Skyservice(TM) Wins Five-Year Contract with Sky Regional

TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Skyservice Business Aviation, Canada’s leading provider of business aviation services for more than 30 years, announced today that Sky Regional Airlines Inc. has awarded the company a five-year contract to provide heavy maintenance for Sky Regional’s fleet of 25 Embraer aircrafts.

Skyservice, a leader in commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, will perform Corrosion Prevention Control Program inspections, B-checks and other modifications at its 160,000 square-foot facility in Toronto (CYYZ), involving an estimated 50,000 man hours per year. The award of this contract follows Sky Regional’s recent 10-year extension of its capacity purchase agreement with Air Canada. 

“Skyservice has provided high quality line maintenance for Sky Regional since the airline’s inception in 2010,” said Marshall Myles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Skyservice. “Seven years later, we are proud to continue supporting Sky Regional’s growth through our world-class technical expertise and maintenance solutions.”

“Skyservice shares our commitment to providing the highest standards of maintenance and reliability for our fleet,” said Jon Turner, Chief Executive Officer and President, Sky Regional.  “We are delighted to continue our partnership with one of Canada’s leading regional aircraft maintenance providers.”  

About Skyservice
Skyservice is a dynamic Canadian aviation organization that is dedicated to the core principles of safety and service. With over 30 years of experience, Skyservice is the leader in the Canadian business aviation market. With a diverse team of aviation experts and a commitment to exceptional service and outstanding levels of safety, Skyservice has earned its world-class reputation for excellence in aviation. At each of its four FBO locations in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Ottawa, Skyservice is dedicated to a full range of business aviation services, leading the industry in each of the following core business competencies: Aircraft Maintenance, Aircraft Management, Charter, FBO, Aircraft Sales and HondaJet Sales. Visit today to learn more.

About Sky Regional
One of Canada’s leading airlines, Sky Regional Airlines operates a fleet of Embraer 175 jet aircraft servicing domestic and trans-border flights on behalf of Air Canada under the Air Canada Express banner. 

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HSMAI UAE Celebrates “Most Extraordinary Minds” in Hospitality in the Middle East

MCLEAN, Va. (PRWEB) November 20, 2017

The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), which is celebrating 90 years of fueling sales, recognized nine industry innovators as “Most Extraordinary Minds” in Hospitality Sales, Marketing, and Revenue in the Middle East. Award recipients were honored on October 18, 2017 at the second HSMAI Middle East Conference, at Dusit Thani Dubai.

Launched this year by the HSMAI United Arab Emirates chapter, HSMAI UAE’s awards honors outstanding hospitality professionals for their noteworthy accomplishments in sales, marketing, and revenue optimization for hotel, travel, and tourism organizations.

“HSMAI is proud to honor an exceptional group of individuals whose impressive contributions spark creativity in their peers in the hospitality industry,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, President & CEO of HSMAI. “Their expertise, highly successful revenue campaigns, and constant innovation in an ever-evolving marketplace has strengthened our industry.”

The HSMAI UAE Most Extraordinary Minds for 2017 are as follows:

  • Seema Pande, Commercial Director, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
  • Shasha Yang, Sales Executive, Asia Leisure, Dubai Commercial Cluster, Jumeirah Group
  • Nicolas Durand, Director of Revenue Management Analytics, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Management AG
  • Moataz Tawfik, Reservations & Revenue Manager, Al Khoory Atrium Hotel – Al Barsha
  • Sahiti Gaddam, Director of Sales & Marketing, Taj Dubai
  • Madiha Zakir, Assistant Director of Social Media, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
  • Jessica Edwards, NEST Curator, TRYP by Wyndham Dubai
  • Ava Chunjang, Asset Manager, TFG Asset Management
  • Vincent Li, Complex Director of Revenue, Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road & Downtown Dubai

The recipients were selected by an esteemed panel of judges who came from various fields such as hospitality, entertainment, and academia:

  • Debbie Kristiansen, CEO, Novo Cinemas
  • David Butterton, Senior Lecturer, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management
  • Laura Chaibi, Head of Digital Research, MBC
  • Shujaat Yar, Complex General Manager, Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road and Downtown
  • Paul Mulcahy, SVP Commercial, Mövenpick Office Dubai

Honorees were chosen based on recent work meeting the following criteria: creativity and innovation; cutting edge sales or marketing campaigns; triumph in challenging situations; and sales efforts that resulted in dramatic gains.

The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. The association provides hotel professionals & their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs such as HSMAI ROCET, Adrian Awards, and Revenue Optimization Conference. Founded in 1927 and celebrating 90 years in 2017, HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members worldwide, with 40 chapters in the Americas Region. Connect with HSMAI Global at,,, and Connect with HSMAI MEA at,,

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Letty Annett to Attend AFIDE 2017 as Ambassador of Friendship


Letty Annett to Attend AFIDE 2017 as Ambassador of Friendship

Despite Latest Cuban Embargo Reversals, Cuba-USA Ties Grow Ever Stronger

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WESTON, Fla., Nov. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Letty Annett, President of Letty’s Cuba Travel and Tours, is participating in the 7th International Convention of Physical Activity and Sports (AFIDE), covering the main topic of Sports and Human Development as an Ambassador of Friendship.

The conference, which takes place between Nov. 20–24, 2017, at the Center for Conferences in Havana, Cuba, is a unique opportunity for sports professionals from both the United States and Cuba to meet and discuss future collaborative sports projects.

“We must break down the barriers that stand between America and Cuba with love, humanity, and respect – just like we do the rest of the world. Not with a failed embargo, no matter what Washington believes presently,” said Letty from her offices at Letty’s Cuba Travel and Tours in Weston, Florida.

“My personal dream is to host consistent, friendly events between Cuba and the United States without having to worry about politics and unnecessary red tape. My travel agency helps Americans to explore Cuba’s rich culture and history through Cuba trips, while my Youth Baseball Friendship Cup celebrates our sporting links. Let the regulations end, let the friendship grow!”

Joining Letty at AFIDE 2017 to speak is a team of experts, including Donna Cohen, Sports & Entertainment Legal Counsel to nonprofit organizations; Peter Caliendo, a former USA baseball national team coach and President of Caliendo Sports International; Mark Littell, former professional baseball pitcher with Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals; and William Franciscus, Jr., a scout, player agent, and coach for GBL Independent League.

Letty herself is no stranger to fostering cross-cultural ties. Born in Cuba, her passion is to bring the two nations closer together through meaningful travel experiences as well as through baseball. Letty started the Youth Baseball Friendship Cup as an annual baseball tournament for kids each summer.

Cuba is just 40 minutes from Miami by plane, and as a Cuban-American who emigrated to the United States 37 years ago during the Mariel Boat Lift, she understands the true price of the embargo for Cuba. Upon returning for the first time in 32 years in 2012, she opened Letty’s Cuba Travel and Tours and became a Friendship Ambassador.

Now, she promotes Cuba people-to-people group tours and individual support for the Cuban people visits.

Despite Washington’s change in policy, human relations between Cubans and Americans continue to flourish. — not just in sports with events such as the Youth Baseball Friendship Club, but also in music, as the Minnesota Orchestra opened its inaugural Cuban-American Youth Orchestra Academy to four young students from the island nation of just 11 million.

Echoing the sentiments of Letty and so many other Cubans and Americans who want to see the ties of friendship strengthened between the two nations, one of the young Cuban musicians, Adriel Davi Rodriguez Laza, said, “I believe that music is like an ambassador between the two nations. Personal interests aren’t put first; it’s just the music.”

For Letty Annett and others engaged in building friendship between Cuba and America through travel, cultural ties, and sporting events such as baseball tournaments, these words could not ring truer.

For more information about Letty’s Cuba Travel and Tours, please visit For media inquiries, please contact Letty Annett at (954) 368-0546 or email at

About Letty’s Cuba Travel and Tours

Letty’s Cuba Travel and Tours is run by Cuban-American, Letty Annett, an ambassador of friendship between the two nations who helps visitors to create the perfect itinerary for their Cuba tours and Cuba trips. Letty also established the annual Youth Baseball Friendship Cup in Havana, a baseball tournament which celebrates friendship through sport. For more information, please visit Letty’s Cuba Travel and Tours website or Facebook page.

Letty’s Cuba Travel and Tours – Connecting Cultures
1545 Northpark Dr. #102
Weston, FL 33326
United States of America

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