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Grenada Tourism Authority now represented in Germany

August 28, 2014
Grenada Tourism Authority now represented in Germany ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Grenada Tourism Authority has appointed Margit Schwarz of Discover the World Marketing GmbH as sales representative and focal marketing point in Germany. This appointment supports the imminent return of Condor’s direct flights from Frankfurt, Germany, to Grenada.

Guatemala's growing cruise industry maximizes revenue potential

August 27, 2014
Guatemala's growing cruise industry maximizes revenue potential GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- One of the reasons to visit Guatemala this year lies within their cruise offering, which allows passengers to experience just enough about the country’s culture, gastronomy and exotic nature to lure back approximately 70 percent of visitors for a longer stay.

Cuban tourism keeps up the pace in 2014

August 23, 2014
Cuban tourism keeps up the pace in 2014 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Two million travelers have visited Cuba so far this year as the island’s tourism industry keeps up the pace in its efforts to reach for the first time three million international visitors. From January to date, there was growth in tourist arrivals mainly from Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Potential catastrophe on Aruba flight results in lawsuit against charter airline

August 22, 2014
Potential catastrophe on Aruba flight results in lawsuit against charter airline MIAMI, USA -- Two former flight attendants for Falcon Air Express have filed a lawsuit against the Miami-based charter airline claiming they were fired after reporting dangerous situations that could have endangered the lives of the passengers and crew during two flights last year to and from Aruba.

St Lucia prepares for increased cruise ship visits

August 22, 2014
St Lucia prepares for increased cruise ship visits CASTRIES, St Lucia -- After an eight-year hiatus, Port Castries is back on the Disney Cruise Lines itinerary with a total of five calls to Saint Lucia for the 2014/2015 cruise season. Port Castries is poised to welcome over 685,000 cruise passengers and over 375 cruise ships for the upcoming cruise season.

Suriname refuses Aruba airline landing permission

August 21, 2014
Suriname refuses Aruba airline landing permission ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Insel Air Aruba may not land in Suriname after the Surinamese aviation authority refused to authorize direct flights between Aruba and Paramaribo, the Aruban website Noticiacla.com reported. On Monday, an Insel Air Aruba aircraft had to make a detour via Curacao.

Haiti's local community to benefit from additional fee from cruise passengers

August 20, 2014
Haiti's local community to benefit from additional fee from cruise passengers PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, announced on Monday that an agreement has been reached between the Haitian government and the Royal Caribbean Cruise lines to add two dollars on the fee paid by each tourist visiting the northern Labadie seaside resort.

Challenges continue for Phoenix Airways

August 18, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Phoenix Airways, now in its first month of operations in St Kitts, is encouraging passengers to stand by the airline even as complaints mount about poor service and the airline by its own admission is having difficulties with passenger loads.

Cartagena: Newest hotspot for luxury weddings

August 14, 2014
Cartagena: Newest hotspot for luxury weddings CARTAGENA DE INDIAS, Colombia -- Cartagena de Indias is recognized as one of the most beautiful and best preserved ancient cities of America. Today, the walled city opens its doors to thousands of Colombians and foreigners who wish to have the wedding of their dreams in a destination full of magic and charm.

LIAT reorganises its commercial department

August 12, 2014
LIAT reorganises its commercial department ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Regional airline LIAT has announced changes to its commercial structure in order to bring a sharper focus on revenue generation. Lloyd Carswell, an internationally experienced chief commercial officer, is being appointed in this role on an interim basis for three to four months.

Barbados government pushing niche tourism

August 11, 2014
Barbados government pushing niche tourism BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados’ sports tourism niche is reaping success for the island as a destination, and this country’s minister of tourism and international transport, Richard Sealy, is promising more developments in this area. He gave this vote of confidence in the island’s tourism product while...

Caribbean tourism prepares for major change

August 8, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Caribbean and global tourism thought leaders will gather in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, next month to discuss and devise strategies to position Caribbean tourism for major change. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s State of the Industry...

Don't fly for me, Venezuela

August 6, 2014
Don't fly for me, Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela -- An ongoing currency feud between the government in Caracas and international airlines has now made it nearly impossible to fly to or from Venezuela. Some airlines have cut back on flights and others have simply stopped flying to the country altogether.

Guests can make their own chocolate at St Lucia resort

August 6, 2014
Guests can make their own chocolate at St Lucia resort SOUFRIERE, St Lucia -- In celebration of Chocolate Heritage month in St Lucia, Anse Chastanet -- one of the Caribbean's leading resorts -- is offering two exceptional travel deals. The luxury resort, which offers breathtaking views of St Lucia's twin-peak Pitons mountains, has unveiled...

Fun in Aruba is full speed ahead with 'Arubapalooza'

August 2, 2014
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Even with summer in full swing, it's never too early to look ahead to the start of autumn. Fall on the One happy island of Aruba marks the start of "Arubapalooza," the seasonal extravaganza encompassing countless cultural, culinary, music and fashion-oriented events.

Canada keeps its ranking as primary source of visitors to Cuba

August 1, 2014
Canada keeps its ranking as primary source of visitors to Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Canada continues to be the primary source of visitors to Cuba, according to a report by the National Statistics and Information Office (ONE), cited by the Cuban business magazine Opciones. Over 181,260 Canadians visited the island up to June; however, the number was lower...

US issues new customs declarations form, features expanded definition of family members

August 1, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- US Customs and Border Protection issued a new customs declaration form -- in print and online -- that expands the definition of family members for arriving travelers as, "members of a family residing in the same household who are related by blood, marriage...

US imposes visa restrictions against human rights abusers in Venezuela

July 31, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department announced that Secretary of State John Kerry has decided to impose restrictions on travel to the United States by a number of Venezuelan government officials who have been responsible for human rights abuses.

Slow start for St Kitts-based Phoenix Airways

July 31, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Business has not exactly taken off with a bang for new airline Phoenix Airways. The St Kitts-based airline, which began flights on July 16, reports that its flights are on average about a quarter full. CEO Neville Gumbs said, however, that he expects...

JetBlue to launch nonstop service from New York to Curacao

July 31, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways will launch a new route to Curacao International Airport (CUR) from JFK International Airport (JFK) on December 2, 2014, subject to government approval, providing the only nonstop service from New York. The twice weekly service will operate on...

American Airlines launches new daily service to Cap-Haitien, Haiti

July 31, 2014
FORT WORTH, USA -- American Airlines will launch new daily service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and Cap-Haitien, Haiti (CAP), adding a new international destination to the airline's growing global network. Customers can now book travel on the new route for...

Curacao sees drop in US tourists, big jump from Canada

July 24, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- According to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Curacao experienced a 17.1 percent drop in tourist arrivals from the US in the first five months of 2014, but that number was offset slightly by a significant jump in tourism from Canada.

Airport employees in St Maarten to undergo security screening

July 23, 2014
SIMPSON BAY, St Maarten -- The vast majority of the employees of the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) in St Maarten will have to undergo security screening administered by the National Security Service. In addition, the managing director and all seven supervisory board members...

Bahamas airlift falls 8.5 percent in four years

July 22, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- The head of Atlantis has expressed anxiety over the level of airlift coming into the country from The Bahamas’ major source market ahead of the opening of Baha Mar, after official figures obtained show that such airlift into Nassau declined by 8.5 percent.

Emergency passports no longer available locally for USVI residents

July 19, 2014
Emergency passports no longer available locally for USVI residents WASHINGTON, USA -- USVI Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen said on Thursday her district office staff received e-mail correspondence from the US Department of State’s Miami passport agency that, effective July 11, 2014, US citizens from the US Virgin Islands who need to obtain...

US carriers to offer new air service to Antigua

July 19, 2014
ST JOHNS, Antigua -- Travellers to Antigua and Barbuda will have easier access by air following a series of successful meetings held with executives of American Airlines in Miami, Florida and Delta Airlines in Atlanta, Georgia. As a result of the negotiations with American Airlines...

Phoenix Airways commences flights to and from St Kitts

July 19, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Phoenix Airways, a new inter-Caribbean airline, has announced the commencement of its flight service to and from St Kitts, starting July 16, 2014.  The airline will serve destinations such as Aruba, Barbados, Antigua, Nevis, St Maarten...

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