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New fast ferry added to Fort Lauderdale and Freeport (Bahamas) route

June 29, 2016
New fast ferry added to Fort Lauderdale and Freeport (Bahamas) route FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- The fast ferry Jaume I was scheduled to begin operating on Tuesday on the route between Fort Lauderdale and the port of Freeport (Grand Bahama), replacing the current vessel used, the Pinar del Río. This change will make it possible for the shipping...

CARPHA, Turks and Caicos launch tourism health and safety programme

June 28, 2016
CARPHA, Turks and Caicos launch tourism health and safety programme PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- In a response to ensure the health and safety of its visitors and residents, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) launched the tourism health and safety programme (THP), under TCI CARE...

Jamaica reports growth in tourism arrivals, earnings

June 27, 2016
Jamaica reports growth in tourism arrivals, earnings KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Addressing the inaugural meeting of the Tourism Competitiveness Taskforce on June 23, Jamaica’s minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, reported growth in visitor arrivals and earnings up to May 2016. He said there were 1. 7 million visitors to the island.

Cuba to build the largest tourist facility in the Caribbean

June 23, 2016
Cuba to build the largest tourist facility in the Caribbean HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba will sign a contract for the creation of a joint venture this year directed at the development of a golf complex in the province of Pinar del Rio that will be upon completion one of the largest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Yuslenia Saumell, business specialist...

Jamaica reports 3.6 million stopover and cruise visitors in 2015

June 17, 2016
Jamaica reports 3.6 million stopover and cruise visitors in 2015 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica recorded 3.6 million stopover and cruise visitors combined and revenues of US$2.5 billion in 2015. This was disclosed by minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, during his contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Jamaica to target new tourism markets

June 15, 2016
Jamaica to target new tourism markets OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (JIS) -- Director of tourism, Paul Pennicook, says Jamaica is not satisfied with arrivals from traditional and emerging markets, and will be targeting new territories to fully maximise its tourism potential. “For the Northern and Eastern European region, we have set...

WINAIR and British Airways sign interline agreement

June 15, 2016
WINAIR and British Airways sign interline agreement PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) and British Airways have announced the successful implementation of an interline agreement between the two carriers. As British Airways serves Antigua, this will greatly assist passengers to and from any WINAIR...

Discussions between Guyana and JetBlue and American Airlines said to be progressing well

June 14, 2016
Discussions between Guyana and JetBlue and American Airlines said to be progressing well NEW YORK, USA -- At the just concluded “Guyana Means Business” investment conference in New York City last Friday, minister of tourism and communications Cathy Hughes revealed that negotiations with JetBlue and American Airlines are progressing very well, and said...

Major consumer survey shows growth in travel to Cuba

June 14, 2016
Major consumer survey shows growth in travel to Cuba PLYMOUTH, USA -- On Friday, Travel Leaders Group released its latest survey findings in which Cuba continues trending upward in interest among American travelers and is likely to increase further with regularly scheduled air service from the US that was also announced on June 10.

WINAIR adds fourth aircraft to summer fleet

June 13, 2016
WINAIR adds fourth aircraft to summer fleet PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Windward Islands Airways (WINAIR) has acquired an additional DHC-3 aircraft for its summer season, which will allow WINAIR to serve new markets and will also enhance its ability to provide additional charter services from its hub in St Maarten.

Local Puerto Rico hotels report strong bookings for LGBT Pride events despite zika hype

June 9, 2016
Local Puerto Rico hotels report strong bookings for LGBT Pride events despite zika hype SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Puerto Rican Tourism Company (PRTC) is currently reporting a 100% occupancy rate for local hotel partners in Boquerón, Puerto Rico -- and the surrounding areas on the west coast -- with no reported cancellations, as travelers flock to Puerto Rico.

Expedia reports increase in travel demand for Turks and Caicos in 2015

June 8, 2016
Expedia reports increase in travel demand for Turks and Caicos in 2015 COCKBURN TOWN, TCI -- Expedia, one of the world’s leading travel companies, has reported that travel demand to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) on all Expedia sites grew 15 percent in 2015 when compared to 2014. Package bookings, transactions that combine components...

Weekly service to Barbados from Brazil to be suspended

June 6, 2016
Weekly service to Barbados from Brazil to be suspended BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BTMI) -- Weekly direct flights from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Barbados will be suspended from Sunday, August 28. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) announced that the service would be put on hold following a recent...

US Virgin Islands targets Texas travelers

June 4, 2016
US Virgin Islands targets Texas travelers DALLAS, USA -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is taking steps to ensure that the territory's tourism offerings are top of mind for Texas travelers. Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty reported that recent visits to Dallas and Houston helped generate greater...

Turkish Airlines to support Guyana- and Suriname-based airlines

May 30, 2016
Turkish Airlines to support Guyana- and Suriname-based airlines ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Airlines based in Guyana and Suriname, members of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), will benefit from an agreement signed on May 25 between Turkish Airlines (THY) and the IsDB to enhance cooperation among 57 members of the bank, according to a statement...

Puerto Rico hotels focus on zika protection to provide guests worry-free vacation

May 28, 2016
Puerto Rico hotels focus on zika protection to provide guests worry-free vacation SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) has maintained close contact with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the ground in Puerto Rico to communicate zika facts to the public. Now, PRTC and the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism...

Insel Air becomes first airline to reconnect Guyana and Brazil

May 27, 2016
Insel Air becomes first airline to reconnect Guyana and Brazil WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- As of July 4, 2016, Insel Air of Curacao will connect Guyana and Brazil by air after a five-year void of no direct air services between the two countries that share a vast frontier. This long awaited service is welcomed by the public. The last airline to fly this route...

Expedia announces 35 percent increase in travel demand for Antigua-Barbuda in 2015

May 26, 2016
Expedia announces 35 percent increase in travel demand for Antigua-Barbuda in 2015 ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Expedia, one of the world’s leading travel companies, has reported that travel demand to Antigua and Barbuda on all Expedia sites grew 35 percent in 2015 when compared to 2014. Package bookings, transactions that combine components like flights and hotel...

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.

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