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SuperClubs reimburses passport fee

PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 8:12 am
by KarenS
From a recent press release:
Guests traveling to a SuperClubs resort next year will have the passport renewal or application costs (up to $97 per person) credited to the price of a four-night or longer all-inclusive resort stay. The promotion includes cruise passengers who book pre- and post-trips at a SuperClubs resort. "Our message to our guests is clear: go out and get your passports and SuperClubs will pay for it," said John Issa, executive chairman. "This promotion is designed to ease any sticker shock that applicants might face, and make this new initiative an easy transition for new passport holders."

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 9:55 pm
by jagirl
What a mess this whole passport thing has been for the tourism industry in the islands!

Superclubs can afford to reimburse these fees. The smaller hotels cannot. They will end up suffering as the All Inclusives and cruise ships gobble up even more of the market...*sigh*

PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:05 am
by KarenS
Indeed, cruise travelers tend to spend less money in a single port than a visitor who travels to the country by air. Do you suppose the logic is that far fewer terrorists take cruises than airplanes? Any suggestions as to what the logic is on this??

PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 9:25 am
by jagirl
The decision defies logic. I cannot buy into the "terrorists prefer to use planes rather than cruiseships" excuse.Why couldn't a terrorist take a cruise into port and then catch a domestic flight?
Do you need a passport to fly from New York to L.A.?

The other thing about Superclubs and other AI hotels willing to reimburse their guests is that guests who stay at AIs spend little or no money off the hotel property.

It's a good old mess right around. The budget traveler who would stay in a small hotel might not be able to afford the cost of passport and will choose another destination. The family of four who would have stayed in a regular non AI hotel might not be able to afford the $400 cost of obtaining a passport so will choose another destination altogether.

It's just one big mess.