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Sandals seeking more Copa flights into Jamaica

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Sandals Resorts International is negotiating with Copa Airlines with the intention to increase the number of flights into Jamaica and also to boost the number of Latin American tourists to the island.

Senior vice president of sales Unique Vacations, (Sandals marketing arm) Gary Sadler, speaking at a press briefing yesterday at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort following a meeting with senior executives of Copa Airlines, disclosed that Sandals was seeking to have Copa expand its connections into Jamaica and bolster its partnership with the Sandals brand.

“Latin America continues to be a very important and the fastest-growing market for Sandals and Beaches Resorts,” Sadler noted. “Copa Airlines provides us with a high level of partnership, as seen in the fact that we have brought down close to 100 Latin American travel agents from 16 countries to Jamaica this week for our annual Latin American Golf Tournament. The real concept was not just about golfing, but to showcase what Jamaica has to offer — its the people, the environment, and attractions.

“The partnership is extremely important because Copa Airlines has 75 gateways that feed into Panama, from which they operate direct flights into Jamaica to both Kingston and Montego Bay. The partnership with Copa continues to grow and expand and we want to make sure that all of Latin America understands that Jamaica is the perfect destination for them to come to, and we want to ensure that our investments into Latin America continue to be strong,” Sadler said.

The Sandals senior executive pointed out that one of the reasons Jamaica continues to be an attractive destination to Latin Americans is the similarity in the lifestyles of Jamaicans and Latin Americans in terms of entertainment, nightlife, and culture.

Copa Vice-president of Sales Christopher Didier was also upbeat about the Jamaica partnership and noted that his company was looking forward to increased collaberation with Sandals and Jamaica.

Didier pointed to the new North-South link which allows for easy and quick access to Ocho Rios from Kingston, and the growing number of Latin American visitors to Jamaica.