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Jamaica government to tackle visitor harassment

May 24, 2016
Jamaica government to tackle visitor harassment OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says the government of Jamaica will be moving to deal with the issue of visitor harassment in the sector. Addressing attraction owners and other stakeholders at the Ocho Rios Cruise Ship Pier, on May 20, Bartlett said...

Non-stop flights between Suriname and New York still on SLM radar

May 21, 2016
Non-stop flights between Suriname and New York still on SLM radar PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- After more than eight years, Suriname’s Johan Pengel International Airport, with the cooperation of the United States, has now been certified as a category 1 airport, which will now allow Suriname-based airlines to fly non-stop to the US and, with this...

St Vincent and the Grenadines signs signs air services agreement with Qatar

May 14, 2016
St Vincent and the Grenadines signs signs air services agreement with Qatar KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- On Thursday, St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves signed an air services agreement with Mohammed Faleh Alhajri of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority in a brief ceremony. Alhajri was accompanied to St Vincent by...

CDC issues zika travel alert for Grenada

May 14, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for Grenada ATLANTA, USA -- Following reports that local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection has been reported in Grenada, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday posted a zika virus travel notice for the island. Local mosquito transmission means that...

CDC issues zika travel alert for St Barts

May 11, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for St Barts ATLANTA, USA -- Following reports that local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection has been reported in Saint Barthelemy (St Barts), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday posted a zika virus travel notice for the island. Local mosquito transmission...

Ferry service between the ABC islands becoming a reality

May 10, 2016
Ferry service between the ABC islands becoming a reality WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The feasibility study for a ferry service between the ABC islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao – is almost complete and the government can then hold a public tender for interested companies to offer this service. The tickets for the ferry should be affordable...

Curacao records 13 percent tourism growth in March

May 10, 2016
Curacao records 13 percent tourism growth in March WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) has reported an additional 5,210 visitors in the third month of the year. Visitor arrivals in March 2016 recorded double digit growth of 13 percent compared to March 2015. Until now, it is the best performing month, where all regions...

Travelers to Puerto Rico urged to make informed decisions about summer travel

May 7, 2016
Travelers to Puerto Rico urged to make informed decisions about summer travel SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- As summer approaches and millions of Americans begin to finalize travel plans, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) is urging vacationers to make educated decisions when it comes to choosing their destinations. As word of the zika virus becomes more...

Suriname seeks cooperation agreement with Turkish Airlines

May 6, 2016
Suriname seeks cooperation agreement with Turkish Airlines PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- When the foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, attended the 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) heads of government summit in Istanbul in April, she delivered a proposal to the Turkish government soliciting Turkish Airlines cooperation.

Expedia reports steady growth in travel and room bookings in Dominican Republic

May 6, 2016
Expedia reports steady growth in travel and room bookings in Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Representatives from Expedia speaking at this year's Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) conference outlined the boom in tourism to Dominican Republic and their plans to continue investing in the destination. The travel booking leaders...

JetBlue inaugural flight leaves from Fort Lauderdale to Barbados

May 6, 2016
JetBlue inaugural flight leaves from Fort Lauderdale to Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados’ tourism industry is set to get a major boost with the new daily JetBlue direct flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Additionally, many Barbadians can now access this service to shop and visit family and friends living in south Florida, as the new service...

Dominican Republic announces 2016 developments and boasts strong tourism statistics

May 4, 2016
Dominican Republic announces 2016 developments and boasts strong tourism statistics SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Tourism industry executives at this year's Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) conference announced several developments to the future of the country and expressed great enthusiasm for the projects to come. Radhamés Martínez-Aponte...

Expedia reports increase in travel demand for Jamaica in 2015

May 4, 2016
Expedia reports increase in travel demand for Jamaica in 2015 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies, has reported that travel demand to Jamaica on all Expedia sites grew nearly 20 percent in 2015 when compared to 2014. Package bookings, transactions that combine components like flights and hotel, continue...

Jamaica to sign multi-destination marketing agreement with Cuba on Friday

May 3, 2016
Jamaica to sign multi-destination marketing agreement with Cuba on Friday MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, said he will be signing an agreement on Friday with his tourism counterpart in Cuba, which will facilitate multi-destination marketing between the countries. Addressing the official opening of the Jamaica...

First US cruise ship sets sail to Cuba

May 2, 2016
First US cruise ship sets sail to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Carnival Corporation's MV Adonia, the first US cruise ship to visit Cuba in 50 years, was scheduled to set sail out of the Port of Miami on Sunday afternoon with 700 passengers. The ship is scheduled to dock at Havana harbour for two days and follow on to visit...

Condor Airlines to launch Munich-Havana service

April 30, 2016
Condor Airlines to launch Munich-Havana service HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – Germany’s Condor airline will for the first time and directly connect the cities of Munich and Havana in an effort to increase flights to Cuba. According to the Cuban Tourism Ministry, the new connection will comprise five weekly flights between the two cities.

Puerto Rico dedicated to containing zika; welcomes tourists

April 28, 2016
Puerto Rico dedicated to containing zika; welcomes tourists SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- With the zika virus making headlines around the world, Puerto Rico has implemented a comprehensive program to protect its nearly four million residents and five million annual visitors. The Puerto Rico Department of Health is working in close collaboration with...

Shareholders meeting to discuss Dominica's concerns over LIAT

April 27, 2016
Shareholders meeting to discuss Dominica's concerns over LIAT BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Dominica’s prime minister has indicated that the island’s tourism officials are expected to engage with LIAT to address Roseau’s concerns about alleged poor service by the regional airline. A letter written to LIAT by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit...

Bermuda hotel opens most dramatic lobby in the region

April 27, 2016
Bermuda hotel opens most dramatic lobby in the region PAGET, Bermuda -- Coco Reef Bermuda last week announced the reopening of its hotel lobby, the most dramatic in the region. The first few steps taken into a hotel represent the opening sequence of a vacation, or maybe a love affair or even a crucial meeting. First impressions always...

CDC issues zika virus travel advisory for Belize

April 23, 2016
CDC issues zika virus travel advisory for Belize ATLANTA, USA -- On Monday, the US Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) issued a zika virus travel notice for Belize. CDC has issued a number of previous travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with zika. Travelers to areas...

Cruise ships and other commercial vessels now approved to carry persons born in Cuba

April 23, 2016
Cruise ships and other commercial vessels now approved to carry persons born in Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, has announced it will sail as planned from the US to Cuba with all travelers, including Cuba-born passengers, for the company's week-long voyages to Cuba. Carnival Corporation worked closely with Cuba...

Dominica blamed for LIAT CEO resignation

April 21, 2016
Dominica blamed for LIAT CEO resignation ST JOHN’S, Antigua (WINN) -- There might be a possible Dominica link to the resignation of LIAT’s chief executive officer David Evans, according to one media entity in Antigua and Barbuda. However, a spokesman for Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, attorney Anthony Astaphan, said...

Dominican Republic leads in 2015 Caribbean travel demand

April 21, 2016
Dominican Republic leads in 2015 Caribbean travel demand PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic -- The Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, has reported a banner year for the Dominican Republic in 2015, with the destination remaining the top producing market in the Caribbean. Within the Caribbean region...

Air Canada rouge gears up for winter 2016-2017 with new non-stop flights to Trinidad

April 21, 2016
Air Canada rouge gears up for winter 2016-2017 with new non-stop flights to Trinidad MONTREAL,Canada -- Air Canada has announced it will launch new seasonal Air Canada rouge services between Toronto-Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, along with Montreal-Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Montreal-San José, Costa Rica; Toronto Palm Springs, California. The non-stop flights...

Jamaica looks to multi-destination marketing deal with Cuba and Dominican Republic

April 20, 2016
Jamaica looks to multi-destination marketing deal with Cuba and Dominican Republic KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s tourism officials will meet with their counterparts in Cuba and the Dominican Republic this week to finalise an arrangement for the multi-destination marketing of the countries. Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, made the disclosure at the opening of...

Cruise line continues talks with Cuba

April 20, 2016
Cruise line continues talks with Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, is continuing discussions with Cuba to allow cruise ships to operate in the same manner as current air charter operations, which transport Cuba-born individuals to and from Cuba. Fathom will begin sailing...

Concerns expressed over departure of LIAT CEO

April 19, 2016
Concerns expressed over departure of LIAT CEO BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The minister responsible for aviation in St Kitts and Nevis says he hopes last week’s resignation of LIAT chief executive officer David Evans will not prove too much of a setback for the regional airline. Evans, who was touted as a results-driven executive...

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