30 MAY 2017: Joan Haines, principal of Coastal International, Toronto, Canada, and Sandals Resorts’ P.R. consultant for 25 plus years has announced her retirement and the closure of her business effective June 1, 2017.

Haines began her relationship with Sandals Resorts just after Sandals Antigua opened and even prior to the establishment of Unique Vacations’ Canadian office. At that time, the all-inclusive product was relatively new in Canada as was the “couples only” concept. There was considerable work to be done to educate the trade, consumers and media and promotional partners on the tremendous value and vacation experience that Sandals offered.

Through the years, working with the full support of Gary C. Sadler and Maureen Barnes-Smith and their teams, Haines played a significant role in building the brand(s) through public relations, promotions, local advertising, and marketing communications programs from development through to implementation.

Haines says that working with Sandals has undoubtedly been the highlight of a long career in travel, tourism and hospitality, and that Sandals has given her the opportunity to do her best and most rewarding work.

“One could not ask for a better client.” She says.

Her email remains the same: joan.haines@rogers.com and she can also be reached at 416-606-1454.

Sandals Resorts International public relations efforts in Canada will continue in the capable hands of Tracy McCann who is an integral part of the Sandals Resorts / Unique Vacations Canada team.

Tracy’s new coordinates as of June 1 are:

Tracy McCann
Pembroke Public Relations

416- 949-9716


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