Operator, resort team to let kids fly, stay and eat free

FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Grand Bahama Vacations and Royal Oasis Golf Resort & Casino on Grand Bahama Island teamed up with an offer designed to curry favor with the family market.

Children 11 years old and younger fly, stay, eat and play for free through Sept. 1 on visits of three, four or seven nights when accompanied by two paying guests.

Grand Bahama Vacations operates year-round 727 charters on Laker Airways. Commission is 10%.

U.S. gateways include Baltimore; Birmingham, Ala.; Cleveland; Cincinnati; Dallas-Fort Worth; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Memphis; Nashville; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; and St. Louis.

Three-night air-inclusive packages start at $299 per person, double, depending upon the departure city. Airport and departure taxes are not included.

The price covers roundtrip air; accommodations that are shared by children and adults; free meals for youngsters from the children's menu when the children are accompanied by an adult; and admission to the Fat Cats Beach Club, a supervised children's program with games, arts and crafts, pool and beach activities and off-site outings.

The club is open to children ages 2 to 15. Royal Oasis also has a kids-only restaurant called Odie's, where adults must be accompanied by a child to enter.

The 965-room resort underwent a $42 million renovation in the past year that added a full-service spa and a pool with a three-story waterfall.

Golf courses, the casino and the children's club were upgraded, and guest rooms, public areas and landscaping were enhanced.

The complex now includes the Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Sunspree resorts. The Royal Oasis Golf Resort & Casino and Grand Bahama Vacations are part of Driftwood Hospitality Management, based in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The company owns and operates Grand Bahama Vacations and Driftwood Vacations, offering plans to Nassau/Paradise Island, as well as nine hotels and resorts totaling 3,000 rooms in the U.S. and the Bahamas.

For information, agents can call (800-545-1300 or visit the Web site at www.gbvac.com.

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