Tuesday January 19, 2021
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines reaches out to trade in wake of Air Canada cuts

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority is advising agents that Air Canada has been forced to temporarily cancel its flights to the destination.
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Saint Lucia to offer PCR and rapid tests at select resorts

Saint Lucia is the latest destination to announce PCR testing for COVID-19 at select resorts, offering Canadians added convenience and peace of mind amid new testing requirements.
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B.C.’s travel industry rallies against possible travel ban

B.C.’s travel and tourism industry is speaking out against a potential travel ban on inter-provincial, non-essential travel, in the wake of reports that B.C. Premier John Horgan has been looking into the legality of limiting inter-provincial travel for B.C. residents. 
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Planeterra’s new ‘PACT’ prioritizes community tourism development in Panama

Planeterra, the non-profit offshoot of G Adventures and the global leader in community tourism enterprise development, has teamed up with the Panama Government, in partnership with the Panamanian Foundation for Sustainable Tourism (APTSO), Fundación Natura, for a joint venture, ‘PACT’, to work with communities across Panama to build community tourism experiences that improve the well-being of residents, visitors, and the environment. 
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Sandals to offer free PCR testing at resorts

TORONTO — Sandals has announced that it will be offering complimentary in-resort COVID-19 testing through March 31, 2021.
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Antigua’s new mobile app to help navigate through the new normal

The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority has unveiled a new and interactive mobile app that is in line with keeping with current health and safety protocols.
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Jamaica’s new Special Task Force will boost testing capacity

In light of new testing requirements by both the Canadian and U.S. governments, Jamaica has announced a special task force to ramp up the island’s COVID-19 testing capacity.
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Here’s how 10 sun destinations are handling Canada’s PCR test rule

When the federal government announced on Dec. 30 its new COVID-19 testing requirement for all arriving passengers, countries around the world were left scrambling to accommodate Canadians in destination who suddenly needed a PCR test three days before returning home.
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All air passengers entering U.S. must have pre-arrival negative COVID test starting Jan. 26

In-destination PCR testing will no doubt ramp up exponentially now that one of the biggest travel markets in the world - the U.S. - is following the lead of other countries including Canada in mandating pre-arrival negative COVID-19 tests for air passengers.
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Winner announced for ‘Escape to JAMAICA’ contest

Kathy Kean of Robert Q Travel has been named the winner of the ‘Escape to JAMAICA’ contest, launched in collaboration with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and Sandals Resorts.
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