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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...

Anguilla named best Caribbean island in Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards 2017

July 14, 2017
Anguilla named best Caribbean island in Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards 2017 THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- Anguilla has won top honours as “Best Island in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas”, in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2017. Travel + Leisure is the largest travel magazine brand in the United States, and the winners of the prestigious award are determined by their...

Costa Rica tempts couples with the perfect backdrop for a memorable wedding

July 12, 2017
Costa Rica tempts couples with the perfect backdrop for a memorable wedding SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Couples looking for the ultimate au naturale setting for their romantic boho chic wedding, need to look no further than Costa Rica. The country offers a variety of green environments for a picturesque day. Instead of incorporating natural elements into your celebration...

Honduras attracts new cruise lines

July 12, 2017
Honduras attracts new cruise lines TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras has reported a sharp increase in the number of cruise passengers and cruise ships in 2016 compared with the previous year, reflecting a growing interest in the Central American country as the next top tourist destination. New vessels calling at Honduran ports...

Barbados pledges continued support for LIAT

July 10, 2017
Barbados pledges continued support for LIAT BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has pledged Barbados’ continued commitment to the regional carrier LIAT, describing it as “vital” to the movement of people across the Caribbean. Stuart made this assertion as he spoke to the media recently about concerns being...

Jamaica tourism minister welcomes successful start to rebuild German tourism market

July 7, 2017
Jamaica tourism minister welcomes successful start to rebuild German tourism market MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Minister of Tourism of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica’s push to rebuild the German tourism market is bearing fruit with over 20,000 visitors expected from that gateway this year. Between January and April this year, the island welcomed 9,800 German tourists but the...

New Miami-BVI air service runs into some turbulence

July 6, 2017
New Miami-BVI air service runs into some turbulence ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The recently announced direct flights operated by BVI Airways between the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport in the British Virgin Islands and Miami International Airport in Florida appear to have encountered some unexpected turbulence even before take-off.

Jamaica welcomes inaugural Eurowings flight from Cologne-Bonn Germany

July 5, 2017
Jamaica welcomes inaugural Eurowings flight from Cologne-Bonn Germany MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- One of Europe’s leading airlines, Eurowings, a subsidiary of one of the world’s biggest airline companies, Lufthansa, will begin operating a twice-weekly scheduled service between Germany’s largest populated metropolitan region and Montego Bay, Jamaica, beginning...

Tourism risks being viewed as a preserve of the elite, says Jamaican minister

July 3, 2017
Tourism risks being viewed as a preserve of the elite, says Jamaican minister WASHINGTON USA -- Jamaica’s tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says, despite massive growth projections for global travel and tourism, the small and medium tourism enterprises in tourism-dependent nations have yet to reap the full benefits tourism ought to provide. “As we observe tourism’s impact...

BVI Airways announces Tortola-Miami service

July 1, 2017
BVI Airways announces Tortola-Miami service MIAMI, USA -- BVI Airways is scheduled to launch the first-ever nonstop service between Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and Miami International Airport (MIA) on July 22, with two weekly roundtrip flights on Saturdays and Sundays.  BVI Airways will use BAe Avro 146 RJ100 aircraft to serve the new route.

Southwest Airlines to consolidate Cuba service with focus on Havana

June 29, 2017
Southwest Airlines to consolidate Cuba service with focus on Havana DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has announced that it will concentrate its future service to Cuba in Havana (HAV) and will cease operations in both Varadero (VRA) and Santa Clara (SNU) at the end of day on Monday, September 4, 2017.  Southwest currently serves Havana twice daily nonstop.

Aruba Airlines eyes the Guyana market

June 26, 2017
Aruba Airlines eyes the Guyana market GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Aruba Airlines plans to commence daily flights between Aruba and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana from July 7.  The CJIA's US$200 million modernization and expansion project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. However, the government...

CHTA wants better US-Cuba relations

June 26, 2017
CHTA wants better US-Cuba relations MIAMI, USA -- The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) said it regrets the recent US reversal of its travel policies on Cuba and the likely effects on the socio-economic development of Cuba and the wider Caribbean region.  The Association continues to support the ending of the US-Cuba...

Tourism officials express concern about intra-regional travel

June 26, 2017
Tourism officials express concern about intra-regional travel PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The method by which countries determine the economic impact of tourism arrivals is flawed, says former Bahamas tourism minister and CEO /secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace.  The former tourism executive compared...

Spanish hotel group invests in city hotels in central Cuba

June 23, 2017
Spanish hotel group invests in city hotels in central Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Melia Hotels International, with 27 years of operations in Cuba, including Camagüey province, has signed a contract for managing the Gran Hotel, Colón Hotel and Camagüey Hotel, three iconic facilities in Camagüey. Operated thus far by Islazul, a local firm, which will...

Antigua-Barbuda's 60th Carnival gets a warm reception in Trinidad and Tobago

June 21, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda's 60th Carnival gets a warm reception in Trinidad and Tobago ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA), in conjunction with the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, partnered last week in Trinidad and Tobago to launch the 60th anniversary of Antigua’s Carnival, which takes place from July 28 – August 7, 2017.

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