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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...

Silver Airways expands Florida-Bahamas service

March 17, 2017
Silver Airways expands Florida-Bahamas service FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- Silver Airways is continuing to expand its Florida – Bahamas network by adding new non-stop service between West Palm Beach and Bimini and one-stop service between Tampa and Bimini on April 20, 2017. This marks the first time Palm Beach residents can...

Virgin Holidays partners with Antigua-Barbuda in first ever destination take-over

March 15, 2017
Virgin Holidays partners with Antigua-Barbuda in first ever destination take-over ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) has stepped up advertising efforts in the United Kingdom ahead of the traditional April sales period to increase summer business for the twin-island destination. “We felt the need to create a boost in Summer 2017...

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 4 of 6): Beer and bloodshed

March 15, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 4 of 6): Beer and bloodshed Four days into my trip in Guatemala felt like four weeks. I had already experienced so many new things and met so many new people that I was unsure how it could get better. What I had seen of the country left me in a state of constant awe. The beauty. The people. Not one thing had gone wrong.

Challenged to attract reputable airlines, New York-Guyana airfares at all time high again

March 14, 2017
Challenged to attract reputable airlines, New York-Guyana airfares at all time high again NEW YORK, USA -- The flying public is again complaining that airfares between North America and Guyana are at an all-time high again, averaging roundtrip US$800 to 1,200 between New York and Georgetown, this with an announcement last week that the modernization and expansion...

WINAIR, Air France and KLM teams meet in Antigua

March 14, 2017
WINAIR, Air France and KLM teams meet in Antigua ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- On Tuesday March 7, 2017, WINAIR, Air France and KLM held a joint sales and marketing meeting in Antigua. Presenters were Claudio Buncamper representing WINAIR and Martijn Ten Broecke representing Air France and KLM. The objective was to raise awareness that...

Surinam Airways chooses Embraer for fleet renewal

March 13, 2017
Surinam Airways chooses Embraer for fleet renewal PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- CEO of Surinam Airways (SLM), Robbi Lachmising, told Luchtvaartnieuws this week that a decision on SLM’s fleet renewal is almost finalized and the Embraer-E series is the top choice to replace its three aged Boeing 737-300s. On the mid-Atlantic route...

First major North American cruise brand travels to Cuba

March 10, 2017
First major North American cruise brand travels to Cuba MIAMI, USA -- Oceania Cruises made history on Thursday morning when its ship, Marina, pulled into Sierra Maestra cruise terminal in Havana, Cuba carrying 1,250 guests. On board for this historic event was Bob Binder, co-founder and CEO of Oceania Cruises, and Frank Del Rio, Cuban-born...

Royal Caribbean finalizes agreement with Bahamas to grow tourism to the destination

March 9, 2017
Royal Caribbean finalizes agreement with Bahamas to grow tourism to the destination MIAMI, USA -- The world's largest cruise line, Royal Caribbean International, has committed to a multi-year agreement with the island nation of The Bahamas that will help grow tourism to the destination, rapidly increase the cruise line's employment of Bahamian nationals and invest in hospitality...

Suriname Tourism Foundation partners with university students on tourism market analysis

March 3, 2017
Suriname Tourism Foundation partners with university students on tourism market analysis PARAMARIBO, Surname -- The Suriname Tourism Foundation (STF) is partnering with students from the George Washington University to conduct a market analysis case study on tourism. The study will focus on analysis of penetrating the North American market and the feasibility of...

Hyatt to manage Bahamas Baha Mar resort and convention centre

March 2, 2017
Hyatt to manage Bahamas Baha Mar resort and convention centre CHICAGO, USA -- A Hyatt Hotels Corporation affiliate has entered into a management agreement with CTF BM Operations Ltd for the operation of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, the Baha Mar Convention Centre and a variety of restaurants, bars and lounges, all of which will be part of the mixed-use Baha Mar...

Antigua-Barbuda explores new airline partnerships

February 27, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda explores new airline partnerships ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua and Barbuda tourism and airport officials combined their marketing efforts to attend the tenth Routes Americas Conference in Las Vegas, where earlier this month they met with some of the most influential aviation professionals from across the Americas region.

Record breaking number of tourist arrivals to Anguilla in 2016

February 25, 2017
Record breaking number of tourist arrivals to Anguilla in 2016 THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- Tourist (stayover) arrivals to Anguilla set a new record in 2016. The island welcomed 79,239 tourist arrivals in 2016, an increase of 8.2% over 2015, breaking the previous record of 77,652 arrivals set in 2007. Anguilla’s 8.2% increase in arrivals was the sixth highest...

Antigua-Barbuda's Run in Paradise half-marathon set for May 28

February 25, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda's Run in Paradise half-marathon set for May 28 ST JOHN’S, Antigua --A record number of runners on the international, regional and national running scenes are expected to register by February 28 to receive a special rate for the third annual Run in Paradise, hosted in beautiful Antigua and Barbuda. Run in Paradise, which is set for May 28...

Events taking place in the Caribbean all year round in 2017

February 24, 2017
Events taking place in the Caribbean all year round in 2017 Caribbean tourism in 2017 can be expected to be at its highest point, with a year filled with exciting events taking place around the region: from Carnival celebrations, to Sailing Weeks, the Crop Over Festival at Barbados, and fantastic music festivals or patron saints’ festivals, every month brings at least...

Lack of bilateral air agreements affecting Surinam Airways expansion and profitability

February 20, 2017
Lack of bilateral air agreements affecting Surinam Airways expansion and profitability PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM) director, Robbi Lachmising, this week told Eliézer Pross of De Ware Tijd, a daily newspaper, that the national carrier has a “problem expanding its wings because Suriname has insufficient aviation agreements with countries in the region."

Grenadian by Rex Resorts receives TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence Award

February 20, 2017
Grenadian by Rex Resorts receives TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence Award ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Grenadian by Rex Resorts has received a 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor – the world’s largest travel site – which honours accommodations, restaurants and attractions that consistently receive great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.com.

Suriname immigration bureaucracy and corruption discourages tourism

February 18, 2017
Suriname immigration bureaucracy and corruption discourages tourism PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Entering Suriname through its four main ports of entry can be an arduous, long and problematic ordeal since most visitors require a visa to enter the country, and sometimes rogue agents and the police at these four entry points prey on helpless visitors.

Antigua-Barbuda launches world's first tourism social media channel dedicated to romance

February 18, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda launches world's first tourism social media channel dedicated to romance ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Antigua and Barbuda celebrated Valentine’s Day by launching the world’s first tourism social media channel, dedicated entirely to romance on Facebook. Known for being one of the most romantic destinations in the world, and holding the record for most weddings per capita...

Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter

February 16, 2017
Average air fares to Caribbean, Mexico down this winter ARLINGTON, USA -- Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC), the premier driver of air travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry, reported on Tuesday that travelers looking to fly south during the winter months can expect to pay slightly less than last year.  Nearly 240,000 air tickets to...

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 3 of 6): AK-47s and God

February 16, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 3 of 6): AK-47s and God Slightly hung-over, I stumbled my way out of the hostel property. “You can take a ride with us, bud,” a driver who was bringing backpackers to the city center said as he stood in one of Guatemala’s many military-styled trucks. “No, gracias. I have a bus waiting for me.” I was stupid enough to...

Cuba travel projected to grow in 2017, according to new survey

February 15, 2017
Cuba travel projected to grow in 2017, according to new survey PLYMOUTH, USA -- Demand for Cuba travel is not slowing among American travelers despite the continued US government restrictions limiting approved travel to the island nation via 12 authorized categories, based on trend information released on Tuesday. According to Cuban officials...

Caribbean tourism arrivals hit all-time high

February 10, 2017
Caribbean tourism arrivals hit all-time high BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Caribbean tourism broke new ground in 2016, surpassing 29 million arrivals for the first time ever, and once again growing faster than the global average. “Despite political, security and economic uncertainties and challenges in our main source markets, tourist arrivals...

Caribbean hoteliers predict positive tourism performance for 2017

February 9, 2017
Caribbean hoteliers predict positive tourism performance for 2017 NASSAU, Bahamas -- Caribbean tourism fared well in 2016 and industry stakeholders are generally upbeat about the year ahead, despite the fact that many hoteliers were forced to adjust their high performance expectations for 2016 as the year progressed due to unforeseen events.

Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 2 of 6): The Bridge of Letting Go

February 9, 2017
Adventures in Guatemala (Chapter 2 of 6): The Bridge of Letting Go I bid the taxi driver farewell, silently thanked him for not trying to rob me (again, stupid but true) and followed the teenager, Daniel, down the street. “Just hop in there and wait for a bit, my friend,” he said as he pointed to a very large truck with a huge bed in the back covered with a green military tarp.

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