HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA, April 27, 2006 – If youâ€™ve been waiting to renew your passport or apply for one, SuperClubs will pay the fee for you (up to $97 per person), as part of your all-inclusive vacation in the Caribbean or the Bahamas. Because it believes that cost should never be a factor in not owning a passport – a document essential these days not just for traveling abroad but also for returning home – SuperClubs will deduct your passport renewal or application fee from the price of your tropical island getaway in 2007.
Through its â€œPassport Includedâ€ promotion, guests traveling to any of SuperClubsâ€™ Caribbean or Bahamian properties next year will have the passport renewal or application costs credited to the price of their all-inclusive vacation, if booked by July 31, 2006.
Change in US Policy: Passports Required
With a firm commitment to offering enjoyable, hassle-free vacations, â€œPassport Includedâ€ is available at SuperClubsâ€™ 10 resorts in Jamaica, the Bahamas, CuraÃ§ao and the Dominican Republic. Until now, U.S. travelers were able to visit the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico, Panama and Canada with only a driverâ€™s license and/or birth certificate. Starting December 31, 2006, the first phase of the U.S. State Departmentâ€™s â€œIntelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Actâ€ will come into effect and require travelers to show their passports to re-enter the United States.
â€œOur message to our guests is clear: go out and get your passports and SuperClubs will pay for it,â€ said John Issa, executive chairman of SuperClubs Resorts. â€œOur â€˜Passport Includedâ€™ promotion is designed to ease any sticker shock applicants might face, and make this new initiative an easy transition for new passport owners.â€
Approximately 24 percent of Americans currently own passports. New passports cost $97 for adults, $82 for children under 16 years and $67 for renewals â€” a family of four could spend close to $400 for their passports alone.
To take advantage of the â€œPassport Includedâ€ promotion, guests need to:
- Book their vacation and pay the deposit by July 31, 2006, for travel anytime in 2007. A four-night minimum stay is required.
- The total costs of new and renewed passports will be credited towards the vacation package.
- Proof that new passports have been applied for or renewed is required. A copy of the information page of new passport(s) and receipt(s) will need to be faxed to 954-925-0334, at least 30 days prior to travel date (no credits will be offered post-travel).
- This promotion is available to all U.S. vacationers, including cruise passengers who are booking pre- and post-trips at a SuperClubs resort.
- SuperClubsâ€™ guests are responsible for filing appropriate paperwork to obtain passports.
- The â€œPassport Includedâ€ package is applicable at SuperClubsâ€™ 10 resorts in four Caribbean countries, namely: Grand Lido Negril Resort & Spa, Grand Lido Braco Resort & Spa, Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club, Breezes Montego Bay, Hedonism II, and Hedonism III, all in Jamaica; Breezes Bahamas in Nassau; Breezes CuraÃ§ao Resort Spa & Casino; Breezes Punta Cana Resort Spa & Casino and Breezes Puerto Plata Resort Spa & Casino, both in the Dominican Republic.
SuperClubs cannot cover expedited surcharges for last-minute applications. Passports take approximately six weeks to process.
For specific details on how to apply or renew a passport, visit: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/get/get_840.html.
To find out more about SuperClubsâ€™ extensive vacations options in the Caribbean or to make a reservation, visit http://www.superclubs.com/, call 1-800-GO-SUPER (1-800-467-8737), or contact a local travel agent.
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