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Pilots still on strike as LIAT seeks court injunction

June 10, 2017
Pilots still on strike as LIAT seeks court injunction BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- LIAT pilots are continuing industrial action, despite moves by the regional airline’s management to seek a court injunction against an ongoing strike by members of LIALPA – the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association. The pilots are refusing to fly LIAT’s...

Government of Grenada signs MOU with Airbnb

June 10, 2017
Government of Grenada signs MOU with Airbnb ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The government of Grenada on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), to formalize and implement a cohesive partnership with the global home-sharing company, Airbnb.  Grenada’s minister of tourism, Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen signed on behalf...

Thank you, Cuba: A country of changing tides

June 10, 2017
Thank you, Cuba: A country of changing tides Salsa dancing, white sand beaches and communism. What do all three of these things have in common? Yep, you guessed it. Cuba. A nation, despite only having a population of 11 million people (for context, New York City has eight million people), which has had, and continues to have, a large impact.

LIAT pilots strike continues into second day

June 9, 2017
LIAT pilots strike continues into second day ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- As the industrial action taken by LIAT pilots moved into a second day, members of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) continued to refuse to fly any of the airline’s ATR 72 series aircraft. The partial strike began on Wednesday morning, leaving hundreds of...

Most luxurious hotel in Cuba officially opens

June 9, 2017
Most luxurious hotel in Cuba officially opens HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The first five-star plus hotel in Cuba, Manzana Kempinski, was officially opened on Wednesday afternoon, in the presence of Cuban minister of tourism Manuel Marrero. The six-story building with 246 rooms is located in the heart of Havana, across from the Central Park.

LIAT flights disrupted as pilots strike

June 8, 2017
LIAT flights disrupted as pilots strike ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- All LIAT flights scheduled with ATR 72 aircraft were cancelled or delayed on Wednesday as a result of industrial action taken by the members of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA). In ongoing negotiations for higher wages, which includes the operation of the ATR...

Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding

June 8, 2017
Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding GOSIER, Guadeloupe -- The second selection committee for the Interreg Caribbean Program 2014-2020 has made public the list of the 11 regional projects eligible for European funding. Many countries in the Caribbean will benefit from these projects, as follows: 1. TEECA: Set up a trade facilitation team and...

Global interest in Honduras pushes increase in tourism

June 8, 2017
Global interest in Honduras pushes increase in tourism TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- When Honduras hosted the World Tourism Organization's Regional Commission for the Americas meeting last week, it had great news to report: growth in international tourist arrivals and spending, growth in the number of cruise passengers and port calls, and improvements...

Jamaica on the verge of visitor arrivals history, says tourism minister

June 7, 2017
Jamaica on the verge of visitor arrivals history, says tourism minister MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- With earnings for the first four months of this year at an all-time high of over US$1 billion, or a 6.5 percent increase over last year, minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett announced on Sunday that Jamaica’s tourism industry is heading for a historic one million visitors...

Why and how airlines, resorts and governments should cooperate for a common goal

June 7, 2017
Why and how airlines, resorts and governments should cooperate for a common goal PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Caribbean aviation attorney, Bryan P. Winters, will present a lecture entitled “Why and how airlines, resorts and tourism boards should cooperate for a common goal” during the second annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup in St Maarten from June 13 to 15.

Cayman Islands celebrates inaugural Southwest Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale

June 6, 2017
Cayman Islands celebrates inaugural Southwest Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- On Sunday, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) celebrated the start of Southwest Airlines’ daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) with a surprise flight gate...

Southwest Airlines announces details of new Caribbean service

June 3, 2017
Southwest Airlines announces details of new Caribbean service DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has published its initial flight schedule of nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, beginning November 5, 2017, subject to requisite governmental approvals. Southwest chairman and CEO Gary Kelly made the announcement...

Fly Allways to start flights between Paramaribo and Curacao

June 2, 2017
Fly Allways to start flights between Paramaribo and Curacao PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Fly Allways will be launching twice weekly scheduled flights between Paramaribo and Curacao. Beginning on June 25, 2017, Fly Allways will fly to Curacao on Wednesdays and Sundays. The flight will depart from Paramaribo at 10:00 am and arriving at Curacao at 11:40 am.

Norwegian improves its JFK nonstop air service to Martinique

June 1, 2017
Norwegian improves its JFK nonstop air service to Martinique NEW YORK, USA -- Following a successful 2016/2017 winter season, Norwegian – named Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the past four consecutive years – will increase its seasonal air service to Martinique from three to four nonstop flights out of JFK to Fort-de-France starting October 29, 2017.

Sunwing introduces direct winter flights from Vancouver to Montego Bay, Jamaica

June 1, 2017
Sunwing introduces direct winter flights from Vancouver to Montego Bay, Jamaica TORONTO, Canada -- Beginning December 19, 2017, and available weekly until April 3, 2018, Canada's Sunwing will be operating a direct flight service this coming winter and early next spring to the popular resort destination of Montego Bay in Jamaica. Vacationers that choose to take advantage...

Increase reported in 2016 package demand for Barbados

May 30, 2017
Increase reported in 2016 package demand for Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Expedia group, one of the world’s leading travel companies, has reported that hotel partners in Barbados have seen an increase in package demand with nearly 15 percent growth in 2016 year-on-year. Package bookings, which combine components like flights and...

Guiana Shield tourism initiative takes centre stage at UN

May 29, 2017
Guiana Shield tourism initiative takes centre stage at UN NEW YORK, USA -- The Guiana Shield Tourism Initiative, the brainchild of Henry MacDonald, Suriname’s permanent representative to the United Nations, and supported by Guyana’s ambassador to the UN, Rudolph Ten-Pow, took centre stage at the UN on Tuesday. The Guiana Shield Tourism...

CBP advises on summer travel to the US and the Caribbean

May 26, 2017
CBP advises on summer travel to the US and the Caribbean SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Memorial Day weekend kick starts the summer travel season. US Customs and Border Protection has invited travelers to learn the guidelines concerning international arrival at any port of entry, particularly those arriving from international destinations into Puerto Rico...

Antigua-Barbuda launches new digital campaign for the summer: Summer Lovin'

May 25, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda launches new digital campaign for the summer: Summer Lovin' NEW YORK, USA -- The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) (US office) has launched a new digital summer campaign called Summer Lovin’ that will run from May 15 to September 15 for an early start to the busy summer season. The tagline Summer Lovin’ acts as the perfect umbrella for...

LIAT pilots give management June 1 ultimatum to honour agreement

May 24, 2017
LIAT pilots give management June 1 ultimatum to honour agreement ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- According to a statement issued on Monday by the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), its relationship with the airline is currently strained and has deteriorated to an all-time low and the pilots have given management a June 1 deadline to avoid further escalation.

Expedia opens Cuban market for travelers in the Caribbean and the rest of the world

May 24, 2017
Expedia opens Cuban market for travelers in the Caribbean and the rest of the world MIAMI, USA -- The Expedia group, the world’s largest online travel agency, has announced its expansion into the Cuban market, which will allow Cuban hoteliers to sell inventory through global Expedia group sites as well as allow travelers to book hotels in the island destination. The addition of Cuba’s...

Delta expands service to St Kitts and Nevis this winter from New York and Atlanta

May 24, 2017
Delta expands service to St Kitts and Nevis this winter from New York and Atlanta ATLANTA, USA -- Delta customers will have more ways to get to and from the Eastern Caribbean islands of St Kitts and Nevis this winter with new weekly service from Delta’s hub at New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) as well as increased seasonal frequencies from Hartsfield-Jackson...

USVI, Airbnb sign first tax agreement in the Caribbean

May 22, 2017
USVI, Airbnb sign first tax agreement in the Caribbean ST THOMAS, USVI -- The government of the US Virgin Islands and Airbnb have confirmed the first tax agreement in the Caribbean, which will allow the platform to collect the territory's 12.5 percent hotel room occupancy tax on behalf of hosts and remit the funds to the Virgin Islands Bureau of...

Winair now flies to Haiti and Curacao

May 15, 2017
Winair now flies to Haiti and Curacao PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- Effective June 3, 2017, Winair, the national carrier of St Maarten, will commence flights to Haiti and Curacao. These flights will be operated by Winair twice a week, on Tuesday and Saturday. Flight routing, operated by a MD-82 will be Curacao – St. Maarten...

Haitian airline to start Guyana flights

May 13, 2017
Haitian airline to start Guyana flights PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Sunrise Airways, a local airline based in Haiti, plans to commence flights between Port-au- Prince and the Cheddi Jagan International (CJIA) Airport in Guyana this summer after some setbacks. Sunrise Airways had originally planned to launch flights to Guyana on March 29.

Guyana tourism hub potential is at Ogle not Cheddi Jagan airport, study reveals

May 11, 2017
Guyana tourism hub potential is at Ogle not Cheddi Jagan airport, study reveals GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- With a Category II rating of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Guyana will not be able to start and operate its own airline until all the deficiencies are corrected. However, this is not a major constraint holding back the development of tourism and attracting...

Barbados signs new air transport agreement with Canada

May 11, 2017
Barbados signs new air transport agreement with Canada BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The governments of Barbados and Canada on Tuesday signed a new air transport agreement that is envisaged to not only increase airlift and long stay visitors in both countries, but also give aircraft “the flexibility to operate without directional or geographical...

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