Almond Resorts says Air Jamaica is key to Caribbean growth

MIAMI – The Barbados-based operator of four all-inclusive hotels in the Eastern Caribbean is crediting Caribbean carrier Air Jamaica for adding significantly to its growth from the North American market.

Wendy Cole, Almond Resorts’ Vice President of Sales & Marketing for North America, said Air Jamaica’s service from New York and other US cities over the Montego Bay hub has been instrumental in both sustaining and growing business for its two properties in Barbados and its two in St. Lucia.

Wendy Cole of Almond Resorts is flanked by Air Jamaica’s Campbell Rudder (right) and Ryan Blackett of the Barbados Tourism Authority at a recent trade event in New York City.

“Air Jamaica is a very significant player for our business from the US market,” said Cole, who is particularly encouraged by new business at Almond’s newest property in St. Lucia, Almond Smugglers Cove which opened this year whose success she hopes to replicate in the new property, Almond Casuarina Beach Resort in Barbados, which will be unveiled later in the year.

“Air Jamaica continues to be a key component for the success of the Almond brand and I hope to see continued growth, not only as we expand, but as Air Jamaica expands its Eastern Caribbean operations,” she said.

George deMercado

George deMercado, Air Jamaica’s Vice President of Sales, said his team is committed to redoubling its efforts to serve the needs of both Caribbean nationals and Caribbean hoteliers. “We are thankful for Almond’s strong support of our service, and we look forward to collaborating further to offer convenient and affordable vacation packages to the traveling public this year,” he said.

Air Jamaica is the national carrier of Jamaica and also is the designated flag carrier of Barbados.

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