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Dominican Republic announces 2016 developments and boasts strong tourism statistics

May 4, 2016
Dominican Republic announces 2016 developments and boasts strong tourism statistics SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Tourism industry executives at this year's Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) conference announced several developments to the future of the country and expressed great enthusiasm for the projects to come. Radhamés Martínez-Aponte...

Expedia reports increase in travel demand for Jamaica in 2015

May 4, 2016
Expedia reports increase in travel demand for Jamaica in 2015 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies, has reported that travel demand to Jamaica on all Expedia sites grew nearly 20 percent in 2015 when compared to 2014. Package bookings, transactions that combine components like flights and hotel, continue...

Jamaica to sign multi-destination marketing agreement with Cuba on Friday

May 3, 2016
Jamaica to sign multi-destination marketing agreement with Cuba on Friday MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, said he will be signing an agreement on Friday with his tourism counterpart in Cuba, which will facilitate multi-destination marketing between the countries. Addressing the official opening of the Jamaica...

First US cruise ship sets sail to Cuba

May 2, 2016
First US cruise ship sets sail to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Carnival Corporation's MV Adonia, the first US cruise ship to visit Cuba in 50 years, was scheduled to set sail out of the Port of Miami on Sunday afternoon with 700 passengers. The ship is scheduled to dock at Havana harbour for two days and follow on to visit...

Condor Airlines to launch Munich-Havana service

April 30, 2016
Condor Airlines to launch Munich-Havana service HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – Germany’s Condor airline will for the first time and directly connect the cities of Munich and Havana in an effort to increase flights to Cuba. According to the Cuban Tourism Ministry, the new connection will comprise five weekly flights between the two cities.

Puerto Rico dedicated to containing zika; welcomes tourists

April 28, 2016
Puerto Rico dedicated to containing zika; welcomes tourists SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- With the zika virus making headlines around the world, Puerto Rico has implemented a comprehensive program to protect its nearly four million residents and five million annual visitors. The Puerto Rico Department of Health is working in close collaboration with...

Shareholders meeting to discuss Dominica's concerns over LIAT

April 27, 2016
Shareholders meeting to discuss Dominica's concerns over LIAT BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Dominica’s prime minister has indicated that the island’s tourism officials are expected to engage with LIAT to address Roseau’s concerns about alleged poor service by the regional airline. A letter written to LIAT by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit...

Bermuda hotel opens most dramatic lobby in the region

April 27, 2016
Bermuda hotel opens most dramatic lobby in the region PAGET, Bermuda -- Coco Reef Bermuda last week announced the reopening of its hotel lobby, the most dramatic in the region. The first few steps taken into a hotel represent the opening sequence of a vacation, or maybe a love affair or even a crucial meeting. First impressions always...

CDC issues zika virus travel advisory for Belize

April 23, 2016
CDC issues zika virus travel advisory for Belize ATLANTA, USA -- On Monday, the US Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) issued a zika virus travel notice for Belize. CDC has issued a number of previous travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with zika. Travelers to areas...

Cruise ships and other commercial vessels now approved to carry persons born in Cuba

April 23, 2016
Cruise ships and other commercial vessels now approved to carry persons born in Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, has announced it will sail as planned from the US to Cuba with all travelers, including Cuba-born passengers, for the company's week-long voyages to Cuba. Carnival Corporation worked closely with Cuba...

Dominica blamed for LIAT CEO resignation

April 21, 2016
Dominica blamed for LIAT CEO resignation ST JOHN’S, Antigua (WINN) -- There might be a possible Dominica link to the resignation of LIAT’s chief executive officer David Evans, according to one media entity in Antigua and Barbuda. However, a spokesman for Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, attorney Anthony Astaphan, said...

Dominican Republic leads in 2015 Caribbean travel demand

April 21, 2016
Dominican Republic leads in 2015 Caribbean travel demand PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic -- The Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, has reported a banner year for the Dominican Republic in 2015, with the destination remaining the top producing market in the Caribbean. Within the Caribbean region...

Air Canada rouge gears up for winter 2016-2017 with new non-stop flights to Trinidad

April 21, 2016
Air Canada rouge gears up for winter 2016-2017 with new non-stop flights to Trinidad MONTREAL,Canada -- Air Canada has announced it will launch new seasonal Air Canada rouge services between Toronto-Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, along with Montreal-Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Montreal-San José, Costa Rica; Toronto Palm Springs, California. The non-stop flights...

Jamaica looks to multi-destination marketing deal with Cuba and Dominican Republic

April 20, 2016
Jamaica looks to multi-destination marketing deal with Cuba and Dominican Republic KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s tourism officials will meet with their counterparts in Cuba and the Dominican Republic this week to finalise an arrangement for the multi-destination marketing of the countries. Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, made the disclosure at the opening of...

Cruise line continues talks with Cuba

April 20, 2016
Cruise line continues talks with Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, is continuing discussions with Cuba to allow cruise ships to operate in the same manner as current air charter operations, which transport Cuba-born individuals to and from Cuba. Fathom will begin sailing...

Concerns expressed over departure of LIAT CEO

April 19, 2016
Concerns expressed over departure of LIAT CEO BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The minister responsible for aviation in St Kitts and Nevis says he hopes last week’s resignation of LIAT chief executive officer David Evans will not prove too much of a setback for the regional airline. Evans, who was touted as a results-driven executive...

Antigua-Barbuda records third month of double digit increase in visitor arrivals by air

April 19, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda records third month of double digit increase in visitor arrivals by air ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Projections that Antigua and Barbuda would end the first quarter of 2016 with a double-digit increase in visitor arrivals by air have materialized, with the latest announcement of a strong increase in air arrivals. The 2016 visitor air arrivals reported for the first...

CDC issues zika-related travel advisory for St Lucia

April 15, 2016
CDC issues zika-related travel advisory for St Lucia ATLANTA, USA -- On Wednesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a zika virus travel notice for Saint Lucia following reports of local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection on the island. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area...

Cayman Airways announces fleet modernization plan

April 15, 2016
Cayman Airways announces fleet modernization plan GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Cayman Airways has received approval from the Cayman Islands government to proceed with its fleet modernization plan. This plan will commence in the fourth quarter of this year and will see the airline’s current fleet of 122-seat Boeing 737-300...

LIAT confirms resignation of CEO

April 14, 2016
LIAT confirms resignation of CEO ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The board of directors of regional air carrier LIAT confirmed on Wednesday that it has accepted the resignation of chief executive officer, David Evans, effective April 13, 2016. Julie Reifer-Jones, director finance and ICT, has been appointed to act as CEO.

BVI-USVI visa waiver scheme remains in place

April 14, 2016
BVI-USVI visa waiver scheme remains in place ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Following recent reports in the media surrounding the problems of British Virgin Islanders entering the US Virgin Islands on their British Overseas Territory passports, the Office of the Governor and Civil Registry and Passport Office has confirmed that the USVI...

LIAT CEO reported to have resigned

April 13, 2016
LIAT CEO reported to have resigned ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- David Evans, the CEO of the regional air carrier LIAT, has reportedly resigned after “a heated meeting with the board of directors last Thursday”. LIAT’s head of corporate communications, Desmond Brown, said in an email on Tuesday that the company’s...

From wine resorts to medical tourism: Exploring niche tourism opportunities in the Caribbean

April 12, 2016
From wine resorts to medical tourism: Exploring niche tourism opportunities in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The attraction to the Caribbean for most is the beautiful scenery, endless sunshine and resplendent white beaches. Visitors cannot seem to get enough of this tourism Mecca. Last year saw the second year in a row that the Caribbean excelled ahead of...

How the ecosystem of air travel to Cuba could develop

April 12, 2016
How the ecosystem of air travel to Cuba could develop SOUTHLAKE, USA -- So far, Cuba has frequently been headline news in 2016: first, the Department of Transportation opened bidding for new commercial routes into Cuba. Then US President Barack Obama became the first sitting president in 88 years to visit Cuba. Coinciding with his...

Guyana and Suriname should renegotiate restrictive air agreements with Brazil and Colombia, says IDB report

April 4, 2016
Guyana and Suriname should renegotiate restrictive air agreements with Brazil and Colombia, says IDB report WASHINGTON, USA -- An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report calls for Guyana and Suriname to renegotiate their respective air services agreements (ASA) with Brazil and Colombia because they are very restrictive and not good for the development of the civil aviation industries of...

Six Cuban hotels among the best in the Caribbean

April 4, 2016
Six Cuban hotels among the best in the Caribbean HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Six Cuban hotels stand out among the top 25 all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, according to the 2016 Travellers' Choice Awards organized by the largest travel website TripAdvisor, from the opinions of thousands of users of different nationalities.

JetBlue's premium service successfully launches from Boston to Barbados

March 30, 2016
JetBlue's premium service successfully launches from Boston to Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) welcomed the highly anticipated arrival of JetBlue Airways’ A321 Mint-configured aircraft on Saturday at the Grantley Adams International Airport from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). JetBlue is the only US carrier...

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