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  • Director of Tourism Turks and Caicos after Irma: Tourism, visitors, hotels current status

    ARUBA, 2017/09/10 Resilient, powerful, strong and faithful. This is how Ramon Andrew described the people of Turks and Caicos. Ramon Andrews, the outspoken director of Tourism for the Caribbeans island country Turks and Caicos sounded somehow relieved at the same time as he updated the media today on the current situation on his island, specifically commenting on the safety of visitors and visitor industry professionals.
  • UNWTO: International tourism – strongest half-year results since 2010

    AFGHANISTAN, 2017/09/09 Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the initial six months of 2017, some 36 million additional than in the same period of 2016. At 6%, increase was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010. Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect strong request for international travel in the initial half of 2017, according to the new UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Worldwide, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased by 6% compared to the same six-month period last year, well above the sustained and consistent trend of 4% or higher increase since 2010. This represents the strongest half-year in seven years.
  • Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas: A history with hurricanes

    AMERICAS, 2017/09/09 Extremely dangerous winds from Hurricane Irma pounded the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, damaging the roof of the famous luxury Ritz Carlton. The resort’s website states: The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is currently closed due to Hurricane Irma. Spread across 30 acres of oceanfront, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas – at the same time as operating – offers a luxury resort experience amid breathtaking natural beauty. It is a favorite part tourists, but presently, it is anyone’s guess at the same time as the hotel will be able to re-open.
  • Peru pursues tourism revenue growth both at home and abroad

    PERU, 2017/07/01 An effort to fasten new aviation deals and invest in marketing campaigns seems to be paying off for Peru’s tourism sector, with sizeable increase in gain and foreign arrivals recorded. In mid-May the Lima Chamber of Commerce (Cámara de Comercio de Lima, CCL) reported that revenues from tourism in Peru rose by 3.9% to $4.3bn last time– of which $3.5bn was from goods and services, and $802m was from transport services. The rising revenue stream, marking a fourth consecutive year of increase, was driven by a higher volume of foreign tourists, which climbed 8.4% in 2016 to reach 4.6m, a trend that looks set to continue.
  • Jamaica Tourism Minister urges more tourism investment

    JAMAICA, 2017/05/29 Financial institutions, inclunding the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), are being urged by Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, to better establish a window of opportunity for Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises (SMTEs) and to invest additional in tourism in the region. Bartlett argued that a additional significant contribution to national economies and its citizens can only come through improving the capacity of people to provide an enhanced visitor experience. Bartlett’s analysis came out his participation in a high-level panel discussion Thursday at the 47th Annual Conference of the Board of Governors of the CDB in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Wahiawa: Delicious tourist destination at North Shore’s gateway

    UNITED STATES, 2017/05/29 On the island of Oahu in the Aloha National, besides Waikiki, the North Shore is the next most popular place to visit. Known to locals for its variety of beaches and to tourists who have seen this side of the island’s shoreline in TV shows such as Hawaii Five-O, and in movies from the Descendants to Soul Surfer, to 50 Initial Dates to Pearl Harbor, from Elvis in Blue Hawaii to the classic From Here to Eternity, and, of course, from Jurassic Park to, what else, North Shore, this is worth the trip to the “other side” of the island.
  • Jamaica Could Get Five Million Visitors Earlier than Projected

    JAMAICA, 2017/05/04 Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says there are strong indications that Jamaica could reach its goal of five million visitors in a single year, before than before projected. Bartlett, recently back from a working trip that included stops in Addis Ababa, Dubai and Bangkok, added that the island seems poised to make inroads in both the Asian and African markets, which would significantly boost before projections.
  • Colombia seeks post-conflict tourism boom

    COLOMBIA, 2017/04/11 Improved security conditions and new air linkages are raising Colombia’s appeal as an international destination and helping to drive increase in tourism. The number of foreign arrivals rose by 13.7% year-on-year to 2.34m in the initial 11 months of 2016, according to the new figures from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.
  • Essential things to know before your trip to Mexico

    MEXICO, 2017/04/11 LANGUAGE: Spanish is the official language and is spoken throughout the country. However, there are as a lot of as 62 dialects, the majority widely spoken being Nahuatl, Maya and Mixteco. Although English is spoken in a lot of places – particularly part government officials and high-ranking executives – it is advisable to learn some basic Spanish phrases before arrival. ETIQUETTE: A handshake for men and one kiss on the cheek for women is usually the initial introduction in a business setting, and is used as both a greeting and a farewell. Standard business attire is the same as that worn in Europe or the US. VISA: Citizens from 65 nations are not required to obtain a visa before entering Mexico and can remain up to 180 days for both tourism and business. These include the US, the UK, all nations in the Schengen area of the EU and most of those in Latin America. Citizens from other nations should apply for a visa from any Mexican embassy or consulate. These as well permit a maximum remain of 180 days.
  • Jamaica Tourism Minister announces appointment of tourism advisors

    JAMAICA, 2017/03/11 Honorable Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica Minister of Tourism, is currently in Berlin, Germany, participating in the major tourism tradeshow in the world, ITB Berlin, and the International Hotel Investment Forum, which focuses on delivering opportunities to persons who currently operate within the tourism industry or who want to do business in the sector, inclunding tourism and government officials. Taking time out of his busy schedule, Minister Bartlett signaled his intention to appoint several of Jamaica’s Honorary Consuls in Europe as unpaid Tourism Advisors to his office, as he works on significantly boosting market share for tourists to Jamaica from several key European nations.