St. Maarten Tourist Bureau extends 'double, double' deal

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -- The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau reminded agents that its Double the Value, Double the Fun promotion, offering up to 35% savings at participating hotels, was extended to stays completed by Dec. 15.

"The promotion was originally scheduled to terminate on June 30, and was extended to generate low-season bookings through the summer and fall, right up to the Christmas season," a spokeswoman for the bureau explained.

Tour operators incorporating the features in their offerings of three nights or longer are American Airlines Vacations, Gogo Worldwide Vacations, Travel Impressions and US Airways Vacations.

Under the program, every third night of a hotel stay and every third day's use of a rental car is free, depending on the participating property.

Separately, when other hotels are booked, the fifth night is free and the fifth day's use of the rental car is free.

The free third night participants are the Atrium Resort, Belair Beach Hotel, Caravanserai Beach Resort, Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, Great Bay Beach Resort, La Vista Hotel, Maho Bay Resort & Casino, Princess Heights, Summit Resort Hotel, Horny Toad Guesthouse, Turquoise Shell Residence Hotel and Oyster Bay Beach Resort.

The free fifth night hotel participants are Holland House Beach Hotel, Sunterra Flamingo Beach Resort, Princess Port de Plaisance and Sunterra Royal Palm Beach Resort.

Also provided is the Experience St. Maarten coupon book with discounts on sightseeing and dining (seven participating restaurants).

The land-only portion featuring the free third night starts at $177 per person, double, and can be used for clients traveling to St. Maarten on frequent flyer miles.

For more information, contact the tour operators, the tourist bureau (800) 786-2278 or check the Web site

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