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Air Canada ‘simply wonderful’ partner to Jamaica, Caribbean

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Air Canada a ‘simply wonderful’ partner to Jamaica, the Caribbean, says ‘Butch’
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AFTER extensive talks and a tour of lush island vistas on the weekend, the heads of Air Canada, the Jamaica Tourist Board, and Sandals Resorts and their teams reaffirmed their long-standing and mutually beneficial travel partnership.

"Air Canada has provided untold benefits to Jamaica and the Caribbean as one of the longest-serving flight carriers to the region. Our partnership is simply wonderful," said Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, the Sandals chairman who played host to the series of meetings at his Royal Plantation hotel in resort Ocho Rios, St Ann.

The airline's team was headed by Michael Friisdahl, chairman of Air Canada Leisure Group, and Eamonn Ferrin, president and COO of Air Canada Vacations. New Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook headed the team from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).

The discussions came against the backdrop of development plans by the North American airline to expand its route network to other regions of the world. But care was apparently being taken to assure Jamaica and the Caribbean region that Air Canada would not forget its important partnership developed since the early 1960s.

"Over the years our dealing with Air Canada has been one of enormous respect on both sides. Their interest in Jamaica and the other Caribbean destinations has been traditionally very strong. I am pleased to note that that interest has taken on renewed vigour," said Stewart, the Caribbean's leading hotelier.

"Their plan for the region is akin to that of a national. We can virtually regard them as Jamaican and Caribbean," the Sandals boss suggested. "Our talks were very extensive and we had an opportunity to show the senior executives Jamaica from several vantage points. I might mention that they were able to see Jamaica at its best, thanks to the blessing of recent rains that highlighted the lushness of our beautiful island."

Stewart believed that having a strong relationship with major carriers such as Air Canada and, importantly, having close friendships with the people at the top "augur well for all of us".

He said Friisdahl and Ferrin not only knew Jamaica, but were getting to know Jamaica better and better. He said they were familiar with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and admired her commitment to the travel industry. They also had great respect for Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill and the hoteliers of the Caribbean. The meetings allowed them the opportunity to meet the new tourism director and to see his capacity and vision as a leader in the industry. Pennicook, himself, was satisfied with the tone and fruitfulness of the talks.

"Very importantly, they know we mean business and that, as a country, a region and a company, we are the most perfect partner a flag carrier can have. I think that our region, in the months ahead, starting with the winter tourist season, is going to benefit a great deal from the greater focus that we are receiving from Air Canada. It is now left to us to show our skills and capacity to provide the serious support for the airline and its new endeavour and increased airlift for Jamaica and the Caribbean," said Stewart.

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Butch holds talks with Air Canada execs

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Butch holds talks with Air Canada execs
TUE, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

THE Caribbean’s leading hotelier Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart spent the weekend in meetings with the heads of Air Canada Vacations and Air Canada Leisure Group, hoping to keep the focus on the region as the airline looks to fly new routes.

Michael Friisdahl, president and chief executive officer of Air Canada and Eamonn Ferrin, chairman of Air Canada Vacations flew in last Friday for the meetings which were seen as important to ensure that the Caribbean remained uppermost in the mind of the North American airline. The two executives left the island Sunday.

“We felt that much was accomplished on behalf of Jamaica and the Caribbean islands served by Air Canada in ensuring the vibrancy of our critical partnership,” said Stewart after the weekend discussions at the Sandals Royal Plantation in the north coast resort town of Ocho Rios, St Ann.

“Canada is our fastest growing market for visitors and Air Canada has played a tremendous role in this.”

The airline recently announced plans to add Japan to its network of routes, as it looks to open up new routes in areas of the world not traditionally served by the company.

“We wanted to ensure that the Caribbean was not forgotten and remains at the centre of the development plans,” Stewart told the Jamaica Observer. “Our discussions were strategic in nature. I believe that Air Canada feels the same way about us.”

One recent indication of how important the partnership is to Air Canada was its decision to increase flights to Barbados by over 100 per cent, compared with previous years, following the acquisition of Sandals and Beaches resorts in that eastern Caribbean island.

Air Canada also serves other Sandals/Beaches destinations such as Antigua-Barbuda; The Bahamas; Grenada; St Lucia and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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