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December 01, 2018


www.caribbeantoday.com 



Cayman Airways Takes Delivery of the First Max 8 Aircraft in The Caribbean

Author Olivia Scott-Ramirez


SEATTLE - Cayman Airways took formal delivery of its new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from Air Lease Corporation ("ALC") on November 28, 2018 at a ceremony in Seattle hosted by Boeing to mark the occasion.

airway"This year, as we celebrate 50 years of safe and reliable service, we take great pride in introducing the first Boeing 737-Max 8 to our fleet," said Fabian Whorms, President and CEO of Cayman Airways. "Over the next 20 months, we will be adding three additional Max 8 aircraft while retiring our existing Boeing 737-300 jet fleet. Following a competitive public tendering process, the unique lease structure and terms offered to Cayman Airways by ALC, has afforded Cayman Airways the ability to be the first B737-8 MAX operator based in the Caribbean, and we look forward to a strong working relationship with ALC."

"ALC is pleased to announce this new Boeing 737 MAX 8 delivery with Cayman Airways today," said Steven F. Udvar-Hἁzy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. "With this new MAX 8 and the additional three aircraft set to deliver from ALC, Cayman Airways is successfully modernizing its fleet with the most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient aircraft to enhance the airline's overall operations, maximize customer comfort and bring a new standard of excellence for travelers to and from The Cayman Islands."

"In 2014, we purchased our 737-300s as the first step of our fleet modernization plan. That purchase was made with the expectation to retire those aircraft within three to five years and the aim of replacing them with a new fleet capable of cutting fuel consumption and maintenance costs, while offering greater opportunities for revenue growth and enhanced customer experience," said Philip Rankin, Chairman of the Cayman Airways Board of Directors. "In 2016, our business case demonstrated that the Boeing 737 Max 8 was the preferred aircraft, but was expected to be out of reach financially. However, the unique terms and pricing of the successful proposal from ALC made these aircraft a logical replacement choice for our retiring B737-300s compared to any other available mission-suitable aircraft, be it new or used."

Webp.net resizeimage 21As part of its fleet modernization plan, Cayman Airways is replacing its four 737-300 aircraft with the MAX 8, offering 30 percent more seating capacity while achieving up to 30 percent savings in fuel costs. The airplane incorporates the latest technology - CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, and other airframe enhancements to improve performance and reduce operating costs.

The new Boeing 737 Max 8 is expected to arrive on Grand Cayman on Friday, November 30, 2018 around 4:30 p.m., where there will also be a customary celebration for its arrival.


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 November 09, 2018


Jamaica's Minister of Tourism Wins IIPT Champions in Challenge Award


LONDON - November 9, 2018 – Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett is among this year’s recipients of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) Champions in Challenge Award. The presentation took place recently at the International Travel Crisis Management Summit (ITCMS) in London. The awards, sponsored by marketing communications firm Finn Partners, honor industry leaders who have stood forward in exceptional times of challenge and have made a real difference through their words and their actions.

Dr. Taleb Rifai, who presented the IIPT award, described Minister Bartlett as a champion in joining forces with global tourism leaders as a means of achieving destination growth and opportunity, especially when facing challenges. He commended the Minister’s integral role in establishing the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre which will be housed at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

Hon. Minister Edmund Bartlett expressed his admiration for the IIPT when accepting the award, “I am honoured to receive such an award from the IIPT. I intend to continue my work to launch the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre in 2019 so that together we can carry out vital research and analysis on destination preparedness for crises that impact tourism and travellers visiting destinations all around the world.”

Other recipients of the IIPT Champions in Challenge Awards included the CEO of Nepal Tourist Board, Deepak Joshi and the CEO of the US Travel Association, Roger Dow.

Founded by Dr. Louis D'Amore in 1986, the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism is a non-profit organisation which works globally to raise awareness of the vital role that tourism can play to foster peace by treating every traveller as a potential Ambassador for Peace.

Additionally, it was announced that the ITCMS will transform into the Resilience Council, a year-round communications platform that will focus on the key areas of preparedness, communications, thought leadership, recovery and resilience. Minister Bartlett will serve as co-chair along with Dr. Taleb Rifai, former UNWTO Secretary-General of the Founding Board for the Council.

Author Fiona Fennell


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October 10, 2018


Caribbean Tourism Organization


Five Allied Members Elected to Round Out CTO Board of Directors

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (10 October, 2018) – Five candidates of diverse backgrounds out of a record number 13 were elected to represent the allied membership on the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) board of directors for the 2018-2020 term. The elections were held on 5 Oct. 2018 during the CTO’s State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) held in the Bahamas.

The five representatives elected to CTO’s Board of Directors for the two-year term are Barry Brown of AFAR Media, Jule Guaglardi of Zelman Style, Jacqueline Johnson of Global Bridal Group, Barbara Magro of Questex Travel Group and John Lawrence Spears of The Concept Farm.

“This is the first time we have had more than eight people interested in holding an allied representative position on the CTO Board of Directors. This reflects an overwhelming interest in the industry and contributing to the development of our region,” said Sylma Brown, director of CTO USA. “Over the years, the allied members have used their talent and resources to demonstrate their commitment to supporting the growth of the Caribbean tourism industry. We look forward to the impact they will have over the next two years.

“Notable this year, is that without exception all 13 candidates vying for the five seats pledged their support to the work of the organisation. In the coming weeks, I will contact each person to determine how we can utilise their considerable talents on projects for the region,” added Brown.

Barry Brown, an allied member for 17 years, is an advertising and publishing professional who has been connected to the region for over 25 years. He also served and continues to serve on the board of the CTO Foundation and was on the Audrey Palmer Hawks Scholarship Foundation Board for many years. Brown has prioritized the education of the next generation of tourism leaders and worked with the CTO to develop the Caribbean Youth Congress. To inspire and reverse declining allied membership, promote advocacy and drive Caribbean tourism are Brown’s goals as part of the board of directors.

Having spent much of the past 25 years writing and photographing features for 12 different publications to showcase the Caribbean, Jule Guaglardi demonstrates her extensive knowledge of the Caribbean market by promoting the region through her editorial outlets. Currently, she operates a high-end design firm in Florida which employs a talented Caribbean design team, which makes up more than 50 percent of the staff. Guaglardi started to expand her work into the Caribbean by re-designing prestigious buildings as well as helping to facilitate Florida building codes in the Caribbean to hurricane standards in an effort to help ensure a more economically stable and sustainable tourism product across the region. Guaglardi plans to open a Caribbean office in order to work alongside local contractors and new rising Caribbean design students eager to learn necessary building standards along with the fundamentals of fine design.

Jacqueline Johnson is a pioneer in the publishing industry as the only minority to head up her own media company. As an expatriate, Johnson believes she owes it to the region to put her extensive networking resources to work to improve the quality of life for people in the Caribbean through tourism. During her more than 20 years as an allied member, Johnson served on the CTO Board and on the executive committee and has been Chairman of the CTO Foundation which provides scholarships to Caribbean students, and donates a substantial amount of her time to Caribbean Week and other CTO events. For her contributions and involvement in the Caribbean, CTO awarded Johnson the Outstanding Service Award. Johnson plans to create programmes and provide market research to contribute to the development of Caribbean tourism.

Barbara Magro has worked in advertising sales for premier food and travel magazines in the United States and Australia and is currently the Florida & Caribbean Director of Business Development with Questex Media Group for Luxury Travel Advisor, Travel Agent print and digital products, Travel Agent University e-learning and loyalty platform along with Travel Industry Exchange and Ultra Summit leisure events. During the last two years on the CTO Board of Directors she has given a generous amount of money to promote CTO’s travel agent trade shows, worked with Tourism Cares and ran free banners ads on how to donate to hurricane relief funds during the hurricanes of 2017 along with other forward-thinking actions. Magro plans to continuously give the Caribbean the exposure it needs to the travel trade through the various opportunities that occur within her organisation.

With 17 years of tourism experience, John Lawrence Speers has developed strategic marketing plans, communication strategies and digital innovations across many creative platforms for tourism boards in the Caribbean and other destinations. Having a particular passion for sustainable tourism, Speers recently worked in the hinterlands of Guyana with the indigenous people, creating deeper connections to ensure local cultural traditions prevail and flourish. Speers plans on using his international marketing expertise to connect Caribbean communities both digitally and physically with travellers from North America and beyond.


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