussions with the Aruba, and considered and endorsed the staff appraisal without a meeting. Aruba is a small open economy with high living standards.

Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016

April 12, 2017
Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016 SEATTLE, USA -- The Expedia group, the world’s largest online travel agency, has reported that travel demand to luxury properties throughout the Caribbean increased in 2016. When compared to 2015, overall demand for four and five-star rated properties throughout the Caribbean...

Eight countries receive disaster training in Trinidad

January 28, 2017
Eight countries receive disaster training in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) this week convened a four-day training course in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to improve the ability of policymakers from eight Caribbean countries...

Letter: Fire safety in Aruba

January 27, 2017
Letter: Fire safety in Aruba Approaching one year ago we were enjoying a stay at the Riu Palace in Aruba (our third stay in as many years). We had recommended both the hotel and the island widely. On the morning of the penultimate day of our vacation we experienced a very frightening situation where smoke poured...

Aruba and Curacao parliaments want the Netherlands to pay more attention to Venezuela

January 13, 2017
Aruba and Curacao parliaments want the Netherlands to pay more attention to Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The parliaments of Aruba and Curacao would like to see more attention from the Netherlands to the relationship with the islands’ largest neighbour Venezuela. This was one of the topics that were discussed during the first day of the Kingdom Inter-Parliamentary...

Aruba welcomes inaugural JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale

January 5, 2017
Aruba welcomes inaugural JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- On Wednesday, Aruba welcomed the first JetBlue non-stop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Aruba's Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA). To celebrate this much anticipated inaugural flight, Aruba and JetBlue treated...

Haitian trade mission to visit Aruba

November 15, 2016
Haitian trade mission to visit Aruba ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- From Tuesday, 15 to Friday, November 18, 2016, a trade delegation, consisting of representatives of 13 Haitian companies, two representatives of the ministry of trade and industry and several representatives of the Caribbean Export agency, led by Sergio Valkenburg...

Airbnb and Aruba sign historic, tourism agreement

November 8, 2016
Airbnb and Aruba sign historic, tourism agreement ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- On Monday in Aruba, the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) and Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company, signed an agreement that will position Aruba as a regional leader in the sharing economy and help to promote more tourism to the island.

Haiti braces for life-threatening wind and rain from Hurricane Matthew

October 4, 2016
Haiti braces for life-threatening wind and rain from Hurricane Matthew MIAMI, USA -- The centre of powerful category four Hurricane Matthew was expected to approach southwestern Haiti on Monday night, bringing with it 140 mph winds and torrential rains of 15 to 25 inches, and as much as 40 inches in some areas. Coastal flooding was already reported in some areas.

Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew

October 3, 2016
Haiti and Jamaica prepare for category four Hurricane Matthew MIAMI, USA -- Preparations were underway in Haiti and Jamaica on Sunday in anticipation of the approach of the powerful category four Hurricane Matthew on Monday. On Sunday afternoon, the interim president of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert, accompanied by several ministers and...

Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti

October 2, 2016
Hurricane warning issued for Jamaica and much of Haiti MIAMI, USA -- Hurricane Matthew, which remained a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Saturday, is expected to approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday, bringing life-threatening rainfall to portions of Haiti. The government of Jamaica...

Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica

October 1, 2016
Matthew strengthens to category 4; hurricane watch issued for Jamaica MIAMI, USA -- Matthew rapidly strengthened to a powerful category 4 hurricane on the Saffir- Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Friday and on its forecast track the centre will move north across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, and be near Jamaica on Sunday.

Matthew now a hurricane after leaving death and destruction in the Eastern Caribbean

September 30, 2016
Matthew now a hurricane after leaving death and destruction in the Eastern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm Matthew strengthened to hurricane force on Thursday after leaving one dead and causing widespread flooding and landslides as it slowly made its way across the Eastern Caribbean on Wednesday evening. Officials in St Vincent and the Grenadines confirmed...

Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea

September 29, 2016
Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea MIAMI, USA -- As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew formed early Wednesday as the system moved through the Windward Islands into the eastern Caribbean, bringing heavy rains and high winds and forcing the closure of government offices and schools in several islands.

Tropical cyclone expected to form in southern Caribbean Tuesday night or Wednesday

September 28, 2016
Tropical cyclone expected to form in southern Caribbean Tuesday night or Wednesday MIAMI, USA -- Reports from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft on Tuesday indicated that a tropical wave located about 250 miles east of Barbados does not yet have a closed surface circulation. However, the system is producing winds to near tropical storm force and...

JetBlue announces new flights to Aruba

August 31, 2016
JetBlue announces new flights to Aruba NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue is launching service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA). Daily flights between South Florida and the popular Caribbean destination take off January 4, 2017. Seats are on sale now.

ABC ferry project struggling, while other Caribbean islands may soon be connected

August 8, 2016
ABC ferry project struggling, while other Caribbean islands may soon be connected WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- While various islands in the Caribbean are working hard on their connection with a ferry, the ABC islands ferry project is struggling. The ferry project to connect Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao by sea looked very promising but it appears that it might not crystallize.

Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union

July 27, 2016
Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The vice president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA), Bruce Blake, has secured a seat on the executive committee of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) after elections in Miami this weekend. Blake, who has yet to explain fully...

Aruba Airlines celebrates addition of fourth aircraft

July 7, 2016
Aruba Airlines celebrates addition of fourth aircraft ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Aruba Airlines recently celebrated the signing of a contract for the expansion of its fleet with the addition of a fourth aircraft, an Airbus A319, to offer customers more options on its South America and North America routes. “The incorporation of this aircraft in...

Dutch government expects no mass influx of Venezuelans into Caribbean islands

July 1, 2016
Dutch government expects no mass influx of Venezuelans into Caribbean islands THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The Dutch government does not expect any mass exodus of Venezuelans to the Caribbean islands of the kingdom, such as Curacao, as the situation deteriorates sharply in Venezuela. However, Dutch MPs are worried about the consequences of the great political...

Another warning issued that Venezuelans will flee to Caribbean islands

June 21, 2016
Another warning issued that Venezuelans will flee to Caribbean islands WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The mayor of Chacao in Venezuela, Ramon Muchacho, this weekend issued another warning in local media of a Venezuelan exodus to neighbouring Caribbean islands and Colombia. This may well be the case, especially for the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and...

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