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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...

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.

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