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Bahamas megaresort finally opens

April 24, 2017
Bahamas megaresort finally opens NASSAU, Bahamas -- Nearly two years after Baha Mar filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the United States and subsequently fell into liquidation, threatening the prospects of the multi-billion dollar project and the livelihoods of thousands of Bahamians, the resort, under new ownership, opened its doors on Friday.

Puerto Rico to host 2018 Caribbean Travel Marketplace

April 21, 2017
Puerto Rico to host 2018 Caribbean Travel Marketplace SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico will host the 2018 edition of Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the Caribbean's largest marketing event, at the Puerto Rico Convention Center from January 30 to February 1, 2018. Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)...

Two Caribbean destinations in latest top 20 list of places to honeymoon

April 21, 2017
Two Caribbean destinations in latest top 20 list of places to honeymoon TORONTO, Canada -- To help newlyweds, and the engaged, better navigate the honeymoon destination market, Flight Network, the largest travel agency that is both owned and operated in Canada, has spent months researching and interviewing the best of the best to curate the ultimate list...

A plate of Cuban hospitality

April 20, 2017
A plate of Cuban hospitality “How long will you be in Cuba for?” Mario, a waiter at La Berenjena, in Viñales, asked. “Three weeks,” I said in between bites of their delicious black bean crepes. “Three weeks? Wow, that’s a lot of time here.” “Somehow, I don’t think it’s enough.” “Well, what are your plans for tomorrow?” he asked.

Spirit Airlines abandons Cuba service

April 19, 2017
Spirit Airlines abandons Cuba service FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- On Friday, Spirit Airlines cancelled its routes to Havana, Cuba, becoming the third airline after ultra-low cost carrier Frontier Airlines and regional airline Silver Airways to drop service to Cuba this spring. Last year, US airlines were allowed to begin offering scheduled...

Jamaica to spend US$14 million to upgrade port facilities in Ocho Rios

April 17, 2017
Jamaica to spend US$14 million to upgrade port facilities in Ocho Rios KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- In anticipation of larger cruise vessels coming to Jamaica, US$14 million has been allocated to improve port facilities in Ocho Rios, says minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett. Bartlett said that two mega liners, one from Carnival and the other from Norwegian Cruise Line...

JetBlue expands service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with nonstop Orlando flights

April 17, 2017
JetBlue expands service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with nonstop Orlando flights NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue has announced plans to operate service between Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) later this year. JetBlue intends to launch this route, which currently does not have nonstop service, in December.

USVI governor calls for improvements to cruise ship visitor experience

April 14, 2017
USVI governor calls for improvements to cruise ship visitor experience ST THOMAS, USVI -- The governor of the US Virgin Islands has called for the private and public sector to work together to improve the experience for cruise passengers visiting Charlotte Amalie. During the inaugural gathering of the Ports of the Virgin Islands – Charlotte Amalie Task Force...

Caribbean Airlines begins service from Trinidad to St Vincent

April 14, 2017
Caribbean Airlines begins service from Trinidad to St Vincent PIARCO, Trinidad -- Caribbean Airlines has announced the introduction of service to Argyle International Airport, St Vincent, starting April 14, 2017. The flights will operate twice weekly, every Friday and Sunday between Trinidad and Tobago and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Caribbean Airlines is...

Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016

April 12, 2017
Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016 SEATTLE, USA -- The Expedia group, the world’s largest online travel agency, has reported that travel demand to luxury properties throughout the Caribbean increased in 2016. When compared to 2015, overall demand for four and five-star rated properties throughout the Caribbean...

Cruise lines hail Jamaica's visitor anti-harassment thrust

April 11, 2017
Cruise lines hail Jamaica's visitor anti-harassment thrust MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) has hailed Jamaica’s success in significantly reducing visitor harassment, saying it augurs well for future relations. During a three-day fact finding trip to the island, the FCCA team led by president, Michelle Paige...

US State Department debunks rumours that Guyanese can now travel to the US without a visa

April 8, 2017
US State Department debunks rumours that Guyanese can now travel to the US without a visa GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- For several weeks now, people apparently bent on making mischief have been posting bogus and Photoshopped news extracts on social media that purport to show that Guyanese no longer require a visa to travel to the United States. These postings have been taking...

St Vincent and the Grenadines signs new open skies agreement with US

April 8, 2017
St Vincent and the Grenadines signs new open skies agreement with US BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A new open skies agreement between the United States and St Vincent and the Grenadines was signed on April 7, 2017, entering into force with immediate effect. This agreement replaces a more restrictive air transport agreement. The US embassy in Bridgetown...

United Airlines to increase summer flights from Houston to USVI

April 8, 2017
United Airlines to increase summer flights from Houston to USVI NEW YORK, USA -- United Airlines will boost air capacity to the US Virgin Islands (USVI) this summer. Following talks with United Airlines executives in Chicago this week, USVI Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty reported the carrier will increase its frequency of flights from Houston...

Two new airlines may soon provide services to Dominica

April 7, 2017
Two new airlines may soon provide services to Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- Two new airlines may soon be providing services to Dominica, minister for tourism Robert Tongue has revealed. Tongue, who was speaking at a recent town hall meeting, stated that both airlines are based in the Caribbean. Dominica’s main air carrier LIAT has been...

Cruises to Cuba on the rise

April 6, 2017
Cruises to Cuba on the rise HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- New arrivals of US cruise companies Pearl Seas, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruises took place during the first quarter of 2017 to Havana, which is in line with the projections of the development of such activity in Cuba. Norwegian Cruise Lines has announced it will...

Antigua-Barbuda launches new education course on Travel Agent University

April 6, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda launches new education course on Travel Agent University NEW YORK, USA -- Antigua and Barbuda has announced the launch of its new agent specialist course on the premiere e-learning platform, Travel Agent University (TAU). TAU, with 45,000 plus active members, is the industry's largest online travel agent community, having graduated...

TripAdvisor reveals the best time to book hotels for maximum summer travel savings

April 6, 2017
TripAdvisor reveals the best time to book hotels for maximum summer travel savings NEEDHAM, USA -- TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, has announced its "Best Time to Book" summer report, revealing the least expensive times to book hotels this summer in popular destinations across the globe, based on TripAdvisor hotel pricing data. The research showed that...

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 6 of 6): Volcanic flowers

April 6, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 6 of 6): Volcanic flowers My alarm went off at 6am. Despite how impossible it was for me to fall asleep with the Halloween festivities going on, I tiptoed around the room as I packed my bag for the hike. The tour company I booked with was coming to the hostel at 7am. Side note, I paid 200 quetzales ($26) for my trip.

LIAT pilots call for removal of airline management

April 4, 2017
LIAT pilots call for removal of airline management ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) said in a statement on Monday that it has no other choice but to call on the shareholder governments to remove the current LIAT management. “We reluctantly make this call because we will not stand by and watch the airline’s...

Antigua-Barbuda announces winners for romance sweepstakes

April 3, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda announces winners for romance sweepstakes NEW YORK, USA -- Antigua and Barbuda is celebrating the success of its dynamic new Antigua Barbuda Romance Facebook page launched on Valentine's Day by announcing the winners of their first sweepstakes: Miami couple, Brandi George Arcos and Carlos Arcos. As part of the official launch...

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 5 of 6): Gauntlet of Tortillas

March 30, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 5 of 6): Gauntlet of Tortillas Where are we at this point of the story? Is this a story? You could call it that. More so a detailed recollection of my Guatemalan adventures. Hopefully you’re still around. We still have a few more stops to go. I lost my blessing somewhere on the floor of Max’s apartment as I rushed out the door.

Anguilla's Festival Del Mar, the Caribbean's best seafood festival

March 29, 2017
Anguilla's Festival Del Mar, the Caribbean's best seafood festival THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- One of the premier culinary festivals in the Caribbean, the tenth annual Festival Del Mar in Anguilla, is a must for any foodie – especially those with a penchant for seafood. Local lobster features prominently, as do crab, crayfish, octopus (sea cat), fried fish, and grilled fish.

Barbados signs visa waiver agreement with China

March 28, 2017
Barbados signs visa waiver agreement with China BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Citizens of Barbados and China can now enter each other’s territory with an ordinary passport and no entry visa, following the signing last week of a visa waiver agreement. The agreement, which follows the initialling of a reciprocal agreement three years ago...

Anguilla and Airbnb sign tourism agreement

March 23, 2017
Anguilla and Airbnb sign tourism agreement THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The government of Anguilla and Airbnb have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that seeks to promote the island as a premier Caribbean destination, not only for its world class beaches, crystalline waters, top class resorts and restaurants, but also...

Caribbean tourism officials in high-level mission to strengthen relations with European partners

March 21, 2017
Caribbean tourism officials in high-level mission to strengthen relations with European partners BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- With the United Kingdom scheduled to officially advise the European Union next Wednesday of its intention to leave the EU, triggering two years of Brexit negotiations, Caribbean tourism officials recently undertook a mission to the European capital, Brussels, for a series...

Antigua-Barbuda cruise sector on a growth path

March 20, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda cruise sector on a growth path FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- Antigua and Barbuda can expect to see steady growth in its cruise ship visitor arrivals over the next two seasons. This was revealed at the recently concluded Seatrade Global Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where one of the hottest topics was the unprecedented...

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