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Academy to Honor Legendary Martinique Film Director 

 The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is honoring legendary film director Euzhan Palcy, a native of Martinique.  At this November’s Governor’s Awards, the filmmaker will receive an honorary award, along with Michael J. Fox and Australian director …

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Cayman Islands Waives Pre-Testing for Visitors

 The Cayman Islands has waived testing for visitors.  “Pre-arrival Covid-19 testing is no longer required to enter the Cayman Islands,” the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism announced in a statement.  In a major change to the destination’s travel protocols, the …

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Curacao Hotels Are Starting to Top Pre-Pandemic Levels 

 Hotels in Curacao are starting to outperform their pre-pandemic occupancy levels, according to new data from the Curacao Hotel and Tourism Association.  Last month, the island’s large hotels had occupancy of 66.4 percent, a 2.3 percent increase over the same …

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 Healthy coral reefs aren’t just essential for the Caribbean ecosystem — they’re also vital for the Caribbean tourism economy.  That’s the impetus behind a major new guide for coral reef restoration specifically aimed at the Caribbean tourism industry.  The new “Guide,” …

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 It’s been one of the hottest destinations in the Caribbean amid the pandemic and now Antigua and Barbuda is set for even more airlift with demand at an “all-time high.” American Airlines has announced it will be increasing its flights …

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 The Cayman Islands will be playing host to a pair of high-profile Caribbean gatherings in September.  The Caribbean Tourism Organization will be holding its Business Meetings from Sept. 12-15 in Cayman, the first major in-person event program for the CTO …

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 The Bermuda Tourism Authority has a new interim chief executive officer, following the unexpected departure of former CEO Charles Jeffers.  “We thank Charles for his contributions to Bermuda during a very difficult period for the country and the world at …

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 The Bahamas is waiving testing for fully vaccinated travelers, the country announced.  The move comes as The Bahamas has also eliminated its Bahamas Travel Health Visa for all travelers.  Fully vaccinated travelers will no longer have to submit to pre-travel …

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 The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Caribbean Tourism Organization are urging the region’s tourism sector to step up its preparations for the 2022 hurricane season.  This year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1 and technically runs through Nov. …

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 80 percent of the value of tourism experiences worldwide are driven by small and medium-sized businesses.  But less than 20 percent of the returns go to that sector, according to Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.  That’s why Bartlett is leading …

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 The pandemic has had a devastating effect on the tourism industry at large, and on the cruise business in particular. As a region largely dependent on the cruise business, the Caribbean took an incredible economic hit. The U.S. Virgin Islands …

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 Trinidad and Tobago is no longer requiring travelers to complete its TTravel Pass application form.  All travelers must still present proof of a negative PCR or antigen test result within 48 hours of entry into Trinidad and Tobago.  The move …

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 Aruba, The Bahamas and the US Virgin Islands are among the Caribbean destinations leading the region’s tourism renaissance.  Indeed, the Caribbean’s tourism industry is bouncing back in a big way, with some destinations approaching or even exceeding record visitor arrival …

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 The Dominican Republic’s sizzling 2022 continued last month with yet another arrivals record broken, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The country reported 561,323 tourist arrivals in May, the most of any May in the destination’s history.  Indeed, that total was 11 …

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 The US Virgin Islands, among the biggest tourism success stories of the pandemic, has announced a major updates to its entry rules: the lifting of all restrictions for American travelers.  That means U.S. citizens traveling from the US mainland and …

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 Tourist arrival numbers continue to surge to Turks and Caicos, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The destination’s numbers in the first quarter were just about even with what had been spectacular visitor arrivals in the first quarter of 2019.  Indeed, Turks …

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 In a significant step, the island of Barbados has removed all testing requirements for vaccinated travelers.  The move comes as more than 70 percent of the eligible population in Barbados is fully vaccinated, according to Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley.  …

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 In a significant milestone, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao just eclipsed its pre-pandemic numbers for the month of April.  Last month, Curacao reported 42,715 stayover visitors, representing 106 percent of its arrivals in April 2019.  That was buoyed by …