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Curacao sees drop in US tourists, big jump from Canada

July 24, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Curacao experienced a 17.1 percent drop in tourist arrivals from the US in the first five months of 2014, but that number was offset slightly by a significant jump in tourism from Canada.

Airport employees in St Maarten to undergo security screening

July 23, 2014
SIMPSON BAY, St Maarten -- The vast majority of the employees of the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in St Maarten will have to undergo security screening administered by the National Security Service. In addition, the managing director and all seven supervisory board members...

Bahamas airlift falls 8.5 percent in four years

July 22, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The head of Atlantis has expressed anxiety over the level of airlift coming into the country from The Bahamas’ major source market ahead of the opening of Baha Mar, after official figures obtained show that such airlift into Nassau declined by 8.5 percent.

Emergency passports no longer available locally for USVI residents

July 19, 2014
Emergency passports no longer available locally for USVI residents WASHINGTON, USA -- USVI Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen said on Thursday her district office staff received e-mail correspondence from the US Department of State’s Miami passport agency that, effective July 11, 2014, US citizens from the US Virgin Islands who need to obtain...

US carriers to offer new air service to Antigua

July 19, 2014
ST JOHNS, Antigua -- Travellers to Antigua and Barbuda will have easier access by air following a series of successful meetings held with executives of American Airlines in Miami, Florida and Delta Airlines in Atlanta, Georgia. As a result of the negotiations with American Airlines...

Phoenix Airways commences flights to and from St Kitts

July 19, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Phoenix Airways, a new inter-Caribbean airline, has announced the commencement of its flight service to and from St Kitts, starting July 16, 2014.  The airline will serve destinations such as Aruba, Barbados, Antigua, Nevis, St Maarten...

Bahamas to open tourism office in China

July 17, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- A Bahamas ministry of tourism official has revealed plans to set up a Beijing office, claiming that the new facility will be well-positioned to “capitalize” on the globally projected 100 million outbound Chinese tourists. Director of tourism for the Asian market...

Lisbon to Cuba flights inaugurated

July 17, 2014
Lisbon to Cuba flights inaugurated CIEGO DE AVILA, Cuba (ACN) -- The opening of an air route between Lisbon and Jardines del Rey in Cuba confirms the sustained growth of that destination located north of Ciego de Avila and its consolidation as one of Cuba's main tourist enclaves. The first flight of EuroAtlantic Airways...

United celebrates first anniversary of service to St Lucia

July 16, 2014
United celebrates first anniversary of service to St Lucia NEW YORK, USA -- United Airlines is celebrating its first anniversary of service to St Lucia from its New York-area hub, Newark Liberty International Airport. The Saturday service from Newark Liberty to Hewanorra International Airport in St Lucia is operated with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft featuring 154 seats.

Venezuela's airlift woes deepen as United cuts flights

July 14, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- On Friday, United Airlines became the last of the three largest US carriers to cut flights to Venezuela in a dispute with the government over cash trapped in the country. Service will be reduced to four round trips a week from the current daily flights.

Inaugural COPA flight arrives in Guyana from Panama

July 14, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- COPA Airlines, the flag carrier of Panama, officially made Guyana its 67th destination after it touched down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Friday, inaugurating a direct link between Panama and Georgetown, Guyana.

Venezuela now charges air travellers to breathe

July 12, 2014
Venezuela now charges air travellers to breathe CARACAS, Venezuela -- Along with the ubiquitous range of taxes and surcharges on air travel, Venezuela’s largest international airport is now charging travellers a fee for the right to breathe clean air. Passengers flying out of Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas have to pay a tax of 127 bolivars...

Windward Islands marine trail proposed to enhance yachting experience

July 12, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- A US expert in water resource planning, as well as protected areas planning and management is proposing the establishment of a yachting trail in the south eastern Caribbean to improve the yachting experience in the Windward Islands.

New $100 million resort and marina for Turks and Caicos

July 11, 2014
New $100 million resort and marina for Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- A development agreement that will see a new $100 million luxury resort hotel and marina built in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) was signed at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Circle Holdings Limited is developing what it calls an “ultra-luxury”...

Air Canada to launch non-stop service to Panama City

July 9, 2014
MONTREAL, Canada -- Air Canada will start new, non-stop flights between Toronto and Panama City beginning December 17, 2014. With the launch of the three-times weekly, year-round service, Air Canada will be the only Canadian network carrier operating between Canada and Panama.

Delta Air Lines latest carrier to cut back flights to Venezuela

July 8, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Delta Air Lines is the latest air carrier to reduce service to Venezuela amid a dispute with the government over unpaid revenue owed by the South American country. Delta confirmed on Monday that the airline is reducing service by 85 percent.

Industrial action protocol needed for regional airlines, says Barbados minister

July 7, 2014
Industrial action protocol needed for regional airlines, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- There is a need to establish a protocol with regional airlines to ensure that events held in the Caribbean are not negatively impacted by industrial action, Barbados minister of culture, sports and youth, Stephen Lashley, asserted last week.

Southwest Airlines welcomed to Jamaica

July 4, 2014
Southwest Airlines welcomed to Jamaica MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of tourism and entertainment, Dr Wykeham McNeill, on Tuesday led a team of tourism officials and several representatives from the Montego Bay business community in welcoming the inaugural non-stop international flight from America’s largest carrier.

Eighteen Caribbean hotels among the Top 100 List in 2014

July 3, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- On Tuesday, Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels...

Air Canada to commence weekly direct flights to Curacao from Toronto

July 1, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Stanley Palm, Curacao’s minister of economic development, said on Thursday that, on November 7, Air Canada will start weekly direct flights to and from Toronto. As of January 2015, the Canadian airline will also start direct flights to and from Montreal.

Delta adds service to St Lucia from JFK

July 1, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Delta Air Lines will add non-stop service from New York’s JFK International Airport to Saint Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF). Commencing December 20, 2014, the weekly service will operate every Saturday throughout the year.

Dynamic Airways commences direct service from New York to Guyana

June 30, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A new air service commenced on Thursday, connecting Georgetown, Guyana, with New York, on a four times weekly, all year round basis. This direct route is operated with a B767-200 by an American carrier, Dynamic Airways, whose CEO, Paul Kraus...

Delta Air Lines to launch nonstop flights from New York and Atlanta to Barbados

June 27, 2014
Delta Air Lines to launch nonstop flights from New York and Atlanta to Barbados NEW YORK, USA -- Barbados and Delta Air Lines on Wednesday announced collaboration on new nonstop service this winter to the Caribbean island. Travelers from the Eastern and Central regions of the US now have a new reason to head to the sun-drenched island, with nonstop flights beginning on...

Coral spawning time in St Lucia

June 24, 2014
Coral spawning time in St Lucia SOUFRIERE, St Lucia -- It is time for one of nature’s most spectacular performances -- coral spawning. And it happens right off the beaches of Anse Chastanet, Saint Lucia. Each August, the resort’s scuba diving team accurately predicts the night spawning and prepares to take divers to observe...

New Canadian visa application centre now open in Port of Spain

June 24, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The new and improved visa application centre (VAC) in Port of Spain, Trinidad, is now open and ready to accept applications for visas to Canada. Updated Application Procedures: Applicants may apply for temporary resident visas and/or permanent resident...

Delta Air Lines to resume St Croix USVI service

June 21, 2014
ST CROIX USVI -- St Croix in the US Virgin Islands will welcome the return of Delta Air Lines this winter with nonstop air service from Atlanta. The USVI Department of Tourism announced that Delta Air Lines has strengthened its commitment to the territory.

Cruise line returns to Bermuda in summer 2015

June 21, 2014
SEATTLE, USA -- Holland America Line is returning to the pink sands and pastel-colored skyline of Bermuda on seven-day cruises aboard ms Veendam. Sailing roundtrip from Boston, Mass., six departures will sail in May, June and July 2015, and feature three days and nights at Hamilton.

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