Saturday, August 15th 2015 - 03:15 UTC

Gibraltar to become 'turnaround' cruise port for London based Noble Caledonia

Tourism Minister Samantha Sacramento underlined that “Gibraltar has become a successful, internationally-recognized maritime hub of excellence”.

London-based cruise company, Noble Caledonia, has announced the inclusion of Gibraltar as the turnaround port for two of its 2016 itineraries in the area. The news has been welcomed by the Rock's government which said this represented a major breakthrough achieved after years of negotiations by the cruise company’s local agent MH Bland with the support of the Gibraltar Tourist Board.

Wednesday, August 12th 2015 - 08:25 UTC

Sargassum bloom are ruining Caribbean beaches and tourism season

The seaweed invasion has hit Caribbean shorelines so severely that some tourists have cancelled summer trips and locals call it a “natural disaster.” (Pic Reuters)

The picture-perfect beaches and turquoise waters that people expect on their visits to the Caribbean are increasingly being fouled by mats of decaying seaweed that attract biting sand fleas and smell like rotten eggs.

Friday, August 7th 2015 - 05:55 UTC

Lan and Tam consolidate under an only brand of Latam Airlines

The changes will “gradually become visible” in 2016, though the company has not announced a timeline for all specific elements.

LATAM Airlines Group will consolidate all its carriers, including Lan Airlines and Tam Linhas Aéreas S.A., into a single brand over the next three years, the company announced Thursday. Since Lan and Tam merged in 2012, they've operated as separate brands, but the parent company's goal has been to provide a carrier that can provide seamless coverage to the entire South American continent.

Monday, August 3rd 2015 - 14:04 UTC

Two new 180.000GT vessels for Costa Cruises powered by liquefied natural gas

Carnival Corporation’s four next-generation cruise ships for Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises will be the first in the industry to be powered at sea by LNG

Carnival Corporation & plc announced that its Italian brand, Costa Cruises, has placed orders for two new cruise ships powered by liquefied natural gas as part of an agreement with Meyer Werft to build four next-generation cruise ships with the largest guest capacity in the world.

Thursday, July 30th 2015 - 07:48 UTC

Cruise lines agree to equal access for individuals with disabilities

Settlement agreement addresses accessibility on 62 ships among Carnival brands including Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises

The U.S. Justice Department and Carnival Corp. have reached a comprehensive, landmark settlement agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to advance equal access for individuals with disabilities who travel on cruise ships, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Monday, July 27th 2015 - 05:30 UTC

Gibraltar complains about queues at the border with Spain; drop in tourism expenditure

“The effects of these seem to be designed to cause as much disruption as possible,” said Deputy Chief minister Dr Garcia

The Gibraltar Government has included the long queues of last Thursday afternoon at the frontier with Spain in its latest report to the European Union. Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia said the report will be presented “in order to draw attention to the manner in which the Spanish government is implementing the recommendations made by the commission”.

Friday, July 24th 2015 - 20:21 UTC

Tourism as a tool for development under-financed, claims Taleb Rifai

UNWTO chief underlined that tourism has been identified by half of the world´s Least Developed Countries as a priority instrument for poverty reduction.

Tourism’s underrepresentation in international financing for development flows remains a critical hurdle to overcome in order to fully deploy its development potential. Despite being a high impact economic activity, a major job generator and key export sector accounting for 6% of total world trade, tourism receives only 0.78% of the total Aid for Trade (AfT) disbursements and a mere 0.097% of the total Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Thursday, July 23rd 2015 - 07:48 UTC

Small fire on cruise vessel in Jamaica suppressed by its own equipment

Black smoke could be seen billowing from the 1,112-foot Freedom of the Seas as it docked in Jamaica on Wednesday with 4.500 passengers.

A fire aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that departed from Port Canaveral injured one crew member, but company officials say it was quickly extinguished. Black smoke could be seen billowing from the 1,112-foot Freedom of the Seas as it docked in Jamaica on Wednesday with 4.500 passengers.

Thursday, July 9th 2015 - 03:33 UTC

All United Airlines grounded for almost two hours because of computer problems

”We are restoring regular flight operations, but some customers may experience residual delays (Wednesday),” United said in an afternoon statement.

All United Airlines flights were grounded for almost two hours early Wednesday due to a computer hardware problem, creating travel headaches for tens of thousands of passengers that stretched into the afternoon. United said 800 flights had been delayed, with four flights canceled on its main carrier and 55 on its regional partners. A similar situation happened on 2 June when United flights were also grounded due to “automation issues.”

Thursday, July 9th 2015 - 02:55 UTC

Italy's MSC Cruises with 'Opera' becomes first major line to homeport in Cuba

The first MSC cruise will depart from Havana following MSC Opera’s Grand Voyage from Genoa to Cuba.

Italian owned MSC Cruises will be the first major cruise line to homeport in Cuba, with the 2,120-passenger MSC Opera embarking on week-long cruises from Havana starting December 22, reports Travel Weekly.


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