US arrivals to require Covid-19 test as Omicron fears grow | News

United States president, Joe Biden, has announced the country will tighten entry requirements in response to growing concerns over the new Omicron variant of Covid-19. From Monday, passengers flying to the US will need to show a negative Covid-19 test performed within one day of departure. The country earlier recorded its first official Omicron case, detected in California in a fully vaccinated patient who had recently returned from South Africa. The White House did not specify whether the required test should be a PCR, or whether it could be a rapid test, in its statement. In addition, Biden extended the Read More …

Bartlett appointed GITT ambassador during UNWTO general assembly | News

Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has been appointed as an ambassador with GITT. GITT – or governmental and institutional travel and tourism – is a new sector within the industry. It seeks to examine travel at the governmental and institutional level, an important niche market within the tourism market that promotes attractive professional opportunities. Minister Bartlett meet with Diego Fuentes, head of GITT, on the side-lines of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly. The event welcomed hundreds of delegates to Madrid this week for the first gathering of its kind since the outbreak of the Covid-19 Read More …

Fiji reopens borders to tourism after 20 month closure | News

Fiji has welcomed its first international passenger flight in nearly two years as the destination reopens its borders. The milestone marked resumption of international tourism in the idyllic nation after almost 20 months of closures following the outbreak of Covid-19. As of this morning, Fiji opens to fully vaccinated visitors from travel partner countries for quarantine-free travel. The first flight, from Sydney, Australia landed at 11:25, carrying 300 passengers eager for their first tropical island holiday. The country is ready to safely welcome visitors back thanks to a successful vaccination roll-out, seeing over 90 per cent of its eligible population Read More …

Jamaica prepares for return of cruise sector | News

Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has welcomed the return of the cruise sector to the Caribbean destination. The minister said the arrival of Carnival Glory at Montego Bay Cruise Port would allow the island to “cross a major threshold in its tourism recovery”. The conquest-class cruise ship has a maximum capacity of 2,980 passengers and 1,150 crew members.  “I am delighted to welcome cruise back to the tourism capital of Jamaica – Montego Bay. “I am certain that this will be a welcome move for our stakeholders, especially our small and medium tourism enterprises, who earn significantly from cruise Read More …