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Airbnb and Caribbean Tourism Organization sign cooperation agreement

February 8, 2017
Airbnb and Caribbean Tourism Organization sign cooperation agreement BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the region's tourism development agency, and Airbnb, whose community marketplace provides access to millions of unique accommodations, today signed a landmark agreement to develop a set of policy principles and...

US visitors to the Cayman Islands to pre-clear, China gets visa-free entry

February 6, 2017
US visitors to the Cayman Islands to pre-clear, China gets visa-free entry GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Cayman Islands premier has announced some immigration changes that will impact travellers to Cayman and Caymanian travellers. Speaking at the Cayman Economic Outlook conference on Thursday, Premier Alden McLaughlin said...

Jamaica ready for health and wellness tourism

February 6, 2017
Jamaica ready for health and wellness tourism MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, says the country’s medical talent pool is at a stage where a successful launch into the health and wellness tourism market can be done. Addressing the launch of the Zierlich International...

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 1): Why would anyone want to go to Guatemala?

February 2, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 1): Why would anyone want to go to Guatemala? “Why would anyone want to go to Guatemala?” I asked myself as I sat in front of my laptop in Costa Rica’s Cafe Milagro. I had been in the country for a month and wanted to get out and explore the rest of Central America. The usual suspects? Nicaragua. Nah, another time. Panama. Been there...

Antigua-Barbuda tourism minister presents cruise facilities masterplan to cruise executives

February 1, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda tourism minister presents cruise facilities masterplan to cruise executives MIAMI, USA -- After three days of discussions and presentations to cruise industry decision-makers in South Florida, Antigua and Barbuda’s minister of tourism, Asot Michael, is “very encouraged” about the future of his country’s cruise sector. The minister’s optimism follows his recent visit...

More stay-over visitors for BVI in 2016

February 1, 2017
More stay-over visitors for BVI in 2016 ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands tourism sector continues a pattern of growth, as indicated by an increase in overnight visitor arrivals during 2016. According to figures recently released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) of the BVI government, there were 406,027 overnight...

Bahamas to improve airport infrastructure

January 28, 2017
Bahamas to improve airport infrastructure WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $35 million loan designed to improve infrastructure at four airports on the Family Islands, as The Bahamas' less developed outer islands are known. The loan will contribute to the archipelago's regional...

US embassy dispels fake news about new visa-free travel policy for entire Caribbean

January 27, 2017
US embassy dispels fake news about new visa-free travel policy for entire Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS has dispelled rumours that new US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow all Caribbean nationals to travel to the United States without visas. The embassy said in a...

BVI Airways receives operating approval from UK regulator

January 26, 2017
BVI Airways receives operating approval from UK regulator ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands is making moves towards improved air access following the receipt by BVI Airways of a revised Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from its United Kingdom based regulator, Air Safety Support International. The AOC has authorised BVI Airways...

Jamaica to benefit from high-end luxury tourism market

January 25, 2017
Jamaica to benefit from high-end luxury tourism market KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica stands to benefit tremendously from the high-end luxury tourism market, noting that there is a lot of investor interest for the destination. Fresh from his one-week stint in Spain where he attended the FITUR...

Surinam Airways must 'think big', says aviation expert

January 23, 2017
Surinam Airways must 'think big', says aviation expert PARAMARIBO, Suirname -- In his assessment of Surinam Airways (SLM), aviation expert Tomas Chlumecky has called on the airline to “get out of the thinking small syndrome, and to take bold measures” to grow in the region because there is great potential for the national airline of Suriname.

Winair, Air France and KLM teams meet in BVI

January 21, 2017
Winair, Air France and KLM teams meet in BVI TORTOLA, BVI -- Winair, Air France and KLM held a joint sales and marketing meeting in Tortola, British Virtgin Islands on January 9, 2017. Presenters were Martijn Ten Broecke for Air France and KLM, Claudio Buncamper and Michael Cleaver for Winair. The main objective was to share the latest...

Cayman Airways to start nonstop flights to Roatan in March

January 21, 2017
Cayman Airways to start nonstop flights to Roatan in March GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Cayman Airways Limited will begin twice-weekly Boeing 737 nonstop flights between Grand Cayman (GCM) and Roatan (RTB) beginning March 16, 2017. Cayman Airways currently operates year-round flights from Grand Cayman to La Ceiba, Honduras.

Airbnb and Curacao sign tourism agreement

January 19, 2017
Airbnb and Curacao sign tourism agreement WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Curacao’s minister of economic development, Eugene Rhuggenaath, and the minister of finance, Kenneth Gijsbertha, on behalf of the government, has signed an important agreement with Airbnb that will help to promote Curacao as a world-class tourist destination.

Escape the cold! Puerto Rico offers a worry-free beach vacation

January 14, 2017
Escape the cold! Puerto Rico offers a worry-free beach vacation SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- If your New Year’s resolution is to travel more, now is the perfect time for a quick and inexpensive beach vacation. Year after year, Puerto Rico continues to earn its reputation as the “Jewel of the Caribbean” and with no need for a passport, US citizens can visit its beaches...

Suriname director of tourism sees great potential for the Guianas

January 13, 2017
Suriname director of tourism sees great potential for the Guianas PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Jerry A-Kum, director of Suriname Tourism Foundation (STF), full of energy and grand plans to develop Suriname’s tourism industry, shared in his office some achievements, and current and future plans that his organisation has to improve the tourism product of...

Marriott International brings luxury Autograph Collection to Dominica

January 13, 2017
Marriott International brings luxury Autograph Collection to Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Silver Beach Resort and Spa, one of the approved citizenship by investment real estate developments in Dominica is now part of the world’s largest hotel chain - Marriott International. The five-star luxury resort, which will debut on Dominica’s picturesque northwest coast...

CBP starts operations at new general aviation facility in San Juan, Puerto Rico

January 11, 2017
CBP starts operations at new general aviation facility in San Juan, Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that PAZOS Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Service opened a new general aviation processing facility at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (LMMIA) located in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Unstable approach led to May 2014 hard landing of Air Canada Rouge flight in Montego Bay, Jamaica

January 10, 2017
Unstable approach led to May 2014 hard landing of Air Canada Rouge flight in Montego Bay, Jamaica RICHMOND HILL, Canada -- In its investigation report (A14F0065) released on Monday, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that an unstable approach led to the May 10, 2014 hard landing of an Air Canada Rouge Airbus 319 at the Sangster International Airport...

Wyndham Hotel Group announces new US$160 million project in Nevis

January 10, 2017
Wyndham Hotel Group announces new US$160 million project in Nevis CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- The New Year has ushered in a major new development in Nevis. Nevis has enjoyed its status as an authentic Caribbean island, with boutique hotels, delicious cuisine, and a wealth of natural resources in the form of the spectacular Nevis Peak and the beauty of...

Guyana government scales back airport expansion amid worsening conditions for travellers

January 9, 2017
Guyana government scales back airport expansion amid worsening conditions for travellers GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The government of Guyana has scaled back the planned expansion and modernisation of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) amidst growing overcrowding that is leading to “substandard” conditions facing travellers using the airport. This became very...

At least five killed in shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport

January 7, 2017
At least five killed in shooting at Fort Lauderdale airport FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- At least five people were killed and as many as eight wounded on Friday in a shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport in Florida, an increasingly popular hub for Caribbean passengers, in what is said to be the worst attack at a US airport in more than three years.

Fire truck rollover on runway closes Cayman Brac airport in the Cayman Islands

January 7, 2017
Fire truck rollover on runway closes Cayman Brac airport in the Cayman Islands STAKE BAY, Cayman Islands -- On Thursday, firefighters with the Cayman Islands Fire Service Aerodrome Unit were conducting what was described as “a mandatory speed test” on the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport runway in Cayman Brac when the fire truck they were...

Barbados sets new tourism record for 2016

January 7, 2017
Barbados sets new tourism record for 2016 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- A new tourism record was set for 2016 when 610,000 long-stay visitors visited Barbados. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made the disclosure on Wednesday evening, when he hosted the first of four receptions for repeat visitors at his official residence.

Alaska Airlines launches first West Coast commercial air service to Havana

January 7, 2017
Alaska Airlines launches first West Coast commercial air service to Havana LOS ANGELES, USA -- Alaska Airlines on Thursday launched the first regularly scheduled US commercial flights between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba. "LAX is America's gateway to the world -- and today, an exciting new chapter in US-Cuba relations begins at our airport," said Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Surinam Airways CEO's bold vision: Expansion of the Guyana hub to NYC and Havana

January 6, 2017
Surinam Airways CEO's bold vision: Expansion of the Guyana hub to NYC and Havana PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM) was out of the red and made a profit during the period when Robbi Lachmising was CEO. He was reappointed CEO of the company last year. Sitting in his office on a bright sunny day in the tropics, Lachmising outlined his vision...

Fly Allways Suriname to cease operations on January 15

January 6, 2017
Fly Allways Suriname to cease operations on January 15 PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- According to reliable sources, the owners of the Suriname airline Fly Allways will cease operation of the airline on January 15 of this year. Fly Allways officially started operations about a year ago on January 10, 2016, with the launch of its inaugural domestic flight.

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