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Jamaica expects more Chinese visitors

November 22, 2014
Jamaica expects more Chinese visitors MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- The recent elimination of the need for Chinese tourists to obtain a visitor’s visa to vacation in Jamaica is expected to play a major role in attracting nationals from that country, says tourism and entertainment minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill.

Barbados wants more Canadian tourists

November 22, 2014
Barbados wants more Canadian tourists BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Prime Minister Freundel Stuart believes that Barbados must take back the Canadian tourism market. He expressed this view on Wednesday evening during a reception held for 33 Canadians who were in Barbados on a ten-day visit organised by Betty Hope-Gittens.

New flight service to be offered from New York to Cuba

November 21, 2014
New flight service to be offered from New York to Cuba CYPRESS, USA -- Cuba Travel Services, an authorized carrier service provider with offices in California and Florida, will now be offering direct flights from New York's JFK Airport to Havana, Cuba. Cuba Travel Services arranges flights operated by American Airlines and Sun Country Airlines.

InselAir starts two weekly flights from Aruba to Manaus, Brazil

November 13, 2014
InselAir starts two weekly flights from Aruba to Manaus, Brazil ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- InselAir will start operating two weekly flights from Aruba to Manaus, in northern Brazil, as of January 14, 2015. Manaus will be InselAir’s 20th destination and tickets can be purchased at any InselAir ticket office and via local and online travel agents. Passengers from other...

Virgin returning to Tobago in 2015

November 12, 2014
Virgin returning to Tobago in 2015 LONDON, England -- Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic will soon be returning to Tobago, less than a year after news broke that the major airline was withdrawing its direct service from London. The new Virgin flights will return to Tobago next spring, in time for the summer 2015 tourist season.

Condor Airlines returns to Grenada from Germany

November 11, 2014
Condor Airlines returns to Grenada from Germany ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Condor Airlines resumed its direct flight service from Frankfurt, Germany, on Saturday after three years. The ten-hour flight landed in the afternoon, bringing 136 passengers to Grenada. The weekly flight service will continue until April 11, 2015, and is expected to boost...

LIAT expands distribution and e-ticketing technology

November 11, 2014
LIAT expands distribution and e-ticketing technology SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Sabre Corporation has expanded a multi-year distribution and technology agreement with LIAT, The Caribbean Airline which is based in Antigua. In addition to bolstering its commerce strategy with the agency channel, LIAT has implemented enhanced capabilities that...

NYC operator to begin guided tours to Cuba in April 2015

November 11, 2014
NYC operator to begin guided tours to Cuba in April 2015 NEW YORK, USA -- A tour operator based in New York City will begin taking American tourists to Cuba next year. The 11-ay smarTours Cuba vacation will begin in April and May 2015 from $2,999 per person based on double occupancy, including airfare. Due to limited availability and significant demand...

Chikungunya outbreak progresses in Caribbean, travelers to area remain at risk

November 8, 2014
Chikungunya outbreak progresses in Caribbean, travelers to area remain at risk ATLANTA, USA -- Fall in the United States means residents in most of the country will see fewer mosquitoes and less risk of the diseases they spread. However, the chikungunya outbreak in Caribbean and Central and South American countries continues to spread, with no sign of slowing down.

WINAIR upgrades reservation system

November 7, 2014
WINAIR upgrades reservation system SIMPSON BAY, St Maarten -- Regional airline WINAIR has been training its staff on the new SITA booking system, in order to make reservations and the booking process much more efficient.  Accordingly, the WINAIR reservation system will be closed for bookings during November 5 -13.

Inaugural culinary showcase kicks off in Anguilla

November 7, 2014
Inaugural culinary showcase kicks off in Anguilla THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The Anguilla Tourist Board is supporting “Epicurea: Taste. Play. Smile.” -- a weekend culinary showcase scheduled for November 6-10, 2014. The inaugural four-day event brings together The Met Golfer, the official publication of the Metropolitan Golf Association...

British Airways adds flight to Tobago

November 6, 2014
British Airways adds flight to Tobago LONDON, England -- British Airways has announced that, from the Spring of 2015, it will be commence an additional flight to Tobago to increase airlift to the island. The airline's head of commercial (Gatwick) Colm Lacy told the UK launch of the BA Tobago Legends Football Classic...

Airline cancels planned flights to Bahamas, citing resort opening delay

November 6, 2014
Airline cancels planned flights to Bahamas, citing resort opening delay NASSAU, Bahamas -- Two weeks ahead of when flights were due to begin into Nassau, Bahamas, on two new routes from Trenton, New Jersey and Washington, DC – and only months after announcing the new routes – Frontier Airlines has dropped the new routes amid apparent concerns...

Carnival Cruise Lines returns to Grenada after 15 years

November 5, 2014
Carnival Cruise Lines returns to Grenada after 15 years ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Carnival Cruise Lines returned to Grenada for the 2014/2015 cruise season on Tuesday, after an absence of 15 years. The Carnival Splendor berthed for the first time from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at Melville Street Cruise Terminal with a passenger capacity of 3,002.

USVI gets set for November bridal symposium

November 4, 2014
USVI gets set for November bridal symposium ST CROIX, USVI -- A group of world class bridal experts, travel agents, and regional and national media will arrive in the US Virgin Islands in two weeks' time for the second annual Bridal Educational Symposium on November 18-19, 2014, on St Croix. The two-day event has attracted close to a dozen journalists.

Jetblue now offers new direct service to St Lucia from Boston

November 4, 2014
Jetblue now offers new direct service to St Lucia from Boston CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saturday, November 1, marked the introduction of JetBlue’s new direct service from Boston to Saint Lucia, with this new flight operating throughout the winter of 2014/2015. “JetBlue began flying to St Lucia from New York in October 2009 offering direct service three times a week...

Air carrier and tour operator team up to re-enter Guyana

November 3, 2014
Air carrier and tour operator team up to re-enter Guyana GREENSBORO, USA -- Dynamic Airways, which had a rocky start on its Guyana service earlier this year, and tour operator Travelspan, which also pulled out of Guyana, have teamed up to re-enter the Guyana market on November 22 after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) granted approval.

LIAT introduces greater booking flexibility

November 1, 2014
LIAT introduces greater booking flexibility ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Regional airline LIAT has undertaken a review of the fares that were traditionally offered to customers and has increased the range from seven to 15. The move, which will offer customers greater choice and flexibility when booking tickets with LIAT, came into effect at...

Automated border control expands into the Caribbean

November 1, 2014
Automated border control expands into the Caribbean DENVER, USA -- In the past week, Denver International Airport, Lynden Pindling International Airport in The Bahamas, and Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba announced they will join the ranks of 25 regional airports currently offering expedited border control processing to international travelers.

LIAT to cut fleet in 2015

October 31, 2014
LIAT to cut fleet in 2015 ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Regional airline LIAT is about to embark on its annual budget planning exercise and to put in place its operational plans for 2015. As a result of the airline's fleet transition programme LIAT will be a smaller airline in 2015 than in 2014, operating a fleet of nine aircraft as opposed to 11 in 2014.

Caribbean tourism sector warned to make better use of technology or risk losing business

October 31, 2014
Caribbean tourism sector warned to make better use of technology or risk losing business SCARBOROUGH, Tobago -- If the Caribbean tourism industry is not prepared to cater to visitors in this new digital age, they will lose business to destinations capable of doing so. This assertion was made by Orville London, chief secretary in the Tobago House of Assembly, during the opening ceremony...

Pilot error caused 2011 plane crash in Guyana, says report

October 27, 2014
Pilot error caused 2011 plane crash in Guyana, says report PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A Caribbean Airlines (CAL) aircraft crashed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana in 2011 because of a number of factors, including a lack of effective communication in the cockpit, an official report released in the South American country has said.

Cuba announces new air connections for winter season

October 27, 2014
Cuba announces new air connections for winter season HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- New air routes to Cuba will be available for the high (winter) tourism season from November-April, the island's tourism officials announced on Friday. Cuban tourism ministry's communications director, Dalila Gonzalez, said that Cubana Airlines will inaugurate a new route...

LIAT takes road shows to Guyana ahead of introduction of additional flights

October 24, 2014
LIAT takes road shows to Guyana ahead of introduction of additional flights ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- A delegation from LIAT’s Commercial Department will be in the Guyana capital, Georgetown, this week for two road shows to promote the launch of three additional flights per week between Barbados and Ogle, taking the airline's weekly services to ten per week.

New Ebola travel bans by Suriname and Dominican Republic

October 23, 2014
New Ebola travel bans by Suriname and Dominican Republic PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname and the Dominican Republic became the latest countries in the region that will no longer allow entry to foreign travellers if they have previously been to Ebola-hit West African countries. According to a protocol issued by the Suriname health ministry, travellers other than...

Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national

October 21, 2014
Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A national of Sierra Leone residing in Britain has criticized the travel ban imposed by St Kitts and Nevis and a number of other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. Communications consultant Desmond Gordon told WINN FM that the ban is unfair.

Trinidad refuses entry to Nigerian woman

October 21, 2014
Trinidad refuses entry to Nigerian woman PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In what can be described as the first person to be banned from Trinidad and Tobago following new rules implemented last week as the country responds to the current Ebola threat, a Nigerian woman was turned away when she landed at Piarco International Airport on Friday.

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