Jamaica minister of tourism promotes destination in Paris

Breaking Travel News | June 17, 2019

As part of an ongoing goal of generating greater global awareness and increasing visitor arrivals, Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism for Jamaica, and Donovan White, director of tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board, were in Paris earlier this week to meet with France’s major tour operators. On the agenda was a meeting with Promovacances, France second largest tour operator which rolled out a Jamaica programme earlier this year.Through their online and marketing campaigns promoting travel to Jamaica, they are looking to increase their bookings to Jamaica by 20 per cent by 2021.

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HOSPITALITY TRENDS

BitNile Holdings, through Its Subsidiary Ault Alliance, Acquires a Portfolio of Four Marriott and Hilton Hotels for $69 Million

BitNile Holdings, Inc. | December 27, 2021

(NYSE American: NILE), a diversified holding company (“BitNile” or the “Company”), announced that its subsidiary, Ault Alliance, Inc. (“Ault Alliance”) has, through its subsidiary Ault Global Real Estate Equities, Inc. (“AGREE”), acquired three hotels located in Middleton, WI, a suburb of Madison, and one hotel in Rockford, IL. Consisting of an aggregate of 526 rooms, the acquisition includes two Marriott hotels (a Courtyard by Marriott and a Residence Inn by Marriott) and two Hilton Garden Inn hotels (collectively, the “Hotels”). Ault Alliance formed AGREE earlier in 2021 to invest in commercial real estate, including hospitality and multi-family housing properties, with a concentration in the middle-market segment. Christopher Wu is the President of Ault Alliance and the Chief Executive Officer of AGREE. This acquisition constitutes AGREE’s first commercial real estate investment, consisting of a 136-room Courtyard by Marriott, a 133-room Hilton Garden Inn and a 122-room Residence Inn by Marriott in Middleton, WI, as well as a 135-room Hilton Garden Inn in Rockford, IL. The Company paid $69 million for the Hotels, with $23.9 million paid by the Company at closing in cash; the balance of the purchase price was financed through construction loan agreements. Over the next 18 months, AGREE plans to renovate the Hotels through a $13.7 million property improvement plan. The Hotels will be managed by GF Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel management company with a national footprint. AGREE has partnered with Joshua Caspi of Caspi Development, a real estate developer based in New York with expertise investing in hospitality, office, and multi-family experience developments. The Company has previously co-invested with Caspi Development in the Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet’s New York at 456 Greenwich Street, New York, NY. Mr. Wu stated, We are extremely pleased to acquire this premium-branded and stabilized portfolio of assets in an attractive and growing region of the country, set in a state capital and anchored by a major state university, as our first acquisition through AGREE. We believe these assets will provide AGREE and thereby the Company with attractive yields and potentially serve as a model for other commercial real estate transactions. We are also excited to partner with Joshua Caspi, a real estate developer and investor who brings considerable expertise, to help us manage and grow our real estate portfolio. “Bringing a team together like this has been my vision for 20 years and I am enthused and proud to say we have made this a reality today. We have a team of professionals to execute and bring these four hotels to their peak performance. We look forward to growing our hotel portfolio.” -The Company’s Founder and Executive Chairman, Milton “Todd” Ault, III The Company previously announced a plan to split into two public companies by distributing the equity of Ault Alliance to its stockholders. Following the spin-off of Ault Alliance, the Company, through its BitNile, Inc. subsidiary, will be a pure-play provider of Bitcoin mining and data center operations, pursuing DeFi-related initiatives. Ault Alliance will maintain its focus on the Company’s legacy businesses and more recently initiated operations, including lending and investing in the real estate and distressed asset spaces as well as, among others, defense, and power solutions, including electric vehicle charging products. For more information on BitNile Holdings and its subsidiaries, the Company recommends that stockholders, investors, and any other interested parties read the Company’s public filings and press releases available under the Investor Relations section at www.BitNile.com or available at www.sec.gov. About BitNile Holdings, Inc. BitNile Holdings, Inc. is a diversified holding company pursuing growth by acquiring undervalued businesses and disruptive technologies with a global impact. Through its wholly and majority-owned subsidiaries and strategic investments, the Company owns and operates a data center at which it mines Bitcoin and provides mission-critical products that support a diverse range of industries, including defense/aerospace, industrial, automotive, telecommunications, medical/biopharma, and textiles. In addition, the Company extends credit to select entrepreneurial businesses through a licensed lending subsidiary. BitNile Holdings’ headquarters are located at 11411 Southern Highlands Parkway, Suite 240, Las Vegas, NV 89141; www.BitNile.com.

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Marriott International Signs Agreement With Sunwing Travel Group to Debut Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun

Blue Diamond Resorts | May 23, 2022

With a dynamic and growing selection of all-inclusive experiences across the Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International, Inc. announced the signing of Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun to join its growing all-inclusive portfolio. Expected to open in late 2022, Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun is owned and managed by Blue Diamond Resorts and will join the All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, which includes close to 30 immersive getaways in 8 locations across the Caribbean and Latin America. We are thrilled to continue working with Blue Diamond Resorts & Hotels to add another exciting all-inclusive resort to the All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy portfolio, said Laurent de Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer, Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International. “The Autograph Collection Hotels brand champions individuality with each hotel being a product of passion, making this brand an exceptional fit for this significant project and the other 20 Blue Diamond Resorts that have joined the collection. Set to debut in late 2022, the 1,049-room Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun will bring an exciting new all-inclusive resort and waterpark to one of the world’s most vibrant vacation destinations. Additionally, the resort is expected to offer encapsulating experiences through its distinct personality including a theater, bowling alley, unique water attractions, and immersive culinary encounters at a dozen on-property restaurants and nine bars all amidst stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. “We are excited for Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun to join Marriott’s Autograph Collection brand, Today’s announcement reinforces Blue Diamond’s position as one of the fastest growing hotel chains in the Caribbean.” -Jordi Pelfort, President, Hotels and Resorts of Sunwing Travel Group Redefining and elevating the segment, All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy brings together several of Marriott International’s iconic brands, unsurpassed operational expertise, and the over 164 million Marriott Bonvoy members, creating exciting new opportunities for guests. Marriott International entered the all-inclusive space in 2019 with the acquisition of Elegant Hotels’ seven hotels in Barbados. In 2021, the company announced a long-term agreement with Sunwing Travel Group’s hotel division, Blue Diamond Resorts, to add 20 hotels into the portfolio, moving Marriott International into the top 10 of global all-inclusive players. Current all-inclusive resort locations include Antigua, Barbados, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, and St Lucia. Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 8,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 139 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram. About All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy Encompassing eight leading brands, All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy is Marriott International’s all-inclusive platform, offering unparalleled amenities, diverse culinary options, and endless experiences for all ages, and tailored for each brand. The growing portfolio of close to 30 immersive getaways in spectacular destinations include The Westin Reserva Conchal, an All-Inclusive Golf Resort & Spa in Costa Rica and Royalton Antigua, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino. All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments, and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit marriottbonvoy.com. About Autograph Collection® Hotels Autograph Collection Hotels advocates for the original, championing the individuality of each of its over 260 independent hotels located in the most desirable destinations across 44 countries and territories. Each hotel is a product of passion, inspired by a clear vision, soul, and story that makes it individual and special: Exactly Like Nothing Else. Hand-selected for their inherent craft and distinct perspectives on design and hospitality, Autograph Collection properties offer rich immersive moments that leave a lasting imprint. For more information, please visit www.autographhotels.com, and explore on social via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to be inspired by immersive moments that are #ExactlyLikeNothingElse. Autograph Collection is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit marriottbonvoy.com. About Blue Diamond Resorts Since its inception in 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts has curated an impressive portfolio encompassing 45 properties, exceeding 15,000 rooms in ten countries. Taking a proactive approach to differentiating brands under each market’s demands, the resort management company caters to a range of budgets and interests from adult-only elegant getaways to fun-filled family vacations. Award-winning, All-In Luxury® Royalton Luxury Resorts offers signature amenities including All-In Connectivity™, modern Sports Event Guarantee™ and in-suite wellness elements. Royalton Luxury Resorts’ adults-only sub-brands include Hideaway at Royalton, an adults-only experience with exclusive dining and preferred accommodations, plus the stylish lifestyle resorts where you can Party Your Way, Royalton CHIC, located in the Caribbean’s best beachfront locales. In Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril provides those over 21 with an upscale and luxurious naturist vacation along with a secluded shore for the utmost privacy. Memories Resorts & Spa offers a vacation designed to impress the entire family, while Starfish Resorts provides amazing value for customers in convenient locations. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invites guests to Vacation Like A Star™ with an engaging and interactive experience, plus famous pop culture items from iconic movies, music and sports. Mystique by Royalton, a boutique-style resort collection, offers personalized vacations in strikingly beautiful locals full of endless adventures. To learn more about Blue Diamond Resorts, please visit www.bluediamondresorts.com

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Jaunt Air Mobility Partnering with L&T Technology Services for Advanced Air Mobility Program

jaunt air mobility | March 11, 2022

Jaunt Air Mobility ("Jaunt") announced the company would be working with L&T Technology Services Limited ("LTTS") (BSE: 540115, NSE: LTTS) as an essential engineering partner. Working in concert with Jaunt, Jaunt Canada, and the Canadian government, LTTS will offer end-to-end engineering support in structural design analysis and certification to develop the Jaunt Journey all-electric VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft. LTTS is a global leading pure-play engineering services company. LTTS has a track record of developing high-performance engineering solutions for global Aerospace and Defense companies for over a decade and has supported critical defense programs. With offices worldwide, including Toronto, Canada, LTTS anticipates opening R&D offices in Montréal to advance Jaunt in the design, development, and production of the Jaunt Journey. Jaunt Air Mobility is rolling out a new generation of aircraft to meet faster urban and regional travel demand. The Jaunt Journey takes off like a helicopter and transitions to flying like a fixed-wing plane using patented Slowed-Rotor Compound (SRC) Technology. This new air transport makes it possible to travel approximately 70 miles in the air in 25 minutes or less, with trip costs affordable to the public. The Jaunt Journey, single-pilot aircraft, will carry four passengers. The vehicle will offer urban air mobility, cargo delivery, military missions, and medical transport. "At Jaunt, our vision is to usher in a range of new-age aircraft-driven urban commuting that is fast, safe, and convenient. This new clean, sustainable aircraft will reduce carbon emissions worldwide. Strategically, we are continuing to grow our Tier 1 partnerships and recognize LTTS as a best-fit engineering partner, and together we are confident of pushing the mass-scale commercialization". -Martin Peryea, CEO & CTO Jaunt Amit Chadha, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, L&T Technology Services, commented, "This partnership marks an important step for team LTTS, given the tremendous opportunities opening up in Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and drone services which are emerging as alternatives to the increasingly congested on-ground mobility in cities. We believe this program will set the benchmark for future AAM projects, and our team is excited to build on this important engagement with Jaunt, with the eventual aim to make urban commuting safer, greener, efficient, and reliable About Jaunt Jaunt Air Mobility is a transformative aerospace company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with design and manufacturing located in Montreal, Canada. Jaunt is building the next generation of eVTOL (electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) and hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft for faster, quieter, and safer travel over urban areas, moving people and packages. Jaunt is the global leader in developing Slowed-Rotor Compound (SRC) technology. The Jaunt Journey is the world's first electric aircraft combining helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft flight capabilities. Jaunt has teamed with Tier 1 aviation partners to develop the Journey and work with global operators to provide this new form of travel. Jaunt offers the most operationally efficient aircraft with a zero-carbon footprint. For more information, visit www.jauntairmobility.com.On October 6, 2021, Jaunt entered into a merger agreement with AIRO Group Holdings, Inc. (AIRO Group) and certain of its affiliates, pursuant to which Jaunt will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of AIRO Group. The AIRO Group will bring together decades of industry-leading technology with its group companies to provide best-in-class products and services uniquely capable of addressing a wide spectrum of aerospace markets. AIRO Group leverages technologies that span data systems, resupply package delivery, military aerospace training, military and commercial manned/unmanned aircraft systems, and avionics technologies.

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COMMERCIAL TRAVEL

Anatomie Travels to New Heights With Impressive Sales and Continued Growth

Anatomie | January 06, 2022

Anatomie, the European-made luxury travel athleisurewear brand, has continued to reach new heights amid a challenging retail landscape that has seen more downs than ups. The company revealed its continued growth was a result of several instrumental programs and strategies, including supply chain security, strategic manufacturing, and a focus on omni-channel distribution. Founded in 2006 by business partners and husband and wife duo Kate and Shawn Boyer, Anatomie is a luxury athleisurewear company designed for the modern traveler. Anatomie initially launched to market with high-quality athleisurewear staples, and has since evolved into a luxury lifestyle brand with functional designs for men and women. The brand continues to innovate the athleisurewear market thanks to its strong leadership team, where Kate serves as CEO, Shawn as Creative Director, and Tom Dietrich as President and Chief Operating Officer, an apparel industry veteran who joined the company in 2017. Anatomie experienced many successes throughout 2021 and reported 70% year-over-year growth with projections to reach a $30M revenue by 2022. The brand continued to increase its offerings and expand into new categories, launching its first-ever men's capsule in 2021 to meet consumer demand and trademarking "proleisure," a term that refers to its durable essentials build to last. As a result of its continued growth, Anatomie started its official board in 2017, which has taken on new members and executive hires whose vast knowledge and experience will further cement the company as a leader within luxury fashion, including Tom Dietrich, Chairman of the Board and COO of Anatomie, Sandra Kim-Suk, Chief Financial Officer at Engine No. 1, and J. David Scheiner, a former Macy's and Perry Ellis executive. Anatomie has cultivated a team of high-powered customers-turned-investors and established female entrepreneurs, including Jill Granoff, former CEO of Vince and Kenneth Cole, and Sheila Johnson, Co-Founder of Black Entertainment Network. Anatomie plans to spend a significant portion of their marketing dollars on affiliate programs, direct mail and direct to consumer social media campaigns in 2022 to continue its impressive expansion. "When we started this company over 15 years ago, we wanted to create a brand that was synonymous with timeless luxury, quality and craftsmanship,The fastest growing sectors of the women's fashion industry are travel and activewear, and Anatomie is perfectly positioned to intersect both. We're thrilled to have delivered on our promise continued growing Anatomie's offerings during a pivotal year for the retail landscape." -Kate Boyer, Co-Founder and CEO of Anatomie With their aggressive marketing plans, Anatomie is poised to have another record-breaking year for 2022 with continued retail experiences, regional pop-up stores, hotel and resort specialty shops, and more. During a time where many consumers are in need of high-quality essentials, Anatomie continues to pioneer athleisurewear trends and remain at the forefront of innovation to create the ultimate wardrobe for the modern man and woman on the go. For more information about Anatomie, visit anatomie.com and follow @Anatomiestyle on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. About Anatomie Founded in 2006 by wife and husband duo, Kate and Shawn Boyer, Anatomie is a European-made luxury travel leisurewear brand that combines high functionality with the finest materials, centered on a contemporary style, innovative features and unique designs for the modern adventurer. With extensive fashion and sportswear experience, Kate and Shawn originally created Anatomie for the athleisure market, but evolved over the years to meet the unique and demanding needs of the luxury traveler with functional fashion that can be worn anytime and anywhere, offering a whole new world of comfort & style.

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