Following the launch of a new AMResorts brand and program enhancements, AMRewards sees record-breaking growth NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA. – Jan. 15, 2019 – AMResorts®, an Apple Leisure Group company, closed 2018 with another year of explosive growth for the company’s robust travel agent loyalty program, AMRewards™. More than 38,000 travel agents have registered for the program, shattering previous participation records with a 27 percent increase year over year in bookings entered. Agents also maximized their rewards like never before, redeeming points for room nights at AMResorts’ 52 properties using AMRewards’ online booking engine. This tool allowed agents to check availability and make their reservations in real-time, resulting in a 15 percent increase in redeemed room nights compared to 2017. “In just four short years, the AMRewards program has developed a large and loyal following of travel agents who see the incredible value of the tools, resources and incentives provided,” said Jan LaPointe, Vice President of Strategic Retail Sales North America, AMRewards, and Sales & Marketing Canada. “After an amazing 2018, we’re excited to continue to build and enhance the program and provide the biggest and best benefits for our agents, who in turn deliver stellar experiences for their clients.” Continued enhancements, rewarding promotions and exciting contests helped fuel the program’s expansion in 2018 and are expected to drive an even stronger 2019. To celebrate the debut of the newest family-friendly brand offering Unlimited-Luxury®, Reflect Resorts & Spas, AMRewards is launching a promotion that is applicable for the brand’s locations in Cancun, Los Cabos and Nuevo Vallarta. Travel agents will earn a chance to win a stay for themselves when making and entering bookings made through Feb. 28 for travel to Reflect properties through March 29. Full details coming soon on AMRewards.com. In addition to the recent debut of Reflect Resorts & Spas, agents will soon have two new resorts to offer travelers or to use their AMRewards points to visit. Now Natura Riviera Cancun, a luxurious, family-friendly beachfront property in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, is already accepting reservations, and will welcome guests beginning in late 2019. Also slated to open in 2019 is Secrets St. Martin, which marks not only AMResorts’ first property on the island, but also the collection’s first resort in the French Caribbean. Agents will also soon be able to use their points to further reward their loyal clientele. Through the program, agents are already able to surprise their guests with extra perks, such as a relaxing spa treatment, breakfast in bed, or a romantic dinner for two. A new feature will soon give travel agents the ability to also book in-room amenities for their guests. Created to help travel agents improve their selling capabilities, the AMRewards program is constantly reviewed and improved upon, a process that has allowed the program to grow and enhance each year. About AMResortsAMResorts collectively provide sales, marketing and brand management services to seven individually unique resort brands including Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now, Reflect and Sunscape Resorts & Spas. The Newtown Square-based company is continuously raising the all-inclusive concept to a new level of luxury with its signature Endless Privileges®, Unlimited-Luxury®, and Unlimited-Fun® programs. Located throughout Mexico, Jamaica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Panama, AMResorts’ 52 award-winning properties treat every guest to premium accommodations, desirable locations and extraordinary inclusions. The brands in the collection include:boutique Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts (zoetryresorts.com; 1-888-4-ZOËTRY); adults-only Secrets Resorts & Spas (secretsresorts.com; 1-866-GO SECRETS); high-energy Breathless Resorts & Spas (breathlessresorts.com; 1-855-65-BREATHE); family-friendly Dreams Resorts & Spas (dreamsresorts.com; 1-866-2-DREAMS); vibrant Now Resorts & Spas (nowresorts.com; 1-877-NOW-9953); spirited Reflect Resorts & Spas (reflectresorts.com; 1-855-4REFLECT); and fun-filled Sunscape Resorts & Spas (sunscaperesorts.com; 1-866-SUNSCAPE). Images, logos and informational material about the AMResorts Collection of brands and properties are available at amresorts.com/mediasite/media.
Marrakech – The Moroccan Presidency of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) will engage in an open and transparent dialogue with the support of various partners to address climate change, Morocco’s minister of Foreign Affairs and president of the COP22 Salaheddine Mezouar said.If the Paris Climate Conference led to a binding agreement, the COP22 will lay the foundation for a new global stage that would involve the signatories in a concerted action, he added at the opening ceremony of the conference, which kicked off Monday in Marrakech.In order to achieve this goal, the Moroccan Presidency proposes the setting-up of a platform to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement and take urgent measures to protect the environment, he pointed out. Mezouar, who hailed action taken by the French Presidency of COP21, which led to the Paris Agreement, said that Morocco has met all the necessary conditions to ensure the success of this conference.The COP22 is held in a promising situation marked by hope and legitimate expectations, he noted, adding that the convening of this event on African soil shows the involvement of the whole continent in global efforts to protect the environment.Mezouar also called for concrete actions in order to implement the Paris Agreement.The twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22), the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) and the first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) kicked off Monday morning in Marrakech.These meetings, held in Marrakech until November 18, will focus on action items in order to achieve the priorities of The Paris Agreement, especially those related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages.The Conference will also be an opportunity to debate and discuss several issues relating in particular to agriculture, food security, energy, industry, transport and water. The event is taking place in Bab Ighli village, which extends over an area of nearly 300,000 m2.Around 20,000 delegates from 196 countries are gathering at the COP 22 climate change conference