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Memories Flamenco upgrades beach and on-resort amenities for winter season

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TORONTO, Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — In anticipation of the upcoming winter season, award-winning Memories Flamenco in Cayo Coco, Cuba has completely redesigned its beach, adding metres of pristine beachfront for guests of all ages to enjoy.   This change is the latest in a number of service upgrades designed to provide guests with an even more enjoyable vacation experience.

The beaches of Cayo Coco have been popular with vacationers for decades due to the pristine white sands and calm turquoise waters.   “We’ve been very honoured to receive accolades including the Award of Excellence from TripAdvisor® and are focused on continuous enhancements for our guests,” said Mohamad Fawzi, Senior Director of Operations for Blue Diamond Resorts, Cuba. “A brand new beachfront is an excellent way to improve guest experience.”

In addition to a redesigned beach Memories Flamenco, is updating its ranchon as the ideal place for a lunchtime buffet or afternoon snack. Poolside, the resort has a range of choices from a wading pool for small children to an activity pool so there is something for everyone. Ideal for families, the resort offers safe and supervised clubs for both infants and children, as well as a professional babysitting service for parents to enjoy an after dinner show or nightcap. Also for parents, the recently remodeled spa provides the perfect place to achieve some much needed rest and relaxation. A number of outdoor massage huts have been created in a tranquil part of the resort grounds for a massage with fresh air and the sound of crashing waves.

To book your next vacation, 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 the Bahamas, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Memories properties provide top-notch facilities and amenities, laid-back ‘toes in the sand’ elegance with personalized service and spacious accommodations to suit the needs of each traveler.  With world-class à la carte dining, premium drinks, and day-to-evening entertainment, couples and newlyweds enjoy Memories Resorts & Spa as the ultimate romantic hideaway to create unforgettable memories.

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SECRET BAY AWARDED WITH WORLD’S BEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL 2016 BY WORLD BOUTIQUE HOTEL AWARDS

Gregor Nassief, proprietor of Secret Bay, l. receives the top award at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London.

Gregor Nassief, proprietor of Secret Bay, l. receives the top award at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London.

CaribPR Wire, Portsmouth, Dominica, Tues. Nov. 22, 2016: Secret Bay, an exclusive eco-luxury boutique resort located on the pristine, unadulterated island of Dominica, has been awarded the “World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2016” by the World Boutique Hotel Awards. The eight-villa hideaway was honored as being capable of transporting guests into “a novel world through the history of the location, its culture and its own stylistic flair.” The awards were announced on November 9, 2016 at a gala dinner held at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London. Attendees included boutique hotel owners, travel and lifestyle press and influencers from around the world.

“As a relatively new, small and remote property, it’s a humbling honor to be awarded the ‘World’s Best Boutique Hotel’ and to be in such impressive company,” said Gregor Nassief, proprietor of Secret Bay. “This distinction is shared with the exceptional and dedicated Secret Bay staff, the property’s conceptual architect, Fruto Vivas, our amazing 3,000+ guests who have welcomed us into their lives over the past five years, and my wife, Sandra, whose unending support made a world of difference.”

The World Boutique Hotel Awards are based on elements of design and concept, dining, facilities, location and service, as well as the overall experience and emotional journey produced by the property.

The 2016 World’s Best Category Winners are listed below.

World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2016 – Secret Bay, Dominica

World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel -  El Nido, Pangulasian Island, Philippines

World’s Best City Hotel - 11 Mirrors, Kiev, Ukraine

World’s Best Classic Hotel – Hotel Heritage, Bruges, Belgium

World’s Best Culinary Hotel – Vila Joya, Algarve, Portugal

World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel - Kau Manor, Estonia

World’s Best Honeymoon Hideaway - Punta Tragara, Capri, Italy

World’s Best New Hotel Hotel – Gotham, Manchester, United Kingdom

World’s Best Relaxation Retreat - The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Bali, Indonesia

World’s Most Romantic Hotel – Aenaon Villas, Santorini, Greece

World’s Most Sustainable Hotel - Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy

World’s Best Wellness Spa – Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy

World’s Best Private Villa - Over Yonder Cay, The Bahamas

Secret Bay features eight  secluded and sustainable villas and bungalows that are nestled in nature and positioned on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Offering a wealth of unique experiences, completely personalised fine dining, architectural treehouse-style villas — including two new additions –  and night and day access to remote beaches, Secret Bay provides guests the ultimate five-star hideaway experience.   Secret Bay has received more than 30 accolades since opening, including being selected as a recipient of Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, Condé Nast Johansens’ Best Green Hotel 2016 in the Caribbean & Pacific, TripAdvisor’s 3rd Best Small Hotel in the Caribbean, and featured as part of Caribbean Journal’s Coolest Hotels for 2016 this year.

Secret Bay is located at Ross Boulevard, Dominica and can be reached at (+1) 767.445.4444 or info@secretbay.dm, and online at http://secretbay.dm/.

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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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Royalton Hicacos Named Leader in Quality by Cuban Ministry of Tourism

TORONTO, Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — On October 27th Royalton Hicacos, a premier adults-only hotel from Royalton Luxury Resorts, was awarded for its superior quality and superb guest experience during an industry event hosted by the Cuban Ministry of Tourism (MINTUR) and the Cuban-Canadian Trade and Tourism Union at the world-famous Tropicana Cabaret in Havana.

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“Royalton Hicacos has been adored by guests for many years and to be awarded by such a reputable agency in Cuba is an honour,” said Mohamad Fawzi, Senior Director of Operations, Blue Diamond Resorts, Cuba. “Each member of the staff at this resort is committed to delivering the highest quality of service to valued guests.”

Royalton Hicacos has enjoyed high occupancy and guest satisfaction in the years since becoming a part of Royalton Luxury Resorts. Notably, this resort is listed at the top of numerous guest-rated travel websites for its ability to provide a superior vacation experience in a region of Cuba well-known to tourists with a variety of all-inclusive options.  On TripAdvisor®, the hotel is currently ranked among the top two hotels in all of with 4.5 stars from 4,000 reviews. Recognition from Trip Advisor includes the 2014 Traveler’s Choice Award of Excellence and the 2016 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.

A picturesque all-inclusive resort, Royalton Hicacos brings guests an authentic oceanfront vacation experience with thatch roof buildings, and a property of bridges, small fountains and mature greenery.  This luxurious adults-only resort is a cut above other Varadero hotels with its all-inclusive resort facilities designed to create a perfect ambiance for relaxation. Guests are invited to enjoy a choice of five delicious restaurants and six bars which include a newly-renovated jazz bar and a lively XS night club.

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 on October 15, 2016 and Royalton Saint Lucia, Royalton Negril and their adults only Hideaway will open January 15, 2017.

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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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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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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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Seaborne Issues Storm Policy on Tropical Storm Erika

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Seaborne Airlines today issued its storm policy for customers who may be impacted by Tropical storm Erika:

Tropical storm Erika is expected to affect travel to, from and through the Caribbean in the coming days. Please check flight status frequently on seaborneairlines.com or Seaborne’s Facebook page for up-to-the-minute information about your flight plans.

Rescheduling Flights
If your flight is cancelled or significantly delayed, you are entitled to a refund. Even if your flight is not cancelled, you may make a one-time change to your ticket without any change fees if you are schedule to travel as follows. For all ticketed passengers to and from the following locations:

*The Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies  (DOM)
*The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, West Indies (SKB and NEV)
*St. Maarten (SXM)
*Anguilla (AXA)
*Guadeloupe, French West Indies  (PTP)
*St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (STT)
*St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands (STX)
*St. Thomas Seaplane Base, United States Virgin Islands  (SPB)
*St. Croix Seaplane Base, United States Virgin Islands (SSB)
*Tortola, British Virgin Islands (EIS)
*San Juan, Puerto Rico   (SJU)

On the following dates: August 26 – 28, 2015
and your ticket was issued no later than: August 25, 2015
You may travel: August 27 – September 3, 2015
Original inventory required? No

To change travel dates or for questions contact our Reservations personnel at
1-866-359-8784 or 787-946-7800 throughout the Caribbean. If calling from the
Dominican Republic, please call 809-200-0331.

Safety is our number one priority at Seaborne Airlines. Be Vigilant and Be Safe. You are
very important to us.

Seaborne Airlines

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The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network and Seaborne Airlines Enter Into a Public-Private Partnership in the USVI

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new partnership with Seaborne Airlines. Free Wi-Fi service is now available to all Seaborne Seaplane passengers traveling between St. Croix and St. Thomas. Travelers can now experience the fastest broadband speeds in the Virgin Islands and Caribbean free of charge for personal use or business from viNGN’s hotspot locations at both Seaplane terminals. Travelers can access the Internet simply by selecting the “viNGN_Hotspot” network on their computers and mobile devices.

“We believe that the transformational power of viNGN resides in its ability to make daily life easier and more convenient for Virgin Islanders. Our partnership with Seaborne allows us to assist commuter, leisure, and other travelers to stay connected whether it is for business or pleasure…and at superfast speeds. This is the real power of technology, its ability to transform lives, and we have that power right here at home in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We thank Seaborne for this amazing opportunity to help them to transform the travel experience for its travelers. We, with the partnership of Seaborne Airlines, are moving steadily toward the Next Generation of the Virgin Islands,” said Dr. Tonjia S. Coverdale, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network.

“Seaborne Airlines and the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) are both privileged to work in one of the most important and honorable undertakings – that of connecting people” said Gary Foss, President and Chief Executive Officer of Seaborne.  “Both are in businesses that ­­have shrunk the globe, brought people together, and broadened the horizons of so many.  Seaborne, through being the United States Virgin Islands largest air carrier, and viNGN as the company who brought world class, open access, high speed, 100% fiber optic broadband services to The Territory.  Both company’s missions are critical to the local economy, facilitating commerce and creating jobs.  It is with pleasure that we enter into this agreement to provide free WiFi at our St. Thomas and St. Croix Seaplane bases to approximately 100,000 Seaplane travelers annually and to work in partnership with a company having such an important role in the United States Virgin Islands,” said Foss.

About Seaborne Airlines

Seaborne Airlines has been operating in the Caribbean for over 23 years, carrying more than 2.5 million customers safely.  With over 2,300 monthly departures to 17 airports in service or announced, Seaborne serves San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, St. Thomas’ Cyril E. King airport and Charles F. Blair Jr., Seaplane base, St. Croix’s Henry B. Rohlsen airport and Captain Svend Aage Ovesen Jr.,Seaplane base, Anguilla, Tortola, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, St. Kitts, Nevis, La Romana, Punta Cana, and Santo Domingo and will launch service to island of Antigua later this year.

About VI Next Generation Network­

With viNGN’s state-of-the-art 100% fiber optic Network, Virgin Islands residents and tourists may now experience the Next Generation of technology with up to 1 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of bandwidth speed (1000 Megabits per second), a drastic improvement from the previous high of 16 Mbps that is currently offered in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

CONTACT: Sandra Colon, scolon@nlppr.com

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Sabre launches new Business Travel Services connecting hotels and travel buyers

SOUTHLAKE, Texas, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) has launched a new portfolio of consortia solutions to help hotels compete for high value business travelers and connect travel buyers with hotels that cater to business travelers. Sabre will feature the Business Travel Services during the 2015 GBTA Convention at booth #1425.

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Many independent and small chain hotels today find it difficult to compete for new travel agency and corporate business due to limited resources and investments compared to global hotel chains. Sabre Business Travel Services connects hotels to new business opportunities and helps them compete for and manage corporate accounts. At the same time, the solutions make it easier for travel managers and travel management companies to identify, negotiate and contract with hotels that best fit their corporate hotel programs.

“On a macro-economic level, business travel continues to be a major economic driver and the same is true on a micro-level for hotels looking to build their corporate business and serve business travelers,” said Alex Alt, president of Sabre Hospitality Solutions. “Our Business Travel Services simplify that process by helping hotels compete for valuable business travel contracts and helping corporations get the most from their travel budgets.”

According to a recent research report sponsored by Sabre and conducted by GBTA, managing supplier relationships and monitoring traveler compliance with corporate travel policies are two of the most time-consuming and important aspects of most corporate travel programs.

The new report, Travel Manager 2020 – Foundational Shifts in the Role of the Travel Manager, discusses how corporate travel managers increasingly rely on technology and data as critical tools in negotiating contracts with suppliers, identifying hard-dollar savings, and monitoring compliance.

“As hotel rates continue to climb, a corporation’s hotel spend can account for as much of the travel budget as air travel. So it’s extremely important that corporations can tie negotiated rates to booked rates to ensure travelers are being offered what was negotiated and that they track that savings throughout the year – not just during negotiation season,” continued Alt.

Sabre Business Travel Services provide the ability to integrate negotiated rate data into both the hotel’s reservation system and into the travel buyer’s online and offline booking channels to maximize savings and efficiency. The solutions portfolio builds upon Sabre’s existing Sabre Hotel RFP technology and hotel consortia program to add an elite hotel consortia tier, BT Advantage, and Global Account Management.

About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is a leading technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than $110 billion of estimated travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre operates offices in approximately 60 countries around the world.

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Daniel Duarte
Sabre, Corporate Public Relations
Daniel.Duarte@sabre.com
+1 214-236-9473

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Fundamental Advisors, Leon Mayer & Co. and Aimbridge Hospitality Acquire El San Juan Resort & Casino

Revitalization to Restore Iconic Property as World-Class Destination

Investor Group to Significantly Upgrade Facilities through Planned Restoration

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, July 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Fundamental Advisors LP (”Fundamental”), a leading alternative asset manager, today announced that along with partners León, Mayer & Co., (”León Mayer”) and Aimbridge Hospitality (”Aimbridge”), it has acquired the iconic El San Juan Resort & Casino, a Hilton Hotel from an affiliate of Blackstone.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

El San Juan, established in 1957, is a landmark 387-room hotel overlooking two miles of pristine beach in the Isla Verde district of San Juan, and a valued member of the Hilton Worldwide system.  It boasts an 11,000 square foot grand ballroom (second largest in San Juan), three pools, nine award-winning restaurants, 15 active bars, lounges and nightclubs, a 7,500 square-foot casino and 12 beachfront acres.  Just two miles from Puerto Rico’s international airport, the property is located in a neighborhood known for upscale boutiques, beautiful beaches and eclectic restaurants, bars, and live music venues.

Together with partners León Mayer and Aimbridge, Fundamental plans to significantly enhance the property’s offerings and revitalize the storied resort to its original splendor by capitalizing on the investor group’s expertise in the hospitality sector and experience in the region.  As part of a planned revitalization of the property, the investor group is committed to significantly upgrading the resort’s facilities through a substantial capital expenditure investment to create a true luxury lifestyle property.

“This project represents an exciting development for both future guests of El San Juan as well as the vibrant community that surrounds this historic property,” said Laurence Gottlieb, Chief Executive Officer of Fundamental.  ”Fundamental has a long history of investing in Puerto Rico and we look forward to working with our partners as we return this iconic resort to its place as a world-class destination.  With a portfolio of unique or underutilized municipal and hospitality real estate assets, we intend to leverage our expertise to ensure that El San Juan delivers an unparalleled and unforgettable experience for guests of this truly exceptional property.”

“El San Juan is truly a one-of-a-kind property.  We are excited to partner with Fundamental and Aimbridge and look forward to leveraging our team’s strong connection to the Puerto Rican market and experience in hospitality, entertainment and real estate to elevate the physical condition and guest experience at El San Juan to a level that befits its historical status as an iconic luxury lifestyle resort and entertainment property,” said Andro Nodarse-León of León Mayer.

“With our principals having formerly served as the property’s operators, Aimbridge has long appreciated the remarkable vitality of El San Juan,” said Dave Johnson, President and CEO of Aimbridge Hospitality.  “Working with Fundamental and León Mayer, we are excited to use our deep expertise in hotel management to revitalize El San Juan, a property with a truly unique character and history.”

About Fundamental Advisors

Fundamental Advisors is a leading alternative asset manager dedicated to the municipal markets.  Founded in 2007 as a private equity firm focused on revitalizing distressed assets, Fundamental invests in a range of vehicles that capitalize on the growing opportunity set in the municipal market. For more information, please visit www.fundamentaladvisorslp.com.

About León, Mayer & Co.

León Mayer is a private equity and investment banking firm based in New York City and Miami.  Andro Nodarse-León and Benjamin Mayer established the firm in 2005 after having respectively been at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (”KKR”) and Tishman Speyer.  Leon Mayer’s private equity practice invests in corporate and real estate assets that are underperforming relative to their full potential and takes a hands-on approach to improving their operating performance.  For more information, please visit www.leonmayer.com.

About Aimbridge Hospitality

Aimbridge Hospitality is one of the nation’s largest independent hotel investment and management firms with a proven track record for delivering superior returns for its strategic partners in a variety of markets and economic cycles.  Aimbridge provides management, asset management, development, renovation and consulting services.  Based in Dallas, Texas and with development offices in Chicago, Dallas and Puerto Rico, Aimbridge currently owns and/or manages over 270 upscale, independent and branded hotels with over 36,000 rooms across the United States and the Caribbean, including such affiliations as Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Aloft, Hyatt, Wyndham, Westin and Curio.  For more information on Aimbridge Hospitality, please visit www.aimbridgehospitality.com.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of twelve world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,350 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 720,000 rooms in 94 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide, and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

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Dynamic Celebrating First Anniversary of New York to Georgetown Service

GREENSBORO, N.C., June 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – On June 27th 2015 Dynamic International Airways will be celebrating its first anniversary since entering Guyana market.

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After our initial bumpy start, Dynamic International Airways was been able to accomplish its goal in establishing itself as the preferred carrier of Guyanese. We have proven sustainability of air service between United States and Guyana as well as progressively increased our customer service levels.

Since inauguration, Dynamic International Airways has been able to expand its non-stop service between New York, NY and Georgetown, Guyana. Service started initially two times per week and expanded to five times per week this coming high season while still keeping its pricing low and affordable for Guyanese and members of Guyanese ethnic in New York.

“Our goal in the first year of service was to establish ourselves as the preferred carrier of Guyanese.  We achieved this by maintaining the highest safety records, delivering the most desirable schedule, and reached highest on time performance standards as well as exemplary customer service. Our goal for the immediate future is to build upon that momentum and expand our non-stop JFK to GEO service by operating daily frequency.  Most importantly continue raising the bar in our safety, reliability, and customer service standards,” said Bill Grey CSO of the company.

“We believe that our coming daily service from Georgetown to New York combined with non-stop service from Georgetown to Toronto, which we intend to start in October of this year, will allow us to provide Guyanese with safe, reliable and affordable service into two of their favorite international destinations. As you probably already know we have directly and indirectly created over 150 new jobs in Guyana with our service to New York by hiring Guyanese based Flight Attendants, local ground handlers, catering providers and we expect a similar positive impact with the launch of our new service to Toronto. Dynamic has proven its intent and dedication to stay, improve and grow international travel to and from Guyana. Expect some amazing surprises for loyal passengers and exciting announcements from Dynamic in coming days.”

About Dynamic

Dynamic International Airways is a US Certificated FAR PART 121 AIR CARRIER. The Airline changed ownership and management in 2013 with the goal of providing high quality, affordable, long haul, point-to-point air service. Dynamic Airways, which is headquartered in Greensboro, NC, offers service from airports in New York, Guyana, Florida, Hong Kong, Palau with its fleet of B767 wide body aircrafts. Recently company has added International in its official name as reflection of its transition into long haul carrier.

For reservations & information, visit www.airdynamic.com, www.facebook.com/airdynamic, www.twitter.com/flyairdynamic, contact your favourite travel agent or call (336) 790-8176.

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