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Expedia opens expert lounge in Jamaica

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 5:00 AM
Ready, set, go! From left: Expedia’s Edwin Martinez, Eric David, Guilene Benjamin, Jamaica Tours’ Nekeisha Gayle, Jamaica Tourist Board’s Marcia McLaughlin, and Jamaica Tours’ Noel ‘Sport’ Sloley get ready to join in cutting the ribbon.
From left: Newton Wholas, general manager, Jamaica Tours shares the lens with the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Francine Carter and Expedia’s area manager, Edwin Martinez.
From left: Expedia’s market manager, Andrew McKinley, Jamaica Tours’ Michelle Whittaker and Expedia’s Adrian Harrison.
Deputy director of tourism, Marcia McLaughlin (left) and regional director, Janice Allen in a jovial mood at the opening of the first Expedia Local Expert lounge in collaboration with Jamaica Tours at the Sangster International Airport.
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Expedia guests arriving in the country can now expect an even warmer Jamaican welcome, with the opening of a local Expert Lounge at the Sangster International Airport.

Introduced in collaboration with Destination Management Company and Jamaica Tours Limited, the state-of-the-art lounge will serve as the place for Expedia guests to check in for their ground transportation to their hotel, and receive their Expedia welcome kit with destination information.

"It will also serve as a way for all of our guests to receive a warm Expedia Jamaican welcome to what is sure to be a trip of a lifetime here in Jamaica," says Expedia's Eric David, during the official ribbon-cutting ceremony recently.

Receiving full endorsement from the Jamaica Tourist Board, the government agency acknowledged that Expedia is one of their major global partners that had expanded its footprints in Jamaica.

Speaking at the ceremony, Marcia McLaughlin, deputy director of tourism in charge of marketing, lauded the companies for partnering on a project that is a game changer.

This is the first country in the world where Expedia has opened a local Expert Lounge. The online travel company serves over 1,000 destinations and does over 250,000 rooms with Jamaica annually.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com.