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FIVE MINUTES WITH SHELLEY JOHN, ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES
Shelley John
Director of sales for St. Vincent and the Grenadines Shelley John discusses the destination & its new airport, opening in 2013 
Terrilyn Kunopaski
More than 5,000 Canadians visited St. Vincent and the Grenadines between January and the end of November 2011, according to the latest statistics available from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. But, because of the lack of direct flights, Shelley John, director of sales in Canada for the destination’s tourism office, admits that access is a major setback in attracting more visitors. That’s all expected to soon change as St. Vincent expects to open Argyle International Airport by the end of 2013, a work that has... [Full text and pictures]
 
 
 
 
CONCORDIA CAPTAIN SAYS HIS ACTIONS SAVED LIVES
Francesco Schettino tells prosecutors he tripped and fell into the sea, but his prior actions saved many lives

The captain of the doomed Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, told Italian prosecutors on Wednesday that he did not abandon ship and that his actions as the boat was going down had saved many... [Full text and pictures]
 
 
 
 
ST. KITTS INTRODUCES DESTINATION SPECIALIST PROGRAM
A new online destination program provides agents with a thorough understanding of St. Kitts

St. Kitts, in conjunction with Travel Agent University, has introduced the St. Kitts Agent Destination Specialist program. The dedicated online training program is... [Full text and pictures]
 
 
 
 
BUTTERFIELD & ROBINSON RELEASES BEYOND LUXURY 2012 BROCHURE
Bistro trips, e-bike tours and Ready-to-Book collection feature in B&R’s newest brochure

Butterfield & Robinson has released its new Beyond Luxury 2012 brochure. The new brochure includes new itineraries such as Umbria Walking, e-bike tours, new walking tours and recently introduced Bistro trips. Bistro trips are for those clients who would prefer fewer bells and whistles. Bistro trips have been designed to reflect current tastes for simple luxury and local authenticity at a lower price. Like a Michelin-star restaurant opening a more casual bistro next door, Butterfield & Robinson has added Bistro to its portfolio. The... [Full text and pictures]
 
 
 
 
VACATION.COM UNVEILS ITS 2012 CULINARY COLLECTION
The 2012 Culinary Collection includes 32 food and wine-themed sailings

Vacation.com has announced its 2012 Culinary Collection which includes 32 unique food- and wine-themed cruises with departures from ports of call worldwide. These specific culinary-themed cruise experiences were chosen from ome of Vacation.com’s luxury and premium cruise line partners such as: Celebrity Cruises... [Full text and pictures]
 
 
 
 
PRICELINE.COM IMPLEMENTS TRAVELPORT’S 360 FARES
Travelport 360 powers all fares and pricing transactions for Travelport’s global distribution systems

Travelport and priceline.com have announced priceline.com’s successful implementation of Travelport’s 360 Fares, the global fares and pricing system that powers all fares and pricing transactions... [Full text and pictures]
 
 

 
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