NEW YORK -- When thinking about clients' Jamaica itineraries this
winter, keep in mind some of the latest developments on the island:
• The Royal Plantation Spa and Golf Resort, a five-star,
all-inclusive Sandals property near Ocho Rios, added Pleasant
Holidays to its list of tour operator partners.
The deal with Pleasant puts Royal Plantation in place to attract
more high-end business from the West Coast, according to Tim Irwin,
Pleasant's president and CEO.
"The Caribbean is an exciting new market for us, and luxury
clients are our fastest-growing segment," he said. "We are
confident we can increase business with this partnership."
For more information, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantagent.com.
In other Sandals news, the company will host two one-day
familiarization trips for travel agents on Dec. 3 and 10, the last
in a series of such excursions that began in October.
Agent participants will visit the Sandals Montego Bay and
Sandals Royal Caribbean resorts and have the chance to win a free
return trip. For more information, call (800) 48-SPECIAL.
• FDR Resorts, owners and operators of the family-oriented
Franklyn D. Resort and FDR Pebbles properties in Runaway Bay,
introduced a "Wings for Mom" promotion good for stays through April
Under the deal, mothers receive $350 toward air fare when
booking a minimum five-night stay by Nov. 30 (some blackout dates
The Mom's deal includes free golf, a half-hour massage and gifts
of a T-shirt, coffee and a bottle of rum.
The program, which can be combined with the Kids Plus package,
is priced from $145 per adult and from $20 for kids ages 6 to 16.
Children under age 6 stay free.
FDR pays agents 13% commission on packaged stays.
For details, call (800) 654-1FDR, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.fdrfamily.com.
• Virgin Vacations, the vacation-packaging arm of Virgin
Atlantic, is offering discount short-haul deals to Jamaica.
The firm's seven-night package includes roundtrip air on an
available carrier -- Virgin only flies transatlantic from the U.S.
-- and hotel accommodations, taxes and service fees.
Sample pricing starts from $487 per person, double, for travel
from Boston through Dec. 8.
Virgin Vacations packages are bookable at www.virginvacations.com; they are not commissionable
• SuperClubs now covers guest greens fees at the Ironshore Golf
Course near its Breezes Montego Bay property, rendering virtually
every activity offered at the resort part of its all-inclusive
In addition to the greens fees, golfing guests receive roundtrip
transfers for parties of two or more and reduced caddie, club and
cart rental rates.
For more information, visit www.superclubs.com.
To contact reporter Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].