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Zika and travel to the Caribbean: The FAQs

February 4, 2016
Zika and travel to the Caribbean: The FAQs BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The spread of the zika virus in the Americas, with Brazil as the epicentre, and the possible though not yet proven accompanying link to microcephaly has, understandably, caused concern. The Level 2 alert issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

St Barts named the most expensive destination in the Caribbean

February 3, 2016
St Barts named the most expensive destination in the Caribbean PARIS, France -- The island of St Barts has been named the most expensive destination in the Caribbean for accommodation, according to a new survey by TravelMag.com. The French-speaking island, whose full name is St Barthélemy, took the number one spot for its lodging costs.

LIAT to resume services to Anguilla

February 2, 2016
LIAT to resume services to Anguilla ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Regional air carrier LIAT will resume services to/from Anguilla effective February 12. The flights, which will be available daily, will be operated by Caribbean Helicopters. All services will be able to accommodate seven passengers and one piece of checked baggage.

More trouble at Surinam Airways

January 29, 2016
More trouble at Surinam Airways PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname’s minister of transportation, Andy Rusland, told the media last week that his government is contemplating breaking the lease of the recently acquired Airbus 340-313 that state-owned Surinam Airways (SLM) acquired a month ago from Airbus Financial Services.

LIAT removes fuel surcharges

January 29, 2016
LIAT removes fuel surcharges ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Regional air carrier LIAT announced on Thursday the complete removal of fuel surcharges on all new tickets booked, effective 1st March 2016. Chief executive officer David Evans said oil is now trading at a 12-year low, ending a decade of high jet fuel costs.

Caribbean tourism sector to be enhanced by better health systems

January 28, 2016
Caribbean tourism sector to be enhanced by better health systems PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago is one of six Caribbean countries to benefit from a US$800,000 Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) grant to develop and implement a regional tourism health information, monitoring and response system. The other Caribbean nations...

WINAIR adds new destinations

January 25, 2016
WINAIR adds new destinations PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- WINAIR has added three new destinations to its winter 2015/2016 schedule. In addition, WINAIR has increased frequencies of flights to St Kitts, Nevis and Tortola. WINAIR commenced scheduled service to Antigua on January 19, providing easy connection...

Expedia reports rise in Caribbean travel demand

January 21, 2016
Expedia reports rise in Caribbean travel demand PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- The Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, reported on Tuesday at the Caribbean Travel Marketplace organized by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) an increase in travel demand of 20 percent year over year.

International tourism hits record 1.2 billion in 2015, UN reports

January 20, 2016
International tourism hits record 1.2 billion in 2015, UN reports MADRID, Spain -- International tourism grew by 4.4 percent last year to a record 1.184 billion as calculated by overnight visitors to international destinations, 50 million more than in 2014, and the sixth consecutive year of above-average growth, UN World Tourism Organization reported.

More must be done before Bahamas tourism warning lifted, says US official

January 16, 2016
More must be done before Bahamas tourism warning lifted, says US official NASSAU, Bahamas -- US chargé d'affaires Lisa Johnson said on Thursday the fact that the man charged last week in The Bahamas with raping an American tourist was not licensed to operate a jet ski – as was stated by minister of transport and aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin – is “irrelevant”.

Cuba tourism grows 17.3 percent in 2015

January 15, 2016
Cuba tourism grows 17.3 percent in 2015 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba reported outstanding growth in the number of tourists in 2015, when over 3.5 million foreigners visited the island nation, according to a report released by Professor Jose Luis Perello. In 2014, Cuba passed the three million visitor mark for the first time in its history.

French aircraft manufacturer ATR defends record in Caribbean

January 13, 2016
French aircraft manufacturer ATR defends record in Caribbean NASSAU, Bahamas -- French aircraft manufacturer ATR has confirmed that Bahamasair’s order for five of its aircraft was announced at the Paris Air Show in June 2015, and pointed out to Guardian Business that there are 180 ATR aircraft in operation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

BVI premier announces direct flights to Miami

January 13, 2016
BVI premier announces direct flights to Miami ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Premier and minister of finance, Dr Orlando Smith, has announced that direct flights from the British Virgin Islands to Miami and back will soon be available through the services of BVI Airways. This is the first service of its kind, and is themed ‘A Game Changer’: BVI Direct.

Guyana listed among 12 emerging travel destinations to visit in 2016

January 13, 2016
Guyana listed among 12 emerging travel destinations to visit in 2016 GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- On the cusp of its 50th independence anniversary celebrations Guyana has been featured in the Business Insider UK’s “12 Emerging destinations you have to visit in 2016”. In this most recent feature, broadcast journalist and photojournalist, Anisha Shah, explained...

Unique Lodges of the World celebrates one year anniversary with five regional properties

January 11, 2016
Unique Lodges of the World celebrates one year anniversary with five regional properties WASHINGTON, USA -- Since its launch in January 2015, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World has nearly doubled the number of properties in its impressive collection, including five in the Caribbean and Central America. The collection began with 24 charter members and accepted...

LIAT launches new routes with Caribbean Helicopters charter agreement

January 7, 2016
LIAT launches new routes with Caribbean Helicopters charter agreement ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Regional carrier LIAT has entered into a bespoke charter agreement with Caribbean Helicopters, based in Antigua and Barbuda, whereby the company will provide LIAT with charter flights into specific markets in the region. Caribbean Helicopters operates a fleet of...

Honduras named top travel destination for 2016

January 6, 2016
Honduras named top travel destination for 2016 TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- A panel of experts selected Honduras as one of the top 16 emerging travel destinations in the world for the New Year, according to CNN. The panel emphasized Honduras' diverse touristic offering including natural attractions, as well as important ancient ruins and...

Tobago hotel wins prestigious World Travel Award for twelfth consecutive year

January 5, 2016
Tobago hotel wins prestigious World Travel Award for twelfth consecutive year SCARBOROUGH, Tobago -- For the twelfth consecutive year, Coco Reef – Tobago has been awarded the World Travel Award for the “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel”. The resort is owned by hotelier and developer John Jefferis, who was recently inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame.

Direct flights resumed between Italy and Camaguey in Cuba

January 4, 2016
Direct flights resumed between Italy and Camaguey in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- With the arrival of 130 Italian travelers on January 1 at the Ignacio Agramonte International Airport in Camagüey, Cuba, the link between that city and Italy – one of the main countries sending tourists to this eastern province – was resumed after over a decade without direct flights.

Surinam Airways CEO and board sacked by president

December 30, 2015
Surinam Airways CEO and board sacked by president PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Facing major financial constraints, and mounting pressure from the public to address corruption and money-losing public companies, Suriname's President Desi Bouterse brought down the hammer at Surinam Airways (SLM). On Monday he sacked CEO Ewald Henshuijs.

Netherlands issues new warning to those traveling to Venezuela

December 30, 2015
Netherlands issues new warning to those traveling to Venezuela WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Dutch ministry of foreign affairs has tightened its travel advice for Venezuela. According to the advisory, Venezuela is among the most violent countries in the world and it does not recommend Curacao citizens travel to the neighbouring country. The foreign ministry noted...

Surinam Airways to be privatised

December 29, 2015
Surinam Airways to be privatised PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- During the budget debate in the National Assembly of Suriname a few weeks ago, it was revealed that state-owned Surinam Airways (SLM), which has been losing money for decades, will be privatized within the next two to three years. This unexpected announcement...

Choice Hotels expands to Guyana

December 28, 2015
Choice Hotels expands to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotels International, one of the world's leading hotel companies, has announced continued Caribbean growth with the addition of the elegant 25-room Opus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana, to its growing list of upscale properties.

Havana Air launches first automated direct booking service to Cuba for US travellers

December 23, 2015
Havana Air launches first automated direct booking service to Cuba for US travellers MIAMI, USA -- United States based airline, Havana Air, has announced that it will be the first carrier to launch a fully automated reservation system for direct flight bookings to Cuba. The game-changing rollout, which will go live on January 1, 2016, allows users to book their flights via the airline's website.

LIAT adds another flight to Dominica for the holidays

December 22, 2015
LIAT adds another flight to Dominica for the holidays ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Regional carrier LIAT has announced that it will be operating an additional flight to and from Dominica to coincide with the Christmas and New Year holidays. The new flight will operate between Antigua and Dominica daily starting Wednesday December 23.

USVI to welcome new Atlanta flights

December 22, 2015
USVI to welcome new Atlanta flights ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands is ready to welcome additional Delta Air Lines flights from Atlanta to St Croix beginning on Wednesday. Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty reported that the Department of Tourism has developed options for supporting the new Wednesday flights.

Cuban tourism grows 17.6 pct through November

December 21, 2015
Cuban tourism grows 17.6 pct through November HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- With its growing popularity as a tourist destination, Cuba is ending 2015 with an encouraging development of this sector, able to inject over two billion dollars a year into its economy. According to preliminary data, from January to November, 3,139,837 people traveled...

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