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Emirates unveils new Partners Portal tool


Emirates has launched an online ‘gateway’ for trade partners. The Emirates Partners Portal is tailored for individual companies and offers technical support and self-service tools, and features built-in automation for some business processes. It has been designed to Iata’s New Distribution Capability standards. emirates.com


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BA to start Gatwick flights to Montego Bay from October


British Airways is to launch a service to Montego Bay, Jamaica, with a Boeing 777 departing Gatwick on Tuesdays and Saturdays from October 13. Fares are now on sale, with


prices from £427 return. The airline has also resumed


flights to Barbados; Kingston, Jamaica; and Saint Lucia; and resumes flights to Antigua from August 1. Diane Corrie, BA’s commercial


manager for the Caribbean, said: “We’re excited to be extending our network once again between Gatwick and the Caribbean with the start of this new flight to Montego Bay in October.” Colin Pegler, chairman of the


Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s UK & Europe chapter, said the news was greatly encouraging. He said: “It is vital to the


region, our tour operator, hotel and destination partners that the resumption of airlift is quick and comprehensive.” The Montego Bay service will


operate over the winter period until Easter 2021. ba.com


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Sandals expands to St Vincent with plans for a new Beaches


Samantha Mayling


Sandals Resorts International plans to open its first property in St Vincent, its eighth country in the Caribbean. The all-inclusive operator will open its fourth Beaches


Resorts property on the former site of Buccament Bay Spa & Resort, which has been shuttered since 2016. Beaches Resorts’ three existing properties are in


Jamaica and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Butch Stewart, Sandals’ founder and chairman, said


investing in St Vincent “was not only compelling, but a natural next step for continued expansion within the eastern Caribbean”. “Beginning with our first entry in Saint Lucia many years ago, and more recently in Grenada and Barbados,


Brand USA offers quiz prizes as part


of series of weekly road-trip webinars Brand USA is inviting agents to join its weekly webinars to top up their US knowledge. Agents can take a virtual road trip to learn about self-drive itineraries from Brand USA’s Insider Guides. Each webinar is followed by a quiz with prizes. The next webinars are at 11am on August 6 (Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands), August 13 (California and Nevada), August 20 (Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico) and August 27 (Hawaii). usadiscoveryprogram.co.uk


we are champions of growth for the eastern Caribbean, which remains at the forefront of our expansion strategy,” he said. “Expanding into a new destination ushers in the


tremendous opportunity for new and existing team members to experience a whole new way of life and professional growth path. “The resort is only a short drive from the newly


constructed Argyle International airport.” The family-friendly resort, which has been in the


planning for nearly a year, will undergo “extensive reimagination and renovations” before opening at a date yet to be scheduled. Harlequin Hotels and Resorts’ Buccament Bay


closed its doors in December 2016. sandals.co.uk


The site of Sandals’ new resort in St Vincent


Royal Caribbean extends its policy


on cancellations to September 30 Royal Caribbean Group has extended its Cruise with Confidence cancellation policy to cover all new bookings made up to September 30, 2020, for sailings until April 2022 on Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara. Guests can cancel up to 48 hours prior to sailing and receive a full credit for a future cruise. For Silversea Cruises, the policy covers sailings until April 30, 2021. royalcaribbean.com


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