A reported uptick in tour operator bookings this fall could pave the way to a brighter booking season this winter, according to the Anguilla Tourist Board.

"The fall and holidays have picked up significantly," said Jenna Brunelli, product manager of LibGo Worldwide Travel. "Anguilla is one of our strongest honeymoon destinations, and that is one market where we have not seen business fall off. People still are getting married, even in the down economy."

The Anguilla Tourist Board's summer promotions, launched in conjunction with several hotel partners in June, spurred demand through the traditionally soft fall season as did separate campaigns launched by Cap Juluca and other upscale properties.

The 166-unit Viceroy Anguilla Resort & Residences, opening in November, has strong December holiday bookings, according to the tourist board.

The new five-bedroom villas at CuisinArt Resort & Spa and the new Rum Punch, Almond Tree, Sand Castle Point and Black Pearl villas "have added to the complement of accommodation options on the island," a tourist board member said.

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