Jamaica Voted Favorite Honeymoon Destination

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedJamaica Voted Favorite Honeymoon Destination Canadian travel agents have voted Jamaica as the favourite honeymoon destination for the fourth consecutive year,  and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) as the favourite Tourist Board in Canada for the seventh consecutive year. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, has accepted the awards on behalf of Jamaica and the JTB from Mr. Robert Mowat, Executive Editor of Baxter Travel Media, publishers of Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier, sponsors of the annual Agents’ Choice Awards.  Each year Baxter Travel Media survey thousands of Canadian travel agents who select their “favourites” in a wide variety of categories. The presentation ceremony was held on Wednesday, October  24, at the Rosewater Club in Toronto, Canada.    Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller was expected to accept the awards but she had to cut short her official visit to Canada and return to Jamaica, because of the threat of Hurricane Sandy.  Senator Nicholson delivered the Prime Minister’s address, in which  she felt gratified and honoured to receive the awards on behalf of Jamaica, and commended the staff of the JTB in Canada, calling the Canadian success a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Board.  Noting that although Jamaica and the JTB have won the Agents’ Choice Awards several times, the Prime Minister said, “we are just as appreciative now as when we first won.” “The Baxter publications have seen it fit to collate the views of agents and we certainly appreciate the tremendous work they do here in Canada in promoting Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region.  Over the years we have come to value their efforts and in fact demonstrated our appreciation by awarding Mrs. Baxter the nation’s Order of Distinction in 2009,” said the Prime Minister. The JTB’s Regional Director,  Philip Rose, thanked Baxter Travel Media for the awards.  He also thanked the JTB team, saying he is truly blessed to be working with the members. Canada’s District Sales Manager of the JTB,  Dan Hamilton, thanked the travel partners for making Jamaica available and accessible to all Canadians, noting that the growth in recent years is a testimony to the strong and fruitful partnership with Jamaica.  Mr. Hamilton said the ‘Favourite Tourist Board’ award was very fulfilling for the JTB team and he thanked Baxter Travel Media for facilitating the forum whereby travel agents can register how they feel about the work of the JTB. Also in attendance were Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Canada, Her Excellency Sheila Sealy Monteith; Director of the Bilateral and Regional Affairs Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Mr. Ricardo Allicock; Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Mr. Seth George Ramocan and Dr. Lola Ramocan; and staff of  the JTB, Canada. RelatedJamaica Voted Favorite Honeymoon Destination RelatedJamaica Voted Favorite Honeymoon Destination Advertisements Jamaica Voted Favorite Honeymoon Destination Foreign AffairsOctober 26, 2012last_img read more

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Centrica signs global banking giant to 10 year deal

first_imgIn one of the largest Arizona real estate transactions of 2015, Centrica, an adaptive reuse project by Phoenix Rising Investments, LLC (PRI) signed a 10-year lease for their entire 117,000 square foot project. Banco Santander’s US Consumer group subsidiary, Santander Consumer USA Holdings, Inc, will move into Centrica in the New Year, netting Mesa’s Fiesta District almost 1,000 new jobs. Banco Santander is a retail and commercial global bank, with a presence in 10 main markets, 102 million customers, and approximately 14,700 branches—more than any other international bank—and 193,000 employees. Santander Consumer USA Holdings, Inc (NYSE: SC, “Santander Consumer USA”) is a publicly traded, full-service, technology-driven consumer finance company, specializing in auto finance and unsecured consumer lending products.PRI, along with Legacy Equity Partners, collaborated with an award winning team to develop the back office facility located in the heart of the Southeast Valley, with excellent transportation access, including seven bus stops within a quarter mile and two bus stops within 50 feet of the property. Willmeng Construction Inc. and Nelsen Partners designed the environmentally conscious state-of-the-art project with abundant parking and redundant fiber optic backbone connectivity. Evolution Design and Willmeng Construction will complete the build out of modern and creative tenant improvements. “The trend for creative space is not going away,” said Ryan Bartos, Managing Director of Savills Studley who was involved in the transaction. “Most people associate creative office with technology and creative type firms. That is not the case anymore and Santander is a great example of that. With 20 foot high exposed ceilings, open floor plates, and walkable amenities, Santander felt that Centrica gave them a great opportunity to attract and retain the necessary talent base. This was a huge win for the City of Mesa.”More than a million people reside within a 10-mile radius of Centrica. With the addition of Centrica, and a $25.3 million investment by the City of Mesa into the Streetscape along Southern Avenue, adjacent to Centrica, The Fiesta District has become a target destination for major companies.“The area’s walkability, mass transit access, abundant freeway accessibility, redundant fiber network, and proximity to a workforce of more than 1.7 million people within a 20-minute drive, make it an ideal location for high-tech and multinational companies such as Santander,” said Michael Hsiung, Principal of Phoenix Rising Investments, LLC the developer and owner of Centrica.last_img read more

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