Gogo sees 'growth opportunity' for Curacao

RAMSEY, N.J. -- Curacao has improved as a destination and it can only get better, according to Bob Lawrence, vice president of Caribbean marketing for Gogo Worldwide Vacations.

"With several new hotels set to open, Curacao offers greater product diversity and growth opportunity," Lawrence said.

During the next 12 months, Gogo will add the following hotels to its product lineup: Hotel Kura Hulanda (set to open in October), Floris Suite Hotel, Papagayo, Breezes Curacao and Sunset Beach Resort.

"We expect a 40% increase in our Curacao business this year over last," Lawrence said.

Gogo, which has had a long partnership with Curacao, sees new opportunities to promote its relationship with the island. These include marketing campaigns, co-op advertising and agent mailings and seminars.

Gogo will participate in Curacao Tourist Board seminars that coincide with the launch of Air Jamaica's new Curacao service Nov. 22.

The firm's Curacao packages include:

• A seven-night Sheraton Curacao dive plan, priced from $1,265 per person, double, includes midweek roundtrip air via American Airlines from Miami.

Also covered are accommodations with daily buffet breakfast, tax and service charges, a daily boat dive (except days of arrival and departure), one night dive, unlimited shore diving and use of air, weights, boats and dive guides.

Other departure cities include New York from $1,315 and Philadelphia and Boston from $1,365.

• A seven-night stay at the Curacao Marriott Resort & Emerald Casino is priced from $1,029 per person, double, for roundtrip midweek air via American from New York, accommodations with daily breakfast, service charges and taxes.

Other departure cities are Providence, R.I., from $1,079; Hartford, Conn., from $1,089, and Chicago, from $1,189.

Both packages are valid for travel through Dec. 14.

To book, contact a local Gogo office.

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