Man-Hee Lee Writes A Letter Regarding Shincheonji Members’ Plasma Donation: “Freeing The World Through Our Blood”

CaribPR Wire, VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, Tues. June 30, 2020: Man Hee Lee, Chairman and Founder of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (Shincheonji), has  expressed his gratitude to his church members and the city of Daegu, after 4,000 congregants volunteered to donate plasma after fully recovering from COVID-19.

According to the Shincheonji church in the city of Daegu, Chairman Lee in a  letter stated: “I was overjoyed to hear that the church members in Daegu, South Korea were volunteering to donate plasma (blood) to help find a treatment for COVID-19.  I am thankful to the government for working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to treat those who are infected.” He added, “it is clear that the church members of Daegu church have gathered their hearts to free people worldwide from the pains of COVID 19.”

Chairman Lee also stated through this message” “This is the work that needs to be done as citizens of this country [Korea] and as true believers. It is keeping the command of Jesus of loving your neighbor as yourself (Mt 22:39), and I am thankful that you have gathered your hearts for this good work”.. “let us all pray in the name of Jesus to exterminate COVID19 (Refer to Jn14:13-14).”

Shincheonji announced it’s donation on June 23rd. At the time, there were 6,901 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Daegu, South Korea, with Shincheonji members accounting for 61.8% of all confirmed cases of COVID-19.

While it has been difficult to find plasma donors, Shincheonji members’ mass plasma donation can speed up the COVID-19 vaccine development process. Since the early days of the outbreak Shincheonji members have faced mass criticism. Many outlets blame them for causing the virus’s spread across South Korea.

Shincheonji explained, “Chairman Lee wants to use this donation as a way to thank government health officials for caring for our members.”

Shincheonji Chairman Lee Man-hee’s Letter [Provided by Shincheonji Church in Daegu]

To the beloved members of Daegu Church

To the beloved members of Daegu Church, you all are working hard. Are you all well? I am Chairman Lee Man-hee.

To the members of Daegu church, I was delighted upon hearing the news of your intent to actively participate in donating plasma (blood) for the development of the vaccine for the cure of COVID-19. I believe that you are the ones who received the blood of Jesus.

I am very thankful to the government, which took charge of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and providing treatment for it. This is not something our church could resolve.

Our members have received the blood of life of Jesus, the Son of God, and have been freed from sin. Like Jesus, through our blood (plasma) donation, I know that you have gathered your hearts in our collective wish to free all the people of the world from the pains of this disease.

I was touched when I heard that many members of Daegu church expressed their intent to voluntarily donate plasma. Indeed, you are the disciples who received the blood of Jesus. This is the work that needs to be done as citizens of this country and as true believers. It is keeping the command of Jesus of loving your neighbor as yourself (Mt 22:39), and I am thankful that you have gathered your hearts for this good work and in making this decision that is like the light.

Let us all pray in the name of Jesus to exterminate COVID-19 (Refer to Jn14:13-14).

June 27, 2020

Lee Man-hee
Chairman of Shincheonji

Blue Diamond Resorts brings Mystique Resorts under Royalton Luxury Resorts umbrella

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 30, 2020: Blue Diamond Resorts has announced that Mystique Resorts will be re-branded under the Royalton Luxury Resorts umbrella as Mystique by Royalton. Effective immediately, Mystique Blue Boutique Suites and Mystique Royal St. Lucia will be re-branded as Mystique Holbox by Royalton and Mystique St. Lucia by Royalton. With picturesque properties in Isla Holbox, Saint Lucia, and more locations to come, these boutique resorts offer guests luxurious amenities, personalized service and the award-winning Royalton experience in a natural paradise.

In addition, Mystique Holbox by Royalton will be re-opening its doors on July 15, 2020 following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization and local ministries of health. Mystique Holbox by Royalton will be implementing Blue Diamond Resorts’ new Safety-Assured Vacations protocols to help safeguard both guests and employees.

“After a temporary three-month closure, we’re excited to welcome back guests at Mystique Holbox by Royalton, where they’ll be able to immerse themselves in the natural wonders of Isla Holbox,” said Jordi Pelfort, President of Hotels and Resorts at Sunwing Travel Group. “We are also thrilled to be bringing our boutique Mystique resorts collection under the much-loved Royalton Luxury Resorts brand.”

Located in the Yum Balam Nature Reserve, Mystique Holbox by Royalton is a contemporary beach resort influenced by the island’s lush natural landscapes. The property is home to 38 spectacular suites, each featuring luxurious amenities, and a traditional Mexican design which incorporates natural elements, with some suites offering ocean views and rooftop balconies. Guests can explore the island’s magnificent surroundings with a variety of activities and excursions including biking, kiteboarding or swimming with whale sharks. After spending the day exploring this exotic paradise, guests can dine at two on-site à la carte restaurants and enjoy dishes influenced by local cuisine like the Lobster Quesadilla and Tikinxic Style Shrimp or sip on delectable cocktails poolside, including the resort’s signature Mystique Sangria.

To protect the health and well-being of guests and employees, Mystique by Royalton has implemented Blue Diamond Resorts’ new Safety-Assured Vacations protocols. This includes physical distancing guidelines, advanced dining safety, increased staff training and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), a 360° Clean Approach for all resort common areas and Diamond Clean Guest Rooms where every touchpoint is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Mystique Holbox by Royalton is helping guests rediscover Isla Holbox for less with their Welcome Back Offer* with prices starting at $195 per room, per night, for travel between July 15, 2020, and December 21, 2020.

*For full offer details, visit https://www.mystiqueresorts.com/resort/mystique-blue/offers.

About Blue Diamond Resorts Since its inception in 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts has curated an impressive portfolio encompassing 47 properties, exceeding 15,500 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, 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, featuring a popular kids club with famous themed characters, Toopy & Binoo™, 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.

About Mystique by Royalton

Mystique by Royalton is a boutique-style resort collection that offers personalized experiences in strikingly beautiful places. Contemporary, luxurious and exquisite, Mystique by Royalton are firmly rooted in some of the world’s most vibrant destinations and positioned to attract luxury travelers seeking to explore their surroundings. With two stunning resorts located on Mexico’s Isla Holbox Island and Saint Lucia’s beautiful Rodney Bay, Mystique Holbox by Royalton and Mystique St. Lucia by Royalton are ideal for both families and couples alike, with their upscale amenities, unparalleled service and unique beachfront settings.

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Blue Diamond Resorts posiciona la marca Mystique bajo el paraguas de Royalton Luxury Resorts

Mystique Holbox by Royalton
Mystique Blue Boutique Suites volverá a abrir a los huéspedes el 15 de julio de 2020, bajo su nuevo nombre Mystique Holbox by Royalton.

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 30, 2020: Blue Diamond Resorts ha anunciado que su marca Mystique Resorts será renombrada y se incluirá bajo el paraguas de Royalton Luxury Resorts como Mystique by Royalton. A partir de ahora, Mystique Blue Boutique Suites y Mystique Royal St. Lucia pasarán a llamarse Mystique Holbox by Royalton y Mystique St. Lucia by Royalton. Con propiedades pintorescas en Isla Holbox, Santa Lucía y otros paraísos que están por venir, estos resorts boutique ofrecen a los huéspedes lujosas amenidades, servicio personalizado y la galardonada experiencia Royalton en un paraíso natural.

Por otro lado, Mystique Holbox by Royalton volverá a abrir sus puertas el 15 de julio de 2020 incorporando una serie de medidas que siguen tanto la guía de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC), la Organización Mundial de la Salud, así como los ministerios nacionales de salud. Además, Mystique Holbox by Royalton implementará los nuevos protocolos de Vacaciones con Seguridad Garantizadas de Blue Diamond Resorts para ayudar a proteger tanto a los huéspedes como a los empleados.

“Después de un cierre temporal de tres meses, nos complace dar la bienvenida a los huéspedes a Mystique Holbox by Royalton, donde podrán sumergirse en las maravillas naturales de Isla Holbox”, comentó Jordi Pelfort, presidente de Sunwing Hotels & Resorts. “También estamos encantados de incorporar nuestra colección de hoteles boutique Mystique bajo el paraguas de la marca Royalton Luxury Resorts, la cual está muy valorada por la comunidad viajeros”.

Ubicado en la Reserva Natural de Yum Balam, Mystique Holbox by Royalton es un resort de playa contemporáneo con un diseño influenciado por los exuberantes paisajes naturales de la isla. La propiedad alberga 38 espectaculares suites, cada una con amenidades de lujo y un diseño tradicional mexicano que incorpora elementos naturales; mientras que algunas de ellas ofrecen vistas al océano y balcones en la azotea. Los huéspedes pueden explorar los magníficos alrededores de la isla con una variedad de actividades y excursiones incluyendo ciclismo, kiteboarding o incluso la increíble experiencia de nadar con tiburones ballena. Después de pasar el día explorando este paraíso exótico, los huéspedes pueden cenar en cualquiera de los dos restaurantes a la carta del hotel y disfrutar de platos influenciados por la cocina local como la quesadilla de langosta y los camarones al estilo Tikinxic; o disfrutar junto a la piscina de deliciosos cócteles, como por ejemplo la emblemática sangría Mystique.

Para proteger la salud y el bienestar tanto de los huéspedes como de los empleados, Mystique by Royalton ha implementado los nuevos protocolos de Vacaciones con Seguridad Garantizadas de Blue Diamond Resorts. Este nuevo protocolo incluye pautas de distanciamiento social, seguridad alimentaria avanzada, mayor capacitación del personal y uso de equipo de protección personal (EPP), un enfoque de limpieza de 360º para todas las áreas comunes del complejo y habitaciones Diamond Clean donde cada punto de contacto recibirá una limpieza y desinfección a fondo.

Mystique Holbox by Royalton está invitando a los huéspedes a redescubrir Isla Holbox por un precio competitivo con su Oferta de Bienvenida* con precios a partir de $195 por habitación, por noche, para viajar entre el 15 de julio de 2020 y el 21 de diciembre de 2020.

* Para obtener todos los detalles de la oferta, visite:

https://www.mystiqueresorts.com/es/resort/mystique-blue/ofertas

Acerca de Blue Diamond Resorts
Desde su inauguración en 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts ha crecido exitosamente hasta convertirse en la empresa de gestión hotelera de más rápido crecimiento en el Caribe, con 47 propiedades que sobrepasan las 15,500 habitaciones en 10 países. Con un enfoque innovador para diferenciar marcas según las demandas específicas de cada mercado, la cartera de Blue Diamond Resorts incluye productos diferenciados según los presupuestos y los intereses de sus clientes, desde elegantes propiedades sólo para adultos, hasta resorts llenos de diversión para las familias. Los galardonados resorts de lujo Royalton Luxury Resorts rediseñan la experiencia todo incluido al ofrecer amenidades exclusivas que incluyen All-In Connectivity™, el moderno concepto de Sports Event Guarantee™ y elementos de bienestar en las habitaciones y suites. Las submarcas de Royalton solo para adultos incluyen Hideaway at Royalton, el cual ofrece gastronomía exclusiva y alojamiento preferencial con acceso a todos los servicios y comodidades de la zona Royalton; así como los modernos y elegantes resorts, Royalton CHIC, localizados en los mejores destinos de sol y playa del Caribe. En Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril brinda unas vacaciones naturistas lujosas y elegantes frente a una exclusiva cala para mayor privacidad. Memories Resorts & Spa brinda una experiencia que complace a toda la familia, incluyendo variedad de actividades y kids clubs con los famosos personajes Toopy & Binoo™, mientras que la marca Starfish Resorts ofrece un valor sin igual en ubicaciones exóticas con alojamiento cómodo. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invita a los huéspedes a vivir la experiencia Vacation Like A Star ™ durante sus vacaciones con una experiencia atractiva e interactiva, además de contener una colección de artículos famosos de la cultura cinematográfica, musical y deportiva. Mystique by Royalton, una colección de resort de estilo boutique, ofrece vacaciones personalizadas en lugares sorprendentemente hermosos y llenos de aventuras sin fin.

Para conocer más sobre Blue Diamond Resorts, visite http://www.bluediamondresorts.com/es/.

Acerca de Mystique by Royalton
Mystique by Royalton es una colección de resorts de estilo boutique que ofrece experiencias personalizadas en lugares sorprendentemente hermosos. Contemporáneos, lujosos y exquisitos, los resorts de Mystique by Royalton están ubicados y vinculados conceptualmente con algunos de los destinos más emocionantes del mundo; además, están creados para atraer a viajeros de lujo en busca de aventura en un paraíso natural. Con dos impresionantes resorts ubicados en la Isla Holbox de México y en la hermosa bahía de Rodney Bay de Santa Lucía, Mystique Holbox by Royalton y Mystique St. Lucia by Royalton son ideales tanto para familias como para parejas, gracias a sus amenidades exclusivas, un servicio incomparable y sus entornos únicos frente al mar.

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Correction in Total COVID-19 Deaths for Latin American and Caribbean Nations

SEATTLE, June 25, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – An unintentional error in calculating total deaths for Latin America and the Caribbean resulted in IHME issuing an incorrect total for the region in a June 24 press release and on its website. The reported total of nearly 388,300 excluded Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. The updated total for Latin America and the Caribbean is 438,698 deaths. IHME regrets the error.

The forecasted deaths for individual nations are correct. IHME will continue to update as new data are available.

The forecasts can be viewed at https://covid19.healthdata.org.

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New IHME COVID-19 Model Forecasts Latin American, Caribbean Nations Will See Nearly 388,300 Deaths by October 1

SEATTLE, June 24, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington is forecasting nearly 388,300 people will die from COVID-19 in Latin American and Caribbean nations by October 1.

Brazil is expected to exceed 166,000 deaths and Mexico 88,000. Six other nations are each predicted to exceed 10,000: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Peru. In contrast, 15 nations, including Paraguay, Uruguay, and Belize are each expected to have fewer than 1,000 deaths.

“Several Latin American countries are facing explosive trajectories, while others are containing infections effectively,” said IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray. “I cannot overemphasize the imperative of mitigation measures, such as mask wearing and social distancing, especially since South American nations are facing increasing infections due to seasonality of COVID-19, an important factor contributing to the transmission of the virus.”

IHME’s new forecasts model deaths from the virus if countries impose social distancing mandates for six weeks at the point when deaths reach 8 per million people, comparing that to a scenario if no action is taken. The percentage of people wearing masks when leaving their home is also a key consideration.

“These factors are vital in our projections and highlight how many lives can be saved,” Murray said.

He noted that the number of deaths is certain to continue to rise in nations where mandates on mask wearing and social distancing are relaxed. In contrast, Murray stated transmission might be reduced by as much as 50% in communities where individuals are wearing masks when leaving their homes, either voluntarily or by mandate.

The forecasts by nation:

Southern, Tropical, and Andean Latin America

  • Argentina: 24,721 deaths (range of 9,386 to 61,163)
  • Chile: 25,344 deaths (range of 18,094 to 34,509)
  • Uruguay: 340 deaths (range of 52 to 2,075)
  • Bolivia: 7,334 deaths (range of 3,564 to 13,645)
  • Ecuador: 20,260 deaths (range of 16,069 to 27,103)
  • Peru: 36,210 deaths (range of 28,145 to 48,617)
  • Brazil: 166,362 deaths (range of 135,538 to 208,079)
  • Paraguay: 271 deaths (range of 27 to 1,952)

Central America and Mexico

  • Colombia: 35,314 deaths (range of 14,640 to 81,942)
  • Costa Rica: 39 deaths (range of 17 to 120)
  • El Salvador: 4,357 deaths (range of 668 to 15,546)
  • Guatemala: 10,090 deaths (range of 3,874 to 22,071)
  • Honduras: 4,958 deaths (range of 881 to 14,207)
  • Mexico: 88,160 deaths (range of 67,967 to 120,023)
  • Nicaragua: 280 deaths (range of 72 to 2,276)
  • Panama: 2,802 deaths (range of 1,315 to 5,895)
  • Venezuela: 2,893 deaths (range of 84 to 29,295)

The Caribbean

  • Antigua and Barbuda: 10 deaths (range of 2 to 74)
  • Bahamas: 26 deaths (range of 10 to 121)
  • Barbados: 46 deaths (range of 8 to 282)
  • Belize: 20 deaths (range of 3 to 143)
  • Cuba: 306 deaths (range of 180 to 663)
  • Dominican Republic: 5,665 deaths (range of 1,731 to 15,650)
  • Guyana: 14 deaths (range of 12 to 24)
  • Haiti: 1,377 deaths (range of 202 to 5,919)
  • Jamaica: 68 deaths (range of 17 to 364)
  • Suriname: 698 deaths (range of 28 to 2,541)
  • Trinidad and Tobago: 440 deaths (range of 13 to 6,868)
  • Puerto Rico: 286 deaths (range of 185 to 605)
  • United States Virgin Islands: 7 deaths (range of 6 to 11)

The new death projections and other information, such as hospital resources usage, are available at https://covid19.healthdata.org.

Contact: media@healthdata.org

A note of thanks

We wish to warmly acknowledge the support of these and others who have made our COVID-19 estimation efforts possible: ACAPS; American Hospital Association; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Boston Children’s/Health Map; California Health Care Foundation; Carnegie Mellon University; Christopher Adolph and colleagues at the Department of Political Science, University of Washington; Descartes Labs; Facebook Data for Good; Google Labs; John Stanton & Theresa Gillespie; Julie & Erik Nordstrom; Kaiser Family Foundation; Medtronic Foundation; Microsoft AI for Health; National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH); National Science Foundation; Our World in Data; Premise; Qumulo; Real Time Medical Systems; Redapt; SafeGraph; The COVID Tracking Project; The Johns Hopkins University; The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS); The New York Times; UNESCO; University of Maryland; University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas (Felicia Knaul and Michael Touchton); Wellcome Trust; World Health Organization; and finally, the many Ministries of Health and Public Health Departments across the world, collaborators and partners for their tireless data collection efforts. Thank you.

About the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research organization at the University of Washington School of Medicine that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME is committed to transparency and makes this information widely available so that policymakers have the evidence they need to make informed decisions on allocating resources to improve population health.

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Blue Diamond Resorts Announces Brand Expansion for Royalton Luxury Resorts

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 24, 2020: Blue Diamond Resorts has announced its plans to expand Royalton Luxury Resorts by rebranding four of its existing properties. On November 1, 2020, family-friendly resorts, Grand Memories Punta Cana and Grand Memories Splash, will merge into one resort and be rebranded as Royalton Splash Punta Cana Resort & Spa.  CHIC Punta Cana will also be rebranded as Royalton CHIC Punta Cana Resort & Spa, while Royalton Suites Cancun Resort & Spa will be rebranded as the adults-only Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa.

“The decision to bring these properties under the Royalton Luxury Resorts umbrella will allow for the seamless integration of brand standards and operations across the portfolio,” says Jordi Pelfort, President, Hotels and Resorts, Sunwing Travel Group, “This is an excellent opportunity to expand the award-winning Royalton Luxury Resorts brand and allow even more travelers to enjoy an All-In Luxury® vacation.”

Upon opening, Royalton Splash Punta Cana Resort & Spa will deliver Royalton’s All-In Luxury® concept with a host of family-friendly features, including access to one of the largest resort water parks in the Caribbean located on-site, an arcade with VR gaming, an escape room and more. Guests will also be able to enjoy Stay at 1, Play at 2 privileges with access to select facilities at the neighboring Royalton Punta Cana Resort & Casino.

Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa and Royalton CHIC Punta Cana Resort & Spa will offer guests aged 18+ Royalton’s All-In Luxury® experience with a fresh twist, perfect for guests in search of an all-inclusive social vacation experience. Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun and Royalton CHIC Punta Cana’s daily activities and exclusive events will bring an elevated experience to two of the Caribbean’s most popular beachfront locales.

About Blue Diamond Resorts

Since its inception in 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts has curated an impressive portfolio encompassing 47 properties, exceeding 15,500 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, Royalton CHIC, 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, featuring on-site splash parks and a popular kids club with famous themed characters, Toopy & Binoo™, 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 Resorts, 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.

About Royalton Luxury Resorts
Epitomizing modern elegance, award-winning Royalton Luxury Resorts offer All-In Luxury® vacations in some of the world’s most popular tropical destinations including Antigua, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, Mexico, Grenada and Cuba. Boasting an array of world-class all-inclusive features including the premium, handcrafted DreamBed™, unlimited reservation-free luxury dining, a Sports Event Guarantee™ and more. Many of the resorts cater equally to families and couples alike, with industry-leading supervised kids and teen activities offered at no additional cost combined with family-friendly accommodation and dining options

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Blue Diamond Resorts anuncia la expansión de su marca Royalton Luxury Resorts

CaribPR Wire, TALLAHASSEE, Fla., June 24, 2020: Blue Diamond Resorts anuncia sus planes para expandir la marca Royalton Luxury Resorts adicionando cuatro de sus propiedades existentes al portfolio de la marca Royalton. El 1 de noviembre de 2020, los resorts familiares Grand Memories Punta Cana y Grand Memories Splash se fusionarán en una sola propiedad para convertirse en Royalton Splash Punta Cana Resort & Spa. Además, uno de los resorts más populares entre los huéspedes mayores de edad, CHIC Punta Cana vivirá un emocionante cambio de marca y pasará a ser Royalton CHIC Punta Cana Resort & Spa; así como Royalton Suites Cancun, el cual se convertirá en Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa, un elegante oasis solo para adultos en la zona hotelera de Cancún.

“La decisión de poner estas propiedades bajo el paraguas de Royalton Luxury Resorts nos permitirá una perfecta integración de los estándares y las operaciones de la marca en todo el portafolio”, comentó Jordi Pelfort, presidente de Sunwing Hotels & Resorts, “Ésta es una excelente oportunidad para expandir la galardonada marca Royalton Luxury Resorts y abrirla a mayor variedad de viajeros “.

Desde su apertura, Royalton Splash Punta Cana Resort & Spa ofrecerá el concepto All-In Luxury® de Royalton con una serie de características únicas para las familias, como por ejemplo uno de los parques acuáticos más grandes del Caribe, una sala de juegos incluyendo juegos de realidad virtual, un escape room, entre muchas otras inclusiones. Junto con sus amenidades de alto nivel, los huéspedes de Royalton Splash Punta Cana tendrán un acceso tipo hospédese en 1 y disfrute de dos con el hotel vecino Royalton Punta Cana Resort & Casino.

Con su estilo moderno y lujosas amenidades, Royalton CHIC Suites Cancun Resort & Spa y Royalton CHIC Punta Cana Resort & Spa ofrecerán a los huéspedes mayores de 18 años la experiencia All-In Luxury® de la marca Royalton con un toque fresco, perfecto para los huéspedes que buscan una experiencia vacacional completa con todo incluido. Además, gracias a sus actividades diarias y eventos exclusivos, Royalton CHIC Suites Cancún y Royalton CHIC Punta Cana brindarán una experiencia única en dos de los destinos de sol y playa más populares del Caribe.

Acerca de Blue Diamond Resorts
Desde su inauguración en 2011, Blue Diamond Resorts ha crecido exitosamente hasta convertirse en la empresa de gestión hotelera de más rápido crecimiento en el Caribe, con 47 propiedades que sobrepasan las 15,500 habitaciones en 10 países. Con un enfoque innovador para diferenciar marcas según las demandas específicas de cada mercado, la cartera de Blue Diamond Resorts incluye productos diferenciados según los presupuestos y los intereses de sus clientes, desde elegantes propiedades sólo para adultos, hasta resorts llenos de diversión para las familias. Los galardonados resorts de lujo Royalton Luxury Resorts rediseñan la experiencia todo incluido al ofrecer amenidades exclusivas que incluyen All-In Connectivity™, el moderno concepto de Sports Event Guarantee™ y elementos de bienestar en las habitaciones y suites. Las submarcas de Royalton solo para adultos incluyen Hideaway at Royalton, el cual ofrece gastronomía exclusiva y alojamiento preferencial con acceso a todos los servicios y comodidades de la zona Royalton; así como los modernos y elegantes resorts, Royalton CHIC, localizados en los mejores destinos de sol y playa del Caribe. En Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril brinda unas vacaciones naturistas lujosas y elegantes frente a una exclusiva cala para mayor privacidad. Memories Resorts & Spa brinda una experiencia que complace a toda la familia, incluyendo variedad de actividades y kids clubs con los famosos carácteres Toopy & Binoo™, mientras que la marca Starfish Resorts ofrece un valor sin igual en ubicaciones exóticas con alojamiento cómodo. Planet Hollywood Hotels and Resorts invita a los huéspedes a vivir la experiencia Vacation Like A Star ™ durante sus vacaciones con una experiencia atractiva e interactiva, además de contener una colección de artículos famosos de la cultura cinematográfica, musical y deportiva. Mystique Resorts, una colección de resort de estilo boutique, ofrece vacaciones personalizadas en lugares sorprendentemente hermosos y llenos de aventuras sin fin.

Para conocer más sobre Blue Diamond Resorts, visite http://www.bluediamondresorts.com/es/.

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Los galardonados Royalton Luxury Resorts, de Blue Diamond Resorts, representan la elegancia contemporánea y ofrecen vacaciones All-In Luxury® en algunos de los destinos tropicales más populares del mundo, entre ellos Antigua, Jamaica, República Dominicana, México, Santa Lucía, Granada y Cuba. Los hoteles Royalton Luxury Resorts cuentan con una amplia variedad de servicios todo incluidos de primera clase, como colchones de calidad superior DreamBed™ confeccionados exclusivamente para la marca, gastronomía de lujo ilimitada sin necesidad de reservas, Sports Event Guarantee™ y mucho más. Muchos de los resorts han sido ideados para satisfacer las necesidades tanto de familias como de parejas, con innovadoras actividades supervisadas para niños sin cargo adicional, además de alojamiento y opciones gastronómicas para toda la familia.

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GM Sectec and Visa promote the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices in Latin America

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico and MIAMI, June 18, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – GM Sectec, a global leader in cybersecurity, and Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, have announced the development of a virtual initiative – following a series of successful roadshows in Latin America in 2019 – where they will work together, with the objective of evangelizing, educating and guiding companies in the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices, taking into consideration the moment that we are living in worldwide due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 health crisis is putting the world at risk. The impact on businesses, markets and economies is already beginning to be felt, and in business ecosystems the demand for strong measures to ensure business continuity is fundamental.

At a global level, the changes and challenges that companies have faced include adapting to new tele-working scenarios, unknown until only about three months ago, have created unique opportunities on all ends of the digital divide. For many large corporations, this option has become the norm and many have chosen to adopt it permanently, at least for the rest of 2020.

As a result, the number of people making electronic payments has multiplied, as shown by the recent Visa study which presented that more than 13 million of its cardholders made an e-commerce transaction for the first time in the first quarter of 2020, in key markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. This means that two out of every 10 active e-commerce cardholders are “new to e-commerce,” representing up to 14 percent of all active Visa accounts in key markets during this period.

“Our intention in developing our GM Sectec & Visa ‘PaySec Talks’ on the heels of our successful ‘PaySec Day’ Events throughout Latin America in 2019; is to promote the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices in concert with our Strategic Partner, Visa. Offering organizations and individuals who are working from home, the opportunity to learn about the tools, tactics and procedures they have available today to prevent multi-vector fraud and identity theft is a critical objective for all of us here at GM Sectec.” said Héctor Guillermo Martínez, President of GM Sectec.

Through the “PaySec Talks”, which will be held throughout July, in three sessions – English, Spanish and Portuguese – GM Sectec and Visa will be sharing better strategies and practices on how to maintain the security of their customers’ information and data when conducting electronic transactions.

“We have seen a pivotal change in consumer shopping behaviors as a result of the pandemic, which has rapidly reinforced the multiple benefits of e-commerce and contactless payments, as consumers prioritize health, safety and hygiene both at home and when out shopping,” said Eduardo Perez, Chief Risk Officer for Visa Latina America and the Caribbean.  ”Now is the time for issuers, acquirers and businesses to invest in quickly implementing payment services that consumers will increasingly demand during and as we overcome this situation.”

for this reason, we want through the PaySec Talks, to educate companies in Latin America, where e-commerce is a growing alternative, to ensure the safety of their customers and their business.”

The “PaySec Talks” will be held on July 2nd, 16th and 30th, to participate you just have to register through the following link: https://events.gmsectec.com/visagmsectec

About GM Sectec

GM Sectec offers innovative solutions and services in cybersecurity, governance, and compliance focused on managing digital risk. Its solutions are designed to detect advanced attacks and respond to them effectively, reducing business risk, fraud, and cybercrime. Founded in 1970 as General Computer Corporation and later as GM Group in the 1990s, GM Sectec has an extensive track record and experience in the management of policies and integrated processes of technologies and standards for data protection in payment system risk.  Its commitment to the principles of simplicity, innovation and customer success has made them the leading and fastest growing provider of security and technology in Latin America and the Caribbean. GM Sectec has been selected as one of the “Hot 150 Cybersecurity Companies to watch in 2020″ by Cybercrime MagazineTo learn more about GM Security Technologies, visit our website: www.gmsectec.com

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit  About Visavisa.com/blog and  @VisaNews.

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GM Sectec and Visa promote the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices in Latin America

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico and MIAMI, June 18, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – GM Sectec, a global leader in cybersecurity, and Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, have announced the development of a virtual initiative – following a series of successful roadshows in Latin America in 2019 – where they will work together, with the objective of evangelizing, educating and guiding companies in the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices, taking into consideration the moment that we are living in worldwide due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 health crisis is putting the world at risk. The impact on businesses, markets and economies is already beginning to be felt, and in business ecosystems the demand for strong measures to ensure business continuity is fundamental.

At a global level, the changes and challenges that companies have faced include adapting to new tele-working scenarios, unknown until only about three months ago, have created unique opportunities on all ends of the digital divide. For many large corporations, this option has become the norm and many have chosen to adopt it permanently, at least for the rest of 2020.

As a result, the number of people making electronic payments has multiplied, as shown by the recent Visa study which presented that more than 13 million of its cardholders made an e-commerce transaction for the first time in the first quarter of 2020, in key markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. This means that two out of every 10 active e-commerce cardholders are “new to e-commerce,” representing up to 14 percent of all active Visa accounts in key markets during this period.

“Our intention in developing our GM Sectec & Visa ‘PaySec Talks’ on the heels of our successful ‘PaySec Day’ Events throughout Latin America in 2019; is to promote the adoption of secure payment technologies and practices in concert with our Strategic Partner, Visa. Offering organizations and individuals who are working from home, the opportunity to learn about the tools, tactics and procedures they have available today to prevent multi-vector fraud and identity theft is a critical objective for all of us here at GM Sectec.” said Héctor Guillermo Martínez, President of GM Sectec.

Through the “PaySec Talks”, which will be held throughout July, in three sessions – English, Spanish and Portuguese – GM Sectec and Visa will be sharing better strategies and practices on how to maintain the security of their customers’ information and data when conducting electronic transactions.

“We have seen a pivotal change in consumer shopping behaviors as a result of the pandemic, which has rapidly reinforced the multiple benefits of e-commerce and contactless payments, as consumers prioritize health, safety and hygiene both at home and when out shopping,” said Eduardo Perez, Chief Risk Officer for Visa Latina America and the Caribbean.  ”Now is the time for issuers, acquirers and businesses to invest in quickly implementing payment services that consumers will increasingly demand during and as we overcome this situation.”

for this reason, we want through the PaySec Talks, to educate companies in Latin America, where e-commerce is a growing alternative, to ensure the safety of their customers and their business.”

The “PaySec Talks” will be held on July 2nd, 16th and 30th, to participate you just have to register through the following link: https://events.gmsectec.com/visagmsectec

About GM Sectec

GM Sectec offers innovative solutions and services in cybersecurity, governance, and compliance focused on managing digital risk. Its solutions are designed to detect advanced attacks and respond to them effectively, reducing business risk, fraud, and cybercrime. Founded in 1970 as General Computer Corporation and later as GM Group in the 1990s, GM Sectec has an extensive track record and experience in the management of policies and integrated processes of technologies and standards for data protection in payment system risk.  Its commitment to the principles of simplicity, innovation and customer success has made them the leading and fastest growing provider of security and technology in Latin America and the Caribbean. GM Sectec has been selected as one of the “Hot 150 Cybersecurity Companies to watch in 2020″ by Cybercrime MagazineTo learn more about GM Security Technologies, visit our website: www.gmsectec.com

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit  About Visavisa.com/blog and  @VisaNews.

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Swoop Seeks Airport Partners to Lead Economic Recovery

CALGARY, Alberta, June 17, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Swoop, Canada’s leading Ultra-Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) and an independently operated subsidiary of the WestJet Group of Companies, today issued a ‘Request for Proposal’ (RFP) seeking strategic airport partners in North and Central America and the Caribbean. The airline is interested in hearing from airports who share an entrepreneurial, consumer-driven mindset to collaborate with the ULCC to stimulate travel and support economic recovery.

Swoop is Canada's ultra-low fare airline of choice, on a mission to make air travel more affordable and accessible for Canadians. Learn more at www.FlySwoop.com (CNW Group/Swoop)

“We believe the key to recovery lies in strategic collaboration, creativity and innovation to get travellers moving back through airports and into the skies,” said Charles Duncan, President, Swoop. “We are encouraged by early signs of recovering demand for ultra-low fares and are eager to collaborate with airports across the region to re-think how we, as an industry, approach affordable and accessible air travel.”

Swoop, which operated its first flights on June 20, 2018, remains confident in the long-term prospects for its ULCC business model and future growth. The airline is seeking innovative proposals from airports that understand providing value to travellers through fair fares, and low fees creates demand as well as the importance of travel and tourism in stimulating economic recovery.

“Having welcomed 2.5 million travellers on board in our first two years of operation, our unbundled airfare model has proven successful here in Canada. This demonstrated demand for ultra-low fares translates to increased passenger traffic in airports, and the significant spillover effect through the support of jobs and businesses in local economies, all of which are essential for economic recovery,” stated Duncan.

In 2019 Canadians saved $159 million as a result of Swoop’s investments, which lowered fares and increased choice and competition within the marketplace. Overall, since launching in 2018, Swoop has been responsible for the creation of more than 1,800 jobs resulting in an economic impact of $295 million as part of its mission to make air travel more affordable and accessible.*

Swoop’s Airport RFP process is being managed through the Route Exchange RFP feature available to Routes Online members. Airports across North and Central America and the Caribbean, with facilities suitable for the operation of Boeing 737-800 NG, are invited to participate by first completing a Pre-Qualifying Questionnaire. Successful applicants will then be invited to submit a formal response to the RFP, which will then be evaluated and moved through a collaborative assessment process. The process will take place over several weeks, with successful applicants announced later this year.

Full details on the RFP process and how to participate can be found at www.routesonline.com

About Swoop

Established in 2018, Swoop is Canada’s leading ultra-low-cost airline, independently operated as part of the WestJet Group of companies, offering scheduled service to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Swoop offers completely unbundled products and services, creating the unique opportunity for travellers to control their costs and customize their experience by purchasing only the extras they desire.

Swoop operates a modern fleet of nine Boeing 737-800 aircraft, equipped with in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity. Swoop’s mobile app allows travellers to quickly and easily book flights, manage bookings, check-in, view boarding passes, track flights and access Wi-Fi service in-flight.   For more details on Swoop, visit FlySwoop.com.

* Swoop Economic Impacts 2019, a study conducted by Chris Lowe Group in January 2020.

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A Greener Caribbean: Distributed Resilient Energy Spurs Economic Opportunities

New RMI report analyzes opportunities that distributed energy resources provide amid the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn that can benefit the Caribbean’s economy, environment, and communities.

BOULDER, Colorado, June 16, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI’s) latest report describes four core principles of stimulus and recovery. Together, the principles lay a framework for decision makers, regional agencies, and financial institutions that demonstrate how the Caribbean region can build back better and advance their economies for a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future.

“I’ve partnered with many Caribbean island stakeholders seeking to effectively transition to distributed, resilient energy for both the immediate and long-term benefits they offer. It’s critical to consider what the most suitable option is for each unique island and what leads to economic development at the local level,” said Kaitlyn Bunker, principal at RMI.

The four core principles for a Caribbean green stimulus and recovery are:

  • The Power of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs): Incorporating DERs into island energy systems to create jobs now, and support a diversified economy.
  • Near Term—Focus on Jobs: Highlighting opportunities across the solar photovoltaic, wind, vehicle electrification, and energy efficiency sectors.
  • Long Term—Focus on Increased Resilience and Economic Diversification: Examining undergrounding and critical facilities as ways to build local resilience, and clean energy to support upcoming sectors such as agriculture.
  • Immediate Stimulus Recommendations: Outlining next steps for decision makers.

“Having worked as a leader of the Anguilla utility for over a decade, I’m extremely passionate about the growth and development of island states. I view the opportunity to create a clean energy job hub across the region as a differentiator. This is how the Caribbean can build back better and be viewed globally as an example of resilience,” said David Gumbs, senior consultant at RMI.

To download the Green Stimulus in the Caribbean paper, visit https://rmi.org/insight/green-stimulus-in-the-caribbean-resilient-distributed-energy-resources-can-support-job-creation-and-economic-diversification

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RMI transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.
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Read RMI’s Stimulus Series

  1. Global Stimulus Principles
  2. US Stimulus Strategy: Recommendations for a Zero-Carbon Economic Recovery
  3. Green Stimulus in the Caribbean: Resilient Distributed Energy Resources Can Support Job Creation and Economic Diversification

Mastercard Partners with Facebook to Enable Brazilians to Send and Receive Money Using WhatsApp

WhatsApp users in Brazil can now transfer money and pay businesses directly from the app, quickly, conveniently and securely
MIAMI, June 15, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Mastercard announced the extension of its partnership with Facebook to offer a new and innovative way for Brazilians to send and receive money from friends and family on the WhatsApp application. Mastercard cardholders banking with Nubank and Sicredi are among the first in Brazil to experience payments on WhatsApp. Additional banking partners are expected to join the program soon.

Leveraging Mastercard Send™, millions of WhatsApp users can now use their phones to simply and easily transfer money instantly (24 hours a day, 7 days per week)1 . As social distancing measures propel consumers to seek alternative, touch-free payment methods, consumers can use WhatsApp to transfer money and make and receive payments seamlessly, securely and in a contact-free way. Paying friends and family just got easier Person-to-person payments (P2P) are experiencing significant growth across the world, driven by technologies and mobile platforms that consumers enjoy using at little-to-no cost to them. Globally, domestic P2P transfers are expected to reach more than $2.07 trillion in volume by 20222. Until now, the P2P user-experience in Brazil was cumbersome and time consuming. Consumers had to identify money transfer services and provide bank account information for recipients, who could wait days to receive funds. With the enablement of P2P payments on WhatsApp, Brazilians will be able to send and receive money conveniently and securely by registering their debit card through the most popular instant messaging app in the country, eliminating the risks and inefficiencies associated with other payment methods including cash. The new solution responds to the needs of Brazilians who are increasingly looking for quick and safe ways to send and receive money, whether it is to reimburse a friend for a meal, to pay a roommate for rent, or simply lend money to a family member. The inclusion of small businesses in electronic payments In addition to making transfers, WhatsApp users can also pay small businesses through the WhatsApp Business Application. This allows for instant digital payments of goods and services to millions of small businesses in Brazil. Mastercard cardholders can register their credit or debit card to make their purchases securely. According to a recent study3, 60% of Brazilian consumers already use WhatsApp to interact with small businesses, be it to order products, negotiate prices or schedule appointments. Enabling payments through WhatsApp will now allow consumers to complete the shopping journey with their favorite businesses without leaving the application. “Adding a payment functionality to WhatsApp is a logical evolution to answer the needs of both consumers and small businesses in Brazil. The possibility to make purchases from small merchants through WhatsApp will support millions of local businesses which have been heavily impacted by the recent crisis as well as meet the demands for Brazilian of users who are looking to send payments to their friends and family each day,” said Kiki Del Valle, Senior Vice President, Digital Partnerships, Mastercard Latin America and Caribbean. “We are very excited to bring payments on WhatsApp to our users across Brazil. Making it easier to send and receive money could not be more important than at a time like this,” said Matt Idema, WhatsApp’s Chief Operating Officer. “Small businesses are the backbone of the country. The ability to easily make sales right within WhatsApp will help business owners adapt to the digital economy and to support growth and financial recovery.” Security in every WhatsApp payment transactions Linking their preferred credit or debit card within the app is highly secure thanks to the use of Mastercard’s state-of-the-art tokenization solution. The tokenization technology protects cardholder information by replacing the original 16-digit card number with a unique alternative number, or “token,” which is associated with each WhatsApp user’s individual account and not functional elsewhere. Once the token has been created, consumers will need to input their security PIN each time they want to perform a transaction. Click on the link to learn how to use this new service: www.whatsapp.com/payments/br About Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all. 1 Actual posting times for approved transactions will depend on the receiving financial institution 2 Juniper Research, 2018, Digital Money Transfer & Remittances 3WhatsApp Economic Impact Report-final.pdf 4 Mastercard, 2019, P2P Payments Research

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