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Suriname airline offered 'lucrative concessions' to make Guyana one of its hubs

April 15, 2015
Suriname airline offered 'lucrative concessions' to make Guyana one of its hubs GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Dilip Sarjoe, owner of Fly All Ways Airline of Suriname, a sister company of Suriname’s Blue Wing Airlines that has been blacklisted by the European Union, was promised lucrative concessions to make Guyana one of its hubs, according to people familiar with the development.

Dominica offers a Caribbean spring break escape with festivals, films, arts and fun

April 15, 2015
Dominica offers a Caribbean spring break escape with festivals, films, arts and fun ROSEAU, Dominica -- Spring has sprung on the Caribbean island of Dominica and, with it, a schedule brimming with fun and festivals. Events such as DOMFESTA, Hike Fest and Jazz 'n Creole invite visitors the world over to participate in the excitement. In addition, the Dominica Film...

Trinidad and Tobago sees 20 percent increase in US visitor arrivals

April 15, 2015
Trinidad and Tobago sees 20 percent increase in US visitor arrivals PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- With a 20 percent increase in visitor arrivals from the United States, the first quarter of 2015 illustrates strong growth for Trinidad and Tobago’s tourism sector. The US market makes up nearly 40 percent of all travelers to the destination and has shown the largest growth.

Pristine Barbuda beckons seekers of solitude

April 13, 2015
Pristine Barbuda beckons seekers of solitude CODRINGTON, Barbuda -- Imagine Hollywood legend Robert De Niro announcing plans to develop a luxury resort project on the Caribbean island of Barbuda. Of course, it’s located near…uh, where is it? Did he mean to say Bermuda? No it is Barbuda, the smaller sister of a two island nation.

Panama airline signs $6.6 billion new aircraft order with Boeing

April 11, 2015
Panama airline signs $6.6 billion new aircraft order with Boeing PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez and US President Barack Obama on Friday witnessed a historic agreement in which Copa Airlines and Boeing announced an order for 61 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airplanes. The order, valued at $6.6 billion at list prices...

Antigua-Barbuda right to be concerned about plans to split up LIAT, says former PM

April 9, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda right to be concerned about plans to split up LIAT, says former PM ST JOHN’S, Antigua (WINN) -- Former Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Lester Bird says he fully supports the position taken by Prime Minister Gaston Browne over reported plans to replace regional airline LIAT with a new Barbados-led airline. Browne recently launched a verbal tirade against...

Where next for LIAT?

April 8, 2015
Where next for LIAT? BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- It may be hyperbole to suggest that the future of regional airline LIAT is 'up in the air' at the moment; however, recent outrage expressed by Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne over an alleged plan to replace LIAT with a new airline in which Barbados...

Hospitality, Havana style: Airbnb opens its doors in Cuba

April 4, 2015
Hospitality, Havana style: Airbnb opens its doors in Cuba SAN FRANCISCO, USA -- Community-driven hospitality company Airbnb will become one of the first US companies to offer accommodations for licensed US travelers since President Obama eased travel restrictions to Cuba in January. Starting Thursday, travelers can choose from over 1,000 listings.

Two iconic Jamaican hotels to join global luxury brand

April 3, 2015
Two iconic Jamaican hotels to join global luxury brand MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Hilton Worldwide has announced the signing of two iconic Jamaican properties to Curio – A Collection by Hilton, a global brand of luxury hotels for travelers who seek local discovery and authentic experiences. Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort and Spa Runaway Bay and...

Baseball diplomacy finds its place in US-Cuba relations

April 2, 2015
Baseball diplomacy finds its place in US-Cuba relations NEW ROCHELLE, USA -- Following Eric Nadel's much applauded Baseball in Cuba tour in December 2014, die-hard baseball fans have an extra reason to cheer. Since President Obama's loosening of travel restrictions to the once off limits neighbouring island, travel to Cuba for sports reasons...

Tourism officials celebrate new British Airways route between Antigua and Turks and Caicos

March 31, 2015
Tourism officials celebrate new British Airways route between Antigua and Turks and Caicos ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- V.C Bird International Airport in Antigua will serve as an important hub for UK flag carrier British Airways, as the airline on Sunday launched its inaugural flight service from Antigua to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). The route is historic, as it will be the first direct flight...

Anguilla Tourist Board concludes US tour

March 31, 2015
Anguilla Tourist Board concludes US tour THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) continued a strong public relations and marketing campaign with a tour of the Mid-Atlantic, as part of aggressive efforts to strengthen the destination's market share in the region. The Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show, a two-day...

Visa waiver agreement between St Kitts-Nevis and Brazil comes into effect

March 30, 2015
Visa waiver agreement between St Kitts-Nevis and Brazil comes into effect BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Nationals of St Kitts and Nevis holding a valid St Kitts and Nevis passport no longer require visas to travel to Brazil. This agreement was signed on January 20, 2015 and came into effect on March 7, 2015. The agreement states that citizens of St Kitts and Nevis...

Haiti tourism re-positioned at ITB Berlin

March 28, 2015
Haiti tourism re-positioned at ITB Berlin BERLIN, Germany -- Haiti’s tourism product has been re-positioned to international tourism service providers at ITB Berlin 2015. A delegation from Haiti’s ministry of tourism and creative industries led by Minister Stephanie Villedrouin participated at ITB Berlin 2015, one of the world’s largest...

FlyMontserrat to resume service between Antigua and Barbuda

March 27, 2015
FlyMontserrat to resume service between Antigua and Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- FlyMontserrat is to resume its service between Antigua and Barbuda from Monday, March 30. The Montserrat-based airline stepped in to help in December when SVG Air pulled out of Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda leaving passengers without service for six weeks.

Expedia reports major developments for Haiti

March 27, 2015
Expedia reports major developments for Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, has reported significant expansion in the Haiti market in 2014, including increased travel demand, hotel partner acquisitions and a surge in mobile and package bookings for the burgeoning destination.

Healthcare tourism on the rise in the Caribbean

March 25, 2015
Healthcare tourism on the rise in the Caribbean GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Healthcare tourism is listed as an opportunity for the Caribbean region according to an article outlining "13 Opportunities for the New Caribbean." Curacao-based development consultants, Miguel Goede and Runy Calmera, cite opportunities ranging from...

One million tourists visited Cuba so far this year

March 24, 2015
One million tourists visited Cuba so far this year HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba has already been visited by one million foreign vacationers this year, which is considered a record figure for the Caribbean destination, according to the Cuban tourism ministry. The figure was reported on Saturday, 11 days before a similar number of tourists...

Rare Caribbean air show wows trendy St Barts

March 23, 2015
Rare Caribbean air show wows trendy St Barts GUSTAVIA, St Barts -- Old planes and air shows are nothing new. But when it happens in the Caribbean, it is to be revered. Hundreds lined the approach road at Gustave III International Airport in the posh getaway island of St Barts to see history fly by. A fine collection of vintage World War II aircraft...

Dutch government issues travel warning for Venezuela

March 21, 2015
Dutch government issues travel warning for Venezuela THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The ministry of foreign affairs in the Netherlands has issued a travel warning for Venezuela.  It is important to know that travel tickets are hard to get in Venezuela. This is especially true for domestic flights and flights to Curacao, Aruba and Bonaire, the ministry said.

Bahamas reports double digit increases in air arrivals and hotel performance for January

March 19, 2015
Bahamas reports double digit increases in air arrivals and hotel performance for January NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas ministry of tourism has announced that preliminary tourism statistics show double digit increases in air arrivals and hotel performance for the month of January. Nassau/Paradise Island welcomed 74,361 stopover visitors during the month of January.

JetBlue's premium experience begins flying to Aruba and Barbados this fall

March 17, 2015
JetBlue's premium experience begins flying to Aruba and Barbados this fall NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways plans to offer its highly successful Mint experience from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Barbados (BGI) and Aruba (AUA), two of its most popular Caribbean routes. The new seasonal service begins in November and is available for booking.

Colombia offers unique experiences in religious tourism during Holy Week

March 16, 2015
Colombia offers unique experiences in religious tourism during Holy Week BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombia has become one of the most acclaimed international tourist destinations. With its slogan "Colombia is Magical Realism," the country seeks to draw travelers by promoting its various tourism attractions according to their interests, including religious tourism.

St Lucia tourism's record performance continues in 2015

March 13, 2015
St Lucia tourism's record performance continues in 2015 CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s main engine of economic development – the vital tourism industry – continues its impressive growth trajectory with further gains for the opening month of 2015. Following a record breaking 2014, tourism officials have reported further double digit growth.

First online travel agency offers to book flights to Cuba

March 12, 2015
First online travel agency offers to book flights to Cuba CALABASAS, USA -- CheapAir has become the first online travel agency to enable US travelers to book flights between the US and Cuba. Earlier this year, President Obama announced new regulations that ease the US's longtime travel ban to Cuba, making it easier for Americans to travel to...

High winds affecting some LIAT flights serving Dominica and St Vincent

March 11, 2015
High winds affecting some LIAT flights serving Dominica and St Vincent ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Regional air carrier LIAT has warned customers travelling to/from Dominica and/or St Vincent of the possibility of cancelled flights and delayed baggage due to seasonal high winds in both countries. The company’s aircraft have tailwind limitations, which are set by...

BVI port development poised to attract more cruise business

March 10, 2015
BVI port development poised to attract more cruise business TORTOLA, BVI -- Cruising is hot and the Caribbean is where it’s at – especially now in high season. Last month, St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands had nearly 70 cruise ship visits. In the neighbouring British Virgin Islands, Tortola hosted fewer than half that number. But officials in the BVI...

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