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Updated April 21

Coronavirus Regional and International News

How vaccines are affecting Covid-19 outbreaks globally

China vaccines put to real-world test against Covid-19

 Chambers of Commerce campaign to end Covid in region Call to action

CARPHA Joins With Public Health Agency Of Canada To Fight COVID-19

Airline Industry (Coronavirus News)

Barbados Airport Reopens Following Volcanic Ashfall

JetBlue Says Its Flying To Cayman In Early September

Airlines Queue Up For Boom In Travel To Jamaica

‘PURE MADNESS’: IATA warns of dangers over European air traffic reforms

Regional News 

Tobago enjoyed 79 per cent hotel occupancy for Easter (Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association)

PRHTA Recommends Adjustments to Manage Tourism Safely (Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association)

Jamaica Tourist Board Relaunches the TSAC

Vincentian police arrest Lava Man, the volcano-climbing daredevil

Regional Destinations 

The best beaches in St Lucia

Guyana launches Green Traveller’s Guide

A new tour company aims to explore locally in Jamaica

Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun Is Coming In 2021

International Destinations

Measures Welcome, But Recovery May Take Years: TIAC

U.S. warns against travel to 80% of world due to coronavirus

A BIG COMEBACK: Survey says Americans gearing up to go

UK border staff discover 100 fake Covid test certificates every day

Updated March 23

Coronavirus Regional and International News

Cuba to vaccinate 150,000 frontline workers as part of final phase of clinical trial

Covid-19: Vaccines and vaccine passports being sold on darknet

U.S. health body questions AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine trial data

Vladimir Putin to receive Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday

Airline Industry (Coronavirus News)

Airline travel at highest its been since start of COVID pandemic; 1.5 million people screen through TSA

Nigeria suspends Emirates flights over COVID-19 tests

CAL Offers Connect Flights From JFK To Eastern Caribbean Via Barbados

Regional News

Sandals Regional Exchange Programme to Boost Employment Opportunities for Caribbean Nationals

UWI Centre Predicts Influx Of Sargassum

Kingston Creative, Blue Mahoe Capital partnership secured

Dominica Invites Remote Workers to Stay in Nature Island with Launch of Work in Nature Visa

Regional Destinations 

Here are the nine best Caribbean beaches to visit in 2021

11 Female-owned Hotels Around the World With Amazing Stories

9 best beaches in Antigua

Explore Sint Maarten’s delightful Dutch sights and shores on this photo tour

International Destinations

UK considers ‘traffic light’ system for overseas travel

CRYSTAL RESERVATION RECORD SHATTERED: Latest sign of cruising demand

Domestic, distanced, outdoors: Alaska tours are a hot ticket

CRAVING CONNECTION: Family, friends, leading 2021 travel motivator

Updated March 22

Coronavirus Regional and International News

AstraZeneca vaccine found to be 79% effective in U.S. trial, ‘no increased risk’ of blood clots

Outlook darkens for Europe’s virus-stricken economy

150,000 Cubans To Get Shots Of Soberana 2 Vaccine Today

Caribbean COVID Vaccine Race by Numbers

Airline Industry (Coronavirus News)

Japan Airlines is certified with the 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating

AirAsia, Vistara plan for next stages of post-COVID-19 recovery


Regional News

Minister: ‘Prioritise’ Tourism Workers On Covid-19 Vaccine (Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association)

Leverage Caribbean Talent and Create Wealth – Basil Springer

C’bean countries commit to implementing UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

US Virgin Islands Tourism Numbers on the Rise

Regional Destinations 

Trip Advisor: Cuban Beach Voted Best in Caribbean

A foodie outpost in St. Croix’s rainforest serves ‘simple, real’ food

Grenada’s Top All-Inclusive Is Reopening in October

A New Culinary Experience at the Ritz-Carlton, St Thomas

International Destinations

AITO slams ill-advised comments on ‘risky’ overseas travel

Life Is Beautiful is back in Las Vegas

Globus, Intrepid offer new tours keyed to post-pandemic travel


Updated March 18

Coronavirus Regional and International News

You’re Not Fully Vaccinated the Day of Your Last Dose

Grenada Vaccinates More Than 8,000 Residents in a Month

J&J Single-Dose Vaccines To Be Available Under COVAX Facility By July

CARPHA Helping The Region In COVID-19 Fight

Airline Industry (Coronavirus News)

JetBlue, Aruba Partner On Digital Health Pass


Regional News

Hoteliers agree preclearance must be approved immediately

Scotiabank makes change to T&T and Caribbean leadership

CSEC And CAPE Students Now Have Free Access To OneX Platform

ECCB Governor Announces DCash Public Launch

Regional Destinations 

Sandals launches new luxury Caribbean holidays for couples who met during lockdown

AMResorts Launches On-Site Testing in the Caribbean

Saint Lucia Hosts First Ever Virtual Global Roadshow

Palladium Hotel Group Invites Guests To Discover Its Dominican Republic Properties

International Destinations

Iceland opens borders to all vaccinated tourists

World Travel & Tourism Council welcomes European Commission’s proposal for the EU wide Digital Green Certificate

72% of American consumers plan to return to pre-pandemic travel rates

Digital tipping may become the norm at hotels and resorts

Updated March 12

Coronavirus Regional and International News

American Rescue Plan: China worried about economic impact of Joe Biden’s US$1.9 trillion coronavirus bailout

New Covid variant discovered in UK

Denmark, Norway, Iceland Suspend Use Of AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine

Israeli real-world data on Pfizer vaccine shows high Covid protection

Cayman Islands to Shorten Quarantine Period Starting March 22

Airline Industry (Coronavirus News)

One Airline Is Offering $4 Covid Tests to Get People Flying

COVID-19’s impact on the airline industry

MAXXED OUT: WestJet cancels orders for 15 Boeing 737 Max planes

Regional News

SLHTA Renews Commitment To Displaced Sector Employees (Saint Lucia Hospitality & Tourism Association)

Will regional unity be forever lost to the Caribbean?

Get To Know Jamaica With Travel Agent Academy’s Specialist Training

Saint Lucia Tourism Launches Virtual Shows For The Travel Trade

Regional Destinations 

Grand Bahama’s Top All-Inclusive Is Reopening This Month

Crystal Cruises Launches Bahamas Escapes From Nassau And Bimini

Mexican Caribbean continues tourism reactivation

2021’s Top US And International Spring Break Travel Destinations

International Destinations

The Tourism Industry in Botswana 2021: Focus on Game Reserves, Wildlife, and Wilderness Tourism

AN AWESOME WEEK: Travel advisors get heard

Potential travelers are nore likely to travel to a destination that requires COVID-19 vaccine

Vacasa is buying TurnKey Vacation Rentals

Updated February 25

Coronavirus Regional and International News

Ocho Rios Businessman Not Deterred By COVID-19

Rowley calls for further integration to help push COVID-19 recovery in region

Coronavirus: Public need ‘home truths’ on economy – Hammond

Moderna to begin clinical trials of Covid booster shots for variant from South Africa, sends to NIH for study

Airline Industry (Coronavirus News)

IATA Downgrades Prognosis for Airline Industry Covid Recovery

Cayman Governor And The Premier Fly Aboard CAL’s B737-8

American Airlines Is Adding More Flights To Haiti

Regional News

Cayman Islands may dial back on cruise visits once borders reopen

PAHO chief urges Caribbean to leave no one behind in digital transformation of public health

Only Students Preparing For Exit Exams To Attend Face-To-Face Classes

Pandemic Underscores Importance of Regionalism, Multilateralism, South-South Cooperation – CARICOM Chair PM Rowley

Regional Destinations 

The Stunning City On Dominican Republic’s Southeast

9 Caribbean destinations you can fly to in a lie-flat seat

The Future of Micro-Weddings in the Mexican Caribbean

Sandals Emerald Bay Reopens Its Doors And Welcomes Guests Back To Paradise

International Destinations

Thai tourism calls for vaccine passport decision

What culinary trends emerged from living through a full year of a pandemic

Brits’ new bucket list choices: Where does travel rank?

THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES: Some travellers at Toronto Pearson refuse to quarantine

Updated February 16

Coronavirus Regional and International News

Coronavirus cases in the Caribbean to date: 495,896

WHO lists two additional COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use and COVAX roll-out

A Statement From PAHO/WHO On The First Health Worker In Barbados Succumbing To COVID-19 Illness

Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Sharply Reduces Symptomatic Covid-19 In The Real World, Israeli Researchers Say

Airline Industry (Coronavirus News)

UNICEF secures airline commitments for COVID vaccine transport

Message From The Cayman Airways President & CEO On The B737-8 Fleet’s “Return To Service”

THE PEAK OF BLEAK: Air Canada losses ‘staggering,’ but optimism over bailout

 Regional News

Saint Lucia Hospitality & Tourism Association and Wayaj form partnership (Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association)

Tourism Association President Upbeat as Resort Investments Kick In (USVI Hotel and Tourism Association)

This Caribbean Nation Remains On Lockdown

Jamaica Tourism Minister: Take Greater Advantage of Growing Rum Tourism Niche Market

 Regional Destinations 

Top 10 Most Affordable Caribbean Destinations

8 Over-The-Top Suites Around The Caribbean To Inspire Your Wanderlust

The Top Luxury Hotel in St Martin Just Reopened

Exciting New Hotel Openings in Mexican Caribbean for 2021

International Destinations

Is this the best way to re-start travel?

Bowman’s Travel Brief: The Travel Bounce Back Is Coming

Saudi Tourism to launch ‘Journeys in Arabia’ in India 

World Trade Organization names its first female, African Director-General

Updated January 6

 Coronavirus Regional and International News

Caribbean-Born Nurse Gets Second COVID-19 Shot

WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 5 January 2021

South African Covid variant appears to ‘obviate’ antibody drugs, Dr. Scott Gottlieb says

New COVID-19 Test Gives Positive Result In Just A Few Minutes

Regional News

We have to accept new normal to achieve recovery – SLHTA president (Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association)

‘Atlantis Failed To Follow The Rules’

Trump Administration Adds Cuban Bank To ‘Restricted List’

Dozens of guests at Jamaica resort sickened by likely salmonella outbreak

Regional Destinations 

Seven Surprising Facts About Curaçao

6 Most Unusual Underwater Attractions On This Planet (That You Can Visit)

The Best New Boutique Hotels Opening In 2021

Top 10 Private Jet Destinations Around The World

International Destinations

Russia mulls COVID-19 vaccination certificates for cross-border travel

Bali suffers without Australian and Chinese tourists

Recall of the wild: South America’s new era of nature-led tourism

Tourism banking on health image

Updated January 5

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Coronavirus Regional and International News

COVID-Positive UK Traveller Dies In Jamaica

The latest on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines

Covid variant in South Africa is ‘more of a problem’ than the one in UK, official says

The EU’s coronavirus vaccine blame game. Why so slow?

Airline Industry (Coronavirus News)

JetBlue’s New Aruba Flights

Major US airlines back ‘global’ COVID-19 testing requirements: Letter

WORST OF BOTH WORLDS: IATA irate over Canada’s testing plan

Regional News

Breaking Travel News obituary: Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart

PM warns visitors about COVID breaches (Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association)

Government Appoints Committee to Investigate the Country’s First Covid-19 Related Death

Barbados Now Listed As High Risk By This Caribbean Country

Regional Destinations 

The Cool List: The 10 Coolest Caribbean Hotels for 2021

Sandals Is Reopening Two Bahamas Resorts

Mandarin Oriental, Canouan Deemed A Bubble Resort

CuisinArt and Reef resorts in Anguilla have a new owner

International Destinations

Moscow’s maiden digital roadshow concludes in India

Singapore could relax curbs for vaccinated travellers as World Economic Forum nears

Indians emerge as biggest international tourists in Maldives

Thailand: No plans to return tourism to pre-COVID crisis levels


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