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BVI visa exemption programme to go into effect September 1

July 22, 2016
BVI visa exemption programme to go into effect September 1 ROAD TOWN, BVI -- the British Virgin Islands Cabinet has approved the implementation of the BVI Visa Exemption Programme that will go into effect from Thursday, September 1. The programme will allow nationals of a country that require a BVI visa, but who also hold a United Kingdom...

JetBlue launches Mint premium service to Grenada

July 22, 2016
JetBlue launches Mint premium service to Grenada NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue will offer its successful Mint premium service to Grenada starting in January 2017. JetBlue is a top airline in the Caribbean and Grenada will become the fifth Mint market in the region. Mint flights are now on sale and will operate seasonally on Saturdays between New York’s...

Jamaica close to multi-destination arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and Dominican Republic

July 21, 2016
Jamaica close to multi-destination arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and Dominican Republic OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica is close to finalising a multi-destination marketing arrangement with Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Speaking in a recent interview, the minister said that an agreement has already...

Expedia reports increase in travel demand for Barbados

July 21, 2016
Expedia reports increase in travel demand for Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies, has reported that travel demand to Barbados on all Expedia sites grew nearly 30 percent in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same time in 2015. Additionally, 20 percent of travel demand...

Delta and Seaborne codeshare expands travel options to US, Caribbean

July 19, 2016
Delta and Seaborne codeshare expands travel options to US, Caribbean SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Delta Air Lines and Seaborne Airlines, an airline based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, have announced a codeshare agreement that will provide customers from both airlines with increased travel options to and from the United States and the Caribbean.

Letter: A plea for more efficient regional air transport

July 19, 2016
Letter: A plea for more efficient regional air transport While the air transport industry is complex, the challenges in the region are not insurmountable; many of the solutions are there to be implemented. Unfortunately however, often times the political will does not ensue. In this light, a regional petition has commenced to amplify the voice of, and...

US responds to Bahamas travel advisory

July 16, 2016
US responds to Bahamas travel advisory NASSAU, Bahamas -- The US Embassy in Nassau said on Thursday that its crime warning on The Bahamas this week was in no way linked to the ministry of foreign affairs’ travel advisory on the United States last Friday. The new crime warning led many Bahamians to assert...

Melia Braco Village in Jamaica, the ultimate experience

July 15, 2016
Melia Braco Village in Jamaica, the ultimate experience NEW YORK, USA -- The newly opened, all-inclusive Meliá Braco Village in Jamaica was introduced to the media at a cocktail reception at sister brand hotel, Innside New York on Tuesday. Meliá’s award-winning name has fully transformed this Jamaica property – its first ever on the island...

CDC issues zika travel alert for St Eustatius

July 15, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for St Eustatius ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) on Thursday issued a zika virus travel notice for St Eustatius. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected.

Visitors spending more in Barbados

July 15, 2016
Visitors spending more in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Long stay visitors to Barbados spent 20 percent more money during the first quarter of 2016 than during the same period in 2015. These are the findings of the quarterly survey conducted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) on behalf of the destination.

US issues new crime warning for Bahamas

July 14, 2016
US issues new crime warning for Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- In what is widely seen as a “tit for tat” response to a similar travel warning issued by The Bahamas foreign ministry in relation to the United States, the US embassy in Nassau on Tuesday warned Americans traveling to The Bahamas of a “significant increase” in armed...

Guyana's latest oil discovery may boost local aviation sector

July 12, 2016
Guyana's latest oil discovery may boost local aviation sector GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana is set to grow tremendously in the coming year after a second offshore well confirmed a mega discovery of oil and gas, and the aviation sector, which has been neglected for decades, is now getting a lot of attention from the government.

Global tourism expected to grow four percent by 2020, despite adverse external shocks

July 12, 2016
Global tourism expected to grow four percent by 2020, despite adverse external shocks LONDON, England -- Market research company Euromonitor International has released its latest travel research, providing the latest insights on the industry performance. According to Euromonitor’s new research, global travel and tourism sales grew consistently despite high external...

Bahamas government issues US travel advisory amid racial violence

July 11, 2016
Bahamas government issues US travel advisory amid racial violence NASSAU, Bahamas -- In an ironic twist contrasting with the more usual US travel advisories about crime and violence in The Bahamas, the ministry of foreign affairs and immigration has issued a travel advisory, urging Bahamian men to cooperate with American police officers and...

New director plans to turnaround Surinam Airways; government wants joint venture or merger

July 9, 2016
New director plans to turnaround Surinam Airways; government wants joint venture or merger PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM) will again make a profit, according to its new director Robbi Lachmising, who brought SLM out of the red from 2000 to 2004. This period is seen as one of the best financial times in the airline’s history. In the past decade since Lachmising...

Alaska Airlines, Southwest and JetBlue approved to fly to Havana

July 9, 2016
Alaska Airlines, Southwest and JetBlue approved to fly to Havana WASHINGTON, USA -- The US Department of Transportation has approved applications from Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue to operate daily flights to destinations in Cuba. The airlines will be among the first US carriers to fly scheduled commercial flights to Cuba in more than...

Delta and United Airlines to commence historic nonstop service to Havana

July 8, 2016
Delta and United Airlines to commence historic nonstop service to Havana WASHINGTON, USA -- The US Department of Transportation on Thursday granted both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines permission to operate direct flights to Havana, Cuba. Delta Air Lines will begin flying to Havana this fall from New York-JFK, Atlanta and Miami. United will fly to Havana...

Travelers split about dress codes when flying

July 8, 2016
Travelers split about dress codes when flying CHICAGO, USA -- Some 21 percent of travelers think airlines have the right to ask passengers to change their attire before boarding a plane according to a poll conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation company. The survey was in response to a recent...

Aruba Airlines celebrates addition of fourth aircraft

July 7, 2016
Aruba Airlines celebrates addition of fourth aircraft ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Aruba Airlines recently celebrated the signing of a contract for the expansion of its fleet with the addition of a fourth aircraft, an Airbus A319, to offer customers more options on its South America and North America routes. “The incorporation of this aircraft in...

Travel: How to spend time on a Caribbean vacation

July 5, 2016
Travel: How to spend time on a Caribbean vacation Summer is finally here – the time when school's out, and most adults also get more or less free time to spend away from work. It's the perfect time for a Caribbean holiday! There are so many things to to, so many places to explore -- and so many things to keep in mind -- that you might...

US company takes over management of hotel in Havana

July 2, 2016
US company takes over management of hotel in Havana HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A US company has taken on, for the first time in over half a century, the management of a hotel in Havana, even though Washington continues to block investment and trade with Cuba. According to the website of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide...

Zika travel alert issued for Anguilla

July 1, 2016
Zika travel alert issued for Anguilla WASHINGTON, USA -- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) has issued a zika virus travel notice for Anguilla, following reports of local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection there. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected.

New fast ferry added to Fort Lauderdale and Freeport (Bahamas) route

June 29, 2016
New fast ferry added to Fort Lauderdale and Freeport (Bahamas) route FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- The fast ferry Jaume I was scheduled to begin operating on Tuesday on the route between Fort Lauderdale and the port of Freeport (Grand Bahama), replacing the current vessel used, the Pinar del Río. This change will make it possible for the shipping...

CARPHA, Turks and Caicos launch tourism health and safety programme

June 28, 2016
CARPHA, Turks and Caicos launch tourism health and safety programme PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- In a response to ensure the health and safety of its visitors and residents, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) launched the tourism health and safety programme (THP), under TCI CARE...

Jamaica reports growth in tourism arrivals, earnings

June 27, 2016
Jamaica reports growth in tourism arrivals, earnings KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Addressing the inaugural meeting of the Tourism Competitiveness Taskforce on June 23, Jamaica’s minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, reported growth in visitor arrivals and earnings up to May 2016. He said there were 1. 7 million visitors to the island.

Cuba to build the largest tourist facility in the Caribbean

June 23, 2016
Cuba to build the largest tourist facility in the Caribbean HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba will sign a contract for the creation of a joint venture this year directed at the development of a golf complex in the province of Pinar del Rio that will be upon completion one of the largest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Yuslenia Saumell, business specialist...

Jamaica reports 3.6 million stopover and cruise visitors in 2015

June 17, 2016
Jamaica reports 3.6 million stopover and cruise visitors in 2015 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica recorded 3.6 million stopover and cruise visitors combined and revenues of US$2.5 billion in 2015. This was disclosed by minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, during his contribution to the 2016/17 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

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