Jamaica
South America

Jamaica breaks visitor records in early 2019 as momentum continues

Jamaica’s tourism sector is experiencing a strong start to the year with record breaking arrival figures and earnings. In just nine weeks since the beginning of 2019, Jamaica has become the first Caribbean destination to welcome one million visitors during the period, generating foreign exchange earnings of approximately US$800 million. “Jamaica continues to make an aggressive push in transforming the […]

Rio
South America

Norwegian takes off for Brazil with new Rio de Janeiro route

Norwegian has commenced its first route to Brazil with a brand-new non-stop service from London Gatwick to Rio de Janeiro. The new flights offer consumers in the UK an affordable way to travel to Brazil. Passengers will fly in comfort on brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft offering up to 344 leather seats in modern economy and premium cabins. Norwegian’s […]

mexico
South America

Mexico New Government Priorities for tourism

The question has bounced through the travel industry for months now: What is Mexico doing? News that the new administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador planned to disband the Mexico Tourism Board, shift promotional duties to embassies, and redirect money to build a train that visits some popular tourist areas has been out since late last year. “Everybody’s got their eye on it,” […]

Jamaica
South America

Jamaica Tourism Minister lauds Tourism Service Excellence finalists

Jamaica Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett has lauded the contribution of the finalists who will vie for the coveted award of national champions in the Tourism Service Excellence Awards (TSEA) on March 30. The TSEA, which is in its sixth staging was created by the Ministry of Tourism, and is implemented annually by the Tourism Product Development Company Limited (TPDCo). […]

South America

Jamaica Tourism: Full steam ahead with visitor security and safety

Dr. Peter Tarlow is currently in Jamaica conducting a security audit as he leads the eTN Travel & Tourism Safety Training Program in the country. He has spent the last few days preparing a national tourism security plan, and over the next months will travel across Jamaica to speak with many visitors and locals. Dr. Tarlow’s aim is to get to know […]

South America

In 10 years, Jamaica’s Cruise Tourism earns J$22.6 billion

Preliminary data from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica shows that cruise tourism has seen an almost 300% increase in earnings over the last ten years. In 2008, the sector earned J$7.5Billion and in 2017 cruise saw earnings of J$22.6Billion. Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett, who made the announcement at Jamaica Vacations’ (JAMVAC’s) Cruise Council cocktail yesterday, said, “Cruise tourism […]

South America

IATA urges government-airline industry dialogue in Mexico

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the government of Mexico to work closely with the air transport industry as it develops airport infrastructure to meet growing demand for air connectivity in the country’s main gateway of Mexico City. Mexico City International Airport was designed for 32 million passengers annually but handled 48 million in 2018. The new Mexican […]

Mexico
South America

Mexican Pacific Ocean region hit by 6.1. Earthquake

The earthquake had been only lightly felt. The Civil Protection agency has confirmed monitoring of the situation will continue. Hit was Jalisco is a western Mexican state fringing the Pacific Ocean. The state is known for mariachi music and tequila, both of which reportedly originated here. The capital, Guadalajara, is peppered with colonial plazas and landmarks like the neoclassical Teatro […]

South America

Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation makes successful start

Jamaica Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says, the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI) has made a promising start with 12 hotels and over 150 individuals participating in its pilot of two important certification programs. In a review of the pilot last Friday, it was revealed that the population of persons to be certified was quite impressive. 91 candidates completed […]