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PM Christie praises Bimini Ferry, Casino Developments

perrychristieTHE commissioning of a new speed ferry to Bimini and the opening of the Resorts World Bimini Casino was praised by Prime Minister Perry Christie yesterday for showing the confidence of the developers in both the Government and the people of the Bahamas.


Tobago’s Pigeon Point Beach rated among the best

tobago-beachThe island of Tobago has long since been regarded as a haven for white sandy beaches and azure blue waters and is the playground for mostly European tourists who use the island to escape from the cold.


Strong Partnerships Driving the Success of the Tourism Sector - Minister McNeill

wykeham mcneil pnpKingston, Jamaica: June 2, 2013 – Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill has attributed several of the recent successes in the tourism sector to the improving public/ private sector partnership within the industry. The Minister made this pronouncement as he addressed tourism interests at the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) 52nd Annual General Meeting and Convention held at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, Spa & Conference Centre, in Ocho Rios yesterday.

Among the examples cited by the Minister are the recent tax negotiations with tourism partners, ongoing efforts to improve linkages between tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and other sectors of the economy as well as moves to improve the experience at local airports.

Minister McNeill said "key to our successes are the partnerships we have developed and nurtured." He added that "from the JHTA, to the hoteliers themselves, the attraction owners, the transport sector, every element of the industry has been very supportive and the synergies have been good. We are undeniably working towards the same goals.”

The Minister explained that “together we’ve worked assiduously on this issue of linkages over the past few months and we have made remarkable progress. We have had two consultations so far and now we are on the threshold of finalizing the programme. It is already clear that these discussions we have had with the agricultural and manufacturing sectors have been critical to clearing up many misconceptions.”

Dr. McNeill also noted that forging partnerships between players in tourism and other related sectors has led to significant success in the drive to improve the airport experience for persons entering and leaving the island. In providing an update on the initiative he said “last year we established a committee, including representatives from the Ministry of National Security, PICA, Airports Authority, JTB, Customs, and MBJ airport to build on the work which had been done previously in an attempt to improve the airport experience. We have made significant headway since then and passengers now travel with greater ease.”

The Minister was quick to note that “we have done away with outgoing immigration and increased the number of lines, which have improved the experience of arrival in Jamaica.  We have also introduced the Advanced Passenger Information System that has reduced the processing time for visitors by eight minutes, the customer service is now better and we are going in the right direction. However we are going to keep pushing to ensure we improve even more.”


Caribbean ambassadors told to recognise tourism as major earner

beverly nicholson-doty460BRUSSELS, Belgium, Friday June 28, 2013 - The head of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) asked the region's ambassadors to Europe to remember the importance of tourism as a major economic driver and as a potent anti-poverty tool.


Jamaican Cardiff Hotel & Spa demonstrates best environmental practices

 cardiff gardenLOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe Member, the Cardiff Hotel&Spa in St. Ann, Jamaica, has implemented a number of environmentally friendly initiatives, resulting in resource conservation and preservation of biodiversity.


Caribbean Airlines committed to meeting Jamaica’s deadline

Vasant BharathT&T’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Investments Vasant Bharath, says his government is committed to meeting the one-month deadline given by the Jamaican government, in relation to the promulgation of a clear outline on the way forward for the Air Jamaica brand.


Minister McNeill to Attend UNWTO Executive Council Meeting

wykeham mcneil pnpKingston, Jamaica: May 26, 2013 – Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill is set to participate in the 95TH Session of the Executive Council (EC) of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which will be held in Belgrade, Serbia.  Minister McNeill departed the island on the weekend for the meeting, which is scheduled to run from May 27 to 29, 2013.


Ja Gov’t gives T&T ultimatum on way forward for Air Jamaica

Cal-Airj imagesThe Government of Jamaica has given the Trinidadian authorities one month to give a clear outline on the way forward for the Air Jamaica brand which is under the control of Caribbean Airlines (CAL). Concern has been raised locally about how the brand is being managed in the wake of the decision by the Trinidadian air carrier in April to reduce daily flights to Jamaica.


BARBADOS - Small hotels struggling

Mia Amor MottleyThe availability of funding is proving to be one of the major headaches for small hotels around the island. And an Opposition group in discussions with several today said something needs to be done about various proposed funds properties are finding hard to access.


BERMUDA - Tourism Minister says gaming is right for Bermuda

Shawn-CrockwellTourism Minister Shawn Crockwell told MPs yesterday that in his opinion gaming “is right for Bermuda”. He was responding to questions by Shadow Minister Wayne Furbert who asked if he feels “gaming is right” then why bother with a referendum?


St. Kitts cruise tourism continues on a roll

cruise St-KittsBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 23rd May 2013 - Cruise tourism in St. Kitts continues on a roll. Carnival Cruise Lines has announced that the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor will offer a (brilliant) series of one-way voyages between New York and San Juan that includes a stop at St. Kitts’ Port Zante.


Carib High Commissioners in London To Lobby Against APD

RichardSealyThe Caribbean High Commissioners in the United Kingdom (UK) are gearing up to lobby the British Government for an ease in the Airline Passenger Duty (APD) and have secured £40,000 to assist them in this effort.


Travel and Tourism Statistics focus at regional workshop

CARICOMGEORGETOWN, Guyana, May 14, 2013   Travel and Tourism statistics is in focus this week in Roseau, Dominica, as Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States continue to place greater emphasis on the development and use of statistics to respond to tourism and trade information needs.


Caribbean Airlines' air fare hike "arbitrary" says Guyana's Tourism Minister

Irfaan-AliGuyana’s Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce says it opposed the "arbitrary" increases in airfare ticket prices by Caribbean Airlines (CAL), accusing the regional carrier of attempting to rake in profits from high demands in the Guyana markets.


Playa replaces Montego Bay’s Ritz with Park Hyatt

Ritz JamaicaRoseHall520Montego Bay, Jamaica, Monday May 13, 2013 - Playa Hotels and Resorts has reportedly selected the luxury brand, Park Hyatt, to manage its latest acquisition, The Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall property in Montego Bay, St James.


Quantum of the Seas coming to region

businessquantumoftheseasOn May 22, a ground-breaking new ship, Quantum of the Seas, was launched by Royal Caribbean International, and is set to feature a Caribbean itinerary when it makes its inaugural voyage next November 23, 2014.


Diaspora to Play Key Role in Success of Health Tourism

arnaldo brown pnpThe Jamaican Diaspora is expected to play a key role in the development of health tourism in the island.


CTO honors travel journalists at T&T-sponsored media awards ceremony in New York

NEW YORK, New York – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) recognized travel journalists covering the region at the CTO Media Awards Luncheon at Caribbean Week in New York. The luncheon, held at the New Yorker Hotel on Thursday, June 6, was sponsored by Trinidad&Tobago.


BARBADOS - Cut the rude behavior airport personnel told

sealyandsandifordgarner03BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Tourism officials are concerned about complaints of rude and arrogant personnel at the Grantley Adams International Airport and have cautioned that the industry contributes to everyone's pay cheque.


Royal Caribbean International to Receive the 2013 Invest Caribbean Now Corporate Leadership Award

adam goldsteinCaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. June 4, 2013: Celebrating more than four decades in business, Royal Caribbean International will be honored for its investments in the Caribbean region during Caribbean American Heritage Month in New York City this June.


Bartlett Expresses Concern at the Ritz Carlton’s Imminent Closure

edmund bartlett cbtKINGSTON, Jamaica, May 8, 2013 - Opposition Spokesman on Tourism & Travel Services Development, Mr. Edmund Bartlett, is today expressing regret at news of the imminent closure and loss of over 400 jobs at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Montego Bay.