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Suriname immigration bureaucracy and corruption discourages tourism

February 18, 2017
Suriname immigration bureaucracy and corruption discourages tourism PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Entering Suriname through its four main ports of entry can be an arduous, long and problematic ordeal since most visitors require a visa to enter the country, and sometimes rogue agents and the police at these four entry points prey on helpless visitors.

Antigua-Barbuda launches world's first tourism social media channel dedicated to romance

February 18, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda launches world's first tourism social media channel dedicated to romance ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua and Barbuda celebrated Valentine’s Day by launching the world’s first tourism social media channel, dedicated entirely to romance on Facebook. Known for being one of the most romantic destinations in the world, and holding the record for most weddings per capita...

Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter

February 16, 2017
Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter ARLINGTON, USA -- Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, reported on Tuesday that travelers looking to fly south during the winter months can expect to pay slightly less than last year.  Nearly 240,000 air tickets to...

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 3 of 6): AK-47s and God

February 16, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 3 of 6): AK-47s and God Slightly hung-over, I stumbled my way out of the hostel property. “You can take a ride with us, bud,” a driver who was bringing backpackers to the city center said as he stood in one of Guatemala’s many military-styled trucks. “No, gracias. I have a bus waiting for me.” I was stupid enough to...

Cuba travel projected to grow in 2017, according to new survey

February 15, 2017
Cuba travel projected to grow in 2017, according to new survey PLYMOUTH, USA -- Demand for Cuba travel is not slowing among American travelers despite the continued US government restrictions limiting approved travel to the island nation via 12 authorized categories, based on trend information released on Tuesday. According to Cuban officials...

Caribbean tourism arrivals hit all-time high

February 10, 2017
Caribbean tourism arrivals hit all-time high BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Caribbean tourism broke new ground in 2016, surpassing 29 million arrivals for the first time ever, and once again growing faster than the global average. “Despite political, security and economic uncertainties and challenges in our main source markets, tourist arrivals...

Caribbean hoteliers predict positive tourism performance for 2017

February 9, 2017
Caribbean hoteliers predict positive tourism performance for 2017 NASSAU, Bahamas -- Caribbean tourism fared well in 2016 and industry stakeholders are generally upbeat about the year ahead, despite the fact that many hoteliers were forced to adjust their high performance expectations for 2016 as the year progressed due to unforeseen events.

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 2 of 6): The Bridge of Letting Go

February 9, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 2 of 6): The Bridge of Letting Go I bid the taxi driver farewell, silently thanked him for not trying to rob me (again, stupid but true) and followed the teenager, Daniel, down the street. “Just hop in there and wait for a bit, my friend,” he said as he pointed to a very large truck with a huge bed in the back covered with a green military tarp.

Airbnb and Caribbean Tourism Organization sign cooperation agreement

February 8, 2017
Airbnb and Caribbean Tourism Organization sign cooperation agreement BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region's tourism development agency, and Airbnb, whose community marketplace provides access to millions of unique accommodations, today signed a landmark agreement to develop a set of policy principles and...

US visitors to the Cayman Islands to pre-clear, China gets visa-free entry

February 6, 2017
US visitors to the Cayman Islands to pre-clear, China gets visa-free entry GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Cayman Islands premier has announced some immigration changes that will impact travellers to Cayman and Caymanian travellers. Speaking at the Cayman Economic Outlook conference on Thursday, Premier Alden McLaughlin said...

Jamaica ready for health and wellness tourism

February 6, 2017
Jamaica ready for health and wellness tourism MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, says the country’s medical talent pool is at a stage where a successful launch into the health and wellness tourism market can be done. Addressing the launch of the Zierlich International...

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 1): Why would anyone want to go to Guatemala?

February 2, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 1): Why would anyone want to go to Guatemala? “Why would anyone want to go to Guatemala?” I asked myself as I sat in front of my laptop in Costa Rica’s Cafe Milagro. I had been in the country for a month and wanted to get out and explore the rest of Central America. The usual suspects? Nicaragua. Nah, another time. Panama. Been there...

Antigua-Barbuda tourism minister presents cruise facilities masterplan to cruise executives

February 1, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda tourism minister presents cruise facilities masterplan to cruise executives MIAMI, USA -- After three days of discussions and presentations to cruise industry decision-makers in South Florida, Antigua and Barbuda’s minister of tourism, Asot Michael, is “very encouraged” about the future of his country’s cruise sector. The minister’s optimism follows his recent visit...

More stay-over visitors for BVI in 2016

February 1, 2017
More stay-over visitors for BVI in 2016 ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands tourism sector continues a pattern of growth, as indicated by an increase in overnight visitor arrivals during 2016. According to figures recently released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) of the BVI government, there were 406,027 overnight...

Bahamas to improve airport infrastructure

January 28, 2017
Bahamas to improve airport infrastructure WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $35 million loan designed to improve infrastructure at four airports on the Family Islands, as The Bahamas' less developed outer islands are known. The loan will contribute to the archipelago's regional...

US embassy dispels fake news about new visa-free travel policy for entire Caribbean

January 27, 2017
US embassy dispels fake news about new visa-free travel policy for entire Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS has dispelled rumours that new US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow all Caribbean nationals to travel to the United States without visas. The embassy said in a...

BVI Airways receives operating approval from UK regulator

January 26, 2017
BVI Airways receives operating approval from UK regulator ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands is making moves towards improved air access following the receipt by BVI Airways of a revised Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from its United Kingdom based regulator, Air Safety Support International. The AOC has authorised BVI Airways...

Jamaica to benefit from high-end luxury tourism market

January 25, 2017
Jamaica to benefit from high-end luxury tourism market KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica stands to benefit tremendously from the high-end luxury tourism market, noting that there is a lot of investor interest for the destination. Fresh from his one-week stint in Spain where he attended the FITUR...

Surinam Airways must 'think big', says aviation expert

January 23, 2017
Surinam Airways must 'think big', says aviation expert PARAMARIBO, Suirname -- In his assessment of Surinam Airways (SLM), aviation expert Tomas Chlumecky has called on the airline to “get out of the thinking small syndrome, and to take bold measures” to grow in the region because there is great potential for the national airline of Suriname.

Winair, Air France and KLM teams meet in BVI

January 21, 2017
Winair, Air France and KLM teams meet in BVI TORTOLA, BVI -- Winair, Air France and KLM held a joint sales and marketing meeting in Tortola, British Virtgin Islands on January 9, 2017. Presenters were Martijn Ten Broecke for Air France and KLM, Claudio Buncamper and Michael Cleaver for Winair. The main objective was to share the latest...

Cayman Airways to start nonstop flights to Roatan in March

January 21, 2017
Cayman Airways to start nonstop flights to Roatan in March GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Cayman Airways Limited will begin twice-weekly Boeing 737 nonstop flights between Grand Cayman (GCM) and Roatan (RTB) beginning March 16, 2017. Cayman Airways currently operates year-round flights from Grand Cayman to La Ceiba, Honduras.

Airbnb and Curacao sign tourism agreement

January 19, 2017
Airbnb and Curacao sign tourism agreement WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao’s minister of economic development, Eugene Rhuggenaath, and the minister of finance, Kenneth Gijsbertha, on behalf of the government, has signed an important agreement with Airbnb that will help to promote Curacao as a world-class tourist destination.

Escape the cold! Puerto Rico offers a worry-free beach vacation

January 14, 2017
Escape the cold! Puerto Rico offers a worry-free beach vacation SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- If your New Year’s resolution is to travel more, now is the perfect time for a quick and inexpensive beach vacation. Year after year, Puerto Rico continues to earn its reputation as the “Jewel of the Caribbean” and with no need for a passport, US citizens can visit its beaches...

Suriname director of tourism sees great potential for the Guianas

January 13, 2017
Suriname director of tourism sees great potential for the Guianas PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Jerry A-Kum, director of Suriname Tourism Foundation (STF), full of energy and grand plans to develop Suriname’s tourism industry, shared in his office some achievements, and current and future plans that his organisation has to improve the tourism product of...

Marriott International brings luxury Autograph Collection to Dominica

January 13, 2017
Marriott International brings luxury Autograph Collection to Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Silver Beach Resort and Spa, one of the approved citizenship by investment real estate developments in Dominica is now part of the world’s largest hotel chain - Marriott International. The five-star luxury resort, which will debut on Dominica’s picturesque northwest coast...

CBP starts operations at new general aviation facility in San Juan, Puerto Rico

January 11, 2017
CBP starts operations at new general aviation facility in San Juan, Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that PAZOS Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Service opened a new general aviation processing facility at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (LMMIA) located in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Unstable approach led to May 2014 hard landing of Air Canada Rouge flight in Montego Bay, Jamaica

January 10, 2017
Unstable approach led to May 2014 hard landing of Air Canada Rouge flight in Montego Bay, Jamaica RICHMOND HILL, Canada -- In its investigation report (A14F0065) released on Monday, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that an unstable approach led to the May 10, 2014 hard landing of an Air Canada Rouge Airbus 319 at the Sangster International Airport...

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