News from the Caribbean:
April 15, 2015
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Dilip Sarjoe, owner of Fly All Ways Airline of Suriname, a sister company of Suriname’s Blue Wing Airlines that has been blacklisted by the European Union, was promised lucrative concessions to make Guyana one of its hubs, according to people familiar with the development.
April 15, 2015
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Spring has sprung on the Caribbean island of Dominica and, with it, a schedule brimming with fun and festivals. Events such as DOMFESTA, Hike Fest and Jazz 'n Creole invite visitors the world over to participate in the excitement. In addition, the Dominica Film...
April 15, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- With a 20 percent increase in visitor arrivals from the United States, the first quarter of 2015 illustrates strong growth for Trinidad and Tobago’s tourism sector. The US market makes up nearly 40 percent of all travelers to the destination and has shown the largest growth.
April 13, 2015
CODRINGTON, Barbuda -- Imagine Hollywood legend Robert De Niro announcing plans to develop a luxury resort project on the Caribbean island of Barbuda. Of course, it’s located near…uh, where is it? Did he mean to say Bermuda? No it is Barbuda, the smaller sister of a two island nation.
April 11, 2015
PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez and US President Barack Obama on Friday witnessed a historic agreement in which Copa Airlines and Boeing announced an order for 61 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airplanes. The order, valued at $6.6 billion at list prices...
April 9, 2015
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (WINN) -- Former Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Lester Bird says he fully supports the position taken by Prime Minister Gaston Browne over reported plans to replace regional airline LIAT with a new Barbados-led airline. Browne recently launched a verbal tirade against...
April 8, 2015
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- It may be hyperbole to suggest that the future of regional airline LIAT is 'up in the air' at the moment; however, recent outrage expressed by Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne over an alleged plan to replace LIAT with a new airline in which Barbados...
April 4, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO, USA -- Community-driven hospitality company Airbnb will become one of the first US companies to offer accommodations for licensed US travelers since President Obama eased travel restrictions to Cuba in January. Starting Thursday, travelers can choose from over 1,000 listings.
April 3, 2015
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of two iconic Jamaican properties to Curio – A Collection by Hilton, a global brand of luxury hotels for travelers who seek local discovery and authentic experiences. Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa Runaway Bay and...
April 2, 2015
NEW ROCHELLE, USA -- Following Eric Nadel's much applauded Baseball in Cuba tour in December 2014, die-hard baseball fans have an extra reason to cheer. Since President Obama's loosening of travel restrictions to the once off limits neighbouring island, travel to Cuba for sports reasons...
March 31, 2015
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- V.C Bird International Airport in Antigua will serve as an important hub for UK flag carrier British Airways, as the airline on Sunday launched its inaugural flight service from Antigua to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). The route is historic, as it will be the first direct flight...
March 31, 2015
THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) continued a strong public relations and marketing campaign with a tour of the Mid-Atlantic, as part of aggressive efforts to strengthen the destination's market share in the region. The Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show, a two-day...
March 30, 2015
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Nationals of St Kitts and Nevis holding a valid St Kitts and Nevis passport no longer require visas to travel to Brazil. This agreement was signed on January 20, 2015 and came into effect on March 7, 2015. The agreement states that citizens of St Kitts and Nevis...
March 28, 2015
BERLIN, Germany -- Haiti’s tourism product has been re-positioned to international tourism service providers at ITB Berlin 2015. A delegation from Haiti’s ministry of tourism and creative industries led by Minister Stephanie Villedrouin participated at ITB Berlin 2015, one of the world’s largest...
March 27, 2015
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- FlyMontserrat is to resume its service between Antigua and Barbuda from Monday, March 30. The Montserrat-based airline stepped in to help in December when SVG Air pulled out of Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda leaving passengers without service for six weeks.
March 27, 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, has reported significant expansion in the Haiti market in 2014, including increased travel demand, hotel partner acquisitions and a surge in mobile and package bookings for the burgeoning destination.
March 25, 2015
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Healthcare tourism is listed as an opportunity for the Caribbean region according to an article outlining "13 Opportunities for the New Caribbean." Curacao-based development consultants, Miguel Goede and Runy Calmera, cite opportunities ranging from...
March 24, 2015
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba has already been visited by one million foreign vacationers this year, which is considered a record figure for the Caribbean destination, according to the Cuban tourism ministry. The figure was reported on Saturday, 11 days before a similar number of tourists...
March 23, 2015
GUSTAVIA, St Barts -- Old planes and air shows are nothing new. But when it happens in the Caribbean, it is to be revered. Hundreds lined the approach road at Gustave III International Airport in the posh getaway island of St Barts to see history fly by. A fine collection of vintage World War II aircraft...
March 21, 2015
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The ministry of foreign affairs in the Netherlands has issued a travel warning for Venezuela. It is important to know that travel tickets are hard to get in Venezuela. This is especially true for domestic flights and flights to Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire, the ministry said.
March 19, 2015
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas ministry of tourism has announced that preliminary tourism statistics show double digit increases in air arrivals and hotel performance for the month of January. Nassau/Paradise Island welcomed 74,361 stopover visitors during the month of January.
March 17, 2015
NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways plans to offer its highly successful Mint experience from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Barbados (BGI) and Aruba (AUA), two of its most popular Caribbean routes. The new seasonal service begins in November and is available for booking.
March 16, 2015
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia has become one of the most acclaimed international tourist destinations. With its slogan "Colombia is Magical Realism," the country seeks to draw travelers by promoting its various tourism attractions according to their interests, including religious tourism.
March 13, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s main engine of economic development – the vital tourism industry – continues its impressive growth trajectory with further gains for the opening month of 2015. Following a record breaking 2014, tourism officials have reported further double digit growth.
March 12, 2015
CALABASAS, USA -- CheapAir has become the first online travel agency to enable US travelers to book flights between the US and Cuba. Earlier this year, President Obama announced new regulations that ease the US's longtime travel ban to Cuba, making it easier for Americans to travel to...
March 11, 2015
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Regional air carrier LIAT has warned customers travelling to/from Dominica and/or St Vincent of the possibility of cancelled flights and delayed baggage due to seasonal high winds in both countries. The company’s aircraft have tailwind limitations, which are set by...
March 10, 2015
TORTOLA, BVI -- Cruising is hot and the Caribbean is where it’s at – especially now in high season. Last month, St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands had nearly 70 cruise ship visits. In the neighbouring British Virgin Islands, Tortola hosted fewer than half that number. But officials in the BVI...
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