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Quotable Caribbean – May 9, 2011

David Shields of Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours

“We are the first and only adventure tour company to ever be honored with this prestigious (Six Star Diamond) award, and it is a tribute to our Island Routes team to continue to garner recognition from our distinguished industry colleagues. We are dedicated to delivering exceptional customer service standards and guarantees, and we strive to showcase each of our destinations with diverse tours that have high appeal for the experiential traveler. It is gratifying to know that these efforts resonate with our travel partners.” – David Shields, General Manager, Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours

“Excessive supply (of airlift) against relatively low demand is a thing of the past. Today with very low margins or no margins, airlines are forced to trim capacity almost instantly to meet current demand because they can’t cover that extra (unused) capacity given these extremely high operating costs.” – David Johnson, Director-General of Tourism, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (Tribune)

“With Jamaica undergoing a renaissance with recent investments into the country’s tourism infrastructure, including the new convention center in Montego Bay, (Minister of Tourism Edmund) Bartlett’s address will set the tone for the (Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment) conference with examples of investment opportunities that have helped propel Jamaica’s overall growth.” – Alec Sanguinetti, Director General and CEO, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (Travel Weekly)

“We are always seeking new and innovative ways to diversify and improve the tourism product and faith-based visitors will offer us the opportunity to cater to the needs of a new demographic of tourists.” – Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica (Jamaica Observer)

“After any merger or acquisition, you will be harmonising your companies, which is what transpired. It was 54 people who were employed across the organisation who were let go, and not just people from one department.” – Laura Asbjornsen, Head, Corporate Communications, Caribbean Airlines (Trinidad Express)

“The rainy season is coming and this is a great source of concern for us because the more water you have, the more the risk of new propagation of the (cholera) epidemic.” – Sylvie van den Wildenberg, spokesperson for the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) (UN News Centre)

“I’m really looking ahead to what is upcoming. This (cricket) series against Pakistan is a good place to start. I’m focused and I’m looking to stay fit and strong. I’m looking to get wickets and help the West Indies to success. There is a lot to play for and I’m looking forward.” – West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards

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