It's tee time at Treasure Cay

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TREASURE CAY, Abaco -- New room types and rates are on offer this winter high season at the Treasure Cay Hotel Resort & Marina here, where agents can boost their bottom lines with commissionable golf packages and add-ons such as optional meal plans.

The property added standard-category double rooms and deluxe, two-bedroom suites to its inventory of deluxe doubles, deluxe one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom Treasure House villas, said Lynn June, marketing director for Treasure Cay Services.

The new standard double rooms are slightly smaller than the deluxe variety, she said. The suites are two-story units with full kitchens; both guest rooms and suites overlook the resort's marina or gardens, while the villas front a three-mile-long beach.

Treasure Cay's winter rates through mid-April start at $170 per night for a standard double, $195 for a deluxe double, $315 for the one-bedroom suite, $335 for the new two-bedroom suite and $395 for the Treasure House villas.

Weekly rates are also available; agent pay is 10%. The golf packages also are commissionable at 10%. They include unlimited golf, a shared cart, transfers, a welcome drink, taxes and service charges.

Rates for three-night golf plans through April 21 are priced from a base of $435 per person, double, while seven-night packages are $995; extra nights are bookable at $115 per person.

Treasure Cay boasts an 18-hole course designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee.

On the add-on front, Treasure Cay's MAP option costs $50 per person, per day, and full meal plans cost $60; daily gratuities of 15% are additional.

Agents and tour operators generate 30% of the property's annual sales, and U.S. visitors account for 70% of the guests, with most coming from the East Coast, according to June.

"Families are more evident in the summer, and couples between 35 and 55 years old make up the majority of our winter-season business," she added.

Treasure Cay has 150 boat slips, which June said could translate into a lucrative market for agents with clients who own yachts.

"Most boaters come from the southeastern U.S. and they tend to purchase onshore accommodations," she said.

In addition to golf and tennis, the resort offers water sports, fishing tournaments in May and June, boat rentals and charters.

Treasure Divers, a local concern, operates diving and snorkeling trips.

The resort's Spinnaker restaurant provides a choice of Bahamian and continental menus, and the Tipsy Seagull bar features drinks and entertainment.

Treasure Cay's packages are available through Abaco Vacations, Destination Bahamas, Gogo Worldwide Vacations and Maduro Travel.

For resort information, call (800) 327-1584 or check the property's Web site at www.treasurecay.com. The property also can be booked through the GDSs.

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