Travel & Tourism

American Airlines Adds New Caribbean Routes

American Airlines says it will add six new routes throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America to further strengthen its position in these key markets. Expanded service includes new flights to Belize City, Grand Cayman, Guadalajara in Mexico, Managua in Nicaragua and Monterrey, Mexico. With these new routes, American Airlines will operate more than 1,750 weekly flights to 85 destinations. ...

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Jamaica Records 5.8% Increase in Tourist Arrivals For 2014

Jamaica recorded a 3.6% increase in tourist arrivals in 2014, Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Dr. Wykeham McNeill has announced. McNeill said that the island had received an estimated US$2.2 billion in revenue from the sector last year, a 5.8% increase over the similar period in 2013. Jamaica welcomed more than two million stopover visitors during last year as compared to ...

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Jamaica Tourist Arrivals Up By 3.1%

The Jamaica Tourist Board has announced that tourist arrivals, up to the end of October, were up 3.1% over last year. The total arrivals numbered more than 1.7m in the 10-month period. October recorded the strongest growth in tourist arrivals. Arrivals for that month were up 10%, when compared to a year ago, with more than 135,000 visitors in that ...

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Jamaica Cruise Ship Arrivals up 10%

Jamaica welcomed 916,300 cruise passengers between January and September, a 10% increase over the same period last year, a result of Disney and MSC cruise lines diverting from storm-affected islands. “Both Disney and MSC came to Jamaica in summer, which did not happen last year,” William Tatham, head of cruises at the Port Authority of Jamaica, said in a phone ...

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Jamaica Wins Five World Travel Awards

Jamaica has won five World Travel Awards. From left: Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook; Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill; World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke and Vice-president Cruise Shipping & Marina Operations, Port Authority of Jamaica, William Tatham. The island won the Caribbean’s Leading Destination 2014 and the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board 2014. In the cruise category, ...

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Southwest Airlines Begins Flight To Montego Bay

Southwest Airlines, America’s largest low fare carrier, commenced international service from nine US airports to several destinations, including Montego Bay, yesterday. The international service is among the final steps of Southwest’s integration of AirTran Airways. In addition to Montego Bay, Southwest jets now fly from the airline’s nine gateway airports to seven international airports in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and ...

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Jamaica Tourist Arrivals Up For October

Jamaica has reportedly recorded another month of increased tourist arrivals, with Tourism Minister Dr. Wykeham McNeil declaring that preliminary figures show that the upward trend has continued in October. “We’re up over 9% over last year”. McNeil said. Overall, he said, “the country’s arrival figures are still tracking ahead, and the next few months are looking very promising, so barring ...

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Sagicor To Purchase The Hilton Rose Hall Hotel

The Sagicor Group is set to make another major investment in the tourism sector with the proposed purchase of the Hilton Rose Hotel in St. James. The Hilton Rose Hall which was once part of the Wyndham group carries over 400 rooms and is owned by the Blackstone Group. When the purchase is finalized it would mean that Sagicor will ...

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Iberostar Grand Rose Hall Wins Best All-Inclusive Hotel Award

Iberostar Grand Hotel, at Rose Hall in St. James, has been awarded the best all-inclusive hotel by Apple Vacations. The announcement was made during Apple Vacations’ black-tie Crystal Apple Awards gala, held at the Art Institute of Chicago on Tuesday September 8. This is the second year in a row that the hotel is receiving the coveted award. Apple Vacations ...

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Jamaica Welcomes Close To 1.3 Million Tourists

Jamaica welcomed almost 1.3 million tourists over the first seven months of the year. The Jamaica Tourist Board says the figure was 2% higher than last year. The strongest growth was seen from the Canadian and European markets helping the country to steadily reduce the dependence on the U.S. market for tourists. In the meantime, cruise arrivals were up 7% ...

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