Category: Tourism News

Obituary Notice: Marie-Claire Braure of Petionville, Haiti

Marie-Claire Braure, also known as Choupette, was born in Petionville, Haiti, in her family home on June 8, 1936. She survived complications from her mother’s birth, but unfortunately her mother, Emma Gauthier Jeanton, did not. She was brought up by her aunt, Rene Gauthier, who later became Rene Jeanton. Ten years later, Choupette became a […]

Norwegian Cruise in choppy waters as pre-pandemic occupancy still a year away

MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd) forecast a loss for the current quarter and revenue below estimates as occupancy rates remained stubbornly below pre-pandemic levels, sending its shares down 12 percent this week. Its second-quarter occupancy of 65 percent compared with more than 107 percent in 2019, a level the company does not expect to […]

Best Hacks For The Travel Apocalypse

SAN JUAN — Planning to squeeze some travel out of the rest of summer? Good luck — you will need it. Flight cancellations have already soared past last year’s total. Delays affected 890,000 flights in the first half of the year. Prices have shot up as pandemic-weary travelers are desperate to go anywhere. Luggage ‘graveyards’ […]

US Virgin Islands Creates Park System, Adds 30 Properties

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The USVI on Tuesday created a new territorial parks system that protects more than 30 areas from commercial development and reserves them for activities including hiking and beaching. Properties that total hundreds of acres were identified in St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, including Great Salt Pond, Oppenheimer Beach, Cas Cay […]

Oil Facility Fire Jeopardizes Cuba’s Frail Electric System

HAVANA — A deadly fire that began at a large oil storage facility in western Cuba spread today, threatening to plunge the island into a deeper energy crisis as it forced officials to shut down a key thermoelectric plant. Flames around dawn enveloped a third tank that firefighters had tried to cool as they struggle […]

UK Court Convicts Chairman of Failed Harlequin Group For $274M Carib Fraud

LONDON — The chairman of failed luxury Caribbean hotel and resort developer Harlequin Group was convicted on Wednesday of defrauding $274 million from more than 8,000 investors in Britain. David Ames was found guilty by a jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court of two counts of fraud by abuse of position, the UK Serious Fraud […]

Royal Caribbean’s Loss Narrows As Customers Splurge Onboard

MIAMI — Cruise operator Royal Caribbean Group on Thursday reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss as bookings rebounded and travelers splurged on cabanas, spa treatments and watches while onboard. The world’s second-largest cruise line operator is the latest company to report good results as travelers, free of restrictions related to COVID-19, spend heavily on rental cars, airline […]

Coral World Ocean Park Welcomes Baby Dolphin To Its Family

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Ping, a 23-year-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, gave birth to a calf at Coral World Ocean Park in St. Thomas at 9:12 pm on Friday. “We are so proud of Ping and thrilled to welcome her calf to our Coral World family,” said Kristine Tartaglio, Assistant Curator of Mammals and Birds at Coral […]

The New Resort That’s Bringing Curaçao Into The Caribbean Mainstream

The Dutch island is best known for its blue liqueur, but that’s set to change with the arrival of the all-inclusive Sandals chain and its heart-shaped lounge chairs WILLEMSTAD — Just like the famous blue holiday liqueur, Curaçao is a potent blend. True, it follows the recipe for a typical Caribbean island — beaches, bars, […]

Sint Maarten Causeway Bridge Freezes In Place After Power Outage

PHILIPSBURG — The bridge connecting the Sint Maarten airport to motoring traffic suffered a major setback on Monday. Sint Maarten officials said the long causeway that connects Princess Juliana International Airport to Philipsburg opened to allow maritime traffic to pass and then froze in place. “Things went wrong when the bridge was closed,” one official […]