Norwegian recently announced it has received approval from the government of the Cuba to operate cruise service to the Caribbean island from the United States beginning March. All three of the company’s brands - Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises - will offer travellers from the U.S. the opportunity to visit Cuba.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Hugh Riley, secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), says 2016 was an impressive but challenging year for the industry in the region. Riley pointed to an increase in tourist arrivals when compared to 2015, which was a record year. He said tourist arrivals have been fuelled by strong performances in Europe – mainly the United Kingdom and Germany – and from the United States.
CASTRIES, St. Lucia - President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Karolin Troubetzkoy says the Caribbean must ensure issues of critical socioeconomic importance are firmly addressed with the United States Congress and the incoming administration. Troubetzkoy made the comment during her presentation on the impact on the tourism industry of de-risking and correspondent-banking relationships at the just ended 40th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America in Miami, Florida.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica has achieved the highest ranking for implementing international civil aviation standards in the English-speaking Caribbean. The result from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Validation Mission in June 2016 indicated an effective implementation of international standards at 82.38 percent.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has added St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs for the coming year. On Nov. 9, USCIS said the notice listing the eligible countries was published on Oct. 26 in the U.S. Federal Register.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has introduced its new Caribbean Initiative with an aim to increase airport safety and certification in the region. Under the new initiative the FAA, along with its Caribbean partners and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), will also work to improve the region’s air traffic flow management activities and collaborative decision-making process.
NASSAU – The Bahamas says it will launch “Bird Tourism” next month as the country seeks to take advantage of the multi-billion dollar market. The Ministry of Tourism has been meeting with various stakeholders in a bid to introduce the “People to People” program and Deputy Director General in the Ministry Ellison “Tommy” Thompson said it is to ensure that when visitors come to Inagua they have a seamless vacation.
Located in Christ Church, on the famous St. Lawrence Gap strip, Southern Palms Beach Club was founded in the mid 1950s. The original owner was a French Canadian. Then, in the 1970s, its current owners expanded the site to its present day six expansive colonial-style buildings, featuring 92 units and spacious suites.