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ROSEAU, DominicaThe government of the Commonwealth of Dominica through the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal and Discover Dominica Authority will host the first CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP Conference in Dominica from June 14 – 16, 2016

The CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP is made up of well thought out program sessions and affords generous opportunities for dialogue among professionals. Most of the conference program will be discussions on changes for improved airlift in the Caribbean and its impact on tourism and the economy.  It will also provide impetus for new business developments and industry investments.  

The three day program includes a wide range of topics such as regional airlines, route development, airport development, airlift impact on tourism and the economy, investment considerations, trends in regional travel and tourism, innovation of product, service and infrastructure. 

From plenary session on the morning of the opening day, the program will have 2 simultaneous break-out sessions ensuring that there is always a session to attend for anyone's particular area of interest. 

The invited presenters have a wealth of knowledge on their areas of expertise and participants are encouraged to share perspectives, ideas, concerns, and successful strategies. 

The detailed conference program and agenda can be found at www.caribavia.com/program.htm.

Registration is now open online at www.caribavia.com for regional and international participants. Interested participants residing in Dominica should contact Discover Dominica Authority at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for registration information.

ROSEAU, DominicaThe government of the Commonwealth of Dominica through the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal and Discover Dominica Authority will host the first CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP Conference in Dominica from June 14 – 16, 2016.

The CARIBBEAN AVIATION MEETUP is made up of well thought out programme sessions and affords generous opportunities for dialogue among professionals.

Most of the conference programme will be discussions on changes for improved airlift in the Caribbean and its impact on tourism and the economy.  It will also provide impetus for new business developments and industry investments.

The three-day programme includes a wide range of topics such as regional airlines, route development, airport development, airlift impact on tourism and the economy, investment considerations, trends in regional travel and tourism, innovation of product, service and infrastructure.

From plenary session on the morning of the opening day, the programme will have 2 simultaneous break-out sessions ensuring that there is always a session to attend for anyone’s particular area of interest.

Organisers say the invited presenters have a wealth of knowledge on their areas of expertise and participants are encouraged to share perspectives, ideas, concerns, and successful strategies.

BES Islands - KNMI by Bonaire International Airport (BIA) was asked to take part in the 11th edition of the IASC, Ilands Airport Safety Committee.

The IASC deals with the safety and quality of airports in the region.

During this conference, which was held in Bonaire Hotel Divi Flamingo, KNMI gave a presentation on its activities in general and specifically on those for Bonaire airport.

KNMI mainly briefed the participants on their authorized observation infrastructure and services.

A comprehensive and automated system of measurement of KNMI provides the Bonaire airport and its users, such as airlines and GA (private jets and recreational traffic) continues on the current and expected weather conditions at the airport.

With this, KNMI contributes to a safe and efficient handling of the air traffic on Bonaire.

KNMI ensures the early availability of products and services and this has been drawn up in a Service Level Agreement with the airport.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados –  Former chief executive officer of JetBlue Dave Barger joins a growing list of top executives and celebrities who will participate in Caribbean Week New York, a series of tourism trade and consumer events organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) to showcase the region in one of its most important markets.

Already, executives from Google and Caribbean Journal, as well as film and stage actor Robert Riley, have been confirmed for Caribbean Week New York.

An airline industry veteran who over the course of a career spanning four decades became one of the most recognized leaders in global aviation, Mr. Barger will be the motivational speaker at the Students’ Colloquium, the Caribbean Week youth programme designed to engage the future leaders of the Caribbean in tourism related activities.

Mr. Barger retired from his post as CEO of the New York-based carrier last year after eight years at the helm, and under his watch JetBlue became the fifth largest airline in the United States.

"It is wonderful delights to have Mr. Barger deliver the motivational speech to the tourism industry’s rising stars. His successes at JetBlue and, prior to that, at Continental Airlines, and his community involvement in a number of key areas including education, means he has a compelling story to share,” said Sylma Brown, head of the CTO’s New York office which manages Caribbean Week.

Last year’s winner of the colloquium, the Turks & Caicos Community College, will be joined by three other Caribbean tertiary institutions, the College of the Bahamas, University of Technology of Jamaica and the University of the West Indies St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago campus in the contest for the best tourism-related business plan.

The students will be challenged to create a sustainable bed and breakfast business in the Caribbean that will become the new face of accommodation in small lodging establishments in the next ten years; develop and design an innovative strategic plan to increase intra-regional and domestic tourism; or demonstrate how an agritourism programme might be sustainably developed to support rural communities in the Caribbean.

The Students’ Colloquium takes place on Wednesday 1 June from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York.

Organized by the CTO, Caribbean Week New York is the largest, most engaging regional tourism activity in the “Big Apple” and typically attracts thousands of participants, including Caribbean tourism officials, the media, artists, performers, celebrity chefs, fashion designers, models, investors and other strategic partners. It showcases the sights, sounds, colours, culture and unique holiday experiences of the Caribbean and combines business sessions and consumer-oriented events with food, fashion, entertainment, sales and networking opportunities.

For the full Caribbean Week New York programme and for additional  information visit www.onecaribbean.org;  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (212) 635-9530

Caribbean Week is supported by Academy Engraving, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Atrebor Group, the Islands of the Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Islands, CitiTech Solutions, Dominica, El Dorado Rum, Empire State Building, Grenada, Jade Mountain/Anse Chastanet Resort, Jamaica, Martinique, Nassau Paradise Island, Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Travel + Leisure, Resonance Consultancy; Trinidad and Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Sugar Bay Resort & Spa and Unique Vacations, Inc./Sandals.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The LIAT flight attendant charged with bringing cocaine into Barbados has been further remanded, this time until May 19.

Deann Pat Porsha Palmer of LaClery, Castries, St Lucia was not required to answer the four drug charges which Acting Chief Magistrate Christopher Birch read to her in the District ‘C’ Magistrates Court earlier this month.

The 33-year-old is charged with possession, intent to supply, trafficking and importing the five kilogrammes of the drugs and another count of possession of 1.3 grammes of cannabis.

She was interviewed by personnel from the Drug Squad when she arrived here on April 26, and was subsequently referred to Customs where a search revealed the cocaine in her handbag. The marijuana was later found at her home in Barbados.

Plummer was denied bail when she appeared in the District C Magistrates Court on April 29 and again on May 5 when she made her second court appearance.

She is being represented by attorney-at-law Kim Sealy. (Barbados TODAY)

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. 

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