Virgin Islands

The territory’s telecommunications providers will have to notify the public in advance when doing work on their lines and facilities outside, a regulator said.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission announced the new rules May 18, as an interim procedure until the formal rules are in place, according to a TRC press release.

 

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Caribbean nations should consider reducing departure taxes in order to “incentivise” air travel within the region, the chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States said last week. Ricky Skeritt, chairman of the Council of OECS ministers, said at a recent meeting of tourism ministers that members are “looking seriously” at the possibility of lower taxes as a way to stimulate air traffic back to per-2008 levels. According to an OECS press release, the plan was in response to a 40 to 50 percent decline in intra-regional traffic, which has particularly hurt small hotels.

 

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LIAT will stop its service to Tobago on July 6, the regional airline announced. According to a company press release, customers will be offered the option to fly to Trinidad or get a refund. In a separate release, the company announced that its Guyanese and Jamaican passengers to St. Maarten now require visas to enter the country after the government changed its entry requirements. However, Guyana and Jamaica nationals with multiple entry visas to the United States are exempt from the new rules, the company said.

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