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CAYMAN - Expansion of airport in Cayman Brac

cayman_brac_airport_1The Cayman Islands Airports Authority has announced the planned expansion of terminal facilities at the Gerrard-Smith International Airport on Cayman Brac to accommodate direct international flights.

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JAMAICA – Tourism Minister wants reconsideration of APD Increase

Kingston, Jamaica: March 14, 2012 – Tourism and Entertainment Minister,  Dr. Wykeham McNeill has called for the reconsideration of the looming increase in the United Kingdom’s controversial Air Passenger Duty, APD and for the regime to be re-examined.

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TRINIDAD - ‘Red tape slowing tourism industry’

The development of the country’s tourism package is moving at a snail’s pace and this is deterring potential investors from establishing businesses here, general manager of the Hilton Trinidad Ali Khan has said.

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JAMAICA - Prince Harry’s Visit Major Boost for Tourism says Minister

harry-boltKingston, Jamaica: March 14, 2012 – State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon Damion Crawford is convinced that the official visit of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales (always known as Prince Harry)to Jamaica from March 5 to March 8, 2012 has been a major boost for Tourism locally. He said “it was another occasion to put Jamaica in the international spotlight in a positive way.

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BARBADOS - Expect no tourism miracles this year says CTO

Keep hope alive, but don’t expect any tourism miracles this year.

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TOURISM - UK carriers scream bloody murder over passenger duty hike

APD__protestMar 12, 2012 - Four of the UK's leading airlines have slammed planned increases in airline passenger duty (APD) , claiming that the planned increase will reduce passenger numbers and hinder economic recovery.

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MACO captures what's hot and happening in new Caribbean online guide

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad 15th February 2012 - A boutique Caribbean publishing house is expanding into new media to combine its traditional skills with emerging online talents.

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JAMAICA - McNeill Unveils Plans to Grow Tourism Sector at ITB Berlin

Kingston, Jamaica: March 11, 2012 – Tourism and Entertainment Minister Dr. Wykeham McNeill in his first engagement in Europe since assuming office, unveiled plans to grow the tourism sector to global tourism partners and the international media.

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JAMAICA -Countrystyle Tourism South Africa Group in Jamaica for Study Tour

Montego Bay, Jamaica. February 14, 2012. Countrystyle Community Tourism Network Jamaica (CCTN) led by its Founder and President Diana McIntyre-Pike, community tourism pioneer welcomes its satellite group Country Style Community Tourism - South Africa (CCTN-SA) to Jamaica for the first time, this afternoon at Sangster’s International Airport.

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TOURISM - Virgin Atlantic shields passengers from APD

Virgin_AtlanticSt. John’s Antigua- British carrier, Virgin Atlantic will temporarily absorb “hundreds of thousands of dollars” as it shields passengers from the upcoming increase in Britain’s Air Passenger Duty (APD).

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JAMAICA - Tourism Minister Announces New JTB Board

Kingston, Jamaica: February 10, 2012 – Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill is expressing great confidence in the ability of the newly appointed 10-member Board of Directors of the Jamaica Tourist Board, JTB, which he announced earlier this week.

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GUYANA - LIAT partners with Guyana to host CTO

Regional airline LIAT is partnering with the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) to host the annual Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) conference which will be held at the Guyana International Conference Centre under the theme “Keeping the Right Balance, Sustaining our Resources.”

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Caribbean Airlines to resume flights to London

Caribbean_Airlines2Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) has started the planning process to serve London, Gatwick with non-stop flights from Piarco International Airport, along with one-stop services via other Caribbean islands.

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DOMINICA – Tourism Minister calls on Dominicans to protect the industry

Tourism Minister, Ian Douglas, has called on Dominicans to protect the nation’s tourism product which he says is a vital element of the nation’s economy.

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ST LUCIA hotel among the most remantic in the world

jademtn_590NEWTON, Mass. – The Jade Mountain Resort, Soufriere, St. Lucia has been announced as being among the top ten winners of its 2012 Travelers' Choice Romance awards, honoring the most romantic hotels in the U.S. and the world.

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ANTIGUA - Report: Antigua most dependent on tourism

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – travel and tourism in the Caribbean directly and indirectly employs 2.2 million people (1 in every 8 jobs) and accounts for 14.2 per cent of the Caribbean’s economic activity (GDP) – more than any other region in the world.

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TRAVEL - IATA urges EU to rethink aviation policies

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged European policymakers to focus aviation efforts on measures to shore-up the competitiveness of Europe's aviation sector. "Safety and security must always come first. But at this critical time for European economies it is important that policies focus on measures that support economic growth and job creation, enhance competitiveness and support sustainable development," said Tony Tyler, IATA's Director General and CEO.

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JAMAICA - Policy to be developed to govern craft industry

Kingston, Jamaica: February 19, 2012 – Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill says a policy is to be developed to govern the island’s craft trading industry and address the myriad of problems facing the sector.

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ST. KITTS - Skerritt and colleagues to meet in St. Vincent

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 8th February 2012– St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt is expected to his other Ministers of Tourism and Civil Aviation from across the OECS member states in St Vincent next week to discuss and devise strategic solutions to tourism and aviation issues currently confronting the Eastern Caribbean.

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Air Australia cancels all flights, suspends operations

AIR_AUSTRALIAThousands of Air Australia passengers are stranded overseas after the budget airline was abruptly placed into administration overnight.

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ANTIGUA - Regional ministers to talk tourism and aviation

oecs_tourismSt. John’s Antigua- Ministers for tourism and Civil Aviation from across the OECS member states will meet in St Vincent next week to discuss and devise strategic solutions to tourism and aviation issues currently confronting the eastern Caribbean.

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