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Royal Caribbean Group sets sail with updated corporate identity

MIAMI, July 30, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – When a company is known for raising the bar on design and innovation, nothing is exempt from the mantra of continuous improvement—not even the company’s own name.

That’s why Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is now known by a new moniker: Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL).

“The name is simpler, fresher and more modern. It’s also more descriptive—Royal Caribbean Group sounds like a parent company name, reflective of our growth and evolution since we last updated our identity more than 20 years ago,” said Royal Caribbean Group chairman and CEO Richard Fain.

The company’s flagship cruise line brands – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea, Azamara, TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – are all now proud members of Royal Caribbean Group.

Royal Caribbean Group’s logo has also been updated. The company’s iconic crown and anchor emblem has been sharpened and made more symmetrical, and now resides inside a circle at all times.

The Royal Caribbean Group identity was designed by Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv.

About Royal Caribbean Group
Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) is the operating business name for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Royal Caribbean Group is the owner of four global cruise vacation brands: Royal Caribbean InternationalCelebrity CruisesSilversea and Azamara. Royal Caribbean Group is also a 50% owner of a joint venture that operates TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Together, our brands operate 63 ships with an additional 16 on order as of July 10, 2020. Learn more at www.rclcorporate.com or www.rclinvestor.com.

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Archipelago International Adds Two Hotels to Its Cuban Portfolio

JAKARTA, Indonesia, July 29, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Archipelago International, Southeast Asia’s largest privately owned and independent hotel operator, today announced that it has been awarded the management contracts for a further two hotels in Cuba. The first of these is the iconic Panorama Hotel in Havana. To be rebranded as the ASTON Panorama Hotel, the property, which first opened its doors in 2002, comprises 320 rooms and is best known for its impressive architectural design and superb location, facing the sea in the city’s Miramar district.

Aston Panorama Hotel, Havana, Cuba

The second hotel is the Holguin Costa Verde Hotel, which will be rebranded as the ASTON Costa Verde Beach Resort. This resort is located in the Holguin region of Cuba on its northeastern coast and comprises 749 rooms, 4 pools, 9 restaurants and 7 bars offering a great selection of á la carte, buffet, beachside and poolside dining options.

Aston Costa Verde Beach Resort, Holguin, Cuba

Both hotels are due to open on 1st December 2020 and will join Archipelago’s growing portfolio in Cuba, which includes the GRAND ASTON Cayo Las Brujas Beach Resort & Spa and two upcoming hotels, GRAND ASTON Varadero Beach Resort and GRAND ASTON La Habana Hotel, both currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2021.

“We are delighted to be given the opportunity by Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A. to introduce our very successful ASTON brand to Havana and Holguin, particularly at such landmark hotels. Since its opening, GRAND ASTON Cayo Las Brujas has consistently ranked as the No.1 hotel in its region for guest satisfaction and quality audits. This operational excellence is now more important than ever and will continue to be post Covid-19, as guests will expect and demand higher standards of hygiene and safety practices from hotels. Cuba is best positioned to alleviate these concerns, as it is recognized as one of the safest destinations in the world, has an excellent healthcare system and is taking a holistic approach as a nation to ensure its tourism offerings meet new standards and expectations”, commented Gerard Byrne, Managing Director, Archipelago Overseas.

According to Archipelago’s President & CEO, John Flood “We will continue to invest in the resources needed to ensure that the hotels we manage and operate in Cuba perform above and beyond our guest’s expectations. There is no doubt that in the post pandemic travel context, Cuba will stand out as one of the world’s leading destinations for safe, healthy and environmentally friendly travel”.

About Archipelago International

Archipelago International is one of the most trusted names in Asian hospitality, operating over 150 hotels with a further 50+ currently under development across Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Middle East. With 20,000 rooms in more than 60 destinations, the Group’s brands include GRAND ASTON, ASTON, Collection by ASTON, The Alana, Huxley, Kamuela, Harper, Quest, NEO and favehotels.

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Royal Caribbean Group reinvents cruise industry’s safety drill

New patented approach helps guests sail away smoothly

- Technology licensed to other cruise lines to help eliminate crowding

MIAMI, July 24, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Royal Caribbean Group is replacing one of the least-loved but most important parts of a cruise vacation – the safety drill – with Muster 2.0™, an entirely new approach to delivering safety information to guests. The innovative program, the first of its kind, reimagines a process originally designed for large groups of people into a faster, more personal approach that encourages higher levels of safety.

With Muster 2.0, the key elements of the safety drill – including reviewing what to expect and where to go in case of an emergency, and instructions on how to properly use a life jacket – will be accessible to guests on an individual basis instead of a group approach that has been followed historically. New technology, eMuster™, will be used to help provide the information to guests via their mobile devices and interactive stateroom TVs. Travelers will be able to review the information at their own time prior to setting sail, eliminating the need for the traditional large group assemblies. The new approach also enables everyone on board to maintain better spacing as guests move about the ship, and it allows guests to enjoy more of their vacation with no interruption.

After reviewing safety information individually, guests will complete the drill by visiting their assigned assembly station, where a crew member will verify that all steps have been completed and answer questions. Each of the steps will need to be completed prior to the ship’s departure, as required by international maritime law.

“The health and safety of our guests and crew are our number one priority, and the development of this new muster process is an elegant solution to an outdated, unpopular process,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Group. “The fact that this will also save guests time and allow the ship to operate without pause means that we can increase health, safety and guest satisfaction simultaneously.”

“Muster 2.0 represents a natural extension of our mission to improve our guests’ vacation experiences by removing points of friction,” said Jay Schneider, Royal Caribbean Group’s senior vice president of digital. “In this instance, what’s most convenient for our guests is also the safest option in light of needing to reimagine social spaces in the wake of COVID-19.”

This marks the first dramatic change to the safety drill process in a decade, since Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas moved the life jackets from guest staterooms to the muster stations, which improved the evacuation process and has been widely followed throughout the industry. More than a year in the making, Muster 2.0 is also an initiative that will be part of the comprehensive set of protocols and procedures Royal Caribbean Group is developing along with the Healthy Sail Panel that was recently assembled in collaboration with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

“This new process represents the kind of innovation that the Healthy Sail Panel is focusing on as part of its mission to enhance the health and safety of cruising,” said former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, co-chair of the Healthy Sail Panel. “It shows that we can accomplish a lot if we try to think outside the box on safety.”

“I’d like to extend my congratulations to Royal Caribbean Group on this innovative milestone. It’s exactly what our industry needs during these unprecedented times and we appreciate the generous offer to participate in this innovation,” said Frank Del Rio, President and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “In this industry, we all work cooperatively to enhance health and safety, and this is an example of that.”

The distributed muster for ocean-going vessels concept is patented in the United States and is patent-pending in major markets around the world, including the various cruise industry flag states. The company has also worked with international regulators, the U.S. Coast Guard and other maritime and government authorities to ensure it meets all safety requirements.

In addition to introducing the new process on the ships of its own cruise lines – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara – Royal Caribbean Group is offering to license the patented technology to interested cruise operators and will waive patent license fees during the time the world and industry battle the global pandemic. Patent licenses have already been granted to the company’s joint venture, TUI Cruises GmbH, as well as Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., the parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Muster 2.0 was first tested on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas in January 2020. Guests who took part in the mock process indicated a strong preference for the new approach and also reported better comprehension and retention of the safety information.

About Royal Caribbean Group
Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) is a cruise vacation company comprising four global brands: Royal Caribbean InternationalCelebrity CruisesAzamara and Silversea. Royal Caribbean Group is also a 50% owner of a joint venture that operates TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Together, our brands operate 63 ships with an additional 16 on order as of July 10, 2020. Learn more at www.rclcorporate.com or www.rclinvestor.com.

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Six Blue Diamond Resorts Properties Now Open

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 17, 2020: After a temporary three-month closure, six of Blue Diamond Resorts’ luxurious properties in Mexico and Jamaica are now open. Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and local ministries of health, Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun, Mystique Holbox by Royalton, Royalton Negril Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Negril and Grand Lido Negril were pleased to welcome back guests on July 15th.

In order to keep both guests and staff safe, Blue Diamond Resorts implemented an advanced safety program, approved by the Cristal International Safety Standards. The Safety-Assured Vacations protocols* include new physical distancing guidelines, advanced dining safety standards, amplified staff training programs and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a 360º Clean Approach to sanitizing all resort common areas and Diamond Clean Guest Rooms, where all touchpoints are thoroughly disinfected.

“We are excited to welcome back guests to our award-winning resorts in Cancun, Isla Holbox and Negril. During our temporary closure we worked tirelessly to implement enhanced safety protocols and cleaning measures to prepare our resorts for reopening and assure guests that their health and safety is our number one priority,” commented Jordi Pelfort, President of Hotels and Resorts at Sunwing Travel Group.

To see a video of the first guests arriving at Royalton Riviera Cancun, please click here.

Guests who book an All-In Luxury™ vacation to Royalton Riviera Cancun, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun, Royalton Negril or Hideaway at Royalton Negril by August 31st can take advantage of an exclusive Welcome Back Offer with prices starting at $119 per person per night, up to 2 Kids Stay Free deals at family-friendly resorts, a Flexible Booking Policy and more. Travelers looking for a unique vacation can enjoy an elevated experience at Mystique Holbox by Royalton with a Welcome Back Offer starting at $195 per room, per night, 1 Kid Stays Free deals, complimentary 30-minute kayak rentals, $150 in resort credits and more.

*Click here for a full list of Safety-Assured Vacation protocols

About Blue Diamond Resorts
Since its inception in 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts has curated an impressive portfolio encompassing 47 properties, exceeding 15,500 rooms in ten countries. Taking a proactive approach to differentiating brands under each market’s demands, the resort management company caters to a range of budgets and interests from adult-only elegant getaways to fun-filled family vacations. Award-winning, All-In Luxury® Royalton Luxury Resorts offers signature amenities including All-In Connectivity™, modern Sports Event Guarantee™ and in-suite wellness elements. Royalton Luxury Resorts’ adults-only sub-brands include Hideaway at Royalton, an adults-only experience with exclusive dining and preferred accommodations, plus the stylish lifestyle resorts, Royalton CHIC, located in the Caribbean’s best beachfront locales. In Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril provides those over 21 with an upscale and luxurious naturist vacation along with a secluded shore for the utmost privacy. Memories Resorts & Spa offers a vacation designed to impress the entire family, featuring a popular kids club with famous themed characters, Toopy & Binoo™, while Starfish Resorts provides amazing value for customers in convenient locations. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invites guests to Vacation Like A Star™ with an engaging and interactive experience, plus famous pop culture items from iconic movies, music and sports. Mystique by Royalton, a boutique-style resort collection, offers personalized vacations in strikingly beautiful locals full of endless adventures.

To learn more about Blue Diamond Resorts, please visit www.bluediamondresorts.com.

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 Antigua, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, Mexico, Cuba and coming soon the spice island of the Caribbean, Grenada. Boasting an array of world-class all-inclusive features including the premium, handcrafted DreamBed™, unlimited reservation-free luxury dining, 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.

To learn more about Royalton Luxury Resorts, please visit www.royaltonresorts.com/royalton.

About Mystique by Royalton
Mystique by Royalton is a boutique-style resort collection that offers personalized experiences in strikingly beautiful places. Contemporary, luxurious and exquisite, Mystique by Royalton are firmly rooted in some of the world’s most vibrant destinations and positioned to attract luxury travelers seeking to explore their surroundings. With two stunning resorts located on Mexico’s Isla Holbox Island and Saint Lucia’s beautiful Rodney Bay, Mystique Holbox by Royalton and Mystique St. Lucia by Royalton are ideal for both families and couples alike, with their upscale amenities, unparalleled service and unique beachfront settings.

To learn more about Mystique by Royalton, please visit www.mystiqueresorts.com.

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Blue Diamond Resorts reabre seis de sus propiedades de lujo

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., July 17, 2020: Después del cierre temporal durante tres meses, seis de las lujosas propiedades de Blue Diamond Resorts en México y Jamaica reabren sus puertas. Siguiendo las pautas de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC), la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) y los Ministerios de Salud locales y nacionales, Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun, Mystique Holbox by Royalton, Royalton Negril Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Negril y Grand Lido Negril se complacen en dar la bienvenida nuevamente a nuestros huéspedes.

Para mantener seguros tanto a los huéspedes como al personal, Blue Diamond Resorts implementó un desarrollado programa de seguridad, aprobado por Cristal International Standards. Los protocolos de Vacaciones con Seguridad Garantizada* incluyen nuevas pautas de distanciamiento social, estándares de seguridad de alto nivel en restaurantes, programas de capacitación exhaustivos para empleados y de uso de equipo de protección personal (EPP), un programa de Limpieza 360º de desinfección de todas las áreas comunes de los resorts y Limpieza Diamond en habitaciones, donde todos los potenciales puntos de contacto serán rigurosamente desinfectados.

“Nos complace dar nuevamente la bienvenida a los huéspedes a nuestros galardonados resorts en Cancún, Isla Holbox y Negril. Durante nuestro cierre temporal, trabajamos incansablemente para implementar protocolos de seguridad mejorados y medidas de limpieza exhaustiva para preparar nuestros resorts para la reapertura y asegurar a los huéspedes que su salud y seguridad es nuestra prioridad número uno”, comentó Jordi Pelfort, Presidente de Hoteles & Resorts en Sunwing Travel Group.

Para ver un video de los primeros huéspedes que llegan a Royalton Riviera Cancún, haga clic aquí.

Los huéspedes que reserven unas vacaciones All-In Luxury ™ en Royalton Riviera Cancun, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun, Royalton Negril o Hideaway at Royalton Negril antes del 31 de agosto pueden aprovechar una exclusiva Oferta de Bienvenida con precios que comienzan en $ 119 por persona por noche, hasta 2 estancias gratuitas para niños en resorts familiares, una Política de Reserva Flexible y mucho más. Los viajeros que busquen unas vacaciones únicas pueden disfrutar de una experiencia superior en Mystique Holbox by Royalton con una Oferta de bienvenida a partir de $ 195 por habitación, por noche, una estancia gratuita para un niño, alquiler de kayak de 30 minutos de cortesía, $ 150 en créditos del resort y más.

Haga clic aquí para obtener los protocolos completos de Vacaciones con Seguridad Garantizada.

Acerca de Blue Diamond Resorts
Desde su fundación en 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts se ha caracterizado por una impresionante cartera que abarca 47 propiedades y que superan las 15.500 habitaciones en diez países. Adoptando un enfoque proactivo diferenciando marcas según las demandas de cada mercado, esta compañía de gestión hotelera ofrece a una amplia variedad de presupuestos e intereses, desde escapadas elegantes solo para adultos hasta vacaciones familiares llenas de diversión. La distinguida marca All-In Luxury® Royalton Luxury Resorts ofrece servicios exclusivos que incluyen All-In Connectivity™, Modern Sports Event Guarantee™ y elementos de bienestar en la suite. Entre la gama solo adultos de Royalton Luxury Resorts se encuentra Hideaway at Royalton, una experiencia solo para adultos con comidas exclusivas y alojamiento preferencial, además de los modernos y exclusivos resorts, Royalton CHIC, ubicados en los mejores escenarios frente al mar Caribe. En Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril ofrece a los mayores de 21 años unas vacaciones naturales de lujo junto a las aguas cristalinas totalmente apartadas y exclusivas para la máxima privacidad. Memories Resorts & Spa brinda unas vacaciones diseñadas para satisfacer a toda la familia, con un popular club infantil protagonizado por personajes temáticos famosos, Toopy & Binoo™, mientras que Starfish Resorts propone a unas vacaciones únicas a un valor increíble en ubicaciones convenientes. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invita a los huéspedes a la atractiva e interactiva experiencia Vacation Like A Star ™, inmersos en la cultura pop de películas, música y deportes icónicos. Nuestros resorts estilo boutique, Mystique by Royalton, ofrecen vacaciones personalizadas en lugareños sorprendentemente sublimes llenos de aventuras sin fin.

Para obtener más información sobre Blue Diamond Resorts, visite www.bluediamondresorts.com.

Acerca de Royalton Luxury Resorts
Íconos de la elegancia moderna, los galardonados Royalton Luxury Resorts ofrecen vacaciones All-In Luxury® en algunos de los destinos tropicales más populares del mundo, incluyendo Antigua, Jamaica, República Dominicana, Santa Lucía, México, Cuba y próximamente la isla caribeña, Granada. Royalton Luxury Resorts cuenta con una exclusiva variedad de amenidades y caracteristicas todo incluido de clase mundial, que incluyen camas artesanales DreamBed™ premium, cenas de lujo ilimitadas sin reservas, un Sports Event Guarantee ™ y más. Muchos de los resorts reciben por igual a familias y parejas, con actividades supervisadas para niños y adolescentes, sin costo adicional, combinadas con una amplia variedad de opciones de alojamiento y comidas para familias.

Para obtener más información sobre Royalton Luxury Resorts, visite www.royaltonresorts.com.

Mystique by Royalton
Mystique by Royalton es un contemporáneo, lujoso y exquisito complejo hotelero boutique frente al mar que ofrece experiencias personalizadas en lugares sorprendentemente hermosos. Mystique by Royalton está profundamente sumergido en algunos de los destinos más vibrantes del mundo y posicionado para atraer a viajeros de lujo que buscan explorar sus alrededores. Con dos impresionantes resorts ubicados en la Isla Holbox en México y la hermosa Rodney Bay de Santa Lucía, Mystique Holbox by Royalton y Mystique St. Lucia by Royalton son ideales tanto para familias como para parejas, con comodidades de primer nivel, un servicio incomparable y entornos únicos frente al mar.

Para obtener más información sobre Mystique by Royalton, visite www.mystiqueresorts.com.

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Blue Diamond Resorts brings Mystique Resorts under Royalton Luxury Resorts umbrella

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 30, 2020: Blue Diamond Resorts has announced that Mystique Resorts will be re-branded under the Royalton Luxury Resorts umbrella as Mystique by Royalton. Effective immediately, Mystique Blue Boutique Suites and Mystique Royal St. Lucia will be re-branded as Mystique Holbox by Royalton and Mystique St. Lucia by Royalton. With picturesque properties in Isla Holbox, Saint Lucia, and more locations to come, these boutique resorts offer guests luxurious amenities, personalized service and the award-winning Royalton experience in a natural paradise.

In addition, Mystique Holbox by Royalton will be re-opening its doors on July 15, 2020 following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization and local ministries of health. Mystique Holbox by Royalton will be implementing Blue Diamond Resorts’ new Safety-Assured Vacations protocols to help safeguard both guests and employees.

“After a temporary three-month closure, we’re excited to welcome back guests at Mystique Holbox by Royalton, where they’ll be able to immerse themselves in the natural wonders of Isla Holbox,” said Jordi Pelfort, President of Hotels and Resorts at Sunwing Travel Group. “We are also thrilled to be bringing our boutique Mystique resorts collection under the much-loved Royalton Luxury Resorts brand.”

Located in the Yum Balam Nature Reserve, Mystique Holbox by Royalton is a contemporary beach resort influenced by the island’s lush natural landscapes. The property is home to 38 spectacular suites, each featuring luxurious amenities, and a traditional Mexican design which incorporates natural elements, with some suites offering ocean views and rooftop balconies. Guests can explore the island’s magnificent surroundings with a variety of activities and excursions including biking, kiteboarding or swimming with whale sharks. After spending the day exploring this exotic paradise, guests can dine at two on-site à la carte restaurants and enjoy dishes influenced by local cuisine like the Lobster Quesadilla and Tikinxic Style Shrimp or sip on delectable cocktails poolside, including the resort’s signature Mystique Sangria.

To protect the health and well-being of guests and employees, Mystique by Royalton has implemented Blue Diamond Resorts’ new Safety-Assured Vacations protocols. This includes physical distancing guidelines, advanced dining safety, increased staff training and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a 360° Clean Approach for all resort common areas and Diamond Clean Guest Rooms where every touchpoint is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Mystique Holbox by Royalton is helping guests rediscover Isla Holbox for less with their Welcome Back Offer* with prices starting at $195 per room, per night, for travel between July 15, 2020, and December 21, 2020.

*For full offer details, visit https://www.mystiqueresorts.com/resort/mystique-blue/offers.

About Blue Diamond Resorts Since its inception in 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts has curated an impressive portfolio encompassing 47 properties, exceeding 15,500 rooms in ten countries. Taking a proactive approach to differentiating brands under each market’s demands, the resort management company caters to a range of budgets and interests from adult-only elegant getaways to fun-filled family vacations. Award-winning, All-In Luxury® Royalton Luxury Resorts offers signature amenities including All-In Connectivity™, modern Sports Event Guarantee™ and in-suite wellness elements. Royalton Luxury Resorts’ adults-only sub-brands include Hideaway at Royalton, an adults-only experience with exclusive dining and preferred accommodations, plus the stylish lifestyle resorts, Royalton CHIC, located in the Caribbean’s best beachfront locales. In Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril provides those over 21 with an upscale and luxurious naturist vacation along with a secluded shore for the utmost privacy. Memories Resorts & Spa offers a vacation designed to impress the entire family, featuring a popular kids club with famous themed characters, Toopy & Binoo™, while Starfish Resorts provides amazing value for customers in convenient locations. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invites guests to Vacation Like A Star™ with an engaging and interactive experience, plus famous pop culture items from iconic movies, music and sports. Mystique by Royalton, a boutique-style resort collection, offers personalized vacations in strikingly beautiful locals full of endless adventures.

To learn more about Blue Diamond Resorts, please visit www.bluediamondresorts.com.

About Mystique by Royalton

Mystique by Royalton is a boutique-style resort collection that offers personalized experiences in strikingly beautiful places. Contemporary, luxurious and exquisite, Mystique by Royalton are firmly rooted in some of the world’s most vibrant destinations and positioned to attract luxury travelers seeking to explore their surroundings. With two stunning resorts located on Mexico’s Isla Holbox Island and Saint Lucia’s beautiful Rodney Bay, Mystique Holbox by Royalton and Mystique St. Lucia by Royalton are ideal for both families and couples alike, with their upscale amenities, unparalleled service and unique beachfront settings.

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Blue Diamond Resorts posiciona la marca Mystique bajo el paraguas de Royalton Luxury Resorts

Mystique Holbox by Royalton
Mystique Blue Boutique Suites volverá a abrir a los huéspedes el 15 de julio de 2020, bajo su nuevo nombre Mystique Holbox by Royalton.

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 30, 2020: Blue Diamond Resorts ha anunciado que su marca Mystique Resorts será renombrada y se incluirá bajo el paraguas de Royalton Luxury Resorts como Mystique by Royalton. A partir de ahora, Mystique Blue Boutique Suites y Mystique Royal St. Lucia pasarán a llamarse Mystique Holbox by Royalton y Mystique St. Lucia by Royalton. Con propiedades pintorescas en Isla Holbox, Santa Lucía y otros paraísos que están por venir, estos resorts boutique ofrecen a los huéspedes lujosas amenidades, servicio personalizado y la galardonada experiencia Royalton en un paraíso natural.

Por otro lado, Mystique Holbox by Royalton volverá a abrir sus puertas el 15 de julio de 2020 incorporando una serie de medidas que siguen tanto la guía de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC), la Organización Mundial de la Salud, así como los ministerios nacionales de salud. Además, Mystique Holbox by Royalton implementará los nuevos protocolos de Vacaciones con Seguridad Garantizadas de Blue Diamond Resorts para ayudar a proteger tanto a los huéspedes como a los empleados.

“Después de un cierre temporal de tres meses, nos complace dar la bienvenida a los huéspedes a Mystique Holbox by Royalton, donde podrán sumergirse en las maravillas naturales de Isla Holbox”, comentó Jordi Pelfort, presidente de Sunwing Hotels & Resorts. “También estamos encantados de incorporar nuestra colección de hoteles boutique Mystique bajo el paraguas de la marca Royalton Luxury Resorts, la cual está muy valorada por la comunidad viajeros”.

Ubicado en la Reserva Natural de Yum Balam, Mystique Holbox by Royalton es un resort de playa contemporáneo con un diseño influenciado por los exuberantes paisajes naturales de la isla. La propiedad alberga 38 espectaculares suites, cada una con amenidades de lujo y un diseño tradicional mexicano que incorpora elementos naturales; mientras que algunas de ellas ofrecen vistas al océano y balcones en la azotea. Los huéspedes pueden explorar los magníficos alrededores de la isla con una variedad de actividades y excursiones incluyendo ciclismo, kiteboarding o incluso la increíble experiencia de nadar con tiburones ballena. Después de pasar el día explorando este paraíso exótico, los huéspedes pueden cenar en cualquiera de los dos restaurantes a la carta del hotel y disfrutar de platos influenciados por la cocina local como la quesadilla de langosta y los camarones al estilo Tikinxic; o disfrutar junto a la piscina de deliciosos cócteles, como por ejemplo la emblemática sangría Mystique.

Para proteger la salud y el bienestar tanto de los huéspedes como de los empleados, Mystique by Royalton ha implementado los nuevos protocolos de Vacaciones con Seguridad Garantizadas de Blue Diamond Resorts. Este nuevo protocolo incluye pautas de distanciamiento social, seguridad alimentaria avanzada, mayor capacitación del personal y uso de equipo de protección personal (EPP), un enfoque de limpieza de 360º para todas las áreas comunes del complejo y habitaciones Diamond Clean donde cada punto de contacto recibirá una limpieza y desinfección a fondo.

Mystique Holbox by Royalton está invitando a los huéspedes a redescubrir Isla Holbox por un precio competitivo con su Oferta de Bienvenida* con precios a partir de $195 por habitación, por noche, para viajar entre el 15 de julio de 2020 y el 21 de diciembre de 2020.

* Para obtener todos los detalles de la oferta, visite:

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Acerca de Blue Diamond Resorts
Desde su inauguración en 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts ha crecido exitosamente hasta convertirse en la empresa de gestión hotelera de más rápido crecimiento en el Caribe, con 47 propiedades que sobrepasan las 15,500 habitaciones en 10 países. Con un enfoque innovador para diferenciar marcas según las demandas específicas de cada mercado, la cartera de Blue Diamond Resorts incluye productos diferenciados según los presupuestos y los intereses de sus clientes, desde elegantes propiedades sólo para adultos, hasta resorts llenos de diversión para las familias. Los galardonados resorts de lujo Royalton Luxury Resorts rediseñan la experiencia todo incluido al ofrecer amenidades exclusivas que incluyen All-In Connectivity™, el moderno concepto de Sports Event Guarantee™ y elementos de bienestar en las habitaciones y suites. Las submarcas de Royalton solo para adultos incluyen Hideaway at Royalton, el cual ofrece gastronomía exclusiva y alojamiento preferencial con acceso a todos los servicios y comodidades de la zona Royalton; así como los modernos y elegantes resorts, Royalton CHIC, localizados en los mejores destinos de sol y playa del Caribe. En Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril brinda unas vacaciones naturistas lujosas y elegantes frente a una exclusiva cala para mayor privacidad. Memories Resorts & Spa brinda una experiencia que complace a toda la familia, incluyendo variedad de actividades y kids clubs con los famosos personajes Toopy & Binoo™, mientras que la marca Starfish Resorts ofrece un valor sin igual en ubicaciones exóticas con alojamiento cómodo. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invita a los huéspedes a vivir la experiencia Vacation Like A Star ™ durante sus vacaciones con una experiencia atractiva e interactiva, además de contener una colección de artículos famosos de la cultura cinematográfica, musical y deportiva. Mystique by Royalton, una colección de resort de estilo boutique, ofrece vacaciones personalizadas en lugares sorprendentemente hermosos y llenos de aventuras sin fin.

Para conocer más sobre Blue Diamond Resorts, visite http://www.bluediamondresorts.com/es/.

Acerca de Mystique by Royalton
Mystique by Royalton es una colección de resorts de estilo boutique que ofrece experiencias personalizadas en lugares sorprendentemente hermosos. Contemporáneos, lujosos y exquisitos, los resorts de Mystique by Royalton están ubicados y vinculados conceptualmente con algunos de los destinos más emocionantes del mundo; además, están creados para atraer a viajeros de lujo en busca de aventura en un paraíso natural. Con dos impresionantes resorts ubicados en la Isla Holbox de México y en la hermosa bahía de Rodney Bay de Santa Lucía, Mystique Holbox by Royalton y Mystique St. Lucia by Royalton son ideales tanto para familias como para parejas, gracias a sus amenidades exclusivas, un servicio incomparable y sus entornos únicos frente al mar.

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Blue Diamond Resorts Announces Brand Expansion for Royalton Luxury Resorts

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 24, 2020: Blue Diamond Resorts has announced its plans to expand Royalton Luxury Resorts by rebranding four of its existing properties. On November 1, 2020, family-friendly resorts, Grand Memories Punta Cana and Grand Memories Splash, will merge into one resort and be rebranded as Royalton Splash Punta Cana Resort & Spa.  CHIC Punta Cana will also be rebranded as Royalton CHIC Punta Cana Resort & Spa, while Royalton Suites Cancun Resort & Spa will be rebranded as the adults-only Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa.

“The decision to bring these properties under the Royalton Luxury Resorts umbrella will allow for the seamless integration of brand standards and operations across the portfolio,” says Jordi Pelfort, President, Hotels and Resorts, Sunwing Travel Group, “This is an excellent opportunity to expand the award-winning Royalton Luxury Resorts brand and allow even more travelers to enjoy an All-In Luxury® vacation.”

Upon opening, Royalton Splash Punta Cana Resort & Spa will deliver Royalton’s All-In Luxury® concept with a host of family-friendly features, including access to one of the largest resort water parks in the Caribbean located on-site, an arcade with VR gaming, an escape room and more. Guests will also be able to enjoy Stay at 1, Play at 2 privileges with access to select facilities at the neighboring Royalton Punta Cana Resort & Casino.

Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa and Royalton CHIC Punta Cana Resort & Spa will offer guests aged 18+ Royalton’s All-In Luxury® experience with a fresh twist, perfect for guests in search of an all-inclusive social vacation experience. Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun and Royalton CHIC Punta Cana’s daily activities and exclusive events will bring an elevated experience to two of the Caribbean’s most popular beachfront locales.

About Blue Diamond Resorts

Since its inception in 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts has curated an impressive portfolio encompassing 47 properties, exceeding 15,500 rooms in ten countries. Taking a proactive approach to differentiating brands under each market’s demands, the resort management company caters to a range of budgets and interests from adult-only elegant getaways to fun-filled family vacations. Award-winning, All-In Luxury® Royalton Luxury Resorts offers signature amenities including All-In Connectivity™, modern Sports Event Guarantee™ and in-suite wellness elements. Royalton Luxury Resorts’ adults-only sub-brands include Hideaway at Royalton, an adults-only experience with exclusive dining and preferred accommodations, plus the stylish lifestyle resorts, Royalton CHIC, in the Caribbean’s best beachfront locales. In Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril provides those over 21 with an upscale and luxurious naturist vacation along with a secluded shore for the utmost privacy. Memories Resorts & Spa offers a vacation designed to impress the entire family, featuring on-site splash parks and a popular kids club with famous themed characters, Toopy & Binoo™, while Starfish Resorts provides amazing value for customers in convenient locations. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invites guests to Vacation Like A Star™ with an engaging and interactive experience, plus famous pop culture items from iconic movies, music and sports. Mystique Resorts, a boutique-style resort collection, offers personalized vacations in strikingly beautiful locals full of endless adventures.

To learn more about Blue Diamond Resorts, please visit www.bluediamondresorts.com.

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 Antigua, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, Mexico, Grenada and Cuba. Boasting an array of world-class all-inclusive features including the premium, handcrafted DreamBed™, unlimited reservation-free luxury dining, 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

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Blue Diamond Resorts anuncia la expansión de su marca Royalton Luxury Resorts

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 24, 2020: Blue Diamond Resorts anuncia sus planes para expandir la marca Royalton Luxury Resorts adicionando cuatro de sus propiedades existentes al portfolio de la marca Royalton. El 1 de noviembre de 2020, los resorts familiares Grand Memories Punta Cana y Grand Memories Splash se fusionarán en una sola propiedad para convertirse en Royalton Splash Punta Cana Resort & Spa. Además, uno de los resorts más populares entre los huéspedes mayores de edad, CHIC Punta Cana vivirá un emocionante cambio de marca y pasará a ser Royalton CHIC Punta Cana Resort & Spa; así como Royalton Suites Cancun, el cual se convertirá en Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa, un elegante oasis solo para adultos en la zona hotelera de Cancún.

“La decisión de poner estas propiedades bajo el paraguas de Royalton Luxury Resorts nos permitirá una perfecta integración de los estándares y las operaciones de la marca en todo el portafolio”, comentó Jordi Pelfort, presidente de Sunwing Hotels & Resorts, “Ésta es una excelente oportunidad para expandir la galardonada marca Royalton Luxury Resorts y abrirla a mayor variedad de viajeros “.

Desde su apertura, Royalton Splash Punta Cana Resort & Spa ofrecerá el concepto All-In Luxury® de Royalton con una serie de características únicas para las familias, como por ejemplo uno de los parques acuáticos más grandes del Caribe, una sala de juegos incluyendo juegos de realidad virtual, un escape room, entre muchas otras inclusiones. Junto con sus amenidades de alto nivel, los huéspedes de Royalton Splash Punta Cana tendrán un acceso tipo hospédese en 1 y disfrute de dos con el hotel vecino Royalton Punta Cana Resort & Casino.

Con su estilo moderno y lujosas amenidades, Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa y Royalton CHIC Punta Cana Resort & Spa ofrecerán a los huéspedes mayores de 18 años la experiencia All-In Luxury® de la marca Royalton con un toque fresco, perfecto para los huéspedes que buscan una experiencia vacacional completa con todo incluido. Además, gracias a sus actividades diarias y eventos exclusivos, Royalton CHIC Suites Cancún y Royalton CHIC Punta Cana brindarán una experiencia única en dos de los destinos de sol y playa más populares del Caribe.

Acerca de Blue Diamond Resorts
Desde su inauguración en 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts ha crecido exitosamente hasta convertirse en la empresa de gestión hotelera de más rápido crecimiento en el Caribe, con 47 propiedades que sobrepasan las 15,500 habitaciones en 10 países. Con un enfoque innovador para diferenciar marcas según las demandas específicas de cada mercado, la cartera de Blue Diamond Resorts incluye productos diferenciados según los presupuestos y los intereses de sus clientes, desde elegantes propiedades sólo para adultos, hasta resorts llenos de diversión para las familias. Los galardonados resorts de lujo Royalton Luxury Resorts rediseñan la experiencia todo incluido al ofrecer amenidades exclusivas que incluyen All-In Connectivity™, el moderno concepto de Sports Event Guarantee™ y elementos de bienestar en las habitaciones y suites. Las submarcas de Royalton solo para adultos incluyen Hideaway at Royalton, el cual ofrece gastronomía exclusiva y alojamiento preferencial con acceso a todos los servicios y comodidades de la zona Royalton; así como los modernos y elegantes resorts, Royalton CHIC, localizados en los mejores destinos de sol y playa del Caribe. En Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril brinda unas vacaciones naturistas lujosas y elegantes frente a una exclusiva cala para mayor privacidad. Memories Resorts & Spa brinda una experiencia que complace a toda la familia, incluyendo variedad de actividades y kids clubs con los famosos carácteres Toopy & Binoo™, mientras que la marca Starfish Resorts ofrece un valor sin igual en ubicaciones exóticas con alojamiento cómodo. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invita a los huéspedes a vivir la experiencia Vacation Like A Star ™ durante sus vacaciones con una experiencia atractiva e interactiva, además de contener una colección de artículos famosos de la cultura cinematográfica, musical y deportiva. Mystique Resorts, una colección de resort de estilo boutique, ofrece vacaciones personalizadas en lugares sorprendentemente hermosos y llenos de aventuras sin fin.

Para conocer más sobre Blue Diamond Resorts, visite http://www.bluediamondresorts.com/es/.

Acerca de Royalton Luxury Resorts
Los galardonados Royalton Luxury Resorts, de Blue Diamond Resorts, representan la elegancia contemporánea y ofrecen vacaciones All-In Luxury® en algunos de los destinos tropicales más populares del mundo, entre ellos Antigua, Jamaica, República Dominicana, México, Santa Lucía, Granada y Cuba. Los hoteles Royalton Luxury Resorts cuentan con una amplia variedad de servicios todo incluidos de primera clase, como colchones de calidad superior DreamBed™ confeccionados exclusivamente para la marca, gastronomía de lujo ilimitada sin necesidad de reservas, Sports Event Guarantee™ y mucho más. Muchos de los resorts han sido ideados para satisfacer las necesidades tanto de familias como de parejas, con innovadoras actividades supervisadas para niños sin cargo adicional, además de alojamiento y opciones gastronómicas para toda la familia.

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Swoop Seeks Airport Partners to Lead Economic Recovery

CALGARY, Alberta, June 17, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Swoop, Canada’s leading Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) and an independently operated subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, today issued a ‘Request for Proposal’ (RFP) seeking strategic airport partners in North and Central America and the Caribbean. The airline is interested in hearing from airports who share an entrepreneurial, consumer-driven mindset to collaborate with the ULCC to stimulate travel and support economic recovery.

Swoop is Canada's ultra-low fare airline of choice, on a mission to make air travel more affordable and accessible for Canadians. Learn more at www.FlySwoop.com (CNW Group/Swoop)

“We believe the key to recovery lies in strategic collaboration, creativity and innovation to get travellers moving back through airports and into the skies,” said Charles Duncan, President, Swoop. “We are encouraged by early signs of recovering demand for ultra-low fares and are eager to collaborate with airports across the region to re-think how we, as an industry, approach affordable and accessible air travel.”

Swoop, which operated its first flights on June 20, 2018, remains confident in the long-term prospects for its ULCC business model and future growth. The airline is seeking innovative proposals from airports that understand providing value to travellers through fair fares, and low fees creates demand as well as the importance of travel and tourism in stimulating economic recovery.

“Having welcomed 2.5 million travellers on board in our first two years of operation, our unbundled airfare model has proven successful here in Canada. This demonstrated demand for ultra-low fares translates to increased passenger traffic in airports, and the significant spillover effect through the support of jobs and businesses in local economies, all of which are essential for economic recovery,” stated Duncan.

In 2019 Canadians saved $159 million as a result of Swoop’s investments, which lowered fares and increased choice and competition within the marketplace. Overall, since launching in 2018, Swoop has been responsible for the creation of more than 1,800 jobs resulting in an economic impact of $295 million as part of its mission to make air travel more affordable and accessible.*

Swoop’s Airport RFP process is being managed through the Route Exchange RFP feature available to Routes Online members. Airports across North and Central America and the Caribbean, with facilities suitable for the operation of Boeing 737-800 NG, are invited to participate by first completing a Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire. Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a formal response to the RFP, which will then be evaluated and moved through a collaborative assessment process. The process will take place over several weeks, with successful applicants announced later this year.

Full details on the RFP process and how to participate can be found at www.routesonline.com

About Swoop

Established in 2018, Swoop is Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, independently operated as part of the WestJet Group of companies, offering scheduled service to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Swoop offers completely unbundled products and services, creating the unique opportunity for travellers to control their costs and customize their experience by purchasing only the extras they desire.

Swoop operates a modern fleet of nine Boeing 737-800 aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity. Swoop’s mobile app allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.   For more details on Swoop, visit FlySwoop.com.

* Swoop Economic Impacts 2019, a study conducted by Chris Lowe Group in January 2020.

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Blue Diamond Resorts Reopening Five Resorts Next Month

Overview of Royalton Negril Resort & Spa
Royalton Negril Resort & Spa and Hideaway at Royalton Negril are among the five Blue Diamond Resorts properties that will reopen on July 15, 2020.
Overview of Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa and Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun are among the five Blue Diamond Properties that will reopen their doors on July 15, 2020.
Grand Lido Negril
Grand Lido Negril will reopen its doors to guests on July 15, 2020, along with four other Blue Diamond Resorts properties in Mexico and Jamaica.

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 11, 2020:- Blue Diamond Resorts announces its plans to reopen five of its luxury resorts after a three-month temporary closure. On July 15, 2020, Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun, Royalton Negril Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Negril and Grand Lido Negril will resume their operations following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local Ministries of Health.

As the Caribbean’s fastest-growing resort management group, Blue Diamond Resorts is thrilled to welcome back discerning guests in two of its highly sought-after beach destinations for a family-friendly vacation or adults-only getaway. To help safeguard both guests and employees, Blue Diamond Resorts has implemented new Safety-Assured Vacations protocols, including physical distancing guidelines, advanced dining safety, increased staff training and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a 360º Clean Approach of all resort common areas and Diamond Clean Guest Rooms where every touchpoint is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

“As we begin to reopen our award-winning resorts in Cancun and Negril, we are committed to providing the All-In Luxury™ experience that our valued guests have come to know and love, with their safety being the utmost priority,” said Jordi Pelfort, President of Hotels and Resorts at Sunwing Travel Group. “With advanced safety protocols and superior cleaning measures, guests will be able to relax in paradise and rediscover the wonders of our host locales.”

Book your next All-In Luxury™ vacation by August 31st and take advantage of our Welcome Back Offer with prices starting at $2,058 per couple, up to 2 Kids Stay Free deals in our family resorts, Flexible Booking Policy and more*. To book a luxurious vacation to Royalton Riviera Cancun, Royalton Negril, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun or Hideaway at Royalton Negril, visit our website or contact your preferred travel agent or tour operator today.

*For full offer details visit: https://www.royaltonresorts.com/royalton/offers/welcome-back-offer

About Blue Diamond Resorts
Since its inception in 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts has curated an impressive portfolio encompassing 47 properties, exceeding 15,500 rooms in ten countries. Taking a proactive approach to differentiating brands under each market’s demands, the resort management company caters to a range of budgets and interests from adult-only elegant getaways to fun-filled family vacations. Award-winning, All-In Luxury® Royalton Luxury Resorts offers signature amenities including All-In Connectivity™, modern Sports Event Guarantee™ and in-suite wellness elements. Royalton Luxury Resorts’ adults-only sub-brands include Hideaway at Royalton, an adults-only experience with exclusive dining and preferred accommodations, plus the stylish All Exclusive™ CHIC by Royalton. In Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril provides those over 21 with an upscale and luxurious naturist vacation along with a secluded shore for the utmost privacy. Memories Resorts & Spa offers a vacation designed to impress the entire family, featuring on-site splash parks and a popular kids club with famous themed characters, Toopy & Binoo™, while Starfish Resorts provides amazing value for customers in convenient locations. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invites guests to Vacation Like A Star™ with an engaging and interactive experience, plus famous pop culture items from iconic movies, music and sports. Mystique Resorts, a boutique-style resort collection, offers personalized vacations in strikingly beautiful locals full of endless adventures.

To learn more about Blue Diamond Resorts, please visit www.bluediamondresorts.com.

Blue Diamond Resorts reabrirá cinco resorts el próximo mes

Royalton Negril Resort & Spa
El 15 de julio de 2020, Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun, Royalton Negril Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Negril y Grand Lido Negril reanudarán sus operaciones.
Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
El 15 de julio de 2020, Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun, Royalton Negril Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Negril y Grand Lido Negril reanudarán sus operaciones.
Grand Lido Negril
El 15 de julio de 2020, Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun, Royalton Negril Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Negril y Grand Lido Negril reanudarán sus operaciones.

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 11, 2020: Blue Diamond Resorts anuncia sus planes de reabrir cinco de sus resorts de lujo después de un cierre temporal de tres meses. El 15 de julio de 2020, Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun, Royalton Negril Resort & Spa, Hideaway at Royalton Negril y Grand Lido Negril reanudarán sus operaciones con nuevos protocolos de seguridad e higiene establecidos según las normativas de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC), Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) y los ministerios de salud locales.

Blue Diamond Resorts, el grupo de gestión hotelero de más rápido crecimiento en el Caribe, está encantado de recibir a los huéspedes más exigentes en dos de sus destinos de playa más populares donde podrán beneficiar tanto de vacaciones familiares como de escapadas solo para adultos. Para ayudar a proteger tanto a huéspedes como a empleados, Blue Diamond Resorts ha implementado nuevos protocolos de Vacaciones con Seguridad Garantizada, los cuales incluyen pautas de distanciamiento social, seguridad alimenticia avanzada, uso de equipo de protección personal (EPP) así como mayor capacitación para sus empleados, un sistema de limpieza con enfoque a 360 grados en todas las áreas comunes de los resorts y habitaciones con limpieza Diamond donde cada punto de contacto conlleva una limpieza y desinfección a fondo.

“A medida que comenzamos a reabrir nuestros galardonados resorts en Cancún y Negril, estamos comprometidos a continuar brindando la experiencia All-In Luxury™ que nuestros valiosos huéspedes conocen y tanto aprecian, manteniendo su seguridad como nuestra máxima prioridad”, dijo Jordi Pelfort, presidente de Sunwing Hotels and Resorts, “con protocolos de seguridad avanzados y medidas de limpieza superiores, los huéspedes podrán relajarse en el paraíso y redescubrir las maravillas locales de nuestros destinos”.

Reserve sus próximas vacaciones All-In Luxury ™ antes del 31 de agosto para beneficiar de nuestra oferta de bienvenida con precios a partir de $ 2,058 por pareja, hasta 2 niños gratis en nuestros resorts familiares, política de reserva flexible y mucho más*. Para reservar unas vacaciones de lujo en Royalton Riviera Cancun, Royalton Negril, Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun o Hideaway at Royalton Negril, visite nuestro sitio web o póngase en contacto hoy mismo con su agente de viajes o turoperador favorito.

* Para más detalles sobre la oferta, visite: https://www.royaltonresorts.com/es/royalton/offers/welcome-back-offer

Acerca de Blue Diamond Resorts

Desde su inauguración en 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts ha crecido exitosamente hasta convertirse en la empresa de complejos hoteleros de más rápido crecimiento en el Caribe, con 47 propiedades que sobrepasan las 15 500 habitaciones en 10 países. Con un enfoque innovador para diferenciar marcas según las demandas específicas de cada mercado, la cartera de Blue Diamond Resorts es más impresionante que nunca. Los galardonados resorts de lujo Royalton Luxury Resorts rediseñan la experiencia todo incluido al ofrecer comodidades exclusivas que incluyen All-In Connectivity™, el moderno concepto de Sports Event Guarantee™ y elementos de bienestar en la suite. Las submarcas de Royalton solo para adultos incluyen Hideaway at Royalton, el cual ofrece gastronomía exclusiva y alojamiento preferencial con acceso a todos los servicios y comodidades del cercano Royalton; y el elegante All-Exclusive™ CHIC by Royalton, una experiencia vacacional dinámica y social con comodidades de lujo y opciones gastronómicas de alta calidad. En Jamaica, se restauró el Grand Lido Negril para brindar unas vacaciones naturistas lujosas y elegantes a lo largo de una exclusiva playa y ser un refugio privado único. Memories Resorts & Spa brinda una experiencia que complace a toda la familia, y Starfish Resorts ofrece un valor increíble en ubicaciones exóticas con alojamiento cómodo. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invita a los huéspedes a Vacation Like A Star™ con una experiencia atractiva e interactiva, además de artículos famosos de la cultura pop de películas, música y deportes. Mystique Resorts, una colección de resort de estilo boutique, ofrece vacaciones personalizadas en lugares sorprendentemente hermosos llenos de aventuras sin fin.

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Blue Diamond Resorts Implements New Safety-Assured Vacations Protocols

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 13, 2020: Blue Diamond Resorts prepares to welcome guests back to its resorts with enhanced health, safety and cleanliness programs, brand-wide. The resort management group’s Safety-Assured Vacations protocols will be implemented at each of Blue Diamond’s 47 properties across the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico.

Advanced sanitation measures, new physical distancing guidelines, a 360º Clean Approach and an International Safety Assurance Team are in place to prioritize well-being across every area and touchpoint of Blue Diamond Resorts properties. To help protect both guests and staff members, the new and enhanced Safety-Assured Vacations protocols will adhere to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the local and national Ministries of Health.

“As the countries which our resorts call home begin to re-open, we want to ensure our guests feel safe and cared for when choosing to stay at a Blue Diamond property,” said Jordi Pelfort, President of Hotels and Resorts at Sunwing Travel Group. “By heightening our industry-leading sanitation practices, we will continue to guarantee luxurious, relaxing and Safety-Assured Vacations for all of our valued guests.”

The Safety-Assured Vacations program includes:

  • Safe Vacation Assurance: In accordance with international health standards, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and local/ national Ministries of Health, a Safety-Assurance Team is in position to ensure the strict adherence of all guidelines and comprehensive implementation of sanitation, physical distancing and cleaning protocols to protect guests and employees alike.
  • 360º Clean Approach: All resort common areas including pools, beaches, restaurants, bars, entertainment facilities, lobbies, elevators, hallways and other shared spaces will be cleaned hourly. All high-touch surfaces, including general transportation units like golf carts and luggage trolleys, will continuously be sanitized throughout the day, plus fitness center equipment and spa facilities will be sanitized after each use. Blue Diamond is also increasing the daily frequency of cleaning and disinfection procedures for air-conditioning systems of both common areas and guest rooms.
  • Family-First Promise: A superior cleaning and disinfection program for kids and teens club’s facilities and equipment has been implemented, in addition to child-friendly signage and physical distancing measures to ensure a safe environment for little ones, tweens and teens.
  • Advanced Dining Safety: All restaurants have reduced capacity and implemented a one-step reservation system to ensure physical distancing guidelines are respected. Further changes include removal of unnecessary items on tables to avoid cross-contamination, elimination of physical menus, the introduction of digital screens to display menu information and physical distancing guidelines at pool bars.
  • Diamond Clean Guest Rooms: Each housekeeping team will thoroughly clean guest rooms from the inside out, with advanced-grade disinfection products to eliminate emerging viral pathogens. Each touchpoint in a guests’ room will be deep cleaned including remote controls, doorknobs, hairdryers, closet doors, thermostats, lamps, telephones, water faucets and toilet handles. All non-essential amenities will be removed and new in-room hygiene kits with personal-size hand sanitizers, masks, gloves and other safety essentials will be places in rooms. Room service procedures have been updated to ensure safe and distant delivery, as well as the process to replenish mini-fridges and other guest room items to limit additional entry.
  • Physical Distancing and Protection: To provide Safety-Assured Vacations, signage and informative messages will be displayed throughout the common areas and in-room TVs to reinforce the importance of following recommendations. To maintain physical distancing protocols, floor markers will be placed around the resort’s common areas, the furniture will be rearranged in common areas, including restaurants, theaters, pool areas, beaches and lobbies. All indoor guest facilities will reduce the capacity to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for both guests and employees. In addition, hand sanitizer dispensers will be available throughout each resort to encourage guests to sanitize their hands regularly.
  • Staff Care, Training and Awareness: Blue Diamond upholds its employees to the highest standards of health and safety. All staff members are trained and empowered to keep safe, take care and be smart while delivering Safety-Assured Vacations. Strict hygiene protocols for resort staff will continue to be enforced, including a thorough cleaning and sanitation process at all staff entrances, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), rigorous and frequent hand cleaning with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, daily health and temperature checks at the beginning of every shift and the practicing of physical distancing rules.
  • Clean Supplier Commitment: To safeguard their promise to guests, Blue Diamond has put into place agreements with various suppliers and partners to ensure they operate in accordance with the new regulations for the products or services which they provide.

For more information on Blue Diamond’s Safety-Assured Vacations, please visit www.bluediamondresorts.com/covid-19.

About Blue Diamond Resorts

Since its inception in 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts has curated an impressive portfolio encompassing 47 properties, exceeding 15,500 rooms in ten countries. Taking a proactive approach to differentiating brands under each market’s demands, the resort management company caters to a range of budgets and interests from adult-only elegant getaways to fun-filled family vacations. Award-winning, All-In Luxury® Royalton Luxury Resorts offers signature amenities including All-In Connectivity™, modern Sports Event Guarantee™ and in-suite wellness elements. Royalton Luxury Resorts’ adults-only sub-brands include Hideaway at Royalton, an adults-only experience with exclusive dining and preferred accommodations, plus the stylish All Exclusive™ CHIC by Royalton. In Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril provides those over 21 with an upscale and luxurious naturist vacation along with a secluded shore for the utmost privacy. Memories Resorts & Spa offers a vacation designed to impress the entire family, featuring on-site splash parks and a popular kids club with famous themed characters, Toopy & Binoo™, while Starfish Resorts provides amazing value for customers in convenient locations. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invites guests to Vacation Like A Star™ with an engaging and interactive experience, plus famous pop culture items from movies, music and sports. Mystique Resorts, a boutique-style resort collection, offers personalized vacations in strikingly beautiful locals full of endless adventures.

To learn more about Blue Diamond Resorts, please visit www.bluediamondresorts.com.

Blue Diamond Resorts implementa nuevos protocolos para unas Vacaciones con Seguridad Garantizada

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 13, 2020:  Blue Diamond Resorts se prepara para dar la bienvenida a los huéspedes a sus resorts con nuevos y mejorados programas de salud, seguridad y limpieza en todas sus marcas. Los protocolos para unas Vacaciones con Seguridad Garantizada se implementarán en cada una de las 47 propiedades de Blue Diamond en el Caribe, América Central y México.

Se instaurarán medidas avanzadas de saneamiento, nuevas pautas de distanciamiento social, limpieza con enfoque de 360º y un equipo corporativo internacional que garantizará la seguridad para priorizar el bienestar en todas las áreas y puntos de contacto de las propiedades de Blue Diamond Resorts. Para ayudar a proteger tanto a los huéspedes como a los miembros del personal, los nuevos y mejorados protocolos de Vacaciones con Seguridad Garantizada se adherirán a las pautas de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC) y la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), así como a los Ministerios de Salud locales y nacionales.

“A medida que los países a los que nuestros resorts llaman hogar comiencen a reabrir sus fronteras, nos aseguraremos de que nuestros huéspedes se sientan seguros y atendidos al elegir hospedarse en una propiedad de Blue Diamond”, dijo Jordi Pelfort, Presidente de Hoteles y Resorts en Sunwing Travel Group. “Mejorando nuestras prácticas de saneamiento y limpieza seguiremos brindando a todos nuestros apreciados huéspedes unas vacaciones lujosas y relajantes con Seguridad Garantizada”.

Los nuevos procedimientos implementados incluyen las siguientes áreas de acción:

  • Vacaciones con seguridad garantizada: Se instauró un equipo especial que se asegurará del estricto cumplimiento de todas las pautas establecidas y la exhaustiva implementación de protocolos de desinfección, distanciamiento social y limpieza para proteger a huéspedes y empleados por igual, conforme a las normas de salud dadas por instituciones internacionales incluyendo los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) y los Ministerios de Salud locales y nacionales de cada uno de los países en los que Blue Diamond opera.
  • Limpieza 360°: Todas las zonas comunes de los resorts, incluyendo piscinas, playas, restaurantes, bares, instalaciones de entretenimiento, vestíbulos, ascensores, pasillos y otros espacios comunes alrededor del complejo se limpiarán cada hora. Todas las superficies de alto contacto incluyendo todas las unidades de transporte general, como carritos de golf y carritos para el transporte de maletas, serán desinfectadas continuamente a lo largo del día. Además, el equipamiento tanto en gimnasios como en el spa será desinfectado tras cada uso. Blue Diamond también ha aumentado la frecuencia diaria de limpieza y desinfección en los sistemas de aire acondicionado, tanto de las áreas comunes como de las habitaciones de los huéspedes.
  • Promesa “la familia es lo primero” : Se ha instaurado un programa superior de limpieza y desinfección para las instalaciones y equipamiento de los clubes de niños y adolescentes, además de la inclusión de nueva señalización adaptada a niños, incluyendo medidas de distanciamiento social para garantizar un ambiente limpio y seguro para niños pequeños, preadolescentes y adolescentes
  • Seguridad culinaria avanzada: se redujeron los aforos de los lugares de consumos y se implementó un sencillo sistema de reserva para garantizar que las normas de distanciamiento social se respeten adecuadamente. Otros cambios incluyen la eliminación de todos los elementos innecesarios en las mesas para evitar contaminación cruzada, eliminación de menús físicos e introducción de pantallas digitales para mostrar la información del menú y las pautas a seguir de distanciamiento social en los bares de piscina.
  • Limpieza Diamond en las habitaciones: Los equipos de ama de llaves limpiarán y desinfectarán cada rincón de las habitaciones, trabajando desde adentro hacia afuera, con productos altamente concentrados en desinfectantes que eliminan agentes patógenos víricos emergentes. Todos los potenciales puntos de contacto en las habitaciones de los clientes serán rigurosamente desinfectados incluyendo controles remotos, pomos de puertas, secadores de pelo, puertas de armarios y cajones, termostatos, lámparas, teléfonos, manijas de descarga de los inodoros y manijas de grifo de agua. Se eliminarán todos los elementos no esenciales de las habitaciones y se incluirán nuevos kits de higiene con gel desinfectante para las manos, mascarillas y guantes entre otros elementos esenciales de seguridad y sanidad. Se han mejorado los procesos de servicio de habitaciones para garantizar seguridad y distancia durante la entrega de productos, así como el proceso de reposición de minibares y otros artículos en las habitaciones para limitar las entradas adicionales a la habitación.
  • Distanciamiento social y protección: Con el fin de garantizar unas vacaciones seguras, se colocarán nueva señalética y mensajes informativos en las televisiones de las áreas comunes y habitaciones para reforzar la importancia de seguir las recomendaciones.  Para mantener las pautas de distanciamiento social, se colocarán marcadores en el suelo de los resorts, se reorganizarán los muebles en las zonas comunes, incluyendo restaurantes, teatros, áreas de piscinas, playas y vestíbulos. Las instalaciones interiores tendrán capacidades reducidas para mantener un ambiente seguro y agradable tanto para huéspedes como para empleados. Adicionalmente, se agregarán dispensadores de desinfectante para manos alrededor de los resorts para animar a los huéspedes a que se desinfecten las manos con regularidad.
  • Cuidado del personal, educación y conciencia: Los empleados de Blue Diamond mantienen los más altos estándares de salud y seguridad. Todos los miembros del personal están entrenados y capacitados para mantener la seguridad y el cuidado de los huéspedes mientras brindan unas experiencias vacacionales con seguridad garantizada. Se seguirán aplicando estrictos protocolos de higiene para el personal del resort, incluyendo la implementación de procesos de limpieza y saneamiento exhaustivos en la entrada del personal desinfectando desde manos hasta calzado, el uso de equipos de protección personal (EPP) como guantes y máscaras, lavado de manos de forma rigurosa y frecuente con desinfectante a base de alcohol, controles de salud diarios al inicio de cada turno, así como el cumplimiento de las reglas de distanciamiento social.
  • Proveedores comprometidos: Para mantener su promesa más allá de sus puertas, Blue Diamond ha establecido acuerdos con sus diversos proveedores y socios, asegurándose que operen siguiendo las nuevas regulaciones en su elaboración de productos o brindando sus servicios.

Para obtener más información sobre las Vacaciones con Seguridad Garantizadas de Blue Diamond, visite www.bluediamondresorts.com/covid-19.

Acerca de Blue Diamond Resorts

Desde su inauguración en 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts ha crecido exitosamente hasta convertirse en la empresa de complejos hoteleros de más rápido crecimiento en el Caribe, con 47 propiedades que sobrepasan las 15 500 habitaciones en 10 países. Con un enfoque innovador para diferenciar marcas según las demandas específicas de cada mercado, la cartera de Blue Diamond Resorts es más impresionante que nunca. Los galardonados resorts de lujo Royalton Luxury Resorts rediseñan la experiencia todo incluido al ofrecer comodidades exclusivas que incluyen All-In Connectivity™, el moderno concepto de Sports Event Guarantee™ y elementos de bienestar en la suite. Las submarcas de Royalton solo para adultos incluyen Hideaway at Royalton, el cual ofrece gastronomía exclusiva y alojamiento preferencial con acceso a todos los servicios y comodidades del cercano Royalton; y el elegante All-Exclusive™ CHIC by Royalton, una experiencia vacacional dinámica y social con comodidades de lujo y opciones gastronómicas de alta calidad. En Jamaica, se restauró el Grand Lido Negril para brindar unas vacaciones naturistas lujosas y elegantes a lo largo de una exclusiva playa y ser un refugio privado único. Memories Resorts & Spa brinda una experiencia que complace a toda la familia, y Starfish Resorts ofrece un valor increíble en ubicaciones exóticas con alojamiento cómodo. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invita a los huéspedes a Vacation Like A Star ™ con una experiencia atractiva e interactiva, además de artículos famosos de la cultura pop de películas, música y deportes. Mystique Resorts, una colección de resort de estilo boutique, ofrece vacaciones personalizadas en lugares sorprendentemente hermosos llenos de aventuras sin fin.

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Royal Caribbean Group Extends Cruise with Confidence Policy Through April 2022

Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Introduce New Booking Options

MIAMI, May 6, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – To provide peace of mind in vacation planning, Royal Caribbean Group is extending its ”Cruise with Confidence” cancellation policy to sailings through April 2022.

For new and existing bookings created by August 1, 2020, guests have the flexibility to cancel their cruise up to 48 hours prior to sailing and receive a full credit of the cruise fare for a future cruise through April 2022. The cruise company has also enhanced “Cruise with Confidence” with new rebooking options. The updates now available to travelers and their travel advisors include:

  • Best Price Guarantee”: Guests can choose to change the price and promotional offer on their reservation up to 48 hours before their cruise.
  • “Lift and Shift”: For ease and as close as 48 hours prior to sailing, travelers have the option to simply “lift and shift” their cruise to the same itinerary departing on a future date. The original price and promotional offer on the reservation will be protected, along with the length of the cruise and stateroom category.

“Guests are reacting positively to our Cruise with Confidence policy,” says RCL chairman and CEO Richard Fain, “because it enables them to make informed decisions and to better manage complicated travel plans during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.”

“Cruise with Confidence” applies to both existing cruise bookings and those made by August 1, 2020. In addition to easing concerns of booked guests, Fain says the policy enhances consumer confidence to schedule new bookings, knowing last-minute travel adjustments are allowed.

“We want our guests to feel they can safely keep their existing cruise bookings or schedule new sailings,” says Fain, “because this policy gives them more freedom and flexibility.”

The policy applies to all cruises with sailing dates on or before April 2022 and across the company’s global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara. For individual brand policy details, including information on Silversea’s policy, please visit the cruise lines’ websites: Azamara: www.azamara.com/cruise-with-confidence, Celebrity: www.celebritycruises.com/cruise-with-confidence, Royal Caribbean: www.loyaltoyoualways.com/service/cruisewithconfidence1/ and Silversea: www.silversea.com/temporary-amendment-to-cancellation-policy.html.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that controls and operates four global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises. We are also a 50% joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises and a 49% shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur Cruceros. Together these brands operate a combined total of 61 ships with an additional 17 on order as of December 31, 2019. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on all seven continents. Additional information can be found on www.royalcaribbean.com, www.celebritycruises.com, www.azamara.com, www.silversea.com, www.tuicruises.com, www.pullmantur.es, or www.rclinvestor.com.

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Arne Wilhelmsen, a founder of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., dies at 90

MIAMI, April 11, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ Arne Wilhelmsen, a founder of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) and a visionary strategist of the modern cruise industry, died Saturday, April 11, 2020, in Palma, Spain. He was 90. The entire Royal Caribbean family extends its heartfelt condolences to the Wilhelmsen family.

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Wilhelmsen was a constant influence on the company from its founding, serving more than three decades on the company’s board of directors. Together with the company’s first CEO, the late Edwin Stephan, Wilhelmsen saw possibilities for the nascent cruise industry that others did not.

“At a time when the rest of the world thought cruising was a niche use for old transatlantic liners, Arne was already seeing glimmers of the growth that was possible,” said Richard Fain, RCL’s chairman and CEO. “He had a vision of the modern cruise industry when the ‘industry’ might have been a dozen used ships, total.”

Their key insight: building new ships uniquely designed for cruising in warm weather. The industry did not grow from New York, the traditional transit hub; it came to Miami, helping the region itself grow as the public discovered an entirely new way to take a vacation.

Wilhelmsen saw the potential for cruising to become the fastest growing segment in a growing vacation industry.  A believer in economies of scale, he once recalled, “My initial challenge was to convince my partners and management in Miami to build bigger and more efficient ships in order to grow the company.”  True to his vision, the company now sails 61 ships calling on all seven continents and its fleet features the largest cruise ships in the world.

Born on June 15, 1929, in Oslo, Norway, Wilhelmsen earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and worked as a chartering assistant for Norway’s EB Lund & Co. and later as a shipbroker in New York. After joining the family business in 1954, he became its president in 1961. The scion of a leading Norwegian shipping concern – Anders Wilhelmsen & Co AS – he spent most of his life in the family business, including an early stint as a deckhand.

“Arne was a steady presence and source of wisdom on our board for decades,” Fain said. “And in 2003, when he was ready to step back, he was succeeded on the RCL board by his son, Alex, who has carried the involvement of the Wilhelmsen family in charting our company’s course into its sixth decade. Our high standards as a company, our insistence on excellence in operations and design, and our determination to persevere all owe a great deal to the long-term vision of Arne, Alex and the Wilhelmsen family. We salute our friend, and we will miss him dearly.”

About Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that controls and operates four global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises. We are also a 50% joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises and a 49% shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur Cruceros. Together these brands operate a combined total of 61 ships with an additional 17 on order as of December 31, 2019. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on all seven continents. Additional information can be found on www.royalcaribbean.comwww.celebritycruises.comwww.azamara.comwww.silversea.comwww.tuicruises.comwww.pullmantur.es, or www.rclinvestor.com.

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Royal Caribbean Group adopts “Cruise With Confidence” policy, allowing cancellations up to 48 hours before sailing

MIAMI, March 6, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – With COVID-19 adding uncertainty to travel plans around the world, Royal Caribbean Group said it will give guests greater control over their vacation decisions, allowing guests to cancel cruises as late as two days before departure.

The “Cruise With Confidence” policy allows guests on Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea to cancel up to 48 hours before a sailing. Guests will receive a full credit for their fare, usable on any future sailing of the guest’s choice in 2020 or 2021. The policy applies to both new and existing cruise bookings.

“Our previous policy set earlier deadlines for guests to cancel their cruises, and that added unnecessary stress,” said Richard Fain, the company’s chairman and CEO. “Trying to guess a month or more in advance where areas of concern about coronavirus might be is challenging for medical experts, much less a family preparing for vacation.

“When circumstances are as fast-changing as they have been recently, it’s good to know you have the option to take a rain check,” Fain said. “We think putting more control in our guests’ hands helps them make informed decisions about whether to keep their existing vacation plans or trade out for a more convenient time or itinerary.”

In addition to easing concerns for booked guests, Fain said the policy would also give consumers more confidence in making new bookings, knowing that they could later adjust their plans without penalty.

The policy applies to all cruises with a sailing date on or before July 31, 2020, and will be offered by the company’s global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea. Full details of the “Cruise with Confidence” policy can be found at the respective brand websites.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that controls and operates four global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises. We are also a 50% joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises and a 49% shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur Cruceros. Together these brands operate a combined total of 61 ships with an additional 17 on order as of December 31, 2019. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on all seven continents. Additional information can be found on www.royalcaribbean.com, www.celebritycruises.com, www.azamara.com, www.silversea.com, www.tuicruises.com, www.pullmantur.es, or www.rclinvestor.com.

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Jamaica, Tourist and Business Destination, Participates at the Routes Americas

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, operator of 12 airports in Mexico and the international airports of Norman Manley in Kingston and Sangster in Montego Bay, participated in a in the Routes Americas hemispheric meeting, which was held in Indianapolis, United States.

The main purpose for Jamaica’s participation in this forum was to attract new flights, air routes and airlines to this Caribbean Island. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico supports the promotion of Jamaica as destination.

Routes Americas is the main meeting forum of airlines and airports in the American hemisphere, and it served as a platform to lay the grounds for the world meeting that will be held in Milan, Italy next September, where Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico will promote Jamaica more intensely as a tourist and investment destination. Given the global nature of the event, has the participation of airlines from Europe, Africa, Oceania and others, which, in general, would otherwise have no presence at Routes Americas.

Grupo Aeroportuario el Pacífico is committed to Jamaica and acknowledges it both as an extraordinary destination given its natural wonders and excellent tourist offering and as an attractive market for foreign investment that promotes the country’s sustainability, economic and social development.

Grupo Aeroportuario el Pacífico, S.A.B. de C.V. (GAP) (NYSE: PAC; BMV: GAP) is a Mexican corporation developing its activity in the airport sector. GAP operates 12 international airports in Mexico and two in Jamaica, servicing over 330 destinations through 35 airlines. Its stock is listed in the Mexico and New York Stock Exchanges. In 2018, GAP served 44.9 million passengers, 10.4% more than in 2017.

The airports managed by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico are located in:

  • Guadalajara and Tijuana, serving the main metropolitan areas.
  • Mexicali, Hermosillo, Los Mochis, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato and Morelia, serving developing medium-sized cities.
  • La Paz, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo and Montego Bay, serving some of the most important tourist destinations in the country and the Caribbean.
  • On October 10, 2018, GAP signed a concession contract with the government of Jamaica in order to operate, modernize and expand the Norman Manley International Airport (”KIN”) located in the city of Kingston.

The airports managed by GAP in Mexico are owned by the Mexican government and have been allocated in a 50-year concession starting in 1998, as part of a domestic initiative to privatize and improve the quality and security of the country’s airport services.

In Jamaica, the government owns the Montego Bay Airport and the concession granted for its operation is for a 30-year period, which will conclude on April 2033. The Kingston Airport was granted for a 25-year concession. GAP took control of the operation and administration this past October 2019.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico believes in the value of each individual and seeks to trigger his or her potential through education. Better-educated Mexicans will raise their quality of life and contribute towards the country’s development. GAP, in line with its business model and through its Foundation, is committed to be a factor of change. We work on two strategic pillars: work with the community, through the GAP Schools, and on training the airport community, with Community Training Centers.

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Caribbean’s First Peer-to-Peer Car Rental Platform, Rent Yuh Ride™, Launched

Black Women Led; 22+ Million Travelers; Strong Market Growth Projected

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The emerging peer-to-peer car rental sector is projected to grow at 10% annually, but despite the Caribbean being one of the world’s most attractive travel destinations; it has yet to be touched by this sector – until now. The Caribbean’s first peer-to-peer car rental platform, Rent Yuh Ride (RYR), launched this week and will connect thousands of travelers to private car owners to facilitate car renting in a way that “is efficient, affordable and safe.”  RYR promises a platform that will enable seamless transactions while also rewarding users with travel credits and incentivized bonuses.

Uniquely led by a team of black women, RYR’s operations will be out of Kingston, Jamaica. Eventually, operations will expand across the Caribbean – frequented by over 22M travelers annually. Further boosting its new platform, RYR will partner with the Insurance Company of The West Indies (ICWI), a leader in motor insurance across the Caribbean to provide private rental insurance to car owners at a discounted rate. In addition, RYR will use Jumio, a leader in online identity verification, to definitively authenticate users on the platform.

Rent Yuh Ride The What

The Rent Yuh Ride platform will be accessible online from anywhere, at any time. It’s a marketplace where car owners can sign up, upload their vehicle info (and documents) to be approved and listed on the site for free. Simultaneously, travelers can sign up, search through available vehicles in their desired destination, choose a pickup location, then book.

Once the vehicle has been picked up, the owner gets paid electronically. When it is returned, this will complete the transaction, and both parties are then able to leave each other a review. Everything is done online safely, affordably, efficiently.

Rent Yuh Ride The Why

Problems with Current Car Renting Process:

  • Car owner reputation is unknown; current web listings have very limited information — only thing you see is the car you’re renting.
  • 58% of cars in Jamaica are uninsured — lack of protection creates lack of trust.
  • Traditional car renting is costly; advanced booking doesn’t minimize wait time at pickup — “The deposit fees are astronomical.”

The Ideal Solution is a “Win-Win Situation”:

  • Traveler Benefits: 20%-50% cheaper than traditional renting; know the owner right away; book on-demand; pickup when & where you want; more variety of vehicles to choose from.
  • Car Owner Benefits: earn money hosting; free to list and no monthly fees; list once, market to many travelers.

“Travelers deserve a better way to rent cars, they need options and what’s available just doesn’t cut it,” explains RYR Founder & CEO Cherie Williams. “With the Rent Yuh Ride platform, you can choose from a wide range of vehicles that fit your style, a wide range of prices that fit your budget, and there’s absolutely no negotiating back and forth. Moreover, car owners have underutilized vehicles for months at a time and Rent Yuh Ride will provide new opportunities for them to earn additional income,” says a frequent traveler to the island.

“It’s a win-win situation on both sides: one person will make money and the other person will save money.”

Funding
Investment opportunity available on  Series One platform.

About Rent Yuh Ride
Rent Yuh Ride is the first peer-to-peer digital car rental platform in Jamaica with future expansion across the Caribbean. RYR will directly connect thousands of travelers to private car owners across the islands to facilitate car renting, in a way that’s efficient, affordable and safe.

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Forbes Travel Guide Honors Hospitality’s Finest in 2020 Star Rating Awards

107 Properties Earn New Five-Star Accolades

Largest-Ever Global Expansion as Awards Launch in 16 New Countries

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Triumphs as Hotel Brand with Most Five-Star Hotels

London Takes Starring Role as the Five-Star Capital City of the World

ATLANTA, Feb. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Forbes Travel Guide (”FTG”), the global expert on genuine Five-Star service, today presented a galaxy of “Stars” to the world’s most luxurious properties. A record 107 new Five-Star awards have been announced, owing to the company’s significant expansion across 16 countries.

The 2020 awards celebrate 1,898 Star-Rated properties in 73 countries; the full list can be found here. The new awards add 70 Five-Star, 120 Four-Star and 81 Recommended hotels to the annual winners list. Among restaurants, there are 13 new Five-Star, eight new Four-Star and two new Recommended winners. The recipients also include 24 new Five-Star and 22 new Four-Star spas.

This year sees the most extensive global expansion in Forbes Travel Guide’s 62 -year history. The company spotlights new international markets, including Antigua, the Bahamas, Cambodia, Egypt, Fiji, French Polynesia, India, Jordan, the Maldives, Mauritius, New Zealand, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, the Seychelles and South Africa, many of which achieved the coveted Five-Star honor.

A total of 432 Five-Star distinctions were awarded to hotels, restaurants and spas, and the top ranking was attained for the first time in Antigua; Bora Bora; Cambodia; Cape Town; Doha; Fiji; Ireland; Johannesburg; the Maldives; Mauritius; Monte Carlo; Moscow; Prague; St. Petersburg, Russia; the Seychelles; and Tahiti.

Four Seasons maintained the prestigious achievement as the brand with the most Five-Star hotels adding 11 new Five-Star hotel awards to its collection. Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, Four Seasons Hotel Moscow and Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg are among some of the additions in newly rated destinations.

Wynn Resorts took an all-star position, dominating the Las Vegas market by earning seven Five-Star awards for Wynn Resorts Las Vegas (Wynn Las Vegas, Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Wynn Tower Suites, Encore Tower Suites, The Spa at Wynn Las Vegas, The Spa at Encore Las Vegas and Wing Lei) and an additional eight for Wynn Resorts Macau (Wynn Macau, Encore Macau, Golden Flower at Encore Macau, Mizumi at Wynn Macau, Wing Lei at Wynn Macau, Il Teatro at Wynn Macau, The Spa at Encore Macau and The Spa at Wynn Macau). Wynn Palace Macau also achieved seven Five-Star awards.

London cemented its position as the global Five-Star capital city with 19 top hotels, including six new additions: Brown’s Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel; Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square; Rosewood London and The Berkeley. The Egerton House Hotel and The Milestone Hotel & Residences join Hotel 41 to give Red Carnation hotels a triple Five-Star hotel win for the city.

“It’s a privilege for Forbes Travel Guide to honor such magnificent hotels, restaurants and spas from all corners of the globe. Each deserving recipient excels at enriching people’s lives through the power of exceptional service,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide. “Our role at Forbes Travel Guide is to establish our annual star ratings with absolute independence and integrity and champion those at the very top of their game.”

More than 600 Star-Rated winners and invited VIP guests will gather to celebrate at Verified, The Forbes Travel Guide Luxury Summit at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on February 18 and 19. As the recipients of multiple Five-Star awards, the MGM International property will be packed with inspirational speakers and discovery sessions. The event will culminate in a gala dinner hosted by Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei, followed by an exclusive afterglow hosted by Wynn Las Vegas XS nightclub where headline DJ Dillon Francis and other exciting surprises await the 2020 award winners.

For highlights, trends and fun facts from our 2020 Star Awards, click here.

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Aireon Signs Agreement With COCESNA To Expand Global Air Traffic Surveillance To Central America

MCLEAN, Virginia, Oct. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Aireon LLC (Aireon) and COCESNA (Corporación Centroamericana de Servicios de Navegación Aérea) announced that they have signed an agreement to deploy space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The agreement also establishes a strategic partnership to enhance the operations and collaboration of air traffic surveillance in the Central American region.

Spanning the entire Central American flight information region (FIR), COCESNA’s region encompasses more than 2.6 million square kilometers terrestrial airspace and extensive oceanic areas in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Its central location in the Americas positions COCESNA as the major air traffic control provider at the crossroads of the Caribbean, North, South and Central America.

“Aireon is thrilled to welcome COCESNA as a customer, extending the benefits of space-based air traffic surveillance through Central American airspace,” said Don Thoma, CEO, Aireon. “This agreement represents the beginning of a long-term partnership that will boost operations and efficiency in the region.”

In addition to deploying space-based ADS-B throughout the region and within its member States, this agreement establishes a partnership by which COCESNA can utilize the Aireon data to support its leading role in advancing operations across the region. The strategic partnership brings a greater level of collaboration to the existing agreement and also enables the use of space-based ADS-B data for airspace and traffic optimization projects such as the CANSO ATFM Data Exchange Network for the Americas (CADENA) initiative.

Mr. Juan Carlos Trabanino, Executive President of COCESNA, said, “We pride ourselves as being a regional leader in efficiency and safety. From surveillance of our airspace to optimization about our services provided across Central America, Aireon’s data will radically improve all aspects of our business that assures seamless air traffic management across our land and maritime sectors.  We look forward to the beginning of operations in the third quarter of 2020, and are pleased to work with Aireon in this important development for aviation in our region.”

“This partnership demonstrates that Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data generates significant near, medium and long-term value and operational benefits to their organization,” said Thoma.

About Aireon LLC
Aireon has deployed a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Aireon is harnessing next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that were formerly ground-based and, for the first time ever, is extending their reach globally to significantly improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders. Space-based ADS-B surveillance covers oceanic, polar and remote regions, and augments existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, like NAV CANADA, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Enav, NATS and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon is providing a global, real-time, space-based air traffic surveillance system, available to all aviation stakeholders. For more information, please visit www.aireon.com.

About COCESNA
The COCESNA (Corporación Centroamericana de Servicios de Navegación Aérea) is the non-profit, public service organization ensuring safe and efficient air navigation and aeronautical telecommunication to the Central American flight information region (FIR). The organization covers 2.6 million square kilometers of FIR, including six member states (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua) and maritime areas in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. For more information about COCESNA, visit: www.cocesna.org.

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The Shore Club Turks And Caicos Named #1 Resort In The Caribbean, Bermuda And Bahamas In Travel + Leisure Magazine

Meredith Corporation’s travel authority reveals 2019 “World’s Best” list, spotlighting best hotels around the world

NEW YORK, July 10, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Travel + Leisure magazine announced the results of its annual World’s Best Awards, with The Shore Club Turks and Caicos named #1 in the category of Top 25 Resort Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas. This is the first time in recent years that a Turks & Caicos resort has received top honors.

As the first and only resort on Long Bay Beach in Providenciales, The Shore Club has opened to major acclaim in the last two years, receiving praise and positive feedback from guests, travelers, industry professionals and media. Alongside the 106 ocean-view suites with private verandas and four luxury Villas, four pools, 820 feet of beachfront, a Dune Spa and Wellness Center, water sports, Japanese-Peruvian cuisine, the luxury resort stands apart due to its unbeatable location on the world’s best beach and engaging and anticipatory service.

Every year, Travel + Leisure showcases the top travel destinations and companies around the globe as rated by its readers as the World’s Best. Readers share their favorite cities, hotels, resorts, spas, restaurants, and experiences around the world, culminating in the World’s Best list, and earning a spot is considered a high honor in the hotel industry.

“We’ve been thrilled with the positive response to The Shore Club since opening in 2017, and the honor of being named as ‘best’ in the Caribbean is truly the cherry on top,” says Stan Hartling, hotel owner and CEO of The Hartling Group. “What sets The Shore Club apart is the active and vibrant energy that is felt immediately when arriving to the resort, and we thank our team and staff for bringing the island flair to each and every personalized stay.”

With upcoming events such as the Turks & Caicos Islands Film Festival and new Villa openings later this year, The Shore Club remains one of the most sought-after places to stay in the Caribbean. In addition to the highest accolade in that category, The Shore Club was also ranked #30 in the Top 100 Hotels in World. Its sister property, The Palms Turks and Caicos was also listed in the Top 25 Resort Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas as #13.

“For 24 years, our readers have been voting in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. This annual franchise is a global collection of the top hotels, islands, cities, cruise lines, airlines, and more,” says Editor-in-Chief Jacqueline Gifford. “Brands and properties from all over the world—from Peru to Japan, India to Italy, and right here at home in the United States—are recognized by our audience because they deliver on exceptional experiences, rooted in a sense of place. I congratulate all of this year’s winners, who have worked so hard to be among the world’s best.”

The 2019 World’s Best Awards lists, as well as survey methodology, are currently featured on www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest and will appear in the August issue of the magazine.

About Travel + Leisure
Travel + Leisure is the preeminent voice for the sophisticated traveler, serving up expert intelligence and the most immersive, inspiring travel lifestyle content anywhere. Travel + Leisure captures the joy of discovering the pleasures the world has to offer—from art and design to shopping and style to food and drink—and offers compelling reasons to get up and go. With a total global audience of more than 15 million, the Travel + Leisure portfolio includes the U.S. flagship and four international editions in China, India, Mexico, and Southeast Asia. The U.S. edition of T+L, which launched in 1971, is the only monthly consumer travel magazine in print in the U.S., has an authoritative website, TravelandLeisure.com, and an extensive social media following of more than 13 million. Travel + Leisure also encompasses newsletters and media collaborations.

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The Cruise Industry Is Open for Business with Destinations and Stakeholders: Registration Open for FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show

MIRAMAR, Florida, June 19, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), the trade association that represents the mutual interests of Caribbean and Latin American destinations and stakeholders along with Member Lines that operate 95 percent of the global cruising capacity, is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 26th annual FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show, the largest and only official cruise tourism conference and trade show in the region. Taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico from October 21-25, it will link participants with more than 100 high-level executives expected from Member Lines for a series of meetings, workshops and networking opportunities focused on developing mutual understanding and success.

“Last year’s record attendance of more than 150 Member Line representatives – including 11 presidents and above – again displayed the cruise industry’s interest in not only working directly with destinations and stakeholders, but also listening to their needs and understanding how to develop long-term mutual success,” said Michele Paige, President, FCCA. “We look forward to again presenting those opportunities, while enhancing them with new features to further optimize Conference participants’ and Trade Show exhibitors’ invaluable interactions with Member Line representatives.”

All Conference participants will have access to workshops led by cruise executives and successful stakeholders concentrated on topics ranging from attracting and fulfilling diverse cruise guests and cruise lines, to filling ships with supplies and employees – and participants’ needs taking center stage through most workshops encouraging input.

All participants will also have unique opportunities to meet with cruise executives during networking functions throughout the event.

Plus, pre-registered Delegates will have a host of cruise executives to select for one-on-one meetings where they can give a pitch and receive everything from individualized input to potential deals – with nearly 100 cruise executives scheduling one-on-one meetings in 2018. Delegates will also enjoy premium features including the VIP Lounge, where cruise executives often lounge, and event transfers.

The Trade Show will expand the target on the influential audience. Any booth will display a product, company or destination, and Pavilion options are available to increase the impact with grand sizes, prime locations and the ability to showcase a destination or company as a team. Additionally, Trade Show Pavilions will again include space for private meetings coordinated by FCCA, with this year’s event launching new ways to maximize the popular initiative introduced last year.

For more information and registration, please visit www.F-CCA.com/Conference. To inquire about a Trade Show booth, please contact TradeShow@F-CCA.com.

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