NASSAU, Bahamas -- Destination Bahamas, a new tour operator, rolled out an array of commissionable packages.

The firm is a unit of 15-year-old Paradise Island Vacations, a tour operator owned by

Bahamas-based Sun International. Sun operates, among other entities, Atlantis Resort & Casino on Paradise Island.

Destination Bahamas, like Paradise Island Vacations, is based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The company said its 30-specialist call center operates daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and is equipped to handle 5,000 calls per day from agents.

Properties, activities and attractions in Nassau, Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island make up the firm's inventory, which will expand to include the Out Islands by June.

Destinations Bahamas will handle bookings for air, hotels and transfers as well as its own package offerings.

Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Bahamas' director general of tourism, said the new firm "deepens the Bahamas' appeal for agents by offering a destination-wide array of hotels and services sold by Bahamian specialists."

Small inns and properties, particularly in the more remote Out Islands, stand to benefit from the input of these specialists, Vanderpool-Wallace said.

Sample winter packages with air and hotel include 10 three-night programs in Nassau and Paradise Island and six in Grand Bahama Island.

Rates range from $445 per person, double, at South Ocean Golf & Beach Resort in Nassau to $1,489 at Ocean Club in Paradise Island.

Grand Bahama's prices start at $549 at Bahamia Resort & Casino and at $689 at the inclusive Viva Fortuna resort.

For further information, call (800) 4-BAHAMAS.

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