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Long Awaited Caribbean Travel Marketplace Slated for Puerto Rico in October

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Puerto Rico Convention Center. Photo: Discover Puerto Rico.

MIAMI (FNN) – Source: CHTA // Caribbean tourism stakeholders are abuzz at the announcement by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) that its bedrock Caribbean Travel Marketplace (CTM), which brings together buyers and sellers of the region’s tourism products, will be hosted by Puerto Rico between October 3 and 5 this year.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant pent-up desire for fellowship with regional colleagues and business connections from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and elsewhere,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, President of CHTA.

“Over the past two years, there have been numerous changes across our destinations, which have added new products and services. Many hotels and attractions have undergone major renovations so this will be the time to find out in great detail all that the Caribbean now has to offer in one setting,” she added.

“The need to cement current partnerships and create new ones is critical,” she continued, as she saluted the team at Discover Puerto Rico for taking the bold step to partner with CHTA this year and deliver “the most diverse, exciting and meaningful Caribbean Travel Marketplace that will set the stage for the re-imagining of Caribbean tourism.”

“We are honored to be chosen as the host destination for Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2022 and excited to welcome its members alongside suppliers, buyers and travel advisors from around the world,” said Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico. “It is an incredible opportunity to showcase all that our island has to offer, as we look to an exciting future for our industry, including the most technologically advanced convention center in the Caribbean, the groundbreaking Distrito T-Mobile entertainment complex and the vibrancy of our culture paired alongside the magical natural wonders only found here.”

An added incentive for participation is the fact that CHTA, which represents Caribbean tourism’s private sector interests, will be marking its 60th anniversary, which Madden-Greig expects will make it one of the association’s most memorable in-person gatherings.

“Marketplace will provide traditional and new buyers – from across all segments and representing varied specialties – with a distinct opportunity to explore the wide range of offerings of CHTA’s 33 member destinations as they connect with numerous Caribbean travel suppliers,” stated Vanessa Ledesma, acting CEO and Director General of CHTA.

“There is also the added allure of Puerto Rico as host. The Territory, like much of the rest of the region, has truly reinvigorated its product and many buyers from around the world will want to come and see for themselves the hotel and resort upgrades, the wide range of meeting facilities, the vibrant culinary and entertainment scene as well as exceptional attractions,” said Ledesma.

Caribbean Travel Marketplace 40 will build on last year’s virtual edition, which enabled the trade association to generate strong global awareness about the region.

CHTA believes the region is well-poised to experience a sustained robust recovery from the pandemic. While 2022 bookings have been encouraging to date, maintaining and growing business into 2023 and beyond will require hard work and strong partnerships, the likes of which will be forged during CTM, a major catalyst for growing Caribbean tourism.

Registration details will be available soon.

For more information, visit www.chtamarketplace.com.

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January: Orlando Regional Relator Association (ORRA) 2024 Gala & Board Installation

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association (ORRA) held their 2024 Inaugural Gala & Board of Directors Installation in January. As the new president, Rose Kemp will lead ORRA and its 21,000 membership.

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Mattel Films, ShadowMachine, Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions and Anthony Ramos Break New Ground with Bob the Builder Animated Film

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT), ShadowMachine, Nuyorican Productions, and Anthony Ramos today announced plans to develop an animated, feature-length film based on Bob the Builder, the long-running and beloved animated children’s series.

“Can we fix it? Yes, we can!”

Imagined as an inventive international story for today’s audiences, the film will star Grammy-winning and Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor and recording artist Anthony Ramos (Hamilton, In the Heights), who also produces alongside Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico of the Academy Award-winning animation and production studio, ShadowMachine (Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, BoJack Horseman). Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, and Benny Medina for Nuyorican Productions (The Mother, Shotgun Wedding, Hustlers, Marry Me) have also joined to co-produce. Felipe Vargas (Rosario, Loteria) is attached to write. Bob the Builder is overseen by Kevin McKeon, Ivan Sanchez, and Arturo Thur De Koós for Mattel and Natalie Haack Flores for Nuyorican.

When Roberto “Bob” travels to the enchanting Island of Puerto Rico for a major construction job, he takes on issues affecting the island and digs deeper into what it means to build. Bob’s journey will celebrate the vibrant and colorful textures of the Caribbean Latin nations and their people.

Robbie Brenner, President of Mattel Films, said: “We are thrilled to collaborate with our brilliant partners Anthony Ramos, Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Benny Medina, Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Felipe Vargas on Bob the Builder, our first animated theatrical film. Pairing Anthony and Felipe’s genius vision for the story with ShadowMachine and Nuyorican’s artisan approach will capture this beloved character in a manner that audiences who grew up with Bob will recognize, and all-new audiences will enjoy.”

Said Ramos: “For years, Bob the Builder’s characters have inspired young people around the world. I’m proud to partner with Mattel Films, ShadowMachine, Nuyorican Productions, and Felipe Vargas to bring this important message to the big screen, adding elements of life that are inspired by my own. A movie about friends working together, a celebration of a beautiful home they share, and how love can help to conquer any obstacle in your way. Can we fix it? Yes, we can!”

Added Goldsmith-Thomas: “Jennifer, Benny, and I are elated to be partnering with the visionaries at Mattel Films along with Anthony Ramos, Felipe Vargas and ShadowMachine to bring Bob the Builder back to the screen. The show’s ability to promote positive thinking, problem solving and empowerment with a completely original story set in Puerto Rico puts a new spin on a beloved brand, and we can’t wait for new and existing fans to connect with these amazing characters.”

Commented Bulkley and Campodonico: “Mattel Films’ creatively innovative, artist-first storytelling sensibilities align perfectly with our own at ShadowMachine. We are excited to join forces with them, Anthony Ramos, Felipe Vargas, and Nuyorican in crafting an entertaining film for the big screen and bringing to life an all-new chapter in the legacy of Bob the Builder.”

The popular Bob the Builder television series, centered on Bob the building contractor and his friends, was originally created with “little builders” (pre-school/early elementary school-aged children) in mind through stories empowering them to work as a team with imagination, positivity, and the right tools. The worldwide syndicated show ran successfully for 12 seasons (1999-2011) and is especially known for Bob’s cheerful catchphrase: “Can we fix it? Yes, we can!”

Bob the Builder joins other Mattel Films in development including American Girl, Barney, Hot Wheels, Magic 8 Ball, Major Matt Mason, Masters of the Universe, Matchbox, Polly Pocket, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Thomas & Friends, UNO, View-Master, and Wishbone. Mattel Films is also developing Christmas Balloon, a holiday family drama based on all-new IP.

Mattel Films’ first theatrical release, Barbie, was released worldwide on July 21, 2023, by Warner Bros. Pictures. The highest grossing film of 2023, Barbie is directed by Greta Gerwig, stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, and is produced in partnership with Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley of LuckyChap and David Heyman.

Ramos is represented by CAA, Door24, and Paul Hastings. Lopez is represented by CAA. Felipe Vargas is represented by CAA, Magnolia Entertainment and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman.

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KB Home Announces the Grand Opening of Its Newest Community in Desirable Flagler Beach, Florida

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–KB Home (NYSE: KBH) today announced the grand opening of Beach Park Village, its latest new-home community in Flagler Beach. These new homes are designed for the way people live today, with popular interior features like modern kitchens overlooking large great rooms, expansive bedroom suites with walk-in closets, and lofts. The community’s one- and two-story floor plans feature up to five bedrooms and three baths, and the community offers homesites with peaceful water and wooded views.

“Families will appreciate the community’s desirable coastal location near local parks, which feature sports fields, playgrounds, picnic pavilions and hiking trails. At KB Home, we’re here to help you achieve your dream with a personalized new home built uniquely for you and your life.”

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What sets KB Home apart is the company’s focus on building strong, personal relationships with every customer, so they have a real partner in the homebuying process. Every KB home is uniquely built for each customer, so no two KB homes are the same. Homebuyers have the ability to personalize their new home, from floor plans to exterior styles to where they live in the community. Their home comes to life in the KB Home Design Studio, a one-of-a-kind experience where customers get both expert advice and the opportunity to select from a wide range of design choices that fit their style and their budget. Reflecting the company’s commitment to creating an exceptional homebuying experience, KB Home is the #1 customer-ranked national homebuilder based on homebuyer satisfaction surveys from a leading third-party review site.

“We are pleased to offer homebuyers in Flagler County spacious new one- and two-story homes just minutes to local beaches,” said Todd Holder, President of KB Home’s Jacksonville division. “Families will appreciate the community’s desirable coastal location near local parks, which feature sports fields, playgrounds, picnic pavilions and hiking trails. At KB Home, we’re here to help you achieve your dream with a personalized new home built uniquely for you and your life.”

Innovative design plays an essential role in every home KB builds. The company’s floor plans inspire contemporary living, with a focus on roomy, light-filled spaces that have easy indoor/outdoor flow. KB homes are engineered to be highly energy and water efficient and include features that support healthier indoor environments. Our homes are designed to be ENERGY STAR® certified — a standard that fewer than 10% of new homes nationwide meet — offering greater comfort, well-being and utility cost savings than new homes without certification.

Beach Park Village is situated in a convenient location that offers homebuyers an exceptional coastal lifestyle. Located off Moody Blvd., the community provides easy access to Interstate 95 and is less than two miles away from AdventHealth Palm Coast and Flagler Beach. Residents will also enjoy the community’s proximity to Palm Coast Landing for shopping and dining and Wadsworth Park and Washington Oaks Gardens State Park for a variety of outdoor recreation.

The Beach Park Village sales office and model homes are open for walk-in visits and private in-person tours by appointment. Homebuyers also have the flexibility to arrange a live video tour with a sales counselor. Pricing begins from the mid $300,000s.

For more information on KB Home, call 888-KB-HOMES or visit kbhome.com.

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