TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - January 08, 2015) - Exclusive partner for RIU Hotels & Resorts, Signature Vacations, is pleased to announce that its five properties in Jamaica have all received the Travelife Gold Award. The sustainability scheme, which rates hotels and tourism companies across the world for their commitment to the environment and the local community, has conferred the highest possible rating to each of the five resorts -- the Gold certificate -- indicating the highest level of compliance within the requirements established by the scheme which assesses properties on a range of criteria ranging from the reduction of energy consumption to a fair wages policy.

The hotels distinguished with the Travelife Gold Award are the Riu Negril and Riu Palace Tropical Bay, in Negril, the Riu Ocho Rios, in Ocho Rios and the Riu Montego Bay and Riu Palace Jamaica, located in Montego Bay.

In total, 74 RIU hotels worldwide have so far been certified by Travelife, and all of them have achieved the highest grade of compliance. Within the next few weeks, the audits of RIU's hotels in the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Aruba, Panama and Saint Martin will be completed; the aim is to receive the certificates in early 2015.

Chief Operating Officer for the Sunwing Travel Group, Andrew Dawson, commented, "Respecting the local environment and ensuring our operations positively impact the communities we work in are of paramount importance to the Sunwing Travel Group. So we are delighted that our hotel partner, RIU Hotels & Resorts, has attained the top certification possible for its resorts in Jamaica within the Travelife Awards program."

Catalina Alemany, CSR director for RIU Hotels & Resorts, added, "From the moment the project to certify all RIU hotels commenced, the participation and involvement of the staff have been vital to meet the goals set. In the case of Jamaica, we are especially proud of their commitment as auditors have commented upon the high standards of the hotels as well as the clarity of the documents submitted."

About Signature Vacations

Signature Vacations is the one-stop for absolutely all inclusive packages designed to appeal to a wide range of taste and budgets. Along with bespoke options for couples, brides & grooms and honeymooners, the company also offers a wide array of fun-loving resorts designed with families, groups and younger travellers in mind. Customers can choose from resorts across the Caribbean (Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Aruba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Curacao, Saint Lucia and St Maarten), Mexico, Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica.

All Signature Vacations packages include 'Sunwing Airlines' Champagne Service,' which features a complimentary glass of champagne, hot towel service, Hot & Fresh Bistro meals served with a choice of wine at lunch and dinner, and complimentary inflight entertainment, including first run movies and a generous free 20kg baggage allowance. For just $40 more per flight segment, travelers can upgrade to Sunwing's Elite Plus service, which features advance seat selection, separate check-in at a majority of airports, advance boarding, 30kg baggage allowance, priority baggage handling and extra legroom seats.

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