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Olympics Promotional Activities an Overwhelming Success-Minister McNeill

Kingston, Jamaica: August 20, 2012 – Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Dr. Wykeham McNeill says the island’s promotional activities for the London 2012 Olympics, a resounding success.

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Caribbean to develop Regional Monitoring and Evaluation framework for tourism

Kingston, Jamaica: August 10, 2012 – In recognition of the vulnerability of the Caribbean Region’s tourism sector to the elements of nature, Jamaica, through the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, is one of ten participating states in a project aimed at developing a regional monitoring and evaluation framework for the tourism sector in the Caribbean.

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PM Anthony wants hotels to pay $36M in back taxes

CASTRIES, St Lucia– Prime Minister Kenny Anthony says his administration needs to collect some 36 million EC dollars  or 13.5 million US dollars in room occupancy tax that hoteliers collect from guests and fail to remit to government.

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Services Coalition & JAMPRO Discuss Opportunities in Medical Tourism

jcsiKingston, Jamaica - The Jamaica Coalition of Service Industries (JCSI), in collaboration with JAMPRO, recently staged a Services Sector Strategy Consultation Workshop with key stakeholders in the health and wellness sector, as part of the on-going effort to identify critical issues for action and support that will ultimately enhance the growth of the sector over the next three years.

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Europe’s recovery key to Caribbean’s tourism growth

Tourism_imagesThe continued fragile state of the global economy and, in particular, the European sovereign debt crisis poses the greatest threat to the recovery of tourism in the Caribbean.

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.St. Kitts and Nevis featured in Dubai’s Global Magazine

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 30th July 2012– The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is featured in the July/August edition of Global Citizen – a Dubai-based magazine with millions of readers in the United Arab Emirates and nearby states in the Middle East.

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'Tourism tax hurting Caribbean mainstay'

caribbean_sunsetROSE HALL, St James — Tourism stakeholders last week blasted regional governments for imposing a raft of tax measures on the sector which they say are hurting the mainstay of Caribbean economies.

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New York travel agents selling the Caribbean head for St. Kitts in October

American-Miami_AirBASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, JULY 19, 2012 (CUOPM) NEW YORK - Travel agents selling the Caribbean will come October get to follow their hearts to St. Kitts and Nevis, where they will explore, feel, love and remember during a three day conference organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) New  York office.

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G20 recognises tourism as a vehicle for economic growth

DavidscowsillWORLD - For the first time, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) says the G20 world leaders have recognised the importance of travel and tourism as a driver of jobs, growth and economic recovery.

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Tourism Minister Cadiz sets out to change citizens’ concept of tourism

Even though energy remains this country’s biggest source of revenue for the Government, tourism provides the greatest opportunities for new employment, says Tourism Minister Stephen Cadiz.  He said the sector directly accounts for 30,000 jobs, but indirect opportunities for citizens tripled in number, while energy accounts for only three per cent of employment.

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Troubetzkoy wins CHTA’s golden jubilee Hotelier of the Year Award

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, June 22 – President of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) Karolin Troubetzkoy has been voted the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) hotelier of the year.

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EZjet begins Georgetown to Toronto flights

ezjet_boardingEZjet Inc. has started plying the Georgetown to Toronto route with its inaugural flight on Tuesday, joining Caribbean Airlines Limited on a route with a high volume of Guyanese traffic.

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UK tax costs the Govt $1,000 per visitor says T&T tourism Minister

APD__protestMinister of Tourism Dr Rupert Griffith has said he is prepared to approach Cabinet for funds to lobby the United Kingdom government to reverse the controversial air passenger duty (APD) if the region agrees on a co-ordinated approach to lobby against the tax.

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JetBlue to fly JFK to Grand Cayman

JetbluetailsJetBlue Airways has announced that this November it will begin flights to Grand Cayman from New York and Boston.

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Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism opens in Georgetown on Sunday

stc13News Americas, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Fri. April 13, 2012: The stage is set for the Caribbean’s premier sustainable tourism event.

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Tourism Being Positioned as Main Driver of the Economy - Minister McNeill

Kingston, Jamaica: July 5, 2012 – Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon Dr. Wykeham McNeill has underscored that efforts are being made to position tourism as the main driver of the Jamaican economy.

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N&M CEO: Almond hotels sale to wipe out US$75m debt

The plan to dispose of the Neal and Massy Holdings-owned, Barbados-based, debt-ridden Almond hotels was in the cards since 2011.

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Trinidad and Tobago Tourism joins International Council of Tourism Partners

ICTP_logoUSA & BRUSSELS, Belgium – The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced that the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company Ltd. (TDC) has joined the alliance as a destination member.

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UK tour operator: APD not hurting Caribbean travel

BRIDGETOWN—Arguments by Caribbean tourism officials against the British government’s increasing airline passenger duty (APD) has been dealt a blow by a new study showing that travel to the region has not been hurt by the rising costs.

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T&T - We need US$300m for tourism, says Cadiz

Trinidad and Tobago needs US$300 million to promote its tourism product. This was disclosed yesterday by recently appointed Tourism Minister Stephen Cadiz.

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TOBAGO - Green, serene but in trouble with Tourism

Tobago’s battle to reinvigorate its faded tourism sun has not taken away from the island’s folksy atmosphere. On some evenings you can still hear the deep insistent bellow of a bull in a Crown Point pasture, yards away from where jet planes land. Or scent the unmistakable odour of rain-soaked sheep just outside a hotel door.

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