Piton Travel Agent Incentive program,
valid for bookings through April 30, features five grand prizes of
$25,000 each to the top-volume agent in each of five U.S. regions.
According to the St. Lucia Tourist Board, each time a client who
has been booked by an agent travels to St. Lucia, the agent gets a
Piton Point. Travel must be completed by May 30. At the promotion's
end, the top 15 agents across the U.S's five regions will win cash
prizes, with $25,000 awarded to the top agent in each region,
$10,000 for second-place winners and $5,000 for those finishing
third. A special prize also will be awarded to the agent with the
most group bookings (one Piton Point for each group booked). The
U.S. regions are Northeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and
West Coast. Winners will receive their awards at the Piton Awards
ceremony next July in St. Lucia. Agents can fax their booking
vouchers to (866) 363-4300 or e-mail them to [email protected]
. The Web site at www.stlucia.org
have monthly updates on the leading agents.
SANDALS RESORTS sealed an exclusive marketing
alliance with WeddingChannel.com, creating what Sandals claims is
the first online honeymoon registry. To book and register a
honeymoon, agents make a deposited booking, create a free wedding
account on the WeddingChannel.com site and enter the Sandals
US AIRWAYS VACATIONS launched its H.U.G. (which
obviously stands for Huge savings, Unique travel incentives and
Global product offerings) incentive program for agents and
consumers for bookings from Aug. 19 through Sept. 30 for travel
from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. Agents will earn $10 per GDS booking,
$20 per VAX Vacation Access booking and $10 per room for a group
booking. For each VAX booking, agents also are eligible to win one
of 14 three-night trips to 12 Caribbean destinations. Clients get
$50 off per reservation on air/hotel Caribbean vacations and an
additional $50 per booking to St. Kitts & Nevis, Turks &
Caicos, Belize and Grenada.
YA'LLA TOURS USA's commissionable programs to
Cuba will operate from a variety of U.S. gateways and connect with
Cuban charter flights departing from Los Angeles, Miami and New
York. Ronen Paldi, president, said gateways vary, "depending on
where the groups originate. Upcoming group departure points include
Chicago, Denver, Phoenix and Seattle." Although Ya'lla Tours
recently was licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department to sell
travel to Cuba, the requirement still stands that only qualifying
passengers -- including members of religious, educational and
humanitarian organizations; researchers; historians; artists;
journalists; athletes; professional attending conferences; and
Cuban-Americans visiting relatives -- who have been licensed by the
Treasury Department for Cuban travel can participate in Ya'lla's
programs. The firm will produce a flier and update www.yallatours.com
with information on who can go to Cuba and what steps a retail
agents must take to meet Treasury Department criteria for travel to
• Occidental-Allegro Hotels & Resorts launched a new brand
identity for its portfolio of 80 city hotels and beach resorts in
the Caribbean, Mexico, Africa and Europe. The new categories are
top-of-the-line Royal, Grand and Allegro. For details, call (800)
858-2258 or visit Allegro Resorts at www.allegroresorts.com or Occidental Hotels &
Resorts at www.occidental-hoteles.com.
• Hilton Caribbean's World of Savings rate features discounts up to
40% on room rates at each of its eight resorts through Dec. 15.
Children under age 5 eat for free; those from ages 5 to 12 years
get free breakfast plus 50% off at other meals when dining with
adults; and kids ages 18 and under stay free in a room with adults.
To book, ask for plan code WS.
• The Westin St. John Resort & Villas in the U.S. Virgin
Islands caters to its weddings market with traditional as well as
kooky alternatives for wedding ceremonies, such as underwater in a
submarine or in a wetsuit on a coral reef, above the water in a
parasail and parachute or on the water in a yacht. For details,
ANTIGUA'S Finance Dept. is now collecting the
$20 departure tax at V.C. Bird Int'l Airport. The fee previously
was collected by the airlines and then remitted to the
THE CARIBBEAN Tourism Organization signed a
one-year deal with electronic communications company E-Marketing
that will enable its 32 member counties to send e-mail broadcasts
to a database of some 60,000 travel agents.
CARIBBEAN STAR AIRLINES applied to the
government of Trinidad and Tobago to operate frequents flights
between the two islands, using 37-seat or 50-seat Dash 8 planes.
The Trinidad-Tobago route currently is served by BWIA, LIAT and
PENCIL IT IN
• First Int'l Jamaica Jerk Style/Southern Barbecue Cook-Off, Sept.
28 to 30, Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
• CTO's annual Caribbean Tourism Conference, Oct. 28 to 31, Grand
Bahama Island. Participants can download registration forms and
view the conference program and the schedule of business meetings
at a special Web site at http://ctc.caribtourism.com.
OOPS: Chairman of Elite Island Resorts,
formerly Antigua Resorts, is Rob Barrett (his name was incorrectly
spelled in the Aug. 15 Caribbean E-Letter). Also, St. James's Club,
Morgan Bay, St. Lucia, the firm's most recent acquisition, will
remain open while expansion plans are under way to add a theme
pool, gourmet restaurant and full-service spa by Nov. 1. For
information on the firm's eight Caribbean properties, visit the Web
site at www.eliteislandresorts.com.