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Airbnb and Curacao sign tourism agreement

January 19, 2017
Airbnb and Curacao sign tourism agreement WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao’s minister of economic development, Eugene Rhuggenaath, and the minister of finance, Kenneth Gijsbertha, on behalf of the government, has signed an important agreement with Airbnb that will help to promote Curacao as a world-class tourist destination.

Escape the cold! Puerto Rico offers a worry-free beach vacation

January 14, 2017
Escape the cold! Puerto Rico offers a worry-free beach vacation SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- If your New Year’s resolution is to travel more, now is the perfect time for a quick and inexpensive beach vacation. Year after year, Puerto Rico continues to earn its reputation as the “Jewel of the Caribbean” and with no need for a passport, US citizens can visit its beaches...

Suriname director of tourism sees great potential for the Guianas

January 13, 2017
Suriname director of tourism sees great potential for the Guianas PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Jerry A-Kum, director of Suriname Tourism Foundation (STF), full of energy and grand plans to develop Suriname’s tourism industry, shared in his office some achievements, and current and future plans that his organisation has to improve the tourism product of...

Marriott International brings luxury Autograph Collection to Dominica

January 13, 2017
Marriott International brings luxury Autograph Collection to Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Silver Beach Resort and Spa, one of the approved citizenship by investment real estate developments in Dominica is now part of the world’s largest hotel chain - Marriott International. The five-star luxury resort, which will debut on Dominica’s picturesque northwest coast...

CBP starts operations at new general aviation facility in San Juan, Puerto Rico

January 11, 2017
CBP starts operations at new general aviation facility in San Juan, Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that PAZOS Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Service opened a new general aviation processing facility at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (LMMIA) located in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Unstable approach led to May 2014 hard landing of Air Canada Rouge flight in Montego Bay, Jamaica

January 10, 2017
Unstable approach led to May 2014 hard landing of Air Canada Rouge flight in Montego Bay, Jamaica RICHMOND HILL, Canada -- In its investigation report (A14F0065) released on Monday, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that an unstable approach led to the May 10, 2014 hard landing of an Air Canada Rouge Airbus 319 at the Sangster International Airport...

Wyndham Hotel Group announces new US$160 million project in Nevis

January 10, 2017
Wyndham Hotel Group announces new US$160 million project in Nevis CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- The New Year has ushered in a major new development in Nevis. Nevis has enjoyed its status as an authentic Caribbean island, with boutique hotels, delicious cuisine, and a wealth of natural resources in the form of the spectacular Nevis Peak and the beauty of...

Guyana government scales back airport expansion amid worsening conditions for travellers

January 9, 2017
Guyana government scales back airport expansion amid worsening conditions for travellers GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The government of Guyana has scaled back the planned expansion and modernisation of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) amidst growing overcrowding that is leading to “substandard” conditions facing travellers using the airport. This became very...

At least five killed in shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport

January 7, 2017
At least five killed in shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- At least five people were killed and as many as eight wounded on Friday in a shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport in Florida, an increasingly popular hub for Caribbean passengers, in what is said to be the worst attack at a US airport in more than three years.

Fire truck rollover on runway closes Cayman Brac airport in the Cayman Islands

January 7, 2017
Fire truck rollover on runway closes Cayman Brac airport in the Cayman Islands STAKE BAY, Cayman Islands -- On Thursday, firefighters with the Cayman Islands Fire Service Aerodrome Unit were conducting what was described as “a mandatory speed test” on the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport runway in Cayman Brac when the fire truck they were...

Barbados sets new tourism record for 2016

January 7, 2017
Barbados sets new tourism record for 2016 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- A new tourism record was set for 2016 when 610,000 long-stay visitors visited Barbados. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made the disclosure on Wednesday evening, when he hosted the first of four receptions for repeat visitors at his official residence.

Alaska Airlines launches first West Coast commercial air service to Havana

January 7, 2017
Alaska Airlines launches first West Coast commercial air service to Havana LOS ANGELES, USA -- Alaska Airlines on Thursday launched the first regularly scheduled US commercial flights between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba. "LAX is America's gateway to the world -- and today, an exciting new chapter in US-Cuba relations begins at our airport," said Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Surinam Airways CEO's bold vision: Expansion of the Guyana hub to NYC and Havana

January 6, 2017
Surinam Airways CEO's bold vision: Expansion of the Guyana hub to NYC and Havana PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM) was out of the red and made a profit during the period when Robbi Lachmising was CEO. He was reappointed CEO of the company last year. Sitting in his office on a bright sunny day in the tropics, Lachmising outlined his vision...

Fly Allways Suriname to cease operations on January 15

January 6, 2017
Fly Allways Suriname to cease operations on January 15 PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- According to reliable sources, the owners of the Suriname airline Fly Allways will cease operation of the airline on January 15 of this year. Fly Allways officially started operations about a year ago on January 10, 2016, with the launch of its inaugural domestic flight.

Southwest Airlines adds new destinations in the Caribbean

January 6, 2017
Southwest Airlines adds new destinations in the Caribbean DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has announced plans to bring its iconic brand, low fares, and exceptional customer service to the Cayman Islands, beginning June 4, 2017. The carrier filed an application with the US Department of Transportation to serve Owen Roberts International...

Aruba welcomes inaugural JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale

January 5, 2017
Aruba welcomes inaugural JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- On Wednesday, Aruba welcomed the first JetBlue non-stop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Aruba's Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA). To celebrate this much anticipated inaugural flight, Aruba and JetBlue treated...

Antigua-Barbuda closes 2016 on a high, celebrating 100,000th US visitor arrival

January 2, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda closes 2016 on a high, celebrating 100,000th US visitor arrival ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua and Barbuda ended 2016 on a high note by celebrating the arrival of the 100,000th US visitor in the year for the first time in recorded arrivals history. This milestone is a crowning achievement in a banner year for tourism that included announcing multiple...

Health tourism poised for expansion in Jamaica

January 2, 2017
Health tourism poised for expansion in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Health tourism is poised for expansion as the government of Jamaica takes steps to engage the diaspora as the first market in the sector. President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, said the country is developing a competitive ...

LIAT pilots waiting to see how the airline deals with disruptive passenger

December 30, 2016
LIAT pilots waiting to see how the airline deals with disruptive passenger ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) said in a press statement on Thursday that it is waiting to be informed of the measures LIAT will take in dealing with a passenger who caused the disruption and cancellation of one of its flights on December 13.

Guyana signs open skies agreements

December 27, 2016
Guyana signs open skies agreements NASSAU, Bahamas -- During the ninth annual International Civil Aviation (ICAN) 2016 conference, which was held in Nassau, Bahamas, from December 5-9, 2016, Guyana signed open skies agreements with the Dominican Republic, India and South Korea. The agreement with India will allow...

Zapping Zika: Puerto Rico Tourism Company optimistic for 2017

December 27, 2016
Zapping Zika: Puerto Rico Tourism Company optimistic for 2017 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Experiencing a 96% reduction in the number of new zika cases since the peak in October 2016, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) is optimistic heading into 2017. Over the past ten weeks, there has been a markedly steady decline of reported new zika...

JetBlue boosts service to Bermuda

December 23, 2016
JetBlue boosts service to Bermuda NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue is increasing service to Bermuda with two year-round daily flights and a third summer seasonal roundtrip flight between the popular island destination and the airline’s northeast focus cities. In addition to the added flights, the airline will now operate all Bermuda...

Fathom receives approval for six additional voyages to Cuba

December 23, 2016
Fathom receives approval for six additional voyages to Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Fathom, one of Carnival Corporation's ten global cruise brands, announced it has received Cuban government approval to add stops to Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in Cuba, on six of its upcoming cruises to the Dominican Republic. Travelers will enjoy two distinct...

Air Canada inaugurates twice-weekly, non-stop service between Montreal and Costa Rica

December 23, 2016
Air Canada inaugurates twice-weekly, non-stop service between Montreal and Costa Rica MONTREAL, Canada -- Air Canada on Thursday inaugurated new twice-weekly flights between Montreal and Costa Rica. The morning departure of Air Canada Rouge flight AC1844 began non-stop service from Montreal to Costa Rica's Juan Santamaría International Airport that will...

Barbados signs visa waiver agreement with China

December 22, 2016
Barbados signs visa waiver agreement with China BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The Barbados Cabinet recently approved a reciprocal visa waiver agreement between the governments of Barbados and China to include holders of ordinary passports. This announcement was made by minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade...

Air Canada inaugurates year-round service between Toronto and Port of Spain, Trinidad

December 21, 2016
Air Canada inaugurates year-round service between Toronto and Port of Spain, Trinidad MONTREAL, Canada -- Air Canada on Tuesday inaugurated new year-round service between Toronto and Trinidad. The morning departure of Air Canada Rouge flight AC1880 marks the beginning of twice-weekly, non-stop flights from Toronto to Port of Spain's Piarco International Airport.

Silver Airways starts regularly scheduled service to Manzanillo, Cuba

December 19, 2016
Silver Airways starts regularly scheduled service to Manzanillo, Cuba FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- Silver Airways on Friday started regularly scheduled air service between Fort Lauderdale and Manzanillo, Cuba. Silver is the only US airline scheduled to provide service to Manzanillo, a port city in eastern Cuba on the Gulf of Guacanayabo near the Cauto River.

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