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New ferry for Trinidad and Tobago

April 14, 2014
New ferry for Trinidad and Tobago PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- An additional inter-island ferry will soon be available for passengers to travel back and forth between the sister isles of Trinidad and Tobago. The government is expected to invest at least $48 million annually to provide this newest service on board the MV Super-Fast Galicia.

Tourism facilities and flights operating normally after earthquake in Nicaragua

April 14, 2014
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Tourist attractions and accommodations, as well as commercial flights, in Nicaragua continue to be in operation after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck near the capital city of Managua at 5:30 pm on Thursday, causing minor damage.

New developments keep Aruba 'One Happy Island'

April 14, 2014
New developments keep Aruba 'One Happy Island' ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Aruba’s healthy tourism economy is fueled by a generous blend of cruise arrivals and hotel guests. Annually this popular desert destination, in the lower reaches of the Caribbean near Venezuela, attracts nearly 1.7 million visitors. It is no surprise that development is booming.

Cruise industry continues to battle unfavorable tides

April 10, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- There's an old saying that one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch. While it may not be applicable across all industries in practice, from a perceptual standpoint a single brand's negative publicity can often have repercussions for its industry competitors as well.

Lower passport fees for British citizens living overseas

April 9, 2014
LONDON, England -- Starting Monday April 7, British citizens living overseas will benefit from lower passport fees. In a statement, Britain’s immigration and security minister James Brokenshire indicated that the cost for individuals applying for British passports from outside of the UK...

Bahamas at tourism price precipice, says consultant

April 8, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamian tourism sector has reached the edge of a price level “precipice”, garnering just 35 percent of its potential market share due to price increases and standing to lose a further 15 percent if the cost of a travel package increases by just $200 more.

Curacao eases visa policy

April 2, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- An easing of Curacao’s visa policy will apply to people from Colombia, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Bolivia and the Schengen Areas starting May 1 of this year, according to the Minister of Justice Nelson Navarro. The reason given is the growth of the economy.

High cost of regional air travel unavoidable, says St Vincent PM

April 2, 2014
High cost of regional air travel unavoidable, says St Vincent PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- High travel taxes affecting regional air travel are a necessary evil, according to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman – Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Gonsalves acknowledged that there is merit in the argument...

LIAT appoints new chief executive officer

April 1, 2014
LIAT appoints new chief executive officer ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The board of directors of LIAT on Monday announced the appointment of David Evans as chief executive officer (CEO), effective April 22, 2014. Evans, a British national, is described as a results driven executive with more than 35 years of experience in senior roles within the aviation industry.

Surinam Airways to connect Cayenne and Miami

March 28, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM), in response to an email inquiry, has confirmed media reports in French Guiana that the airline will connect Cayenne to Miami, Florida, from April 5, with stops in Paramaribo and Georgetown, Guyana.

New tourism attraction opens in St Kitts

March 28, 2014
New tourism attraction opens in St Kitts SANDY POINT, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Residents of St Kitts and Nevis as well as visitors have a new attraction to experience. “We all know the song Amazing Grace, but how many of us know what was behind the creation of this moving and inspirational hymn? Located in stunning Sandy Point...

Private and public sectors unite to guide Caribbean destinations toward sustainability

March 28, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Some of the world’s most popular and appealing travel destinations are in jeopardy, vulnerable to issues like climate change and unsustainable development. Several leading organizations have joined forces to address these challenges head-on.

Increased travel demand for Dominican Republic

March 28, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- The Expedia group, the world's largest online travel company, has reported that travel demand garnered via company’s platforms for the Dominican Republic grew 33 percent in 2013 when compared to the previous year. The Dominican Republic, the top Expedia...

Cruise Shipping Miami 2014 achieves record attendance

March 25, 2014
Cruise Shipping Miami 2014 achieves record attendance MIAMI, USA -- The 2014 Cruise Shipping Miami conference and exhibition that ran from Monday, March 10 through Thursday, March 13, at the Miami Beach Convention Center posted record attendance and the largest exhibition in the event's 30-year history. The annual gathering had nearly 12,000...

Spain's new approach could benefit regional tourism

March 24, 2014
Spain's new approach could benefit regional tourism BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Spain is seeking to explore “new avenues of endeavour” with Barbados as it works to broaden its image and objectives within the region. This was pointed out recently when ambassador of Spain to Barbados; Jóse Marίa Fernández López De Turiso paid a courtesy call...

Cubana Airlines begins direct flights to Martinique

March 22, 2014
Cubana Airlines begins direct flights to Martinique HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- With the inauguration of a weekly direct flight from Havana to Martinique, Cubana Airlines has strengthened connections between the two Caribbean islands. According to the Cuban Tourism Ministry, the new connection is part of action to reinforce the influence of Cuba...

Canada announces changes in visa application procedures

March 22, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The procedure to apply for a temporary resident visa at the High Commission of Canada in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, has changed. As of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, applicants may submit applications using one of the following two methods...

Target date set for construction of Beaches resort in Antigua

March 21, 2014
Target date set for construction of Beaches resort in Antigua ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Construction work on the Beaches resort project in Antigua should commence between the months of April and May next year, according to Sandals chairman Gordon "Butch" Stewart. While speaking to a group of Antigua and Barbados journalists on a tour of Beaches Turks and Caicos...

Britain to reform air passenger duty

March 20, 2014
Britain to reform air passenger duty LONDON, England -- Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said on Wednesday that the controversial air passenger duty (APD) will be reformed from next year. The chancellor announced that, from April 2015, the APD will be simplified into a two band system.

Cruise industry hits back over Bahamas 'free ride' claim

March 20, 2014
Cruise industry hits back over Bahamas 'free ride' claim NASSAU, Bahamas -- The head of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) has hit back at a suggestion by Bahamas tourism stakeholders that the cruise industry is not paying its fair share of taxes, pointing to what she said are fees that are already the “highest in the region” and concerns over crime...

Study to explore facilities upgrade at Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados

March 20, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The government of Barbados will be exploring the best approach to improving cargo facilities at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA). Through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), an extensive study will be conducted to...

BVI cruise pier development highlighted in Miami

March 19, 2014
BVI cruise pier development highlighted in Miami MIAMI, USA -- The British Virgin Islands’ new cruise pier development was highlighted as a new and exciting feature for the BVI’s cruise industry at the Cruise Shipping Miami exhibition and conference held last week. This year marked the event’s 30th anniversary. Cruise Shipping Miami attracts...

Caribbean hoping for air passenger duty relief in UK budget

March 18, 2014
LONDON, England -- The British Chancellor George Osborne will present his budget on 19 March in a speech to the British Parliament. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) said it will be listening carefully to see if the Chancellor is yet prepared to recognise the widespread concern...

Commentary: LIAT threat to shrink Caribbean airline network

March 17, 2014
Commentary: LIAT threat to shrink Caribbean airline network The board of LIAT airline is clearly feeling the pressure of mounting ongoing criticism of its consistent inability to achieve a stable business model and to provide a vital intra-regional air service in the Eastern Caribbean on a reliable basis. Unfortunately, the announcements of 6th March from the LIAT chairman...

Curacao government called on to save local airline

March 15, 2014
Curacao government called on to save local airline WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao Airport Holding (CAH), together with the Curacao Tourism Bureau (CTB) and the Curacao Hospitality and Tourism Association (CHATA), believes that the government should help Insel Air with their dire financial situation. “Disappearance of the aviation company would be disastrous...

BVI Airways sold to New York-based merchant bank

March 14, 2014
BVI Airways sold to New York-based merchant bank BEEF ISLAND, BVI -- BVI Airways has closed on the sale of the airline to a New York-based merchant bank, a move that significantly bolsters the carrier’s capital base in advance of proposed fleet and route expansion throughout the Eastern Caribbean. Terms of the sale, including the identity of...

Carnival: When culture attracts tourism

March 13, 2014
Carnival: When culture attracts tourism PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (ACS) -- The promotion and advancement of culture is integral to the work of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). Efforts in this regard are focused on promoting the cultural diversity of the region and facilitating exchanges for language learning and cultural immersion.

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