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Caribbean tourism is facing hurdles it must overcome to remain competitive with world markets.The United Kingdom’s imposition of Air Passenger Duty (APCaribbean tourism is facing hurdles it must overcome to remain competitive with world markets.Besides the obvious worldwide economic crisis, challenges such as inconsistent visa policies and travel facilitation that hamper the flow of foreign visitors to the Caribbean, as well as intra-Caribbean travel for regional nationals, is cutting into visitor arrivals.

D) is also a vexing issue because of its impact on travel and tourism to the Caribbean. Regional tourism industry leaders spoke with one voice at the recently concluded Tourism Summit and Outlook Seminar hosted by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) at the Ritz Carlton Golf and Spa Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.“For some Caribbean states travel and tourism is the single most important generator of livelihoods,” explained David Scowsill, president and chief executive officer of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

At least two regional governments are set to introduce new taxes in the tourism sector, even as the region criticizes Britain’s increased aviation tax - the  Air Passenger Duty (APD), which tourism officials say is affecting visitor arrivals to the Caribbean.

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, CMC – Suriname and the United States have signed a draft open skies agreement that they said would expand air travel between the two countries.“The agreement will expand air service and encourage vigorous price competition by airlines, while safeguarding aviation safety and security”, a statement from the United States Embassy here declared last month.

Anguilla's Hotel & Tourism Association signed an agreement with Regatta Travel Solutions to launch www.BookAnguilla.com, a new website which will allow consumers to book hotels and villas in Anguilla.  The project is the first in Anguilla that gives the hoteliers their own online distribution channel.  The booking engine is now live and has already generated bookings for participating hotels. Customers will also be able to access the new booking engine from the AHTA website, by visiting anguillahta.com.

"We are thrilled about adding Anguilla to our portfolio of Caribbean destinations," said Ashwin Kamlani, President of Regatta Travel Solutions.  "They really do have a unique product and we are looking forward to learning how use BookAnguilla.com to fill their rooms together with the hoteliers."
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