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Jamaica tourism earns US$2 billion

September 1, 2017
Jamaica tourism earns US$2 billion KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has disclosed that the country earned a record US$2 billion during the first eight months of this calendar year from 2.8 million visitors. The figure represents an increase of 8.3 percent in gross foreign exchange earnings than the...

Mega-technology companies ready to meet with Jamaica tourism

August 24, 2017
Mega-technology companies ready to meet with Jamaica tourism KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, is set to travel to San Francisco, California, this week to engage in strategic meetings with American technology mega-companies Google, Airbnb, and Uber Technologies Inc. The meetings are in tandem with two of the five strategic...

Concerns raised over Guyana air safety and service quality

August 22, 2017
Concerns raised over Guyana air safety and service quality GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Following recent air crashes, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) held an emergency meeting with stakeholders of the aviation industry on August 11. At the end of the meeting, GCAA lavished praise on Guyana for having a “low aircraft accident record.” However, aviation...

Havana's Jose Marti International Airport sets new passenger record

August 22, 2017
Havana's Jose Marti International Airport sets new passenger record HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport received four million passengers in the first eight months of 2017, a new record for the facility, Cuban media reported. This figure translates to 27 percent growth compared to the same period in the previous year, and reflects the upward...

Canadian company to take over management of Antigua resort

August 21, 2017
Canadian company to take over management of Antigua resort ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Blue Diamond Resorts, the Caribbean's fastest-growing hotel company, will be taking over the management and operation of Antigua's largest all-inclusive resort, the 464-room Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, beginning September 1, 2017. "We look forward to bringing our...

Puerto Rico encourages travellers to take it 'Despacito' on the island

August 21, 2017
Puerto Rico encourages travellers to take it 'Despacito' on the island SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Latin pop star, Luis Fonsi, is the new global face of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company’s (PRTC) upcoming international tourism campaign. PRTC’s partnership with Fonsi, who performs the record-breaking song “Despacito”, will launch the destination’s campaign...

Trinidad and Tobago disputes UK 'terrorism' travel advisory

August 18, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago disputes UK 'terrorism' travel advisory PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The government of Trinidad and Tobago has expressed concern over recent media reports regarding the United Kingdom’s foreign travel advisory for Trinidad and Tobago and in particular the reference to what is stated under the heading “Terrorism”. The government has...

Cuban resort upgrades medical tourism services

August 16, 2017
Cuban resort upgrades medical tourism services HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The famous Varadero tourist resort in the western Cuba province of Matanzas has upgraded its international healthcare center now offering specialized medical services. The cutting edge technology providing the new services includes a biochemical analyzer  providing fast...

Bahamas engages new agency to promote travel to the islands

August 11, 2017
Bahamas engages new agency to promote travel to the islands NEW YORK, USA -- Weber Shandwick, a leading global communications and engagement firms, has been chosen by the Bahamas ministry of tourism to provide communications support in the US and Canada, as well as project work in the UK and Latin America. In May of this year, Dionisio James...

US Virgin Islands advances airport development plans

August 7, 2017
US Virgin Islands advances airport development plans ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands is advancing plans to improve the operations of both the Cyril E. King International and Henry E. Rohlsen airports in St Thomas and St Croix, following an educational immersion at Denver International Airport last week. Governor Kenneth Mapp, who led the...

Caribbean leaders agree to fast track measures to ease regional travel, stimulate tourism

August 7, 2017
Caribbean leaders agree to fast track measures to ease regional travel, stimulate tourism BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) are encouraged by the support of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders for initiatives to facilitate travel and stimulate economic growth through tourism.

LIAT appoints first female CEO

August 2, 2017
LIAT appoints first female CEO ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- the board of directors of regional air carrier LIAT has confirmed the appointment of Julie Reifer-Jones as chief executive officer, the airline’s first female CEO. Reifer-Jones is a graduate of The University of the West Indies, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants...

Avianca suspends flights between Bogota and Barbados

August 1, 2017
Avianca suspends flights between Bogota and Barbados BOGOTA, Colombia -- Due to what the airline described as operational limitations, Avianca has decided to suspend flights between Bogota and Barbados indefinitely. The airline said it is making all efforts to serve travelers with reservations on canceled flights and provide them a solution.

US issues new travel warning for Venezuela

July 29, 2017
US issues new travel warning for Venezuela WASHINGTON, USA -- The US Department of State on Thursday warned US citizens against travel to Venezuela due to social unrest, violent crime, and pervasive food and medicine shortages. This latest travel warning also informed U. citizens that on July 27, the Department ordered the...

CHTA to work closely with Dominican Republic private sector

July 29, 2017
CHTA to work closely with Dominican Republic private sector MIAMI, USA -- The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is deepening its partnership and outreach to hoteliers and tourism partners in the Dominican Republic. As part of a new agreement, a center of tourism information planned by the National Association of Hotels and Restaurants in the...

Antigua-Barbuda sign agreement with Airbnb

July 27, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda sign agreement with Airbnb NEW YORK, USA -- The Antigua and Barbuda ministry of tourism, the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and Airbnb have signed an agreement to help drive diversified and sustainable tourism to the islands and begin dialogue about a framework for taxation on accommodation. This is intended...

Cuba receives three million tourists in less than seven months

July 26, 2017
Cuba receives three million tourists in less than seven months HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A press release from the Cuban ministry of tourism reported that on Tuesday, July 25, Cuba reached the three million tourist mark, 75 days faster than last year. The figures translate in a 24 percent growth in the number of tourists, continuing the upward trend the country has...

Seaborne Airlines resumes service to Antigua-Barbuda

July 25, 2017
Seaborne Airlines resumes service to Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Seaborne Airlines resumed its non-stop service between the carrier’s hub in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Antigua and Barbuda on Friday. The service represents the only non-stop connection between Antigua and Barbuda and Puerto Rico. Passengers from over 30 destinations in the Americas...

WestJet announces Calgary service to Belize

July 25, 2017
WestJet announces Calgary service to Belize CALGARY, Canada -- WestJet has announced new non-stop weekly service between Calgary and Belize, effective November 3, 2017. The service is part of the airline's seasonal schedule for the winter of 2017-18, which includes more flights from Calgary. "WestJet will increase service from Calgary by...

Engine fire indicator causes Caribbean Airlines flight to St Lucia to abort landing

July 24, 2017
Engine fire indicator causes Caribbean Airlines flight to St Lucia to abort landing CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On July 9, 2017, a Caribbean Airlines ATR-72 flying from Port of Spain in Trinidad to Saint Lucia with 68 people on board, was on its approach to George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU), the smaller of Saint Lucia's airports, when the crew decided to divert to Hewanorra Airport.

Antigua-Barbuda hotel stakeholders impressed with tourism marketing strategy

July 22, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda hotel stakeholders impressed with tourism marketing strategy ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The marketing strategies for Antigua and Barbuda’s main source markets in the USA, UK and Europe, Caribbean and Canada, were scrutinised by local stakeholders at a public/private sector market consultation hosted by Antigua and Barbuda’s ministry of tourism and and the Antigua and...

Tourism earns US$1.46 billion for Jamaica in six months

July 22, 2017
Tourism earns US$1.46 billion for Jamaica in six months KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica generated US$1.46 billion in tourism earnings during the first six months of the 2017 calendar year to record an impressive 7.5 percent increase over the corresponding period in 2016. Additionally, the country welcomed 2,165,330 visitors up to the end of June.

Honduran president urges national congress to approve tourism incentives

July 22, 2017
Honduran president urges national congress to approve tourism incentives TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- This week, President Juan Orlando Hernández urged the National Congress of Honduras to approve the Tourism Incentives Act. The legislation would help create 250,000 jobs by 2019 as part of Honduras' 20/20 growth plan. "Honduras is becoming a highly desirable destination...

Sunwing Travel takes over management of Jolly Beach Resort in Antigua

July 20, 2017
Sunwing Travel takes over management of Jolly Beach Resort in Antigua ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Prime Minister Gaston Browne has welcomed the news of Sunwing Travel assuming management of Jolly Beach Resort in Antigua, calling it a major boost to the tourism industry. Following a meeting on Wednesday with Rob Barrett, who took over ownership of the hotel and has...

Lufthansa to fly nonstop from Frankfurt to San Jose, Costa Rica in 2018

July 20, 2017
Lufthansa to fly nonstop from Frankfurt to San Jose, Costa Rica in 2018 FRANKFURT, Germany -- Lufthansa will include a Frankfurt – San José connection in their summer 2018 flight schedule. From 29 March 2018, a non-stop Lufthansa flight will take off every Thursday and Saturday from Frankfurt to the capital city of Costa Rica, the ‘green paradise of Central America’.

Sunwing introduces new flight service from Toronto to Cayo Largo, Cuba

July 19, 2017
Sunwing introduces new flight service from Toronto to Cayo Largo, Cuba TORONTO, Canada -- Sunwing has announced the addition of Cayo Largo in Cuba to its ever-growing roster of tropical destinations available from Toronto this winter. As the world's largest provider of vacation packages to Cuba, the tour operator is expected to be the only carrier to offer direct flights...

Falmouth cruise withdrawal a temporary setback, says Jamaica tourism minister

July 14, 2017
Falmouth cruise withdrawal a temporary setback, says Jamaica tourism minister KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said this week that Jamaica’s cruise tourism sector is still on a strong growth path despite the coming temporary withdrawal of two cruise ships from the Port of Falmouth. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) has not included Falmouth...

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