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ST. KITTS - Major attraction for St. Kitts designed to lure visitors to escape in revelry- Douglas

St._Kitts_tourism_planBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 2nd February 2012 - What is destined to become a major tourism attraction on St. Kitts and Nevis and the Caribbean, is designed to lure the international visitor who want to escape in revelry.

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JAMAICA - Caribbean Airlines pulls out of Miami

Caribbean_Airlines2Less than two months after returning to Miami, Florida, Air Jamaica is pulling out of that gateway again.

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CARICOM - CARPHA to collaborate with Caribbean Tourist Organization on Quality Tourism

Georgetown, Guyana, January 22, 2012-     The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) which started its operations this month under Interim Director, Dr. Jerome Walcott, former Minister of Health, Barbados was a subject of discussion at the Council of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, held during the Market Place Conference in Nassau The Bahamas on 22 January 2012.

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BERMUDA - Cruise lines want to open on board casinos in port

kevin_sheehanThe boss of Norwegian Cruise Lines has called for ships to be allowed to open their casinos in Bermuda.

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TOURISM - Choice Hotels sees Caribbean business uptick

MARYLAND, January 21, 2012 - The global economy is improving and the Caribbean should see a re-surging travel demand and new development and franchise affiliations, according to global lodging company, Choice Hotels International.

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Cuba: Tourist Destination of the Year in Finland

cuba-tourismHAVANA, Cuba, Jan 28 (acn) Cuba was selected as destination of the year during the MATKA 2012 Tourism Fair in Helsinki, Finland, the most important of Nordic nations.

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LIAT - St. Lucia and Dominica to invest in LIAT

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent,– The islands of St. Lucia and Dominica are likely to throw their fortunes behind the embattled regional airline, LIAT.

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GUYANA – “Festival of Colours” launched to boost tourism

holi_groupThe government of Guyana has launched a new initiative to boost tourism by about 20 per cent. It's sponsoring a special package themed "Festival of Colours" from March 2 - 9, 2012 to coincide with the annual Holi/Phagwah festival, which was brought to the country in the 19th century by Indian indentured labourers.

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International tourism to reach one billion in 2012

Tourism_imagesInternational tourist arrivals grew by over 4% in 2011 to 980 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. With growth expected to continue in 2012, at a somewhat slower rate, international tourist arrivals are on track to reach the milestone one billion mark later this year.

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CUBA - A good year for Cuban tourism

cuba-tourismCuban tourism sailed with a good wind in its favour in 2011 and a tendency which local authorities predict will increase in 2012. The prediction of 2.7 million visitors in these last 12 months was achieved without any problem; now the forecast for the upcoming year is 2.9 million.

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JAMAICA named world’s leading cruise and honeymoon destination

Kingston, Jamaica: January 13, 2012 – Newly appointed Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has described Jamaica’s resounding success at the 2011 World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony, held on January 11 in Doha, Qatar, as a ‘monumental achievement’. This as Jamaica won the coveted award for World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination, and was recognized for the sixth consecutive year as the World’s Leading Cruise Destination.

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TOURISM- APD results in loss of 90-thousand Britons to Caribbean

axe_APD_TaxIt is estimated that the Caribbean has been losing about 90 thousand visitors per year from Britain, because of the Air Passenger Duty, APD.  The estimate comes from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, CHTA, which says the tax has resulted in 270 thousand fewer tourists visiting the Caribbean from Britain.

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BERMUDA - Cruise ship casinos could be allowed to open in port

Cruise_ship_Casino(Royal Gazette) Bermuda’s Transport Minister Derrick Burgess says Cabinet will consider allowing cruise ships to keep their casinos open while in port .

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TOURISM - Lack of competition in airline industry stifling regional tourism -- Forstmayr

NASSAU, Bahamas — President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Josef Forstmayr says the lack of competition in the regional airline industry is stifling the tourism sector resulting in outrageous ticket prices and an ill-conceived network.

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GRENADA- New booking engine for Grenada's tourism product

Grenada_tourism_pixST. GEORGES, Grenada - The Grenada Board of Tourism (GBT) and the Grenada Hotel&Tourism Association (GHTA) have jointly launched a new, and improved, booking engine on their respective websites www.grenadagrenadines.com and www.gogrenada.gd which, it is expected, will bolster the island's tourism industry.

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ST KITTS - Date set for groundbreaking and construction of private jet terminal

private_aircraftBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 23rd January 2012 – A date has been set for the groundbreaking of St. Kitts’ private jet terminal.

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JAMAICA - “Exciting Days Ahead” - Tourism and Entertainment Minister

Kingston, Jamaica: January 9, 2012 – Newly appointed Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is expressing great optimism about the future success of the Ministry which he now leads.

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ST. KITTS - Eleven percent increase in passenger arrivals from North America

US_Airways_takes_off_with_Delta_and_British_Airways_on_the_ground1BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 23rd January 2012 – The St. Kitts Tourism Authority is reporting an 11 percent increase in passenger arrivals from North America to the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport.

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Saint Lucia’s Tourism Minister calls all hands on deck

Lorne_TheophilusCASTRIES, Saint Lucia, January 9, 2012 - Saint Lucia's new tourism minister says renewed emphasis will be placed on tourism, the island's top foreign exchange earner, so the industry can continue to lead economic development and employment in the nation.

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JAMAICA - Minister McNeill to Meet with Regional Tourism Industry Leaders

Kingston, Jamaica: January 23, 2012 – Forging key strategic partnerships is high on the agenda of newly appointed Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill as he meets with regional tourism industry leaders as well as other major global players while he attends the 2012 edition of Caribbean Marketplace, in Nassau Bahamas. The event will run from January 22-24, 2012 and is being held at the Atlantis Paradise Island.

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CUBA - Cuban Tourism to See an 8.2 % Growth by the End of 2011

Cuban_tourismHAVANA, Cuba, Dec 26 (acn) Cuba’s tourism industry is expected to show an 8.2 percent increase in arrivals by yearend as 2.7 million people have chosen the island to spend their holidays this year, 2011.

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