Caribbean News Roundup – September 12th 2019

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    A South African ultra-endurance athlete, Cameron Bellamy, has announced that he is considering swimming from Barbados to Saint Lucia.

    The planned 100-mile swim across open sea is Bellamy’s plan ‘B’ and is tentatively set for September 15th.

    According to media reports, his initial plan this year was to attempt a swim from Havana, Cuba, to Key West, Florida, but the United States denied permission.

    In November 2018, Bellamy swam around Barbados becoming the first person to do so – reportedly swimming for almost 41 hours.

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    Police have confirmed that a boat with Spanish-speaking nationals robbed a boat in Grenada waters on Monday.

    4 Grenadians aboard the “Content 3” were robbed of cellphones, food and other supplies.

    The incident occurred in marine waters to the north of the island.

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    The highly anticipated entry into Guyana’s travel market by American carrier, JetBlue, was confirmed on Tuesday.

    The popular airline announced that it will be operating daily flights between these shores and New York from April 2020.

    JetBlue stated in a press release that passengers would have been able to start booking flights from Monday.

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    Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism is reporting that the number of Russian tourists has more than tripled in the first half of this year, compared to the same period in 2018.

    At the end of August stopover visitor arrivals reached 1.87 million or a 9.15 per cent increase over the same period last year, earning the economy US$2.39 billion in revenue.

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    Barbados is the winner’s row once again, this time as ‘Favourite Cruise Destination’, according to the 2019 Cruise International’s British Cruise Awards.

    The destination beat out Jamaica, Norway and Singapore to win the prestigious accolade in UK cruising – an honour which was determined by public vote.

    Barbados is forecasted to welcome 840,000 cruise arrivals this year, and Barbados Tourism Marketing has embarked on a number of strategic initiatives to ensure this winning streak continues.