Thomas Cook Group Airline announces route expansion to Caribbean and Baltics

Thomas Cook Group Airline has said that it will expand its worldwide route network with two additional partner airlines – LIAT Air and Baltic.

With LIAT, the Caribbean specialist, customers can now fly from Manchester, London Gatwick or Frankfurt to five new destinations via existing Thomas Cook Group Airline destinations Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI) and Grenada (GND). With LIAT, new destinations on offer include Dominica (DOM), Guyana (OGL), St. Kitts and Nevis (SKB), Casties/St. Lucia (SLU) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVD).

A new partner for Thomas Cook Airlines this winter season, Air Baltic offers flight services from London Gatwick to Tallinn (TLL) in Estonia and to Riga (RIX), the capital of Latvia.

Christoph Debus, Chief Airline Officer, Thomas Cook Group, said: ‘Our interline agreements provide our customers with convenient, coordinated connecting flights at competitive prices. The new Group Airline partnerships with LIAT and Air Baltic will allow us to offer seven new flight connections in seven countries in the Caribbean and Europe.’

Thomas Cook Airlines partners with several airlines around the world, including JetBlue, enabling onward flights via New York to Atlanta or Charlotte. Condor customers flying from Frankfurt also benefit from partners such as Alaska Airlines, as Condor offers connections to Hawaii via Anchorage in Alaska as well as via Seattle and Portland.

With its fleet of 101 aircraft, Thomas Cook Group Airline is flying to almost 70 destinations this winter season and through cooperation with a total of 52 partner airlines, the number increased to over 250 destinations in Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Australia. All UK flights can now be booked online at www.thomascookairlines.com and German flights via www.condor.com, it said.

Tobago partners with Condor for new Manchester – Tobago route

At World Travel Market, the Tobago House Assembly has announced plans for a new regional flight, operated by Thomas Cook’s German sister company, Condor, from Manchester to the Caribbean island of Tobago, according to a report by Travel Weekly.

At a press conference on the sidelines of the UK trade show, Tracey Davidson-Celestine, secretary for transport and tourism for the Tobago House Assembly, said: ‘The UK market is a very important one for us. Within the next fiscal year, we will be spending more than $4 million in the UK market, with a view to ensuring that our destination is well known because it’s a very important market for us.

‘I am pleased to announce that we will be starting new airlift with Condor out of Manchester, flying directly to Tobago, starting in winter 2014.’

The new Thomas Cook service will be open for bookings from next month with the first flights starting in winter 2014. With the new service, the number of direct services from the UK to Tobago will increase to four per week (five in winter). Direct flights are already in place from British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Monarch, in addition to services through Trinidadian capital, Port of Spain.

Ms. Davidson-Celestine added: ‘It was really the diverse nature of the island that caused us to focus on niche strategies. We do not have the large hotels to focus on mass tourism, so we have to find a way to sell what we have, and to increase demand for the destination.

‘We will be targeting several tour operators to get them to come to Tobago and experience for themselves what Tobago has to offer.’

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados Hotel Offers Summer Sale

Travellers to Barbados in the Caribbean Sea may wish to consider staying at The Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados Hotel as it launches its ‘Sensational Summer Sale’.

The 76-guestroom hotel sets out to create a very English ambience with its taste and decor, and it is located on the island’s Platinum Coast, which is around 32 km from the Grantley Adams International Airport, and 12.8km from the capital city of Bridgetown.

The hotel is offering sale prices on its rooms with up to 60 percent savings on regular rates for the summer of 2012, which also includes complimentary accommodation for one child, as well as numerous complimentary activities, including water sports and other recreational pastimes, as well as complimentary fitness facilities, Wi-Fi access, and an Afternoon Tea service.

While regular rates commence from £322 per room, per night, summer special rates are being offered from £128 per room, per night, on bookings made until June 27, 2012.

The hotel dining venues include two restaurants, the Palm and the Taboras, which claim to offer gourmet dining experiences, while conference and event facilities include small meeting rooms, pool and beachside locations, and private dining rooms.

The hotel, which is for adults-only from November to march, offers complimentary children’s activities and entertainment every day during the main summer season, which includes Bajan sporting games, water sports, beach cricket and soccer, treasure hunts, and movies.

The hotel also offers a Green Partnership initiative for sustainable tourism, which includes energy and water conservation, waste management, and a community outreach programme for collaborative projects involving hotel staff and local groups.

Sandals Resorts Offers New Wedding Concept

Sandals Resorts, an operator of all-inclusive resorts for couples in the Caribbean, is offering couples that marry at one of its resorts the opportunity to totally customise their celebrations.

Sandals is launching its, ‘Your Wedding. Your Style’ concept at all of its fourteen Caribbean properties, for couples that want to personally style and fulfil their dream wedding. Sandals claims that with choices on everything from colour palette and wedding accessories, to bespoke experiences, couples can be provided with everything that they need to create their perfect ceremony and reception.

To assist couples in constructing their personal dream day well in advance, Sandals has created an on-line Destination Wedding Designer. First, the couple selects their wedding location from Sandals Caribbean destinations, Antigua, Bahamas, Jamaica or St Lucia. Using an interactive tool they can then choose from the ten-shade colour palette. That done, they can continue to build their day by browsing nearly 1,000 wedding ideas for essentials including flowers, decor, wedding cakes and entertainment. Catering requirements, photography and video packages and salon and beauty treatments can all be packaged using the on-line tool. It also allows an unlimited number of wedding variations to be constructed, to allow ample opportunity for comparison.

Each ‘virtual’ wedding receives its own code, to make booking the actual event easier once the decision is made.

Marsha-Ann Brown, director of romance for Sandals Resorts said, ‘At Sandals Resorts, a WeddingMoon is the ultimate celebration of a couple’s romance. Everything during their stay should reflect their taste and style as a couple, from the Love Nest Luxury Suites that were designed especially to offer newlyweds the seclusion they desire, to their own personal butler, who will cater to their every need, be it an indulgent couples spa treatment or a private waterfront candlelit dinner.’

As a special offer, Sandals is also offering couples USD500 dollars towards their dream wedding on booking a stay for a minimum of six nights.