Caribbean

St. Kitts passes one million cruise passengers

St. Kitts received its millionth cruise passenger for the first time in its history on July 16. The milestone passenger arrived onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise’s the Freedom of the Seas. Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant led the welcome delegation and selected the millionth passenger upon disembarkation, who was treated to a complimentary island tour. The historic occasion […]

Americas-Caribbean airline route review: US has two-thirds of seats; Rio-São Paulo is busiest route

Airline network news and analysis group anna-aero reports that domestic South and Central American services top the Americas and Caribbean route rankings, even though US airports and airlines dominate the market in terms of available capacity and account for more than two-thirds of the region’s weekly departing seats. In fact, anna-aero reports that the four […]

Tourism group cautions Caribbean governments on raising air passenger duties

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is strongly urging Caribbean governments to consider carefully the impact of leveling high air travel-related taxes and fees on travel demand as the struggling island nations wrestle with balancing budgets. CHTA’s Director General and CEO Frank Comito, speaking last Friday following the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Aviation Day […]

Luxottica and Duty Free Americas develop standalone sunglasses boutique concept at Punta Cana International Airport

Eyewear leader Luxottica Group and Duty Free Americas have partnered to develop a new stand-alone Sunglasses boutique at Punta Cana International Airport’s Terminal A, Dominican Republic. This cutting-edge store – which was custom-designed for the location – is the first stand-alone space for the sunglasses category operated by DFA. Built on sunglasses category management principles, the boutique […]

Artco Group showcases new Caribbean stores

Artco Group, the Miami-based specialist store planners, designers and manufacturers of customer millwork and store fixtures, has been providing store designs for the duty free and travel retail industry for the past 30 years, always staying ahead of the retail trend. The company created some striking new stores in the Caribbean this past year, and […]

Top Brands International enters St. Thomas market with duty free concession at the historic A.H.Riise Mall

Panamanian company Top Brands International continues to power ahead with its expansion strategy in the Americas, and announces an important new retail concession contract with the owners of the A.H.Riise Mall in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Danny Yohoros, President of Top Brands International, tells TMI that his company will be operating more than 6,000 […]

CTO Caribbean Tourism Performance Report 2017: some growth after hurricane impact; recovery underway

CTO this morning presented its annual Caribbean Tourism Performance Report 2017 & Outlook. The catastrophic hurricanes that devastated some Caribbean destinations last September slowed down tourism’s progress but did not stop it, according to figures released by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). Ryan Skeete, the CTO’s acting director of research announced at a news conference […]

IAADFS launches relief effort to help Caribbean recovery from Hurricane Irma, as it prepares for first Summit and works to improve airports and industry conditions

The International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) took an important step to help colleagues in the Caribbean who had been impacted by Hurricane Irma, the category 5 storm that flattened some of the key tourist islands in the Caribbean in early September. Hoping to fund immediate relief efforts, the Association contributed US$10,000to […]

Bacardi rum activation brings fun and Latin vibe to San Juan’s Luis Munoz International Airport

A four-month activation from Bacardi that celebrates BACARDI heritage in pioneering classic rum cocktails is currently running with Dufry at Puerto Rico’s San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. Bacardi is mainly produced and aged in Puerto Rico, using lightly charred American white oak barrels. Featuring the full range of Bacardi aged rums, the activation is running from June 1 until September 30, 2017. […]

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