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JAMAICA LANDING MORE NONSTOP FLIGHTS Airlift in Jamaica is taking off, with the destination set to land a number of new nonstop f lights this summer. More than 1.4 million seats were already secured for this summer season as of April 30— an extra 108,872 seats and 8.4% YoY increase. “We are looking to build on the strong start to 2019, having welcomed over 1.3 million visitors through the end of March, which generated just under $950 million…” said Jamaica Director of Tourism Donovan White. “The groundwork has been laid in the first quarter, and with the increased seat capacity this summer, we anticipate continued growth and increased earnings for the destination.”

United’s twice-weekly flights from Newark for the season; and American Airlines’ new service from Dallas on Saturdays launching in May

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BRIGHTLINE ON TRACK FOR THE HIGH SEAS Brightline, or Virgin Trains, formed a strategic partnership with MSC Cruises to offer travelers a carefree, bag-free experience prior to setting sail, in addition to a convenient travel option between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale to PortMiami. Brightline will offer bundle packages that allow MSC Cruises’ guests sailing from PortMiami to park their car, check-in and check their luggage at Brightline stations before boarding the cruise. Brightline will safely and seamlessly deliver riders’ luggage directly to guest staterooms on the ship. The packages will also include a Lyft Ride from Virgin MiamiCentral station to PortMiami.

ST. KITTS AIR ARRIVALS SOARING St. Kitts & Nevis’ air arrivals soared through the first two months of the year—with a 15.3% increase and a 19.3% boost from North America— according to data from late March released by the Ministry of Tourism, which aims for 150,000 stayover visitors. New flights and expanded services include Sun Country’s new flights from Minneapolis that began in December;

Dade Board of County Commissioners, MSC Cruises will design, construct, operate and maintain a large building that hosts two cruise terminals (AA and AAA) and two berths. Designed by Arquitectonica, the terminals will be capable of hosting two mega cruise ships at the same time, allowing the Company to conduct two turnaround operations simultaneously, handling up to 28,000 passenger movements per day. “With another 13 cruise vessels due to join our fleet in the next eight years, our ambition is to have our most innovative ship classes represented at PortMiami, bringing a wealth of choice to our North American as well as international guests,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises. “In particular, the new terminal— which will be one of the most innovative the industry has seen—will ensure that we can provide our guests an enhanced endto-end high-quality experience while both embarking and disembarking, thus adding to their ability to fully enjoy every moment of their vacation.” Work on the new terminals is due to commence in early 2020, with completion expected by late 2022. With the new cruise facilities, MSC Cruises will bring a total 1 million guests through PortMiami each year. Additionally, on Monday, April 15, the Miami-Dade Tourism and Ports Committee approved a deal allowing Royal Caribbean to ‘revitalize’ its current parking lot by building a 10-story, 350,000-squarefoot office building and garage designed by HOK – which will accompany its current offices that are getting studs-up renovations as part of the project, while expanding its workforce capacity from 2,200 to 4,200. With an expected total spend of at least $300 million, the new building is slated for completion by October 2020, with the renovations finished by fall 2021.

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BIG PLANS ON DECK FOR PORTMIAMI MSC Cruises is planning a new highly-innovative cruise terminal at PortMiami that will support its expanding presence in North America – and particularly the Caribbean. Per the agreement, approved by the Miami-

MSC Cruises’ PortMiami Rendering

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