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Delta Air Lines Becomes Launch Operator of ATMOSPHÈRE Cabin with New Order for 20 Bombardier CRJ900

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CaribPR Wire, MONTRÉAL, June 20, 2018:  Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Delta Air Lines, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia (Delta Air Lines) has signed a firm purchase agreement for 20 CRJ900 aircraft – becoming the launch operator of the new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin for CRJ Series regional jets.

Based on the list price for the CRJ900 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$961 million.

“We are thrilled that Delta continues to select the CRJ Series as the airline looks into the future growth of its regional operations,” said Fred Cromer, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Together with Delta, we have driven the development of regional aviation in the U.S., and we are looking forward to further enhancing regional air travel with the launch of the new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin with our long-standing and esteemed customer.”

The new CRJ900 aircraft with ATMOSPHÈRE cabin will fly under the Delta Connection brand in a comfortable two-class regional jet configuration with 70 seats.

Delta Air Lines will take delivery of the world’s first ATMOSPHÈRE cabin CRJ900 aircraft in late 2018.

Including the order form Delta Air Lines announced today, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1953 CRJ Series aircraft.

About the ATMOSPHÈRE Cabin
The new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin sets new standards of passenger experience in the regional jet market segment. Key features of the new interior are comprised of larger passenger living space, wheel-first roller bag capability, more spacious lavatory, increased cabin connectivity options, all integrated in a contemporary design and material choices. In fact, the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin design allows each passenger to carry and store an “oversized” roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins which minimizes the need to check bags at the counter or the gate. To learn more: DiscoverAtmosphere.com

About Bombardier
With over 69,500 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion US. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier

Notes to Editors
Images of CRJ900 in Delta’s livery, as well as pictures of the new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin are posted with this news release at www.bombardier.com.

The CRJ900 aircraft backgrounder is available in the BCA Media Hub

For information about Delta, visit: www.delta.com

Follow @BBD_Aircraft on Twitter to receive the latest news and updates from Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

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Bombardier, Atmosphère, CRJ900 and CRJ Series are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Two photos accompanying this announcement are available at

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Delta Air Lines se convierte en operador de lanzamiento de la cabina ATMOSPHÈRE con un nuevo pedido de 20 Bombardier CRJ900

CaribPR Wire, MONTREAL, June 20, 2018: Bombardier Commercial Aircraft anunció hoy que Delta Air Lines, Inc. de Atlanta, Georgia (Delta Air Lines) firmó un acuerdo de compra de 20 aviones CRJ900, convirtiéndose en el operador de lanzamiento de la nueva cabina ATMOSPHÈRE para aviones regionales de la serie CRJ.

Según el precio del avión CRJ900, el pedido en firme está valorado en aproximadamente 961 millones de dólares estadounidenses.

“Estamos encantados de que Delta continúe seleccionando la Serie CRJ mientras la aerolínea analiza el crecimiento futuro de sus operaciones regionales”, dijo Fred Cromer, presidente de Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Junto con Delta, hemos impulsado el desarrollo de la aviación regional en los EE. UU. y esperamos seguir mejorando los viajes aéreos regionales con el lanzamiento de la nueva cabina ATMOSPHÈRE con nuestro cliente.”

El nuevo avión CRJ900 con cabina ATMOSPHÈRE volará bajo la marca Delta Connection en una cómoda configuración de jet regional de dos clases con 70 asientos.

Delta Air Lines recibirá la primera aeronave ATMOSPHÈRE del mundo, la aeronave CRJ900, a finales de 2018.

Incluyendo el formulario de pedido que Delta Air Lines anunció hoy, Bombardier registró los pedidos en firme de los aviones de la Serie CRJ 1953.

Acerca de la cabina ATMOSPHÈRE
La nueva cabina de ATMOSPHÈRE establece nuevos estándares de experiencia de pasajeros para el mercado de la aviación regional. Las características clave del nuevo interior se componen de un mayor espacio para los pasajeros, capacidad de llevar bolsos con ruedas, un lavabo más espacioso, mayores opciones de conectividad de la cabina, todo integrado en un diseño contemporáneo y opciones de materiales. De hecho, el diseño de la cabina de ATMOSPHÈRE permite a cada pasajero transportar y almacenar una maleta con ruedas “de gran tamaño” dentro de los compartimientos de cabina de la aeronave, lo que minimiza la necesidad de revisar las maletas en el mostrador o la puerta. Para saber más: DiscoverAtmosphere.com

Acerca de Bombardier
Con más de 69,500 empleados en cuatro sectores comerciales, Bombardier es un líder global en la industria del transporte, creando aviones y trenes innovadores. Nuestros productos y servicios dan experiencias de transporte de primera clase que establecen nuevos estándares en comodidad del pasajero, eficiencia energética, fiabilidad y seguridad.

Con sede en Montreal, Canadá, Bombardier tiene sitios de producción e ingeniería en 28 países en los sectores de Transporte, Aeronáutica Comercial, Aeronaves Comerciales y Aeroestructuras y Servicios de Ingeniería. Las acciones de Bombardier se cotizan en la Bolsa de Toronto (BBD). En el año fiscal que terminó el 31 de diciembre de 2017, Bombardier registró ingresos de 16.200 millones de dólares estadounidenses. Noticias y más información en bombardier.com o síguenos en Twitter @Bombardier

Notas para los editores
Las imágenes de CRJ900 en la librea de Delta, así como las imágenes de la nueva cabina de ATMOSPHÈRE se publicarán junto con este comunicado de prensa en www.bombardier.com.

El antecedente del avión CRJ900 está disponible en el BCA Media Hub

Para obtener información sobre Delta, visite: www.delta.com

Siga a @BBD_Aircraft en Twitter para recibir las últimas noticias y actualizaciones de Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

Para recibir nuestros comunicados de prensa, visite la sección RSS Feed del sitio web de Bombardier.

Bombardier, Atmosphère, CRJ900 y CRJ Series son marcas registradas de Bombardier Inc. o sus filiales.

Las dos fotografías que acompañan a este anuncio están disponibles en

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interCaribbean cancels St Thomas and St Croix planned operations

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos, April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – interCaribbean Airways with a heavy heart must advise the Caribbean traveling public that services to St Thomas and to St Croix are canceled.  We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this causes those customers with planned travel arrangements on these flights.

interCaribbean has been working for some months to have the USVI filings process completed, for which it is not possible to manage simultaneously with the setup of all other operations in parallel.  Such has been the process, that other requirements to setup at the airports are unable to be advanced without this completed.

interCaribbean over a month ago deployed an additional aircraft to Tortola in readiness for these flights but given the unusually lengthy processes to get to a starting point, it has become clear that the approval process and our priorities are not aligned.  interCaribbean will now redeploy the aircraft into other operations and growth opportunities.  We operate in 13 countries and have not faced the prolonged or protracted challenges of setting up an operation timely in any country.  We wish to acknowledge we have seen the full cooperation from the CPB (Customs and Border Protection) and the TSA (Transport Security Administration) Agencies in receiving their early and timely approvals for both St Thomas and St Croix.

A key element at any new city served is selecting a partner handling company. In the case of the USVI, we are confronted with handling costs that are three to four times the norm across our entire network of cities.  We simply will not pay such outrageous prices.  We cannot expect to have to double our everyday affordable low airfares to compensate, for we will not see support from the traveling public.

Given the work necessary to make these cities a viable destination with airfares for which we have become known, we have elected to postpone until the winter season of this year 2018 and give time and opportunity to consider other options to create effective partner handling, and for all authorities to take all the time needed.  Should we find a satisfactory point.  We will update the traveling public as we move forward and keep you appraised.

Visit interCaribbean.com to learn more about the company and its operations.

About interCaribbean

interCaribbean operates EMB 120, Twin Otter and shortly ERJ145 aircraft connecting the Turks & Caicos Islands, Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Dominica, St Lucia and St. Maarten and shortly new services to Aruba and Curacao. Domestic flights are operated in the Turks & Caicos Islands, as well as in Jamaica between Kingston and Montego Bay.

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interCaribbean announces Dominica to Tortola & St. Lucia Services

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — interCaribbean Airways, celebrating 26 years of continuous services, is pleased to announce new nonstop schedule services from Dominica to St Lucia and Tortola, with 1 stop easy connections via Tortola to St Thomas, St Croix, Sint Maarten, San Juan, Providenciales and Santo Domingo.

Travelers can make two-stop connections via interCaribbean flights to Kingston and Nassau.  Even allowing for two stops this is still one of the fastest travel times in the Caribbean.

Flights to and from Dominica begin on March 22 with 3 weekly flights as follows Schedule.

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interCaribbean has expanded its schedule to new points throughout the Caribbean connecting more of the Caribbean than any other Caribbean Airline.

CEO Trevor Sadler, stated “We are pleased to begin connecting Dominica with our Caribbean, bringing affordable air fares to this latest interCaribbean destination”.  We look forward to welcoming Citizens and Residents aboard and adding new connections and cities that Dominica can enjoy.

Mr. Colin Piper. Director of Tourism, Dominica welcomes the new service, stating “interCaribbean is giving Dominicans new choices to fly to and from Dominica and more connections to more places, the service is very timely and very welcome.  We look forward to the launch and anticipation of service to further islands.”

Visit interCaribbean.com to learn more about the company and its operations.

About interCaribbean

interCaribbean operates EMB 120, Twin Otter and shortly ERJ145 aircrafts connecting the Turks & Caicos Islands, Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas, St Thomas and St Croix in the US Virgin Islands, Dominica, St Lucia and St. Maarten. Domestic flights are operated in the Turks & Caicos Islands, as well as in Jamaica between Kingston and Montego Bay.

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Forbes Travel Guide Announces 2018 Star Rating Awards

199 Hotels Across the Globe Achieve Coveted Five-Star Award; 27 New Hotels Receive Top Honors for First Time

Launching in 15 New Destinations, with the Largest and Most Diverse Group of Winners, Awards Continue Global Expansion into the Middle East and Africa

Middle East Debuts with Four Five-Star, 21 Four-Star and Six Recommended Hotels; South America Earns Its First Five-Star Hotel

Forbes Travel Guide Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary In 2018, Announces Website Redesign

ATLANTA, Feb 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As it celebrates its landmark 60th anniversary, Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its 60th list of worldwide Star Rating winners, continuing its exceedingly selective approach for recognizing the world’s finest properties and rewarding gracious, intuitive service.

The 2018 award winners include 27 new Five-Star hotels, 70 new Four-Star hotels and 76 new Recommended hotels. Other first-time recipients include five Five-Star restaurants, 24 Four-Star restaurants and 10 Recommend restaurants. The list also honors five new Five-Star spas and 29 new Four-Star spas. See the complete list of winners here.

Forbes Travel Guide rates properties in 50 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. New destinations for 2018 include: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Aruba, Chengdu, Dubai, Hokkaido, Jamaica, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid, Marrakech, Okinawa, Panama, Prague, Sanya and Vienna. As Forbes Travel Guide marks its 60th year, it will expand to 60 countries for its 2019 Star Ratings.

“This is a momentous year for Forbes Travel Guide. Our anniversary commemorates 60 impressive years of serving hotels and guests,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “As the most trusted source for travelers, we continue to carry out our mission to verify luxury worldwide. We are delighted to honor the 2018 Star Rating recipients, an outstanding collection of hotels, restaurants and spas with a strong service culture. It’s the largest and most global group of Star-Rated properties in our company’s history. We congratulate these properties for their dedication to service excellence.”

In conjunction with Forbes Travel Guide’s anniversary, the company unveiled its redesigned website, forbestravelguide.com, which beautifully showcases its global collection of Star-Rated properties.

To celebrate the awards, Star-Rated winners are invited to Verified, The Forbes Travel Guide Luxury Summit at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills February 27 and 28. It will feature an all-star chef lineup, including: Geoffrey Zakarian and Wilfrid Hocquet, Georgie, Beverly Hills; Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Richard Archuleta, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills; William Bradley, Addison Restaurant, San Diego; Samir Roonwal, The Blvd, Beverly Hills; Hilary Henderson, CUT, Beverly Hills; Kaleo Adams, The Polo Lounge, Beverly Hills; Giuseppe Manco, The Restaurant at Mr. C, Beverly Hills; Craig Strong, Studio, Laguna Beach; Hugo Bolanos, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, Beverly Hills; and Derek Poirier, Valrhona. Moët & Chandon, Forbes Travel Guide’s Official Champagne of 2018, will help everyone toast the festivities. Diageo will host the spirits, and Luxe Bloom will provide florals.

To highlight Forbes Travel Guide’s 60 years in travel, the popular Pan Am Experience will land at Verified and transport participants back to flying’s heyday with a retro airline-inspired event.

HIGHLIGHTS, TRENDS & FUN FACTS FOR 2018

  • Among the 1609 Winners
    • 199 Five-Star, 513 Four-Star and 309 Recommended hotels.
    • 64 Five-Star, 171 Four-Star and 83 Recommended restaurants.
    • 60 Five-Star and 210 Four-Star spas.
  • New and Noteworthy
    • The Middle East emerged with big wins. It picked up four Five-Star hotels (Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai; Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi; Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre; Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach). It also tallied 21 Four-Star hotels and six Recommended hotels.
    • South America captured its first Five-Star hotel. Tucked inside Brazil’s Iguacu National Park amid the Iguassu Falls, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas leads the region in service excellence.
    • Marrakech launched with two Five-Star hotels (Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech; Royal Mansour Marrakech), a pair of Four-Star properties (Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, La Mamounia) and two Recommended hotels (Amanjena, Selman Marrakech).
    • New York City seized two new Five-Star wins: Baccarat Hotel and Residences and Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. A new Four-Star hotel was added, too: Archer Hotel New York.
    • Munich welcomed its inaugural Five-Star hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Munich. It joined Four-Stars The Charles Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel; Hotel Bayerischer Hof; and Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich, along with Recommended properties Hotel München Palace and Sofitel Munich Bayerpost.
    • Japan had significant gains. The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto brought the city its first Five-Star accolade. Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto and Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel snagged Four-Stars awards. Kyoto Hotel Okura earned a Recommended honor. In Tokyo, Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo won a Five-Star award. The Capitol Hotel Tokyu and The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho picked up Four-Star honors.
    • Independent hotels made a strong showing. First-time Five-Star awards went to Le Richemond Genève; Magee Homestead, Wyoming; Meadowood Napa Valley; Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – Falling Rock, Pennsylvania; and Williamsburg Inn, Virginia.
    • The new Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is Hilton’s first Five-Star hotel in the Western Hemisphere. The brand also has Five-Star Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund.
    • Rosewood Beijing achieved a Five-Star rating–a first-time win for the brand in Asia. This was Rosewood’s first property in China, opening in 2014. The Peninsula Beijing also scooped up a new Five-Star distinction.
    • Trump Hotels earned Five-Star honors for its D.C. and Vancouver outposts, which is unusual for new properties.
    • New wins help further anchor the Riviera Nayarit as a luxury destination with Five-Star The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort and Four-Star Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit.
    • Forbes Travel Guide made significant strides in its global expansion, bringing its ratings to new destinations such as Amsterdam (Four-Star hotels Conservatorium, De L’Europe Amsterdam and Hotel Okura Amsterdam; as well as Recommended properties Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, The Dylan, Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam, InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, W Amsterdam) and Vienna (Four-Star properties Hotel Sacher Wien, Palais Coburg, Palais Hansen Kempinski and The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna; along with Recommended properties Grand Hotel Wien; Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Vienna; Hotel Imperial, A Luxury Collection Hotel; Hotel Sans Souci Wien; Park Hyatt Vienna; and The Ring Hotel Vienna).
  • Stars All Around
    • An elite group of 13 properties earned Five-Star awards for their hotel, restaurant and spa. These triple Five-Star winners include: Banyan Tree Macau; The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs; The Cloister in Sea Island, Georgia; Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego; The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong; Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas; Mandarin Oriental, Macau; Meadowood Napa Valley; Montage Laguna Beach; Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island; The Peninsula Hong Kong; Wynn Las Vegas; and Wynn Palace, Macau.
    • Altira Macau and Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong received four Five-Star awards for the hotel, spa and two restaurants.
    • Nüwa Macau won five Five-Star awards for the hotel, spa and three restaurants.
    • Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong and Wynn Macau achieved a remarkable total of six Five-Star awards for the hotel, spa and four restaurants.
  • Where the Hotel Stars Shine Brightly
    • U.S. cities with the most Five-Star hotels: New York (10), Beverly Hills (6), Las Vegas (5) and Miami (5).
    • Globally, Macau reclaimed its spot as the city with the most Five-Star hotels (12). Last year, it tied Paris (10). Other cities with the largest number of Five-Stars include: Paris (10), London (9) and Hong Kong (8).
  • Where the Restaurant Stars Shine Brightly
    • U.S. cities with the most Five-Star restaurants are New York (7) and Las Vegas (6).
    • Worldwide, cities with the highest number of Five-Star restaurants are Macau (12) and Hong Kong (9).
    • Disney gets its first Five-Star restaurant. Victoria & Albert’s makes fine dining an attraction in Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
  • Where the Spa Stars Shine Brightly
    • In the U.S., the greatest number of Five-Star spas is in: California (9), Florida (5) and Nevada (5). California’s new Five-Star spa is The Spa at Rancho Valencia in San Diego.
    • Luna y Mar in Los Cabos and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou mark the first Five-Star spas in their respective destinations.
    • Globally, cities with the most Five-Star spas include: Macau (8), Hong Kong (5), Las Vegas (5) and Shanghai (4).

ABOUT FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE

Forbes Travel Guide is the only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Started as Mobil Travel Guide in 1958, the company created the first Five-Star rating system in the U.S. Today, Forbes Travel Guide’s incognito inspectors travel the world, evaluating properties based on up to 900 rigorous, objective standards. The company’s annual Star Ratings and daily travel stories help travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences. Visit forbestravelguide.com.

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interCaribbean accelerates introduction of Sint Maarten Services

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Feb. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – interCaribbean Airways celebrating its 26th year of continuous services, is accelerating its start date of services from Sint Maarten to Tortola with onward connections to Santo Domingo, San Juan and Antigua.

The original start of service to and from Sint Maarten of March 22, is moved forward in response to the challenges of travel to and from Santo Domingo following recent air service interruptions.

The new services will begin immediately from February 9, 2018.  Travelers in Santo Domingo and Sint Maarten can make immediate connections via the Tortola hub with a very short layover en-route.

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interCaribbean has been serving the Dominican Republic for over 15 years, with over a current schedule of 19 weekly flights.

“interCaribbean is pleased to be able to quickly update our Sint Maarten start date to ensure the communities in Sint Maarten and in Santo Domingo have available air service options,” said Mr. Trevor Sadler, CEO for interCaribbean.

Founded as InterIsland Airways in 1991 by Turks Islander, Mr. Lyndon R. Gardiner, Chairman of interCaribbean, the company has embarked on adding international destinations and soon the introduction of jet service.  interCaribbean serves twenty-two cities.  For more Information and reservations visit www.intercaribbean.com.

About interCaribbean

interCaribbean operates EMB 120, Twin Otter and coming soon our ERJ145 aircraft connecting Turks & Caicos, Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands, Dominica and St. Maarten/St. Martin. Domestic flights are provided in Jamaica between Kingston and Montego Bay, as well as flights within the Turks & Caicos Islands.

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Paymaster (Jamaica) and interCaribbean Airways launch payment convenience

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — interCaribbean Airways and Paymaster (Jamaica) Limited, a leader in the bill payment industry are pleased to announce a new payment channel in the Jamaica market targeted at providing convenience for the Jamaican customers.

Trevor Sadler, CEO of interCaribbean Airways an advocate of alternative payments is confident that this new payment option will benefit the Jamaican traveller. As we enter 2018, we look forward to seeing how we can further flights to and from Jamaica.

This agreement will allow for ease and secure alternative payment option where persons without credit cards are able to make online reservations and make their payment at any of Paymaster’s over 200 locations island wide to complete their ticket purchase within 24 hours.

General Manager of Paymaster, Michael Fisher expressed that Paymaster’s key business objective is to provide its stakeholders with simple, efficient and convenient bill payment services. The Paymaster team is delighted to have interCaribbean Airways as part of our existing Client portfolio, as our service will undeniably extend the reach to interCaribbean’ customers.

About Paymaster
Paymaster began operations in October 1997 as the innovator in third party payment collections. Paymaster initiated and transformed the consumer services sector by facilitating easier bill payments and the processing of multiple transactions as a “one-stop shop” that provides the greatest convenience to customers; and today boasts over 100 Clients.

For further details or visit www.paymaster-online.com.

About interCaribbean
interCaribbean operates EMB 120, Twin Otter and BE99 aircrafts connecting Turks & Caicos, Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands, Dominica and St. Maarten/St. Martin. Domestic flights are provided in Jamaica between Kingston and Montego Bay, as well as flights within the Turks & Caicos Islands.

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Priority Pass Unveils The World’s Best Airport Lounges – and They’re Not Where You’d Expect

Lounges in Jamaica, Estonia and Malta among those recognised in annual poll based on 72,000 ratings from Members

LONDON, Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A selection of the world’s best airport lounges have been revealed by independent lounge membership program, Priority Pass, in its annual Lounge of the Year Awards.  This year winners include lounges in Jamaica, Estonia, Malta and Quebec as well as Singapore and Dubai.

The awards are based on ratings provided by Priority Pass Members and recognize excellence within the world’s largest independent lounge membership program. Priority Pass now includes more than 1000 airport lounges in over 500 cities and is this year celebrating its 25th Anniversary.

This year’s overall winner is Club Kingston, at Jamaica’s Kingston Norman Manley International Airport. With a decidedly Jamaican flair, the lounge features artwork and décor sourced from across the country plus local food and drink including traditional Jamaican patties and peas soup – all served to a gentle soundtrack of reggae music. An on-site bartender even creates signature cocktails, including a ‘Club Kingston Classic’, ‘Priority Passion’ and ‘VIP Splash’. But it’s not all pleasure! The lounge also offers excellent facilities to support business travelers on the move, including a conference facility and dedicated work stations.

Tallinn Airport Business Lounge at the Lennart Meri Airport Tallin, Estonia was crowned Best Lounge in Europe by Priority Pass Members, closely followed by La Valette Club in Malta International Airport. Tallinn’s Airport Business Lounge was designed to give travelers the feeling that they are waiting for their flight in the comfort of their own living room and aims to live up to the airport’s customer promise of being “the worlds cosiest airport”. Stand-out features include a massage chair and sleeping pods, a library where travelers can select an in-flight read, a curated selection of local food, beer, wine and spirits, a cosy electric fireplace and even an outdoor terrace – all of which clearly helped the lounge draw the plaudits of Priority Pass Members throughout 2017.

Shelly-Ann Fung, Chief Executive Officer, VIP Attractions which owns and operates Club Kingston, said: “We believe that during our six years of existence, we have made significant and innovative contributions to the travel experience for guests entering and leaving Jamaica. Not only does Club Kingston offer the innovative design and extensive facilities that travelers expect of first-class lounges in the world’s finest airports, but they also showcase the best of Jamaica through cultural designs, local brands, and a visual journey through displays, sports and music.”

This year’s overall winners are:

Justin Banon, Director of Priority Pass, added: “Travelers increasingly know what they want, and are not willing to settle for less. They have greater expectations and choice when it comes to airport experiences which delight and surprise. As a result, we’re seeing increased investment and recognition of the value of lounges from airports, airlines, financial institutions and other organizations worldwide. This can only be great news for both business and leisure travelers as there is a wider choice on offer to meet the different needs of individuals. During 2017 we’ve seen this reflected in our member feedback, with lounges in different destinations recognized for their service, food and drink and business facilities.”

The Club MCO at Orlando International Airport in Florida was ranked top for Best Business Facilities, with its ‘Productivity Zone’ (designed to help guests conduct business calls in private and provide a quiet space to work) proving very popular with travelers. The Club MCO was closely followed by Dubai International Business Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport, which was also highly commended in this category.

Both lounges received further recognition in their respective regional awards, with The Club MCO ‘highly commended’ in North America, while the luxurious Dubai International Business Class Lounge was named top lounge within the Middle East and Africa.

Other North American lounges fared very well in the final two categories, with Turkish Airlines’ Lounge in Washington DC winning Best Quality of Refreshments. Its signature dishes of lamb with baked eggplant and Mediterranean salmon, often followed up with Turkish tea or coffee alongside fresh baklava, proved a hit with travelers. Elsewhere, The Club BWI in Baltimore USA, was recognized for the service and attitude of its lounge staff.

In the Asia Pacific region, SATS Premier Lounge Terminal 3 at the world-renowned Singapore Changi International Airport, was named Regional Lounge of the Year. The lounge is known for giving its guests a chance to experience Singaporean culture, featuring real orchids, a display of Peranakan porcelain plus artwork depicting local scenes, decorating the lounge – which also hosts regular events, (such as serving fresh mooncakes during the Mooncake festival) ensuring that visitors are treated to a unique experience each time they enter the lounge. Its signature SATS Laksa meal is also a favourite for travelers.

Ahlan Business Class Lounge at Dubai International was named Lounge of the Year for the Middle East & Africa. Surrounded by wine barrels and wine chillers, the lounge specializes in creating personalized dining experiences for guests. Its signature ‘Refresh’ cocktail, a buffet offering an array of Arabic delicacies, a la carte menu and spa – all helped the lounge secure its win. It was also highly commended in the Best Business Facilities category.

Priority Pass received over 72,000 ratings from its Members in this year’s awards via the lounge rating function on the Priority Pass website and app. Members provide ratings on a wide range of criteria covering overall lounge quality, refreshments, staff, business facilities and ambience.

Notes to Editors:

The complete list of winners in the 2017 Priority Pass Lounge of the Year Awards:

Global:

Europe:

Africa & Middle East:

Asia Pacific:

North America:

Latin America & The Caribbean:

Best Business Facilities:

Best Quality of Refreshments:

Best Attitude and Service from Lounge Staff:

About Priority Pass

The original and largest independent airport lounge membership program.

Priority Pass is the original and largest independent airport lounge membership program, accepted at over 1000 lounges worldwide across 500+ cities and in more than 130 countries, (regardless of class of travel / airline flown) plus access to exclusive Collinson partnerships and dining, retail and spa offers through the Priority Pass app.

Priority Pass is a flagship product of the Collinson Group, a global leader in influencing customer behaviour to drive revenue and value for its clients and program members. The Group offers a unique blend of industry and sector specialists who together provide market-leading expertise in delivering products and services across four core capabilities: Lifestyle Benefits, Loyalty, Insurance, and Assistance. Collinson Group has more than 25 years’ experience, with 25 global locations, servicing over 800 clients in 150 countries, employing over 2000 staff, managing over 20 million end customers.

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Royalton Bavaro to Open on December 16th, Unveiling New Modern Family-Friendly Amenities

CARIBPR WIRE, TORONTO, Canada Dec. 07, 2017: Royalton Bavaro, Punta Cana’s newest family-friendly all-inclusive resort will open its doors on December 16th to discerning travelers in search of a modern beach vacation.  As the newest custom-built experience from Royalton Luxury Resorts, the sprawling 730-room resort offers a number of unique amenities as firsts in the Royalton portfolio, including a FlowRider® the ultimate wave machine, a 1,200-foot meandering lazy river with its own grotto bar, a mini-golf course, and a beachfront Brazilian rodizio a la carte restaurant.

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The resort is situated directly on Bavaro Beach, recently hailed as one of the Best Beaches in the World 2017, by TripAdvisor®. For groups, families or those who seek a more elite vacation experience, the Diamond Club™ Chairman’s Building offers unparalleled waterfront views from a private building, steps from this famous beach. Ideal for larger groups or extended family, the industry-leading four bedroom ocean front suite will have a separate butler entrance, ocean view bedrooms and a large terrace for delicious meals al fresco.

Families staying at Royalton Bavaro will enjoy signature All-in Luxury® extras including All-in Connectivity™ with free high speed Wi-Fi resort-wide for all devices, unique and innovative programming all day from the Vibe Team, Unlimited Reservation Free Dining allowing a la carte dinners in any restaurant on any night, and room service that’s available 24-hours. In each suite, guests will find standard In-Suite Wellness Features of ceiling mounted rain showers, a large two-person soaker tubs and handcrafted signature DreamBed™ mattresses, creating perfect place for your family to recharge before another energy-filled day in paradise.

To reserve your family`s 2018 All-in Luxury® vacation at the brand new Royalton Bavaro, visit us online at www.royaltonresorts.com or contact your travel agent.

About Royalton Luxury Resorts

Epitomizing modern elegance, award winning Royalton Luxury Resorts offer All-In Luxury® vacations in some of the world’s most popular tropical destinations, including Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Cuba. Boasting an array of world-class all inclusive features including the premium, handcrafted DreamBed™, unlimited reservation-free luxury dining, All-In Connectivity™ with complimentary Wi-Fi and in-room long distance calling, a Sports Event Guarantee™, and more.  Many of the resorts cater equally to families and couples alike, with industry-leading supervised kids and teen activities offered at no additional cost combined with family-friendly accommodation and dining options. Royalton Luxury Resorts will expand its offering of upscale and elegant vacation experiences with the addition of two new resorts, Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana, scheduled to open late 2017 and Royalton Bavaro, scheduled to open January 2018.

Royalton Bavaro inaugurará el 16 de diciembre y presentará nuevos servicios modernos orientados a la familia

CARIBPR WIRE, TORONTO, Canada, Dec. 07, 2017: Royalton Bavaro, el flamante resort familiar de todo incluido, abrirá sus puertas el 16 de diciembre para los viajeros más exigentes que buscan unas vacaciones modernas en la costa. Esta nueva propuesta de Royalton Luxury Resorts, que ofrece una experiencia personalizada, presenta un imponente resort de 730 habitaciones que ofrece servicios únicos y sin precedentes en la cartera de Royalton, que incluyen una FlowRider®, la mejor máquina de olas; un río perezoso serpenteante de unos 365 metros con su propio bar en una cueva; una cancha de minigolf y un restaurante rodizioestilo brasilero a la carta frente a la playa.

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El resort está emplazado directamente en playa Bávaro, recientemente reconocida como una de las mejores playas del mundo 2017 por TripAdvisor®. Para grupos, familias o quienes busquen una experiencia vacacional de mayor categoría, el edificio Chairman’s Building de Diamond Club™ ofrece vistas al mar incomparables desde un edificio privado y a pasos de esta famosa playa. La innovadora suite de cuatro dormitorios con vista al mar es ideal para grupos más grandes o familias extensas y tendrá una entrada de servicio separada, dormitorios con vista al mar y una amplia terraza para disfrutar de deliciosas comidas al fresco.

Las familias que se hospeden en Royalton Bavaro disfrutarán de los exclusivos extras de All-in Luxury®, que incluyen All-In Connectivity™ con WiFi de alta velocidad gratis por todo el hotel para todos los dispositivos, programas para todo el día únicos e innovadores del equipo Vibe Team, cenas ilimitadas sin necesidad de reservas que incluyen cenas a la carta en cualquier restaurante y cualquier noche y servicio a la habitación disponible las 24 horas. En cada suite, los huéspedes disfrutarán de comodidades estándar pensadas para su bienestar, como duchas tipo lluvia montadas en el cielo raso, grandes bañeras para dos personas y exclusivos colchones artesanales DreamBed™ que crean el lugar perfecto para que su familia recupere energías antes de disfrutar de otro día intenso en el paraíso.

Para reservar sus vacaciones familiares All-in Luxury® de 2018 en el flamante Royalton Bavaro, visítenos en línea en www.royaltonresorts.com o contacte a su agente de viajes.

Acerca de Royalton Luxury Resorts

Los galardonados Royalton Luxury Resorts personifican la elegancia moderna y ofrecen vacaciones All-In Luxury® en algunos de los destinos tropicales más populares del mundo, incluidos Jamaica, la República Dominicana, México y Cuba. Cuentan con una amplia variedad de servicios de primera clase todo incluido, que incluyen el colchón artesanal y de calidad superior DreamBed™, gastronomía de lujo ilimitada sin reservas, All-In Connectivity ™ con Wi-Fi y llamadas de larga distancia de cortesía desde la habitación, la garantía Sports Event Guarantee™ y más. Muchos de los complejos hoteleros están dirigidos tanto a familias como a parejas, con innovadoras actividades supervisadas para niños y adolescentes que se ofrecen sin cargo adicional combinadas con alojamientos y opciones gastronómicas aptos para toda la familia. Royalton Luxury Resorts ampliará su oferta de experiencias vacacionales elegantes y de alta categoría con la adición de dos nuevos complejos hoteleros, Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana, con la inauguración programada para fines de 2017 y Royalton Bavaro, con la inauguración programada en enero de 2018.

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interCaribbean launches new Tortola flights

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – interCaribbean Airways, celebrating 25 years of continuous service, is pleased to announce new schedule services from Tortola to five new cities this winter season, making 22 cities served.

New services will begin from February 1, 2018 with nonstop flights from Tortola’s Terrence B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) to: -

St Thomas (STT) (Cyril E. King Airport

2 flights daily

St Croix, (Henry E Rholsen Airport)

1 flight daily

Sint Maarten (SXM) (Princess Juliana International Airport)

2 flights daily

Dominica (DOM) (Douglas-Charles Airport

3 flights weekly

One stop to Castries, St Lucia (SLU) continuing from Dominica (DOM)

3 flights weekly

Today interCaribbean provides competitively priced nonstop flights between Tortola and Antigua, San Juan, and Santo Domingo, with same day connecting flights to the Turks and Caicos Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, and the Bahamas.

“We believe interCaribbean is the first schedule airline to offer 7 nonstop destinations from the British Virgin Islands,” said Mr. Trevor Sadler, CEO for interCaribbean. “Our planned connections current and new are designed to minimize layover times.”

Founded as Inter Island Airways in 1991 by Turks Islander, Mr. Lyndon R. Gardiner, Chairman of interCaribbean, the airline started as a charter service, and embarked on a program of adding scheduled international destinations, gradually adding larger and faster aircraft.

“The plan to connect the Caribbean and the wider international market continues to grow and is coming along nicely,” said Mr. Gardiner. “There are now a lot of connections between residents of the destinations we serve, and, by offering new connective options we hope to stimulate an increase in tourist and business travel in the region.”

interCaribbean entered the BVI market in 2016 with direct flights between the BVI and Antigua, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. By July 2017, the airline introduced three, weekly scheduled direct flights between the BVI and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

For more information on destinations and reservations, visit www.intercaribbean.com

About interCaribbean
interCaribbean operates EMB 120, Twin Otter and BE99 aircrafts connecting Turks & Caicos, Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands, Dominica and St. Maarten/St. Martin. Domestic flights are provided in Jamaica between Kingston and Montego Bay, as well as flights within the Turks & Caicos Islands.

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TOP TOURIST VOYAGE TO HAITI PRODUCED BY MY HAITI TRAVELS MARKS 5TH ANNIVERSARY WITH IMPACT WEEK IN JANUARY 2018

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CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Oct. 10, 2017: My Haiti Travels, a New York-based boutique concierge firm that produces high-quality leisure and business travel experiences with a social impact, announced its 5th Anniversary “Impact Week” signature trip to Haiti scheduled January 11-18, 2018. From the rich culture and historic monuments to stunning landscapes and intoxicating beaches, the My Haiti Travels package offers an unforgettable tour across multiple destinations, including Port-au-Prince, Petion-Ville, Cotes des Arcadins and Cap-Haitien, including a not-to-be-missed visit to the 19th-century Citadelle, a universal symbol of liberty and one of the most extraordinary wonders of the world.

Since launching in 2010, My Haiti Travels has been hailed as a top tourism influencer attracting groups of travelers seeking a vibrant cultural adventure in Haiti. The 5th Anniversary “Impact Week” itinerary will include epic excursions with professional guides in private transport to notable landmarks, dining at top restaurants, live music and entertainment, shopping at artisan shops and more. Guests will also enjoy deluxe boutique hotel and beach resort stays at two locally owned properties – the renovated Kinam Hotel in Petion-Ville, an upscale suburb of the nation’s capital Port-au-Prince, and the scenic Moulin Sur Mer resort on the Arcadins Coast, a sought-after Caribbean beach destination.

Back by popular demand, My Haiti Travels will visit Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city located in the north. As an exceptional highlight of the trip, guests will travel mountain top on horseback to the Citadelle, the largest fortress in the Americas and a World Heritage Site officially recognized by the United Nations.

The My Haiti Travels agency was founded by Haitian-born Dina Simon shortly following the devastating earthquake of January 2010 to support the resurgence of tourism and investment in Haiti, and to promote the patronage of local businesses, hotel/resort establishments and restaurants. My Haiti Travels staff continues to build relationships and work diligently with local professionals and experts across Haiti’s hospitality and tourism sector to provide safe, meaningful and fun experiences.

“Whether you are a first-time visitor or frequent traveler, My Haiti Travels’ fifth anniversary Impact Week is a life-changing opportunity to see Haiti through our eyes,” said Dina Simon, founder and managing director, My Haiti Travels. “My Haiti Travels has spent years building strong relationships with hotel properties, artisans, business owners and local partners allowing us to offer clients a high quality experience at competitive rates. We are so very proud to have helped lead the way for many others to see Haiti as a tourist destination.”

As part of the “Impact Week” tour, each year travelers spend a day at a school participating in skill building youth projects to commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday celebrated in the U.S. The 2018 “Impact Week” will feature Project Day for the fifth year to provide volunteer services to students of PRODEV’s (Progress and Development through the Youth of Haiti) Ecole Nouvelle Zoranje in the Village de La Renaissance. Established in 1995 to empower the youth of Haiti through education, PRODEV is a Haitian-led non-profit, non-political foundation officially recognized by the government of Haiti. “Impact Week” travelers continue to be involved in meaningful ways, such as providing supplies, donating technical equipment to students, conducting fundraisers and starting new education programs in Haiti. The 2018 Project Day will be especially significant for participants as it coincides with the date of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

“My Haiti Travels and its wonderful travelers have been coming to Ecole Nouvelle Zoranje and their day of service is highly anticipated by children and staff. When a group of young Haitian Americans and friends of Haiti arrive on our school campus, they bring hope, a can-do attitude and more importantly serve as great role models to our children,” said Maryse Pénette-Kedar, PRODEV board president. “We are truly honored to host MHT’s visits and look forward to more. Happy 5th Anniversary MHT!”

Since its inaugural group trip in 2013, through its “Impact Week” tour, “Jacmel Getaway” voyage and other custom expeditions, My Haiti Travels has served hundreds of travelers in support of hotels, drivers, airlines, restaurants, shops and artisans operating in Haiti. Ranging in age from teen agers to baby boomers, the diverse travel groups hail from all professions and cultural backgrounds seeking to explore Haiti’s dynamic Taino, African, Latin and French ancestry.

Media partners of the 5th Anniversary 2018 “Impact Week” tour include Belle Vue Tours; Chokarella; Haiti Cultural ExchangeHaitian Businesses; Haitians Rock by Ronald Timmer; Kreyolicious; Manman Pemba; and The Haitian Roundtable.

To register and for more information on the 2018 “Impact Week,” please contact My Haiti Travels at info@myhaititravels.com or visit www.MyHaitiTravels.com

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About My Haiti Travels

My Haiti Travels (MHT) is a New York-based boutique concierge firm that coordinates and produces high-quality travel experiences with a social impact for groups seeking to explore Haiti for leisure and business purposes. Each January My Haiti Travels presents the “Impact Week” tour during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. My Haiti

Travels also promotes a positive image of Haiti through multi-media travel stories encouraging people to “see Haiti through our eyes”. For more information, visit www.MyHaitiTravels.com and follow @MyHaitiTravels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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All New Royalton Negril Offers Family-Friendly Savings of 55% and One Child Free This Fall!

TORONTO, Aug. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Royalton Luxury Resorts is giving families up to 55% off all-inclusive vacations at Royalton Negril, plus one child can stay, play and eat FREE on All-in Luxury® family-friendly holidays for all ages!  Guests that select a Luxury Family Suite or Luxury Presidential Suite between August and December will also receive resort credits of up to $150 or up to $300 with a Diamond Club™ upgrade.

Family getaways at Royalton Negril that are booked by August 31st, will offer a non-stop fun-filled stay where special savings make it easier for everyone to come along.  Siblings, cousins and friends are welcome to play all day at the on-site splash pad, or enjoy a host of non-motorized watersports like paddle boards and kayaks all included.  Younger children are sure to enjoy the safe and supervised Clubhouse Kids Club, where activities like face painting, arts & crafts and mini chef classes are always on the go. For more independent young guests, the Hangout Teens Lounge offers a variety of age appropriate activities like PlayStation duels, billiards, and beach Olympics.

For the whole family, a 2017 All-in Luxury® vacation is made perfect with a variety of premium amenities that include handcrafted DreamBed™ mattresses, high thread count sheets, double-headed rain shower, large soaker tub, and Diamond Club™ upgrades with butler service where travelers can enjoy an even more effortless stay. For those who prefer to stay online and share their holiday, All-in Connectivity™ features include unlimited free long distance calls to North America and parts of Europe as well as complimentary resort-wide Wi-Fi for all devices, making it easier to stay connected with home.

Royalton Negril’s unique footprint sprawls along one of Negril’s famous beaches, offering three distinct vacation experiences: the fun-filled family-friendly resort, a Diamond Club™ area for superior service and the adults-only Hideaway at Royalton Negril. Groups, families or those who seek a more superior vacation are sure to select the Diamond Club™ Chairman’s Building for unparalleled waterfront views and an industry-leading four-bedroom oceanfront suite with separate butler entrance, ocean view bedrooms and a large terrace for delicious meals al fresco.

To take advantage of these great savings on your next family all-inclusive vacation, visit www.royaltonresorts.com or contact your travel agent.

About Royalton Luxury Resorts

Epitomizing modern elegance, award winning Royalton Luxury Resorts offer All-In Luxury® vacations in some of the world’s most popular tropical destinations, including Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Cuba. Boasting an array of world-class all inclusive features including the premium, handcrafted DreamBed™, unlimited reservation-free luxury dining, All-In Connectivity™ with complimentary Wi-Fi and in-room long distance calling, a Sports Event Guarantee™, and more. Many of the resorts cater equally to families and couples alike, with industry-leading supervised kids and teen activities offered at no additional cost combined with family-friendly accommodation and dining options. Royalton Luxury Resorts will expand its offering of upscale and elegant vacation experiences with the addition of two new resorts, Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana, scheduled to open late 2017 and Royalton Bavaro, scheduled to open this coming Winter 2017/2018.

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Family-favorite Memories Splash Punta Cana Strong in 2017 With Multiple Award Wins

TORONTO, July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Memories Splash, a tried-and-tested family-loved all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, is celebrating industry-leading award wins, a testament to the quality vacation experience the resort consistently provides.

“We are extremely proud of the very positive guest feedback we have received since the resort opened in 2013, yet each day our committed teams continue to provide the best hospitality to every guest,” said Jordi Pelfort, Managing Director.

This year, Delta Vacations honored Memories Splash with the 2017 Quality Assurance Award for providing high-quality experiences to over 99% of their clients who stayed at the resort.  Its 525-rooms and endless activities create the ideal vacation for families and couples of all vacation preferences with great all-inclusive features such as complimentary access to the largest on-site water park in the Caribbean.

“Memories Splash is particularly deserving of these industry-leading awards with its diverse range of activities for guests of all ages,” said Mascia Nadin, General Manager of Memories Splash Punta Cana. “We see grandparents travelling with their children and grandchildren, we see fun-loving couples and we also see groups of friends who travel to celebrate milestones. This resort truly offers a quality vacation everyone will enjoy.”

The first distinction from Delta Vacations for Memories Splash, this year’s accolade comes on the heels of multiple awards for exceptional and consistent quality service in 2016 and 2017, namely both the 2017 Trip Advisor® Certificate of Excellence, and the Travellers’ Choice Award, the travel review site’s highest honor.  The resort’s guest-favorite range of amenities a kids club that includes the Seaside Summer Camp Adventure from June to September, and a teen lounge geared to junior, more independent travelers. Parents are sure to enjoy the all-inclusive dining options and spectacular evening entertainment plus access to the newly opened casino and world-class The Royal Spa at neighboring Royalton Punta Cana. Until August 7, guests can save up to 53% off when booking online.

To book your next award-winning vacation at Memories Splash, please contact your travel agent or visit www.memoriesresorts.com

About Memories Resorts & Spa

Memories Resorts & Spa welcome guests to “Celebrate the Moments” with family and loved ones in lush tropical settings across Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Memories Resorts provide top-notch facilities and amenities, laid-back ‘toes in the sand’ elegance with personalized service, all-inclusive features and spacious accommodations to suit the needs of each traveler and family group.  With world-class à la carte dining, unlimited premium drinks, and day-to-evening entertainment, families, singles and groups enjoy Memories Resorts & Spa as the ultimate vacation to create unforgettable memories.

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Natalie Walsh, Corporate Manager, Public Relations, +1-647-545-6926, nwalsh@bluediamondresorts.com

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Amerijet International Airlines – First U.S. All-Cargo Airline To Earn CEIV Certification

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, July 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Amerijet International is the first all-cargo airline of U.S. origin to earn IATA’s CEIV-Pharma certification after being awarded the designation on June 27, 2017.

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Successful completion of the certification process allows Amerijet to strengthen its promise to exceed the high standards set by the pharmaceutical industry. Amerijet has invested heavily in technology, infrastructure and processes over the last few years to ensure the safe handling and transportation of high-value and temperature sensitive cargo.

“This certification reconfirms our commitment to offering the highest consistent quality, professionalism and transparency to our customers. Being the first all-cargo airline from the U.S. to receive the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics is a direct result of hard work and the investments we have made over the last few years to our Temperature Controlled (ATC) program,” said Vic Karjian, President and CEO of Amerijet International Airlines.

Amerijet has more than 40 years of experience handling temperature sensitive air freight. The airline transports over 300 million pounds (136 million kg.) of freight including 65 million pounds (30 million kg.) of temperature controlled products annually. Amerijet’s Temperature Controlled handling facility at the Miami airport includes a custom-built cooling facility equipped with active alarm systems, temperature data recorders and 24/7 CCTV monitoring. Computer monitored pharmaceutical cooling chambers provide storage environments for ambient 15°C – 25°C, chilled at 2°C – 8°C, and frozen at -0°C shipments.

Rasheme Richardson, Vice President of Airport Operations for Amerijet added, “As an airline, our role in the supply chain is to provide safe handling and to ensure temperature integrity for all pharmaceutical shipments. We demand the same uniform standards and processes from all of our business partners, including our handlers and trucking companies. Complying with the healthcare cold chain logistics standards, expected from pharmaceutical manufacturers and life sciences companies, helps to support the global healthcare initiative of putting patient safety first.”

“Amerijet’s strategy to enhance its pharma shipping offering through investing in the latest cold chain technology and joining the IATA CEIV Pharma certification program demonstrates the airline’s commitment to patient safety. We congratulate Amerijet for their achievement in meeting shippers’ expectations in terms of standardization and transparency. This will contribute towards developing a stronger, more competitive and enhanced air cargo service for pharmaceuticals in North and Latin America for this vital sector,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA Global Head of Cargo.

More About Amerijet:

With more than 40 years of experience in the cargo industry, Amerijet operates its own dedicated freighter fleet of B767-300/200 aircraft from its primary hub at the Miami International Airport to 38 destinations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. The company provides more main deck capacity to more destinations with more frequency than any other all-cargo operator in its service region. Amerijet’s global network reaches 476 destinations in Europe, Asia, Pacific, South Africa and the Middle East with seamless and transparent transportation solutions for customers shipping time-sensitive, valuable and temperature controlled commodities.

Within the United States, Canada and Mexico, Amerijet partners with premium regional and local asset-based carriers to provide full truckload, less-than-truckload and expedited services.  Throughout the company’s international service region in the Caribbean, Central and South America, Amerijet offers clearance and last mile delivery for commercial customers across many industries.

The company’s Miami 210,000 square-foot export (19,509 square-meter) and 100,000 square-foot (9,290 square-meter) imports air cargo handling facilities include a custom-built perishable handling center providing refrigerated, frozen and chilled storage to maintain the cold chain integrity of pharmaceuticals and perishables during the transportation process.  Advanced monitoring procedures, real-time shipment alerts and cargo tracking provide end-to-end visibility of every shipment.

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Air Canada Inaugurates Year-Round Service between Toronto and Port of Spain, Trinidad

New non-stop, twice-weekly service to be operated by Air Canada Rouge

MONTREAL, Dec. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Air Canada today inaugurated new year-round service between Toronto and Trinidad. This morning’s departure of Air Canada Rouge flight AC1880 marks the beginning of twice-weekly, non-stop flights from Toronto to Port of Spain’s Piarco International Airport.

“Air Canada is very pleased to inaugurate this new, year-round service between Toronto and Port of Spain as part of our ongoing global expansion. In addition to being a popular vacation destination for Canadians, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago have longstanding ties, with many Canadians of Trinidadian descent visiting friends and relatives, and there are also substantial business ties. This new service will connect conveniently with our extensive domestic and international network through our Toronto-Pearson global hub,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.

Air Canada’s Toronto-Port of Spain flights will operate with a 280-seat Boeing 767-300ER featuring two classes of service with 24 Premium Rouge seats and 256 seats in Economy Class. Flights provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption and, for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access in Toronto, priority boarding and other benefits.

FLIGHT

DEPARTS

ARRIVES

DAYS of the WEEK

AC1880

Toronto at 8:45

Port of Spain at 15:10

Tuesday, Thursday

AC1881

Port of Spain at 16:35

Toronto at 21:25

Tuesday, Thursday

About Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2015 served more than 41 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 57 in the United States and 90 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,330 airports in 192 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax. For more information, please visit: www.aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.

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interCaribbean introduces new Montego Bay nonstop flight

OVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — interCaribbean Airways is pleased to announce a new nonstop weekly service from Providenciales to Montego Bay.

These new flights will commence operating on December 18th, 2016 every Sunday and return every Monday. The service is initially offered on a once weekly basis on the following schedule.  This new flight increases the flights to 8 weekly flights in each direction between Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands with a faster flight and improved connections from San Juan -Puerto Rico, Nassau – Bahamas and Santo Domingo -Dominican Republic.  These flights offer the fastest way around the Caribbean.

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, welcomed the announcement by interCaribbean Airways of the new nonstop weekly service from Providenciales to the island’s tourism capital and second city.

Minister Bartlett said “intra-regional travel has a critical role to play in Jamaica’s efforts to grow visitor arrivals over the current growth rate of five percent.  Cooperation between our sister islands will assist in establishing multi-destination marketing arrangements that give us access to new markets.  This is exciting news for us and we are happy to have interCaribbean Airways on board.”

SCHEDULE

Depart Providenciales every Sunday

4:15pm

Arrive Montego Bay

5:05pm

Depart Montego Bay every Monday

8:15am

Arrive Providenciales

11:05am

Dr. Rafael Echevarne, Chief Executive Officer of MBJ Airports Limited said we are very pleased with the new non-stop service to Providenciales. Montego Bay not only gains a new destination, but having direct access to interCaribbean’s hub opens up a wealth of much needed connectivity to the Caribbean.

Trevor Sadler, interCaribbean Chief Executive Officer said the steady increase in demand to Montego Bay warrants the introduction of this new service.  We are pleased to continue to respond to the need of the Caribbean Traveler with this service.  With significant ties between the two Caribbean nations we look forward to building on this initial once per week service.

About interCaribbean Airways:
interCaribbean Airways is based in the Turks & Caicos Islands, and was founded 25 years ago, to connect you and the Caribbean. The company operates a fleet of EMB 120, Twin Otter, BE99 aircraft connecting the Turks & Caicos to Antigua, Tortola, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Cuba; Domestic flights in Jamaica between Kingston and Montego Bay, are also offered.

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interCaribbean moves to 18 flights weekly between San Juan and Tortola

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — interCaribbean Airways is pleased to announce a major increase in air service to commence double daily services effective from December 19th, 2016 and triple daily 4 times a week.

This new AM and PM services give the opportunity for business and leisure travelers in the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to visit for a day, and be home in time for dinner. These flights operated by EMB 120 aircraft are the fastest turbo prop aircraft in its class making it the quickest connection.

Trevor Sadler, interCaribbean Chief Executive Officer said, “Since we first began service into the San Juan to Tortola we have seen a steady increase in the demand for our flights.  We are pleased to respond to this demand with significant increase in flights between two favorite islands and in addition to new daily flights from Tortola to Antigua.”

Commenting on the recent announcement by interCaribbean Airways of an increase in service to the British Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands Director of Tourism Mrs. Sharon Flax-Brutus said, “The BVI Tourist Board is pleased that interCaribbean Airways is demonstrating its commitment to bring convenient air transportation to the region and applauds the airline’s recent decision to increase service to the BVI.  The increase in service between the BVI and Antigua and the BVI and San Juan is welcome news as it will help address the challenge of airlift and accessibility to the destination.”

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About interCaribbean Airways:
interCaribbean Airways is based in the Turks & Caicos Islands, and was founded 25 years ago to connect you and the Caribbean. The company operates a fleet of EMB 120, Twin Otter, BE99 aircraft connecting the Turks & Caicos to Antigua, Tortola, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Cuba; Domestic flights in Jamaica between Kingston and Montego Bay, are also offered.

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Two Royalton Luxury Resorts ranked among best in the Caribbean by Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — One of the most respected and credible luxury travel publications, Conde Nast Traveler has ranked Royalton Punta Cana and CHIC Punta Cana among the Top Resorts in the Caribbean for its 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Royalton Punta Cana has been operating for nearly four years and CHIC just under two, so we are extremely proud of our dedicated management and staff who have achieved this honor in a short period of time,” said Mauricio Zarate, General Manager of Royalton Luxury Resorts in the Dominican Republic.

An award based strictly on traveler feedback, the Reader’s Choice Award is a strong acknowledgement of each resort’s dedication to customer service.  Between April and July of 2016, over 300,000 people cast their vote on more than 20,000 experiences, and chose to rank both Royalton Punta Cana and CHIC among the top 60 luxury resorts in the Caribbean.

“Royalton Luxury Resorts is still establishing itself and remains an emerging brand,” said Jordi Pelfort, Managing Director of Blue Diamond Resorts.  “However, as Royalton has been the recipient of numerous industry-leading accolades so far, we are thrilled to see how Royalton will grow over the next few years.”

Royalton Luxury Resorts offer guests an unforgettably elegant vacation experience in some of the Caribbean’s most sought-after destinations. With signature All-in Luxury® features including the premium, handcrafted DreamBed™, Unlimited Reservation-Free Luxury Dining, All-In Connectivity™, a Sports Event Guarantee™, elegantly styled rooms, splash parks, superb culinary options and entertainment for guests of all ages, Royalton Luxury Resorts are confirmed leaders in luxury vacation experiences. In each of these modern and contemporary hotels in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, Diamond Club™ upgrades are available for the most discerning guest offering butler service, premium in-suite liquor, exclusive pool and beach areas and the Diamond Club™ Lounge for private hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

To book your next luxury all-inclusive vacation visit www.royaltonresorts.com or contact your travel agent.

About Royalton Luxury Resorts
Epitomizing modern elegance, award winning Royalton Luxury Resorts offer All-In Luxury® vacations in some of the world’s most popular tropical destinations, including Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Cuba. Boasting an array of world-class all inclusive features including the premium, handcrafted DreamBed™, unlimited reservation-free luxury dining, All-In Connectivity™ with complimentary Wi-Fi and in-room long distance calling, a Sports Event Guarantee™, and more.  Many of the resorts cater equally to families and couples alike, with industry-leading supervised kids and teen activities offered at no additional cost combined with family-friendly accommodation and dining options. Royalton Luxury Resorts will expand its offering of upscale and elegant vacation experiences with the addition of five new resorts, Royalton Blue Waters which opened on October 15th and Royalton Saint Lucia, Royalton Negril and their adults only Hideaway will open January 15, 2017.

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Suppliers to Cruise Lines Can Increase Business through New Initiative at the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show

PEMBROKE PINES, Florida, Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Anyone looking to supply products to cruise lines has a prime opportunity at the 23rd annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show. The new Purchasing Initiative will put suppliers direct to customer: decision-making procurement executives from the FCCA’s 19 Member Lines. Participation in the Initiative will include a trade show booth within the first-ever Purchasing Pavilion, specialized one-on-one meetings and networking events with supply chain and purchasing cruise executives, and a workshop focused on sourcing and purchasing.

“The Purchasing Initiative will offer opportunities for both suppliers and the cruise industry,” said Micky Arison, Chairman, Carnival Corporation & plc and the FCCA. “The FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show has traditionally been one of the best ways for cruise tourism stakeholders and key cruise line decision makers to interact and develop mutual understanding and benefits, and this initiative is the perfect extension to increase success for this crucial sector.”

“We could not be prouder to offer the Purchasing Initiative at our keynote event,” said Michele Paige, President, FCCA. “Our primary mission is to develop bilateral relationships between the cruise industry and destinations and stakeholders, and this will help improve synergy and success between cruise lines and destinations’ local suppliers.”

The Initiative represents the FCCA’s efforts to strengthen its purchasing efforts within cruise destinations, under the direction of Michael Jones, Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and chairman of the FCCA Purchasing Committee, who will participate at the event, meetings, and workshop along with a number of other procurement executives from the 19 FCCA Member Lines, including Julia Brown, Chief Procurement Officer, Carnival Corporation & plc and Carl Robie, SVP, Supply Chain & Logistics Management, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

Taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from September 26-30, the Purchasing Initiative will add the opportunity to improve suppliers’ business with the cruise industry onto the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show’s traditional series of one-on-one meetings, workshops and exhibiting and networking opportunities between about 1,000 attendees and 100 influential cruise executives, presidents and CEOs.

To learn more and/or participate in the Purchasing Initiative, please e-mail Purchasing@F-CCA.com. To register and/or learn more about the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, please visit: https://www.regonline.com/fccapuertorico.

About the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA)
Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and builds bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.

CONTACT: Carlos Santamarina, 954-441-8881, purchasing@f-cca.com

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Enterprise Holdings Partnering With ATL Automotive/Sandals in Jamaica

Partnership Brings All Three Rental Brands to New Market

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Enterprise Holdings today announced that Jamaica’s leading automotive company, ATL Automotive – an affiliate of the family-operated Sandals Resorts International (SRI) Group – will serve as the franchisee for its Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands in Jamaica.

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The agreement will bring all three Enterprise Holdings brands to tri-branded facilities throughout the island starting in late 2016. Locating all three brands in one facility will offer customers easy access to a wide range of rental options.

“Jamaica is an important market for our customers. These new locations enable us to serve both our leisure and corporate customers at one of the top tourist destinations in the Caribbean,” said Peter A. Smith, vice president of global franchising at Enterprise Holdings, the largest car rental company in the world.

“Culturally and operationally, ATL Automotive is a great match for us, given their strong growth profile, focus on customer service and dedication to philanthropy throughout the region,” Smith noted.

ATL Automotive was founded in 1997 and quickly rose to become Jamaica’s leading car dealer with some of the world’s top car brands.  SRI is the market leader in Caribbean tourism and operator of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Island Routes Caribbean Adventures. SRI also operates the Sandals Foundation, which supports a wide range of Caribbean causes, with particular focus on community, education and the environment.

“As the franchisee bringing together the Enterprise, National and Alamo brands in Jamaica for the first time ever, we look forward to a successful partnership with Enterprise Holdings, and to bringing these brands to new customers in new locations as we grow throughout country,” said Adam Stewart, chief executive officer and deputy chairman of SRI and the ATL Group.

“Since our inception, our focus has always been to provide customers with the best experience possible – whether it’s at one of our resorts on the nine islands in which we operate or at one of our state-of-the-art automotive sales and service centers,” Stewart stated. “This matches well with Enterprise’s industry-leading legacy of customer service.”

Enterprise Holdings’ long-term expansion strategy is focused on building a global network that delivers value, choice and outstanding customer service to business and leisure travelers. Today, the company operates in more than 80 countries and territories worldwide.

For more information about Enterprise Holdings, visit www.enterpriseholdings.com.

About Enterprise Holdings

Enterprise Holdings – through its integrated global network of regional subsidiaries and independent franchises – operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. The company and its affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, together offer a total transportation solution, including extensive car rental and car-sharing services, truck rental, corporate fleet management and retail car sales. Combined, these businesses accounted for $19.4 billion in revenue, employed more than 93,000 and owned 1.7 million vehicles throughout the world in fiscal year 2015.

Enterprise Holdings currently is ranked as one of America’s Largest Private Companies. Furthermore, if it were publicly traded, Enterprise Holdings would rank on Fortune’s list of the 500 largest American public companies. In addition, Enterprise Holdings not only accounts for the largest airport market share in the U.S., but its domestic rental fleet also is one of the newest in the industry. The company’s affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, provides full-service fleet management to companies and organizations with medium-sized fleets. Other transportation services marketed under the Enterprise brand name include Enterprise CarShareEnterprise RideshareEnterprise Car SalesEnterprise Truck RentalExotic Car Collection by Enterprise, Zimride by Enterprise and Enterprise Flex-E-Rent.

This press release and car rental industry news are available in the Enterprise Holdings Press Room.

About ATL Automotive

ATL Automotive was formed in 1997 and has served Jamaica for almost two decades, setting the benchmark for automobile sales and service in the island. ATL Automotive now encompasses several divisions exclusively distributing the world’s finest automobile brands, from state-of-the-art showrooms and service facilities in Kingston and Montego Bay, strengthening its undisputed position as the country’s foremost automotive group and changing the face of motoring in Jamaica forever.

About Sandals Resorts

Sandals Resorts offers two people in love with the most romantic, Luxury-Included® vacation experience in the Caribbean. With 15 stunning beachfront settings in Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas, Barbados and Grenada, Sandals Resorts offers more quality inclusions than any other resort company on the planet.  Signature Love Nest suites for the ultimate in privacy and service; butlers trained by the English Guild of Professional Butlers; Red Lane Spa®; 5-Star Global Gourmet™ dining, ensuring top-shelf liquor, premium wines and gourmet specialty restaurants; Aqua Centers with expert PADI® certification and training; fast Wi-Fi from beach to bedroom and WeddingMoons®, for dream destination weddings are all Sandals Resorts exclusives. Sandals Resorts is part of family-owned Sandals Resorts International (SRI), which includes Beaches Resorts and is the Caribbean’s leading all-inclusive resort company.  For more information about the Sandals Resorts Luxury Included® difference, visit www.sandals.com.

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Forbes Travel Guide Announces 2016 Star Rating Awards

154 Hotels Across the Globe Achieve the Coveted Five-Star Award, with Forbes Travel Guide Now Rating in 29 Countries and More than 100 of the World’s Top Destinations

Paris Wins Nine Five-Star Hotel Awards in its First Year as a Forbes Travel Guide-Rated Destination, Joining Macau with the Most Top Hotels

Four Seasons Dominates with Six New Five-Star Hotels; The Caribbean and Mexico Emerge with Distinctive Five-Star Winners, Large and Small; The Langham, Chicago Earns a “Double Five” for its Hotel and Spa

ATLANTA, Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its 58th list of worldwide Star Rating recipients, including 42 new Five-Star hotels, 101 new Four-Star hotels and 57 new hotels in the Recommended category.

Forbes Travel Guide now rates properties in 29 countries throughout The Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region and expects to double its size again in the next year with expansion into the Middle East and Africa. The 2016 Five-Star hotel winners now total 154 — the most in Forbes Travel Guide’s history. The company continues its uniquely selective process for recognizing the finest properties in the markets it rates, rewarding intuitive, gracious service —  which makes winning an award one of the most prestigious achievements in the industry.

In addition to the Five-Star hotel winners, two new restaurants earned Five-Star awards, bringing the total to 56. Two new spas achieved Forbes Travel Guide’s highest honor, pushing the tally to 47 Five-Star spas. See the complete Star Rating list here.

“We are delighted to recognize the 2016 Star Rating recipients, a phenomenal group of hotels, restaurants and spas,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “These properties set an unimpeachable standard of excellence in hospitality at a moment when the proliferation of voices claiming to provide unbiased ratings online is exploding. With Forbes Travel Guide-rated properties, there is no ambiguity, no doubt: based on a stringent set of standards developed and refined over six decades, our ratings are now accepted and embraced worldwide. We are proud to congratulate each of the owners, property managers and their teams, and everyone associated with the prestigious properties recognized today. Together, we help discerning consumers make better luxury travel decisions worldwide.”

Forbes Travel Guide also recognized a total of 410 Four-Star hotels, 187 Four-Star restaurants and 180 Four-Star spas, as well as its list of 159 Recommended hotels and 68 Recommended restaurants in the markets it rates — the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Bermuda, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Costa Rica, England’s Home Counties, London, the French Riviera, Paris, Berlin, Florence, Milan, Rome, Geneva, Bangkok, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo.

A Snapshot of the List: Highlighting the Big Winners and Trends

  • Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts made the strongest showing among hotel brands, with six new Five-Star hotels in Florence, Italy; Geneva, Switzerland; Hangzhou, China; Papagayo, Costa Rica; Paris, France; and Whistler, Canada. It also dominated the overall Five-Star hotel list, nabbing 26 of the 42 spots. This is the first time in the company’s history it has achieved six new Five-Star hotels in a single year.
  • Paris was the year’s biggest winner among new destinations, debuting with nine Five-Star hotels: Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée; La Réserve Paris; Le Bristol Paris; Le Meurice; Le Royal Monceau — Raffles Paris; Mandarin Oriental, Paris; The Peninsula Paris; and Shangri-La Hotel, Paris.
  • Italy also scored high, with eight hotels earning Five-Star accolades in the country’s first year as a rated destination. Rome continues to be a hot luxury destination, boasting four Five-Star hotels (Hotel de Russie, Hotel Eden, Hotel Hassler Roma, J.K. Place Roma). Florence clinched three Five-Star awards (Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Hotel Savoy, Portrait Firenze) and Milan took one (Mandarin Oriental, Milan).
  • In the Asia-Pacific region, Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake became the first-ever Five-Star hotel in that newly rated destination. China now has a total of 10 Five-Star hotels, with three first-time winners this year. Palace Hotel Tokyo became the first Japanese-branded hotel ever to receive Five-Star recognition. Peninsula achieved two new Five-Star awards, one in Tokyo and another in Bangkok.
  • Distinctive independent boutique properties around the world continue to gain recognition, including The Goring, London; J.K. Place Roma, Rome; La Réserve Paris; and Portrait Firenze, Florence; and. All garnered Five-Star awards for the first time. Coworth Park, set in the English Royal County of Berkshire, also earned the top honor — demonstrating that the highest levels of service and facilities can be found in all locations, at all property types and in all parts of the world.
  • Langham Hotels & Resorts nabbed its first Five-Star award in the U.S. The Langham, Chicago won the top honor for both its hotel and spa.
  • The Caribbean and Mexico scored big wins. In the Caribbean, large branded hotels such as Puerto Rico’s Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve joined independent boutique properties like Barbados’ Sandy Lane Hotel in earning first-time Five-Stars. Mexico had six Five-Star hotels on the list in Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Punta Mita.
  • In the U.S., Wequassett Resort and Golf Club became the only Five-Star hotel on Cape Cod, its first time winning the coveted honor. It joined Five-Star properties from destinations as diverse as New York City (eight Five-Star hotels); Las Vegas (five Five-Star hotels); and Park City, Utah (two Five-Star hotels).

For details on how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star Ratings, visit http://www.forbestravelguide.com/about/forbes-travel-guide.

To view the complete list of 2016 Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating recipients, visit http://www.forbestravelguide.com/about/awardwinners.

About Forbes Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide is the originator of the prestigious Five-Star Rating system, and has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. Forbes Travel Guide is the most prestigious standard for luxury hospitality worldwide. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visit www.forbestravelguide.com.

ForbesTravelGuide.com combines the objectivity and heritage of the Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating system with insightful recommendations from a hand-selected group of travel experts, tastemakers and Forbes Travel Guide inspectors. ForbesTravelGuide.com is the exclusive online destination for Forbes Travel Guide’s list of Star-Rated hotels, restaurants and spas, and gives its registered members exclusive access to special offers and curated experiences from select Forbes Travel Guide partners.

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