Get into Maldives Travels celebrates World Travel Awards wins | Gallery


Mohamed Mauroof, managing director at Get Into Maldives Travels, leads the celebrations as the company is honoured with the title of Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator at the World Travel Awards.

The presentations were made World Travel Awards founder, Graham Cooke, during a special ceremony at Expo 2020, currently taking place in Dubai.



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Port Authority of Jamaica celebrates World Travel Awards success | News


The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) has secured a number of calls for the upcoming season which signals an uptick in cruise shipping activities across all cruise ports island wide.

This augurs well for Jamaica as during the past year, the PAJ, with the guidance and support from the ministry of health and wellness (MoHW), has been systematically devising and implementing mechanisms and solutions to ensure a safe and secure restart of the cruise shipping sector within the Covid-19 operational context.

Some of these calls which are scheduled to start in mid-November, include inaugural visits as well as calls from ultra-luxury premium cruise lines.

The intensity may be partly attributed to the successful restart in activities at the Port of Ocho Rios which saw the return of cruise ships to the country after a 17-month suspension due to restrictions arising from Covid-19 protocols.

Additionally, the state-of-art modernised world-class cruise ports and facilities contribute significantly to our attractiveness and favourable global stature which in tandem with the allure of our cruise product, resulted in the recognition of four World Travel Awards this year.

Jamaica itself took the title of Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination, while Port of Falmouth has been honoured with the trophy for Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port.

Port of Montego Bay took Caribbean’s Leading Home Port, while the Historic Naval Dockyard at Port Royal was recognised with the prize of Caribbean’s Leading Tourism Development Project.

The Port of Ocho Rios has enjoyed a steady schedule of calls since the restart in September by Carnival Sunrise and MSC Meraviglia which should continue throughout the season.

Port Royal will play host to a number of ships from ultra-luxury premium cruise lines this season including ship calls from Holland America Cruise Line (Nieuw Statendam and Nieuw Amsterdam), Crystal Cruises (Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony), Seabourn Cruise Line (Seabourn Ovation) which is a brand-new ship from Saga Cruises (Spirit of Adventure) and Marella, the first line to call at the Historic Naval Dockyard, which returns with four more calls this season.

A number of inaugural calls are also scheduled including one of the newest ships from MSC Cruises, the MSC Seashore, which will call at the Historic Falmouth Port in November as well as a first call by the Spirit of Adventure which will call at Port Royal in March.

In accepting the World Travel Awards at a virtual ceremony held recently, Gordon Shirley, PAJ chief executive, expressed his delight at the recognition and commented that “although the awards emanated from a period of challenges, we are beginning to see cruise restored to normalcy and bookings are on the increase”.

He also used the opportunity to remind cruise enthusiasts globally of the great value to be obtained from an award-winning cruise destination like Jamaica.

He stated further that “the PAJ are even more hopeful that as a result of the investments the organisation has made in cruise infrastructure this year, the calls for next year’s season will surpass those slated for this year”.

William Tatham, vice president, cruise shipping and marina operations, PAJ added: “I am pleased with the progress of the PAJ’s cruise restart activities, and I am confident that we will deliver a safe and rewarding cruise passenger experience in the upcoming season.”

He also noted that many of the regular ships will return this season including vessels from Disney Cruise Lines and indicated that the Disney Fantasy is scheduled to call at the Historic Falmouth Port in December.

Arising from a successful meeting with Disney Cruise Line’s executives at the recently concluded Seatrade Cruise Global Conference held in Miami, United States, a number of calls from tis line have been secured for the season.





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Breaking Travel News investigates: Jamaica celebrates at World Travel Awards | Focus


Jamaica was the star of the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North America 2021 Winners Day, scooping a number of top prizes.

Not only did the island defend the title of Caribbean’s Leading Destination – an accolade the country has held for more than a decade – but voters also awarded Jamaica the trophies for Caribbean’s Leading Nature Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination.

The prestigious prize for Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board completed the glittering run of success.

A number of hotels, airlines and tour operators from across the tourism sector were also honoured with regional titles.

GoldenEye led the way, walking away with the prize for Caribbean’s Leading Boutique Resort.

No ordinary hotel, but a collection of private villas, the property was recently back in the spotlight following the worldwide premier of the latest Bond film, No Time to Die.

Each of the accommodations is set amid tropical gardens, private beaches and secluded coves, a Jamaica home away from home.

Voters agreed, GoldenEye is a place, a mindset and a far-reaching myth in the collective imagination.

At the same time, Fleming Villa at GoldenEye was honoured with the prize for Caribbean’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa.

One of the fastest growing sectors in Jamaican tourism is cruise, with a number of facilities on the island being recognised as the best in the region.

Jamaica itself took the title of Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination, while the Historic Naval Dockyard at Port Royal was recognised with the trophy for Caribbean’s Leading Tourism Development Project.

Port of Falmouth has also been honoured with the trophy for Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port, while Port of Montego Bay took Caribbean’s Leading Home Port.

The history and culture of Jamaica provide a source of much fascination, which has set the stage for millions of visitors to be charmed and enchanted by its undeniable beauty.

The cruise business segment is responsible for the development, marketing and operation of the local cruise ports and marina facilities.

The three main award-winning cruise ports, located in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Falmouth (as well as the comparatively smaller Port Antonio) serve as the asset base for the segment.

The larger ports can accommodate mega cruise vessels from the major cruise lines, while Port Antonio serves boutique cruise ships and luxury yachts.

Jamaica also boasts more attractions within one hour of ports compared to other regional cruise facility.

Of course, no discussion of Jamaican tourism would be complete without mention of Sandals Resorts International.

The parent company successfully defended the title of Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand – a prize the all-inclusive leader has all but made its own over the years – while Sandals South Coast took the trophy for Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort.

The all-new Sandals South Coast is the perfect combination of European civility in an all-beachfront all-inclusive resort.

From all-new Over-the-Water Bungalows, an overwater bar, and a romantic Over-the-Water Chapel, the property brings guests closer than ever to the water.

Set on a two-mile stretch of the south coast’s most pristine white-sand beach and nestled within a 500-acre nature preserve, this spectacular seaside oasis features three distinctive European Villages.

The venerable Sandals Montego Bay also took the prize for Jamaica’s Leading Resort.

GO! Jamaica Travel was one of the organisations with most to celebrate, having claimed a trio of titles – Caribbean’s Leading Tour Operator, Caribbean’s Leading Travel Agency and Caribbean’s Leading Destination Management Company.

As the company continues to expand into various markets worldwide, customer service has remained at the forefront of the organisation.

The goal is to provide a quality product at competitive rates to travellers while keeping the personal touch – a sentiment recognised by World Travel Awards voters.

For those with more adrenaline, Island Routes Caribbean Adventures took the prize for Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tour Operator and Dunn’s River Falls was presented with the trophy for Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction.

In aviation, Sangster International Airport has led the fightback from Covid-19, welcoming millions of guests to Jamaica this year.

In recognition its role in regional tourism, voters honoured the facility with the prize for Caribbean’s Leading Airport, while Club Mobay at Sangster International took Caribbean’s Leading Airport Lounge.

Sangster International Airport is the leading tourism gateway to the island of Jamaica – one of the world’s most beautiful and desired destinations.

It is ideally located on the northwest coast of the island – at the centre of the country’s main tourism region and close to a wide range of hotel and resort facilities.

The airport is within easy driving distance of the cruise ports at Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, as well as Negril.

For business travellers, Montego Bay Convention Centre was honoured with the prize for Caribbean’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre, while Island Car Rentals took Caribbean’s Leading Independent Car Rental Company.

Rounding out the winners, a number of hotels were recognised as the best in the region.

Rockhouse took the prize for Caribbean’s Leading Boutique Hotel, while Margaritaville Caribbean won the trophy for Caribbean’s Leading Entertainment Venue and The Tryall Club was honoured with Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Residences.

Finally, Jamaica Inn secured Caribbean’s Leading Luxury All Suite Resort, Eclipse at Half Moon walked away with Caribbean’s Leading New Hotel and Round Hill Hotel & Villas won Caribbean’s Leading Villa Resort.





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Turkmenistan celebrates national day at Expo 2020 | News


Turkmenistan has celebrated its national day at Expo 2020 with a flag-raising ceremony at the stage of nations in Al Wasl Plaza, followed by speeches and cultural performances.

Turkmenistan president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, attended the event, before touring the Turkmenistan and United Arab Emirates pavilions with his delegation.

Visitors to the Turkmenistan pavilion, located in the Mobility District, are greeted by a majestic fountain sculpture featuring five Akhal-Teke horses at the entrance.

The animals are a native symbol of national pride.

Under the theme ‘Homeland of Peace and Trust’, the pavilion showcases Turkmenistan’s historical, cultural and industrial achievements.

The nation’s agricultural connections are represented by digital images of wheat and cotton crops, moving and growing in response to touch.

National and honour days at Expo 2020 Dubai are moments to celebrate each of Expo’s 200-plus international participants, shining a light on their culture and achievements and showcasing their pavilions and programming.

Running until the end of March, Expo 2020 has invited visitors from across the planet to join the making of a new world in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.





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Sandals Resorts celebrates historic milestone | News


Sandals Resorts International (SRI) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its flagship couples-only brand, Sandals Resorts. 

Since opening its doors in Montego Bay in November 1981, Sandals has worked to build tourism throughout the Caribbean.

The brand is committed to developing hospitality excellence across the region, one of the most beloved and resilient tourism destinations in the world.

The luxury all-inclusive resort company is celebrating Sandals’ milestone anniversary by honouring the legacy of its founder, the late Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.

It will also be shining a light on the impact of tourism on local Caribbean communities, turning the clock back with nostalgic fun across all of Sandals’ all-inclusive resorts and will continue with additional surprises to be unveiled throughout the year.

“This year marks an incredible milestone for Sandals Resorts, and it’s especially meaningful as we take this moment to honour what my father created and carry on his revered legacy across the Caribbean,” said SRI executive chairman, Adam Stewart.

“Since the flagship opening in 1981 at Sandals Montego Bay, we have continued to elevate and lead the all-inclusive resort space. 

“More than that, we have demonstrated that some of the industry’s most exciting and lasting hospitality innovation is created in the Caribbean. 

“I’m proud to celebrate this milestone for our company alongside our Sandals family as we look to the next 40 years of inspired Caribbean vision and innovation.”

In honour of Sandals’ late founder, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart and his entrepreneurial spirit and lifelong belief in the power of education, Sandals Resorts International announces the construction of the Gordon “Butch” Stewart International School of Hospitality and Tourism.

The school will be located at the University of the West Indies (the UWI) and in conjunction with Florida International University’s (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism
Management.

Both leaders in tourism education, FIU in partnership with the UWI will develop the next generation of international tourism and hospitality leadership, through fully accredited undergraduate and graduate programmes. 

The new school will be located on the Western Campus of the University of the West Indies, Mona in the Caribbean’s tourism capital of Montego Bay.

A cutting-edge, research-led facility, the Gordon “Butch” Stewart International School of Hospitality and Tourism will offer students meaningful educational opportunities beyond the classroom.

“My father believed in learning by experience – ‘on-the-job training,’ as he often put it,” said Stewart.

“As a consummate entrepreneur and a lifelong dreamer, he knew success was born beyond the boardroom; found instead in the moments of exploration and discovery. 

“It’s this drive that will inspire the world-class curriculum, putting students in real-world experiences as part of their development.”

The spirit of corporate social responsibility has been part of the fabric of the company since its founding four decades ago.

“The link between tourism and the wellbeing of the local Caribbean communities where we operate is undeniable,” said Stewart. 

In honour of the company’s 40th anniversary, Sandals Resorts International, together with the Sandals Foundation is identifying forty projects that best showcase the incredible link between tourism – the region’s most influential industry – and its power to transform Caribbean communities and improve lives.

The Sandals Foundation is the not-for-profit organisation launched in 2009, to help SRI make a difference in the lives of Caribbean people.

Projects will be selected across five main areas: supporting local farmers, hospitality training and certification, preserving natural resources, harnessing unique artisan crafts and community outreach.

From ecological conservation efforts at the UNESCO World Heritage site in Jamaica’s Blue and John Crow Mountains, and improving the capacity of farmers to increase their efforts toward sustainable food production, to working closely with local artisans to maximise on their talents, Sandals’ team members will be rolling up their sleeves to bring these projects to life and are inviting guests to join in.

Sandals guests can also party like it’s 1981, with special weekly poolside celebrations to commemorate 40 years of fun.

Guests can soak up the sun whilst the past meets the future – brought to life by live DJs spinning inspired music and bartenders serving up classic craft cocktails.

Finally, Sandals Resorts is launching an EST – a 1981-inspired vintage t-shirt and retail collection, available in all Beach House resort shops.

Guests can choose from ten nostalgic and vibrant designs which pay homage to Sandals’ founding era, available for purchase from November.

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Sandals is recognised as the World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company by voters at the World Travel Awards.





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Vietnam celebrates opening of Expo 2020 pavilion in Dubai | News


Vietnam has unveiled its pavilion as Expo 2020 gets underway in Dubai.

With the theme ‘Distilling the Past, Shaping the Future,’ the location will explore the innovations that are transforming Vietnamese lives.

It will also seek to showcase how stability and rapid development are fostering opportunities for industry.

Cutting the ribbon for the event, Ta Quang Dong, Vietnam minister for culture, sports and tourism, said: “On behalf of the Vietnam ministry of culture, sports and tourism, I am delighted to welcome you all here to the opening of our pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has had one of the most devastating impacts on tourism in modern history, and has touched on every aspect of our lives.

“We see Expo 2020 Dubai as a chance to demonstrate our efforts to overcome the pandemic, and showcase our commitment to tourism.

“Vietnam will use this event to promote the image of the country, its culture and people, creative values and history.”

With its pavilion, Vietnam aims to fulfil its political commitments to the global community, while demonstrating it is a responsible member of the Bureau International des Exposition (BIE).

At the pavilion, visitors can experience destinations via virtual reality and explore ‘Make-in-Vietnam’ products such as Dragon satellites, sneakers made from discarded coffee grounds and plastic bottles.

Ta Quang Dong added: “Expo 2020 Dubai is an opportunity for us to build mutual understanding around the world, and to present Vietnam to the world as a country with a rich and diverse culture.

“We offer magnificent natural beauty, hard-working and friendly people, unique traditional art and world-renowned cuisine.

“Moreover, Vietnam offers opportunities for trade and investment in different sectors.

“Strengthening multi-lateral diplomacy, Vietnam has played an active role in the international community.”

Special events at the Vietnam pavilion will include ASEAN Day on December 13th, Vietnam National Day on December 30th and Vietnam coffee week, which will begin on January 1st.

Throughout the event, there will be a showcase of contemporary art as well as water puppet shows.

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Find out more about the Vietnam pavilion on the official site.





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Jamaica Tourist Board celebrates Bond premier | News


Jamaica Tourist Board representatives have joined the world premiere for the new James Bond film, No Time To Die.

The event led a series of premieres in 57 cities across the globe.

No Time To Die will be released internationally in cinemas from September 30th through Universal Pictures International and in the United States on October 8th from Metro Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) via their United Artist Releasing banner.

Jamaica is a key location in No Time To Die where Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life on the island.

His peace is short-lived when his old friend, Felix Leiter, from the CIA turns up asking for help.

Jamaica is the birthplace of 007, where Ian Fleming created and wrote the Bond novels.

The island also features in the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962), as well as in Live And Let Die (1973).

Jamaica Tourist Board regional director for UK/northern Europe, Elizabeth Fox, and district manager, Torrance Lewis, attended with BRIT Award Winner & BBC Sound Of 2020 singer Celeste, who has Jamaican heritage.





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Visit Spearfish celebrates success in 2020 | Local News


SPEARFISH — Since 2009, Visit Spearfish has been marketing and branding the city of Spearfish to tourists and visitors from throughout the country. As travel and tourism took a major dip in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Visit Spearfish was still able to pull off some impressive victories which were highlighted during its annual meeting and awards presentation.

“One of the major things of note, of course, is that despite the challenges of 2020, we were able to see through local vending that hospitality tax ended up above 2019, which is just absolutely unheard of,” said Mistie Caldwell, executive director of Visit Spearfish.

Caldwell said the city has not seen a dip in hospitality tax since 2015. Instead, that number has incrementally, but steadily increased, with a 2% jump in 2020 to $719,986.22.

Although spending was up in the areas of retail and food and beverages, where hospitality tax is collected, hotel bid fees were down in 2020 by nearly 20%, meaning people were visiting Spearfish, just not staying in Spearfish.

“It was a tough year on our hoteliers,” Caldwell said. “Even though people weren’t able to travel the desire to travel was there.”

Caldwell said increased web traffic and requests for visitor guides to Spearfish were way up in the later half of 2020 as folks began to plan their pandemic break-out vacations for 2021.

“In the fourth quarter of 2020, over the fourth quarter of 2019, we saw an increase in visitor guide requests of over 25%,” she said.

Those folks taking an interest in Spearfish were treated to Caldwell’s marketing team highlighting the wide-open outdoor offerings of Spearfish. From open-air shopping and dining, to adventure destination getaways.

“We were able to do all that while communicating a safe travel message, which was, of course at the center of any of our communications,” she said.

That marketing, along with sponsoring local events that bring people in from all over the country makes up more than 40% of Visit Spearfish’s spending, which has clearly already begun to pay off for the city.

“Hospitality tax in just the month of April, is up 48% (from April 2020),” Caldwell said. “Year-to-year, so going back January through April, we’re up 8% year to date.”

With hotels and campgrounds “busting at the seams,” Caldwell said she’s already seen 36 of the 50 states represented in tourists passing through the Visit Spearfish’s downtown building.

“(Not including 2020) our visitor center traffic is 20% higher than it has been any other year,” she said.

Caldwell said the fact that so many Spearfish events take place outside, and all that the area has to offer for outdoor recreation has been a great help to keeping the flow of visitors to Spearfish strong. However, vaccinated visitors become more common place, allowing for indoor activities to safely start back up, she said she’s equally excited to see the brick-and-mortar businesses in town enjoy the fruits of Visit Spearfish’s marketing efforts.

“It’s going to be fantastic to see the Matthew’s Opera House be able to pull off “Alice in Wonderland” and for the High Plains Western Heritage Center to have their cowboy supper and show,” she said. “I’m very excited for our partners to be able to have those opportunities to come back. We’re really excited to support that.”

Along with highlighting the successes of a very difficult year, and the optimistic outlook for the year to come, two awards were presented during the annual get together.

“Each year (the Tip of the Spear Award) focus on someone or an organization that focuses on building or growing a signature Spearfish event, which of course is good for the economy and it’s helpful to us,” Caldwell explained.

This year, Visit Spearfish recognized Frank Pavich and the Black Hills Nationals AAU World Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament.

“Frank, his wife Kit and Paul Soriano dedicate hundreds of hours to ensuring the wrestlers and their families, as well as the Spearfish community benefit from the toils of all their labors,” Caldwell said. “Thank you to the entire Black Hills Nationals Team for making Spearfish the home for your event.”

The Friend of Spearfish Award is presented to a group or person that plays an integral role in the marketing and promotion of Spearfish as a partner with Visit Spearfish.

“The essence of this award is to recognize businesses or individuals who are the “behind-the-scenes” partners who contribute to the overall success of the organization and its efforts,” Caldwell said.

The 2021 Friend of Spearfish Award was presented to Digital Designs for their creative web design and online advertising which has brought the beauty of Spearfish to the fingertips of America.

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Avoya Travel Celebrates Largest Single Day of Sales in Company History


WHY IT RATES: Avoya Travel broke its own single-day sales record, previously set in May 2019, signaling that consumers’ pent-up demand for travel is bursting free after being suppressed for 15 months by the COVID-19 pandemic. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer


Avoya Travel just announced that June 1, 2021, was the largest single day of sales in the company’s long history. The record-breaking day was highlighted by a 21 percent increase in sales volume compared to Avoya’s previous benchmark set in May of 2019.

This extraordinary sales day follows an incredibly successful May 2021 that featured a continuation of Avoya’s “Vacations to Take Now” campaign focused on travel in 2021, and a “Memorial Day Sale”, encouraging travelers to book now for 2022 and 2023, while space is still available and early booking promotions are being offered.

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While the majority of booked sales depart in 2022 and beyond, 36 percent of the sales for vacations booked on June 1 depart in 2021, signaling a strong acceleration in demand for last-minute travel this year as the industry looks to rebound after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Destination-wise, Europe accounted for over 45 percent of the sales, followed by the Caribbean, and U.S. travel. U.S. travel doubled over 2019 for same-day sales while exotics and Africa were up over 200 percent showcasing the different mindset of travelers booking today—some still want to stay close to home while others have saved up and want to cross off a “bucket list” trip like an African safari. Luxury and upper premium brands were the largest share of sales on June 1 and escorted tours also saw significant gains over previous months, and more notably, over 2019.

Avoya sees the historic milestone as an extremely positive indication of the recovery of leisure travel. “It’s been incredibly encouraging to see the rebuild of leisure travel in recent months and to have our highest sales day in company history happen during the COVID-19 pandemic is astounding,” said Jeff Anderson, Co-President of Avoya Travel.

“We are thankful for our loyal travelers and proud of the resiliency of the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network and grateful for our Preferred Partners, all of whom have supported Avoya during these challenging times. We have been passionate about continuing to innovate, being nimble and operating in a ‘start-up’ fashion, and looking at the last 14 months of the pandemic as an opportunity to have constraint drive innovation. We couldn’t be more pleased that not only has our focus worked to move us through a worldwide crisis, but we’re coming out the other side with record-breaking results, and June 1 is just the beginning.”

Avoya previously reported a substantial lift in sales volume throughout the first quarter of 2021 including sales patterns that exceeded 2019 levels by several different metrics. With cruise lines set to resume operations from U.S. ports as early as June and COVID-19 restrictions loosening across the United States and around the world, Avoya expects to see the pent-up demand for travel continue to reflect in future vacation sales. In early 2021 Avoya was forecasting a full recovery to pre-pandemic revenue levels in the fourth quarter of 2022; however, with the continued increase in demand and positive sales trends, those expectations have been moved up to the second quarter of 2022.

For more information, visit avoyanetwork.com.


SOURCE: Avoya Travel press release.





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Southwest Airlines Celebrates 50th By Giving Away Millions Of Rapid Rewards Points


It’s been 50 years since Southwest Airlines began flying, and the airline is pulling out all the stops to celebrate its golden jubilee.

Southwest has declared June 18 Wanna Get Away Day, marking its 50th anniversary and giving customers the chance to win a variety of prizes.

“It’s our 50th anniversary, and we are ready to celebrate and thank our customers,” Bill Tierney, vice president of marketing, said in a release.

Southwest began as a regional Texas airline, flying between Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio when its first planes took off on June 18, 1971. It has since become one of the nation’s most successful airlines, flying to 115 destinations in 40 states as well as locations in Mexico, Central America, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean.

“Customers have the chance to engage with Southwest throughout the month of June, with its biggest surprises occurring on its anniversary and newly branded day,” the airline said.

Throughout the month, Southwest will be giving away up to 50 million Rapid Rewards points through the airline’s frequent flyer program. Customers will have daily opportunities to win points, gift cards, and companion passes during the promotion.

“In true Southwest spirit, we are turning our 50th anniversary into Wanna Get Away Day, allowing customers the opportunity to celebrate our 50-year history of heart, low fares, legendary hospitality, and flexible policies by giving them opportunities to turn wanna get away into gonna get away,” Tierney said.

To get in on the action, customers need to go to the contest page on the Southwest website. From there, they will click on the Enter Now button and see a number of pieces of luggage rolling by on the screen. Players click on three suitcases to see what they’ll win.

Southwest promises other promotions will be unveiled as part of the celebration, both online and at the airport, leading up to June 18.

Interested in the state of the airlines? See all our airport and flying coverage here, or start planning a weekend getaway or bucket-list trip with our expert inspiration.



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