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    The Caribbean's Initiatives to Address the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

    by CHTA

    Photo by Fusion Medical Animation.  

    In an update sent to its members on March 18, 2020, the CHTA's President and the CEO/Director General stated the following in joint message:

    "The Caribbean, and in particular the region’s tourism industry, has considerable experience in managing disruptions and risks and bouncing back. We demonstrated this post 9-11, thru SARs, Zika, hurricanes and other natural disasters over the past two decades, while experiencing unprecedented growth.

    Admittedly, nothing compares to what we are experiencing today with the global Covid-19 pandemic. The coming months will test our mettle and our ability to weather the storm. While much of what happens is beyond our control, through sound collective actions by companies, organizations, communities and Governments, we can control the duration and intensity of the pandemic. Difficult decisions which are made today will help to allow us to recover sooner and ultimately be stronger.

    There are a number of online resources which are… Read More

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    How to Apply for the U.S. Global Entry Program (Part 3)

    by Staff Writer

    U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of certain countries are eligible for Global Entry. We've added a link at the bottom of this post that you can use to check your eligibility for the program. Before you apply, make sure you are eligible for Global Entry. It’s easy. Just follow these steps: 1. Create a Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) account. Regardless of your age, you must have your own TTP account. 2. Log in to your TTP account and complete the application.…
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    Are You Eligible for Global Entry? (Part 2)

    by Staff Writer

    U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of the following countries are eligible for Global Entry membership:  o Citizens of Argentina  o Citizens of India  o Citizens of Colombia  o Citizens of United Kingdom  o Citizens of Germany  o Citizens of Panama  o Citizens of Singapore  o Citizens of South Korea  o Citizens of Switzerland  o Citizens of Taiwan  o Mexican nationals Note: There may be additional requirements you must…
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    What is Global Entry? (Part 1)

    by Staff Writer

    Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports. At airports, program members proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk issues…
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    Dominican Republic: Culture in Santo Domingo or Luxury in Punta Cana?

    by Brittany Chenelle

      Having traveled to Haiti several times, my fiance and I decided to take a trip east of the border to explore the Dominican Republic (DR). We planned to stay a few days in Santo Domingo, and continue to Punta Cana for the grand finale of our trip. As Santo Domingo and Punta Cana offered such contrasting experiences of DR, I wanted to share to help others travel based on the different cultural aspects each city shares;…
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    Banding Together: How You Can Help Hurricane Recovery

    by Katelyn Dramis

    In 2017 alone, we saw multiple devastating hurricanes causing widespread damage and destruction throughout the Caribbean and the United States. First, there was Harvey, which hit the eastern Caribbean as a tropical storm, and then caused catastrophic flooding in Texas and Louisiana. Then came Irma, a Category 5 hurricane that has caused massive destruction to several Caribbean islands. John Obbagy, a villa manager on St. John told CNN, “About 80 percent of all structures,…
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    Undiscovered Caribbean Islands to Visit Now

    by Karen Bahri

    Aruba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are a few amazing islands that are commonly thought about when planning an escape to the Caribbean. The choices are limitless, but sometimes an adventure is found in an area unexpected. The following is a list of islands under the radar that are less touristy and offer experiences that will appeal to those looking for seclusion, adventure or both, which means you will get the ultimate Caribbean vibe! The old Caribbean; safe, friendly…
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    How to Bring the Caribbean Back Home With You

    by Katelyn Dramis

    We all know about those pesky post-vacation blues. but what if there was a way to lessen that after-beach bummed out feeling you get when coming back from an awesome vacation in the Caribbean? Good news: there is! You don’t have to live in the Caribbean to bring a little bit of the bliss into your everyday life. Here are three easy ways to bring your Caribbean vacation home with you and fight off those post-vacay blues. 1. Add Some Color The Caribbean is incredibly…
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    What To Eat When You Visit The Caribbean

    by Desiree Lowe

      If you’ve never been to the Caribbean before, you might be tempted to think that every island offers pretty much the same thing. Don’t be tempted to think this way because it just simply isn’t true. Each island offers something unique, and this is especially true when it comes to the local cuisine. As an islander myself, I can tell you with certainty that no two islands will blend ingredients and flavors together in quite the same way. To take the guess work out…
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    Jamaica Me a Mrs.

    by Samantha Spurlock

    “We’re engaged!” One of the most exciting announcements to your family and friends. Like every other bride, I had a vision for our magical celebration - dressed in purple, feet dug deeply into sand, the sounds of waves crashing through our vows, surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends who helped us get to this perfect tropical moment. So, how do you do this if you have two huge families and your friends aren’t from your hometown? Destination weddings are…
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    Fort-de-France's Covered Market

    by Valerie Vulcain

      The highlight of any shopping adventure in Martinique is Le Grand Marché Couvert, or Covered Market, located in Fort-de-France. Designed by French architect Henri Picq and constructed in 1901 (later restored in 1989), this bustling bazaar is where locals have bought and sold essential Caribbean herbs, spices, produce and other goods for generations. Rows of fragrant spices, including the local curry powder known as “colombo,”…
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