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Anguilla named best Caribbean island in Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards 2017

July 14, 2017
Anguilla named best Caribbean island in Travel+Leisure World's Best Awards 2017 THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- Anguilla has won top honours as “Best Island in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas”, in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2017. Travel + Leisure is the largest travel magazine brand in the United States, and the winners of the prestigious award are determined by their...

Costa Rica tempts couples with the perfect backdrop for a memorable wedding

July 12, 2017
Costa Rica tempts couples with the perfect backdrop for a memorable wedding SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Couples looking for the ultimate au naturale setting for their romantic boho chic wedding, need to look no further than Costa Rica. The country offers a variety of green environments for a picturesque day. Instead of incorporating natural elements into your celebration...

Honduras attracts new cruise lines

July 12, 2017
Honduras attracts new cruise lines TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras has reported a sharp increase in the number of cruise passengers and cruise ships in 2016 compared with the previous year, reflecting a growing interest in the Central American country as the next top tourist destination. New vessels calling at Honduran ports...

Barbados pledges continued support for LIAT

July 10, 2017
Barbados pledges continued support for LIAT BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has pledged Barbados’ continued commitment to the regional carrier LIAT, describing it as “vital” to the movement of people across the Caribbean. Stuart made this assertion as he spoke to the media recently about concerns being...

Jamaica tourism minister welcomes successful start to rebuild German tourism market

July 7, 2017
Jamaica tourism minister welcomes successful start to rebuild German tourism market MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Minister of Tourism of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica’s push to rebuild the German tourism market is bearing fruit with over 20,000 visitors expected from that gateway this year. Between January and April this year, the island welcomed 9,800 German tourists but the...

New Miami-BVI air service runs into some turbulence

July 6, 2017
New Miami-BVI air service runs into some turbulence ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The recently announced direct flights operated by BVI Airways between the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport in the British Virgin Islands and Miami International Airport in Florida appear to have encountered some unexpected turbulence even before take-off.

Jamaica welcomes inaugural Eurowings flight from Cologne-Bonn Germany

July 5, 2017
Jamaica welcomes inaugural Eurowings flight from Cologne-Bonn Germany MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- One of Europe’s leading airlines, Eurowings, a subsidiary of one of the world’s biggest airline companies, Lufthansa, will begin operating a twice-weekly scheduled service between Germany’s largest populated metropolitan region and Montego Bay, Jamaica, beginning...

Tourism risks being viewed as a preserve of the elite, says Jamaican minister

July 3, 2017
Tourism risks being viewed as a preserve of the elite, says Jamaican minister WASHINGTON USA -- Jamaica’s tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says, despite massive growth projections for global travel and tourism, the small and medium tourism enterprises in tourism-dependent nations have yet to reap the full benefits tourism ought to provide. “As we observe tourism’s impact...

BVI Airways announces Tortola-Miami service

July 1, 2017
BVI Airways announces Tortola-Miami service MIAMI, USA -- BVI Airways is scheduled to launch the first-ever nonstop service between Tortola, British Virgin Islands, and Miami International Airport (MIA) on July 22, with two weekly roundtrip flights on Saturdays and Sundays.  BVI Airways will use BAe Avro 146 RJ100 aircraft to serve the new route.

Southwest Airlines to consolidate Cuba service with focus on Havana

June 29, 2017
Southwest Airlines to consolidate Cuba service with focus on Havana DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has announced that it will concentrate its future service to Cuba in Havana (HAV) and will cease operations in both Varadero (VRA) and Santa Clara (SNU) at the end of day on Monday, September 4, 2017.  Southwest currently serves Havana twice daily nonstop.

Aruba Airlines eyes the Guyana market

June 26, 2017
Aruba Airlines eyes the Guyana market GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Aruba Airlines plans to commence daily flights between Aruba and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Guyana from July 7.  The CJIA's US$200 million modernization and expansion project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. However, the government...

CHTA wants better US-Cuba relations

June 26, 2017
CHTA wants better US-Cuba relations MIAMI, USA -- The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) said it regrets the recent US reversal of its travel policies on Cuba and the likely effects on the socio-economic development of Cuba and the wider Caribbean region.  The Association continues to support the ending of the US-Cuba...

Tourism officials express concern about intra-regional travel

June 26, 2017
Tourism officials express concern about intra-regional travel PHILLIPSBURG, St Maarten -- The method by which countries determine the economic impact of tourism arrivals is flawed, says former Bahamas tourism minister and CEO /secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace.  The former tourism executive compared...

Spanish hotel group invests in city hotels in central Cuba

June 23, 2017
Spanish hotel group invests in city hotels in central Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Melia Hotels International, with 27 years of operations in Cuba, including Camagüey province, has signed a contract for managing the Gran Hotel, Colón Hotel and Camagüey Hotel, three iconic facilities in Camagüey. Operated thus far by Islazul, a local firm, which will...

Antigua-Barbuda's 60th Carnival gets a warm reception in Trinidad and Tobago

June 21, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda's 60th Carnival gets a warm reception in Trinidad and Tobago ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA), in conjunction with the Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission, partnered last week in Trinidad and Tobago to launch the 60th anniversary of Antigua’s Carnival, which takes place from July 28 – August 7, 2017.

Bahamas wins new business aviation award

June 21, 2017
Bahamas wins new business aviation award NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas has been presented the 2016 Caribbean Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation Award for Outstanding Country Promotion, the first award of its kind for the region. The Sapphire Pegasus Award is a symbol of gratitude for the superb performance in an industry...

Key cruise line executives and industry stakeholders gather to improve business at conference in Aruba

June 21, 2017
Key cruise line executives and industry stakeholders gather to improve business at conference in Aruba PEMBROKE PINES, USA -- Improving cruise tourism business was easier and happier than ever last week in Aruba. A group of more than 200 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Platinum Members, key cruise tourism stakeholders, and their family members and colleagues joined...

Crime threatening Cayman Islands tourism, warns minister

June 19, 2017
Crime threatening Cayman Islands tourism, warns minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The recent crime spike in the Cayman Islands is threatening the tourism sector, the deputy premier said Friday, as he urged the community to help the police bring criminals to justice. Moses Kirkconnell, who has responsibility for this important economic pillar...

Jamaica welcomes one millionth stop-over visitor

June 17, 2017
Jamaica welcomes one millionth stop-over visitor MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s tourism industry marked a historical milestone on Thursday with Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett welcoming the millionth stop-over visitor to the island for the year to date. In tandem with this landmark achievement, the tourism sector has earned...

Seaborne Airlines to resume service to Antigua

June 15, 2017
Seaborne Airlines to resume service to Antigua SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Seaborne Airlines has announced that non-stop service between the carrier’s hub in San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport and Antigua and Barbuda, V.C. Bird International Airport, will resume starting on Friday, July 21, 2017. Seaborne Airlines and the Antigua...

USVI public and private sectors advance plans to improve cruise experience

June 15, 2017
USVI public and private sectors advance plans to improve cruise experience ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands is advancing plans to improve its visitor experience for cruise ship passengers. This progress comes out of the second meeting of the Ports of the Virgin Islands -- Charlotte Amalie Task Force held earlier this month. At the heart of the matter, reported USVI...

French airline Corsair opens direct route to Havana from Paris

June 13, 2017
French airline Corsair opens direct route to Havana from Paris HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- With the arrival of its first flight ever from Paris to Havana last Thursday, the French airline Corsair opened a new route to the Caribbean. Twice a week, Thursdays and Saturdays, Corsair aircraft will land in Havana, with plans to expand the frequency, according to Pascal de Izaguirre...

LIAT reaches agreement with pilots to end three-day strike

June 12, 2017
LIAT reaches agreement with pilots to end three-day strike ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- An agreement was reached on Friday evening between LIAT pilots and management to end a three-day strike by pilots that led to flight cancellations and disruption, stranding passengers throughout the region. According to reports, the pilots are to resume work immediately.

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...

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