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United Airlines starting nonstop flights to Turks and Caicos from Chicago

July 2, 2015
United Airlines starting nonstop flights to Turks and Caicos from Chicago PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Chicago residents will soon enjoy easy access to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) with the launch of a seasonal, nonstop United Airlines service from December 19, 2015, through April 30,2016 – just in time for the busy winter travel.

Expedia expands presence in Puerto Rico with its first local office

July 1, 2015
Expedia expands presence in Puerto Rico with its first local office SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Expedia group, one of the world's leading travel companies, has announced the opening of its first local Puerto Rico office in San Juan. “As one of Expedia group’s top producing destinations within the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is an in-demand market with more than 250 hotel partners,"

GOL and Azul Airlines set to enter the Guyanas; CAL exiting

June 29, 2015
GOL and Azul Airlines set to enter the Guyanas; CAL exiting PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On August 25, Brazilian airline giant, GOL will commence twice weekly flights to Paramaribo, the capital of Dutch-speaking Suriname. On the other hand, reliable sources reveal that Caribbean Airlines (CAL) is exiting the Suriname market. In a press release, GOL said...

European low-cost airline launches flights from US to the Caribbean

June 26, 2015
European low-cost airline launches flights from US to the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- Norwegian, deemed the world’s best low-cost long-haul airline and also Europe’s best low-cost airline for the past three consecutive years by SkyTrax, has announced it will launch flights from Boston, Baltimore/ Washington, DC, and New York City to two beautiful and...

Aruba invests $100 million in island upgrades

June 19, 2015
Aruba invests $100 million in island upgrades ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- As part of Aruba's ongoing, $1 billion+ island revitalization and beautification project, the destination recently invested more than $100 million in significant hotel updates to enhance visitors' experiences, with an additional $50 million planned for next year. The Aruba Airport Authority...

Martinique hosts FCCA delegation in push to continue strong cruise sector growth

June 17, 2015
Martinique hosts FCCA delegation in push to continue strong cruise sector growth FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique -- The Martinique Tourism Authority hosted a delegation of Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) officials May 28–29, 2015, as part of its continuing efforts to bolster the cruise sector on the island. The visit comes as Martinique enjoys its strongest cruise results...

Almost 140 passengers on Jetblue's inaugural return flight from Grenada to New York

June 15, 2015
Almost 140 passengers on Jetblue's inaugural return flight from Grenada to New York ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- A smooth take off, a smooth landing and a 'comfy' flight in between these are the three ingredients of a great trip and are exactly what the nearly 140 passengers experienced on JetBlue's June 11 inaugural flight back to New York from Grenada. JetBlue Flight 950...

InselAir commences non-stop service from Curacao to Manaus and Puerto Ordaz

June 15, 2015
InselAir commences non-stop service from Curacao to Manaus and Puerto Ordaz WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- InselAir will start its Curacao-Manaus operations on July 3 on Mondays and Fridays. Puerto Ordaz flights start on July 14 and will be flown on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The largest Caribbean-based carrier offers its customers a total of 24 destinations and offers passengers...

Antigua and Barbuda tourism partners call tradeshow a huge success

June 11, 2015
Antigua and Barbuda tourism partners call tradeshow a huge success ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua and Barbuda’s tourism industry partners are expressing enthusiasm about the new business prospects for tourism in Antigua and Barbuda following a well-executed ‘Showcase Antigua Barbuda’ that promoted the destination to travel partners from the United Kingdom...

Aruba returns with its fifth international film festival

June 11, 2015
Aruba returns with its fifth international film festival ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- From October 7-11, 2015, the island of Aruba will once again host filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the world during its annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF). Sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Authority, the AIFF has helped strengthen the island's position as...

Venezuela must pay $3.7 billion owed to airlines, says IATA

June 10, 2015
Venezuela must pay $3.7 billion owed to airlines, says IATA MIAMI, USA -- Venezuela should urgently seek a solution to the $3.7 billion it owes to several international airlines, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Tony Tyler, said during the annual meeting of his organization in Miami. Tyler said that all countries which are members...

Jamaica records five percent increase in 2014/15 winter tourist arrivals

June 10, 2015
Jamaica records five percent increase in 2014/15 winter tourist arrivals MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Tourism and entertainment minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill, says Jamaica recorded a five percent increase in overall visitor arrivals for the 2014/15 winter tourist season over the corresponding period last year. Speaking at the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association’s...

United Airlines adds service to Turks and Caicos from Houston this summer

June 9, 2015
United Airlines adds service to Turks and Caicos from Houston this summer PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- United Airlines will be increasing flight services to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) this summer. Commencing June 6, United Airlines will introduce direct service from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to...

Top awards for Antigua and Barbuda during Caribbean Week in New York

June 8, 2015
Top awards for Antigua and Barbuda during Caribbean Week in New York NEW YORK, USA -- The twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is continuing on its path towards successfully dominating Caribbean Week 2015 by winning two awards on Thursday, during Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) ‘Media’ day and displaying a unified, powerful presence...

Antigua-Barbuda tourism launches 'Prix Fixe Ur Summer'

June 1, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda tourism launches 'Prix Fixe Ur Summer' NEW YORK, USA -- The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority North America has launched “Prix Fixe Ur Summer”, a promotion capitalizing on the ever-popular prix fixe menu across fine dining restaurants in North America. The destination is, however, taking this staple a step further by including...

Iberia resumes flights to Havana

June 1, 2015
Iberia resumes flights to Havana HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- After two years of absence, the Spanish airline Iberia will on Monday resume its flights to Havana. The tourism ministry confirmed on Friday that on June 1, at 10:00 pm, the flight that will resume operations between Madrid and Havana will arrive at the Jose Marti International Airport.

Barbados tourism sector records double-digit growth

May 29, 2015
Barbados tourism sector records double-digit growth BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados’ tourism sector broke a 25-year record during the first quarter of 2015 to reach 171,471 long stay arrivals. Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc (BTMI) chairman, Alvin Jemmott, noted that there were record arrivals in each of the first three months of 2015.

Expedia reports promising growth for Antigua

May 29, 2015
Expedia reports promising growth for Antigua ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, has reported an already impactful 2015 for hoteliers on the Caribbean island of Antigua. Expedia reported that travel demand for Antigua grew nearly 20 percent in the first quarter of 2015.

Caribbean citizens now travel visa-free to Schengen area countries

May 29, 2015
Caribbean citizens now travel visa-free to Schengen area countries ST GEORGE, Grenada (GIS) -- Citizens of Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago may now travel visa-free to Schengen area countries, following the signing of a short-stay visa waiver agreement between the EU and seven Caribbean and Pacific states.

More Caribbean governments should invest in LIAT, say regional PMs

May 28, 2015
More Caribbean governments should invest in LIAT, say regional PMs BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Vincentian Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Brown have urged Caribbean governments that are not major shareholders of regional airline LIAT to change that status by giving meaningful financial support to the airline.

Seaborne and JetBlue to become codeshare partners across the Caribbean

May 27, 2015
Seaborne and JetBlue to become codeshare partners across the Caribbean SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Seaborne Airlines and JetBlue Airways, the largest carrier in San Juan, have finalized terms to begin a codeshare marketing relationship, expanding upon the carriers' successful interline agreement in place since 2013. The codeshare will help facilitate improved...

Charter airline to provide daily service to Cuba

May 25, 2015
Charter airline to provide daily service to Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Eastern Air Lines Group and HavanaAir Charters have signed an agreement to support HavanaAir's charter operations to Cuba. HavanaAir is the largest provider of passenger traffic to the island, currently operating 65 flights a month to Havana from Miami with additional service to...

Americans weigh in on Cuba travel in nationwide survey

May 23, 2015
Americans weigh in on Cuba travel in nationwide survey PLYMOUTH, USA -- The move to normalize relations with Cuba will have a direct impact on Americans seeking to vacation legally on the island nation – just as they can in other parts of the Caribbean or Mexico. However, in the newest Travel Leaders Group travel survey, a mere 8.8% of those polled...

CDB launches study on regional air travel

May 22, 2015
CDB launches study on regional air travel BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- A study commissioned by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has recommended a major rethink of the regional airline industry and for the setting up of a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) airlines association to identify opportunities to reduce costs, create greater...

Grenada looks to attract female travellers

May 22, 2015
Grenada looks to attract female travellers ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The warm islands of Grenada will soon become the destination of choice for many female travellers as the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) launches its ‘Grenada Girls Getaway’ promotion. The seven-month promotional strategy that starts on 1st June 2015 offers...

St Lucia to host third annual wedding symposium

May 16, 2015
St Lucia to host third annual wedding symposium CASTRIES, St Lucia -- From September 23 – 27, 2015, Saint Lucia will host a roster of wedding experts during the third annual “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium. New this year, a panel of real brides who were married on the island will share their destination wedding experiences.

Southwest Airlines announces date for Houston-Belize flight

May 16, 2015
Southwest Airlines announces date for Houston-Belize flight BELIZE CITY, Belize -- On Wednesday, Southwest Airlines held a press conference in Houston, Texas, where the CEO of the airline, Garry Kelly, announced that the daily, direct flights to Belize, Mexico and Costa Rica will begin on October 15, as well as Jamaica and Liberia beginning November 1.

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