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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Monday April 25th, 2016 representatives from Caribbean Airlines and Halley Aviation in the persons of June Douglas and Priscilla Molina-Halley presented food packages to Women’s Desk on behalf of clients.

The welcomed donation was received on behalf of the clients by Ms. Aida Holaman Department Head of Community Development Family and Humanitarian Affairs and Coordinator of Women’s Desk Mrs. Elencia M. Baptiste-Boasman.

The donation was a gesture from a food drive carried out by the staff of Caribbean Airlines Ltd. on the occasion of Administrative Professionals Week who wanted to give back to the community. 

The donation in food is also in keeping with Caribbean Airlines’ slogan “We Care, We Connect, We Create, We are the Caribbean”.

Women’s Desk take this opportunity to expresses sincerest gratitude to Caribbean Airlines and Halley Aviation on behalf recipients of the food packages received and look forward to a fruitful working relationship.


SOUTHLAKE, Texas, and SAN JUAN, Puerto RicoMillions of travelers who use one of Fareportal’s consumer brands (including CheapOair and OneTravel) will soon benefit from more advanced and intuitive shopping capabilities. Already a long-time Sabre customer, Fareportal has expanded its relationship with Sabre and is now adopting Sabre’s advanced air shopping data and intelligence APIs powered by Sabre’s Travel Insight Engine.  

To further customize the online booking experience, Fareportal has integrated Sabre’s Travel Insight Engine into its booking path to enhance customers' booking experience by offering vital travel information such as when to book and what to expect when going to specific destinations during a particular time frame.

“As a next-gen travel concierge, incorporating the Travel Insight Engine into Fareportal’s existing technology provides our customers additional travel booking assistance and ease,” said Harsh Sood, Chief Technology Officer. 

With Sabre’s APIs, Fareportal can offer users the ability to start their search with questions such as: “What beach destinations can I fly to for five days within my budget of $500? Or “I’d like to go to Ottawa for three days in March, what are the cheapest travel dates?”  Travelers that know their dates can ask: “I need to fly to New York next week, what’s the best day to travel from Toronto?” or ”I’m interested in flying to London the week of  October 20, is this a busy time to travel and are fares higher or lower compared to what others paid recently?” Once the request is made, travel options and results are provided instantly.

“Shopping for travel continues to evolve and a one-size-fits all approach isn’t enough for consumers today,” said Wade Jones, senior vice president for Sabre Travel Network. “Every trip is different, every traveler is unique. So their approach to shopping and creating the best itinerary should be tailored to meet their individual needs. That requires powerful, data-driven technology like Sabre’s Travel Insight Engine.”

The Travel Insight Engine consists of air shopping and booking data that can be used for everything from inspirational searching to theme based shopping. Sabre’s APIs leverage big data and rich shopping information captured from the Sabre travel marketplace. This data includes billions of pre-computed flight options and prices. Patent-pending technology continually captures shopping data while intelligently keeping the data refreshed to ensure a high level of reliability.

ROSEAU, Dominica – Dominica Government officials and a team from regional airline LIAT are meeting here Thursday.

The meeting comes in the wake of criticism by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit over what he called Dominica’s treatment by LIAT.

“Actually we are meeting with the LIAT executives to continue to lobby for better access in and out of Dominica,” Tourism Minister Robert Tonge said.

Dominica, along with Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are the major shareholder governments of the airline.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Deann Pat Portia Plummer, 33, a flight attendant was remanded to prison when she appeared in court Thursday on a number of drug related charges.

The St Lucian national has been charged with possession of five kilograms of cocaine, possession of 1.3 grams of cannabis, possession with intent to supply cocaine, trafficking cocaine, and the importation of cocaine.

Plummer was held at the Grantley Adams International Airport last month and interviewed by personnel from the Drug Squad.

She was subsequently referred to Customs and a search revealed five kilograms of cocaine in her handbag.

A search warrant was later executed at her apartment and 1.3 grams of cannabis were discovered. (PHOTO: Barbados TODAY Photographer Gregory Waldron)

SOUTHLAKE, TX, USA, and San Juan, Puerto Rico Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), one of the global leaders in travel technology solutions, reported its first quarter 2016 financial results this week.

Sabre reported strong growth in the first quarter 2016. “Our solid start to the year sets us on a course to meet our full-year operational and financial objectives,” said Tom Klein, Sabre president and CEO. “Our focus on creating platforms for innovation and enabling our customers' success continues to drive our growth. The breadth of our software solutions and depth of our customer relationships uniquely positions us to continue to define and lead the travel technology industry.”

The company’s business focuses on two lines of business and reports results in those categories:  Travel Network, a global travel marketplace that connects more than 420,000 travel agencies and travel management companies in more than 160 countries with airlines, hotels, car hire, cruise lines, tour operators and other travel suppliers across the world, and the Airline and Hospitality Solutions business, which provides technology software solutions and consulting to the global airline and hospitality industries.  For the first quarter 2016, highlights included:

                    Travel Network revenue increased by 23%, while bookings increased 28%

                    Travel Network growth was driven by last year’s Abacus acquisition and bookings growth across much of the world, driving global market share up 1.7 points to 37.4 percent

                    Travel Network experienced gains in every region

                    In the Airline and Hospitality Solutions business, revenue increased 16 percent

                    183 million passengers were boarded using the SabreSonic reservations system – a growth of 45 percent year-over-year.  The American Airlines migration in Q4 2015 and Air Seychelles SabreSonic migration in March 2016 contributed to this increase

                    In January 2016, Sabre closed its acquisition of Trust Group, taking the number of hotel properties using Sabre’s guest reservations system to over 30,000 worldwide

                    Significant progress on the rollout of the SynXis property management system in the first quarter, with hundreds of properties live, and implementation continued at Wyndham Hotel Group which operates more than 7,800 hotel properties worldwide

Outside of North America, the company reported the following:

  • In Latin America and the Caribbean region, Sabre Travel Network increased market share, consistent with the company growing market share in all operating regions.  Strategic airline customers based in Latin America continue contributing to 16 percent global revenue growth for Airline Solutions.
  • EMEA led global Travel Network growth, where bookings, driven by new agency conversions and solid share gains, increased 12 percent – more than five times the overall GDS market growth in the region
  • In APAC, the integration of the Abacus business into Travel Network continued to help drive growth and the strong market share in the region gives the company a platform for new business development.

“We continue to innovate to enable change in the industries we serve while earning a greater share of the technology spend in those growing sectors,” said Klein during a conference call to investors on April 28.  “We are seeing very positive customer response to our new product offerings and our ability to execute on our customers’ behalf.

“As the only provider that goes to market with our broad capabilities, we have a unique advantage of being able to see opportunities and needs across a very broad spectrum of the industries we serve.   Our customers expect us to bring them new innovations and new technologies that can have a big impact on their business.   As we execute against our deep investments in platforms, processes, and tools that increase our clock speed of innovation, we will capture a greater share of an increasing pie of technology spend,” said Klein.

“Every time we introduce new innovations like Sabre Red Workspace 3.0 in Travel Network and Revenue Optimizer in Airlines Solutions – two new products that will be on display at our upcoming Investor Day – we view that as an opportunity to not only increase our share of market, but to potentially increase the size of the overall spend in the market.   We are selling into a very good environment that rewards innovators and is hard on those competitors that cannot keep pace,” said Klein.

U.S.-based Sabre is headquartered in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth region of Texas, and processes more than US$120 billion of estimated travel spend annually, serving customers in more than 160 countries around the world.  It has nearly 10,000 employees globally. 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Deann Pat Portia Plummer, 33, a LIAT flight attendant will appear in the District “B” Magistrate Court tomorrow on a number of drug related charges.

The St Lucian national has been charged with possession of five kilograms of cocaine, possession of 1.3 grams of cannabis, possession with intent to supply cocaine, trafficking cocaine, and the importation of cocaine.

Plummer, who arrived here on Tuesday, was interviewed by personnel from the Drug Squad.

She was subsequently referred to Customs and a search revealed five kilograms of cocaine in her handbag.

A search warrant was later executed at her apartment and 1.3 grams of cannabis were discovered. (Barbados TODAY)

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - In a recent announcement Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) said it has “affirmed Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company N.V. (PJIAE) rating of Baa2.” The rating outlook is stable.

“The affirmation of the rating and outlook is underpinned by the airport’s adequate financial metrics and enplanement trends,” Moody’s stated.

“The rating action also incorporates Moody’s views on the airport’s essential role for St. Maarten’s economy and its key role as a local hub connecting passengers to eight nearby tourist destinations,” it added.

According to Moody’s, “The stable outlook is a direct result of the company’s strengths,” taking into account the fact that PJIAE N.V. is a private corporation with limited and regulated government involvement.

The sole owner of all capital stock of SXM Airport is the Princess Juliana International Airport Holding Company N.V. (PJIAH), which is 100% owned by the Government of St. Maarten.

Moody’s further noted that, “an upgrade of the rating of St. Maarten could exert upward pressure on the assigned rating to SXM Airport.”

It said, “upward pressure could also occur if debt service coverage is sustained at 2.5 times or higher over the medium term, due either to increased passenger flows or cost containment measures.”

However, it also further stated that, “a downgrade of St. Maarten’s rating would exert negative pressure on the rating of SXM Airport.”

“Sustained material declines in enplanements at SXM Airport or debt service coverage consistently falling below 1.5 times and/or a decline in liquidity levels would also exert downward pressure on the rating,” Moody’s said and noted that the airport must therefore continue to be diligent.

“Our team has been working diligently to ensure that we meet the performance benchmarks set by our investors and maintaining our Baa2 rating is therefore good news,” said Larry Donker, deputy managing director of SXM Airport. “We must and will continue to do what’s needed in the interest of the company and those we serve”, he further stated.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The managing director of a Caribbean hospitality and tourism consultancy firm, has called on governments to reconsider their taxes on the travelling public.

Robert MacLellan said the various airline ticket taxes place a significant financial burden on business people travelling between the islands and on tourists from within and outside the region.

“The result is that the volume of Caribbean inter island air traffic has declined steeply over the last decade and the law of diminishing returns surely applies to the associated tax revenues,” MacLellan said.

He said that a similar situation exists with Caribbean hotels, “where several governments in the region have again increased hotel occupancy taxes, imposing a direct additional cost for those same “stay-over” visitors – business people and tourists.

“Hotel room taxes now average well over 10 percent across the Caribbean. Given the very high operating costs of hotels, particularly for smaller properties on the smaller islands, any additional occupancy tax cannot be absorbed within their room rates.

“The overall tax burden is part of the reason why there is a significant lack of re-investment in many Caribbean hotels with a consequent reduction in their level of competitiveness in an ever tougher global market place,” he warned.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Prime Minister Gaston Browne has once again scoffed at suggestions that regional airline LIAT would be better off financially with its headquarters based in Barbados.

Last week the Minister of Tourism and International Transport in Barbados, Richard Sealy, was reported as saying that such a move would be a sensible one which would redound to LIAT’s financial health.

“What is more relevant where LIAT is based in terms of its overall performance is where you have your hubs located. One of the things that we have discovered, is that because of the level of airlift that comes into Barbados, particularly from the UK [and the rest of] Europe, it makes more sense to have more LIAT aircraft based here,” Sealy said.

“The point is, having a large element of your flight operations at the VC Bird [International] Airport in Antigua, didn’t necessarily make as much sense as having some of the flights here . . . and we have an increase in the number of aircraft that are based in Barbados.”

But Browne, LIAT’s second largest shareholder Prime Minister told Caribbean News Service (CNS) that there is absolutely no discussion about moving the headquarters of LIAT to Barbados.

“In any event, Antigua and Barbuda enjoys Category One status and if you were to move LIAT to Barbados then clearly LIAT will then have problems flying into US territories including the Virgin Islands,” Browne said.

“The Minister misspoke. It is true that last year a decision was taken by the Board that there should be some redeployment of assets, particularly the number of airplanes that would be stationed in Barbados. That is distinct from moving the headquarters from Antigua and Barbuda. So the Minister may be comingling the issues.”

LIAT’s major shareholders are Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Dominica.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - The Princess Juliana International Airport, SXM, has received yet another international award for excellence – “The Majestic 5 Continents Award for Quality and Excellence” granted by Paris-based Otherways Management and Consulting (OMAC).

The gala event was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin, Germany at the beginning of this month. Mr. Anastacio Baker, SXM Airport’s Manager of Quality Assurance Department, received the award on behalf of the company.

“St. Maarten was the only Caribbean island honored at this ceremony, but also the only airport honored,” Baker said.

“This award is a bit different from all the other awards we have been receiving, as this one highlights our Quality and Excellence in service by the employees of SXM Airport,” he said, adding: “This is the first time that SXM Airport has been nominated and selected for this award, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this year.”

The award is designed to recognize outstanding companies from around the world for their firm commitment to quality, innovation and excellence. A total of 36 companies was recognized and honored this year, 20 of them in the Quality and Excellence category and the rest in the Green Era category.

According to Baker, “Each company gave a five-minute presentation. Everyone present was impressed with our presentation as it detailed our geographical location and its advantages, as well as our role as the hub airport for the neighboring islands and our ongoing capital improvement projects.”

“This award adds to the growing collection of international recognition, which SXM Airport has been receiving in the last few years,” note Larry Donker, SXM Airport Deputy Managing Director.

“It is really an honor to see that the work of our employees is not only recognized on a local level but also on an international platform,” Donker said, while congratulating “all employees of SXM Airport for their contribution to the safety, quality and excellent service provided daily at the airport.”

In Photo: Mr. Anastacio Baker holding the Quality and Excellence Award granted to SXM Airport. (SXM photo)

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