GOGO WORLDWIDE VACATIONS' fall Caribbean sale
features package savings of more than 50% at 220 hotels in more
than 20 Caribbean destinations for bookings made by Aug. 22 for
travel Aug. 18 to Dec. 14, the company said. Air-and-hotel-package
rates start at $429 per person, double, for a five-night stay at
Gran Ventana Beach inclusive resort in Puerto Plata, Dominican
Republic, with air from Miami. Gateway cities also include New York
and Philadelphia; departures are available from other cities as
well. Rates cover roundtrip midweek air, accommodations, transfers,
taxes and service charges. Shorter and longer stays can be
arranged; rates at inclusive properties include meals, tips and
more. For details, call (866)229-4999.
• Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica named Tricia-Ann Bridge to the
new post of tour operation relations manager. Bridge, formerly with
Air Jamaica Vacations, will work with operators in the U.S., Canada
and Europe "to generate a greater awareness of the resort through
sales and marketing efforts," according to Myrtle Dwyer, director
• The 72-room Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados reopens Oct. 1,
following extensive renovations to public areas, guestrooms and
restaurants. In-room amenities include Internet access, DVD
players, 27-inch flat-screen TV sets and private balconies. For
rates and packages, call (800) 441-1414.
• Effective Jan. 1, Royal Plantation Spa & Golf Resort by
Sandals in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, will only accept bookings made by
travel agents through a select group of six operators, which
include Air Jamaica Vacations, Classic Custom Vacations, Gogo
Worldwide Vacations, Mark Travel, Travel Impressions, and Air
Canada Vacations. The policy change is "a new marketing strategy
designed to attract an affluent niche market," according to a
spokesperson. For details, visit www.sandals.com.
• The 88-suite Carlisle Bay resort will open Nov. 15 in Old Road
Village on Antigua's south coast on the site of the former Carlisle
Bay Club. Facilities will include a spa with six treatment rooms,
an infinity pool, water sports, nine tennis courts, two
restaurants, a small cinema, a library and gardens. Rates through
Dec. 19 start at $595 per room, double, with breakfast and
afternoon tea. For details. visit www.crownluxurytravel.com or call (800) 628-8929.
AGENTS EARN up to 17% commission on US Airways
Vacations' air/hotel packages booked at www.vaxvacationaccess.com by Aug. 8 for travel Aug. 14
to Dec. 14 to specific resorts in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Bermuda and
Cancun. Commission is 15% for GDS bookings and 10% via the call
center at (800) 455-0123.
PENCIL IT IN
• Coral Sex, Aug. 16 to 23, Anse Chastanet Reef near Anse Chastanet
Resort, St. Lucia. Great opportunity to observe and photograph
annual spawning of coral and marine life. The resort has a
seven-night scuba package from $1,575 per person in conjunction
with the event. For details, visit www.ansechastanet.com or call (800) GO LUCIA.
• Epicurean Escape, Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, Grand Lido Negril, Jamaica.
Foodies' extravaganza with guest chefs, winemakers, cooking demos
and classes. For details, visit www.superclubs.com.
• While the euro has been approved as an accepted form of payment
in Aruba to facilitate European visitors, the Aruban florin (AWG)
and U.S. dollar will continue to be accepted forms of payment, as
well. [We reported otherwise in the Caribbean E-letter 7/24/03].
When Europeans pay in euros, change initially will be given in AWGs
until a reserve of euros is accumulated. Once a supply is on hand,
merchants will give change in euros for payments made in euros. The
same holds true for the current situation with the U.S. dollar: If
a merchant has enough cash on hand to return change in U.S.
dollars, he does. If not, the change is given in AWGs.
• Grand Bahama Vacations' getaway packages booked by Aug. 5 for
travel Aug. 1 to Sept. 20 start at $169 for roundtrip air from
Cincinnati; Richmond, Va.; Cleveland; and Memphis. Hotel rates
start at $59 per person, per night for a three- or four-night
package. For details, call (800) 545-1399. Incorrect pricing was
given in last week's E-letter.