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Newsletter: Caribbean, 6/5/08

Pleasant Holidays Agent Incentive Program Hits 20,000-Member Mark


Travel Agent spoke with Jack Richards, chief executive officer and president of Pleasant Holidays, Tuesday and learned that the tour operator’s travel agent incentive program that was first launched in 2005 has hit the 20,000-member mark.

Travel Agent called Richards to talk about Pleasant Holidays’ and Distinguished Resorts’ new offerings, which include double trip points for all Caribbean bookings from June 1 to August 31. It was also announced that agents will now be receiving extra incentive for group bookings. Agents will earn a free three-night stay at a Caribbean hotel for booking 10 or more rooms for a five-night minimum stay at one of the company’s Caribbean properties. To date, Richards told us the most popular destinations agents have booked in the Caribbean are the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. “Of those, I’d have to say that the Bahamas is somewhat of a surprise since we are a West coast company and the Bahamas typically draws people from the East,” he told us. Visit

Nevis Appoints New Tourism Authority CEO


The Nevis Tourism Authority announced Tuesday the appointment of Garcia Thompson-Hendrickson as its chief executive officer effective immediately. Prior to her current position, Thompson-Hendrickson worked with the director of civil aviation and the project manager of the Grantley Adams International Airport Expansion Project in Barbados. In fact, she has spent 29 years of her career in Barbados. Visit

BVI Development Partners With Dive Operator

Scrub Island, a new luxury development and the British Virgin Islands’ first in more than 15 years, has announced a partnership with tour operator, Dive BVI.

And why should agents care? With three beaches and an array of reefs and islets, it’s safe to say agents’ main clientele for this destination is going to be dive enthusiasts. Dive BVI plans to offer such services as daily snorkel tours, daily two-tank and one-tank dive trips, equipment rental and eco-explorer tours, as well as private dive, snorkel and sightseeing charters. For more information on Scrub Island and the recent partnership with Dive BVI, contact Scrub Island at 813-890-9304 or visit

New St. Martin Property Slated to Open in August


Travel Agent sat down with representatives of the Radisson St. Martin Resort, Marina and Spa ( and found out some selling points agents can pitch for this $80 million property.

Slated to open in August, the 252-room property is located about a 45-minute drive or 25-minute boat ride away frm the Princess Juliana International Airport. It is comprised of 63 suites and 198 guest rooms. For the full story on the property including information on the best rooms and agent contact information, read the June 23 issue of Travel Agent.

Bahamas Resort’s "Beat the Heat Suite" Summer Package


Clients who book a Garden Room for a three-night stay at the Cove, Eluethera resort in The Bahamas at any rate from June 15 to August 31 will be upgraded to the nicest one or two-bedroom suite available for the entire stay. This is an estimated value up to $760 per night. Visit

SuperClub’s 08/08/08 Wedding Deals


SuperClubs Resorts’ Grand Lido Resorts & Spas and Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club are offering a “Lucky Love” promotion, honoring the “lucky” wedding date of August 8, or 8/8/08. Brides and grooms who book their eight-day wedding getaway at Grand Lido Resorts & Spas with a wedding date of August 8 will enjoy a free wedding ceremony, accommodations in a beachfront suite, $388 in spa credits, an eight-course meal, and eight special r turn-down services. This package is $3,888 per couple and also includes an on-site wedding planner. Breezes Resorts offers couples a package that  includes eight nights in an Oceanfront guest room, an on-site wedding planner, $288 in spa credits, a romantic breakfast the day after the wedding, and a private romantic picnic. This package is $2,888 per couple, tax and gratuity included. Visit ­

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