November 19, 2019

Remove aviation and visa restrictions, official warns C’bean countries

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From Jamaica Observer BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – President of the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) David Scowsill has warned Caribbean governments of the need to take urgent action to remove aviation and visa restrictions, which he said were serving as major impediments to the development of the tourism sector. Scowsill told the Caribbean Tourism […]

Drop in fuel prices benefits airlines, not passengers

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Caribbean360 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday December 4, 2014 – Oil prices have hit a five-year low of US$67.50 a barrel. This should have been a godsend for the global tourism industry because the cost of air travel should have declined. But that has not happened. Countries, such as several of those […]

Tourism matters: We have to get more involved

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By Adrian Loveridge From Caribbean News Now It seems almost inconceivable to accept that the dreaded APD (Advanced Passenger Duty) was implemented in the United Kingdom, or others would say thrust upon the industry, some twenty years ago. There has been a lot of recent misinformation spread in the media, so I think it is […]

Shooting death of homeless camper sparks outrage against Albuquerque police

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By David Usborne  From The Independent UK The latest shocking death at the hands of Albuquerque’s Police Department has sparked protests- the department that kills more people than the NYPD Captured by a video camera on one of the officer’s helmets, the slaying by Albuquerque police of a homeless camper in the foothills outside the […]

CARIBBEAN VIEW: Re-thinking Caribbean tourism again

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Huntington News Most of the Caribbean tourism groups have claimed the recent change in the Air Passenger Duty (APD) as ‘a complete victory’ for the Caribbean.  The ‘victory’ is hardly ‘complete’, if it is a ‘victory’ at all. Essentially, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has eliminated bands […]

Former Caribbean Hotels association president not overjoyed at APD reform

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From Caribbean360 Berthia Parle said the reduction should not satisfy regional lobbyists into attaining fairer taxes, contending that flights to the Caribbean should ultimately be the same cost as a flight from Britain to Europe. CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – The former president of the Caribbean Hotels Association (CHA), Berthia Parle, says while she welcomes […]

Cayman Islands welcomes long lobbied reduction in APD for UK travellers

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Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (19 March 2014) The Cayman Islands is pleased to welcome the long anticipated news of reduced Air Passenger Duty (APD) for long haul visitors from the United Kingdom.  APD is an excise duty which is charged to passengers flying from a United Kingdom airport.  Announced by the British Chancellor of the […]

Caribbean Tourism: The battle is far from over

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By Sir Ronald Sanders From Huntington News There is much euphoria in the tourism establishment over the Air Passenger Duty (APD) that on 19 March 2014  the British government announced would be reduced on flights to and from the Caribbean from April of next year. Since the APD’s introduction, Caribbean tourism officials reckon that the […]

Caribbean RoundUp From Caribbean Life

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By Azad Ali Caribbean The United Nations says growth in the economies of Latin America and the Caribbean will pick up pace in 2014 on an improved global outlook that will help increase demand for exports. The UN’s regional economic body based in Chile said recently that Latin America’s economy is set to grow by […]