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Government expects MOU with Sandals to be executed “shortly”

PORT OF SPAIN (CMC) | The Trinidad and Tobago government Friday said it intends to execute shortly a sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Jamaica- based Sandals Resorts International (SRI) for the construction of a Sandals hotel in Tobago.

headed by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley met with a SRI team headed by its founder and chairman, Gordon Butch Stewart on Wednesday “to continue the conversation with respect to the establishment of a Sandals and Beaches resort in Tobago, the Sandals Golden Grove Tobago Project”.

The statement said that the discussions “surrounded the type of structure that the project would follow, i.e. similar to the model that exists for Hilton Trinidad and Hyatt Regency Trinidad, meaning that Government would build the resort and Sandals Resorts Inc. would manage it. “Discussions also focused on the timing of the project and the use of private equity investment. The parties are now working on a Memorandum of Understanding which it is expected will be executed shortly,” the statement noted.

It said that the government is committed to the “successful pursuit of a Sandals Golden Grove Tobago resort as the positive effects would be tremendous” and that citizens will continue to be updated with respect to the project. When he delivered the TT$50.5 billion budget to Parliament on Monday, Finance Minister Colm Imbert said that Sandals, with its 22 hotels based in the Caribbean, would contribute significantly to the branding and marketing of Tobago as a tourism destination.

“It will also catalyse the expansion of good quality five-star rooms, provide a boost to stay-over arrivals and in the process generate employment opportunities and spill over activity both in Tobago and Trinidad. “The Sandals brand will also lead to an expansion in air and sea traffic to Trinidad and Tobago. We expect the negotiations with the Sandals Group to be concluded shortly,” Imbert added.



100x35JetBlue Outlines 100 Days, 35 Ways of Caring for Puerto Rico

NEW YORK (BUSINESS WIRE) | Jet- Blue (NASDAQ: JBLU), the largest airline in Puerto Rico, today announced a multifaceted program to support both short-term relief and long-term recovery efforts on the island following the destruction from Hurricane Maria. 100x35JetBlue outlines the airline’s commitment to launching 35 initiatives over the next 100 days – and beyond – to support the needs of crewmembers, customers, and communities in Puerto Rico.

This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: home/20170928005850/en/ Relief supplies being unloaded on a JetBlue relief flight, the first aircraft to land Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria. (Photo: Business Wire) “The heartbreaking and devastating situation in Puerto Rico compels us to take action,” said Robin Hayes, president and chief executive officer, JetBlue. “Using our strengths as an airline, our partnerships, and our mission of inspiring humanity, we aim to make a positive impact on this island we call home. We know 100 days is just the start, but we hope it’s a start that will make a meaningful difference.”

Honoring the popular reference to Puerto Rico’s 100x35 mile size, the effort will roll out programs across the island to provide airlift support, relief pricing, awareness and fundraising, people deployment, unmet needs, and rebuilding efforts. JetBlue is currently operating six daily flights in Puerto Rico with more to come as infrastructure allows. Since Hurricane Maria made landfall, JetBlue has continued to serve those in Puerto Rico by donating $1 million in supplies, airlifting more than 3,000 customers over 21 flights from San Juan and Aguadilla through Sept. 27, and transporting more than 100,000 pounds of supplies to the island. JetBlue’s support has also touched hurricane-impacted areas across the Caribbean, South Florida, and Texas.

Relief Pricing The airline continues to offer remaining seats on non-stop flights operated by JetBlue to or from Puerto Rico at reduced fares through Nov. 15, 2017: $135 fares for Puerto Rico to/ from U.S. mainland (a) $129 fares for Puerto Rico to/from Dominican Republic and U.S. Virgin Islands (a) Waiving fees for two checked bags on travel to/from Puerto Rico for new bookings made from Sept. 25 (a) Waiving fees for carrying pets until Nov. 15 (b) Hurricane Relief Collection on Every Flight, $1 Million Goal The airline will invite customers onboard every JetBlue flight to donate to JetBlue’s campaign at GlobalGiving benefitting hurricane impacted areas throughout the U.S. and Caribbean, with a $1 million goal. Customers can also contribute at JetBlue has committed to match donations to its GlobalGiving campaign dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000 through Nov. 15.

GlobalGiving will distribute the funds to non-profits making an impact in hurricane- affected areas. As we continue to serve these areas, we expect to adapt funding initiatives to ensure we’re meeting the needs as are communicated from partners on the ground.

Rebuilding Homes, Replenishing Vegetation, & Promoting Tourism As the largest airline on the island, with nearly 500 crewmembers, service to three airports, and a focus city in San Juan, Jet- Blue is committed to working with government agencies, non-profit organizations and partners to support long-term rebuilding efforts.

JetBlue is pledging to support replenishing vegetation across the island; providing support for children; partnering with community leaders to raise awareness; providing gifts and meals throughout the holiday season; and offering advertising space to promote tourism to Puerto Rico.

While not all of the island’s needs are immediately known, JetBlue is outlining a number of efforts aimed to address numerous anticipated concerns. Over the next 100 days, JetBlue will support Puerto Rico in the following 35 ways:

1. Committing $1 million in-kind support to the Empire State Relief & Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico

2. Offering crewmembers priority access to daily relief flights

3. Providing daily relief flights for customers at reduced fares

4.Providing seats on relief flights to emergency personnel, relief workers, non-profits, and military at no cost

5. Offering volunteer infrastructure experts seats at no cost

6. Transporting JetBlue-donated essential food items and drinking water

7 Transporting JetBlue-donated power supplies including generators, batteries, flashlights

8. Transporting supplies from non-profits, NGOs, and government agencies at no cost

9. Transporting critical medical supplies and personnel at no cost

10. Offering reduced fares on JetBlue-operated flights through Nov. 15 to facilitate access to and from the island (a)

11. Waiving fees for two checked bags until Nov. 15 (a)

12. Waiving fees for carrying pets until Nov.

15 (b)

13. Offering free changes and cancellations for Puerto Rico flights booked by Sept. 17 (c)

14. Inviting monetary donations from customers for JetBlue’s campaign at GlobalGiving on every JetBlue flight and online

15. Aiming to raise $1 million by matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000 through Nov. 15

16Partnering with Puerto Rican community leaders and influencers for awareness efforts

17.Holding in-terminal and public events to bring visibility to relief efforts

18. Holding fundraising efforts among Jet- Blue’s 21,000 crewmembers

19. Deploying our emergency response Care team to support on-the-ground relief efforts

20. Conducting in-person and text message wellness checks on crewmembers and their families

21. Deploying crewmembers from mainland U.S. airports to accelerate the re-opening and sustained operations of Puerto Rico airports

22.Holding a collection drive across Jet- Blue’s network for crewmembers to donate items

23.Working with the Office of the First Lady of Puerto Rico on hurricane relief efforts

24. Bringing care packages to local communities in need

25. Supporting free meal events

26.Delivering public power sources, charging and telecom stations

27.Providing children’s services and supplies

28.Supplying holiday gifts and meals for families

29.Providing grants from the JetBlue Crewmember Crisis Fund for crewmembers to repair and rebuild their homes

30. Providing protected time off to allow impacted crewmembers to attend to personal needs

31.Supporting the replenishment of vegetation

32.Supporting the rebuilding of airport facilities

33. Providing education grants via the Jet- Blue Foundation

34.Donating advertising space to promote tourism to Puerto Rico

35.Developing a long-term plan for supporting the Puerto Rican community and fostering economic growth