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No Ebola travel ban for Barbados; Antigua-Barbuda imposes restrictions

October 20, 2014
No Ebola travel ban for Barbados; Antigua-Barbuda imposes restrictions BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados has not banned travel to or from West Africa but the ministry of health has recommended that residents defer travel to the region unless absolutely essential until the current Ebola outbreak is brought under control. Travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone...

World Travel Awards postpones Anguilla gala ceremony

October 20, 2014
World Travel Awards postpones Anguilla gala ceremony LONDON, England -- World Travel Awards has been forced to postpone its annual Caribbean and North America Gala Ceremony until April 2015. The event had been due to take place in Anguilla on October 24. However, the recent impact of Hurricane Gonzalo on the island disrupted preparations.

Guyana imposes travel restrictions for West Africans

October 18, 2014
Guyana imposes travel restrictions for West Africans GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- All persons travelling to Guyana from West African countries affected by the Ebola virus disease have been barred from Guyana until further notice. This was announced by Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon at his post-Cabinet media briefing.

Netherlands says it has nothing to do with open skies between Antilles and Suriname

October 16, 2014
Netherlands says it has nothing to do with open skies between Antilles and Suriname WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- “The current aviation agreement between the Netherlands and Suriname is separate from the aviation relationship between Aruba and Suriname, and therefore contains no impediment for InselAir to fly between Aruba and Suriname directly,” the Dutch minister of foreign affairs...

Bahamas airlift 'improving' following new airline deal

October 16, 2014
Bahamas airlift 'improving' following new airline deal NASSAU, Bahamas -- The national director of airlift in The Bahamas has stated that the country’s airlift situation is “improving” following a newly established route into New Providence, which will provide seasonal service to the island beginning in January. Tyrone Sawyer told Guardian Business...

Martinique makes strong push to boost visitors from North America

October 16, 2014
Martinique makes strong push to boost visitors from North America NEW YORK, USA -- Seeking to boost its visitor arrivals from North America during the 2014-2015 peak winter travel season, the Martinique Tourism Authority is hosting four editions of The Martinique Magnifique Travel Show in the key gateway cities of Montreal, Toronto, New York, and Miami.

New direct Switzerland-Cuba flight announced

October 16, 2014
New direct Switzerland-Cuba flight announced HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Swiss airline Edelweiss will incorporate an additional direct flight between Zurich and Havana, starting in April 2015, Cuba’s Tourism Ministry (MINTUR) announced on Tuesday. The route, which will have two frequencies a week, will make it possible to increase...

Scheduled charter service planned to five Bahamas destinations from Fort Lauderdale and New York

October 16, 2014
Scheduled charter service planned to five Bahamas destinations from Fort Lauderdale and New York FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- In introducing its new Saab 2000 aircraft at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) on Monday, Texas-based Meregrass, Inc. announced plans to offer scheduled charter service to five Bahamas destinations from Fort Lauderdale and one from New York.

New Aruba streetcar shows off improved downtown

October 14, 2014
New Aruba streetcar shows off improved downtown ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- If you haven’t been back to Aruba for a while, a return visit reveals an array of upgrades and additions. Two new hotels have opened; one along Eagle Beach called Blue Residences, a three tower condo/hotel property. The other is the celebrated Ritz-Carlton Resort & Spa.

Cayman Airways named a top eight airline in the world

October 14, 2014
Cayman Airways named a top eight airline in the world GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Respected travel critic Richard Bangs has just issued his choice of top eight airlines worldwide, and Cayman Airways is on the list.  In his article “The Eight Great Airlines for 2015” written for the Huffington Post, Bangs says that in the past months...

Little known Venezuelan airline to begin Suriname flights

October 11, 2014
Little known Venezuelan airline to begin Suriname flights PARAGUANA, Venezuela -- As part of tourism agreements between Venezuela and Suriname, an obscure small airline from Venezuela, Aero Paraguana, will commence service to Suriname from November 27 according to the manager of the airline, Venancio Polanco.

New tourism attractions being created in Montserrat

October 11, 2014
New tourism attractions being created in Montserrat BRADES, Montserrat -- The Montserrat Development Corporation is delivering a programme for new and improved visitor attractions in Montserrat. Improvement in the range and quality of attractions is needed if more visitors are to be brought to the island and create new jobs and businesses.

Surinam Airways seeks partnership and fleet expansion

October 11, 2014
Surinam Airways seeks partnership and fleet expansion PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM) is looking to replace the only wide-body aircraft in its fleet, the A340-300 that services the Paramaribo-Amsterdam route when its lease expires next year. SLM management is looking to replace the aircraft with two wide-body aircraft.

Curacao ranks number one in the world for cruise passenger growth in 2013

October 9, 2014
Curacao ranks number one in the world for cruise passenger growth in 2013 WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The cruise port of Curacao has been ranked number one in the world by passenger growth for 2013 in the autumn issue of Cruise Insight magazine’s “World’s top 50 cruise ports of call ranked by passenger growth.” Curacao’s remarkable growth of 41 percent also...

Pure Grenada Nutmeg-Spice Festival launched in Grenada

October 9, 2014
Pure Grenada Nutmeg-Spice Festival launched in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association (GHTA) recently announced the launch of the second Pure Grenada Nutmeg and Spice Festival, a nationwide celebration of agricultural, culinary and artistic history of the ‘Isle of Spice”. This festival, one of the unique...

Barbados charting new path for tourism

October 8, 2014
Barbados charting new path for tourism BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The future development of the tourism industry in Barbados must not be left to chance, but there must be a concerted effort from government and stakeholders to provide strategic direction to this vital sector. This view was expressed on Saturday night by minister of tourism...

Argentinean Airlines to start flights to Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico

October 8, 2014
Argentinean Airlines to start flights to Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Flights to Cuba by Aerolineas Argentinas (Argentinean Airlines, AA) will begin on January, as well as to other destinations in the Caribbean as part of a plan to expand routes, the head of AA, Mariano Recalde, confirmed on Monday. The Buenos Aires-Havana service will begin on...

Branding St Kitts and Nevis in the UK

October 4, 2014
Branding St Kitts and Nevis in the UK BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- A high-powered delegation from the private and public sector, led by the minister of tourism and international transport, Senator Ricky Skerritt, recently left St Kitts and Nevis to attend a series of marketing meetings in London. These high-profile trade events...

Haitian provincial town welcomes first international flight from Florida

October 4, 2014
Haitian provincial town welcomes first international flight from Florida CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (HCNN) -- A Boeing 757 aircraft landed on Thursday at the newly built international airport in Haiti's northern provincial town of Cap Haitien, as American Airlines operated its inaugural international flight to a Haitian airport other than the one in the Caribbean country's capital Port-au-Prince.

LIAT announces October seat sale

October 2, 2014
 LIAT announces October seat sale ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- LIAT, the Caribbean Airline, has launched a seat sale offering big savings on fares to its 18 destinations. Tickets for travel must be bought no later than 23:59hrs on 3rd October. The tickets on offer for sale apply for travel between 29 September and 31 October 2014 inclusive.

Seaborne announces interline agreement with United Airlines

October 1, 2014
Seaborne announces interline agreement with United Airlines SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Seaborne Airlines on Tuesday announced the introduction of a new interline agreement with United Airlines, providing customers convenient connections between the networks of United and Seaborne Airlines. Now customers have the convenience of purchasing a single ticket.

Cuban flag carrier reintroduces direct flights to Costa Rica

September 27, 2014
Cuban flag carrier reintroduces direct flights to Costa Rica HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The head of the institutional communication group of Cubana de Aviacion SA, Walfredo Riveron, said on Thursday that the island's flag carrier will reintroduce direct flights between Cuba and Costa Rica on November 16. He added that the new route for the Cuban airline...

Caribbean tourism sector advised to focus attention on needs of modern traveller

September 26, 2014
Caribbean tourism sector advised to focus attention on needs of modern traveller ORANJESTAD, St Eustatius -- Regional tourism planners and policymakers have been advised to stop catering to the visitor of yesterday and focus on the needs of the modern traveller in order to survive growing competition from both emerging and traditional Caribbean markets.

Puerto Rico debuts as leading Caribbean yachting destination at Monaco Yacht Show

September 26, 2014
Puerto Rico debuts as leading Caribbean yachting destination at Monaco Yacht Show SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico is participating in the Monaco Yacht Show this week, taking its Caribbean flair to the French Riviera to demonstrate why it is an ideal destination for yachters worldwide. The island's four marinas, yachting maintenance facilities, luxury attractions and natural beauty...

Additional airlift for Antigua from British Airways

September 26, 2014
Additional airlift for Antigua from British Airways LONDON, England -- Antigua and Barbuda will benefit from an additional flight with British Airways for Summer 2015. This increase comes, following a meeting held with British Airways officials this week at the BA headquarters in England, but also on the back of the airline’s growing confidence.

Celebrate Halloween with dive outings at mysterious Bahamas vortex

September 25, 2014
Celebrate Halloween with dive outings at mysterious Bahamas vortex ALICE TOWN, Bahamas -- Legends and oddities abound in and around the tiny Bahamas out-island of Bimini, but none so strange as the inexplicable Bimini Vortex -- a patch of ocean just 35 miles offshore. Like a pond in the middle of the Gulf Stream, the mysterious vortex -- some say is...

St Vincent issues entry restriction as Trinidad evaluates Ebola preparedness

September 24, 2014
St Vincent issues entry restriction as Trinidad evaluates Ebola preparedness PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines has announced that, with immediate effect, all travellers to St Vincent and the Grenadines from West Africa, especially students from Nigeria, must be in possession of a valid entry visa and certified medical certificate...

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