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St. Lucia’s top all-inclusive resort and recent recipient of the Travelocity Excellence Award, announces the introduction of new property upgrades just in time for summer. Guests will enjoy the tastes of two new restaurants and can bask in the newfound tranquility at Kai Mer Spa with the addition of new organic spa treatments and facility upgrades.

Jamaica Tourist Board’s Northeast Business Development Manager, Victoria Rogers (pictured second from left) was on hand at the Jamaica Tourist Board booth to welcome Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle Fenty (pictured far right), at Fight For Children’s School Night gala in Washington, DC.


Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island and Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa have been named recipients of the inaugural Travelocity Excellence Awards, further signifying the success of the Luxury Included® vacation experience. The annual awards, presented by Travelocity and its brand icon, The Roaming Gnome, represent a wide array of top-tier supplier partners across North America, Mexico and the Caribbean. An elite group of 500 hotels was recognized by Travelocity from the more than 70,000 properties offered on the site.
“The Travelocity Excellence Award is a testament to Sandals Resorts’ and Beaches Resorts’ ongoing commitment to providing only the best experiences for our mutual customers,” said Carl Sparks, President and CEO, Travelocity. “We’re pleased to name Sandals Royal Bahamian and Beaches Turks & Caicos as 2011 winners and look forward to working with their team for many years to come.”



Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts, Aruba’s premier hotel for romance vacationers, has been awarded the TraveLife Gold Award for its commitment to sustainable tourism efforts. No stranger to this type of recognition, Bucuti has been leading sustainable tourism efforts in Aruba and the Caribbean for the past 20 years. During this time, Bucuti has also been recognized by some of the most renowned organizations in green, including ISO and Green Globe, which will feature Bucuti owner, Ewald Biemans, as part of the elite group of speakers who will present during the Green Globe World Summit in Paris, France, May 27 – 29, 2011. 

In addition to its leadership in sustainable tourism efforts, Bucuti is also regarded as one of the best hotels in the world for romantic getaways and destination weddings. With multiple award and honors from outlets like Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, TripAdvisor and Coastal Living, Bucuti has proven that sustainable tourism and romantic luxury vacations can coexist as a tourism product as well as a successful business model.