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Nina Zapala, Principle of ZapalaPR is an industry expert with 20+ years in the travel/lifestyle sector. She lends her expertise to independent, family owned and operated boutique lifestyle brands located throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Bahamas, Cuba, Florida and beyond..

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Are you journalist? Looking for an expert? Zapala has been contributing to national news outlets such as Huffington Post, Travel Channel, Fox News, Successful Meetings, O’Dwyer’s Magazine and others for many years. If you are working on a trends story related to travel, marketing/PR and or social media don’t hesitate to contact Nina Zapala by clicking on her various social media channels listed below; drop her an email nina@zapalapr.com or call direct: 407.304.6539.

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2015

Hammock & Palms Offers a No Worries Lifetime Warranty

You’ve got dozens of problems, breaking your sunglasses shouldn’t be one of them. Bamboo sunglasses newcomer, Hammock & Palms, wants you to know that every little thing is going to be alright. They walk the talk and offer a lifetime No Worries Warranty on all sunglass purchases. What does that mean? Have you ever sat on your sunglasses? Ever steppe...

Mark Ozawa, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, Joins CHTA Education Foundation Board of Trustees

THE CARIBBEAN (March 23, 2015) - The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) has named Mark Ozawa, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, Saint Lucia to the Board of Trustees where he will be involved with awarding scholarships to Caribbean nationals pursuing higher education and professional development in the tourism...

2014

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia Introduces: Island Artists

It’s understood that Saint Lucia offers some of the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean and Windjammer Landing’s 1,500 slice of beachfront nirvana is often sought out as an escape from it all. But beyond the pristine beaches a treasure-trove of local artisans await. Guests who are interested in learning more about these artisans can start by vis...

Windjammer Landing: Sun Sparkly Beach Escape

Saint Lucia was just awarded “Leading Caribbean Honeymoon Destination” at the 2014 World Travel Awards. In honor of this award Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort extends the romance with aSun Sparkly Beach Escape package for couples. Sixty rolling acres, tropical gardens, six swimming pools, alfresco villa verandas, plus hidden coves, an...

Windjammer Landing, St. Lucia: 5 Days/5 Ways

For Immediate Release(St. Lucia March 15, 2015) Travelers that hunger for a truly unique island adventure will want to take a look at the new summer vacation package, ‘Five Days – Five Ways For Adventure Travelers’ now being offered at Windjammer LandingVilla Beach Resort, Saint Lucia. For travelers with an A-type personalities a rainforest...

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awarded to Windjammer Landing, Saint Lucia

Windjammer Landing announced today that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, represents hospitality excellence, is given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor®, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Exc...

Bring a Book and Receive a $200 Resort Credit at Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

School is out and summer is in full swing. To celebrate summer and keep kids reading Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, Saint Lucia is hosting it’s first ever Book It To Saint Lucia vacation package, a fun kid-friendly reading event. Guests who pack a gently used or new children’s book when traveling to the resort will receive a $200 resort cre...

Weddings: Say Yes Before I Do at Windjammer Landing, Saint Lucia

The moment has arrived. You’ve just said “YES” and in the midst of all the excitement, anxiety hits like a thunderbolt. What about the dress? The cake? Who will be in your wedding? Where will you have the wedding? Stop. Imagine yourself strolling the calm waters of Labrelotte Bay, while two wedding specialists are busy behind the scenes making you...

Chocolate Month Saint Lucia

Do you really ever get enough chocolate in your life? Forget the guilt and enjoy the pleasure as the island of Saint Lucia celebrates its 3rd Annual Chocolate Heritage month this August. In celebration of Chocolate Heritage month Windjammer Landing is launching Amazing Chocolate, a four-day chocolate indulgence package to include:A chocolate t...

Enjoy Saint Lucia's Jazz Festival and save big at Windjammer Landing

The island of St. Lucia kicks off the 23rd annual Jazz Festival this year from April 30 – May 11, 2014. Travelers who want to enjoy the festival and save on accommodations can do so at Windjammer Landing. Save an additional 5% on already discounted rates of 40% plus enjoy a 25% savings on meal plan supplements at this casually elegant, 60-acre, pla...

2013

History in the Making: The New Huckins 45' Sportfisherman

(Jacksonville, Fla. – 7.17.13) Huckins Yacht Corporation recently inked a deal to build a new 45’ Sportfisherman, the latest in a proud line of custom yachts dating back over 80 years.“The 45’ Sportfisherman is totally designed for today’s angler. It offers all the comforts of home plus all the bells and whistles you would expect from a top-end...

2012

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2016

Swimming with the manatees, Crystal River, Florida

Swimming with the manatees, Crystal River, Florida

Swimming with the manatees the feature travel article for the Naples Daily News. I am honored to have been published once again in the prestigious daily newspaper in Naples Florida.  Discover Crystal River, Florida is the top travel feature for the week. This article is timely as travelers are looking to book their last minute holiday vacations. En...
Travel PR: To Generate News You Need to Create It

Travel PR: To Generate News You Need to Create It

As a travel PR professional sometimes to generate news, you need to create it. For example, I pitched an excellent regional newspaper the Naples Daily News and submitted an article idea. Several days later the editor asked if I could write the feature and submit it for consideration. Wow, can't ask for more, and since I love to write this was a fan...
Public relations help clients win editorial with a positive impact

Public relations help clients win editorial with a positive impact

A strategic public relations plan can help clients win smart editorial with a positive impact. How you ask? Reaching the right travelers, at the right time with the right content does not just happen. A carefully, crafted plan is used to inform targeted; lifestyle audiences on an ongoing basis. A succinct strategy increases the likely hood of your ...
Travel Channel: 11 Jaw-Dropping Treehouse Getaways

Travel Channel: 11 Jaw-Dropping Treehouse Getaways

Travel Channel features Sunset at the Palms in an article entitled; 11 Jaw-Dropping Treehouse Hotels. Sunset at the Palms, Negril Jamaica, is a boutique tree-top styled resort. A responsive media inquiry leads to this fabulous editorial. No big budgets. No big retainer fees. Just smart pitching. Proactive effort. Creative writing to grab the attent...
Traveling Moms visits an off-the-beaten path Florida destination

Traveling Moms visits an off-the-beaten path Florida destination

Traveling Moms visits an off-the-beaten path Florida destination. Did you know that Traveling Moms is the only Disney approved "mommy blog"? I can understand why. The journalist I worked with was an absolute professional, and probably one of the best bloggers I've worked with recently. I can't wait to work with Traveling Moms again!...
Caribbean Connection Features Sunset at the Palms

Caribbean Connection Features Sunset at the Palms

Caribbean Connection, a travel agent newsletter features Sunset at the Palms. This outlet is travel-agent focused; agents trust other agents and Caribbean Connection always includes the travel agent voice in each e-newsletter. In addition to articles, it also includes links to video, which makes this publication top-notch.This feature helped a ...
Article helps a destination reach families!

Article helps a destination reach families!

National Parks Centennial is underway in the United States. This article,  publish by Marriott Hotels, is ideally targeted to families, looking for a great outdoor adventures, sans the smart phone, iPad or handheld gaming devices. The article help's support the destination's message of a great outdoor destination.Wishing everyone a euphoric sum...
The Perfect View

The Perfect View

Update Magazine, a premier luxury magazine highlights the views at Windjammer Landing in an article entitled The Perfect View. The article pays homage to great photography and why it's so important for travel clients to invest in a good photographer. The villa views are amazing at the resort and this photographer captured a great shot.  I'm sure th...

2015

What’s Hot: St. Lucia resort debuts holistic spa, fitness center

What’s Hot: St. Lucia resort debuts holistic spa, fitness center

"What's Hot: St. Lucia resort debuts holistic spa, fitness center", is the title of the article feature on The Spa at Windjammer Landing, in Hotels Magazine. The new spa is part of a larger renovation project the resort is experiencing. The resort has recently completed a new beach expansion, room renovations and continues with a four new villas lo...
Active Times Features Windjammer Landing, St. Lucia

Active Times Features Windjammer Landing, St. Lucia

Active Times Features Windjammer Landing, St. Lucia.  The active times is a high profile travel blog, written by Steven Jermanok. Jermanok, is a longtime Boston Globe travel writer, who dishes out his favorite travel locales and provides topical travel information. He has visited more than 80 countries.Steve had this to say about Windjammer Lan...
Food and Travel Magazine Features Hammock and Palms Floating Sunglasses

Food and Travel Magazine Features Hammock and Palms Floating Sunglasses

Client Hammock and Palms a small company that offers eco-friendly, floating sunglasses is featured in the fall issue of Food and Travel Magazine, a high-gloss magazine specific to food and travel to exotic destinations. Read more here...This was a huge national win for Hammock and Palms. Note; this company does not have a big presence in the ma...
Windjammer is featured in Recommend Magazine's Family Travel Issue

Windjammer is featured in Recommend Magazine's Family Travel Issue

Client Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, Saint Lucia is known for being family friendly and this month the resort was featured for it's art-immersive program in Recommend Magazine, a leading magazine written for travel agents. Read more here...The September issue of Recommend Magazine is specific to family travel a primary target market fo...
Huffington Post features Windjammer Landing's water hammocks

Huffington Post features Windjammer Landing's water hammocks

Huffington Post features Windjammer Landing's water hammocks! My client has recently expanded their beachfront and one of the unique aspect of this expansion is their floating hammocks, a cool water feature not found anywhere else on the island of Saint Lucia. Read more here.We as public relations professionals always need to be digging for the...
The power of public relations positions a resort in a key target market

The power of public relations positions a resort in a key target market

Vacations Magazine just featured Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia in an article promoted by strategic public relations that positioned the resort in a key target market, "the all inclusive" category. Read more here...I just love when I can secure an article placement for an independent resort side-by-side the worlds largest mega...
Blogger Review: Windjammer Landing Saint Lucia

Blogger Review: Windjammer Landing Saint Lucia

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, Saint Lucia, gets a blogger review from Joyful Healthy Eats. This review was honest, the photos fabulous, and the blogger really enjoyed her trip.  She gave an honest look at what a traveler can expect while staying at the resort. Read More...Must admit, I really love working with bloggers. They are always...
Lifestyle Magazine Reviews Windjammer Landing

Lifestyle Magazine Reviews Windjammer Landing

Beauty Echoes Magazine is a top lifestyle magazine featuring travel, beauty and fashion, located in Canada.From the editor, "As our 7th Caribbean island together, my better half and I have experienced beaches of every shade of blue and mountains of all shapes and sizes, but nothing could have prepared us for the magical island of St. Lucia – no...
Recommend.com features Windjammer Landing, St. Lucia

Recommend.com features Windjammer Landing, St. Lucia

Recommend.com features Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, Saint Lucia in a Caribbean round-up story that coincides with the launch of Caribbean Week, New York City, 2015. Love keeping my clients in the news! Read More...
Chris Cruises travel gear review: Hammock & Palms Sunglasses

Chris Cruises travel gear review: Hammock & Palms Sunglasses

Prolific travel writer, Chris Cruises travel gear review for Hammock and Palms sunglasses.  A  relative newcomer to the sunglass industry, Hammock & Palms is making a splash! Chris Cruises was eager to review as he thought the idea of floating sunglasses was a very interesting topic for cruise enthusiasts. Of course, you can't do much about sunglas...
Hammock & Palms Sunglasses Get Reviewed

Hammock & Palms Sunglasses Get Reviewed

One Good Dad reviews Hammock and Palms sunglasses. Read More...One Good Day gave my client Hammock and Palms a great review, just in time for Father's Day 2015.  Strategic PR placements help clients win better than average ROI, and assist in awareness and sales....
USA Today Touts Caribbean Family Travel Vacations: Educational Travel Trend

USA Today Touts Caribbean Family Travel Vacations: Educational Travel Trend

Proud to report my client, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, Saint Lucia was featured in an article posted in USA Today travel: Classing it up: Caribbean resorts offer courses for kids. This article is on trend as it touts the opportunities for parents and grandparents who are traveling with children to expand the travel experience into ed...
Travel Agent West Media Buzz: Windjammer Landing

Travel Agent West Media Buzz: Windjammer Landing

Travel Agent West features Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia in an article entitled: Windjammer Landing Boosts it Appeal to Travel Agents.Excited to see that my client received a feature placement on the Travel Agent West website. This type of media buzz is so important as it keeps my client in the news and top of mind. The artic...
Bella Vita Style: Must Have Sunglasses

Bella Vita Style: Must Have Sunglasses

Client, Hammock and Palms sunglasses was featured on Bella Vita Style, in a "must have" article on the coolest #sunnies for summer. Bella Vita Style is a chic fashion blog based in New York City.Hammock and Palms are fun, affordable sunglasses with a beach vibe. What makes them cool; they float and are eco-friendly made of bamboo! Why not pick ...
Leisure Group Travel Magazine: Families Make the World a Classroom Through Group Travel

Leisure Group Travel Magazine: Families Make the World a Classroom Through Group Travel

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, Saint Lucia is featured in an article about group family travel and the trend on education in the travel experience in Leisure Group Travel Magazine. Great article with some interesting trends on family travel and what resorts, cruise lines and tour operators are doing to include education. Read More......
How to create immersive family experiences

How to create immersive family experiences

Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association just released their May newsletter which centers around family travel and how hotelier need to jump on board the family travel trend, get creative and position themselves in the marketplace as family friendly.I was honored to write an article for their newsletter as one of my travel specialities is family o...
Caribbean Connection Reviews Hammock & Palms Sunglasses

Caribbean Connection Reviews Hammock & Palms Sunglasses

Caribbean Connection just reviewed my client; Hammock & Palms #sunnies.  Here's what they had to say, "When I hear the word “bamboo” you’ve got my attention. I’ve always found myself drawn to bamboo products, whether it was bamboo flooring or bamboo veneer surfboards. When I heard about Hammock & Palms Sunglasses, and their line of bamboo shades, I...
USA Today: Five Caribbean Resorts Your Teenager Will Love

USA Today: Five Caribbean Resorts Your Teenager Will Love

For many years, teenagers received short shrift when it came to Caribbean resorts. Their parents had a wide range of resort amenities tailored to their needs, and the younger children had playgrounds, kids' pools and children's clubs. Teenagers were lost in the shuffle, until resorts began waking up to their unique needs – a combination of being ca...
Power&Motor Yacht Magazine Review of the new Huckins 45" Sportfisherman

Power&Motor Yacht Magazine Review of the new Huckins 45" Sportfisherman

Huckins Yacht, with roots in Jacksonville, Florida is one of the oldest boat makers in the USA. Their history is amazing, and today Cindy Purcell, third generation boat builder is running the company and taking it into the 21 Century. According to Cindy, women these days now want to helm their boats! I'm in.Power&Motor Yacht magazine reviews th...
Ebony Magazine features a true Saint Lucian treasure: Jallim Eudovic

Ebony Magazine features a true Saint Lucian treasure: Jallim Eudovic

Jallim Eudovic a renowned wood sculpture artist with installations across the globe. Eudovic is a participant in Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort's new arts and education program. The program is an immersive experience for families where children have a unique opportunity to meet local, and celebrated, Saint Lucian artists personally and hear ...

2014

CNN: Reviews Islas Secas

CNN: Reviews Islas Secas

Islas Secas, an archipelgio of 16 islands is a remote getaway off the coast of Panama. It's a type of place where a picture is worth a thousand words. Guess that's what the travel reporter with CNN thought as well. Read More......
Telegraph, UK: The best Caribbean holidays

Telegraph, UK: The best Caribbean holidays

Our Caribbean experts offer a guide to the best package holidays to the region, whether you're on a budget or looking to splash out. Windjammer Landing Resort and Spa, Saint Lucia makes the list. Read More... ...
Real Life Magazine Features Windjammer Landing

Real Life Magazine Features Windjammer Landing

Real Life Magazine, features Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in the summer family article. This Caribbean and Florida based luxury lifestyle, design magazine is ideal target market to attract villa bookings.  Read More...This is a very strategic placement for Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, Saint Lucia. Summertime is family travel ...

2013

Bella Magazine features You Tonics

Bella Magazine features You Tonics

YouTonics an inner beauty, beauty product. Read More......
Thrillist Features Islas Secas

Thrillist Features Islas Secas

The title says it all; "Stay on repost islands with more luxuries than home. Islas Secas is a notable eco escape; known for deep sea fishing, outdoor adventures and solitude. Read More......

2012

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth

When you travel to Islas Secas, Panama you feel like you are traveling to the center of the earth. This 16-island archipelago is an unforgettable oasis. Outside Magazine featured the property in an eye-opening article. Read More......
Peter Island Wins Editorial In Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Peter Island Wins Editorial In Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Peter Island Resort & Spa, British Virgin Islands wins placement in the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, 2011. The resort was honored to receive 22 pages in the edition. Have to say the producers, models, photographers and the Sports Illustrated SI team was a joy to host. Professional all the way, no egos here, just hard work and gorgeous...
C Magazine

C Magazine

Milliken Creek Inn & Spa, Napa Valley. Is a true treasure. Intimate, a genuine hideaway, guests often pass it up before they figure out they are staying in what they thought was a gorgeous home. C Magazine took note. Read More...
Travel + Leisure Magazine's: Top 500 Hotels List

Travel + Leisure Magazine's: Top 500 Hotels List

Each year, asks readers to vote on their favorite hotels around the globe. What makes this, our ninth annual compendium of top-ranked hotels from the World's Best Awards survey, stand out? Almost half of the winners are located in the U.S. and Canada, and 20 percent are in Europe. Meanwhile some of the most iconic destinations -- California, Flori...