Members & Travel Agents THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS ENHANCING TOURISM PRODUCT In St. Thomas, the town’s Main Street shopping district is receiving a facelift, and harbor transportation commences this fall. The Department of Tourism is also working with former Disney executives to enhance the passenger experience on St. Croix. Across the Territory, new attractions, activities and restaurants are being offered. The “Purpose in Paradise” program pairs visitors with volunteer opportunities that help the community. Visit www.usviupdate.com for more. DESTINATION ST. MAARTEN SEES 15% CRUISE GROWTH Port St. Maarten Management is very pleased with the recent cruise passenger numbers that shows a growth of 15 percent over projections for January to June 2018. Management expects a strong upcoming high season similar to pre-Hurricane Irma numbers in 2017. More than 733,000 (733,666) cruise passengers have visited the island between January and June via 230 cruise ship calls. TAINO BAY: NEW CRUISE PORT IN PUERTO PLATA The Dominican Republic will have a new cruise terminal by 2020, called Taino Bay. Costa Maya has been chosen to develop the ambitious project in Puerto Plata. The new terminal will host a million passengers during the first season. This project was achieved thanks to the partnership of the Ministry of Tourism with the FCCA and its members.
GLOBAL PORTS HOLDING PLC AWARDED 15-YEAR MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT FOR HAVANA, CUBA CRUISE PORT Global Ports Holding Plc (GPH) has signed a 15-year management agreement with the Cuban government for the operation of the cruise port in Havana, Cuba. After working with Cuban partners on the 68 THIRD QUARTER 2018 | TRAVEL & CRUISE
design and technical specification of the cruise port investment program, GPH will take responsibility for the marketing and commercialization of the new facilities.
ST. KITTS WELCOMES MILLIONTH PASSENGER This summer, St. Kitts welcomed its millionth cruise passenger off Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas. It is the first time that cruise passenger arrivals reached this mark, granting the island marquee port status. The occasion was celebrated at the Port and the millionth passenger treated to a tour.
CAYMAN ISLANDS TOURISM SURGING The Cayman Islands is celebrating a banner year for tourism so far, and there are no signs of slowing down. Stay-over visitors to the Cayman Islands totaled 209,143 arrivals in the first five months of 2018—a 16.5% increase and 29,637 more visitors compared to the same period in 2017, among the fastest growth rates in the Caribbean region. The increases follow a strong prior year, when the destination exceeded 400,000 stay-over visitors for the first time. The increase also represents an additional $54 million in visitor spending, with $390 million total in the first five months of 2018. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TOURISM UP ALMOST 6% IN 2018 Dominican Republic tourism is up almost six percent in the first five months of 2018, with 2.9 million visitors, a 5.9 percent increase compared to the same period in 2017. Last year, the Dominican Republic
grew by 3.9 percent, with a total of 6.187 million stayover tourist arrivals in the calendar year 2017. ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES PORT AUTHORITY LANDS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD After placing second in 2015 and 2016, the St Vincent and the Grenadines Port Authority captured the 2017 title of the most improved port among the 16 member ports of the Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC). The Nova Port award was handed over at the 21st Annual General Meeting of PMAC, held in Dunn’s River, Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
PORT NOLA: ON SCHEDULE TO SET NEW RECORD Port of New Orleans anticipates setting a new record for passenger movement in 2018 with newer and larger cruise ships homeporting in the Big Easy. Royal Caribbean returns to the Crescent City with Vision of the Seas, and Norwegian Breakaway will become the largest ship ever to sail from New Orleans. JAXPORT AND CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE REACH HISTORIC LONG-TERM AGREEMENT The contract extends Carnival cruise service from Jacksonville, Fla., through at least May 2021 and potentially through 2027. The agreement also calls for enhancements to the terminal building and passenger experience. JAXPORT offers year-round four- and five-day cruises to the Bahamas. For more information, visit JAXPORT.com/Cruise. CRUISE SHIP EXCURSIONS ASSISTS LOCAL MARINE INDUSTRY As the community continues to rebuild, Cruise Ship Excursions has shifted some focus to giving back to the local marine industry by working with the VI