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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.

To view the full Star Ratings for 2020, visit ForbesTravelGuide.com.
For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star Ratings, click here.

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Forbes Travel Guide is the only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Our anonymous professional inspectors evaluate based on up to 900 objective standards, with an emphasis on exceptional service, to help discerning travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences. The only way to get a Five-Star, Four-Star or Recommended rating is by earning it through our independent inspection process. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, please visit forbestravelguide.com.

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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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