This years World Travel Market is proving to be bigger and better then ever. Exhibitors are applauding the facilities at Londonå‘s Excel Centre and transportation appears to be back on track. Following last years fiasco on DLR it seems that forward planning has been implemented to ensure there is no repeat prescription this time round.
It is the second year that the exhibition has been hosted at Excel and already people are raving about the benefits that the centre offers. John Issa, Chairman of the SuperClubs super all inclusive resort chain said, “It is a wonderful facility - it offers a high level of amenities and is a great place to make business.” SuperClubs have a strong stand this year in the Caribbean section. Matters of interest for the company this year are their developments in Cuba (Coco Caya and Varadero), and the continuous expansion and upgrading of the Grand Lido Negril. The is still no fixed date of when construction of the Grand Lido St. Kitts will commence, although Mr. Issa did hint that is could be mid 2004.
Another key Caribbean figure, Robert ‘Bobby’ Stewart, of Sandals fame also spoke highly of the Excel Centre and what it offers exhibitors. “I like this venue - it has a lot of opportunity and the show is improving. It’s good to see it growing, next year it will be even better I’m sure.” Sandals hosted a press lunch on Monday detailing future developments. In attendance was the father of Sandals, Mr. Butch Stewart. Sandals were in high spirits following another great year at the World Travel Awards where they cleared up with Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Group and Caribbean’s Leading Resort. Air Jamaica was also awarded Caribbean’s Leading Airline.
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