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Starr Companies Announces Agreement with Travel Shield


has agreed to underwrite a Super
Visa Insurance
product sold by Travel
, a trade name used by Mars Empire Group Inc. The product is
designed to meet the medical insurance requirements of the Canadian
super visa program.

The super visa is a 10-year multi-entry visa that provides eligible
non-Canadian parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent
residents the ability to visit family in Canada for up to two years at a

"Starr's partnership with Travel Shield delivers real value and choice
to parents and grandparents visiting their families in Canada. Our plan
options allow these consumers to select coverages and policy limits that
best suit their individual needs," stated Joyce Segall, senior vice
president and head of Starr's Accident
& Health North America
. "With operations in 123 countries around
the world, Starr Companies' extensive global presence and world-class
underwriting capabilities uniquely position us to address the needs of
customers, wherever they live or travel."

Canada chief agent and country executive, Hano Pak stated, "We are proud
to partner with Travel Shield, which has provided superior service to
super visa applicants for many years. Their knowledgeable agents are
eager and prepared to provide valuable information about the available
Super Visa Insurance options."

For more information on eligibility, benefits, and exclusions regarding
Super Visa Insurance, please visit

About Starr Companies

Starr Companies (or Starr) is the worldwide marketing name for the
operating insurance and travel assistance companies and subsidiaries of
Starr International Company, Inc. and for the investment business of C.
V. Starr & Co., Inc. and its subsidiaries. Starr is a leading insurance
and investment organization with a presence on five continents; through
its operating insurance companies, Starr provides property, casualty,
and accident and health insurance products as well as a range of
specialty coverages including aviation, marine, energy and excess
casualty insurance. Starr's insurance company subsidiaries domiciled in
the U.S., Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and U.K. each have an
A.M. Best rating of "A" (Excellent). Starr's Lloyd's syndicate has a
Standard & Poor's rating of "A+" (Strong).

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