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GOL begins Suriname flight with record low fare

August 28, 2015
GOL begins Suriname flight with record low fare PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- GOL Airlines of Brazil on Tuesday commenced twice-weekly Boeing 737-700 services to Paramaribo, Suriname, by introducing an all time low airfare of US$103 one-way to Belem, Brazil, which is expected to bring stiff competition to the route that was monopolized by...

Stay-over visitor arrivals to Curacao from North America increased 20 percent in July

August 28, 2015
Stay-over visitor arrivals to Curacao from North America increased 20 percent in July WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- While the Curacao Tourist Board (CTB) reported little change in the total number of visitor arrivals for the month of July, a fall in arrivals from South America (Venezuela) has been compensated by the other three regions which recorded firm growth in July 2015.

JetBlue eyes future Guyana market

August 26, 2015
JetBlue eyes future Guyana market NEW YORK, USA -- The Guyanese public has been using Facebook and other social media outlets to lobby JetBlue to enter the Guyana market especially, since JetBlue commenced services to Trinidad, airfares from New York and Florida to that Caribbean island are as low as US$300 roundtrip.

Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association focusing on local associations

August 26, 2015
Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association focusing on local associations MIAMI, USA -- Emil Lee, president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), reported progress during his first year in office as CHTA continues its evolution into a Hub and Spoke organization. He said he is pleased that the focus on strengthening the National Hotel and Tourism Associations...

JetBlue's premium experience begins flying to Barbados from Boston

August 26, 2015
JetBlue's premium experience begins flying to Barbados from Boston NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways’ highly successful Mint experience is now out for sale from Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS) to Barbados (BGI). With JetBlue’s Mint experience, customers travelling from Boston will have a premium travel option, giving jetsetters a new reason to head...

US and Havana working toward normal commercial flights to Cuba for US citizens

August 22, 2015
US and Havana working toward normal commercial flights to Cuba for US citizens HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The US administration is working with Havana to reach an agreement before the end of the year to allow US citizens to travel to Cuba on commercial flights, according to the Wall Street Journal. The agreement would allow US airlines to operate regular flights between the two...

Antigua-Barbuda opens the Caribbean's newest and most modern airport terminal

August 22, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda opens the Caribbean's newest and most modern airport terminal ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has opened one of the most modern international airports in the Caribbean. The 23,000 square meter new terminal for the destination more than doubles the capacity of the adjacent previous terminal, making way for an...

Turkey's new direct connection to Panama may facilitate terrorist financing for Hamas

August 22, 2015
Turkey's new direct connection to Panama may facilitate terrorist financing for Hamas MIAMI, USA -- Turkish Airlines, which offers only minimal service to Latin America, and no flights to Central America, has announced that it will fly nonstop to Panama, three times weekly, commencing in February. Turkey and Panama have no international trade to speak of, raising questions as to...

JetBlue adds weekly flights to Grenada

August 20, 2015
JetBlue adds weekly flights to Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- JetBlue Airways, with direct flights from New York to Grenada on Thursdays and Sundays, will soon be offering an additional service, according to civil aviation minister, Yolande Bain-Horsford. On Tuesday, the minister disclosed that the New York-based airline...

Caribbean called on to tap into 'voluntourism'

August 19, 2015
Caribbean called on to tap into 'voluntourism' NEW YORK, USA -- The Caribbean may be missing an important opportunity by not fully tapping into the growing volunteer tourism or "voluntourism" market, according to veteran community development expert and nonprofit advisor Kwayera Archer-Cunningham. With more than 25 years of experience...

Sargassum seaweed an 'unwelcome visitor' to the Caribbean

August 12, 2015
Sargassum seaweed an 'unwelcome visitor' to the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) on Tuesday described sargassum – which has been invading Caribbean beaches recently – as an “unwelcome visitor” which was “taking away from the beach experience for our guests”. In a statement, the tourism...

United Airlines announces new non-stop service from Newark to St Kitts

August 11, 2015
United Airlines announces new non-stop service from Newark to St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- United Airlines will be launching its inaugural non-stop service from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to St Kitts, commencing December 19, 2015, and operating weekly on Saturdays through April 30, 2016. United will utilize a 737-800 aircraft.

Copa Airlines announces service to Belize

July 30, 2015
Copa Airlines announces service to Belize BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Starting December 8, 2015, Copa Airlines will be offering two weekly flights to Belize City from Hub de la Americas, Panama City, Panama. With this new addition, Copa Airlines will now expand its route to 75 cities and 31 countries in North, Central, South America and the Caribbean.

USVI seaplane terminals to get free Wi-Fi

July 29, 2015
USVI seaplane terminals to get free Wi-Fi ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) has launched a new partnership with Seaborne Airlines providing free Wi-Fi service at both terminals to all Seaborne seaplane passengers traveling between St Croix and St Thomas. Travelers can now experience the fastest...

Increased security checks at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad

July 27, 2015
Increased security checks at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Regional air carrier LIAT has advised the travelling public that, while it was operating its normal scheduled services to/from Trinidad, customers should expect delays due to extensive airport authority security checks at Piarco International Airport. Head of corporate communications...

Medical tourism market will reach US$32.5 billion by 2019, says new report

July 25, 2015
Medical tourism market will reach US$32.5 billion by 2019, says new report ALBANY, USA -- High cost of medical treatment in developed countries has fueled the development of medical tourism, causing patients to visit other destinations for cheaper yet sophisticated treatment. Transparency Market Research, in a recent report, studied the emergence and growth of the global...

Expedia sees significant growth for St Lucia

July 24, 2015
Expedia sees significant growth for St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Expedia group, one of the world's leading travel companies, has seen a significant increase in travel demand for properties of all star levels on the island of Saint Lucia. Overall, demand increased more than 20 percent in the first quarter of 2015 when compared to the same...

Canada changes entry requirements for visa-exempt travellers

July 22, 2015
Canada changes entry requirements for visa-exempt travellers TORONTO, Canada -- The government of Canada has issued a revision to its new entry requirements for all visa-exempt travellers seeking to enter Canada by air. Effective March 15, 2016, it will become mandatory for visa-exempt travellers to Canada to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA).

Bonaire to receive additional winter airlift from Delta and United

July 22, 2015
Bonaire to receive additional winter airlift from Delta and United KRALENDIJK, Bonaire -- Delta Air Lines and United Airlines will be adding additional non-stop flights to Bonaire, timed for the peak 2015/2016 winter travel season. Delta will add two more non-stop flights to Bonaire from Atlanta beginning December 19, 2015. The southbound Delta flight DL665...

Weekly air service to Cuba to start from Houston

July 17, 2015
Weekly air service to Cuba to start from Houston MIAMI, USA – Miami-based HavanaAir Charters continues its expansion into the Cuba market with its direct air carrier partner Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. HavanaAir will begin weekly, direct service from Houston International Airport to Havana, Cuba, giving US West Coast gateway cities a more...

Ten Caribbean hotels named in list of world's best-reviewed hotels

July 16, 2015
Ten Caribbean hotels named in list of world's best-reviewed hotels BELLEVUE, USA -- The Expedia group, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced on Tuesday the results of the Expedia 2015 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. Out of 650 global properties, the following ten Caribbean...

LIAT's new routes for summer 2015 take effect this week

July 15, 2015
LIAT's new routes for summer 2015 take effect this week ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- A number of new services and non-stop routes that have been added to the summer schedule of regional carrier LIAT will come into effect on July 15 and 16. From Antigua, customers will now enjoy a new daily service to San Juan each evening. This is in addition to the existing...

Delta to increase scheduled flights between Atlanta and Grenada

July 15, 2015
Delta to increase scheduled flights between Atlanta and Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Just one month after the launch of its new service between Atlanta and Grenada, Delta has indicated it will not only return the service in December, but also add two additional weekly flights during the peak holiday season. Delta will resume its seasonal service from Atlanta...

American Airlines adds new routes to the Caribbean

July 14, 2015
American Airlines adds new routes to the Caribbean FORT WORTH, USA -- American Airlines plans to add eight new routes throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America later this year, further strengthening its position in these key regions and providing customers with increased options when traveling to these destinations. Expanded service includes...

United Airlines to launch non-stop service to St Lucia from Chicago in December

July 14, 2015
United Airlines to launch non-stop service to St Lucia from Chicago in December CASTRIES, St Lucia -- With visitors arriving at a record pace from the US – showing a year-to-date increase of 9 percent over 2014 – Saint Lucia will welcome additional winter season flights as United Airlines launches inaugural non-stop service from Chicago.  Commencing December 19, 2015...

Spike in tourism in Cuba: Two million visitors already in 2015

July 13, 2015
Spike in tourism in Cuba: Two million visitors already in 2015 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Two million tourists have visited Cuba from January 1 to July 10, according to a press release by the ministry of tourism. The two million mark was reached in 39 days fewer than in 2014, a spike in arrivals in the present year that translates in 16 percent growth, thanks to the....

Carnival cruise line granted US approval for travel to Cuba

July 8, 2015
Carnival cruise line granted US approval for travel to Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Carnival Corporation, the world's largest travel and leisure company, has announced that the US Department of the Treasury and the US Department of Commerce granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba. Carnival Corporation intends to take travelers to Cuba...

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