Candis Niles - Director of TourismMrs. Candis Niles has been selected as the new Director of Tourism with the Anguilla Tourist Board. She replaces Miss Merlyn Rogers, former Director of Marketing, who had assumed the role of Acting Director upon the retirement of Mrs. Amelia Vanterpool-Kubisch.Mrs. Niles, who assumed her position with effect from July 26, 2010, is a former employee of the Anguilla Tourist Board, where she held the position of Deputy Director of Tourism from 1995-2004.
The Airport Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) recently approved a 100 percent increase in the departure tax here that Transport Minister Devant Maharaj said was justified because of increased security demands. As a result, the departure tax, which is normally included in the price of a ticket, is now TT$200 ($33.3). “Management’s recommendation that in order for the authority to fulfill its mandate to provide safe and secure aviation facilities and to generate additional revenue to meet increased salaries and maintenance costs that the passenger service charge be changed from $100 to $200 per international passenger was accepted and approved by the board,” Maharaj told the Sunday Express newspaper.
As the island of Saint Lucia bucks the trend and harvests strong growth from the United States travel market, tourism officials are welcoming additional JetBlue Airways flights from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Saint Lucia's Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) almost two months ahead of the official start of the summer season.
Jamaica’s black, green and gold flew high at jetBlue’s Fort Lauderdale counter on April 30. Celebrating its inaugural flight from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport to Kingston Jamaica, jetBlue executives and ground staff alike worked to make passengers feel the Jamaican spirit. The airline claims it is addressing a need. “When we look at the destinations and the demonstrated needs, there is a gap in serving the Jamaican community,” explained Albert Ruiz, the airline’s marketing manager for the United States southeast region.  “We can’t ignore the fact that we have 70,000 Jamaicans in the Broward County area and another 50,000 in Miami-Dade. So there are 120,000 Jamaicans that need reliable service and what better way than for us to start servicing these customers from Fort Lauderdale.”
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