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St Lucia expands tourism outreach with new Diaspora program

March 3, 2015
St Lucia expands tourism outreach with new Diaspora program CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has launched a dedicated marketing initiative to reach the island’s Diaspora in North America and the United Kingdom. Called Se Sannou, meaning “our thing” in Creole, the program is designed to strengthen ties with the Diaspora community.

Antigua-Barbuda declines request to allow Taiwan nationals visa free entry

March 2, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda declines request to allow Taiwan nationals visa free entry ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The government of Antigua and Barbuda has declined a request made on February 24, 2015, through the Secretariat of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), to grant visa-free entry to nationals of Taiwan. In a letter to the director-general of the OECS...

Barbados seeking more European visitors

March 2, 2015
Barbados seeking more European visitors BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- On the heels of record tourist arrivals for the month of January, acting prime minister, Richard Sealy, wants to see more visitors coming to Barbados from Continental Europe. He made this known on Friday when the Netherlands ambassador to Barbados...

Martinique 2014 cruise passenger arrivals up 71.3 percent

February 27, 2015
Martinique 2014 cruise passenger arrivals up 71.3 percent FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique -- Martinique’s cruise sector continued to net strong results in 2014. According to the latest statistics from The Martinique Tourism Authority, cruise passenger arrivals for calendar year 2014 (January–December) were up 71.3% when compared to the same period in 2013.

New Marriott hotel opens in Haiti

February 26, 2015
New Marriott hotel opens in Haiti PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- The new Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel on Wednesday checked in its first guests. Among the 200 new Haitian hotel workers who welcomed them were young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and Haitian-Americans who want to share their hospitality skills.

JetBlue's newest destination Grenada goes out for sale

February 26, 2015
JetBlue's newest destination Grenada goes out for sale NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways has announced that its new nonstop service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Grenada's Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND) is now out for sale. Grenada will become JetBlue's 90th BlueCity on June 11, 2015.

Tourism on the rise in Cuba in January

February 24, 2015
Tourism on the rise in Cuba in January HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Though the official figures have not yet been released, there is reportedly a noticeable increase in the flow of international tourists who last month travelled to Cuba, a destination that reached three million visitors for the first time in 2014. Maria del Carmen Orellana...

Aruba reports nearly ten percent increase in stay-over arrivals in 2014

February 24, 2015
Aruba reports nearly ten percent increase in stay-over arrivals in 2014 ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- The Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) has reported that total arrivals in 2014 increased by 9.5 percent, compared to the same period in 2013. This global growth included a 3.7 percent increase in arrivals from the US market, 26.8 percent increase from the South American...

Anguilla welcomes new airlift from San Juan

February 23, 2015
Anguilla welcomes new airlift from San Juan THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- A tranquil Caribbean island getaway on Anguilla is now easier than ever to get to with the announcement of Seaborne Airline’s weekly scheduled service. According to chairman of the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB), Ralph Hodge, the direct flights between Anguilla and San Juan...

Carnival Triumph makes inaugural call to Dominica

February 23, 2015
Carnival Triumph makes inaugural call to Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Dominica welcomed Carnival Triumph of Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) last week as it made its inaugural call, arriving at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth. With a passenger capacity of 2,754 and crew size of 1,100, Carnival Triumph sailed to the “Nature Island” from Grenada.

Caribbean Helicopters makes inaugural flight to Nevis

February 21, 2015
Caribbean Helicopters makes inaugural flight to Nevis CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) -- Caribbean Helicopters Ltd made its inaugural flight to the Vance W. Amory International Airport in Nevis on Friday. The flight came one week after the company signed an agreement with the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) to provide airlift to and from the island via Antigua.

Nevis signs agreement with Caribbean Helicopters for added airlift

February 20, 2015
Nevis signs agreement with Caribbean Helicopters for added airlift CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) -- The Nevis Island Administration (NIA) has forged a partnership with Caribbean Helicopters Ltd (CHL) based in Antigua that will bring added airlift to the Vance W. Amory International Airport. The agreement was signed on behalf of the administration by...

Cruise line expands presence in Caribbean with $85 million port in Dominican Republic

February 19, 2015
Cruise line expands presence in Caribbean with $85 million port in Dominican Republic MIAMI, USA -- Carnival Corporation, the world's largest travel and leisure company, will begin welcoming guests at its newly developed Amber Cove port in the Dominican Republic beginning October 2015. Six of Carnival Corporation's nine brands will call on Amber Cove along the country's...

Seaborne Airlines to launch service between Puerto Rico and Anguilla

February 19, 2015
Seaborne Airlines to launch service between Puerto Rico and Anguilla SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Seaborne Airlines has announced the addition of non-stop service between San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in Puerto Rico to Clayton J. Lloyd International airport on the island of Anguilla (AXA), with service starting on April 30, 2015.

Silver Airways increases airlift from Florida to Bahamas

February 18, 2015
Silver Airways increases airlift from Florida to Bahamas MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas -- Travelers flying out of Florida now have even more access to The Islands of The Bahamas with the introduction of several new Silver Airways flights.  On Saturday, Marsh Harbour International Airport welcomed the Silver Airways inaugural flight from Tampa.

Bahamas offers unique opportunity for travellers to swim with pigs

February 17, 2015
Bahamas offers unique opportunity for travellers to swim with pigs NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas is now the ‘Official Home of the Swimming Pigs’. Visitors to the islands are happily embracing the unique and special experience to swim with the pigs on the uninhabited Island of Big Major Cay, which is home to these special creatures.

JetBlue adds additional Cuba charter flight

February 13, 2015
JetBlue adds additional Cuba charter flight NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways, the largest airline to the Caribbean, has announced an agreement with its partner, ABC Charters, to add a new charter flight to Cuba beginning this summer. The weekly flight, which begins on June 5, will operate on Fridays from Tampa (TPA) to Havana (HAV).

Bahamas US preclearance leads in currency seizures

February 12, 2015
Bahamas US preclearance leads in currency seizures NASSAU, Bahamas -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Nassau Preclearance facility seized approximately $845,000 in unreported currency from passengers traveling to the United States from the Bahamas in fiscal year 2014. Individuals are permitted to carry any amount...

JetBlue adds seasonal route from Boston to Haiti

February 12, 2015
JetBlue adds seasonal route from Boston to Haiti BOSTON, USA -- JetBlue Airways, the largest airline at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), has announced new seasonal, non-stop flights from Boston to Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) (subject to government approval). JetBlue will provide the only non-stop routes from Boston to Port-au-Prince.

Record tourist arrivals and earnings for the Caribbean in 2014

February 11, 2015
Record tourist arrivals and earnings for the Caribbean in 2014 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean welcomed a record 26.3 million tourists in 2014, a 5.3 percent rise over the previous year. These visitors spent US$29.2 billion, itself a record. The chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Richard Sealy, and the secretary general...

Bookings to Grenada increase for 2015

February 11, 2015
Bookings to Grenada increase for 2015 ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Grenada is expected to have another successful year for tourism arrivals, according to reports from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s 2015 Caribbean Travel Marketplace held from 28th to 30th January 2015. Members of the international travel trade...

Barbados to preserve and build on tourism product, says PM

February 10, 2015
Barbados to preserve and build on tourism product, says PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The government is committed to preserving, improving and diversifying Barbados’s tourism product so the country can continue to be on the cutting edge of the industry, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said last Wednesday night when he addressed the...

Bahamas, Caribbean taking 'green' tourism seriously

February 7, 2015
Bahamas, Caribbean taking 'green' tourism seriously NASSAU, Bahamas -- One Bahamian resort has recently been recognized for its sustainability practices, and another is on the path towards similar recognition, but action on sustainability in the tourism industry must be more focused in The Bahamas and the Caribbean as a whole.

Jamaica tourist arrivals increased by 3.6 percent in 2014

February 7, 2015
Jamaica tourist arrivals increased by 3.6 percent in 2014 KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s tourism sector continues to experience steady growth in arrivals, with final figures for the 2014 calendar year indicating a 3.6 percent over the similar period in 2013. Making the disclosure, tourism and entertainment minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill...

JetBlue to launch service to Grenada

February 5, 2015
JetBlue to launch service to Grenada NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways intends to add another destination to its ever-expanding network in the Caribbean. Subject to government operating authority, flights between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Grenada's Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND)...

Major marketing campaigns raise profile of Antigua-Barbuda

February 4, 2015
Major marketing campaigns raise profile of Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority is anticipating a surge in bookings to Antigua and Barbuda from its primary source markets, as a result of new marketing campaigns being implemented to raise the profile of the destination. A 60-minute television documentary...

Automated passport control goes live in Bahamas

February 4, 2015
Automated passport control goes live in Bahamas NASSAU, Bahamas -- An automated passport control (APC) system at Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport in The Bahamas officially went live on Monday, allowing US-bound travelers to be processed up to four times faster. Officials expect the new technology – available in only one other...

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