Research suggests MICE market may struggle to recover | News

Meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions tourism was one of the first types of tourism to be impacted by the global spread of Covid-19 and it could be one of the last to fully return, according to new research. International business arrivals are projected to fall by 35 per cent in 2020, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Ralph Hollister, tourism analyst at GlobalData, commented: “MICE events are now taking place online, without the need for companies operating in the tourism sector. “This is a worrying trend for…

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Jamaica launches domestic tourism campaign | News

The Jamaica Tourist Board has launched a Rediscover Jamaica program to encourage local residents to taste, see, feel and enjoy the tourism product. The move comes as the island reopens using a phased approach to ensure the safety of everyone. There is also likely to be more space, with American guests currently facing increased restrictions when trying to travel to the Caribbean island. Renewing and upgrading the tourism process for Jamaicans, so they may safely enjoy the island with their friends and family is a priority at this time. The…

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Jamaica tourism icon Heinz Simonitsch dies | News

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) has saluted legendary hotelier Heinz Simonitsch, who died over the weekend. The body cited him as one of the foremost pioneers of sustainable tourism development in the region. “Professor Heinz was a pioneer in the industry in so many ways, leading by example, providing exemplary service, infusing ‘Caribbean’ and ‘Jamaican’ into his product offering, and expanding the boundaries of the industry well beyond that of his beloved Half Moon hotel with investments in the development of the people and communities surrounding his property,”…

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Segura Sancho appointed Costa Rica minister of tourism | News

The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, has appointed Gustavo Segura Sancho to the role of minister of tourism. He will also step up as executive president of the Costa Rica Tourism Board, replacing María Amalia Revelo Raventós as head of the department. Segura Sancho has a degree in economics from the University of Costa Rica and an MBA in sustainable development from the prestigious INCAE Business School. His professional career includes extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. He spent seven years in the hotel industry…

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Jamaica tourism icon Heinz Simonitsch dies | News

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) has saluted legendary hotelier, Heinz Simonitsch, who died over the weekend. The body cited him as one of the foremost pioneers of sustainable tourism development in the region. “Professor Heinz was a pioneer in the industry in so many ways, leading by example, providing exemplary service, infusing ‘Caribbean’ and ‘Jamaican’ into his product offering, and expanding the boundaries of the industry well beyond that of his beloved Half Moon hotel with investments in the development of the people and communities surrounding his property,”…

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Jamaica tightens restrictions on United States travellers | News

Jamaica has announced revised measures for international travellers visiting the island. All visitors will still be required to complete an online travel authorisation, while arrivals from a number of American states will be required to provide further documentation. Travelers from Arizona, Florida, New York, and Texas (areas declared by the ministry of health and wellness as high risk at this time), will be required to upload negative Covid-19 PCR test results. Tests should be no more than ten days old measured from the day the sample was taken to the…

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Bahamas closes borders to United States travellers | News

The Bahamas will to close its borders to international commercial flights and commercial vessels carrying passengers from the United States. The move, confirmed by prime minister Hubert Minnis earlier, follows the continued increase in Covid-19 cases in a number of states. Jamaica announced it would impose new restrictions on US travellers earlier. The Bahamas order is effective as of Wednesday, at midnight. In addition, Bahamasair will cease outgoing flights to the United States, effective immediately. Outgoing flights will be permitted to accommodate any current visitors scheduled to return to the…

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Jamaica tightens restrictions on United States travellers | News

Jamaica has announced revised measures for international travellers visiting the island. All visitors will still be required to complete an online travel authorisation, while arrivals from a number of American states will be required to provide further documentation. Travelers from Arizona, Florida, New York, and Texas (areas declared by the ministry of health and wellness as high risk at this time), will be required to upload negative Covid-19 PCR test results. Tests should be no more than ten days old measured from the day the sample was taken to the…

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Nakheel highlights returning confidence in Dubai market | News

Nakheel, developer of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, has sold nearly 250 properties over the last four months. The assets had a combined value of 600 million dirhams, defying the overall slowdown in the real-estate market and showcasing confidence returning post Covid-19. Most of the buyers snapped up ready-to-occupy family villas away from densely populated city centres such as Nad Al Sheba and Al Furjan near Jebel Ali. The developer said there has been a surge in buyers, including first-time and female investors, entering the property market recently. Its units…

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Jamaica tightens restrictions on United States travellers | News

Jamaica has announced revised measures for international travellers visiting the island. All visitors will still be required to complete an online travel authorisation, while arrivals from a number of American states will be required to provide further documentation. Travelers from Arizona, Florida, New York, and Texas (areas declared by the ministry of health and wellness as high risk at this time), will be required to upload negative Covid-19 PCR test results. Tests should be no more than ten days old measured from the day the sample was taken to the…

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