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JetBlue Is Adding New Flights to St Thomas, Puerto Rico

 JetBlue is launching a Caribbean expansion beginning in August, with new routes to Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.  Beginning Aug. 6, JetBlue will be operating a new route from Philadelphia to San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz …

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Antigua Training Taxi Operators on New Protocols

 The pandemic means the entire Caribbean tourism industry has to adapt its practices — and that includes the on-island transportation industry. Accordingly, officials in Antigua and Barbuda have begun training sessions for taxi operators focused on passenger safety and “minimizing occupational …

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Can Puerto Rico Redefine Tropical Travel Post-COVID-19?

 The negative short-term economic global impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the tourism industry has been devastating.  Now, as the world begins to slowly reopen and potentially recapture their lost tourism industry, it is imperative to rethink and reassess how …

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 Panama-based Copa Airlines hopes to resume operations on June 1, 2020, pending approval from regional authorities. The move follows a 30-day extension of the suspension of all international flights in the country due to the coronavirus crisis. In addition, between …

caribbean air transport future

 Caribbean governments should cut air passenger taxes if they “wish to be competitive” when tourism resumes, according to Peter Cerda, regional vice president for the Americas at the IATA. The state of air travel right now is “as bad as …

caribbean airlines cargo

 Caribbean Airlines has officially launched its first-ever charter cargo service, with the inaugural flight taking off this weekend.  The flight was used to move “essential supplies” from Guyana to Cuba, according to the company.  The aim of the service is …

four seasons nevis reopening

 In a major milestone for the wider Caribbean region, the island of Nevis says it is “free” of the coronavirus.  The announcement comes after the island, which has a population of around 12,000 people, launched a series of aggressive measures …

turks caicos reopening

 Turks and Caicos Islands has begun a phased reopening of the British Overseas Territory.  Crucially, the reopening will not yet affect travel — meaning international travel to Turks and Caicos will remain closed until at least June 1, according to the …

frontier airlines temperature checks

 Frontier Airlines said it would begin implementing temperature screenings for all passengers and team members beginning June 1.  The checks will be performed prior to boarding flights; anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be denied …

american airlines face coverings

 Continuing a new trend in the aviation industry, American Airlines has announced that it will be requiring all flyers to wear face coverings or masks on their flights.  The move will take effect on May 11, according to a statement …

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 The island of Anguilla has removed all regulations restricting movement and gatherings, following a declaration that there are “no active or suspected cases” of COVID-19 in the destination. The decision comes after Anguilla’s Chief Medical Officer told the island’s Executive …

jamaica reopening tourism

 The world has changed in myriad ways since the arrival of the coronavirus, and now Jamaica has coined a new term for the next wave of travelers: Generation C.  Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the term is intergenerational, “a …

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 By Joe Pike, Special Contributor The Hartling Group, which represents three top luxury hotels in Turks and Caicos, was poised to have its strongest first quarter in company history, said Karen Whitt, the company’s vice president of sales and marketing. …

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 Fresh on the heels of Marriott’s announcement of dramatic changes to hotel hygiene, hotel giant Hilton has revealed a new cleaning plan of its own.  In a nod to the changing world of COVID-19, Hilton said it was launching a …

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 Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, regional Caribbean carrier Caribbean Airlines is launching a new kind of cargo operation: charter service.  The company has introduced its new cargo charter service program “to support supply chains within the Caribbean region.” Caribbean Airlines …

turks caicos real estate report

 Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Turks and Caicos real estate was off to a “remarkable”start in 2020, according to a new report from leading brokerage The Agency Turks and Caicos.  Sales volume, average price and median price had all increased …

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 Guyana has a new Director of Tourism.  The Guyana Tourism Authority has named Carla James as its new Director, the GTA said in a statement.  James, who had been serving as the Guyana Tourism Authority’s Deputy Director, succeeds outgoing director …

caribbean air transport future

 Caribbean regional airline LIAT is extending the suspension its flight services in the Caribbean to May 15.  The comes amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The decision was based on a review by the company’s Board of Directors and Executive Management, …