Blue Explorers Resorts has announced that on May 1 it will open the first of its five new dedicated diving resorts on Gran Canaria. The new resorts will offer travel agents commission ranging from 10 percent up to 20 percent on group bookings of 10 or more, a resort spokesperson tells Travel Agent.
Billed as the first dedicated diving resort in Europe, travel agents can earn 10 percent commission on up to $61,912 in bookings; 10 percent commission on bookings from $61,912 to $123,824; and 15 percent commission on bookings of $123,824 or more. Groups above 10 offer a commission of 20 percent.
The commission is based on the total booking and packages, including diving. The average booking is $2,166.93 for two and $3,714.73 for four on full board and diving, resort officials said. Most of its tour operators are diving specialists and ten to book groups to make the most commission.
Accommodations at the resort are in 14 one- or two-bedroom apartments with a kitchen; lounge and dining area; bathroom; outdoor terrace; outdoor dining and umbrella; TV; and large room safe. Wi-Fi is also available in all areas of the resort. Other amenities run the gamut from half- and full-board catering to a full dive center, gym and a tech and photo room, as well as a cinema.
In terms of dining, there is The Reef Bar and Grill, as well as an outdoor BBQ area and pool service. The menu emphasizes sustainable, line-caught fish bought from local fisherman or at the local fish market, as well as local fruit, vegetables, eggs and cheese. All food packaging is also biodegradable, with plastic products kept to a minimum.
Designed with a commitment to sustainability in mind, the resort will aim to continue developing new initiatives and procedures to minimize its ecological impact. Plastic straws, cups and bags are banned at both the resorts and dive centers, and guests are emailed before they arrived asking that they do not bring products containing plastic micro-beads; keep the use of plastic bags in packing to a minimum; and to tie any bags in several tight knots before disposing of them. The plastic holders around outside soft drinks or beers should also be cut or torn into pieces. The resort also uses eco-friendly cleaning products and toiletries, and it uses renewable electricity from wind farms.