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Cuba, like other Caribbean countries, depends heavily on tourism, which represented about a tenth of its gross domestic product in 2019.(Unsplash)

Tourists trickle back to Havana despite tough Covid-19 protocols

By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Havana
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:11 PM IST
Cuba is slowly opening Havana and other cities to tourism after doing the same with beach resorts in November, eager to breathe life into the devastated industry shuttered last March by the pandemic.
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Indo-Canadian MP Kamal Khera, who resigned from her post of parliamentary secretary after she travelled to Seattle in late December.(Courtesy: kamalkhera.liberal.ca)
Indo-Canadian MP Kamal Khera, who resigned from her post of parliamentary secretary after she travelled to Seattle in late December.(Courtesy: kamalkhera.liberal.ca)

Indo-Canadian MP quits key post after violating Covid travel curbs

By Anirudh Bhattacharyya , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Toronto
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 06:48 PM IST
Politicians in Canada have come under increasing attack in recent days for preaching against breach of travel curbs and then doing the same themselves.
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Representational image(Unsplash)
Representational image(Unsplash)

Caribbean resorts get starring role in US airlines’ Covid-19 holiday playbook amid coronavirus pandemic

By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Chicago
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 09:05 PM IST
U.S. airlines are adding flights, and in some cases Covid-19 testing programs, for travel to Mexico and the Caribbean, a region central to carriers’ strategies to tap into pockets of holiday demand before a vaccine makes its way around the world.
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The statue of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, who, according to some historical sources, were lovers while pirates in the Caribbean, was unveiled at Execution Docks.(Instagram)
The statue of Anne Bonny and Mary Read, who, according to some historical sources, were lovers while pirates in the Caribbean, was unveiled at Execution Docks.(Instagram)

Britain resurrects lesbian pirates as world recasts statues

By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | London
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 09:00 AM IST
Britain unveiled a statue of two lesbian pirates on Wednesday, resurrecting a duo who “broke gender boundaries” amid a wider debate over why so few women are immortalised with monuments.
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Venezuelans return to beach after 7 months as government relaxes lockdown(Twitter/chapoisat)
Venezuelans return to beach after 7 months as government relaxes lockdown(Twitter/chapoisat)

Venezuelans return to beach after 7 months as government relaxes Covid-19 lockdown measures

By Associated Press | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | La Guaira, Venezuela
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 09:54 AM IST
With social distancing still in place, restaurants, flower shops, bars, liquor stores and ice cream parlours open along the seaside boulevard as Venezuelans return to beach after 7 months of Covid-19 lockdown
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Ari Gautier holds up a bowl of Rougaille Mattikallu, a combination of Pondicherrian freshwater mussels and a Mauritian tomato-based gravy, finished with and a dash of Chardonnay, in a session on food as heritage and memory, with Ananya Kabir.(Le Thinnai Kreyol / Facebook)
Ari Gautier holds up a bowl of Rougaille Mattikallu, a combination of Pondicherrian freshwater mussels and a Mauritian tomato-based gravy, finished with and a dash of Chardonnay, in a session on food as heritage and memory, with Ananya Kabir.(Le Thinnai Kreyol / Facebook)

An online initiative aims to map India’s fading creole past, and present

By Vanessa Viegas | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 02:22 PM IST
Ananya Jahanara Kabir and Ari Gautier host virtual discussions featuring food, music, performance and more.
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A 1765 cannon that belonged to the King of Kandy (Sri Lanka) is displayed at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands(Reuters)
A 1765 cannon that belonged to the King of Kandy (Sri Lanka) is displayed at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands(Reuters)

Dutch ready to give back seized colonial art - but to whom?

By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Amsterdam
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 08:11 PM IST
Dutch authorities are intent on tracking down the rightful owners of objects seized during the colonial era but establishing who those owners are is turning out to be a bit more complicated.
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Even after spending hours in line, many tourists found themselves stranded.(Reuters)
Even after spending hours in line, many tourists found themselves stranded.(Reuters)

‘It’s a madhouse!’: Tourists pile into Cancun airport after hurricane hits

By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Cancun, Mexico
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 12:24 PM IST
Tourists from around the globe thronged Cancun’s international airport on Thursday, shunning social distancing norms, a day after Hurricane Delta hit the Mexican beach resort and forced mass evacuations.
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That part of Mexico is still soaked from Tropical Storm Gamma which hit its popular coastal resorts over the weekend and forced thousands from their homes in Tabasco and Chiapas.(Pixabay)
That part of Mexico is still soaked from Tropical Storm Gamma which hit its popular coastal resorts over the weekend and forced thousands from their homes in Tabasco and Chiapas.(Pixabay)

Delta grows into hurricane in Caribbean; eyes Yucatan, Cuba

By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Mexico City
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 11:03 PM IST
Tropical Storm Delta rapidly strengthened into a hurricane in the Caribbean Monday, aiming to hit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula potentially as a major storm before continuing on to strike the U.S. Gulf coast later in the week.
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“Our tourism industry must coexist with Covid in order to recover.”(Pixabay)
“Our tourism industry must coexist with Covid in order to recover.”(Pixabay)

The Caribbean Islands that you can travel to now

By Bloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | St. Lucia
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 01:32 PM IST
Roughly half of the Caribbean’s 28 island nations have moved to reopen borders.
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Barbados pledges same-sex marriage vote so as not to be ‘blacklisted’ for human rights(Twitter/Harry_StylesUp)
Barbados pledges same-sex marriage vote so as not to be ‘blacklisted’ for human rights(Twitter/Harry_StylesUp)

Barbados pledges same-sex marriage vote so as not to be ‘blacklisted’ for human rights issues

By Reuters by Anastasia Moloney | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz | Bogota
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 10:02 AM IST
Stirring a ‘controversy’ in the Caribbean country where LGBT people suffer discrimination, verbal abuse and harassment, Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason has called for a public referendum on allowing same-sex marriage
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Tourists welcome in Cuba after months of COVID-19 lockdown(Twitter/RMuu2ehm6Jbn9Z4/Cuba_Explorer)
Tourists welcome in Cuba after months of COVID-19 lockdown(Twitter/RMuu2ehm6Jbn9Z4/Cuba_Explorer)

Good news for travel enthusiasts as Cuba finally welcomes tourists after months of COVID-19 lockdown

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Zarafshan Shiraz | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 03:26 PM IST
Did you have Cuba on your travel bucket list? Well, here’s some good news for you as the country finally rolls out its red carpet for tourists post the COVID-19 lockdown
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Thailand plans to welcome foreigners this winter(Twitter/VickieZ4Z)
Thailand plans to welcome foreigners this winter(Twitter/VickieZ4Z)

Phuket and other tourist hotspots in Thailand plan to re-open this winter

By Bloomberg | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 10:01 AM IST
Thailand expects foreigners arrival to begin before winter as it plans to re-open tourist hotspots in order to save its ailing tourism industry
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The US National Hurricane Center said Tropical Depression 13 was likely to become a tropical storm Friday and then skirt the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.(Bloomberg file photo. Representative image)
The US National Hurricane Center said Tropical Depression 13 was likely to become a tropical storm Friday and then skirt the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.(Bloomberg file photo. Representative image)

Two tropical storms expected to form at opposite ends of Caribbean

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 03:07 PM IST
The two tropical depressions formed Thursday, and tropical storm watches were posted for several islands at the eastern end of the Caribbean while a tropical storm warning was posted at the Honduras-Nicaragua border region at the western side of the sea.
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File image of Caribbean Premier League.(File)
File image of Caribbean Premier League.(File)

First Indies: Franchise T20 league gets underway in Trinidad

By Somshuvra Laha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 07:22 AM IST
On weekdays, the first match will start at 10 am in Trinidad (7:30 pm IST) while the second is at 5:30 pm to keep the Caribbean audiences happy as well.
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A man crosses a quiet road in Melbourne’s Chinatown area on Thursday.(AFP)
A man crosses a quiet road in Melbourne’s Chinatown area on Thursday.(AFP)

Global Covid death toll passes 750,000

By HT Correspondent and Agencies | Hindustan Times, Paris/London
PUBLISHED ON AUG 14, 2020 01:07 AM IST
The Latin America and the Caribbean region remained the global epicentre, accounting for almost one-third of all deaths and housing two of the worst-affected countries - Mexico and Brazil.
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Jorge Enrique Salgado poses for a photo beside a replica of the Eiffel Tower he built on the roof of his home in Havana, Cuba, August 7, 2020.(REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini)
Jorge Enrique Salgado poses for a photo beside a replica of the Eiffel Tower he built on the roof of his home in Havana, Cuba, August 7, 2020.(REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini)

Paris of the Caribbean: Havana, Cuba gets its own Eiffel Tower. See pics

By Reuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma | Havana
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 08:11 PM IST
The illuminated four-meter (13-ft) high replica by Cuban blacksmith Jorge Enrique Salgado lights up a corner of the otherwise dimly-lit Arroyo Naranjo southern residential district of the capital.
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Interest in “digital nomadism” is set to spike in coming years as Covid-19 boosts remote working. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Interest in “digital nomadism” is set to spike in coming years as Covid-19 boosts remote working. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

All you need is WiFi: How Covid-19 could bring in the era of the digital nomad

By Saumya Sharma | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 01:19 PM IST
From Barbados to Estonia, several countries are launching visa regimes aimed at wooing digital nomads to revive their tourism-dependent economies, chasing the sort of people who mix work with travel and can set up shop any place with an internet connection.
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People view the move as a wealth-management tool as much as a way to travel visa-free.(Unsplash)
People view the move as a wealth-management tool as much as a way to travel visa-free.(Unsplash)

Post-pandemic travel: The rich are looking to buy access to Covid-19 safe zones

By Bloomberg | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2020 10:10 AM IST
The wealthy aren’t just interested in Caribbean islands where they can self-isolate on sandy beaches. They’re looking to Australia and New Zealand, countries that impressed with their handling of Covid-19.
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The Bahamian government has now decided to ban travellers from countries where coronavirus cases are surging.(Unsplash)
The Bahamian government has now decided to ban travellers from countries where coronavirus cases are surging.(Unsplash)

Covid-19: Bahamas bans American tourists to prevent further virus spread

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2020 08:39 AM IST
The Bahamas is a global tourist destination that’s home to 400,000 inhabitants.
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Wearing protective face masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, Victor Rafael Torres, left, and Eiver Carbonell train in capoeira in a park while his teacher Misael watches them, after an easing of COVID-19 related lockdown restrictionsin Havana, Cuba, Friday, July 3, 2020.(AP)
Wearing protective face masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, Victor Rafael Torres, left, and Eiver Carbonell train in capoeira in a park while his teacher Misael watches them, after an easing of COVID-19 related lockdown restrictionsin Havana, Cuba, Friday, July 3, 2020.(AP)

No food, amenities or tourists: Havana stirs to life amid scarcity post lockdown

By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Havana
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2020 04:04 PM IST
The city of 2.2 million people on the Caribbean coast is the last of Cuba’s provinces to enter phase one of a three phase process to a new normal. All but one other province began phase two on Friday.
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A tourist takes photos of a couple in front of the Governor's mansion in San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 30, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic.(AFP)
A tourist takes photos of a couple in front of the Governor's mansion in San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 30, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic.(AFP)

Travelling to Puerto Rico? Don’t forget your Covid-19 test

By Bloomberg | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | Puerto Rico
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2020 11:58 AM IST
Travellers arriving in Puerto Rico will be required to show a negative Covid-19 test or submit to a two-week quarantine as the bankrupt U.S. commonwealth tries to kickstart its tourism economy without triggering a surge in coronavirus cases.
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West Indies' Roston Chase tosses the ball as he prepares to bowl in the nets during a training session ahead of their first one day international cricket match against India, in Chennai.(AP)
West Indies' Roston Chase tosses the ball as he prepares to bowl in the nets during a training session ahead of their first one day international cricket match against India, in Chennai.(AP)

I’ll not be happy if I don’t get at least one century in England: Roston Chase

By Press Trust of India | Manchester,
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2020 05:32 PM IST
The 28-year-old, who has scored 1,695 runs including five hundreds in 32 Tests, said he wants to be rated higher as a batsmen and was looking forward to pile up some runs in England.
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Shannon Gabriel with England's Joe Root.(Action Images via Reuters)
Shannon Gabriel with England's Joe Root.(Action Images via Reuters)

Kind of hungry to get back on the field: Shannon Gabriel on England series

By Press Trust of India | Manchester
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2020 02:29 PM IST
The 32-year-old Gabriel, who is returning from an injury, had played a major part in West Indies 2-1 over England at home in 2019.
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The Lloyd’s of London insurance market apologised for its role in slave trade but a regional alliance of Caribbean countries said that Britain’s institutions should go much further than simply apologising and give some of the wealth back to the Caribbean by funding development at the epicentre of the slave trade.(REUTERS)
The Lloyd’s of London insurance market apologised for its role in slave trade but a regional alliance of Caribbean countries said that Britain’s institutions should go much further than simply apologising and give some of the wealth back to the Caribbean by funding development at the epicentre of the slave trade.(REUTERS)

‘Sorry is not enough’, Caribbean says of British apologies for slavery

By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh | London
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2020 01:16 PM IST
The Lloyd’s of London insurance market apologised on Thursday for its “shameful” role in the 18th Century Atlantic slave trade and pledged to fund opportunities for black and ethnic minority people.
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Hyderabad: West Indies bowler Jason Holder (C) celebrates.(PTI)
Hyderabad: West Indies bowler Jason Holder (C) celebrates.(PTI)

Our pace attack can challenge any team: West Indies assistant coach Roddy Estwick

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Yash Bhati | London
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2020 12:52 PM IST
Expectations are low from West Indies but assistant coach Roddy Estwick believes his team’s pace battery can challenge any team. He reckons the current attack could shape up to a lethal force reminiscent of the famed Caribbean bowling of the past.
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England's James Anderson reacts.(Action Images via Reuters)
England's James Anderson reacts.(Action Images via Reuters)

‘We’re very grateful’: James Anderson praises West Indies for ‘scary’ decision to tour

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Yash Bhati | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 05:50 PM IST
The 25-member squad from the Caribbean landed in England on Tuesday. All players from the squad were tested for the novel coronavirus before leaving Antigua and their results returned negative.
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Low-lying island states are judged to be at greatest risk from increasingly powerful storms and rising oceans, with some making preparations to resettle their people within decades. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Low-lying island states are judged to be at greatest risk from increasingly powerful storms and rising oceans, with some making preparations to resettle their people within decades. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Climate Change: Small islands may not disappear under rising seas, researchers find

By Reuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma | Thomson Reuters Foundation, Kuala Lumpur
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 12:58 PM IST
In recent years, the leaders and inhabitants of many small-island nations like Kiribati and Tuvalu have warned that climate change is an existential threat to their homelands, fearing they could disappear under rising seas as the planet warms.
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West Indies bowler Jason Holder (C) celebrates the wicket of his Indian batsman Virat Kohli.(PTI)
West Indies bowler Jason Holder (C) celebrates the wicket of his Indian batsman Virat Kohli.(PTI)

Windies cherishing test return after coronavirus hiatus says Jason Holder

By Reuters | MANCHESTER, England
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 12:19 AM IST
All the tests will be played without spectators with the Caribbean players already set up in their base at Manchester’s Old Trafford where they are quarantined in the on-site hotel.
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