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First Flight from U.S. to Cuba in More Than 50 Years

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/01/2016, 4:00 AM

In air travel, yesterday was one for the history books. The first regularly scheduled commercial passenger flight between the United States and Cuba in more than 50 years left Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday morning and landed in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara a little after 11 a.m.  JetBlue flight 387 marked the beginning of a new era in Caribbean travel, following decades of a tr...

Countries Where Tourists Outnumber Locals

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/05/2016, 12:30 PM

According to numbers crunched by London's The Daily Telgraph, there are 51 countries where tourists outnumber locals.  Using 2014 figures from the World Bank, the newspaper divided each country's total number of visitors by its population to come up with the list. Topping the chart is the tiny, mountainous principality of Andorra, a skiing mecca sandwiched between France and Spain. Andorra...

Study: Zika Outbreak Will Be Over in Three Years

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/18/2016, 11:30 AM

The Zika outbreak currently taking place in Central and South America has probably peaked and will be more or less over in about three years, says a new study published in the journal Science. People who are infected with the mosquito-borne virus appear to become immune to getting it a second time, leaving fewer and fewer at risk for infection. Eventually this "herd immunity" makes outbreaks i...

Travelers to Dominican Republic Lead Positive Zika Tests in NYC

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2016, 12:15 PM

According to data from New York City's health department, more than half of residents who have tested positive for the Zika virus had recently traveled to the Dominican Republic. Recent visitors to Puerto Rico were a distant second. The mosquito-borne illness results in mild symptoms or none at all for most who contract it, but Zika poses a special risk for pregnant women because it can result...

Cuban Hotel Becomes First Operated by US Company

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/28/2016, 8:30 PM

Sometimes slapping a Four Points by Sheraton sign on the side of a building can be a historic event. That's what happened in Havana this week, as the Gaviota 5th Avenue Hotel began undergoing a Sheraton rebranding, making it the first hotel in Cuba to operate under a US company since Fidel Castro siezed control of the island nation in 1959. Owned by the military, the hotel is one of two that w...

Zika's Effect on Caribbean Travel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/23/2016, 12:00 PM

In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned pregnant women to avoid traveling to certain Latin American and Caribbean countries affected by an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause fetal brain damage and other problems. In April, the warning expanded to include 20 more Caribbean locales. Have concerns over the virus slowed down the Caribbean's busiest...

Starting Now, Solo Travel to Cuba Will Be Explicitly Legal for Americans

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/15/2016, 4:00 PM

The news out of Cuba is coming fast and furious. Not only are a number of airlines close to being able to offer direct service from various U.S. gateways to the Caribbean island, but Marriot and Starwood hotels will soon be housing guests there. In addition, AT&T will join Sprint and Verizon in offerring roaming service in Cuba. (For more on all these developments, take a look at this arti...

A Major Study Is Out And What It Says About Trends In Airfares Could Save You Big Bucks

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/21/2016, 9:30 PM

For aviation geeks (like me), the day that the Airline Reporting Corporation releases its annual survey of airfares feels like a birthday—one on which you don’t get any older. And this year, I felt like I was getting miraculously younger because the ARC joined forces with the Expedia family of brands to put out one lollapalooza of a survey. Together, the computers of these two travel gian...

What Travelers Need to Know About the Zika Virus

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/19/2016, 10:15 PM

As frigid blasts of winter descend on much of North America, visions of blue sky, sandy beaches and swaying palm trees are being rudely interrupted by a buzzing sound. And it’s a very scary buzz, at that—the buzz of a mosquito that carries the Zika virus. Though the virus is not new, in the last year pregnant women who have been infected have given birth to children with microcephaly, a co...

In the Caribbean Hotel Rates Plummet in the Three Weeks Immediately after New Year's Day

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/20/2015, 10:15 AM

That's true of both the pricier islands and the ones with budget accommodations. Some ideas for a last-minute trip....

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