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Norman Manley International lounge is ranked best in world

Global airport lounge provider, Priority Pass, has revealed that Club Kingston at Jamaica's Norman Manley International Airport has been rated the world's best lounge by its members.

It says that the lounge has a decidedly Jamaican flair and features artwork and a décor sourced from across the country.

As you would expect, local food and drink including traditional Jamaican patties and peas soup are all on offer, served to a gentle soundtrack of reggae music.

An on-site bartender even creates signature cocktails, including a 'Club Kingston Classic', 'Priority Passion' and 'VIP Splash'.

Elsewhere, the Tallinn Airport Business Lounge at the Lennart Meri Airport in Tallinn, Estonia, was crowned Best Lounge in Europe by Priority Pass members, closely followed by La Valette Club in Malta International Airport.
Priority Pass claims that the Tallinn lounge was designed to give travellers the feeling that they are waiting for their flight in the comfort of their own living room, and aims to live up to the airport's customer promise of being "the worlds cosiest airport".

Stand-out features include a massage chair and sleeping pods, a library where travelers can select an in-flight read, a curated selection of local food, beer, wine and spirits, a cosy electric fireplace and even an outdoor terrace.

Shelly-Ann Fung, CEO of VIP attractions, which owns and operates Club Kingston, said: "We believe that during our six years of existence, we have made significant and innovative contributions to the travel experience for guests entering and leaving Jamaica.

"Not only does Club Kingston offer the innovative design and extensive facilities that travellers expect of first-class lounges in the world's finest airports, but they also showcase the best of Jamaica through cultural designs, local brands, and a visual journey through displays, sports and music."
Justin Banon, director of Priority Pass, says: "Travellers increasingly know what they want, and are not willing to settle for less.

"They have greater expectations and choice when it comes to airport experiences which delight and surprise. As a result, we're seeing increased investment and recognition of the value of lounges from airports, airlines, financial institutions and other organisations worldwide.

"This can only be great news for both business and leisure travelers as there is a wider choice on offer to meet the different needs of individuals.

"During 2017 we've seen this reflected in our member feedback, with lounges in different destinations recognized for their service, food and drink and business facilities."

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