News from the Caribbean:
August 25, 2016
ROSEAU, Dominica -- After Tropical Storm Erika devastated Dominica’s main airport, Douglas Charles Airport, a year ago, and created a future of uncertainty for Dominica tourism, the island’s tourism and aviation partners have been on mission to build back better. Prior to Tropical Storm Erika...
August 24, 2016
ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) on Tuesday issued a zika virus travel notice for The Bahamas. Local transmission of zika has been reported on the island of New Providence.
August 17, 2016
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BTMI) -- Travel between Barbados, Suriname and Guyana should now be easier, thanks to the new Fly AllWays service out of the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport in Paramaribo, Suriname. The Fly AllWays inaugural flight touched down at the Grantley Adams International...
August 16, 2016
BOSTON, USA -- Delta Air Lines has announced today the expansion of its service from Boston to some key destinations in the Caribbean. The airline will launch a Saturday nonstop flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and a Saturday nonstop flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
August 15, 2016
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Following a travel alert issued for the Cayman Islands by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, after the territory confirmed two cases of local zika transmission, the Department of Tourism (DoT) is braced for the potential impact.
August 9, 2016
CALGARY, Canada -- WestJet will begin serving Belize City, Belize, non-stop from Toronto Pearson International Airport starting October 29, 2016. "WestJet is proud to become the only Canadian carrier to fly non-stop to the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize,"...
August 8, 2016
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- While various islands in the Caribbean are working hard on their connection with a ferry, the ABC islands ferry project is struggling. The ferry project to connect Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao by sea looked very promising but it appears that it might not crystallize.
August 6, 2016
OTTAWA, Canada -- In a series of updates this month, the Canadian government has issued new travel advisories for a number of Caribbean countries. Most notable of these is that Canadian citizens travelling to Saint Lucia are now recommended to exercise a “high degree of caution”.
August 4, 2016
ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) on Wednesday issued a zika virus travel notice for Antigua and Barbuda and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Local mosquito transmission...
July 28, 2016
ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) on Tuesday issued a zika virus travel notice for Saba. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with zika virus...
July 27, 2016
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- United Airlines plans to expand its Saturday service between the airline's New York/Newark gateway airport, Liberty International Airport (EWR) and St Kitts (SKB). United will recommence service on November 19, 2016, and will fly throughout the winter, summer...
July 26, 2016
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- An esteemed epidemiologist says, unless you are pregnant or planning to conceive, you can have a worry-free vacation in Puerto Rico. Echoing Puerto Rico Tourism Company's (PRTC) ongoing efforts to educate visitors about zika, Dr D.A. Henderson...
July 22, 2016
ROAD TOWN, BVI -- the British Virgin Islands Cabinet has approved the implementation of the BVI Visa Exemption Programme that will go into effect from Thursday, September 1. The programme will allow nationals of a country that require a BVI visa, but who also hold a United Kingdom...
July 22, 2016
NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue will offer its successful Mint premium service to Grenada starting in January 2017. JetBlue is a top airline in the Caribbean and Grenada will become the fifth Mint market in the region. Mint flights are now on sale and will operate seasonally on Saturdays between New York’s...
July 21, 2016
OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica is close to finalising a multi-destination marketing arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Speaking in a recent interview, the minister said that an agreement has already...
July 21, 2016
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies, has reported that travel demand to Barbados on all Expedia sites grew nearly 30 percent in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same time in 2015. Additionally, 20 percent of travel demand...
July 19, 2016
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Delta Air Lines and Seaborne Airlines, an airline based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, have announced a codeshare agreement that will provide customers from both airlines with increased travel options to and from the United States and the Caribbean.
July 19, 2016
While the air transport industry is complex, the challenges in the region are not insurmountable; many of the solutions are there to be implemented. Unfortunately however, often times the political will does not ensue. In this light, a regional petition has commenced to amplify the voice of, and...
July 16, 2016
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The US Embassy in Nassau said on Thursday that its crime warning on The Bahamas this week was in no way linked to the ministry of foreign affairs’ travel advisory on the United States last Friday. The new crime warning led many Bahamians to assert...
July 15, 2016
NEW YORK, USA -- The newly opened, all-inclusive Meliá Braco Village in Jamaica was introduced to the media at a cocktail reception at sister brand hotel, Innside New York on Tuesday. Meliá’s award-winning name has fully transformed this Jamaica property – its first ever on the island...
July 15, 2016
ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) on Thursday issued a zika virus travel notice for St Eustatius. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected.
July 15, 2016
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Long stay visitors to Barbados spent 20 percent more money during the first quarter of 2016 than during the same period in 2015. These are the findings of the quarterly survey conducted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) on behalf of the destination.
July 14, 2016
NASSAU, Bahamas -- In what is widely seen as a “tit for tat” response to a similar travel warning issued by The Bahamas foreign ministry in relation to the United States, the US embassy in Nassau on Tuesday warned Americans traveling to The Bahamas of a “significant increase” in armed...
July 12, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana is set to grow tremendously in the coming year after a second offshore well confirmed a mega discovery of oil and gas, and the aviation sector, which has been neglected for decades, is now getting a lot of attention from the government.
July 12, 2016
LONDON, England -- Market research company Euromonitor International has released its latest travel research, providing the latest insights on the industry performance. According to Euromonitor’s new research, global travel and tourism sales grew consistently despite high external...
July 11, 2016
NASSAU, Bahamas -- In an ironic twist contrasting with the more usual US travel advisories about crime and violence in The Bahamas, the ministry of foreign affairs and immigration has issued a travel advisory, urging Bahamian men to cooperate with American police officers and...
July 9, 2016
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM) will again make a profit, according to its new director Robbi Lachmising, who brought SLM out of the red from 2000 to 2004. This period is seen as one of the best financial times in the airline’s history. In the past decade since Lachmising...
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