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'Authentic Cuba' tourism campaign extended across Russia

September 22, 2014
'Authentic Cuba' tourism campaign extended across Russia HAVANA, Cuba (AIN) -- From Monday, the tourism campaign “Authentic Cuba” will promote the holiday resorts on the island in the east central region of Russia -- an untapped market, according to Edilberto Riverón, the representative of the ministry of tourism (MINTUR) in Russia.

Surinam Airways flights to Aruba to be banned if government fails to comply with ultimatum

September 20, 2014
Surinam Airways flights to Aruba to be banned if government fails to comply with ultimatum ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- According to a report from Noticiacla.com in Aruba, the government of Suriname has five days to respond to the situation of Insel Air Aruba. If they fail to comply, then Aruba will stop all the flights from Surinam Airways to the island for a period of six months.

St Lucia to upgrade and expand tourism sector

September 20, 2014
St Lucia to upgrade and expand tourism sector LUTON, England -- The fourth edition of the Saint Lucia UK Showcase and the 21st Gala Awards took place last week in England. The event welcomed guest of honour Dr Kenny Anthony, prime minister of Saint Lucia, who thanked the UK travel trade for its support and commitment to the island.

New airline operating successfully to Dominica

September 17, 2014
New airline operating successfully to Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- The newly launched Hummingbird Airlines has been operating flights in and from Canefield Airport in Dominica every Thursday and Sunday since July 11, 2014. Proprietor of Hummingbird Airlines, Samuel Raphael, said according to feedback from the public, the airline’s service is great.

LIAT restructures network and winter schedule

September 13, 2014
LIAT restructures network and winter schedule ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- As part of a major initiative to restructure its commercial activities to meet customer needs and to improve performance of the airline, LIAT will change its schedule periods from the three seasonal schedules currently produced to a standard IATA schedule, which covers two seasons.

Southwest Airlines announces new service to San Jose, Costa Rica

September 13, 2014
Southwest Airlines announces new service to San Jose, Costa Rica DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has filed an application with the US Department of Transportation to add its first destination in Central America, with daily roundtrip service between Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) and Juan Santamaria International Airport.

American Airlines to start daily service to Grenada

September 10, 2014
American Airlines to start daily service to Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- Minister responsible for civil aviation, Alexandra Otway-Noel, has announced that, after months of ongoing negotiation, Grenada has finally been able to secure additional airlift from American Airlines.  The minister disclosed that American Airlines...

Delta Air Lines increases planned USVI service

September 10, 2014
Delta Air Lines increases planned USVI service ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands economy will receive a greater boost now that the new Delta Air Lines service between Atlanta and St Croix will run longer than originally planned.  The USVI Department of Tourism confirmed that the weekly service, scheduled to return to the territory on...

Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas announces first seven destination partners

September 6, 2014
Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas announces first seven destination partners ST MICHAEL, Barbados -- Seven destinations in the Caribbean and Central America region will receive support to enhance the long-term viability of their tourism sectors. On Thursday, the Sustainable Destinations Alliance for the Americas (SDAA) announced its first seven destination partners.

Airlift key to diversifying tourism product, says Barbados minister

September 6, 2014
Airlift key to diversifying tourism product, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- As more destinations compete for a piece of the world’s tourism pie, this country’s tourism minister, Richard Sealy, has stated that the diversification of Barbados’s product must be accompanied by airlift from non-traditional destinations.

Return of Condor Airlines heralds further tourism growth for Grenada

September 5, 2014
Return of Condor Airlines heralds further tourism growth for Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- With the imminent return of direct flights from Frankfurt, Germany, via Condor Airlines later in the year, Grenada’s tourism and civil aviation minister said she anticipates a further increase in the islands’ tourist arrival figures during the second half of 2014.

Over 400,000 cruise passengers visited St Kitts in first seven months of 2014

September 4, 2014
Over 400,000 cruise passengers visited St Kitts in first seven months of 2014 BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The St Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) has reported that cruise passenger arrivals to St Kitts’ Port Zante topped the 400,000 mark during the first seven months of this year. SCASPA’s Department of Finance and Statistics figures indicate that...

Colombia's Cartagena on track to be next business and leisure hub in Latin America

September 4, 2014
Colombia's Cartagena on track to be next business and leisure hub in Latin America CARTAGENA, Colombia -- Cartagena de Indias, the picturesque colonial city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, is experiencing major growth in investment and international arrivals, leading to huge gains in tourism and business development, according to Proexport Colombia, the country's trade...

'Follow Grenada' campaign targets university students

September 3, 2014
'Follow Grenada' campaign targets university students ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) has launched its Follow Grenada campaign, an innovative marketing strategy targeting students of the St George’s University (SGU), their families and friends. The campaign aims to increase visitor arrivals by encouraging...

Caribbean tourism numbers growing fueled by US confidence

August 30, 2014
Caribbean tourism numbers growing fueled by US confidence BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean recorded a rise in visitor arrivals during the first half of this year, keeping pace with the world average. The region enjoyed a 4.3 percent increase during the first six months of the 2014, much in line with the world average of 4.7 percent.

Grenada Tourism Authority now represented in Germany

August 28, 2014
Grenada Tourism Authority now represented in Germany ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Grenada Tourism Authority has appointed Margit Schwarz of Discover the World Marketing GmbH as sales representative and focal marketing point in Germany. This appointment supports the imminent return of Condor’s direct flights from Frankfurt, Germany, to Grenada.

Guatemala's growing cruise industry maximizes revenue potential

August 27, 2014
Guatemala's growing cruise industry maximizes revenue potential GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- One of the reasons to visit Guatemala this year lies within their cruise offering, which allows passengers to experience just enough about the country’s culture, gastronomy and exotic nature to lure back approximately 70 percent of visitors for a longer stay.

Cuban tourism keeps up the pace in 2014

August 23, 2014
Cuban tourism keeps up the pace in 2014 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Two million travelers have visited Cuba so far this year as the island’s tourism industry keeps up the pace in its efforts to reach for the first time three million international visitors. From January to date, there was growth in tourist arrivals mainly from Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Potential catastrophe on Aruba flight results in lawsuit against charter airline

August 22, 2014
Potential catastrophe on Aruba flight results in lawsuit against charter airline MIAMI, USA -- Two former flight attendants for Falcon Air Express have filed a lawsuit against the Miami-based charter airline claiming they were fired after reporting dangerous situations that could have endangered the lives of the passengers and crew during two flights last year to and from Aruba.

St Lucia prepares for increased cruise ship visits

August 22, 2014
St Lucia prepares for increased cruise ship visits CASTRIES, St Lucia -- After an eight-year hiatus, Port Castries is back on the Disney Cruise Lines itinerary with a total of five calls to Saint Lucia for the 2014/2015 cruise season. Port Castries is poised to welcome over 685,000 cruise passengers and over 375 cruise ships for the upcoming cruise season.

Suriname refuses Aruba airline landing permission

August 21, 2014
Suriname refuses Aruba airline landing permission ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Insel Air Aruba may not land in Suriname after the Surinamese aviation authority refused to authorize direct flights between Aruba and Paramaribo, the Aruban website Noticiacla.com reported. On Monday, an Insel Air Aruba aircraft had to make a detour via Curacao.

Haiti's local community to benefit from additional fee from cruise passengers

August 20, 2014
Haiti's local community to benefit from additional fee from cruise passengers PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, announced on Monday that an agreement has been reached between the Haitian government and the Royal Caribbean Cruise lines to add two dollars on the fee paid by each tourist visiting the northern Labadie seaside resort.

Challenges continue for Phoenix Airways

August 18, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Phoenix Airways, now in its first month of operations in St Kitts, is encouraging passengers to stand by the airline even as complaints mount about poor service and the airline by its own admission is having difficulties with passenger loads.

Cartagena: Newest hotspot for luxury weddings

August 14, 2014
Cartagena: Newest hotspot for luxury weddings CARTAGENA DE INDIAS, Colombia -- Cartagena de Indias is recognized as one of the most beautiful and best preserved ancient cities of America. Today, the walled city opens its doors to thousands of Colombians and foreigners who wish to have the wedding of their dreams in a destination full of magic and charm.

LIAT reorganises its commercial department

August 12, 2014
LIAT reorganises its commercial department ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Regional airline LIAT has announced changes to its commercial structure in order to bring a sharper focus on revenue generation. Lloyd Carswell, an internationally experienced chief commercial officer, is being appointed in this role on an interim basis for three to four months.

Barbados government pushing niche tourism

August 11, 2014
Barbados government pushing niche tourism BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados’ sports tourism niche is reaping success for the island as a destination, and this country’s minister of tourism and international transport, Richard Sealy, is promising more developments in this area. He gave this vote of confidence in the island’s tourism product while...

Caribbean tourism prepares for major change

August 8, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Caribbean and global tourism thought leaders will gather in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, next month to discuss and devise strategies to position Caribbean tourism for major change. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s State of the Industry...

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