U.S. eases more travel and financial restrictions against Cuba

On Wednesday, March 15, just days before President Barack Obama made his historic visit to Cuba, the U.S. Treasury Department announced a further easing of restrictions brought on by the 54-year-old economic embargo against Cuba. The new regulations make it easier for Americans to travel to the island, most notably allowing individuals to travel to […]

Cuba approves Carnival Corp. bid to sail from U.S. to Cuba


  Carnival Corporation & plc today (March 21, 2016) made history, announcing that Cuba has granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba starting on May 1, 2016. Following U.S. authorization granted in July 2015, Carnival Corporation is now cleared to operate the 704-passenger MV Adonia to Cuba through its newest brand Fathom. This […]

Seatrade 2016—Cruise, Cuba, Caribbean & China


  The 2016 Seatrade Cruise Global event – the largest conference and trade show in the international cruise industry, hosting more than 800 exhibitors and 11,000 attendees –opened March 14 with its traditional State of the Global Industry presented by a panel of the cruise world’s top executives discussing innovation. Frank Del Rio, President & […]

The miracle of Hand in Hand for Haiti: Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sale school reaches five year anniversary


In a remarkable accomplishment for which the travel retail industry should justifiably be very proud, the world-class Lycée Jean -Baptiste Pointe du Sale school in Saint-Marc, Haiti will be celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Conceived by three travel retail executives in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010, the […]

Porthole Cruise turns 20

Congratulations to our neighbor publication, Porthole Cruise Magazine, published by PPI Group, which is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year. On newsstands since 1996, and available by both print and digital subscriptions, Porthole Cruise Magazine “inspires” travelers to cruise through its wide array of editorial with ship reviews, destination features, onboard coverage, and photography, says Bill Panoff, […]

Mosquito viruses threaten travel in the Americas

As if plunging economies and unfavorable currency exchange weren’t enough to worry the Americas travel industry, a growing portion of the region is now under threat from two mosquito borne diseases, the Zika virus in the Caribbean and Latin America, and dengue fever in Hawaii. The current outbreak of the Zika virus, which is transmitted […]

Bacardi names 2016 cruise competition finalists

Bacardi’s annual Bartender of the Year Cruise Competition – which has attracted thousands of entrants over its 12-year history –takes a giant step forward as it becomes part of a broader global bartender event. Bacardi Global Travel Retail’s annual cruise competition, which celebrates best practice, innovation and originality seen among bar professionals in the cruise […]

New cruise ports planned for the Caribbean

Four new Caribbean cruise ports are in development to open over the next few years, plus one on the Pacific Coast, reports Cruise Fever website. In many cases, these ports present potential travel retail opportunities. NCL’s Harvest Caye in Belize First on the agenda is Harvest Caye in Belize, scheduled to open on February 16 […]

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