Caribbean News Roundup – July 29th

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    Grenada has recorded 1.15 percent growth in visitor arrivals for the first half of 2019, following its landmark total recorded last year.

    The US accounts for 45% of its market share, followed by the UK with 17% and the Canadian market with 12%.

    And, with increased airlift from some major airlines Grenada is projecting stay over arrivals to grow by 5% in 2019.

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    Virgin Atlantic has confirmed plans to drop flights between London and St Lucia from next June, after 20 years of service.

    However, the carrier plans to increase flights from London to Antigua, boosting services from three to four per week.

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    A team of investors has taken over the operations of the problem plagued Fly Jamaica Airways from its Guyanese operators.

    The new owners have promised to address issues, which include the payment of salaries, ticket refunds and the payment of outstanding debt.

    Flights are set to resume in September.

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    Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, says a strong collective regional effort is needed to curtail the rapidly growing threats posed by the influx of sargassum seaweed in the Caribbean.

    Among the interventions he is proposing, is the development of a comprehensive scientific initiative to devise the most efficient way to collect sargassum in the open sea without harming the ecosystem.

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    Bajan soca artiste Mikey Mercer has captured the first ever Soca Monarch crown on the island, after his performance of the song Action Time Again.

    Lil Rick grabbed second place with his party soca hit ‘Jam Down’ as Barbados celebrates the Crop Over Festival.

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    For the third consecutive year, Barbados has ranked in the Top five for ‘Best Cruise Destination in the Southern Caribbean.’

    Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, made this announcement based entirely on consumer ratings submitted with reviews.

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    In what is seen as a form of appreciation for the hospitality they have received in Guyana, a group of Venezuelans on Sunday carried out the first of a weekly clean-up exercise along the Georgetown seawall.

    More than two dozen bags of garbage were collected and the team intends to continue the exercise next Sunday, while there are plans to pursue similar voluntary ventures in the near future.