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Jan 17, 2010

Bermuda

The Bermuda Department of Tourism has partnered up with Robb Report to honor individuals and organizations within the travel trade community for demonstrating excellence and support for BermudaOs tourism industry. OThe Robb Report Best of the Best, BermudaO awards will be presented in Bermuda on Feb. 12 at the TuckerOs Point Hotel & Spa. The awards event will kick-off the 2010 Bermuda International Love Festival weekend celebration. The ORobb Report Best of the Best, BermudaO awards will be comprised of three categories, recognizing the efforts of a travel agency, an individual travel agent and an honorary award to either an individual or an organization. All winners named will be celebrated for their dedication and support of Bermuda, passion for the industry and activity in bookings. Candidates being considered for the awards are all participants of BermudaOs Travel Specialist Program. eMail bermudaspecialist@bermudatourism.com or www.bermudatourism.com. Jan 14, 2010

Caribbean

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association is urging the region to consider imposing a USD10 tax on plane tickets to help it recover from the economic crisis. Association president Enrique de Marchena proposes that half the revenues go to help individual nations promote themselves as tourist destinations, with the rest funding a similar regional effort. De Marchena said Tuesday that disagreement remains over how Caribbean marketing funds should be generated. His comments come several months before the Caribbean Tourism Organization hosts its annual conference on how to attract more visitors after canceling the gathering last year because of the crisis. About half the region has seen a double-digit drop in visitors. Jan 12, 2010

Ecuador

Tara Tours is offering a familiarization tour that will visit Quito, Ecuador, and spend four nights aboard the Manatee Amazon Explorer. The trip will depart May 22 from Miami. The price is USD1,549. In Quito, agents will stay at the five-star Colon Hilton. The itinerary will include a full-day excursion going north via the Pan-American Highway through mountain scenery to the native town of Otavalo for the Indian market and will visit the small city of Calderon, which is known for its bread dough dolls, and Peguche and San Antonio de Ibarra, famous for weaving and woodcarvings. The trip includes a brief visit to the equatorial monument, where you can put one foot in the Southern Hemisphere and one in the Northern at the same time. Also included is a motorized canoe ride downstream on the Napo River. The Manatee sails along varying ecosystems and important natural reserves as you enter the Amazon world with more than 600 species of birds, and hundreds of botanical wonders. Also included is a walk through the Yasun National Park, observing the different ecosystems and with a naturalist guide. The excursion includes the opportunity to swim and fish for the famous piranha, time to rest and lunch. The return to the mighty Napo River will be on board a native canoe, rowing along a small black water creek or gorge. For more information, call 800-327-0080, e-mail famtrips@taratours.com or visit www.taratours.com or www.galapagos-amazoncruises.com. Jan 13, 2010

Sandals Emerald Bay

In anticipation of its grand debut on Jan. 22, Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas, the newest of Sandals ResortsO Luxury Included portfolio, is offering one free night to guests who book a minimum seven-night stay at the resort by Feb. 18 for travel during select dates in 2010, as well as savings of up to 60 percent off. All guests who book a stay of three nights or more by Feb. 18 for travel during select dates in 2010 can have special savings of up to 60 percent off regular rack rates in select room categories. Rates begin at USD300 per person, per night. Guests who book a stay at Sandals Emerald Bay will also receive complimentary airfare for their companion during the limited-time Companion Flies Free promotion. This exclusive Oair-inclusiveO offer allows couples who book a four-night stay by March 3 the opportunity to jet to Great Exuma from now through June 23 for the price of one. Sandals Emerald Bay is set along a one-mile stretch of beach on Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas. The resort is the 14th Sandals Resort and, expanding on the companyOs Luxury Included concept, the first to offer a Greg Norman-designed golf course, world-class marina and professionally-trained butlers in all 183 beachfront rooms and suites. In addition, the new Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas will offer gourmet dining in a choice of five la carte restaurants, premium brand wine and spirits, land sports including six Har-tru tennis courts all lit for night play, watersports including snorkeling and scuba diving, gratuities, airport transfers and more. An exclusive 17,000 square foot Red Lane Spa is also on the property. For more information, call 800-SANDALS or visit www.sandals.com. Jan 15, 2010

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