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Travel Services, Inc. is Honored for Committment to the Industry
The Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association, celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year, has chosen as their theme “Leadership through Commitment and Innovation”, and have honored Travel Services, Inc. with a Special Recognition for “your outstanding commitment to the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association.” Joanne is on the Board of the PRHTA, and is the Chairperson of the Transportation Committee.
Now Open – W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island
The 157-room resort opened in March, becoming the first W Retreat & Spa in North America. Located on the 55-square mile island of Vieques, eight miles off the Southeast coast of Puerto Rico, this property includes two private beaches, Spa Chakra, and French chef Alain Ducasse’s first restaurant in the Americas – miX on the beach. Chef Ducasse has more than 16 Michelin stars under his belt, and is probably best known for his Jules Verne restaurant on the second level of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. This exotic destination combines the quaint timelessness of Vieques with the stylish star treatment the W brand is known for.
Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) Works Towards Fulfilling Strategic Plan 09-10
The Puerto Rico Tourism Company’s Strategic Plan 2009-2013 has established six strategic goals: (1) Development of new products, (2) Quality and consistency of service, (3) Cost of doing business, (4) Transportation and access, (5) Revitalization of marketing strategies, and (6) A new image for the destination. Committed to achieving these goals, the Strategic Tourism Plan’s Assessment Committee created subcommittees in the areas of Statistics, Cruises, Air Access, Service, Touristic Transportation, Sales and Marketing, Product Development, and Planning and Development. Key members of the industry were invited by the Governor and Executive Director of the PRTC to participate and form part of these subcommittees; among those was Joanne Ferguson-Twiste on the Touristic Transportation Sub-Committee.
Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino Holds Great Parties
This 503-room property only opened in November of 2009, but it has quickly become known for its popular events and stylish parties. Whether it was the Latin Billboard Awards, a cocktail auction with André Agassi for his Foundation for Education, a Sex in the City themed movie launch, or being chosen as one of the select venues around the world to commemorate the Playboy Club’s 50th Anniversary, the Sheraton Puerto Rico was the place to be.
New team members include Jeremy Marquard as Director of Sales and Marketing, Jeannette Avilés as Director of Group Sales, and Rocío Varela as new Executive Chef. They have certainly embraced the vibe and expect to continue the hotel’s popularity for events. The Sheraton Puerto Rico is located at the Convention District, and features 35,000 square feet of meeting space.
Travel Services, Inc. Chosen as Exclusive DMC for Saborea
Puerto Rico is quickly becoming known as the Gastronomic Capital of the Caribbean. From April 9-11, 60 of the islands finest restaurants, rums, wine, beer & spirits with 50 international and local Culinary Personalities came together on Puerto Rico’s beautiful Escambron Beach. Saborea Village consisted of a Tasting Pavilion with various restaurants and chefs showcasing their taste delights. Demo Kitchen featured Food Network’s Robert Irvine, Anne Burrell, Claire Robinson, Daisy Martinez as well as Keeghan Gerhard, just to name a few. Travel Services, Inc. handled all transportation including shuttles, VIP transport, and airport transfers.
Saborea – A Culinary Extravaganza, is a yearly gastronomic event produced by the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association to benefit the Educational Fund. Save the date! The event will be held April 1-3, 2011. For more information, visit www.saboreapuertorico.com.