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JAMAICA - Strategic plan needed for tourism recovery says Bartlett

KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 17, 2013 - Opposition Spokesman on Tourism, Mr. Edmund Bartlett, is raising concerns about the declining tourist arrivals from some of Jamaica’s key markets. He’s calling for a strategic plan for the recovery of arrivals and earnings lost from the tourism product.

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Caribbean tourism rebounding

US Virgin Islands - Caribbean tourism is bouncing back to pre-recession levels, with visitors from Canada and the U.S. giving a boost to tourist arrivals.

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TURKS AND CAICOS - Butch Stewart acquires The Veranda Resort

Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands  Dr. Rufus Ewing has confirmed the acquisition of the Veranda Resort Hotel by the Butch Stewart controlled Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort & Spa.

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UNWTO welcomes travel facilitation measures by Jamaica

airjamaica-7UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) welcomes Jamaica’s decision to waive visa requirements for Eastern European nationals and to extend indefinitely the current visa waiver system for some Latin American nationals.

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Dolphin Cove owner says ‘selfish expats’ accused of campaigning to kill his project

Neil_BorrowesNeil Borrowes, the proposed developer for the more than $3 million Dolphin Cove project in the Turks Caicos Islands is charging that a small group of interest-serving rich expatriates were hell-bent on derailing his project primarily for fear of competition.

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Caribbean tourism to keep its piece of the pie

The Caribbean is not expected to carve out a larger piece of the travel and tourism industry over the next 10 years.

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Strategic Management of Tourism Important for Sustainable Development, PM Simpson Miller

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica November 15, 2012 - Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has again underscored the critical role of tourism in achieving the nation's economic goals, including job creation, and urged undergraduate students to think strategically and tap into the country's many opportunities.

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Jamaica’s tourism sector in transition says McNeil

Kingston, Jamaica: March 13, 2013 – Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill has explained that the tourism sector is in a state of transition, in response to changes in the industry and the economic conditions in the island’s main source markets.

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Jamaica Opens Up Russian Tourism Market

Kingston, Jamaica: November 15, 2012 – Jamaica is now positioned to tap into the Russian market in a major way after arrangements were finalized for the introduction of direct flights from Moscow, Russia to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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Kantours’ Snuba diving featured on WildJunket

420px-Snuba DIversBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 13th March 2013 - Snuba diving, a new tourism attraction in St. Kitts, is getting the thumbs up. “When we first heard we were going to try SNUBA-diving off the Caribbean coast of St. Kitts we didn’t know what to expect. As certified scuba divers, we were quite skeptical about this new sport.

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Jamaica is British Travel Awards’ Favourite Worldwide Destination

LONDON, England, Wednesday November 7, 2012 — The readers of British Travel Awards’ “Check In” magazine have chosen Jamaica as the “Favourite Worldwide Destination”.

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Grenada: the spice of the Caribbean

Grenada tourismST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – From its position at the far southern tip of the Windward Islands chain, Grenada offers visitors a distinctive, off-the-beaten path experience as well as a combination of activities, attractions, and historic sites that are hard to find in any other port of call.

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Jamaica’s premier resort, The Tryall Club, achieves Green Globe re-certification

Tryall_ClubLOS ANGELES, California - Green Globe announced re-certification of the Tryall Club Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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South Africa moves to consolidate tourism arrivals from India

South Africa”s Kwazulu-Natal Minister for Economic Development and Tourism, Mr. Michael Mabuyakhulu, says “tourism is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, a world-wide trend which flies in the face of lingering economic concerns and necessary levels of austerity in, especially the United States of America and large parts of Europe.”

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Seaborne Airlines to Increase Capacity to the US Virgin Islands

Seaborne-SAAB-340BSAINT CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands, Oct. 29, 2012 Seaborne Airlines, the regional carrier based in St. Croix, USVI, today announced plans to increase its capacity to and from the US Virgin Islands (USVI) for Spring, 2013 and beyond.

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Choice Hotels forecasts strong Caribbean tourism outlook

choice hotelsSILVER SPRING, Maryland (February 27, 2013) - The Caribbean should have a good year in tourism, stated a hotel executive, who pointed to the encouraging outlook from delegates attending last month's Caribbean Travel Marketplace in the Bahamas.

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Timeshares could be salavation for struggling resorts

timeshares2News Americas, ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Fri. Oct. 26, 2012: During the early 2000s, before the world economic meltdown, a lot of resort developers, including many in the Caribbean, seized upon the idea of building villas and condominiums instead of hotel rooms.

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LIAT’S flying high again – tourism boss

St. John’s Antigua- Minister of Tourism John Maginley says LIAT’s three new aircraft are just another positive step in reinvigorating the faltering airline.

“The newer aircraft are much more fuel efficient and will provide a better platform for LIAT to grow and serve all of our customers here in the region,” the minister said in an interview with OBSERVER Media.

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Suriname tourist card working well

PARAMARIBO–Less than a year after a tourist card was introduced, this document that was supposed to ease travel to Suriname has earned the country over 1 million euros. Over 70,000 cards and long term visas have been sold to visitors from The Netherlands since the card was launched on 25 November last year.

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JAMAICA – Tourism racks up earnings of over a billion dollars so far this year

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday December 10, 2012 – Jamaica has earned more than one billion US dollars from the tourism industry so far this year.

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Suriname challenges damning Dutch travel advisory

PARAMARIBO–Authorities lament a surprising travel advisory by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, that warns tourists about the dangers of traveling in eastern Suriname.

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