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.

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