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

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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

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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

Arrive Montego Bay

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

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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.

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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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JetBlue and Seaborne Airlines Launch Codeshare Agreement Throughout The Caribbean

Agreement Expands Travel Options At San Juan Focus City

NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) and Seaborne Airlines today began selling flights under a codeshare agreement that will offer customers increased travel options and new destinations throughout the Caribbean. Connections will be made via San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), where JetBlue is the largest carrier.

Customers flying on JetBlue and Seaborne will enjoy the benefit of traveling on a single ticket which allows for one-stop check-in, baggage transfer to the final destination, and conveniently timed connections in San Juan. Flights are available for purchase today on JetBlue.com.

“This latest codeshare agreement combines Seaborne Airlines’ experience serving exciting Caribbean destinations with JetBlue’s established footing as an award-winning carrier to the region,” said Scott Laurence, senior vice president, airline planning at JetBlue.

Initially, JetBlue will place its ‘B6′ designator code on eight Seaborne Airlines routes allowing JetBlue customers to reach more destinations in the Caribbean on a single itinerary.:

  • Anguilla (AXA)
  • Tortola, British Virgin Islands (EIS)
  • Dominica (DOM)
  • Nevis (NEV)
  • St. Kitts (SKB)
  • St. Maarten (SXM)
  • St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT)
  • St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (STX)

Following receipt of all necessary government approvals, JetBlue will place the ‘B6′ designator code on the remainder of the Seaborne Airlines network to include:

  • Antigua (ANU)
  • Fort-de-France, Martinique (FDF)
  • La Romana, Dominican Republic (LRM)
  • Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe (PTP)
  • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ)
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)

“The entire Seaborne Airlines team is excited to begin our codeshare relationship with JetBlue,” said Gary Foss, President and CEO of Seaborne Airlines.  “I’m confident that our customers, Caribbean residents, and tourism to our region will all benefit as a result of this agreement.”

The routes add to JetBlue’s already extensive list of destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America including Grenada, Curacao, Antigua and Mexico City, which were all added to the JetBlue route map in the past year. Additionally, flights to Quito, Ecuador begin in February 2016.

The partnership between JetBlue, a leading carrier to the Caribbean, and Seaborne Airlines, the largest regional operator in the Caribbean, expands upon the carriers’ successful interline agreement established in 2013.

About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 32 million customers a year to 91 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 875 daily flights. For more information please visit JetBlue.com.

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 Muñoz 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.

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Wyndham Sets Sail for Barbados, Unveils Plans for Island’s Newest, Five-Star, Multi-Million Dollar Resort

Hotel giant accelerates Caribbean expansion with development of first Wyndham Grand Resort on site of historic Sam Lord’s Castle in St. Philip

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Highlighting strong and growing interest in its portfolio of upscale brands in the Caribbean, Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company, today announced plans for further global expansion with the development of the 450-room Sam Lord’s Castle Barbados, A Wyndham Grand Resort.

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Located in the parish of St. Philip at the former site of Sam Lord’s Castle–a spot renowned for pirates in the 19th century and one that carries great historical significance in the Caribbean today–the all-new construction resort is being developed with Barbados Tourism Investment, Inc. and will be managed by Wyndham Hotel Group. In addition to spacious, elegantly appointed guest-rooms, the resort will offer three on-site restaurants, 20,000 square-feet of state-of-the-art meeting space as well as an expansive luxury spa and fitness center. It will be the first Wyndham branded resort in Barbados.

“The famous buccaneer Sam Lord settled in this area for its beauty and mystique. Today, we believe he selected the perfect location for our continued growth in the Caribbean,” said Paulo Pena, president and managing director, Latin America and the Caribbean for Wyndham Hotel Group. “This new hotel’s spectacular design will surely become an icon for guests in search of unique 5-star offerings and amenities.”

“Each year Barbados hosts more and more visitors as it continues to position itself as a top vacation spot in the Caribbean. The development of Sam Lord’s Castle Barbados, A Wyndham Grand Resort, will offer guests the beauty of our beaches and access to our distinctive history, merged with the luxurious experience that the Wyndham Grand brand offers to travelers around the world,” said Everton Walters, chairman of Barbados Tourism Investment Inc.

Sam Lord’s Castle Barbados, A Wyndham Grand Resort will be situated along the gorgeous beaches of Long Bay by Sam Lord’s Castle. The site was a beautiful Georgian mansion built in 1820 by Samuel Hall Lord, known as ‘Sam Lord’. It is said that the notorious buccaneer used to hang lanterns on palm trees to attract merchant ships whose captains mistakenly thought the place was a safe harbor.

When it opens in 2018, the hotel will be Wyndham Hotel Group’s 13th property in the Caribbean, with a portfolio which includes The Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, under the Wyndham Grand® Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Garden® Hotels, Ramada® and Howard Johnson® brands. The company is also scheduled to introduce the first TRYP by Wyndham hotel in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico later this year.

The new hotel will participate in Wyndham Rewards®, the simple-to-use, revolutionary new loyalty program from Wyndham Hotel Group that offers members a generous points earning structure along with a flat, free night redemption rate – the first of its kind for a major rewards program. For more information or to enroll, visit www.wyndhamrewards.com.

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About Wyndham Hotel Group

Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company based on number of hotels and is one of three hospitality business units of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN). As both a leading hotel brand franchisor and hotel management services provider, the company’s global portfolio consists of approximately 7,700 properties and over 668,500 rooms in 71 countries under the following brands: Dolce Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Grand® Hotels and Resorts, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Garden® Hotels, TRYP by Wyndham®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham®, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®, Ramada®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. Wyndham Rewards, the company’s guest loyalty program, offers more than 40 million members the opportunity to earn and redeem points at thousands of hotels across the world. For more information visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

CONTACT: Paula Carreiro, Wyndham Hotel Group, (973) 753-7927, paula.carreiro@wyn.com

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Caribbean Hotelier John Jefferis Inducted Into 2015 Tourism Hall of Fame

CaribPR Wire, PAGET, Bermuda, Oct. 12, 2015 — Last Saturday, the Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association inducted Caribbean Hotelier/Developer John Jefferis, JP into the Tourism Hall of Fame for 2015. He is one of only two persons ever to be inducted. The Tourism Hall of Fame recognises and honours those persons who have been outstanding performers in the hospitality and tourism industry and whose hard work, dedication and innovation make Trinidad and Tobago the destination of choice for tourists.

John Jefferis is the owner of Coco Reef – Bermuda, Coco Reef – Tobago and a number of other businesses in the Caribbean region, including Cuba. He started his career as a 15-year-old pot washer at a fish and chip restaurant in London. Today, he is the Chairman and sole shareholder of the Palm Reef Hotel Development Company Limited, Coco Reef Resorts Ltd, the Caribbean Construction Company, Island Resorts International Ltd and Inflite Catering, an airline catering company with operations in both Bermuda and Tobago.

Mr Jefferis, a past President and Chairman of the Bermuda Hotel Association, was the driving force behind Bermuda joining the Caribbean Hotel Association. He went on to become President of the Caribbean Hotel Association from 1996 to 1998 and Chairman from 1998 until 2000. During his presidency, Mr Jefferis visited nearly all of the Caribbean Association member Islands. During his speeches to the Island Hotel Associations his mantra was “Without a vibrant and profitable hotel industry a country can never have a successful tourism industry.”

In 2011, Mr Jefferis was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Bermuda Tourism Board. He also served as Chairman of the Bermuda Tourism Board’s Gaming Committee.

“We are proud to recognise John Jefferis’ 50 years of substantial and sustained contribution to leadership, service and success in the Trinidad and Tobago hospitality and tourism industry,” said Andrew Welch, President, Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association. “The Award Judging Committee acknowledges John’s contribution to the growth of Trinidad and Tobago’s hospitality and tourism sector through innovation and astute business practices.  Mr Jefferis has left a positive lasting legacy within his organisation, as well as with the people with whom he has worked.  Coco Reef Resorts has significantly contributed to the improvement and the recognition of Tobago as a tourism destination.”

Mr Jefferis studied at Birmingham University where he was awarded the Hotel and Catering Institute’s National Award for the top final year management student. As a result of the award he was able to secure an internship at the Savoy Hotel in London. He then moved to Bermuda where he was employed as Junior Assistant Manager at the Belmont Hotel. He was subsequently promoted to General Manager at Belmont and was the youngest person ever to hold that post.

Subsequently Mr Jefferis was appointed Managing Director and a member of the Board of Directors of the Elbow Beach Hotel and Development Company. During his time at Elbow Beach, the hotel’s market share and reputation increased dramatically, making it Bermuda’s most successful and profitable hotel.

Mr Jefferis was also the owner of Edgehill Manor, Roxy’s Night Club and the Palm Reef Hotel, all of which he later sold. He was the major shareholder in the Haley Corporation, which was for many years, Bermuda’s largest tour operator and source of tourists.

In 1992, Mr Jefferis commenced the design, development plans, financing, and construction of the $82 million Coco Reef – Tobago, which became one of the Caribbean’s most successful properties. A well-known leading Caribbean Tour Operator/Airline Executive stated: “Without Coco Reef, there would not be any tourism in Tobago.”

At the staff orientation meetings after the opening of Coco Reef – Tobago, the essence of Mr Jefferis’ opening remarks was: “We are in the business of theatre. My job is to spend a lot of money to create a beautiful set for our guests. You are the actors and actresses, many of you will become stars. We must always remember that we are only as good as our customers’ perception of our last performance.” His philosophy on staff recruitment was made clear by the large sign over the General Manager’s office door:  “Hire for Attitude – Train for Skills”.

In 2003, Mr Jefferis acquired the Stonington Beach Hotel situated on Bermuda’s most famous beach and underwent a $14.3 million reconstruction, renovation and refurbishment to open Coco Reef – Bermuda in 2004.

In response to his induction into the Tourism Hall of Fame, John Jefferis said: “Having devoted my career to the hospitality and tourism industry, it is an honour to be inducted into the Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association Hall of Fame. Creating new and memorable experiences and continually upgrading and redesigning my hotels for our guests is my passion and I am always humbled to be recognised for doing what I love most.”

Mr Jefferis has won countless accolades and awards including:  Bermuda Hotel Association’s first “Bermuda Hotelier of the Year” in 1989, The Caribbean Hotel Association’s “Caribbean Hotelier of the Year” in 1991, Ernst and Young’s “Caribbean Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in 2000 and Caribbean World’s “Lifetime Achievement Award in Tourism and Travel” in 2008. Most recently, in 2014, he was named International Caribbean Life’s “Entrepreneur of the Year.” In addition, Coco Reef – Tobago has won the World Travel Award for the “Caribbean’s Leading Hotel” for the past 11 years.

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Empresario hotelero caribeno John Jefferis es incluido en el Salón de la Fama del Turismo 2015

CaribPR Wire, PAGET, Bermudas, Oct. 13, 2015: El pasado sábado, la Asociación de Turismo de Hoteles y Restaurantes de Trinidad incluyó en el Salón de la Fama del Turismo 2015 al empresario/promotor hotelero caribeño John Jefferis, JP. Él es una de las dos únicas personas presentadas en la historia de este evento. El Salón de la Fama del Turismo reconoce y celebra a aquellas personas que han sobresalido en la industria de turismo y hotelería y cuyo trabajo duro, dedicación e innovación hacen de Trinidad y Tobago el destino predilecto de los turistas.

John Jefferis es dueño de Coco Reef – Bermudas, Coco Reef – Tobago y un número de otros negocios en la región del Caribe, incluyendo Cuba. Comenzó su carrera como lavaplatos a los 15 años de edad en un restaurante de pescado y papas fritas en Londres. Hoy en día, él es el presidente y único accionista de Palm Reef Hotel Development Company Limited, Coco Reef Resorts Ltd, the Caribbean Construction Company, Island Resorts International Ltd e Inflite Catering, una compañía de catering para aerolíneas que opera en Bermudas y Tobago.

El señor Jefferis, antiguo presidente y director general de la Asociación de Hoteles de Bermudas, fue la fuerza que impulsó la incorporación de Las Bermudas a la Asociación de Hoteles del Caribe. Se convirtió en el presidente de la Asociación de Hoteles del Caribe desde 1996 a 1998 y en director general desde 1998 hasta 2000. Durante su presidencia, el señor Jefferis visitó casi todas las islas miembros de la Asociación del Caribe. Durante sus discursos ante las Asociaciones de Hoteles de la Isla, su mantra fue “Sin una industria hotelera vibrante y lucrativa un país nunca podrá tener una industria turística exitosa”.

En 2011, el señor Jefferis fue designado subdirector general de la Junta de Turismo de Bermudas. Asimismo, se desempeñó como director general del Comité de Juegos de la Junta de Turismo de Bermudas.

“Nos sentimos orgullosos de reconocer los 50 años de contribución sustancial y sostenida de John Jefferis para con el liderazgo, servicio y éxito en la industria del turismo y hotelería de Trinidad y Tobago”, indicó Andrew Welch, presidente de la Asociación de Turismo de Hoteles y Restaurantes de Trinidad. “El Comité Evaluador de Galardones reconoce la contribución de John al crecimiento del sector de turismo y hotelería de Trinidad y Tobago mediante la innovación y las prácticas empresariales astutas. El señor Jefferis ha dejado un duradero y positivo legado dentro de su organización, así como con la gente con la que ha trabajado. Coco Reef Resorts ha contribuido significativamente a la mejora y el reconocimiento de Tobago como destino turístico.”

El señor Jefferis estudió en la Universidad de Birmingham donde fue galardonado con el premio nacional del Instituto de Hotelería y Catering como el mejor estudiante de administración del último año. Como resultado de este galardón, fue capaz de asegurar una pasantía en el Hotel Savoy en Londres. Luego se mudó a Bermudas donde fue empleado como gerente adjunto júnior en el Hotel Belmont. Luego fue promovido a gerente general en Belmont y fue la persona más joven en obtener ese puesto.

A continuación, el señor Jefferis fue nombrado director gerente y un miembro de la Junta de Directores de Elbow Beach Hotel and Development Company. Durante su tiempo en Elbow Beach, las acciones del mercado y la reputación del hotel incrementaron dramáticamente, haciéndolo el hotel más lucrativo y exitoso de Bermudas.

El señor Jefferis también fue dueño de Edgehill Manor, Roxy’s Night Club y el Hotel Palm Reef, los mismos que vendería después. Fue el accionista mayoritario en la Corporación Haley, que fue por muchos años el operador de tours más grande de Bermudas y su fuente más importante de turistas.

En 1992, el señor Jefferis comenzó el diseño, los planes de desarrollo, el financiamiento y la construcción de Coco Reef – Tobago de $82 millones, el mismo que se convirtió en una de las propiedades más exitosas del Caribe. Un reconocido operador turístico/ejecutivo de aerolíneas del Caribe, señaló: “Sin Coco Reef no existiría el turismo en Tobago”.

En las reuniones de orientación del personal después de la apertura de Coco Reef – Tobago, la esencia de los comentarios iniciales del señor Jefferis fue: “Estamos en el negocio del teatro. Mi trabajo es gastar mucho dinero en crear una hermosa escenografía para nuestros huéspedes. Ustedes son los actores y actrices, muchos de ustedes se convertirán en estrellas. Siempre debemos recordar que solo somos tan buenos como la percepción que nuestros clientes tengan de nuestro último desempeño”. Su filosofía sobre reclutamiento de personal quedo establecida con el gran signo sobre la puerta de la oficina del gerente general: “Contratar la actitud – Capacitar las aptitudes”.

En 2003, el señor Jefferis adquirió el Hotel Stonington Beach ubicado en la playa más famosa de Bermudas el cual experimentó una reconstrucción, renovación y remodelación de $14.3 millones para abrir como Coco Reef – Bermudas en 2004.

Como respuesta a esta introducción al Salón de la Fama del Turismo, John Jefferis dijo: “Habiendo dedicado mi carrera a la industria de la hotelería y el turismo, es un honor ser incluido en el Salón de la Fama de la Asociación de Turismo de Hoteles y Restaurantes de Trinidad. Crear nuevas y memorables experiencias y actualizar y rediseñar continuamente mis hoteles para nuestros huéspedes es mi pasión y siempre me siento honrado al ser reconocido por hacer lo que más amo”.

El señor Jefferis ha ganado innumerables premios y galardones que incluyen: el primer “Empresario Hotelero del Año en Bermudas” de la Asociación de Hoteles de Bermudas en 1989, “Empresario Hotelero del Año en el Caribe” de la Asociación de Hoteles del Caribe en 1991, el “Premio al Empresario del Año en el Caribe” de Ernst and Young en 2000 y el “Premio honorífico a toda una vida en Turismo y Viaje” de Caribbean World en 2008. Recientemente, en 2014 fue nombrado el “Empresario del Año” de International Caribbean Life. Además, Coco Reef – Tobago ganó el premio World Travel Award por el “Hotel más importante del Caribe” por los últimos 11 años.

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Study Reveals $3.16 Billion in Cruise Tourism Expenditures throughout 35 Caribbean, Mexican, and Latin American Destinations during 2014/15 Cruise Year

COZUMEL, Mexico, Oct. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Today Business Research & Economic Advisors (BREA) launched its analysis of spending related to cruise tourism and its impact on destinations’ economies. The triennial study engaged by the FCCA included a record 35 participating destinations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America.

It found that cruise tourism generated $3.16 billion in direct expenditures, 75,050 jobs and $976 million in employee wages among participating destinations during the 2014/2015 cruise year and the 23.6 million passengers disembarking ships and visiting the destinations.

The main driver—average expenditure per passenger—increased to $103.83, 8.25 percent higher than the 2011/2012 cruise year and accounting for $2.45 billion. Contributing to this increase were passengers spending 30 percent more per passenger on shore excursions, 20 percent more per passenger for local crafts and souvenirs and two percent more for food and beverages, along with a higher percentage of passengers making purchases in each of these categories. In fact, more than half of all transit passengers that went ashore purchased a shore excursion and food and beverages.

Just over 75 percent of passenger expenditures were made in four categories: watches and jewelry ($877 million), shore excursions ($551 million), clothing ($238 million), and food and beverages ($189 million). Shore excursions was the most popular category, with over half (53 percent) of all passengers purchasing this and local tour operators receiving an average of $43.99 per passenger directly from cruise passengers and cruise lines.

The estimated 4.5 million crewmembers visiting the 35 participating destinations spent approximately $302 million for goods and services, with an average per crew expenditure of $67.10, heavily weighted toward food and beverages, jewelry, and electronics.

In addition to net payments to local tour operators, cruise lines also provided data for payments to ports for passenger taxes and port services, as well as payments to local businesses for supplies and services. These categories accounted for an estimated $400.8 million.

Other key findings from the study include that 63 percent of passengers made their first visit at the destination; 93.7 percent went ashore; 65 percent made onshore purchases; and passengers spent an average 4.38 hours ashore. Plus visit satisfactions surveys found that cruise passengers were very satisfied with their overall destination visit; shore excursions received the highest score of all visit attributes; and passenger interactions with residents and store employees were very positive.

The study was released at the 22nd annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show in Cozumel, Mexico. Cozumel itself participated in the study and ranked third in overall expenditures with $365 million. St. Maarten led all destinations with nearly $423 million (while ranking third in passenger and crew onshore visits, it had the highest average total expenditure per visit of $189), followed by the Bahamas with $373 million.

The FCCA engages this study as one of many ways it works with destinations to foster understanding of cruise tourism, its benefits and how to best actualize its potential. The study’s release during the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show further adds to the event’s focus on maximizing this potential through a series of meetings, workshops and networking opportunities between destination stakeholders and cruise executives to offer insight and develop business and relationships.

This study and past versions are available for download at www.f-cca.com/research.html.

About the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association
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.

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Justin Paige
Manager, Communications, Marketing & Research
Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association
Tel: 954-441-8881, Ext. 210
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Seaborne Airlines Announces Restart of Service to Dominica

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Seaborne Airlines has announced it is restarting normal operations to the Island of Dominica effective Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015.   This will include resumption of the American Airlines code-shared connecting service from San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport to Douglas Charles International Airport in Dominica, on a daily basis, as well as interline connecting service to JetBlue, Delta and United Airlines, also through San Juan.

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Schedule:


Dep. Airport   Arr. Airport   Dep. Time Arr. Time Day of Week
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San Juan (SJU) Dominica (DOM) 3:25 PM   5:35 PM   Daily
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Dominica (DOM) San Juan (SJU) 7:00 AM   8:45 AM   Daily
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In the wake of Tropical Storm Erika, all passenger flights to Dominica were cancelled due to weather-related damage at Douglas Charles International Airport. Seaborne operated 92 relief flights from August 23 to September 22, 2015 into and out of the region, to include 76 flights into and out of Guadeloupe (PTP) and 18 non-passenger flights into and out of Dominica’s Canefield Airport (DCF) and Douglas Charles International Airport (DOM) in conjunction with Ross University.   Many hundreds of medical students, faculty and relief workers were transported during this time, allowing students to start their studies and aiding recovery efforts.  During this period, Seaborne Airlines also transported water and other needed relief items to assist with the recovery effort.

Gary Foss, President and CEO of Seaborne Airlines said, “We want to thank Ross University for their massive efforts to move students, faculty and relief workers into and out of the country as well as providing additional ferry service from Guadeloupe to Dominica during this challenging time.”   “We also would like to recognize and thank The Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority, for their round-the-clock work to restore the airport’s infrastructure, allowing the country to be re-linked to the global transportation grid.   Their efforts have been nothing less than heroic.”

Seaborne Airlines, will continue to support the island’s recovery efforts.   As previously announced, Seaborne will be accepting items such as over-the-counter medical supplies, non-perishable goods, men’s and/or women’s underwear, bedding supplies, towels, and toiletries. These items can be delivered to Seaborne Airlines San Juan counter at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport or at Seaborne Headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Please visit our website at www.seaborneairlines.com or contact our reservations number 787-946-7800 for further information.

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 Muñoz 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.

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Seaborne continues its efforts in supporting Dominica relief

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Seaborne Airlines and its partners are working together to send much needed supplies to the storm stricken island nation of Dominica.

Seaborne Airlines will be accepting items such as over-the-counter medical supplies, non-perishable goods, men’s and/or women’s underwear, bedding supplies, towels, and toiletries. These items can be delivered to Seaborne Airlines San Juan counter at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport between the hours of 1 P.M. and 5 P.M. starting Saturday, September 5, 2015. All donations need to be in a box no larger than 20 pounds, 24″x24″, and open with a list of the contents inside.

Please note that no hazardous material can be accepted (i.e. batteries, aerosol cans, medicines with radioactive ingredients, etc.)

As with any disaster, crisis brings out the true human spirit and kindness of all mankind. This is no different! The Seaborne Airlines family will continue to support our neighbors to the south, and help them through this crisis.

Please visit our website at www.seaborneairlines.com or contact our reservations number 787-946-7800 for any questions.

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 Muñoz 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.

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Seaborne Announces Its Dominica Relief Plan

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Seaborne Airlines wishes to advise passengers traveling to and from Dominica that all Seaborne services into Dominica (DOM) have been suspended effective immediately through September 16, 2015, as a result of damage inflicted on the airport from Tropical Storm Erika.

To accommodate passengers and all relief efforts to support Dominica, Seaborne Airlines will be substantially boosting scheduled passenger services into Point-a-Pitre on the Island of Guadeloupe.  All passengers booked on Seaborne Airlines will be offered the opportunity to re-book their flights into Guadeloupe, or on existing schedule service to Fort-de-France, Martinique at no expense.  The islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique have regular ferry service to Dominica.

“We are devastated to learn of the loss of life and sustained damage that has occurred in Dominica as a result of Tropical Storm Erika,” said Gary Foss, CEO of Seaborne Airlines, “Our company and our employees are making all efforts to help travelers, relief workers, and the citizenry of Dominica at this time.”

During the next several weeks, Seaborne will operate up to three times daily service between San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe.  Seaborne will continue to maintain three times weekly service from San Juan to Fort-de-France, Martinique, which also has regularly scheduled ferry service to Dominica.  In San Juan, passengers can connect to other Seaborne flights in the Caribbean, and partner airlines Air Europa, American, Delta, JetBlue, and United.  Passengers will be able to connect to 33 destinations in the Americas and Europe in tandem with these carriers.  Schedule detail is provided below:

Seaborne San Juan to Guadeloupe Schedule effective August 31, 2015 through September 16, 2015


Dep. Airport Arr. Airport Dep. Time Arr. Time Eff. Period          Days of Week:
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San Juan     Guadeloupe   11:50     13:30                9/3 – 9/7 All Days
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San Juan     Guadeloupe   12:40     14:20              8/31 – 9/16 Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun
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San Juan     Guadeloupe   16:10     17:50               9/2 - 9/15 All Days
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Guadeloupe   San Juan     07:00     08:40               9/3 – 9/16 All Days
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Guadeloupe   San Juan     14:25     16:05                9/3 – 9/7 All Days
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Guadeloupe   San Juan     15:00     16:40              8/31 – 9/16 Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun
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Seaborne San Juan to Martinique Schedule effective August 31, 2015 through September 16, 2015


Dep. Airport Arr. Airport Dep. Time Arr. Time Eff. Period           Days of Week:
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San Juan     Martinique   11:50     13:55               8/31 - 9/16 Tue, Wed, Thu
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Martinique   San Juan     14:40     16:40               8/31 – 9/16 Tue, Wed, Thu
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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.

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Seaborne Announces New Service Between Puerto Rico and Antigua and Barbuda

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Aug. 31, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Seaborne Airlines, the fastest growing airline in the Caribbean, announced that it will introduce non-stop service between the carrier’s hub in San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and Antigua and Barbuda newly inaugurated V.C. Bird International Airport, effective December 13, 2015.  The service will represent the only non-stop connection between Puerto Rico and Antigua and Barbuda.

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The flights will provide convenient connecting opportunities to Seaborne’s sizable portfolio of airline connecting partners at San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.  In tandem with connections to other Seaborne flights in the Caribbean, and connecting partner airlines

Air Europa, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and United Airlines, passengers will be able to connect to 33 destinations in the America’s and Europe.

All flights will be operated by 34-seat Saab 340 aircraft.  The plane operates with two pilots and a flight attendant, and offers inflight service, a roomy cabin with overhead bins, and other amenities.

Service will operate four times weekly on a year-round basis.  To celebrate the new non-stop service, Seaborne Airlines is offering a promotional fare of $128 each way, inclusive of all taxes and fees.

“We are excited to make Antigua the 17th airport served by Seaborne Airlines in the Caribbean, ” said Seaborne CEO Gary Foss, “I expect visitors and residents of Antigua and Barbuda alike to appreciate Seaborne’s award-winning customer service, commitment to low fares, and connectivity to our airline partners.”

“Puerto Rico continues to shine as a first-rate destination. Our alliance with Seaborne continues to strengthen the connections between Caribbean destinations and our position as the leading air access hub of the region”, stated Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, Executive Director of the

Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “With this new route between San Juan and Antigua we expand our reach towards new markets in the area and provide more options for travelers who want to visit multiple destinations during their vacation”.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, The Honorable Asot Michael said, “With a more modern, efficient airport terminal built to enhance the experience of Antigua and Barbuda visitors, we are pleased that Seaborne will be arriving into the destination this winter, increasing our airlift and providing us with the ability to offer more flight options to our visitors, as well as truly positioning Antigua and Barbuda as a major gateway for passengers connecting to other Caribbean destinations.”

Schedule effective December 13, 2015


     Dep. Airport      Arr. Airport Dep. Time Arr. Time     Day of Week
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San Juan (SJU)    Antigua (ANU)       12:45     14:20   Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun
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Antigua (ANU)     San Juan (SJU)      15:05     16:40   Mon, Thu, Sat, Sun
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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.

CONTACT: Sandra Colon, Scolon@nlppr.com

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