1, and unless you have been living under a rock, you know
it is the official start of the six-month Atlantic Hurricane
Season, which forecasters already have predicted will be an active
one with as many as 16 named storms with eight to 10 reaching
hurricane strength and four to six reaching Category 3 or higher --
meaning sustained winds topping 111 mph. More tour operators than
in years past have stepped up to the plate with new or expanded
insurance coverage, getting in line behind Sandals, SuperClubs and
Club Med, which have long had such policies in effect.
HERE IS A
Impressions Cancel for Any Reason travel insurance enables
customers to cancel for any reason up until the time they board
their flight and still receive a full refund, no questions asked.
Agents commissions are protected up to $100 per booking on all
canceled reservations that are paid in full and applies to both
bulk and published air fares and payments for all hotels in the
companys packages. Insurance rates start at $89 per adult and $45
per child (12 and under). For details, call (800) 284-0022 or visit
" Apple Vacations
new weather guarantee offers a free replacement vacation if a
Category 1 (winds at least 74 mph) or higher storm interrupts the
vacation for more than 24 hours. The guarantee is valid for trips
to participating hotels in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Jamaica;
and Cancun/Riviera Maya, Mexico, when flying USA3000 Airlines or
any other Apple-dedicated flight for hotel stays from Aug. 15 to
Oct. 31. For details, visit www.applevacations.com/weather.
CheapCaribbean.com announced its Free Your Mind Travel Protection
Plan, which is included in each package booked at www.cheapcaribbean.com or via its 24-hour call center
at (800) 915-2322. Features include traditional insurance coverage
from Travel Guard plus the firms own Cancel/Change For Any Reason
one-time waiver protection. If the customer notifies
CheapCaribbean.com at least three hours prior to the scheduled
departure flight, there will be no penalties for booking changes or
cancellations not covered by travel insurance. In addition,
customers receive a credit voucher for the full amount of the
package redeemable for a CheapCaribbean.com Caribbean or Mexico
package within a year of the cancellation date.
" MLT Vacations,
operator of the Worry-Free Vacations and
WorldVacations brands, enhanced its
travel protection plan, which permits customers to cancel without
penalty up to the time of departure if the National Hurricane
Center (www.nhc.noaa.gov) has issued a hurricane watch or
warning for the intended destination. Customers receive full
refunds in the form of a gift card, valid for Worry-Free Vacations
or WorldVacations products for one year. The plan also includes a
Cancel for Any Reason waiver, which permits cancellations for any
reason up to 48 hours before departure. A new rebooking policy for
Worry-Free clients enables customers who didnt purchase the travel
protection plan and features no penalty if the client rebooks
within seven days of the original departure date after a watch or
warning is issued. The second option, for a $50 service fee, is
that the customer can cancel and receive a gift card refund that is
valid for booking up to 60 days for travel up to a year. For
details, visit www.worldagentdirect.com.
USVI raised its duty-free allowance $400 to $1,600 per
person. In addition, family members traveling together can make a
joint declaration that increases the amount of their allowance.
Gifts with a value of $100 or less can be mailed (no more than one
package per day) and do not need to be declared in the exemption.
U.S. visitors still are allowed to return with six bottles of
liquor as long as one of the bottles was produced locally. A duty
of 6% is charged for purchases totaling more than $1,600. For
details, visit www.usvitourism.vi.
" Caribbean Hotel
Industry Conference (CHIC 2006), Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, June
25 to 28. Theme this year is the challenge of global tourism. For
details, visit www.caribbeanhotels.org.
" 27th annual
Caribbean Hotel Association Marketplace, Oranjestad, Aruba, Jan. 14
to 16. Visit the Web site above for details.
Phone: (201) 902-1591
opportunities in the E-letters, contact [email protected].