CARIBBEAN TRAVEL NEWS ROUNDUP- JUNE 14, 2019

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Dominican Republic's National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte delivers a press conference on the attack against former baseball player David Ortiz, in Santo Domingo, on June 12, 2019. (Photo credit: ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)
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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 14, 2019: Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean travel scene for the week-ending June 14, 2019:

The US has updated its travel warning on Haiti and not the Dominican Republic despite five Americans dying there since April.

Canada, however, is warning its nationals to exercise a high caution if travelling to the Dominican Republic.

Spurred on by a 24 per cent rise in arrivals from the Us, the Caribbean recorded a 12 per cent increase in tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2019 – CTO.

MSC Cruises says The alternative ports of either Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; or Cozumel, Mexico will replace Havana, Cuba.

Marriott International is set to open its AC Hotel Kingston in Jamaica on June 17th.

La Quinta by Wyndham is set to open four properties in the Dominican Republic in 2021.

Guyana and Ghana have signed an MoU on visa free travel between the two nations after the visit of the african nation’s president there.

Sint Maarten’s justice and tourist ministers have condemned the robbery and subsequent death of a canadian tourist.

Caribbean Airlines is set to launch a Port of Spain to Curacao service this August.

American Airlines has officially begun operating a new nonstop service from New York’s Laguardia Airport to Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport on saturdays.

A Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Coco Hotel 1 LLC for a new hotel, expected to open July 2019 in Puerto Rico.

And Regal Princess has a deal to the Western Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale for $599 for 7 days.

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