December 11, 2014
TRAVEL AGENTS SHINE BRIGHT AT SANDALS RESORTS ANNUAL S.T.A.R. AWARDS
A total of 400 travel agents from North America, UK, Canada and Latin America traveled to Ocho Rios, Jamaica where they were recognized for their diligence and fortitude in selling the world’s best Luxury Included® vacations. Their trip consisted of activities and celebrations at Sandals Grande Riviera as they were honored for their hard work this past year. Agents also experienced and enjoyed all the Luxury Included® amenities at Sandals Grande Riviera with an itinerary that included a beach party, a luncheon hosted by the Chairman for Chairman’s Royal Club members, Island Routes Caribbean Adventure tours, an exclusive performance from Tessane Chin, winner of NBC’s “The Voice” and much more. Agents were also able to spread holiday cheer with the Sandals Foundation by giving toys to local children of Stewart Town Primary school during the annual Christmas Treats celebration.
Special guests attending the 13th annual award ceremony included President & CEO of ASTA, Mr. Zane Kerby, who personally addressed the agents; keynote speaker and Dr. The Hon. Kenneth Wykeham McNeill, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment for Jamaica and event sponsors, TravelWeek, Travel Agent magazine and AirCanada.
Sandals Resorts created the S.T.A.R. Awards in 2002 as a way to recognize top travel agents and their agencies as well as showcase the latest resort products and on-island attractions. In addition to top product, regional and national categories, the S.T.A.R. Awards announced the Worldwide Top Ten Travel Agencies, President’s and Chairman’s Awards and the Lifetime Achievement Awards. Among the impressive awards taken home this year, the distinguished group of winners included the following:
- Lifetime Achievement Awards:
o Marta Perez, Roger’s Travel
o Rita Caracola, Travel Expo
o Barbara May, Travel Leaders
o Fred Reed, Wilcox Travel
o Cindy McCabe, Bethany Travel
o Glenn McGehee, McGehee Cruise & Vacation
o Linda Martindell, Totem Travel
o Douglas Dorey, Ultima Travel
- CEO’s Award: Kira Solomon, My Paradise Planner (US)
- Chairman’s Award: Kim Hartlen, Tripcentral.ca (CAN); Mark Hennigan, Dreamer’s Travel (US)
- Worldwide Top Grand Pineapple Travel Agency Chain: American Express Travel
- Worldwide Top Beaches Travel Agency Chain: AAA Travel
- Worldwide Top Sandals Travel Agency Chain:Liberty Travel
- Worldwide Contribution to the Sandals Foundation:Jennifer Borgh, Travel Only (CAN)
- Worldwide Top Ten Travel Agencies:Nexion, INC, DestinationWeddings.com, KHM Travel Group, Enchanted Honeymoons, Travel Planners International INC/ATR Travel SVC, Cruise Planners/American Express, Vacations To Go, ITravel2000.com, LoyaltyOne Travel, V.I.P Vacations, Inc.
To serve in the military is to take a solemn oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” This is a life changing commitment that may put one in the path of mortal danger.
Today we salute and honor one of our own, Corey D Wilcox, SPC, stationed in Katterbach Germany, and along with all active and veteran military service members. Thank you for demonstrating what our fore fathers stood for, “The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.”
November 6, 2014 | 6:19 pm | Print
By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
CJ Travel Editor
We choose a hotel for a combination of its location, amenities, service and price. Art rarely makes the list. But in the same way that art makes a house a home, it also has the power to subtly but significantly transform a hotel into a more personal, intimate space that can enchant and excite as it accommodates. Browse our 11 favourite arty Caribbean hotels, where wandering the property is like taking a gallery tour.
Ladera, St Lucia
This St Lucia boutique resort’s art offerings are largely in the exquisite details: colourful mosaics along the pool and even in the shower and, most importantly, the elaborate wood carvings of on-site master craftsman Boniface Modeste. (Above: a shower floor at a Paradise Ridge suite). Of course, the views of the Pitons (cover photo) are a masterpiece in their own right.
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November 6, 2014 | 5:49 pm | Print
Above: the new Hyatt Place hotel in Panama
By the Caribbean Journal staff
The first Hyatt Place hotel has opened in Panama.
The Hyatt Place Panama City/Downtown is the first Hyatt-branded hotel to enter the Panamanian market, and the latest Hyatt Place to debut in the wider region.
“We are delighted with the opening of Hyatt Place Panama City/Downtown because not only does it represent the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Panama, it marks the continued growth and development of the Hyatt Place brand,” said Myles McGourty, vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean for Hyatt.
The 165-room hotel is located in Panama City’s financial zone, about 25 minutes from Tocumen International Airport.
“Hyatt Place hotels have been extremely well received by our guests around the world, especially in the United States and Latin America,” McGourty said. “e have been on a path of meaningful growth in the region and being represented in Panama is important because our guests are traveling there for business and pleasure.”
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Wilcox World Travel and Tours Awarded American Express Travel’s Representative Network Agency of the Year
American Express Travel Network Urges Agents to Use Technology
Travel agents were encouraged to embrace advances in digital technology and to continue elevating the value of travel professionals during American Express Travel’s annual Retail Travel Network Learning Forum & National Summit.
The week-long event stressed the future importance of technology and the need to provide superior service to customers, AMEX noted. The conference also marked American Express Travel’s 100th anniversary and the Representative Network’s 50th anniversary, both taking place in 2015.
“We are making investments in technology and partnerships that help our travel counselors continue to make great trips possible. We have the right partners and infrastructure in place to innovate and continue to be a leader in the travel industry,” said Yana Gutierrez, vice president, strategic partnerships and representative travel network, for American Express Travel.
Wilcox World Travel and Tours, the only Charter Member left, became a Representative Office back in 1967, was the recipient of American Express Travel’s Representative Network Agency of the Year award.
During the event, a number of new programs and initiatives were announced:
- International Cruise and Excursions, I.C.E. Joins the U.S. Representative Network
- New Cruise and Tour Booking Tool and App: The tool will provide travel counselors with the ability to search, compare and book online. Agencies can make available on their website a booking widget for consumers to use directly, and a customer-facing iOS and android mobile app customizable for each agency to provide directly to their customers.
- Exclusive Offers Program: A new Exclusive Offers program was created in collaboration with key cruise and tour suppliers to derive unique, differentiated access to inventory. The offers, which will change every other month, will allow suppliers to assign dedicated booking windows or sailings where it is exclusively available to American Express Travel counselors. These add-ons are also combinable with the benefits available through American Express Travel’s cruise and tour programs, Amex said.
October 2, 2014 | 12:18 pm | Print
Above: the American Airlines flight landing in Cap-Haitien
By the Caribbean Journal staff
American Airlines has officially begun its first-ever service to Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
The carrier’s first daily flight touched down in Cap-Haitien on Thursday morning, with Haiti President Michel Martelly, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin all in tow.
The new flight could be a boon for Haiti’s renewed tourism hopes; Cap-Haitien is close to the home of one of the Caribbean’s most famous historical sites, Haiti’s National History Park, which has been largely off the radar of travelers for decades.
Above: the new look at Cap-Haitien airport
The Cap -Haitien airport has been undergoing extensive renovations ahead of the new American Airlines service.
“The construction of the Cap-Haitien international airport represents a turning point in the socioeconomic reality of [Northern Haiti],” Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said in a statement. “A new portal open to the world. A dream come true.”
Cap-Haitien becomes American’s second destination in Haiti, along with the capital, Port-au-Prince.
With help from Kathryn A. Wolfe, Kevin Robillard and Erica Martinson
EBOLA’S IMPACT ON AVIATION: As more details surface about the first patient diagnosed with Ebola Virus in the U.S. — including that he probably traveled through Washington via Dulles International Airport — airlines are trying to ease fears from concerned travelers and investors worried about how the news will affect the financial market. Kathryn has more: “Federal health authorities have said the patient’s trek originated in Liberia — one of several African countries suffering from the fast-spreading Ebola Virus outbreak — but posed no danger to fellow passengers because he had yet to become contagious. Customs and Border Protection officers are watching for signs of the disease in U.S.-bound travelers, with help from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, airline crews are getting reminders about standard procedures for dealing with infected passengers — including tools like gloves, goggles and antimicrobial wipes.”
What the airlines are doing: “The airline industry was trying to tamp down the fears Wednesday, including stressing the fact that Ebola Virus is not airborne. Airlines ‘that fly to affected countries remain in steady contact with government agencies and health officials, and have procedures in place to monitor and quickly respond to potential health concerns,’ said Vaughn Jennings, a spokesman
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