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Cuba Única campaign takes to the streets of Italy

Cuba Única campaign takes to the streets of Italy By: Rachell Cowan Canino The Cuba Única (Unique Cuba) tourism campaign features on two streetcars in the Italian cities of Rome and Milan, with the aim of promoting the tourist and cultural potential of the island destination, according to the Cuban Tourism Office in the European country. The initiative is another means to showcase the benefits of travel to Cuba to future visitors, using vehicles that run along the central streets of these cities, as well as posters on advertising panels and in subway stations. A similar campaign was seen in Toronto, Canada in November 2023. At that time, Lessner Gómez, director of the Cuban Tourism Office in Canada, told TTC that the MINTUR campaign, created to promote and consolidate the destination in countries that are key markets for tourists to the island, had also had a presence in Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary [...]

By |2024-07-22T14:50:47-04:0022 de July de 2024|Outstanding news, Tourism|Comments Off on Cuba Única campaign takes to the streets of Italy

Hawaii Tourism Authority launches certification program

Hawaii Tourism Authority launches certification program The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has launched a visitor industry certification program entitled Qurator, which evaluates participating state tourism businesses on six criteria: environment, cultural support, equity, safety, community and guest experience. The program was unveiled at a June 26 press conference in Honolulu, where HTA officials joined with members of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement's (CNHA) Kilohana tourism division to introduce Qurator's certification details. "Qurator isn't just a stamp of approval," Mufi Hannemann, the HTA board chair, said in a statement. "It speaks to a set of brand values for the Hawaiian Islands that we care deeply about our land, our people, our culture and our guests. It's a recognition of the interdependent relationship between businesses, visitors and our broader local community." Qurator certification first requires a "self-evaluation" conducted by participating tourism businesses, making use of a survey featuring up to 220 questions designed for [...]

By |2024-07-22T13:33:44-04:0022 de July de 2024|Tourism|Comments Off on Hawaii Tourism Authority launches certification program

Arajet begins ticket sales for new Punta Cana routes

Arajet begins ticket sales for new Punta Cana routes Arajet, the Caribbean’s low-cost airline, has started selling tickets for new routes connecting Punta Cana International Airport with North and South America. This move aims to boost visitor arrivals to the eastern part of the Dominican Republic and further establish the country as a new air hub in the Americas. Arajet announced that flights connecting Punta Cana with São Paulo, Toronto, Montreal, Santiago de Chile, Lima, Mexico City, and Cancun will begin on October 27 of this year. The new routes will also offer connections to other destinations across the continent. In a statement to the media, Arajet highlighted a promotion for direct flights to Punta Cana, with prices starting at $120 per trip, including taxes. Víctor Pacheco Méndez, CEO and Founder of Arajet, emphasized the airline’s commitment to growth and expansion, making Punta Cana its second base. “At Arajet, we are committed to [...]

By |2024-07-22T13:29:40-04:0022 de July de 2024|Transportation|Comments Off on Arajet begins ticket sales for new Punta Cana routes

Costa Rica received more than 1.5 million tourists

Costa Rica received more than 1.5 million tourists From January to June of this year, 1,532,443 tourists visited Costa Rica by air, representing an increase of 14.5% compared to the same period in 2023. A total of  994,292 tourists arrived through the Juan Santamaría International Airport, and 537,823 through the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Guanacaste. A total of 1,153,703 tourists arrived by air from North America, 18% higher than the 2023 figure, broken down as follows: United States 947,299 tourists; Canada 163,048; and Mexico 43,356 tourists. The growth in tourist figures from Europe from January to June meant the arrival of 233,480 tourists, a positive variation of 3.5% compared to the first half of the previous year. The main European source markets showed the following behaviour in the first half of 2024 compared to the same period in 2023: France 43,915 tourists (up 9.7%); Germany 40,695 tourists (up 3.4%) and [...]

By |2024-07-22T13:26:18-04:0022 de July de 2024|Tourism|Comments Off on Costa Rica received more than 1.5 million tourists

Two new Princess hotels will open soon in Jamaica

Two new Princess hotels will open soon in Jamaica The Princess Senses The Mangrove and Princess Grand Jamaica are adjacent to each other in the town of Green Island, which is east of Negril in Hanover parish. The adults-only Princess Senses The Mangrove will comprise 401 oceanview suites and 14 overwater villas, which feature a private bedroom with a partial-glass floor, an overwater terrace and a private infinity pool. Pleasure Suites provide intimate and sensual ambience as well as Platinum Club Suites with exclusive private areas, upgraded amenities and butler service. Other amenities include a spa, a fitness and wellness center, an aquatic park with waterslides, a convention center and a nightclub. There will be 14 restaurants and 15 bars to choose from, including a steakhouse as well as Mexican, Italian, Jamaican and Asian cuisines; buffets; and even a food truck dining option. The family-oriented Princess Grand Jamaica, meanwhile, will offer 590 oceanview suites, [...]

By |2024-07-22T13:24:04-04:0022 de July de 2024|Outstanding news, Tourism|Comments Off on Two new Princess hotels will open soon in Jamaica

L’Eroica cycling tour returns to Cuba for the second time

L’Eroica cycling tour returns to Cuba for the second time The second edition of the L'Eroica cycling tour will take place in Cuba on February 9, 2025, as announced by its organizers in the Italian city of Florence. The Habana500 restaurant hosted the event presentation with an evening of food, music and an exhibition of Valentino Borgia’s paintings. Guests recalled the first edition in which some 120 cyclists, 80 of them Italians, cycled the long route stretching 140 kilometers through the province of Artemisa and another short route of 100km along slopes between the municipalities of Caimito, Guanajay, Artemisa and Candelaria. On the second day of the event, the cyclists departed from Havana’s 13 de Marzo Park toward the Malecón, and covered the main roads of Nuevo Vedado, Ciudad Deportiva, Boyeros and Avenida de los Presidentes before finishing in La Piragua. In a press conference at the 2023 edition of L’Eroica, [...]

By |2024-07-22T13:24:15-04:0016 de July de 2024|Events, Outstanding news|Comments Off on L’Eroica cycling tour returns to Cuba for the second time

‘Heartbreak’ as UK Caribbean carnival axed due to expense

‘Heartbreak’ as UK Caribbean carnival axed due to expense One of Britain’s biggest Caribbean carnivals has been cancelled at the eleventh hour due to concerns over its expense. Leicester Caribbean Carnival organisers announced the “heartbreaking” decision this week, citing “significant financial risk” as the reason for the move. The annual extravaganza, which has been running for nearly 40 years, was due to take place on Saturday 3 August in Victoria Park, Leicester. “Unfortunately, with a heavy heart, this year we are very sorry to inform you that we must postpone the event until 2025,” reads an official statement from chair Dennis ‘Sugar’ Christopher. “With the difficult economic climate and increasing event costs, we face significant financial risk. This is not helped by the possibility of poor weather and low uptake on visitors to the park we had in 2023. Source. Independent

By |2024-07-15T14:01:18-04:0015 de July de 2024|Events|Comments Off on ‘Heartbreak’ as UK Caribbean carnival axed due to expense

Arajet to transport more than half a million passengers in the first 6 months of 2024

Arajet to transport more than half a million passengers in the first 6 months of 2024   The Caribbean low-cost airline has reached a new historic record by flying more than half a million passengers in the first six months of the year, the airline reported. According to data published by the Civil Aviation Board of the Dominican Republic (JAC), Arajet flew approximately 399 thousand passengers from January to June, which added to the more than 120 thousand passengers in connections reported by the airline, totals approximately 520 thousand passengers in the first half of the year, which means that this airline has already flown the same number of passengers in just 6 months of 2024 as in all of 2023. The airline indicated that with these numbers they plan to close 2024 transporting around 1,100,000 passengers, expanding with new routes and the start of operations at the Punta Cana Airport [...]

By |2024-07-15T15:47:22-04:0015 de July de 2024|Transportation|Comments Off on Arajet to transport more than half a million passengers in the first 6 months of 2024

Hawaii has a new regenerative tourism law (and what that means)

Hawaii has a new regenerative tourism law (and what that means) Hawaii is home to natural and cultural wonders. On the North Shore of Oahu, Pipeline’s barrels break above coral reefs, creating the perfect ride for surfers. On the Big Island, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park showcases Hawaiian culture, where archaeological sites offer a window into island life long ago. Maui is home to Haleakalā National Park, where endangered species thrive and volcanic topography looks out of a dream. Besides those, there’s much, much more. To preserve what Hawaii has and to help local workers thrive, Governor Josh Green signed a bill encouraging regenerative tourism. What does that mean? Here’s what you need to know. Regenerative tourism: A sustainable future for Hawaii Some 9,644,519 people visited Hawaii in 2023, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). While that undoubtedly brought joy to many, it also produced waste and wear and tear on the [...]

By |2024-07-15T13:49:59-04:0015 de July de 2024|Tourism|Comments Off on Hawaii has a new regenerative tourism law (and what that means)

Nassau Cruise Port is planning to add a waterpark, report says

Nassau Cruise Port is planning to add a waterpark, report says The Nassau Cruise Port reportedly plans to build a $35 million waterpark complex to provide more family-friendly amenities as the port evolves and differentiate itself in the Caribbean. Port CEO Mike Maura told Tribune Business the downtown waterpark is part of a push to create more recreational and family-oriented attractions to evolve Nassau's product offerings. The area will also include food and beverage options. "Through this investment, which is a pool experience, we intend to focus on families. You take the Disney cruise ships, where the vast majority of folks are families traveling with children. We want them to have experiences that everyone can participate in and enjoy," Maura told the publication. Maura said it is important for the port and the nation's tourism industry to differentiate itself from the Caribbean and global competitors. The waterpark is planned to sit behind [...]

By |2024-07-15T13:19:21-04:0015 de July de 2024|Outstanding news, Transportation|Comments Off on Nassau Cruise Port is planning to add a waterpark, report says
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