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Haiti: Tourist Police Introduced

Date: November 1st, 2013 | No Comments

Haiti has instituted a new tourist police force, called POLITOUR, to assist travelers. The service members will patrol popular attractions, offering assistance and security to tourists. The first graduates of the law enforcement academy included 52 members of the force and most are fluent in several languages, including English, French, Spanish a [read more]

Caribbean and Atlantic: Tropical Storm Humberto Upgrades to Hurricane

Date: September 12th, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. National Weather Service said that as Tropical Storm Gabrielle gained momentum and moved toward Bermuda, a second storm, Humberto, was expected to upgrade to hurricane status. Gabrielle, which originated in the Central Atlantic near the Cape Verde Islands, was scheduled to reach Bermuda by Sept. 11. Humberto may reach the Caribbean by Sept. [read more]

Cayman Islands: Wild Stingrays are Adapting to Tourists’ Handouts

Date: March 19th, 2013 | No Comments

Feeding the wild sting rays has become a popular attraction on Grand Cayman, and not just with tourists. A recent study of the free-swimming rays at “Stingray City,” a cluster of shallow sandbars on the island’s north side, showed that most of the rays in the area had reversed their natural, nocturnal feeding behaviors to [read more]

Caribbean: Cash-Strapped Islands Offer Citizenship Bargains

Date: February 13th, 2013 | No Comments

For travelers interested in a second passport or a resident visa in another country, cash-strapped islands such as Dominica or St. Kitts may offer the best bargains. In Dominica, for example, a foreigner can qualify for citizenship by investing $100,000 cash, while $250,000 will get you started in St. Kitts. Many other nations offer “investor [read more]

Cuba: New Cholera Outbreak Confirmed

Date: January 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Health officials in Havana have confirmed a new outbreak of cholera and are taking rigorous measures to contain it. Transmitted through contaminated water and food, cholera causes severe vomiting and diarrhea, and can kill within hours if left untreated. So far, 51 cases of the highly infectious disease have been identified, all traced to a [read more]

Cuba: Government to Eliminate Dual Currency

Date: October 25th, 2013 | No Comments

The Cuban government has approved a plan to eliminate its dual currency system, working instead on merging the two forms of money over time. The two local currencies are the peso (CUP), which is used to pay local wages and purchase local goods, and the convertible peso (CUC), which is used in the tourism industry [read more]

Cuba: Cholera Outbreak Continues

Date: September 5th, 2013 | No Comments

At least 163 cases of cholera have been reported this year, with most cases linked to Havana, Santiago and Camaguey provinces. Two food service centers confirmed that infected food handlers with no symptoms may have prompted outbreaks in Havana. Spread through contaminated food and water, cholera causes severe dehydration through acute diarrhea and vomiting and [read more]

Haiti: Embassy Warns of Volatile Demonstrations in Port-au-Prince

Date: March 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Ongoing demonstrations in downtown Port-au-Prince have turned violent, prompting the U.S. Embassy to issue a warning to travelers to avoid the area around Rue Capois. Protestors at the scene have clashed with national police and have been seen throwing rocks at passing vehicles. Visitors to Port-au-Prince should remain alert to their surroundings at all times [read more]

Puerto Rico: Medical Tourism on the Rise

Date: February 6th, 2013 | No Comments

Thanks to its proximity to the U.S. and safe reputation, Puerto Rico is moving quickly up the hot list of “medical tourism” destinations. Patients from the U.S. can save 60 to 80 percent on medical costs, and since it is a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico’s doctors and medical facilities are held to the same licensing [read more]

Haiti: Government Refutes U.S. Travel Warning

Date: January 20th, 2013 | No Comments

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe objected to an updated travel warning, issued by the U.S. State Dept. Dec. 28, that cited problems such as violent crime, cholera outbreaks and lack of infrastructure—particularly medical and emergency services. Calling the warning unfair, Lamothe said it singled out Haiti at a time when the island nation is trying to [read more]

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