Bahamas resort to reimburse guests for cost of passports

With new passport rules included in the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative about to start Jan. 23, Club Peace & Plenty on Exuma in the Bahamas will cover the cost of up to four new passports (two adults and two children) for guests booking four or more nights by Dec. 31 for travel through Jan. 2, 2008.

Barry Benjamin, vice president of sales and marketing for the family-owned resort, said "This program is in effect immediately. Guests can come anytime between now and Jan. 2, 2008 as long as they book by the end of December."

Guests must show a receipt for the new passports in order to receive reimbursement from Peace & Plenty. Refunds apply only to the cost of the document; shipping and handling charges will not be covered.

Recently-passed legislation has extended the deadline to June 1, 2009 by which travelers entering the U.S. by land and sea from Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean must present a valid passport. However, travelers entering or re-entering the U.S. by air from the same destinations must present a passport, effective Jan. 23.

Benjamin estimated that more than 85% of Peace & Plenty's business is from the U.S.

"Many of our repeat guests do not have U.S. passports. We're doing this reimbursement program for them so they are not caught unawares," he said.

For details, call (800) 525-2210.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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