The Caribbean tourism sector is poised to record strong growth in 2019 on the heels of a better than expected performance last year.

170 partners working with Pullmantur Cruises from across Spain and Latin America attended a dinner event held by the cruise line in Madrid during Fitur 2019 travel show.


International tourist arrivals grew 6% in 2018, totaling 1.4bn, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The World Tourism Organization's long-term forecast issued in 2010 had indicated the 1.4bn mark would be reached in 2020.

The recent opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge sees Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) planning to develop cruise tourism in the mainland China and Macao hinterland offering Bridge+Cruise travel products, according to Peter Lam, board member of HKTB.

The leaders of Carnival Corp. & plc, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MSC Cruises will debate the state of the global cruise industry at the Seatrade Cruise Global keynote panel as the event returns to Miami in April during new April dates.

Cruising's most important global destination—the Caribbean—has largely bounced back from 2017's devastaging hurricanes but still faces a bundle of challenges. Vulnerable ecosystems, rising sea levels, regional debt, outdated funding mechanisms, inequality and inadequate tourism infrastructure investment are some of them.

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association is going to continue its 'Caribbean is Open'/'Caribbean for Everyone' campaign with new tiered levels so destinations and stakeholders can share their message while presenting a united front.

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators has decided to include Iceland in its geographical range. As a result, the association's guidelines and other measures will be applied to ensure sustainable expedition cruise operations in Iceland.

Festivities ushered in the newest cruise terminal on South America's Pacific Coast, in Manta, Ecuador. The facility is part of a $177m investment by Chilean terminal operator Agunsa Group, which won a 40-year concession to develop and operate Manta port in 2016.

This week, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators marks its 15th anniversary, and sustainable tourism is on the agenda as AECO welcomes 120 participants to its Arctic Cruise Conference in Oslo.

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