Honeymoon Plan Adds September


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NEW YORK -- The Aruba Tourism Authority will offer its new honeymoon program during September in addition to May and June.

Research conducted by the ATA revealed that the month of September was a "heavily trafficked month for honeymooners," according to Aida Perez, an ATA consultant.

The honeymoon program is a rollout of the 2-year-old One Cool Summer promotion, which features discounts and amenities for summertime travelers and families with young children.

Marcial "Charly" Ibarra, director in North America for the ATA, said the next spinoff of One Cool Summer will be a program targeting senior travelers, to be unveiled later this year.

The ATA, in cooperation with island hotels, has prepared collateral materials to be distributed to arriving honeymooners and couples, including an ID card that entitles hotel guests to amenities and discounts and a four-color brochure that spells out the features of the program.

Upon arrival in Aruba, visitors can pick up information at a "wedding chapel" booth in the airport arrival hall and can ride to their hotels in decorated cabs.

Participating hotels will create designated check-in areas for honeymooners, and rooms will be equipped with distinctive "do not disturb" signs and a bottle of champagne.

Upon checkout, guests will receive a thank-you note and a minimum of one free night's stay for their first anniversary visit.

Also available to arriving couples will be discounts on rental cars, merchandise, snorkeling, golf, Jeep tours, diving and sunset sails, horseback riding, a booze cruise and a paintball adventure.

Restaurants will participate with culinary seminars and will provide free bottles of wine or champagne for dining couples.

The ATA also released information for couples who wish to be married while in Aruba.

For Jewish couples, Aruba now is able to offer wedding ceremonies performed by a rabbi.

These couples must:

* Submit a verification of their Judaism from their rabbi.

* Submit a petition to the Aruba Jewish community.

To do so, the address is Isrealitishce Gemeente -- Bet Israel, A Lacle Boulevard 2, Box 2, Aruba; phone (011) 297-8 23272.

For Catholic couples the steps are as follows:

* Bring a permit to marry in Aruba from their local parish.

* Attend prewedding preparation at their parish.

* Have an official form stating that neither party ever was married in a church.

* Bring a baptismal certificate for each person.

* Contact one of the following priests before arriving on the island: Pastor Franssen, Parochie St. Franciscus R.K. Kerk, Iraausquinplein 3, Oranjestad, Aruba, (011) 297-8 21434, or Pater Boks, Parochie St. Ana, Noord 16, Aruba, (011) 297-8 21409.

For Protestant weddings, couples must:

* Marry before civil authorities in their native country.

* Submit a wedding certificate or similar official paper to prove the marriage valid according to the law of the couple's country.

* Contact Pastor Anthony van der Doel to perform the service. He can be reached at Bilderdijkstraat 7, Oranjestad, Aruba; phone (011) 297-8 21961 or (011) 297-8 21435.

For additional information about planning a wedding or the honeymoon program, call (800) TO ARUBA or contact the Aruba Tourism Authority at 1000 Harbor Blvd., Weehawken, N.J. 08707; (201) 330-0800.

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