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Paymaster (Jamaica) and interCaribbean Airways launch payment convenience

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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.

For more details please visit http://www.prioritypass.com

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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.


Media Contact

Daphne Leroy

DML Media Group, LLC

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www.DMLmediagroup.com

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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.

For further information:
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.

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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.

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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.”

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Depart Providenciales every Sunday

4:15pm

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5:05pm

Depart Montego Bay every Monday

8:15am

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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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Seaborne Airlines Flying High in The Golden Mile Business District of San Juan

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Seaborne Airlines and the Puerto Rico Infrastructure Financing Authority (PRIFA) have entered into an agreement to install Seaborne’ s corporate logo on the 23rd floor of the exterior frontal façade of the World Plaza Building in Hato Rey. Seaborne’ s headquarter offices are located in the World Plaza, one of the tallest and most emblematic commercial buildings in the business zone. The government of Puerto Rico made a strategic investment in Seaborne, closing in early 2014. Since that time, Seaborne and Puerto Rico have worked together to allow Seaborne to ’spread its wings’ to 17 airports throughout the Caribbean. Seaborne operates as a codeshare partner to American Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Air Europa with interline connecting agreements with Delta Airlines, United Airlines and many other carriers.

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Constructed in 1972, the architectural design of the World Plaza remains one of the most striking views in the skyline of The Golden Mile. It also holds an important place in the business history of Puerto Rico, having shared another legendary name, Banco de Ponce, exactly where Seaborne will proudly display its brand.

Very soon, Seaborne’s brand will rise up in the busy Golden Mile District. Seaborne Airlines, the largest regional operator at the Caribbean’s largest connecting hub at San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport has exemplified itself with high standards of customer service, operating all flights from San Juan with two pilots and a flight attendant on the comfortable 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft.

“We saw the potential of the deal with Seaborne for Puerto Rico, and Seaborne saw the big opportunities that Puerto Rico has to offer as a business destination. It is another example of how we are reenergizing our anchor industries while fostering a services, exportation and knowledge oriented economy” said Alberto Bacó Bagué, Secretary of Economic Development for Puerto Rico. “Now everyone will be able to see that Seaborne’s headquarters are here in Puerto Rico, that they believe in us and that they are part of Puerto Rico’s economic transformation”, said Bacó.

“We are pleased of our joint efforts with Seaborne Airlines to make possible their operations in Puerto Rico, choosing the World Plaza as its headquarters. The property, owned by PRIFA, provides the airline a strategic location in Puerto Rico’s Golden Mile to run its business as one of the largest airlines of the Caribbean. It also secures the airline’s growth as part of Puerto Rico’s aerospace ecosystem”, said Grace Santana, executive director of PRIFA.

Seaborne, a Part 121 US Flag Carrier, is the only commercial airline operating with the Puerto Rican flag on its fuselage. “No one flies the flag higher,” said Gary D. Foss, CEO and President of Seaborne. “This is just another step forward as we continue to build upon the success Seaborne is experiencing in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean”, added Foss.

“We would like to extend a special thanks to Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, Grace M. Santana, Chief of Staff to the Governor as well as PRIFA Executive Director and Cesar R. Perez, PRIFA Deputy Director, for their support to Seaborne Airlines in this project. We would be remiss to not thank Ingrid R. Rivera Rocafort, Executive Director of The Tourism Company of Puerto Rico and Mr. Joey Cancel Planas, President of the Economic Development Bank of Puerto Rico and their staffs. Without their support and the support of the people of Puerto Rico, Seaborne would not be where it is today”, said Foss.

About Seaborne Airlines

Seaborne Airlines has been operating in the Caribbean for over 23 years, carrying approximately 3 million customers safely. With over 2,200 peak monthly departures to 17 airports, Seaborne serves San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, St. Thomas airport and Seaplane base, St. Croix airport and Seaplane base, Anguilla, Antigua, Tortola, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, St. Kitts, Nevis, La Romana, Punta Cana, and Santo Domingo. All flights operate with two pilots and two engines under Federal Air Regulation Part 121, the strictest code of the US Federal Air Regulation governing air travel.

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Airlift Into Antigua And Barbuda Increases With Addition Of Seaborne Airlines

Seaborne Airlines launched service to Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday December 13

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Dec. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Plans made by Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials to welcome more flights from more airlines and tour operators around the world, upon completion of one of the largest and most modern airports in the Eastern Caribbean have rapidly taken off.

The Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Asot Michael, and Tourism Officials, welcomed a fourth airline into the destination, just three months after the opening of the new terminal at the V.C. Bird International Airport.

Seaborne Airlines launched its non-stop service between their hub in San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and Antigua today with a 34 seat Saab 340 aircraft. The inaugural flight departed San Juan at 12:45 pm, and arrived into Antigua at 2:20 pm.

Seaborne Airline Officials, Mr. Hector Montanez – Director of Business Development & Marketing, Mr. Fernando Vazquez – Director of Airports, and Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Officials, Mrs. Paula Frederick-Hunte – Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Investment, Economic Development & Energy, and Ms. Shirlene Nibbs – Tourism Consultant for the Tourism Ministry were onboard the flight.

In welcoming the new carrier, Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Asot Michael called Seaborne Airlines, “the largest regional operator in the Caribbean.”

“The entrance of Seaborne, provides passengers with one additional option for travelling to Antigua and Barbuda, quicker and more conveniently.

“As a regional hub, the more modern V.C. Bird International Airport, was extremely appealing and advantageous to Seaborne as they seek to expand their services throughout the wider Caribbean.”

Commenting on the inaugurals held to date, the Minister said, “Our mandate is to grow airlift and to enhance our existing strategic positioning.”

“JetBlue’s launch into Antigua and Barbuda earlier in December, and today’s arrival of Seaborne, is especially significant, due to the codeshare agreement signed between the two airlines in October. What this codeshare means to the everyday traveler is that they will be able to travel from JetBlue serviced territories in the United States, to Antigua seamlessly, with one ticket, one check-in and reliable baggage transfer.”

Seaborne’s partnership with JetBlue Airways, as well as Air Europa, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines, means that, the airline can provide connections for passengers from thirty-three other destinations in the Americas as well as in Europe, into Antigua and Barbuda.

“We are excited to introduce Antigua as the 17th airport served by Seaborne Airlines; the fastest growing airline in the Caribbean,” said Seaborne CEO and President Gary Foss.

“I am confident that our customers throughout the region will benefit from Seaborne’s unmatched customer service commitment, low fares and connectivity to our airline partners.”

Flights from Antigua to San Juan depart at 3:05 pm and arrive at 4:40 pm.

V.C. Bird International Airport’s growing portfolio of passenger airlines maintains Antigua and Barbuda’s position as a major hub in the Eastern Caribbean.

About Seaborne Airlines

Seaborne Airlines has been operating in the Caribbean for over 23 years, carrying approximately 3 million customers safely. With over 1,500 monthly departures to 17 airports, Seaborne serves San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, St. Thomas airport and Seaplane base, St. Croix airport and Seaplane base, Anguilla, Antigua, Tortola, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, St. Kitts, Nevis, La Romana, Punta Cana, and Santo Domingo. All flights operate with two pilots and two engines under Federal Air Regulation Part 121, the strictest code of the US Federal Air Regulation governing air travel.

Schedule effective December 13, 2015


Dep. Airport   Arr. Airport   Dep. Time Arr. Time Day of Week

San Juan (SJU) Antigua (ANU)  12:45     14:20     Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun

Antigua (ANU)  San Juan (SJU) 15:05     16:40     Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun

About Antigua & Barbuda:

Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda (Bar-byew’ da) is located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua & Barbuda comprises 108-square miles. The 365 white and pink sand beaches, one for every day of the year, are just the beginning of the treasures that await visitors. Antigua’s rich history and spectacular topography provide a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities. Nelson’s Dockyard, the only remaining example of a Georgian fort commissioned by the British in 1755, is perhaps the most renowned landmark. Betty’s Hope, built in 1674, is the site of one of the first full-scale sugar plantations on Antigua, and offers a chance to step back into time by visiting the restored mills. Another unique attraction is Devil’s Bridge, located at the eastern tip of the island in Indian Town National Park, where Atlantic breakers have carved out a natural limestone arch. Antigua boasts a varied tourism calendar including events such as the World Class Antigua Sailing Week, Classic Yacht Regatta, Antigua Sports Fishing and also the annual Carnival; known as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival. Island accommodation ranges from luxury resorts and all-inclusive hotels to smaller more intimate boutique guesthouses and cottages. For information about Antigua & Barbuda visit www.visitantiguabarbuda.com

CONTACT: Sandra Colon, scolon@nlppr.com

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Barbados Hotel Association Launches Black Friday Sale

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The island nation of Barbados has launched a Black Friday sale offering customers up to 50% off hotels of all categories.  The promotion, which runs from early Friday morning to late Monday night has been organized by the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA).  Customers who want to take advantage of these incredible deals should visit the BHTA’s official Barbados booking site.

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In support of the association’s efforts to attract more bookings for its members, several Barbados hotels have offered unprecedented discounts for those planning a Caribbean vacation in 2016.  Some examples of the hotels participating in the promotion are:

  • Ocean Two Resort & Residences
  • Sea Breeze All Inclusive Resort
  • Yellow Bird Hotel
  • South Gap Hotel
  • Best E Villas

Black Friday deals are available for stays throughout 2016.

About the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association
The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association is a not for profit private sector trade association and one of the largest non-governmental associations in Barbados.  We exist to serve the interests of our diverse membership of over 300 tourism and non-tourism entities, both local and international.  Together with our members and our global public and private sector strategic partners, we strive to ensure that Barbados achieves and maintains the status of the most desired Caribbean destination for pleasure and business.  For more information visit www.bhta.org and for bookings visit www.bookbarbadosnow.com.

CONTACT:  Holly Settle, Public Relations, Regatta Travel Solutions, PR@RegattaTravelSolutions.com, Tel: 305 499 0991

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A New Way to Fly to Cuba, from Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

nterCaribbean Airways starts flights to Santiago de Cuba in December 2015

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Nov. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – This December sees the launch of a new Gateway to the island of Cuba from Providenciales (PLS), Turks & Caicos Islands.  Services to Santiago de Cuba (SCU) commence on December 10th, 2015.

With this new service to Santiago from Providenciales, visitors to the Turks & Caicos Islands will be able enjoy easy access to Eastern Cuba with the initial twice weekly flights.

Providenciales to (PLS) Santiago de Cuba  (SCU)
Flight No              Routing                   Effective Date      Days     Depart  Arrive
JY310                  PLS SCU                   10-Dec-15 12-Mar-16 Thu, Sat 4:00pm  4:10pm*
Santiago de Cuba (SCU)  to Providenciales  (PLS)
JY 311                 SCU PLS                   11-Dec-15 12-Mar-16 Mon, Fri 09:10am 11:20am*
(*1hr difference)

interCaribbean Airways, the official airline of the Turks and Caicos Islands, announced its new route to Santiago de Cuba, with services to Havana, Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), Cuba, slated to start in early 2016.  These new flights expands the airline’s total list of destinations to 18 cities throughout the Caribbean, making interCaribbean the best choice for “connecting you and the Caribbean”.

With increased air services from USA and Canada and the recent addition of a second London frequency by British Airways to Providenciales, this service provides timely international connections to this new service and allowing additional island choices for the vacation traveler to combine several Islands.   It is Ideal for People to People travelers ready to visit the culture of Cuba.

ABOUT INTERCARIBBEAN AIRWAYS

Based in the Turks & Caicos Islands, interCaribbean Airways has served travelers as a gateway to the Caribbean since 1992. The company operates a fleet of EMB 120, Twin Otter and BE99 aircraft connecting the Turks & Caicos to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.  It operates domestic flight in the Turks & Caicos Islands and Jamaica.  International services link Jamaica to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico.  In winter 2015 will see the launch of new nonstop services from Providenciales to Santiago de Cuba and Havana, Cuba, as well as services to Antigua and Barbuda, new Port au Prince to Santo Domingo and Punta Cana to Puerto Rico.

For information regarding the airline, and to book your reservation, visit interCaribbean.com or a preferred travel agency.

CONTACT: media@interCaribbean.com

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Seaborne Airlines and Erie Aviation Reach Agreement for Aircraft Upgrades

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Seaborne Airlines has reached agreement with Erie Aviation Incorporated for Aircraft Upgrades to its SAAB 340B cabins. The new cabin will feature Erie Aviations Textile Group / Green Sky Textiles customized new bulkhead covering, new sidewall and new carpeting for the fleet as well as LED cabin lighting with Mood light option. It introduces some of the latest technology and innovations available in cabin interiors. “Seaborne, as the fastest growing airlines in the Caribbean, has based our business model on exemplary customer service,” said JJ Cruz, Vice President of Maintenance & Engineering for Seaborne. “This fleet upgrade is just the latest example of how Seaborne continues to invest in our customers.”

Seaborne Airlines has been operating in the Caribbean for over 23 years, carrying approximately 2.5 million customers safely. With over 1,500 monthly departures to 17 airports, Seaborne serves San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, St. Thomas airport and Seaplane base, St. Croix airport and Seaplane Base, Anguilla, Antigua, Tortola, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, St. Kitts, Nevis, La Romana, Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. All Flights operate with two pilots and two engines under Federal Air Regulations Part 121, the strictest code of the US Federal Air Regulation governing air travel.

For additional information about the Company please visit seaborneairlines.com

Erie Aviation, including its affiliate Green Sky Textiles, is a Part 21 manufacturer, distributor, and FAR 145 repair station for commercial airline cabin equipment, including but not limited to aircraft lighting and textiles.

For additional information about the Company please visit www.erieaviation.com andwww.greenskytextiles.com.

CONTACT: Seaborne Airlines, Angelia Hanne, amhanne@seaborneairlines.com; Erie Aviation Incorporated, Jan Larson, Phone: 814-314-1021, janl@erieaviation.com

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