Pleasant Holidays and its luxury brand, Distinguished Resorts, today announced the launch of new travel programs to Costa Rica. Continuing to deliver on their commitment to provide world-wide leisure travel products to travel agents and their clients, the companies will begin taking reservations for Costa Rica bookings December 1, 2007, for travel in January 2008 and beyond.

“In our ongoing effort to provide customers with new and different experiences in the ecological, cultural and historical realm of travel, Pleasant Holidays and Distinguished Resorts will offer the most comprehensive travel program to Costa Rica, featuring the world’s best airlines and more than 20 resorts in the top six tourism regions of the country,” says Jack E. Richards, President & CEO of Pleasant Holidays. “Included in our program will be eight all-inclusive resorts – plus the luxurious Four Seasons Guanacaste – nearly 70 activities and sightseeing tours, as well as a 2008 product brochure with travel tips and other destination information to enhance our customers’ experience to this magnificent tropical paradise.”

The resorts which Pleasant Holidays and Distinguished Resorts will use include:

GUANACASTE: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo; Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort; Occidental Grand Papagayo; Hilton Papagayo Resort Costa Rica; Allegro Papagayo; Barcelo Langosta Beach; Flamingo Beach Resort.

PUNTARENAS (including Jacó and Manuel Antonio): Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort; Barcelo Tambor Beach; Hotel Parador Boutique Resort & Spa; Doubletree Resort by Hilton Puntarenas; Hotel California.

SAN JOSÉ: Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San José; Courtyard San José; Melia Cariari; Barcelo San José Palacio; Tryp Corobici.

MONTEVERDE: Cloud Forest Lodge.

ARENAL: Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa; Occidental El Tucano & Spa; Montaña de Fuego Resort & Spa; Arenal Paraíso Resort & Spa.

Pleasant Holidays and Distinguished Resorts have partnered with a large variety of airlines to accommodate travelers from virtually every city nationwide, including: American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Mexicana Airlines, Taca, United Airlines and US Airways.

Pleasant Holidays is offering the following introductory travel specials, each with a unique added value:

– Flamingo Beach Resort (welcome basket and buffet breakfast)
– Tryp Corobici (daily buffet breakfast)
– Occidental Grand Papagayo (all-inclusive: meals, beverages and activities)
– Barcelo Tambor Beach (reduced rates and all inclusive: meals, beverages and activities)
– Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa (facial treatment, access to Kiro Thermal Water Park and daily buffet breakfast)
– Allegro Papagayo (reduced rates and all inclusive: meals, beverages and activities)

Three-night, air-inclusive holidays to Costa Rica‘s capital city of San José start at $495 from Los Angeles or Miami, $625 from Atlanta, $645 from Houston, and $649 from Dallas/Ft. Worth. Land-only rates begin at $219 per person.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, and includes accommodations, hotel taxes and assistance from Pleasant Holidays’ customer service representatives. Transfers and optional activities may also be added to any vacation.

“Costa Rica is a natural extension of our company’s existing international product line, and this beautiful destination represents an entirely new opportunity to continue Pleasant Holidays’ growth, as we continue to provide customers with the quality service, fine products and competitive pricing they have come to expect from Pleasant Holidays over the past 48 years,” says Richards.

Costa Rica is also the perfect destination for couples planning their honeymoons,” Richards continued. “Newlyweds have the option of inviting friends and family to their destination honeymoon through Pleasant Holidays’ exclusive Honeymoon Registry, where couples register their preferences on their private wedding web page, and loved ones can treat them to spa treatments, romantic cruises, dinners and other diversions.”

Pleasant Holidays’ existing international destinations include Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, the Cook Islands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam.

About Pleasant Holidays:

Pleasant Holidays is a subsidiary of the Auto Club of Southern California and one of the leading travel companies to Hawaii, Mexico, Tahiti, Asia and the South Pacific, serving over 9 million travelers since 1959. The company provides wholesale vacation packages through its portfolio of four brands: Pleasant Holidays, Hawaii World/Distinguished Resorts, Pleasant Activities and Air By Pleasant.

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