Sandals Nixes Energy Surcharge

Sandals Resorts has reversed its position on an energy surcharge to Jamaican room rates. After the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association gave its members the go-ahead to levy a surcharge on guests to help offset rising fuel costs, Sandals planned to institute a surcharge of $4 per person per night (up to $8 per room per night) at all of its Jamaica properties. But the week after the surcharge was announced, and before it was ever implemented, Sandals canceled the charge. "No one disputes the very real challenge of meeting escalating energy costs," Gordon "Butch" Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts, said in a statement, "but we respect and highly value the opinion of our travel partners who are on the consumer frontlines. We always want to do what is in their best interest and therefore after much discussion with them, we feel that now is not the time to enact this new policy." (JP)

FREE Virtual Event

Pivoting Back to Travel: Phase 4

Are you prepared to guide your clients through the “new normal” of travel? Join us December 15, 2020 from 1pm-2:20pm EST for Pivoting Back to Travel: Phase 4. The upcoming installment of our FREE virtual series will feature presentations from the Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, and Seabourn on their most up-to-date travel procedures, health & safety protocols they’ve implemented to keep guests safe, activities that are open to visitors, what your clients need to know while on their trip and more! Visit www.pivotingbacktotravel to view the full agenda and register for your FREE pass.

Suggested Articles:

ID Travel Group has announced the winner of its third Bonham-Carter Graduate Scholarship at Oxford University. See more here.

Eighty-seven percent of people who voted in the November 3 election support a new round of coronavirus-related relief from Washington. Read more here.

The U.S. Department of Transportation ruled this week that airlines do not have to recognize emotional support animals as service animals. Learn more.