Grenada reaches milestone half million tourist arrivals

Booming tourism helped Grenada reach a record half million stayover visitors in 2018, an historic milestone for the Caribbean’s “Spice Island.” Growth was spread across key niche markets: the combined cruise, yachting and stay over arrivals for 2018 was 528,077, an increase of 12.90% over 2017. Stay over arrivals rose by 9.97%, up from 146,375 […]

400 aviation executives attend sold-out 2018 ACI-LAC Annual Assembly and Conference hosted by MIA

Some 400 aviation executives from through-out the Western Hemisphere attended the 2018 Airports Council International – Latin America & Caribbean (ACI-LAC) Annual Assembly and Conference that took place in Miami last week, hosted by Miami International Airport, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. MIA is the busiest gateway airport of the Americas, serving […]

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 […]

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