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New flight schedules improve Dominica airlift

August 25, 2016
New flight schedules improve Dominica airlift ROSEAU, Dominica -- After Tropical Storm Erika devastated Dominica’s main airport, Douglas Charles Airport, a year ago, and created a future of uncertainty for Dominica tourism, the island’s tourism and aviation partners have been on mission to build back better. Prior to Tropical Storm Erika...

CDC issues zika travel alert for The Bahamas

August 24, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for The Bahamas ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) on Tuesday issued a zika virus travel notice for The Bahamas. Local transmission of zika has been reported on the island of New Providence.

Barbados welcomes weekly Suriname flight

August 17, 2016
Barbados welcomes weekly Suriname flight BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BTMI) -- Travel between Barbados, Suriname and Guyana should now be easier, thanks to the new Fly AllWays service out of the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport in Paramaribo, Suriname. The Fly AllWays inaugural flight touched down at the Grantley Adams International...

Delta to expand service from Boston to key Caribbean destinations

August 16, 2016
Delta to expand service from Boston to key Caribbean destinations BOSTON, USA -- Delta Air Lines has announced today the expansion of its service from Boston to some key destinations in the Caribbean. The airline will launch a Saturday nonstop flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and a Saturday nonstop flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Cayman Islands braces for impact of CDC zika travel warning

August 15, 2016
Cayman Islands braces for impact of CDC zika travel warning GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Following a travel alert issued for the Cayman Islands by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, after the territory confirmed two cases of local zika transmission, the Department of Tourism (DoT) is braced for the potential impact.

WestJet becomes only Canadian carrier flying non-stop to Belize City

August 9, 2016
WestJet becomes only Canadian carrier flying non-stop to Belize City CALGARY, Canada -- WestJet will begin serving Belize City, Belize, non-stop from Toronto Pearson International Airport starting October 29, 2016. "WestJet is proud to become the only Canadian carrier to fly non-stop to the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize,"...

ABC ferry project struggling, while other Caribbean islands may soon be connected

August 8, 2016
ABC ferry project struggling, while other Caribbean islands may soon be connected WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- While various islands in the Caribbean are working hard on their connection with a ferry, the ABC islands ferry project is struggling. The ferry project to connect Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao by sea looked very promising but it appears that it might not crystallize.

Canada updates Caribbean travel advisories

August 6, 2016
Canada updates Caribbean travel advisories OTTAWA, Canada -- In a series of updates this month, the Canadian government has issued new travel advisories for a number of Caribbean countries. Most notable of these is that Canadian citizens travelling to Saint Lucia are now recommended to exercise a “high degree of caution”.

CDC issues zika travel alert for Antigua-Barbuda and Turks and Caicos

August 4, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for Antigua-Barbuda and Turks and Caicos ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) on Wednesday issued a zika virus travel notice for Antigua and Barbuda and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Local mosquito transmission...

CDC issues zika travel alert for Saba

July 28, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for Saba ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) on Tuesday issued a zika virus travel notice for Saba. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with zika virus...

United Airlines expands service to St Kitts

July 27, 2016
United Airlines expands service to St Kitts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- United Airlines plans to expand its Saturday service between the airline's New York/Newark gateway airport, Liberty International Airport (EWR) and St Kitts (SKB). United will recommence service on November 19, 2016, and will fly throughout the winter, summer...

Leading epidemiologist weighs in on zika in Puerto Rico to help educate travelers

July 26, 2016
Leading epidemiologist weighs in on zika in Puerto Rico to help educate travelers SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- An esteemed epidemiologist says, unless you are pregnant or planning to conceive, you can have a worry-free vacation in Puerto Rico. Echoing Puerto Rico Tourism Company's (PRTC) ongoing efforts to educate visitors about zika, Dr D.A. Henderson...

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...

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