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ALTA: Caribbean Tourism Hindered By Taxes, Regulations

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“The lack of air connectivity among the islands of the Caribbean remains one of the tallest barriers to unlocking the full potential of the region’s tourism market”, the head of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) said. “The islands of the Caribbean are more dependent on tourism than most other regions of […]

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Beyond TripAdvisor Hotel Bookings: Tours And Restaurants On Track To Become $500 Million Business

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TripAdvisor is evolving into a well-rounded travel planning and booking site. If hotel bookings on TripAdvisor eventually fall short of expectations it would be a big blow, but then tours and activities, restaurant reservations, vacation rentals, hotel metasearch and reviews can all play a role in taking up some of the slack. But a new […]

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STR: 2016-17 U.S. School Breaks Will Shift Hotel Demand

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STR’s 2016-17 School Break Report shows two significant school holiday shifts and a wide variance in overall U.S. school calendars.“It is important for hoteliers to understand how even a one- or two-day change in the start or end date of a school break can impact an entire week of demand,” said Chris Klauda, STR’s director […]

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Dominica Government Commits To LIAT

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A three-day meeting aimed at improving airlift in the Caribbean began with Dominica Tourism Minister, Robert Tonge defending the decision of Dominica’s government to acquire shares in the debt-troubled regional airline, LIAT. Tonge told the inaugural meeting of the Caribbean Aviation Meet-Up that becoming a shareholder of LIAT had been identified by the Roosevelt Skerrit […]

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First Commercial Air Service To Cuba Approved

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) on Friday approved six airlines for commercial air service to Cuban destinations outside of Havana. American, Southwest, JetBlue, Frontier, Sun Country and the Florida regional carrier Silver Airways will be able to offer regularly-scheduled service to the destinations as soon as this fall. The DOT is yet to weigh-in […]

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Norwegian Launching New Nonstop Caribbean Flights

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European carrier Norwegian is expanding its service to the French Caribbean. The carrier, which launched major new flights between the Northeast and Martinique and Guadeloupe last year, has announced plans to launch flights from Fort Lauderdale to Guadeloupe later this year. Beginning Dec. 17, Norwegian will operate twice-weekly flights between Fort Lauderdale and Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe […]

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Travel + Leisure Survey: Tourists Still Coming To Zika-Affected Caribbean

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A survey by Travel + Leisure shows that most vacationers are sticking to their travel plans to Zika affected islands in the Caribbean despite advisories to do otherwise. The publication’s special projects editor Jacqueline Gifford revealed the findings at a luncheon sponsored by the magazine for regional tourism officials during CTO’s Caribbean Week in New […]

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Meeting Technology Evolves With Changing Guest Needs

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Meetings aren’t what they used to be. Attendees don’t just sit around a long table reading off a packet or simply sit listening to a presenter with a set of charts displayed on an easel. There are multimedia presentations with video and music. Interactive documents allow attendees to write and edit collaboratively. Everyone carries a […]

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Caribbean On Course To Break 30 Million Arrivals Barrier In 2016

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Tourist arrivals to the Caribbean are expected to surpass the 30 million mark for the first time ever this year, following a record 28.7 million arrivals in 2015. Chairman of CTO Richard Sealy that the industry got off to a fast start in 2016, registering a 7.3% rise in the first quarter over the corresponding […]

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Caribbean Islands Launch Region’s First Coral Reef Report Cards

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As the globe celebrated World Oceans Day recently, six Caribbean countries marked their commitment to preserving the region’s extraordinary marine ecosystems by launching the first Eastern Caribbean coral reef report cards.Coral reefs are home to over 25 per cent of all marine species, protect the shore from waves and storms, and create tourism opportunities. Despite […]

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