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3 Viewpoint




4 Maastricht’s Golden tulip
  Apple park Launches
  executive experience




                                Mexico and the Caribbean:
                                                                                                                             JADE MOUNTAIN, ST. LUCIA
5 Leonardo Royal Hotel Berlin

                                Choice, Cost, Convenience
  opens new Facility


                                In times like these, planners are looking for the ultimate
                                combination of variety, affordability and simplicity.
                                By Richard Kern



                                L
                                    et’s face it. Times are tough. The economy is still shaky, profits are down and employees nervously await the next
6 Condé nast traveller              round of cutbacks, hoping they’ll still be there when the dust settles.
  Honors Zara Spa at                   So how do you justify incentive travel in an environment like this? The first thing management needs to
  Mövenpick Resort Dead Sea     understand is that scrapping such programs creates a couple of major problems they may want to avoid: 1) you need
                                the boost in sales and productivity these competitions create now more than ever, and 2) your competitors will start
                                                                                                                                   continued on page 8
                                       CASESTUDY

                                Incentive Program Proves Green Can
7 Starwood introduces Global
  telepresence Meeting Suites   Work for Large Groups Too
                                Carlson and Sun
                                Microsystems Capture
                                Crystal Award with
                                CSR Initiative
8   Mexico & the Caribbean      By Nancy Mann Jackson



                                F
                                      or Sun Microsystems, there’s no such thing as a vacation from environmental responsibility. So even when the
                                      company awards 1,900 of its top performers from across the globe with an all-expenses-paid trip to Honolulu,
                                      it still intends to operate according to its stringent policy on corporate social responsibility (CSR). To conduct a
                                top-flight incentive trip for almost 2,000 people from 43 countries and still maintain the highest levels of environmental
                                responsibility, Sun called on Carlson Marketing Engagement and Events.
                                       Carlson’s dedicated approach to building “SunRise 2008” around CSR resulted in the companies receiving a
                                prestigious Crystal Award for Outstanding Sustainable Motivational Experience from the Society of Incentive & Travel
12 Case Study
                                                                                                                                   continued on page 12
        MExICO AND THE CARIBBEAN

 Choice, Cost, Convenience
 continued from cover

 looking a lot more attractive to your top
 people if they keep their incentive program
 and you don’t.
    To maintain their competitive edge,
 smart companies are currently seeking out
 destinations with broad appeal, that are
 easy to get to and don’t cost a lot. What
 you need is the ultimate combination of
 variety, affordability and simplicity, and that’s
 why more and more meeting and incentive
 planners are looking south, to the Caribbean
 and Mexico.

 Choice
 Depending on the demographics of your
 target group or incentive winners, there’s
 an island, seaside town, or bustling city
 that’s ideally suited to their needs and
 desires. Naturally, the best way to make
 sure you select the right destination is to
 survey participants, asking whether they’d
 prefer a family trip, one with just their
 spouse, or a solo excursion. Also ask about                                                                                                        ANTIGUA
 favorite leisure activities, cuisine, preferred
                                                                                no doubt love St. John, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Turks and Caicos, Virgin
 accommodations, recreation and sports to narrow down your choices.
                                                                                Gorda, or St. Lucia.
    Looking for the perfect place for water-loving, activity-oriented,
                                                                                   If it’s family fun, shopping and amusements you’re after, think
 independent-minded types? Consider the infamous Mexican resorts of
                                                                                Acapulco, Cancun, the Bahamas, St. Thomas and Aruba – which also
 Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta or islands like Antigua, Puerto Rico
                                                                                boast the same crystal clear water, fabulous beaches and amenities that
 and St. Martin, where sailing, sightseeing, sand and surf combine to
                                                                                continue to attract millions of tourists to this part of the world year
 create the ultimate getaway.
                                                                                after year.
    How about a destination for those who want to immerse themselves in
                                                                                   Or maybe you’d rather sample a number of destinations. No
 the local lifestyle? The history, culture and cuisine of Puerto Rico, Mexico
                                                                                problem. Choose a cruise. These days, cruises are often cheaper than
 City, Jamaica and Cuba offer unforgettable opportunities for individuals
                                                                                a flight/hotel package. Along Mexico’s Pacific coast, ships regularly
 or couples who really want to “go native.”
                                                                                visit Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco and La Paz,
    More laid-back, low-key types who would enjoy a place that boasts
                                                                                and Caribbean cruises are available with virtually any combination of
 spectacular beaches, warm blue-green water and soft white sand would
                                                                                                                island stopovers you can imagine. Royal
                                                                                                                Caribbean, for example, offers departures
                                                                                                                from New Jersey, Baltimore, Norfolk,
                                                                                                                Galveston and a number of Florida cities
                                                                                                                to all points in the Caribbean, and Mexico
                                                                                                                cruises depart from Los Angeles and San
                                                                                                                Diego.
                                                                                                                    And variety isn’t just about what you do,
                                                                                                                it’s also about what you see and where
                                                                                                                you stay. In Mexico and the Caribbean,
                                                                                                                the landscape and accommodations run
                                                                                                                the gamut, from the relatively flat terrain
                                                                                                                of Cancun and Barbados to the towering
                                                                                                                volcanic peaks of Montserrat and St. Lucia
                                                                                                                to the terraced, fishing village charm of
                                                                                                                Puerto Vallarta and St. Kitts.
                                                                                                                    Looking for luxury? Book your guests into
                                                                                                                Jade Mountain in St. Lucia, just named the
                                                                                                                top Caribbean resort by Travel + Leisure
                                                                                                                magazine. An isolated, laid-back tropical
                                                                                                                paradise? Try Carambola Beach Resort in
                                                                                                                St. Croix. Full-scale family resort, casino,
                                                                                                                water park and aquarium? Atlantis in the
                                                                                                                Bahamas should be at the top of your list.
                                                                                                                Multi-story, beachfront hotels with eye-
                                                                                                                popping pool complexes, full-service spas
 MEXICO CITY
                                                                                                                              continued on page 10


8 INCENTIVES & MEETINGS INTERNATIONAL APR/MAY 2010
        MExICO AND THE CARIBBEAN

 Choice, Cost, Convenience
 continued from page 8
  and all the amenities? Think Cancun. Again, it all depends on how
  participants define their ultimate getaway and what tweaks their “wow”
  factor.

                                           Cost
                                           Now let’s talk budget. Currently,
                                           airfares and hotel rates for
                                           Mexico and the Caribbean – as
                                           with most tourist spots, given
                                           the still-tight economy – are
                                           ridiculously low. Naturally,
                                           being closer to the U.S., airfares
                                           to these destinations are a lot
                                           more affordable than those to
                                           Europe, Asia or the Middle
                                           East. And there are a number of        ZIJUATANEJO
                                           regional and discount airlines
                                           that offer direct connections to
                                           popular Mexican and Caribbean
                                           destinations for no more than a
   PUERTO RICO
                                           lot of domestic flights.
     The truth is, while everyone is afraid to utter the “R” word (Recession),
  the current economic situation allows meeting and incentive planners
  to use the “L” word (Leverage) to negotiate better prices, packages
  and amenities. And with the U.S. dollar finally regaining some ground
  against other world currencies, your negotiating power is getting
  stronger every day.
     Want to save even more money? Consider adding an on-site meeting
  component to your incentive program. As of January 2004, conventions,
  trade shows and meetings in Mexico are exempt from the local tax
  (IVA), which is 10% on the border and 15% elsewhere for such services
  as venue rental, lodging, transfers, food & beverage and equipment.
  The Mexican Congress is also reviewing the possibility of including
  incentive travel. In addition, expenses for meetings and conventions
  in Mexico are tax-deductible to U.S. companies. And attendees also
  receive a full refund of taxes for merchandise over 1,200 Mexican
  pesos (approximately $110 USD).
                                                                                  CABO SAN LUCAS
     The same is true in the Caribbean. Thanks to the Tax Information
  Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with the United States, more than a dozen
  Caribbean destinations are considered to be part of the North American
  area for purposes of claiming deductions for expenses incurred in
  connection with a business meeting or convention. As United States
  territories, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands also fall into the
  category of tax-deductible meetings destinations. This tax deduction is
  a result of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) Convention Tourism Tax
  Credit that allows U.S. companies to hold business meetings in eligible
  Caribbean countries or territories and to take applicable expenditures as
  a tax write-off.

  Convenience
  Not only are they just a few hours from most major U.S. cities by air,
  but Mexico and the islands of the Caribbean are also easy to access
  in other ways. Contrary to popular belief, not all Caribbean islands
  require U.S. citizens to have a passport these days. If your group will
  include family members or last-minute additions, Puerto Rico and the
  U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas) can lighten the
  logistical hassles. As U.S. Territories, American citizens still only need to
  show a driver’s license or other picture ID upon entry to these islands.
      And given their proximity, heading to Mexico or the Caribbean               ST. CROIX
  means there’s no gearing up for that marathon, eight-hour trans-Atlantic           Let’s see – low prices, easy access, minimal documentation, familiar
  flight and the debilitating jet lag that accompanies the six- or seven-hour     time zones, unlimited choice of accommodations, geology, culture
  time difference. This allows attendees to maximize their on-site time and       and cuisine, no meeting-related taxes…what’s NOT to like about the
  minimize the logistical hassles involved with getting there.                    Caribbean and Mexico as incentive destinations? I&MI


10 INCENTIVES & MEETINGS INTERNATIONAL APR/MAY 2010
Antigua and Barbuda




                                 Antigua and
                                 Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda have certainly adopted the                exchange establishments. There are international banks
notoriously 'Caribbean' way of life. This is a place to       in St John's, and Pound Sterling and US Dollars can be
take things easy, stroll around markets, sip the fresh        exchanged at hotels and in the larger shops.
juices of coconuts and pineapple and meet friendly
locals. Unsurprisingly, Antigua and Barbuda's way of life
is governed by water, and any visitor will find that their    Public Holidays
stay is too. Nelson's Dockyard in the Harbour is at the
forefront of Antigua & Barbuda's vast yachting and            Dec 9, 2012 National Heroes Day
sailing scene. Unlikely, but should you grow weary of         Dec 25, 2012 Christmas Day
Antigua and Barbuda's nautically themed activities, the
                                                              Jan 1-2, 2013 New Year's Days
area also abounds with colourful bird and insect life.
Barbuda is an unspoiled natural haven for wild deer and       Mar 29, 2013 Good Friday
exotic birds and boasts the Frigate Bird Sanctuary.           Apr 1, 2013 Easter Monday
There are also national parks and blow holes to
                                                              May 6, 2013 Labour Day Holiday
discover, including, of course, the Devil's Bridge, a                                                                        provide in-house entertainment for both hotel guests
natural phenomenon crafted by the colliding of Atlantic       May 20, 2013 Whit Monday                                       and non-residents. Casinos generally offer more than
and Caribbean surf. Antiguans are proud of their human        Aug 5, 2013 Carnival Monday                                    just gambling; live music, restaurants and bars are
history too, especially as it documents their release                                                                        standard in most, and there are even gyms and Internet
                                                              Aug 6, 2013 Carnival Tuesday                                   access in some. A wide choice of restaurants and bars
from colonisation, slavery and sugar plantations. This
keenness to remember emancipation is apparent as              Nov 1, 2013 Independence Day                                   around the main tourist areas offer international and
towns proudly proclaim names such as Liberta and              Dec 9, 2013 National Heroes Day                                authentic Caribbean food.
Freetown.                                                                                                                    Some of the best steel bands in the Caribbean can be
                                                              Dec 25, 2013 Christmas Day                                     found travelling around the hotels along with limbo
                                                                                                                             dancers and calypso singers. They perform nightly
General Information                                           International Travel
                                                                                                                             during the high season (November to April). For those
                                                                                                                             who like to dance the night away, there are also a few
Area: 440 sq km/ 170 sq miles                                                                                                nightclubs/discos. One of the best parties on the island
                                                              Air: Antigua & Barbuda does not have its own national          for locals and tourists alike is at Shirley Heights Lookout.
Population: 86k (2010 estimate)                               airline but many airlines do operate regular direct            Crowds gather on the patio every Sunday afternoon to
Capital: Saint John's                                         flights. British Airways (www.britishairways.com) flies        enjoy unparalleled views over English Harbour with a
                                                              from the UK and Delta (www.delta.com) from the USA.            BBQ, live music, drinks and incredible sunsets.
Geography: The country consists of three islands;             Many other airlines operate inter-Caribbean flights.
Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda. Low-lying and volcanic                                                                         Shopping: Heritage Quay Complex is a shopping and
in origin, they are part of the Leeward Islands group         Approximate Flight Times                                       entertainment area with over 50 duty-free shops,
in the northeast Caribbean. Antigua's coastline curves        London to St John's is 8 hours                                 restaurants and a casino with a supper club.
into a multitude of coves and harbors - once volcanic         New York to St John's is 4 hours
craters - and more than 365 beaches of fine white sand,                                                                      Shopping hours: Mon-Fri 8:30AM-4PM (some close
fringed with palms. The island's highest point is Boggy       International Airports: V. C. Bird International Airport       NOON-1PM); Sat 8AM-NOON. Most shops in St John's
Peak 402m/1,318ft, its capital is St John's. Barbuda lies     ANU. The airport is situated 8km/5 miles northeast of St       close at noon on Thursday.
40km/25 miles north of Antigua and is an unspoiled            John's. Taxis available on a fixed-fare basis to St John's     Social: Dress is informal unless formal dress is
natural haven for wild deer and exotic birds. Its 8km-/       (travel time - 10-15 minutes) and local hotels. Facilities:    requested. It is not acceptable to wear revealing
5mile-beach is reputed to be among the most beautiful         24-hour ATM, post office, bureau de change, restaurant,        clothing or beachwear in towns or villages. Relatives
in the world. There are the ruins of some of the earliest     bar, porter service, first aid, travel agencies, VIP lounge,   and good friends generally embrace. An invitation is
plantations in the West Indies and coastal waters are         car parking, car rental, disabled facilities available.        necessary for acquaintances or business associates.
rich with all types of crustaceans and tropical fish. The     Departure Tax: EC$50 or US$20. EC$35 for nationals of          Although gifts will generally be well received, they are
island's village capital, Codrington, was named after the     CARICOM countries. Children under 16 are exempt.               normally only given on celebratory occasions.
Gloucestershire family that once leased Barbuda from                                                                         Tipping: 10 to 15% is included on hotel bills for staff
the British Crown for the price of 'one fat pig per year if                                                                  gratuities, plus an 8.5% government tax.
asked for'. Redonda, the smallest in the group, is little
more than an uninhabited rocky islet 40km/25 miles
                                                              Social & Business Customs                                      Business: A lightweight suit is suitable for most
southwest of Antigua.                                         Food: Antigua's gastronomic speciality is lobster, with        business visits. Handshaking is the normal greeting for
                                                              red snapper and occasionally other fish running a close        acquaintances and for formal introductions. Business
Language: English. English patois widely spoken.                                                                             cards are expected. Office hours: Mon-Fri
                                                              second when available. Specialities include Pepperpot
Time: GMT -4:00                                               (hearty vegetable stew with salted meat) served with           8AM-Noonand 1-4:30PM. Government office hours:
Electricity: 230 Volts, 60 Hz, 2-flat pin plug                Fungee (cornmeal and okra dumplings); Roti (patties            Mon-Thurs 8AM-4PM, Fri 8AM-3PM.
                                                              filled with curried potatoes, chicken or beef); Ducana         Mobile phone and Internet: Mobile phone roaming
                                                              (grated sweet potato mixed with coconut, sugar and             agreements exist with most international mobile phone
Money                                                         spices and steamed in a banana leaf), often served
                                                              with chop up (mashed aubergine, okra and saltfish);
                                                                                                                             companies. Unregistered roaming is available - visitors
                                                                                                                             with TDMA handsets can make calls without registering,
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar, XCD                       Tamarind balls (local sweets) and Black pineapples from        provided they can give a credit card number. Internet
                                                              Antigua & Barbuda which are famous throughout the              access is available in large cities and resorts.
Credit Cards: American Express, Diners Club,                  East Caribbean. Casual wear is accepted in all bars and
MasterCard and Visa accepted, ATMs in major resorts.          restaurants. There is an 8.5% government tax on most
Travelers Checks: Widely accepted, can be exchanged
at intl. banks, hotels and larger stores. To avoid
                                                              restaurant bills.
                                                              Drink: Regional drinks include Ting (homegrown,
                                                                                                                             Climate
additional charges, USD traveler’s cheques are                sparkling grapefruit drink) and Wadadli (locally-brewed,       The islands enjoy a very pleasant tropical climate which
recommended.                                                  light and refreshing beer). Popular ingredients include        remains warm and relatively dry throughout the year.
Banking Hours: Mon-Thurs 8AM-3PM; Fri 8AM-1PM                 pineapple, coconut, guavas and mangoes. For an                 Tropical storms and hurricanes may occur between
and 3-5PM (some banks open until Saturday NOON).              alcoholic kick, rum is plentiful; try both dark and light      June and November.
                                                              rum and punches. Drinking age is 18.
Currency Exchange: Although the EC Dollar is tied to
the US Dollar, exchange rates will vary at different          Nightlife: Most of the nightlife is centred in St John's,
                                                              although hotels and casinos around the islands usually
                                                                                                                                    Antigua and Barbuda / Antigua - St. Johns


                                                                                                                                SANDALS GRANDE
                                                                                                                                       ANTIGUA
                                                                                                                                Country Rating 5*
                                                                                                                                Dickenson Bay
                                                                                                                                P.O. Box 147
                                                                                                                                St. Johns W.I.
                                                                                                                                Antigua
                                                                                                                                Phone: +1 305 284 1300
                                                                                                                                Fax: +1 305 668 2776
                                                                                                                                Email: thawryluk@uvi.sandals.com
                                                                                                                                Website: www.sandals.com
                                                                                                                                Rooms: 373
                                                                                                                                Max. Group Rooms Commitment: 175
                                                                                                                                Location: Directly at the beach
                                                                                                                                Contact: Ms. Tonya Hawryluk,
                                                                                                                                Group Sales Manager
                                                                                                                                Member of: MPI, SITE
Incentive and Meetings Offers                                                                                                   Awards: Six Star Diamand Award for Sandals Grande
                                                                                                                                Antigua Mediterranean Village and Five Star Diamond
Rates p.p. in USD                       Eff. Dates              Rm Type              Days/Nights Single Double                  Award for the resort by American Academy of Hospitality
 Luxury Included® Rate               01Sep-16Dec12        Garden of Eden Deluxe           6/5          --   1,266.50*           Sciences
 Includes • Five (5) nights accommodation, breakfast, all AI services • One (1) complimentary concierge upgrade for a           Affiliation: Sandals Resorts
 VIP or one (1) complimentary concierge upgrade for every twenty-five (25) rooms paid • One (1) complimentary person for        Airport: V.C. Bird International Airport 15 minutes drive
 every twelve (12) rooms paid (maximum of seven (7) complimentary rooms.) • Private group check-in (based on majority
 of the group arriving at the same time) • Complimentary hospitality desk with in-house phone extension, easel, flipchart       Two worlds - the exotic Caribbean and sophisticated
 and markers • Complimentary use of meeting facilities and basic A/V equipment • Complimentary cocktail reception with          Mediterranean - come together at one grand resort,
 hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and open bar (1 hour) • Complimentary coffee break(s) per day during scheduled meetings            Sandals Grande Antigua, on Antigua's best and most
 • Complimentary private 2 hour group dinner. Service and taxes.                                                                famous beach, Dickenson Bay. Here, opposite sides
 *Rate is subject to change without notice. Please be advised that any additional group functions would be subject to           of paradise create two extraordinary vacations in
 surcharges and entertainment is at additional cost.                                                                            one. On the quintessentially Caribbean side lies the
                                                                                                                                resort's charming and authentic island hideaway
Themed Events                                                                                                                   known as the Caribbean Grove. All the splendor of
                                                                                                                                Europe's warm southern region unfolds at the
 Caribbean and Oriental Elegance As your guests enter, they are greeted by the spectacular sights of bamboo, orchids            six-star, all-suite Mediterranean Village. Only
 and gold fabrics. The perimeter of the event features large bamboo tripods with orchids cascading from the center and          Sandals Grande Antigua offers you the best of two
 up lights that cast "oriental hues." When the party proceeds to the dining area, tables with green-underlay tablecloths        worlds.
 and gold organza overlays await. A four foot bamboo tripod with orchids finished with a large candle lantern is the table
 centerpiece.                                                                                                                  Hotel Amenities
 Winemaker's Dinner Welcome to our Wine Maker's Dinner - the ultimate dining experience for the discriminating
                                                                                                                                11 world-class restaurants, 7 bars, unlimited premium
 gourmand. This wonderful dining experience pares our Chef's magnificent creations with selections from the Manager's
                                                                                                                                brand drinks and Beringer® Wines, 6 pools, 6 whirlpools,
 Wine List resulting in a 5-course meal with a welcome tasting and aperitif.
                                                                                                                                Red Lane® Spa with Dermalogica® products (treatments
                                                                                                                                additional), unlimited land and water sports including
Conference and Event Facilities                                                                                                 scuba diving (included for certified divers) and snorkeling,
                                                                                                                                round trip airport transfers, all hotel taxes and gratuities,
 The conference center at Sandals Grande Antigua provides over 3,600 sqft/334 sqm of function space. Private coffee             nightly entertainment, fitness center, poolside/beach
 breaks, award banquets and just about any other type of function are available and can be customized based on your             cocktail valet service and conference center with meeting
 group's specific requirements. Whatever your goal or budget, Sandals Grande Antigua is committed to ensuring the               rooms up to 3,240 sqft/300 sqm.
 success of your meeting or incentive program.
  Room Name                                 Area in       Theater   Classroom   U-Shape    Boardroom   Reception   Banquet     Guest Room Features
                                           Sq.Ft/Sq.M                                                                           Sandals Grande Antigua offers 373 rooms and suites. The
                                                                                                                                Caribbean Grove accommodations have air-conditioning,
  Admiral Lord Nelson's Ballroom           3240/300        400         250        --          --         380        280         king-size mahogany four poster bed, ceiling fan, amenity
                                                                                                                                kit, hairdryer, telephone, private bath and shower, safe,
  Ballroom A                               1080/100        130         80         60          --         120        100         clock radio, cable TV, coffee/tea maker, iron and ironing
  Ballroom B                               1080/100        130         80         60          --         120        100         board. The Mediterranean Village accommodations offer
  Ballroom C                               1080/100        130         80         60          --         120        100         Concierge Service, air-conditioning, king-size mahogany
                                                                                                                                four poster bed, ceiling fan, amenity kit, hairdryer,
  Pre-function Area                        1098/101         --          --        --          --         280         --         telephone, private bath and shower, safe, clock radio,
  Boardroom                                 476/44          --          --        --          20          --         20         cable TV, coffee/tea maker, iron and ironing board. These
                                                                                                                                suites have Italian tile floors, large flat-screen 42" TVs,
 The ceiling height in the Admiral Lord Nelson's Ballroom is 16 ft/4.9 m and 14 ft/4.3 m in the pre-function area and in the    and custom designed mahogany furniture.
 boardroom.
                                                                                                                               Services Available to Planners
                                                                                                                                Dedicated on-site group concierge.




Additional Information                                                                                                         Booking Instructions
 Credit Cards/Travelers & Personal Checks                   Service Included in Package                                         Unique Vacations Groups Department
 All major credit cards accepted.                           Taxes Included in Package                                           Ms. Tonya Hawryluk
                                                                                                                                Tel +1 305 284 1300 Fax +1 305 668 2776
                                                                                                                                Email: thawryluk@uvi.sandals.com
Aruba




                                  Aruba

Lean back and take it easy on Aruba: the best that
Caribbean sea, sand and sunshine have to offer. Aruba’s
                                                               Public Holidays
balmy breezes and relaxed pace are just the tonic for          Dec 25, 2012 Christmas
any frazzled visitor; just like the soothing aloe vera plant
that is found everywhere on the island. The surrounding        Jan 1, 2013 New Year's Day
waters are populated by colourful creatures such as            Jan 25, 2013 GF Croe's Day
parrotfish splashed with teal and gold, while bright pink      Feb 11, 2013 Carnival Monday
flamingos populate the national park. Aruba's capital,
Oranjestad, also dazzles: orange facades brightly array        Mar 18, 2013 National Anthem and Flag Day
the architecture, indicating the island's historical ties      Mar 29, 2013 Good Friday                                      perfume, linens, jewellery, watches, cameras, crystal,
with The Netherlands - Aruba's head of state is still the                                                                    china and other luxury items plus a range of locally
                                                               Apr 1, 2013 Easter Monday                                     made handicrafts. Aloe grows in abundance on Aruba,
Dutch ruling monarch.
                                                               Apr 30, 2013 Queen's Birthday                                 and skin care products are manufactured locally.
                                                               May 1, 2013 Labor Day                                         Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat 8AM-6PM; some shops
General Information                                            May 9, 2013 Ascension Day
                                                                                                                             close for lunch between Noon-2PM. Shops in malls and
                                                                                                                             shopping centres may open 9:30AM-6PM and may open
Area: 193 sq km (74.5 sq miles)                                Dec 25, 2013 Christmas                                        Sundays when cruise ships are in port.
Population: 1,010,541 (2008)                                                                                                 Social: Much of the social activity takes place in hotels
Capital: Oranjestad                                            International Travel                                          where the atmosphere will be informal, often American
                                                                                                                             in feel. The islanders do not wear shorts in town though
Geography: Aruba is the smallest island in the Leeward                                                                       it is acceptable for visitors to do so. Bathing suits are
group of the Dutch Caribbean islands, which also               Air: The national airline is Aruba Airlines
                                                               (www.arubaairlines.aw).                                       strictly for beach or poolside. In the evenings people
include Bonaire and Curaçao; they are popularly known                                                                        tend to dress up, especially when visiting the casinos.
as the ABCs. As the westernmost island of the group,           Approximate Flight Times                                      Jackets are not required for men, except for official
Aruba is the final link in the long Antillean chain, lying     Amsterdam to Oranjestad is 10 hours                           government functions.
20km/12.5 miles off the Venezuelan coast. The island
is 30km/19.6 miles long and 9km/6 miles across at              New York to Oranjestad is 4 hours 30 minutes                  Tipping: Hotels add a 15% service charge to any food
its widest, and has a flat landscape dominated by              International Airports: Reina Beatrix (AUA)                   or beverage bill. Restaurants may add 15% service to
Jamanota Mountain (188m/617ft). The west and                   (www.airportaruba.com) is 3.5km/2.5 miles southeast           the bill; if not, 10 to 15% is normal.
southwest coast, known as Palm Beach, boasts 11km/7            of Oranjestad. Taxis are available. Regular buses run         Business: Business dress and etiquette tend to reflect
miles of palm-fringed powder-white sands while, in             from just outside the airport. International and local        that of the USA. It is usual for men to wear ties to
contrast, the east coast has a desolate and windswept          car hire companies are based at the airport. Facilities:      business meetings. Exchanging business cards is the
shoreline of jagged rocks carved into peculiar shapes by       Duty-free shops, souvenir shops, bank, restaurants and        norm. Meetings are usually held during office hours in
the pounding surf.                                             Internet access.                                              the workplace.
Language: The official language is Dutch. English and          Departure Tax: US$30. Transit passengers in Aruba             Office hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM.
Spanish are also spoken. The islanders also speak              for less than 24 hours are exempt. Departure tax is           Mobile phone and Internet: Roaming agreements exist
Papiamento, which is a combination of Dutch, Spanish,          normally included in the ticket price                         with a few mobile phone companies. Coverage is
Portuguese, English and Indian languages.                                                                                    average.
Time: GMT - 4                                                                                                                Many hotels offer connections, Internet cafes are also
Electricity: 120 volts AC, 60Hz
                                                               Social & Business Customs                                     available and Aruba has several Wi-Fi hotspots
                                                                                                                             (www.wifi-aruba.com).
                                                               Food: Not much food is grown locally, but the variety in
                                                               the local cuisine is extensive. There is a very wide range
Money                                                          of international cuisine and several of the more famous
                                                               fast-food chains have premises on the island.                 Climate
Currency: Aruban Florin (AWG; symbol ƒ) = 100 cents.           National specialities include Keshi yena (Gouda cheese        With an average temperature of 28°C (82°F), this dry
Notes are in denominations of ƒ500, 100, 50, 25 and            packed with a spicy meat mixture of either chicken            and sunny island is made pleasantly cool throughout
10. Coins are in denominations of ƒ5, 2.5 and 1, and 50,       or beef and then baked); Stobà (lamb or goat stew);           the year by constant trade winds. Short showers occur
25, 10 and 5 cents.                                            Cala (bean fritters); Pastechi (meat- or cheese-stuffed       during the months of October, November and
The Aruban Florin is tied to the US Dollar.                    turnovers) and Ayacas (leaf-wrapped meat rolls).              December.
Credit Cards: Major credit cards are widely accepted by        Drink: As ever in the Caribbean, all alcoholic punches
many shops and hotels. They can also be used in ATMs           and cocktails will usually be given a ‘kick’ with a liberal
if the card bears CIRRUS or Plus System logos.                 dose of rum. The legal drinking age is 18.
Travelers Checks: To avoid additional exchange rate            Nightlife: There is one drive-in and one indoor cinema
charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's            screening the latest blockbusters. The highlight of
cheques in US Dollars or Euros.                                Aruba’s nightlife, however, is the casinos; most open
Banking Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-Noon and 1:30-4PM.                  from 11PM until the early morning, with a few opening
Some remain open at lunchtime.                                 24 hours. Hotel bars usually offer live entertainment and
                                                               most hotels run theme nights. Alternatively, there are
Currency Exchange: The US Dollar is widely accepted.           several cocktail bars and nightclubs in Oranjestad; join
Other currencies can be exchanged in banks. Currency           one of the party buses for a lively pub tour. Another
can also be obtained from ATMs in Oranjestad.                  option is one of the party cruises, usually offering
Currency Restrictions                                          dinner, drinks and entertainment.
The export of the Aruban Florin is prohibited. The import
and export of foreign currency must be declared with           Shopping: As a ‘free zone’, duty on most items in
amounts exceeding the equivilant of US$11,000.                 Aruba is so low that shopping here can have obvious
                                                               advantages. Stores carry goods from all parts of the
                                                               world and there are some excellent buys, including
                                                                                                                                                              Aruba / Palm Beach


                                                                                                                               ARUBA MARRIOTT
                                                                                                                                     RESORT &
                                                                                                                                    STELLARIS
                                                                                                                                       CASINO
                                                                                                                              Country Rating 4*
                                                                                                                              L.G. Smith Boulevard 101
                                                                                                                              Palm Beach
                                                                                                                              Aruba
                                                                                                                              Phone: +297 520 6621
                                                                                                                              Fax: +297 520 6674
                                                                                                                              Email: christine.pennel-jones@marriott.com
                                                                                                                              Website: www.arubamarriott.com
                                                                                                                              Rooms: 411
Incentive and Meetings Offers                                                                                                 Max. Group Rooms Commitment: 150
                                                                                                                              Location: Oceanfront
Rates p.p. in USD                       Eff. Dates            Rm Type         Days/Nights      Single     Double              Contact: Christine Pennel-Jones,
                                                                                                                              Sales Manager
 Inclusive Add On Package            02Jan-21Mar13*             ROH                1/1          562         358
                                                                                                                              Member of: Aruba Convention Bureau (ACB), Aruba
 Minimum 10 rooms                     06Apr-13Jul13*            ROH                1/1          401         278               Hotel and Tourism Association (AHATA), CHA
                                     14Jul-24Aug13*             ROH                1/1          463         309
                                     25Aug-20Dec13*             ROH                1/1          401         278               Awards: Tripadvisor Excellence Award 2012, Expedia
                                                                                                                              Insiders' List 2012, Travelocity Excellence Award 2011,
 Includes 1 night accommodation, 3 meals a day at La Vista, Simply Fish, Waves Beach Bar, Pool Bar, Ketsu Sushi and           AAA Four Diamond Award 2011, Gold Key Award by
 Champions, Gold Standard Brand beverages included. Service and taxes. *Black out dates apply.                                Meetings & Conventions 2011, Distinguished member of
                                                                                                                              Luxury Group 2011, Fodor’s Choice 2010.
Themed Events                                                                                                                 Affiliation: Marriott International, Inc.
                                                                                                                              Airport: Queen Beatrix International Airport 7 miles/
 Dancing with the Starfish The Tradewinds Beach is transformed into a vibrant celebration with illuminated stars hanging      11 km
 overhead while starfish dancers perform to the island rhythms of a carnival band. Palates will be dancing as well at the
 “Starfish Delight,” a Caribbean seafood buffet featuring a mouth-watering lobster bake.
 Carnival Aruba "Carnival Fantasy Night" gives your guests the thrill of Aruba's carnival. A Caribbean dance band provides    The stunning oceanfront Aruba Marriott Resort &
 the music to move your feet to an awesome Caribbean beat! Tropical delicacies await guests in a sumptuous full dinner        Stellaris Casino welcomes its guests to a
 buffet. Decorations include multi-colored tablecloths and carnival centerpieces. Local dancers weave in and out of the       contemporary Caribbean resort experience. The
 crowd showing off their award-winning costumes and decorations.                                                              resort offers seven bars and restaurants from elegant
                                                                                                                              dining to casual fare. Event participants will get
Conference and Event Facilities                                                                                               pleasure from the enjoyable free form pool and
                                                                                                                              swim-up bar or the all new adults’ only H2Oasis pool.
 Aruba's arid climate makes planning outdoor events more than just a possibility. But when your meeting comes inside, our     At night, guests will be able to try their luck at the
 function facilities provide the flexibility to accommodate large seminars and banquets to small executive board meetings,    exciting Stellaris Casino or move to the local rhythms
 providing the latest enhancements in audio-visual technology.                                                                at Lounge 101. The Aruba Marriott Resort features
                                                                                                                              nearly 11,000 sqft/1,021 sqm of indoor meeting and
 Room Name                                 Area in       Theater   Classroom   U-Shape   Boardroom   Reception   Banquet      function space for groups ranging from 10 to 500.
                                          Sq.Ft/Sq.M                                                                          Recognized as one of Aruba’s premier resorts our
                                                                                                                              beach front property hosts memorable meetings and
 Grand Ballroom                  8435/783                 880        350         --          --        800        450         events in the grand Marriott tradition.
 Salon A, Salon B, each          1434/133                 130        48          29          26        110         50        Hotel Amenities
 Salon C                         2835/259                 308        108         42          42        250        120         Enjoy the culinary delights from the world renowned
 Salon D                         2788/259                 256        96          42          40        200        120         Ruth’s Chris Steak House or take in the beauty of the
 Salon A + B                     2812/261                 256        96          42          40        256        150         Aruba sunset at the beach front Simply Fish restaurant.
                                                                                                                              Try Italian themed dinner buffets at La Vista or fresh made
 Salon A + B + C                 5647/524                 575        234         69          64        500        300         sushi at the Ketsu Sushi Bar. Fully equipped 24-hour
 Salon C + D                     5623/522                 575        234         69          64        500        300         health club, the largest Stellaris Casino in Aruba, Mandara
 Amsterdam Ballroom              1572/146                 120        84          39          45        120         80         spa, tennis courts, basketball courts.
 Amsterdam 1, Amsterdam 2, each   787/73                  54         45          20          26         54         40        Guest Room Features
 Delft                            484/45                  40         12          12          12         40         10         8 floors, 411 rooms including 23 oceanfront suites. All
 Board room                       425/39                   --         --         --          12         --         --         rooms are non-smoking and include Marriott’s Revive
 South Beach                    13,705/1273                --         --         --          --         --        400         Bedding, large balconies, Jack Pack, 37” LCD TV, wired
                                                                                                                              Internet access, coffeemaker, mini refrigerator, hairdryer,
 H2Oasis pool                    9100/845                  --         --         --          --         --        150         bathrobes, bath-amenities, iron board and iron, in-room
 Tradewinds Beach               30,218/2807                --         --         --          --         --        500         safe, purified water system, individual climate control,
                                                                                                                              alarm clock, telephone with data port and voice mail.
 La Vista Terrace                4002 /372                 --         --         --          --         --        200
 West Lawn                        661/61                   --         --         --          --         --        350        Services Available to Planners
                                                                                                                              Private group check in desk in lobby.

Additional Information                                                                                                       Booking Instructions
 Credit Cards/Travelers & Personal Checks                  Service 13% Service Charge included in Package                     Directly with our Sales Manager, Christine Pennell-Jones
 All major credit cards are accepted.                      Taxes 10.74% Government Tax included in Package                    Tel +816 350 1300
                                                                                                                              Email: christine.pennel-jones@marriott.com
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                                                                                                                                        HOLIDAY INN
                                                                                                                                      RESORT ARUBA
                                                                                                                             Country Rating 3.5 *
                                                                                                                             J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 230, Noord
                                                                                                                             Palm Beach
                                                                                                                             Aruba
                                                                                                                             Phone: +297 586 3600
                                                                                                                             Fax: +297 586 5870
                                                                                                                             Email: magali.meza-guzman@ihg.com
                                                                                                                             Website: www.holidayresortaruba.com
                                                                                                                             Rooms: 382
                                                                                                                             Max. Group Rooms Commitment: 275
                                                                                                                             Location: On the beach of Palm Beach
                                                                                                                             Contact: Magali Meza-Guzman,
                                                                                                                             Sales Manager
                                                                                                                             Affiliation: InterContinental Hotels Group
                                                                                                                             Airport: Queen Beatrix International Airport 4 miles/6.4
Incentive and Meetings Offers                                                                                                km, 20 minutes
Rates p.p. in USD                       Eff. Dates                Rm Type          Days/Nights      Single Double
                                                                                                                             The Holiday Inn Resort Aruba is located on the beach
 All Inclusive Plan*                 01Sep-23Dec12            Run of the House          1/1           157       88           front on 1/4 mile/400 meters of Palm Beach's
 Minimum stay 2 nights               08Jan-06Feb13            Run of the House          1/1           219      125           pristine, white sand beach where the turquoise
 Minimum 10 rooms                    13Feb-27Mar13            Run of the House          1/1           219      125           waters are just steps from your room. Enjoy the great
 Includes 1 night accommodation, All Inclusive Plan (unlimited food and beverage), rental of indoor meeting room/            location and the walking distance to local
 function space.                                                                                                             restaurants, nightlife and entertainment. The resort
 *One complimentary person on All Inclusive Plan for every 30 paid rooms, 1 complimentary upgrade to Ocean Front room.       also offers the facilities and service to ensure your
                                                                                                                             next meeting or conference to be a great success. Our
Themed Events                                                                                                                professional catering and events team is committed
                                                                                                                             to ensure that your event will be an unforgettable
 Welcome Reception Nothing better than relax around the pool or at the beach for a welcome reception. We have a              experience for your guests.
 selection of buffet menus and open bars to enhance the celebration, while listening to the Caribbean rhythm of a steel
 pan.                                                                                                                       Hotel Amenities
 Farewell Dinner Themed Farewell Dinner at our Las Palmas Ballroom will offer your participants a great evening featuring    We have something for everyone: water sports,
 buffet dinner, open bar and live entertainment.                                                                             sightseeing, shopping or simply relaxing in the shade
                                                                                                                             of a palm tree. There is no sunnier or more exciting
Conference and Event Facilities                                                                                              destination than Aruba. Zero-entry swimming pool with
                                                                                                                             2 Jacuzzis and entertainment deck, a beautiful and
 The Holiday Inn Resort Aruba on beautiful Palm Beach offers the location, facilities and services to ensure your next       sugar-white sand beach, fully equipped fitness center,
 meeting or conference to be a great success. Our Las Palmas Ballroom is the ideal place for a large meeting as we can       4 lighted tennis courts and 1 non-lighted court, scuba
 set it up for 500 people in theater style and up to 300 people for a banquet reception.                                     diving – PADI 5-Star certified (fees apply), Internet zone,
 Our three banquet rooms – ranging from 850 sqft to 4,224 sqft/from 78 sqm to 392 sqm – are ideal for small to               best water sports on the island (fees apply), action
 medium-sized meetings and conventions.                                                                                      packed Excelsior Casino, shopping arcade, Intermezzo
 And our professional catering and events team is committed to ensure that your event will be an unforgettable experience    Day Spa, on-site tour desk and car rental, the best of elite
 for your guests.                                                                                                            designer shopping across the street.
 Would you like to host your event outside? Garden and beach settings are also available.
 Whether it's an executive meeting, a conference or a reunion, we've got something for everyone!                            Guest Room Features
                                                                                                                             Retreat to the comfort of newly refreshed guest rooms
  Room Name                                Area in      Theater   Classroom   U-Shape   Boardroom   Reception   Banquet      featuring crisp, new white bed linens and your choice of
                                          Sq.Ft/Sq.M                                                                         firm or soft pillows. Unwind on your private balcony with
                                                                                                                             island, garden or ocean views. Free in-room Wi-Fi, radio
  Las Palmas                             4224/392          500       12         54         200        450        300         alarm/clock, iron and board, 37” flat LED TV, US standard
                                                                                                                             electrical outlets (110 volt), free in-room safe, direct-dial
  Cadushi Room                            1000/92          80        36         25          20         50         30         phone, mini refrigerator, spacious closet, coffee maker,
  Casibari Room                            850/78          70        45         36          20         50         40         individually controlled air-conditioning, hairdryer,
                                                                                                                             smoking and non-smoking rooms available.
  Pool Deck                             22,500/2090         --       --         --          --        450        350
  Beach Area                            65,340/6069         --       --         --          --         --        500        Services Available to Planners
                                                                                                                             Hospitality desk located in lobby upon request, free of
                                                                                                                             charge Wi-Fi available at the lobby area, telephone and
                                                                                                                             video conferencing services available.




Additional Information                                                                                                      Booking Instructions
 Credit Cards/Travelers & Personal Checks                  Service 23.5 % Service Charge not included in                     Directly with the Sales Department
 All major credit cards accepted. Company check,           Packages                                                          Tel: +297 526 3441
 certified check or bank transfer made out with the name   Taxes USD 5,95 Energy Charge per room per night not               Fax: +297 586 5870
 of Holiday Inn Aruba.                                     included in Packages                                              Email: magali.meza-guzman@ihg.com
Bahamas




                                 Bahamas
The 'Bahamas' gets its name from the Spanish, 'baja           Dec 25, 2013 Christmas Day
mar', meaning 'shallow sea'. The turquoise waters that        Dec 26, 2013 Boxing Day
lap this land are as calm and warm as its people.
Throughout the 700-plus islands that constitute The           Jan 1, 2014 New Year’s Day
Bahamas, residents tend to abide by 'island time', an
affectionate term used to describe the Bahamians' laid
back demeanor and their slow-moving way of life. It           International Travel
isn't too hard to fall into this habit: many of islands are   Air: The Bahamas’ national airline is Bahamasair (UP)
either uninhabited or sparsely populated and from             (www.bahamasair.com).          British    Airways    (BA)
beaches strewn with beautiful seashells to homes              (www.britishairways.com) and Virgin Atlantic (VS)
painted in soft pastel shades, serenity is easy to find on    (www.virgin-atlantic.com) run direct flights from the UK.
The Bahamas. Yet many forget that this mammoth
archipelago is twice the size of Spain. For those who         Approximate Flight Times
want a destination, which offers something a bit more         Los Angeles to Nassau is 8 hours
than just peaceful seclusion, they will find The Bahamas      New York to Nassau is 3 hours 30 minutes
is large enough to accommodate everyone's taste. From         London to Nassau is 9 hours
shopping in the bustling straw market, to golfing on          Singapore to Nassau is 26 hours
world-class courses, to diving amidst shipwrecks and          International Airports: Nassau (NAS) (Lynden Pindling
coral reefs, to windsurfing and para sailing, and then        International Airport) (www.nas.bs) is 16 km/10 miles
some dancing the night away to the bubbly sounds of           west of the city. Taxi services are available.
goombay, calypso and Junkanoo music, The Bahamas              Grand Bahama International (FPO) is 5 km/3 miles from
will not let you get bored if you do not want to be.          the city. Taxis are available.                               dance to club anthems interspersed with reggae and
                                                              The international airport at Moss Town, Exuma, also          Bahamian classics. There are four casinos: one on Cable
                                                              offers a runway.                                             Beach, another on Paradise Island; on Grand Bahama,
General Information                                           There are scheduled turbo-prop services between              there is a casino in Freeport and one in Lucaya. All
                                                                                                                           casinos feature restaurants and live entertainment.
                                                              several airports in Florida and Treasure Cay (TCB),
Area: 13,939 sq km (5,382 sq miles)                           Marsh Harbour (MHH), Abaco Island; Rock Sound (RSD),         Shopping: Special purchases include china, cutlery,
Population: 305,655 (2007)                                    Governor’s Harbour (GHB), Eleuthera; and Georgetown          leather, fabrics, spirits from Britain, Scandinavian glass
                                                              (GGT), Exuma.                                                and silver, Swiss watches, German and Japanese
Capital: Nassau                                                                                                            cameras and French perfume. Local products include
                                                              Departure tax: US$18 for all passengers leaving from
Geography: The Bahamas consist of 700 low-lying               Freeport. US$15 from all other departure points.             all types of straw artifacts, seashell jewelery
islands, mostly islets (cays or keys) and rocks. The          Children under six years of age are exempt.                  and woodcarvings.
whole archipelago extends 970 km/500 miles                                                                                 Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM. Some shops
southeastward from the coast of Florida, surrounded                                                                        open Sunday 10/11AM-4/5PM.
by clear, colorful waters. The soil is thin, but on the
more developed islands, cultivation has produced exotic       Social & Business Customs                                    Social: The pace of life is generally leisurely. Informal
flowers. On other islands are large areas of pine forest,     Food: There is a wide choice of restaurants and bars.        wear is acceptable in the resorts with some degree
rocky and barren land, swamp and unspoiled beaches.           Fresh fruit is available from the Out Islands, including     of dressing up in the evenings, particularly for dining,
The Bahamas are divided into two oceanic features, the        sweet pineapple, mango, breadfruit and papaya. Local         dancing and casinos in Nassau or Freeport. Further from
Little Bahama Bank and the Great Bahama Bank.                 drinks are based on rum. Grouper cutlets, rock lobster,      the main towns, dress is more casual, although there
                                                              baked crab and red snapper fillets in anchovy sauce.         is still a tendency to dress up at night. Small outposts
Language: The official and national language is English.                                                                   like Green Turtle Cay, for example, will not require more
                                                              Peas are used a lot, in the token peas and rice and
Time: GMT -5 (GMT -4 from the first Sunday in April to        also in pea soup. There is another unique soup that is       than a shirt and long trousers. It is not acceptable to
the last Sunday in October).                                  definitely worth tasting called souse, consisting purely     wear beachwear in towns.
Electricity: 120 volts AC, 60Hz. An adaptor is required       of onions, water, lime juice, celery, peppers and meat.      Tipping: 15% is usual for most services including taxis.
for 220V appliances.                                          Fish n' grits is worth trying: fish cooked with salt pork,   Some hotels and restaurants, however, include service
                                                              onions, and green peppers served with grits as a             charge on the bill. Bellboys and porters usually receive
                                                              morning meal. Chicken and dough (dumplings). Conch           US$1 per bag.
Money                                                         is everywhere, and is popular in chowder, fritters, salad,
                                                              scorched (raw and washed with seawater and lime
                                                                                                                           Business: Normal courtesies are observed, ie
                                                                                                                           appointments are made and calling cards are
Currency: Bahamian Dollar (BSD; symbol B$)                    juice, then rubbed with hot pepper, topped with fresh        exchanged. Office hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM.
Credit Cards: American Express, Diners Club,                  tomato and onion slices, served on a knife or skewer)
                                                              and stew, Johnnycake is a mildly sweet bread served          Mobile phone and Internet: Roaming agreements exist
MasterCard and VISA are widely accepted.                                                                                   with a few international mobile phone companies.
                                                              as a side-order, curried mutton refers to either goat or
Travelers Checks: Travelers are advised to take               sheep, raccoon stew, guava duff is a dessert specialty       Coverage is average. Handsets can be hired locally and
traveler's checks in US Dollars.                              of The Bahamas, made with sieved guava pulp, served          prepaid SIM cards are sold.
Banking       Hours:     Mon-Thurs   9:30AM-3/4PM,            with hard sauce (a blend of butter, confectioners' sugar,    Many hotels have Internet access and there are plenty
Fri 9:30AM-5PM                                                vanilla and rum).                                            of Internet cafes, as well as a few Wi-Fi hotspots.
                                                              Drink: The local liqueur is Nassau Royal, served alone

Public Holidays
                                                              or in coffee. A refreshing alcoholic drink is coconut
                                                              water, sweet milk and gin. Kalik is the beer of The          Climate
                                                              Bahamas. Besides rum punch, the three top tropical           The Bahamas are slightly cooler than other Caribbean
Dec 25, 2012 Christmas Day                                    island cocktails are Bahama Mama (Vat 19, citrus juice,      island groups owing to their proximity to the continental
                                                              bitters, nutmeg, crème de cassis and grenadine),             North American cold air systems. May to October is the
Dec 26, 2012 Boxing Day
                                                              Goombay Smash (coconut rum, pineapple juice, lemon           rainy season. The hurricane season is from June to the
Jan 1, 2013 New Year’s Day                                    juice, triple sec, Vat 19 and syrup) and Yellowbird          end of November.
Mar 29, 2013 Good Friday                                      (crème de banana liqueur, Vat 19, orange and pineapple
                                                              juice, apricot brandy and Galliano).
Apr 1, 2013 Easter Monday
                                                              Nightlife: Hotels have bars and nightclubs. Beach
May 20, 2013 Whit Monday                                      parties and discos are organized regularly. Live
Jun 7, 2013 Labor Day                                         entertainment includes calypso, goombay music
                                                              (traditional Bahamian sound) and limbo dancing.
Jul 10, 2013 Independence Day                                 Nightclubs are found in Nassau and Freeport. On
Aug 5, 2013 Emancipation Day                                  Paradise Island, Dragons and Atlantis offer nightclubs
Oct 12, 2013 National Heroes' Day                             that serve up that classic Bahamian fusion of cultures:
                                                                                                                                                            Bahamas / Great Exuma


                                                                                                                                                 SANDALS
                                                                                                                                              EMERALD BAY
                                                                                                                                 Country Rating 5*
                                                                                                                                 Queen's Highway
                                                                                                                                 Emerald Bay
                                                                                                                                 Great Exuma EX-29142
                                                                                                                                 Bahamas
                                                                                                                                 Phone: +1 305 284 1300
                                                                                                                                 Fax: +1 305 668 2776
                                                                                                                                 Email: thawryluk@uvi.sandals.com
                                                                                                                                 Website: www.sandals.com
                                                                                                                                 Rooms: 245
                                                                                                                                 Max. Group Rooms Commitment: 150
                                                                                                                                 Location: Directly at the beach
                                                                                                                                 Contact: Ms. Tonya Hawryluk,
                                                                                                                                 Group Sales Manager
                                                                                                                                 Member of: SITE and MPI
Incentive and Meetings Offers                                                                                                    Awards: Six Star Diamond Award by American Academy
                                                                                                                                 of Hospitality Sciences
Rates p.p. in USD                      Eff. Dates                Rm Type                 Days/Nights Single Double               Affiliation: Sandals Resorts
 Luxury Included® Rate              01Sep-16Dec12 Exuma Honeymoon Luxury Room                 6/5       -- 1,352.75*             Airport: Georgetown International Airport about 20
 Minimum group size 10 rooms                                                                                                     minutes drive
 Includes • Five (5) nights accommodation, breakfast, all AI services • One (1) complimentary concierge upgrade for a
 VIP or one (1) complimentary concierge upgrade for every twenty-five (25) rooms paid • One (1) complimentary person for         Deep within the idyllic waters of the Exumas, Sandals
 every twelve (12) rooms paid (maximum of seven (7) complimentary rooms) • Private group check-in (based on majority             Emerald Bay brings unprecedented luxury to the
 of the group arriving at the same time) • Complimentary hospitality desk with in-house phone extension, easel, flipchart        Bahamian Out Islands. This Luxury Included® Resort
 and markers • Complimentary use of meeting facilities and basic A/V equipment • Complimentary cocktail reception with           is a privileged enclave, where service reigns supreme
 hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and open bar (1 hour) • Complimentary coffee break(s) per day during scheduled meetings             and Bahamian-style architecture of elegant rooms,
 • Complimentary private 2 hour group dinner. Service and taxes.                                                                 villas and suites harmonize with nature. Secluded
 * Rate is subject to change without notice. Please be advised that any additional group functions would be subject to           within 500 tropical acres/2 sqkm along a pristine,
 surcharges and entertainment is at additional cost.                                                                             mile-long beach, this resort offers three impressive
                                                                                                                                 pools and seven exceptional restaurants. Sandals
Themed Events                                                                                                                    Emerald Bay features both a Greg Norman-designed
                                                                                                                                 championship golf course (additional cost) set on a
 Caribbean and Oriental Elegance As your guests enter, they are greeted by the spectacular sights of bamboo, orchids             spectacular sea-swept peninsula and a 29,000 sqft/
 and gold fabrics. The perimeter of the event features large bamboo tripods with orchids cascading from the center and up        2,695 sqm, award winning Red Lane® Spa (spa
 lights that cast "oriental hues." When the party proceeds to the dining area, tables with green-underlay tabelcloths and        services additional) featuring Dermalogica® skin
 gold organza await. A four foot bamboo tripod with orchids finished with a large candle lantern is the table centerpiece.       care products.
 Wine Maker's Dinner Welcome to our Wine Maker's Dinner - the ultimate dining experience for the discriminating
 gourmand. This wonderful dining experience pares our Chef's magnificent creations with selections from the Manager's           Hotel Amenities
 Wine List resulting in a 5-course meal with a welcome tasting and aperitif.
                                                                                                                                 245 choices of luxurious accommodations, 3 impressive
                                                                                                                                 pools, unlimited fine dining at 7 restaurants, 24-hour
Conference and Event Facilities                                                                                                  room service, unlimited premium brand drinks and
                                                                                                                                 Beringer® Wines, 6 full-service bars, unlimited land and
 The conference center at Sandals Emerald Bay features over 6,000 sqft/557 sqm of function space. Private coffee breaks,         water sports including snorkeling and scuba diving
 cocktail parties, award banquets and just about any other type of function are available and can be customized based            (included for certified divers), round trip airport transfers,
 on the group's specific requirement. Whatever your goal or budget, Sandals Emerlad Bay is committed to ensuring the             all hotel taxes and gratuities, nightly entertainment,
 success of your meeting or incentive program.                                                                                   fitness center, poolside/beach cocktail valet service, a
                                                                                                                                 18-hole Greg Norman-designed championship golf
  Room Name                                 Area in       Theater   Classroom   U-Shape    Boardroom      Reception   Banquet    course (at additional cost), Red Lane® Spa with
                                           Sq.Ft/Sq.M                                                                            Dermalogica® treatments (at additional cost) and a
                                                                                                                                 conference center with over 10,000 sqft/928 sqm of
                                                                                                                                 meeting space.
  The Nautilus Ballroom                    5500/510        423         289         --         --            500        393
  Pre-Function Terrace                     2240/208         --          --         --         --            204        160      Guest Room Features
  Triton Boardroom                          600/55          --          --         --         12             --         --       All 245 rooms and suites are carefully designed with
                                                                                                                                 sumptuous decor, stone floors and dark-stained,
 The ceiling height of the Nautilus Ballroom is 20 ft/6 m and 16 ft/4.80 m at the pre-function terrace.
                                                                                                                                 handcrafted furnishings and feature concierge service.
                                                                                                                                 All accommodations include: down duvets and pillows,
                                                                                                                                 personal pillow menu, flat screen television, electronic
                                                                                                                                 in-room safe, hairdryer, lighted make-up/shaving mirror,
                                                                                                                                 espresso machine, robes, iron and ironing board, night
                                                                                                                                 lights, two-line speaker phones with data port, iHome
                                                                                                                                 deck with alarm clock.
                                                                                                                                Services Available to Planners
                                                                                                                                 Dedicated on-site groups concierge.
Additional Information                                                                                                          Booking Instructions
 Credit Cards/Travelers & Personal Checks                   Service Included in Package                                          Unique Vacations Groups Department
 All major credit cards accepted.                           Taxes Included in Package                                            Ms. Tonya Hawryluk
                                                                                                                                 Tel +1 305 284 1300 Fax +1 305 668 2776
                                                                                                                                 Email: thawryluk@uvi.sandals.com
  Bahamas / Nassau


 SANDALS ROYAL
 BAHAMIAN
 Country Rating 5*
 West Bay Street, Cable Beach
 P.O. Box CB-13005
 Nassau Bahamas
 Bahamas
 Phone: +1 305 284 1300
 Fax: +1 305 668 2776
 Email: thawryluk@uvi.sandals.com
 Website: www.sandals.com
 Rooms: 404
 Max. Group Rooms Commitment: 200
 Location: Directly at the beach
 Contact: Ms. Tonya Hawryluk,
 Group Sales Manager
 Member of: MPI, SITE
 Awards: Five Star Diamond Award by American                 Incentive and Meetings Offers
 Academy of Hospitality Sciences
 Affiliation: Sandals Resorts                                Rates p.p. in USD                      Eff. Dates                Rm Type               Days/Nights Single Double
 Airport: Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS)         Luxury Included® Rate               01Sep-16Dec12      Royal Village Deluxe Room          6/5         -- 1,242.50*
 about 15 minutes drive                                       Minimum group size 10 rooms
                                                              Includes • Five (5) nights accommodation, breakfast, all AI services • One (1) complimentary concierge upgrade for a
 Imagine a sanctuary so alluring the Duke and                 VIP or one (1) complimentary concierge upgrade for every twenty-five (25) rooms paid • One (1) complimentary person for
 Duchess of Windsor made it their epicenter for high          every twelve (12) rooms paid (maximum of seven (7) complimentary rooms.) • Private group check-in (based on majority
 society as the famed Balmoral Club of the 1940s.             of the group arriving at the same time) • Complimentary hospitality desk with in-house phone extension, easel, flipchart
 Today, transformed into Sandals Royal Bahamian, it           and markers • Complimentary use of meeting facilities and basic A/V equipment • Complimentary cocktail reception with
 remains an oasis of European grandeur where guests           hot and cold hors d‘oeuvres and open bar (1 hour) • Complimentary coffee break(s) per day during scheduled meetings
 are still treated as royals. Voted “Top Spa Resort“          • Complimentary private 2 hour group dinner. Service and taxes.
 by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Sandals Royal             *Rate is subject to change without notice. Please be advised that any additional group functions would be subject to
 Bahamian is considered to be the most elegant resort         surcharges and entertainment is at additional cost.
 in the Bahamas. Seductive alabaster sand beaches
 and crystalline waters embrace tropical gardens and         Themed Events
 opulent suites - some the size of private villas -
 complete with every imaginable amenity, even your            Caribbean and Oriental Elegance Guests are greeted by the spectacular sights of bamboo, orchids and gold fabrics.
 own butler. Top-tier suite guests make an imperial           The perimeter of the event features large bamboo tripods with orchids cascading from the center and up lights that cast
 entrance from their chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce -           "oriental hues." When the party proceeds to the dining area, tables with green-underlay tablecloths and gold organza
 our compliments. Visit the resort‘s private Sandals          overlays await. A four foot bamboo tripod with orchids finished with a large candle lantern is the table centerpiece.
 Island, an authentic offshore island with two                Wine Maker's Dinner Welcome to our Wine Maker's Dinner - the ultimate dining experience for the discriminating
 spectacular beaches - for great snorkeling, the other        gourmand. This wonderful dining experience pares our Chef's magnificent creations with selections from the Manager's
 for high-energy team water sports. The chic Beach            Wine List resulting in a 5-course meal with a welcome tasting and aperitif.
 Club is your complimentary membership to a pool,
 whirlpool, swim-up bar, posh parties, and the
 region‘s best seafood house.
                                                             Conference and Event Facilities
                                                              The Fred Kassner conference center at Sandals Royal Bahamian provides over 6,500 sqft/604 sqm of function space.
Hotel Amenities                                               Private coffee breaks, award banquets and just about any other type of function are available and can be customized
 10 specialty restaurants, 8 bars, unlimited premium          based on your group's specific requirements. Whatever your goal or budget, Sandals is committed to ensuring the
 brand drinks including exclusive Beringer® Wines, 7          success of your meeting or incentive program.
 pools, 6 whirlpools, fitness center, Red Lane® Spa            Room Name                                Area in       Theater   Classroom     U-Shape   Boardroom   Reception   Banquet
 (treatments additional), unlimited land and water sports                                              Sq.Ft/Sq.M
 including scuba diving and snorkeling, round trip airport
 transfers, all hotel taxes and gratuities, nightly
                                                               Ballroom                                6588/2088       1000        380          --         --         800        510
 entertainment, poolside/beach cocktail valet service, and
 a conference center with meeting rooms up to 6,588 sqft/      Ballroom A                              2196/203        280         125          60         --         200        130
 612 sqm.                                                      Ballroom B                              2196/203        280         125          60         --         200        130
Guest Room Features                                            Ballroom C                              2196/203        280         125          60         --         200        130
 404 rooms and suites, all including: air-conditioning,        Boardroom                                730/222         --          --          --         25          --         --
 mahogany four poster king-size bed, refrigerator,             Pre-Function Area                       1800/548         --          --          --         --         250         --
 amenity kit, make-up mirror, telephone, private bath and      Royal Theatre                           1260/384         --          --          --         --         200        100
 shower, safe, CD clock-radio, cable TV, Internet access,
 iron and ironing board.                                       Windor Pool Deck                           --/--         --          --          --         --         200        150
                                                               Sandals Cay                                --/--         --          --          --         --         400        350
Services Available to Planners
                                                              Ceiling height in the ballroom is 14 ft/4.2 m and 10 ft/3 m in the boardroom.
 Dedicated on-site group concierge.


Booking Instructions                                         Additional Information
 Unique Vacations Groups Department                           Credit Cards/Travelers & Personal Checks                   Service Included in Package
 Ms. Tonya Hawryluk                                           All major credit cards accepted.                           Taxes Included in Package
 Tel +1 305 284 1300 Fax +1 305 668 2776
 Email: thawryluk@uvi.sandals.com
      SPOTLIGHT


PARADISE ISLAND
                                                                               The Other Versailles Gardens
                                                                               The entirety of Paradise Island was once owned by a man named
                                                                               Huntington Hartford, who purchased a set of French cloisters and
                                                                               statues from an estate in California and brought them to Versailles
                                                                               Garden in the Bahamas. The pieces did not arrive at the Versailles
                                                                               Garden with any instruction on their original arrangement or set up,
                                                                               and it wasn’t until 1962 that Huntington employed Jean Castre-
                                                                               Manne to reassemble the pieces in the Versailles Gardens. The
                                                                               Gardens also feature unique flowers and plants, as well as a small
                                                                               temple facing the ocean and a gazebo facing Nassau Harbor that is
                                                                               often used for special events. The Gardens are located on a piece
                                                                               of property that is now owned by the Ocean Club hotel, but access
                                                                               is not limited to guests of the hotel and this site remains one of the
                                                                               most popular Paradise Island attractions.
                                                                               Web: http://oceanclub.oneandonlyresorts.com/


Historic Hike                                                                   Aqua at the Atlantis
The Queen’s Staircase on nearby Nassau                                          For guests at the Atlantis Paradise
Island is a set of 65 steps carved out of                                       Island resort, Dolphin Cay offers
the natural limestone between 1793 and                                          an intimate and one-of-a-kind
1794. The 31-meter/102-foot staircase                                           experience. With its 6.6 million
was originally built to provide British                                         gallons of crystal clear seawater,
troops a protected route to Fort Fincastle,                                     it’s one of the largest and most
perched on the highest point of the island                                      sophisticated marine habitats
as a lookout. To plan a walking tour of the                                     and dolphin rescue/rehabilitation
Queen’s Staircase and other historical sites                                    facilities anywhere in the world. And it’s a place where vacationers
it leads to, visitors can pick up walking tour                                  have the opportunity to get up close and personal with dolphins like
maps at the main Nassau Island tourist                                          never before. Or if you’re just looking for water without the wildlife, try
center, where guided tours can also be                                          Aquaventure, a 570,607 sqm/6.1 million sqft water park with thrilling
booked. To reach the Queen’s Staircase                                          high-speed water slides, a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and
and other nearby sites, you’ll likely want to                                   wave surges, 20 swimming areas, a spectacular kids water-play fort
start in New Providence at Rawson Square                                        and 11 unique and refreshing swimming pools connected by a lush,
so you can also see some of the old town.                                       tropical environment that’s both immersive and interconnected.
Web: www.nassauparadiseisland.com/                                              Web: www.atlantis.com/thingstodo/dolphincay.aspx and www.atlantis.
what-to-do/island-culture/colonial-culture/                                     com/thingstodo/waterpark.aspx



                                        Not the Last
                                                                                                                       Herds of Birds
                                        Straw                                                                          Waterfowl and wading birds
                                        The largest and most well known                                                are dominant throughout
                                        Straw Market in the Bahamas                                                    Nassau and Paradise Island.
                                        is located in Nassau near the                                                  You’ll likely encounter egrets
                                        Bay Street shopping center and                                                 and herons, Bahama pintails,
                                        George Street. Here you’ll find an                                             ruddy ducks and Caribbean
                                        array of handmade straw goods,                                                 coots. And if you keep an
                                        as well as homemade wood                                                       eye on the sky you might
crafts. About 200 vendors will comprise the market on a typical day,                                                   see beautiful ospreys and
and tourists hoping to visit the market at its liveliest should visit during        belted kingfishers. Serious birdwatchers should try Bonefish
the middle of the day or afternoon. Shoppers should note that although              Pond, Da Flat, Harold & Wilson Ponds National Park, Primeval
bartering is not a part of shopping at the hotels, it is very much a part           Forest or The Retreat, an 11-acre property that houses one
of shopping at the Straw Market and some of the other public markets                of the largest private collections of rare and exotic palms in
in the Bahamas. A trip through the Nassau Straw Market is a great way               the world. The Retreat is open to the general public Monday
to experience a unique cultural ritual and pick up interesting souvenirs            through Friday and guided tours are available, or the park can
such as hand-woven straw hats, bags, mats, dolls, conch shell jewelry               provide a map for you to take a self-guided tour.
and wood carvings.                                                                  Web: www.bahamas.co.uk/the-islands/nassau-paradise-island/
Web: www.bahamas.com/vendor/1317/straw-market                                       what-to-do?id=293


28     micePLACES.com The Magazine SEP/OCT 2012
       Be Inspired: Contact Gus Tejeda, Vice President of Group Sales
800.722.2449 | 954.809.2628 | gus.tejeda@atlantis.com | Atlantismeetings.com
Curacao




                                 Curacao


The Netherlands Antilles group, of which Curaçao is
the largest and most prosperous, was first discovered
                                                             Money                                                        Social & Business Customs
by Europeans in 1499, when Alonso de Ojmeda – one            Currency: Netherlands Antilles Guilder or Florin (ANG)       Food: Restaurant styles vary from informal bistro to the
of Columbus' lieutenants – reached the island. It was        but US Dollars are accepted everywhere.                      very expensive. National specialties: traditional Dutch
settled by the Spanish, in the early 1500s, who retained                                                                  food (particularly using fresh seafood and cheeses) is
                                                             Credit Cards: Major credit cards are widely accepted.
possession until the Dutch East India Company seized         Debit cards are accepted in large shops and                  popular, Creole food (criollo) makes good use of the
it in 1634. Thousands of slaves were then imported           supermarkets. There are some ATMs.                           great variety of fresh fish, French, Italian and other
to provide labor for the island group's plantation                                                                        international cuisines are also on offer.
agricultural schemes. In the early 19th century,             Travelers Checks: Widely accepted. To avoid additional
                                                             exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take         Drink: A wide variety of alcohol is available. Curaçao
persistent attacks by the British and French destabilized                                                                 liqueur, which is made from the sun-dried peel of a
the island for a while. By 1816, the Dutch had               traveler's checks in US Dollars.
                                                                                                                          bitter orange and a mixture of spices, is a popular
reasserted control and introduced further plantations.       Banking Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-3:30PM                            local drink.
The abolition of slavery in 1863 set off a long period                                                                    Nightlife: There are several discos run by hotels on the
of economic decline, relieved in 1916, by the opening
of an oil refinery. This and other oil-related industries    Public Holidays                                              island and some hotels have a casino. Performances of
                                                                                                                          drama and music can be found at the Centro Pro Arte.
became the mainstay of a booming economy until the
1980s. On the back of this, Curaçao became the most          Dec 25, 2012 Christmas Day                                   Shopping: Curaçao is a thriving center for duty-free
prosperous of the Netherlands Antilles, a position that                                                                   shopping. An enormous range of imported goods are
                                                             Jan 1, 2013 New Year's Day                                   on sale at considerably reduced prices. Locally made
caused some resentment among the other islands in the
group, particularly Aruba. Nonetheless, constitutional       Feb 11, 2013 Carnival Monday                                 curios are available for the tourist. A particularly popular
                                                             Mar 29, 2013 Easter                                          souvenir is the Curaçao liqueur.
referendum held in 1994 on the three smaller islands
(St Eustatius, St Maarten and Saba) produced majorities      Apr 30, 2013 Queen’s Birthday                                Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat 8AM-12N and 2-6PM. Hours
in favor of remaining with the Antilles group. What at                                                                    may vary.
first seems to be a monotonous desert landscape turns        May 1, 2013 Labor Day
                                                                                                                          Social: The social influences are predominantly Dutch,
out to be a scenery teeming with life. Tourists are able     May 9, 2013 Ascension                                        combined with Indian and African traditions. Dress for
to choose between intimate rocky coves surrounded by         Jul 2, 2013 Curaçao Flag Day                                 men should include tropical lightweight suits for
massive cliffs or long sandy beaches, either secluded                                                                     business appointments and formal wear for evening
by nature or bustling with activities. With average          Oct 21, 2013 Antillean Day                                   engagements. Similarly, women should take some
temperature of about 27° C (mid-80s F) and cooling           Dec 25, 2013 Christmas Day                                   evening wear, but dress for daytime is casual.
trade winds blowing constantly from the east, the one                                                                     Swimwear should be confined to the beach
                                                             Jan 1, 2014 New Year's Day
thing they all share is crystal-clear turquoise water and                                                                 and poolside.
perfect weather. Although the island is a mix of                                                                          Business: Suits should be worn and punctuality
nationalities, African descendants make up the majority.
African influence can be seen in the language of
                                                             International Travel                                         is essential. Office hours: Mon-Fri 7:30AM-12N
                                                                                                                          and 1:30-4:30PM.
Papiamentu, a language once used to bridge the gap           Air: KLM (KL) (www.klm.com) operates daily flights to
                                                             Curaçao from Amsterdam. Other airlines serving               Mobile phone and Internet: Roaming agreements exist
between the slaves and owners, but now the keystone                                                                       with international mobile phone companies. Handsets
of Curaçao communication, and Tambú, the 'Curaçao            Curaçao include Air Jamaica, American Airlines and
                                                             Avianca Airlines.                                            can be hired at the airport post office. There is a 5% tax.
Blues' which the African descendants used to express                                                                      There is an Internet cafe in Willemstad. Some hotels
their outrage and sorrow at slavery through song, music      Approximate Flight Times                                     have Wi Fi for guests.
and dance, food, religion and spirituality.                  London to Curaçao is 11 hours
                                                             Los Angeles to Curaçao is 10 hours 30 minutes
General Information                                          Miami to Curaçao is 2 hours 30 minutes                       Climate
                                                             New York to Curaçao is 7 hours                               Hot throughout the year, but tempered by cooling trade
Area: 444 sq km (171 sq miles)                               Airports:           Curaçao         (CUR)           (Hato)   winds. The main rainy season is from October to
Population: 135,000 (2008)                                   (www.curacao-airport.com) is 12 km/7 miles from              December. The annual mean temperature is 27.5°C
                                                             Willemstad. Buses to the city center operate throughout      (81.5°F), rainfall is 515mm and humidity is around 75%.
Capital: Willemstad                                          the day (travel time 45 minutes). Taxis are also available   The island lies outside the Caribbean hurricane belt.
Geography: Curaçao, the largest island in the                (travel time 30 minutes). Facilities include duty-free
Netherlands Antilles, is geographically part of the Dutch    shop, bar, restaurant, light refreshments, banks/
Leeward Islands. It is flat, rocky and fairly barren owing   bureaux de change, ATMs, post office, hotel reservation
to its low rainfall. There are many excellent beaches.       facilities and car hire.
Language: Dutch is the official language. Papiamentu         Departure Tax: US$32
(a mixture of Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, English,
Arawak Indian and several African languages) is the
lingua franca, English and Spanish are also widely
spoken. There are 50 different nationalities.
Time: GMT -4
Electricity: 110/130 volts AC, 50Hz.
                                                                                                                                                          Curacao / Piscadera Bay


                                                                                                                                        CURACAO
                                                                                                                                  MARRIOTT BEACH
                                                                                                                                        RESORT &
                                                                                                                                  EMERALD CASINO
                                                                                                                                Country Rating 4*
                                                                                                                                John F Kennedy Blvd
                                                                                                                                Piscadera Bay
                                                                                                                                Curacao
                                                                                                                                Phone: +599 973 688 00
                                                                                                                                Fax: +599 946 275 02
                                                                                                                                Email: jose.castillo@marriott.com
                                                                                                                                Website: www.CuracaoMarriott.com
                                                                                                                                Rooms: 247
Incentive and Meetings Offers                                                                                                   Max. Group Rooms Commitment: 200
                                                                                                                                Location: Piscasdera Bay, Curacao
Rates p.p. in USD                      Eff. Dates             Rm Type             Days/Nights          Single      Double       Contact: Jose Castillo,
                                                                                                                                Director of Sales & Marketing
 2012 Curacao Group Special         02Sep-20Dec12               ROH                   1/1               119          --
                                                                                                                                Member of: CTDB, CHATA, CHA
 Min. 10 rooms, max. 75 rooms
 Minimum stay 3 nights                                                                                                          Affiliation: Marriott International, Inc.
                                                                                                                                Airport: Curacao Hato International Airport 5.5 miles/
 Includes 1 night accommodation with buffet breakfast. Service and taxes.
                                                                                                                                9 km, 15 minutes
Themed Events
                                                                                                                                The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
 Carnival Enjoy the most popular activity on the island with live drum band music and dynamic Carnival dancers in their         captures the best of old Amsterdam charm in
 colorful carnival costumes. Including: Live music, Carnival Welcome Cocktail, dinner, open bar for 2 hours, carnival decor.    sun-drenched warmth of the Caribbean. Located on
 Minimum 50 pax, maximum 200 pax.                                                                                               Piscadera Bay with six oceanfront acres, the resort
 Pirate Enjoy this great and fun evening with pirate themed setup that puts you right in the midst of Captain Hook's ghost.     features stunning views, recently renovated pool
 Including: Live music, dinner, open bar for 2 hours, themed decor. Minimum 50 participants, maximum 200 participants.          facilities, rich cultural heritage and many outdoor
                                                                                                                                activities, including an on-site 5-Star PADI dive and
Conference and Event Facilities                                                                                                 water sports center. The resort offers world-class
                                                                                                                                dining, including the Portofino Restaurant or the more
 Four meeting rooms, largest meeting room is the full Queens Ballroom with 3,042 sqft/282 sqm with a maximum capacity           casual beach-side Seabreeze swim-up bar and
 of 350 persons, maximum of three breakout rooms, outdoor event options. The adjacent World Trade Center offers over            restaurant. The adjacent World Trade Center offers
 27,000 sqft/2,508 sqm of space for meetings and events.                                                                        over 27,000 sqft/2,508 sqm of space for meetings
                                                                                                                                and events. Come explore one of the Caribbean's best
  Room Name                                 Area in       Theater   Classroom   U-Shape    Boardroom   Reception   Banquet
                                                                                                                                kept secrets.
                                           Sq.Ft/Sq.M

                                                                                                                               Hotel Amenities
  Queens Ballroom                         3042/282         300         150        85          60         350         240        Four great dining options, a convenient deli and room
  Ballroom A                               1006/93         70          30         36          27          90          60        service. Swim up to SeaBreeze Restaurant & Pool Bar
  Ballroom B                               1006/93         70          30         36          27          90          60        for tropical cocktails or stop by Boardroom Beach Bar for
                                                                                                                                lunch with a view. Enjoy upscale international cuisine at
  Ballroom C                               1034/96         100         30         40          27         140          60        Portofino or unwind with creative pub fare at Emerald
  Queens Foyer                             1014/94          --          --        --          --          75          --        Lounge. Voila Delicatessen is a casual deli, marketplace
  World Trade Center, rooms below             /                                                                                 and gift shop. Kosher kitchen on-site, full-service
                                                                                                                                business center, health club and fitness center, outdoor
  Exhibition Hall                        11,302/1050      1,000        500        120        150          --         800        pool, whirlpool, activities desk, car rental desk, laundry
  Expo Hall 2                             6456/600         300         150         85         90          --         200        valet, concierge desk, complimentary on-site parking,
                                                                                                                                gift/newsstand, wireless Internet in guest rooms, public
  Auditorium                              7320/680         325          --         --         --          --          --
                                                                                                                                areas and meeting rooms, newspapers in lobby.
  Barber Room                             1367/127         150         68          52         58          --          90
  Chobolobo Room                          1184/110          96         40          28         38          --          50       Guest Room Features
  Enfrou Room                              1022/95         100         50          35         45          --          80        247 guest rooms including 10 suites, all rooms featuring
                                                                                                                                a private balcony or terrace, individual climate control
  Datu Room                                1022/95         100         50          35         45          --          80        with air-conditioning, Marriott’s luxurious bedding, cable/
  Katuna Room                              1022/95         100         50          35         45          --          80        satellite TV, high-speed wireless and wired Internet, 2
  Sentebibu Room                           1022/95         100         50          35         45          --          80        dual-line telephones with data port and voicemail, coffee
                                                                                                                                maker/tea service, in-room safe.
  Francia Room                              624/58          62         24          20         24          --          30
  Giroutte Room                             624/58          62         24          20         24          --          30       Services Available to Planners
  Jeremi Room                               624/58          62         24          20         24          --          30        Room upgrade, welcome amenity, full-service business
                                                                                                                                center, high-speed wireless Internet.



Additional Information                                                                                                         Booking Instructions
 Credit Cards/Travelers & Personal Checks                   Service 15% Service Charge included in Package                      Directly with the Sales Department
 All major credit cards accepted.                           Taxes 8.05% Room Tax included in Package                            Tel +1 888 778 4722
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                                Jamaica
The third-largest island in the Caribbean is also one of    May 23, 2013 Labour Day
the most colourful. Idyllic white sand beaches and          Aug 1, 2013 Emancipation Day
vibrant tropical blooms sit on a backdrop of blue
mountain peaks. As the adopted home of the Rasta,           Aug 5, 2013 Independence Day
Jamaica is also a riot of red, gold, and green. Renowned    Oct 21, 2013 National Heroes’ Day
as the birthplace of Bob Marley, reggae remains at the      Dec 25, 2013 Christmas Day
island's musical heart. Rice-and-peas, rum, coffee and
cricket are its soul. Excellent tourist facilities and      Dec 26, 2013 Boxing Day
attractions range from leafy parks to handsome colonial     Jan 1, 2014 New Year’s Day
towns and neon-lit nightlife. Negril and Montego Bay are
Jamaica's two main coastal resorts, attracting tourists
with exquisite sands, lively clubs, fine restaurants and    International Travel                                         Shopping: Special purchases are locally made items
world-class golf. Laid-back Negril boasts 7 miles of
beach, while sizzling Montego Bay boasts the reputation     Air: There are regular flights to Jamaica from major         and duty-free bargains. Crafts include hand-loomed
as party-town. Venture a short distance along the coast     UK airports. The national airline Air Jamaica (JM)           fabrics, embroidery, silk screening, woodcarvings, oil
to discover 'the real Jamaica', amidst street markets of    (www.airjamaica.com) flies regularly to the UK and US.       paintings, woven straw items and sandal making.
ackee, yam and breadfruit and vendors hawking kulu
                                                            British Airways (www.britishairways.com) and Virgin          Custom-made rugs and reproductions of pewter and
                                                            Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com) fly regularly between     china from the 17th-century ruins of the ancient
kulu rum. Explore the sleepy fishing villages of Treasure   Gatwick and Kingston. Mid-April to early December is         submerged city of Port Royal can be bought in the
Beach, Port Antonio and Oracabessa which offer a            the cheapest period to fly to Jamaica with some fares        In-Craft workshop. At Highgate Village in the mountains,
glimpse of Jamaica's quieter side. Music is inherent to     cut by up to 60%. The rest of the year is high season,       Quakers run a workshop specializing in wicker and
Jamaica, be it roots, rock or reggae and in Kingston, the   the most expensive period for flights.                       wood furniture, floor mats and other tropical
island's spirited capital, grand Georgian plazas and                                                                     furnishings. Jamaican rum, the Rumona (see National
elegant mansions are serenaded by soca rhythms and          Approximate Flight Times
                                                                                                                         drinks) and Ian Sangsters Rum Cream are unique
the pulsating buzz of the city. You’ll soon be seduced by   London to Kingston or Montego Bay is 10 hours                purchases. Other local specialties are Pepper Jellies,
the rhythm of life on this famous paradise island.          Los Angeles to Kingston or Montego Bay is 6 hours            jams and spices. The most famous produce market in
                                                            New York to Kingston or Montego Bay is 3 hours 40            Jamaica is Coronation Market, Kingston. Other markets:
                                                            minutes                                                      Linstead Market, St Catherine; Brownstown Market, St
General Information                                         International Airports: Norman Manley International          Anne; the Savanna-la-mar Market, Westmoreland; and
                                                            (KIN) (Kingston) is 18 km/11 miles southeast of the          the Albert George Market, Falmouth. There are shops
Area: 10,991 sq km (4,244 sq miles)                                                                                      offering facilities for ‘in-bond’ shopping, which allows
                                                            city. Coach, bus and taxis depart to the city (travel
Population: 2.8 million (CIA estimate 2007)                 time 30-60 minutes). Facilities include banks/bureaux        visitors to purchase a range of international goods
                                                            de change, bars, restaurants, shops, duty-free and           without tax or duty at very competitive prices. These
Capital: Kingston                                                                                                        goods are sealed (hence the ‘bond’) and, because goods
                                                            car hire.
Geography: Jamaica is the third-largest island in the       Montego Bay (MBJ) (International) is 3 km/2 miles north      are tax-free or duty-free, can only be opened once away
West Indies and is a narrow outcrop of a submerged          of the city. Air Jamaica Express runs shuttle services       from Jamaican waters or territory. All goods must be
mountain range. The island is crossed by a range of         between the airports. Facilities include a duty-free shop.   paid for in Jamaican currency.
mountains reaching 2,256m/7,402ft at the Blue                                                                            Shopping Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-4PM, Sat 8AM-1PM.
Mountain Peak in the east, and descending towards the       Departure Tax: US$27 (J$2,300 Jamaican Dollars) and
                                                            must be paid in cash – however many tickets include          Some shops close half day Wednesday in Kingston, and
west with a series of spurs and forested gullies running                                                                 Thursday in the rest of the island.
north and south. Most of the best beaches are on the        this tax in their price, so check first.
north and west coasts. The island’s luxuriant tropical                                                                   Tipping: Most Jamaican hotels and restaurants add a
and subtropical vegetation is probably unsurpassed                                                                       service charge of 10%, otherwise 10-15% is expected.
anywhere in the Caribbean.                                  Social & Business Customs                                    Chambermaids, waiters, hotel bellboys and airport
                                                                                                                         porters all expect tips. Taxi drivers receive 10% of
Language: The official language is English. Local patois    Food: Jamaican food is full of fire, taking advantage of     the fare.
is also spoken.                                             pungent spices and peppers. National specialties: rice
                                                            and peas, a tasty dish with no peas at all but with          Business: Jamaica's business culture is based on
Time: GMT -5                                                                                                             respect and polite formalities. A suit, jacket and tie
                                                            kidney beans, white rice, coconut milk, scallions (spring
Electricity: 110 volts AC, 60Hz, single phase. American     onions) and coconut oil; salt fish (dried cod) and ackee     should be worn to meetings. Punctuality is valued and
two-pin plugs are standard, but many hotels offer, in       (the cooked fruit of the ackee tree); Jamaican pepper        appointments and business cards are expected. Goods
addition, 220 volts AC, 50Hz, single phase, from            pot soup (salt pork, salt beef, okra and Indian kale         other than non-commercial samples require clearance
three-pin sockets.                                          known as callaloo); chicken fricassee Jamaican-style (a      from the office of the Trade Administrator. Customs
                                                            rich chicken stew with carrots, scallions, yams, onions,     authorities will demand this before allowing goods into
                                                            tomatoes and peppers prepared in unrefined coconut           the country - however small the quantity. Office hours:
Money                                                       oil); roast suckling pig (a three-month-old piglet which     Mon-Fri 8:30AM-5PM.
                                                            is boned and stuffed with rice, peppers, diced yam and       Mobile phone and Internet: Most of the population
Currency: Jamaican Dollar (JMD) (J$)                        thyme mixed with shredded coconut and corn meal).            now use mobile phones as the preferred option to
Credit Cards: American Express, Diners Club,                Drink: Jamaican rum is world famous, especially Gold         landlines. Several roaming agreements exist with a
MasterCard and VISA are all widely accepted as well         Label and Appleton, Rum Punch, Rumona (a delicious           number of international mobile phone networks. Some
as other cards with the Cirrus or Plus logo. Banks give     rum cordial), Red Stripe beer, Tia Maria (a Blue             companies offer handsets for short-term rental on a
credit card advances.                                       Mountain coffee and chocolate liqueur), Blue                 per-day basis. For approximately US$30.00 you can buy
Travelers Checks: Traveler's checks in US Dollars are       Mountain coffee.                                             a cell phone here to use with phone cards, without the
widely accepted throughout Jamaica.                                                                                      need for a contract.
                                                            Nightlife: There is no shortage of nighttime                 Beside numerous cyber cafes, Kingston has several
Banking Hours: Mon-Thurs 9AM-2PM, Fri 9AM-12N               entertainment on the island that is the home of reggae       internet kiosks offering free internet connections in
and 2:30-5PM.                                               music. Every town or village has some sort of nightlife,     shopping malls throughout the city. In rural and resort
                                                            and there are regular street dances. Folkloric shows at      areas, internet is also available in many hotels, tourist
                                                            larger resort hotels are held and steel bands often play.    offices and libraries.
Public Holidays                                             At least once a week, there is a torchlit, steel band show
                                                            with limbo dancing and fire-eating demonstrations.
Dec 25, 2012 Christmas Day                                  Nightclubs feature jazz, soca, reggae and other music.
                                                            For details of events, visitors should consult local
                                                                                                                         Climate
Jan 1, 2013 New Year’s Day                                  newspapers. The Jamaica Tourist Board arranges ‘Meet         Tropical all year. Temperate in mountain areas. The
Feb 13, 2013 Ash Wednesday                                  the People’ evenings in various scenic locations             rainy months are May and October, but showers may
                                                            throughout the island. Contact the Tourist Board in          occur at any time. Hurricanes are prone during the rainy
Mar 29, 2013 Good Friday                                    Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios or Port Antonio.            season, between June and November. Jamaica also lies
Apr 1, 2013 Easter Monday                                                                                                within the earthquake zone. Cooler evenings.
        SPOTLIGHT

JAMAICA
     Firefly & Goldeneye                                                                           Up the
                            In 1948, while holidaying at Goldeneye, the Jamaican home of
                                                                                                   Falls
                            writer Ian Fleming (he of James Bond fame), playwright Noël            Jamaica’s best-loved
                            Coward fell in love with this beautiful island and decided to buy      waterfall, Dunn’s
                            his own house on a stretch of nearby coast. He later purchased         River Falls cascades
                            a more remote site 366 meters/1,200 feet above Blue Harbour            183 meters/600 feet
                            and built the property known as ‘Firefly,’ where he lived for more     over and around
                            than 20 years. Today both Firefly and Goldeneye have been              the rocks down to
     meticulously restored – Firefly is owned by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust and           a pretty tree-fringed
     the Noël Coward Estate, and Goldeneye has been expanded into one of the most                  white sand beach.
     exclusive and renowned boutique hotels in the world by Island Records mogul Chris             The main activity
     Blackwell, who purchased the property from the Fleming estate in 1976. Either                 is climbing up the
     one makes a stunning backdrop for an off-site event, and Fleming Villa (along with            falls – usually in a
     its satellite cottages Pool House and Sweet Spot) at Goldeneye are available to               human chain led by
     accommodate that special incentive group.                                                     experienced guides.
     Phone: 876-6229-007                                                                           It’s thoroughly exhilarating, as you’re showered
     Web: www.goldeneye.com/site/                                                                  with cool, clear water all the way up. A perfect
                                                                                                   team-building activity. Less adventurous types can
                                                                                                   stay near the base and swim in the pools. Or, view
                                                                                                   the climbers from the vantage point of the nearby
                                                                                                   terraces or decks. At the top of the falls, vendors
                                                                                                   hawk local wares, and climbers can find all types of
                                                                                                   Jamaican foods for sale, including jerk chicken.
                                                                                                   Phone: 876-974-2857
                                                                                                   Web: www.dunnsriverja.com

                                                                                                   Tourist Attraction,
                                                                                                   Museum, Shrine
                                                                                                                            Plan a group visit to world-
                                                                                                                            famous reggae musician
                                                                                                                            Bob Marley’s former home
                                                                                                                            and recording studio at
                                                                                                                            56 Hope Road, Kingston.
                                                                                                                            Arguably one of the most
A Taste All Its Own                                                                                                         influential musicians of
                                                                                                   the 20th century, Marley’s simple wooden house
Traditional Jamaican cooking combines the freshest of local ingredients with influences            is the city’s most-visited site, functioning as a
from Arawak, Spanish, British, West African, Chinese and Indian culture. The result is a           tourist attraction, museum and shrine, but mostly
cuisine like no other, personified by the ubiquitous and delicious Jamaican jerk chicken.          remains as it was during the years he resided
Roadside, beachside, cafes, local chains, haunts of haute                                          there. The main museum displays Marley’s
cuisine – you name it, jerk chicken is on the menu. Some                                           personal treasures, and the former recording
restaurants also offer jerk beef, shrimp and tofu, but the                                         studio out back is now an exhibition hall and
Jamaican jerk chicken continues to be the most popular                                             theater, where the tour closes with a fascinating
choice. The spice is made up of a combination of cinnamon,                                         film of Marley’s final days prior to his death
cloves, ginger, thyme, garlic, pepper and nutmeg, making                                           in 1981.
the Jamaican jerk chicken a great dish with a unique flavor                                        Phone: 876-978-2929
of its own. Consider a Jamaican cooking course for your                                            Web: www.bobmarleymuseum.com/
group – a once-in-a-lifetime experience!


     The Legend of Rose Hall
     Overlooking the Caribbean Sea approximately 10 km/6 miles from Montego Bay, the
     imposing Rose Hall Great House was built between 1770 and 1780 by planter and
     parish custos (mayor) John Palmer. The dazzling white-stone structure is surrounded by
     gardens, woods and a swan-filled pond, and tours of the property make much of the vastly
     embellished legend of Annie Palmer, the “White Witch of Rose Hall,” a planter’s wife who
     supposedly dabbled in the occult and who is said to have dispatched numerous husbands
     by shady means. Its position set high on a hill overlooking the coast gives Rose Hall Great
     House a commanding presence – literally as well as figuratively.
     Phone: 876-953-2323
     Web: www.rosehall.com


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     Incentives and Meetings in Jamaica
Renowned for its reggae music, pristine beaches,            Contact Information                                            Arriving in Jamaica
rain-forested green hills, unique culture, delectable
                                                            Jamaica Tourist Board                                           Jamaica is easily accessible, with nonstop and
cuisine and laid-back atmosphere, Jamaica is the            Tourism Centre
Caribbean's meetings and conventions mecca. It is                                                                           connecting service available from many major gateways.
                                                            18 Queens Drive                                                 The island's major international airports, Norman Manley
home to the Montego Bay Convention Centre, the              Montego Bay
largest of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean,                                                                      International Airport in Kingston and Sangster
                                                            Jamaica                                                         International Airport in Montego Bay, are serviced by
and boasts more attractions than any other                  Contact: Marcia Bullock-Jobson,
Caribbean island.                                                                                                           many airlines, including American Airlines, AirTran,
                                                            Regional Director, Groups & Conventions                         Caribbean Airlines, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Spirit and
Groups can choose from Jamaica's six resort areas
                                                            Phone: +1 800 294 7687, +1 305 665 0557                         US Airways. The island is also serviced by international
to host their meetings, each offering a unique
atmosphere. Montego Bay, Jamaica's second largest           Fax: + 1 305 666 5536                                           carriers such as Air Canada and WestJet, which offers
city will lure you with its world class hotels and five     Email: groups@visitjamaica-usa.com                              nonstop and direct flights from gateways across Canada,
championship golf courses. The quintessential               Website: www.VisitJamaica.com                                   and Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, with nonstop
Caribbean destination is surrounded by white sand           Pictures Copyright: Jim Smith courtesy of the Jamaica           flights from London. Jamaica's newest international
beaches, grand hotels, all-inclusive resorts,               Tourist Board, Blue Mountain Bicycle Tour Limited, White        airport, the Ian Fleming International Airport, is located
charming small hotels as well as villas and                 Witch Golf Course - The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort          in the Ocho Rios resort area. The new airport is a
apartment-style accommodations. Negril's laid back                                                                          convenient entry point to Jamaica's north coast for small
ambiance is second to none. Stunningly beautiful            Convention Bureau Services                                      aircraft.
ribbon of white sand beach, honeycombed cliffs and
crystal clear waters; carefree days and fun-filled          The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Groups & Conventions
                                                            team is committed to helping meeting planners ensure           By Air From                           Hrs
nights reflect the soul of Negril. Negril is Jamaica’s
watersports center where you can dive, snorkel, sail,       a seamless process with all aspects of their meeting,           Atlanta                              2.40
parasail, water-ski, windsurf, kayak or glide along         convention or incentive programs.                               Boston                               3.40
the coastline by catamaran. Ocho Rios is the garden                                                                         Chicago                              3
of Jamaica, adorned with grassy hills that roll gently      In addition to providing destination materials, the JTB will    Dallas                               3.20
to white sandy coves and turquoise-blue waters of           guide you through site inspections and airline selections,      London                               10.15
the craggy coastline to waterfalls and exotic gardens.      banqueting services, entertainment choices, business            Los Angeles                          5.30
Ocho Rios is home to the world-famous Dunn's River          centers and ground transportation. Your needs will be           New York                             3.20
Falls, and James Bond Beach, where Ian Fleming's            communicated to qualified industry suppliers to facilitate      Toronto                              4
Dr. No was filmed. Kingston is the largest                  a competitive bidding process, helping you to receive the
English-speaking city in the Caribbean. This colorful,      best product for the best price.
cosmopolitan capital vibrates as a cultural mecca
and is the financial and commercial core of Jamaica.
A city of museums, theaters and art galleries,
Kingston is also the birthplace of our infectious
Reggae music. The metropolitan area abounds with
nightclubs, dance halls, restaurants and bars that
keep the city’s nightlife sizzling. Picture perfect, Port
Antonio is a panorama of nature’s finest work. It is
a place of palms and pimento and an abundance of
orchids found nowhere else on earth. It’s where the
graciousness of another era is set against the lush,
verdant beauty of nature. In the South Coast, explore
a jungle river in the wild wetlands, discover hidden
beaches, cool off under the cascading waters of YS
Falls, enjoy a safari boat tour up the Black River
wetlands, or blend your own rum at Appleton Estate.
The South Coast isn’t just another shore. It’s where
you will uncover another fascinating world. Jamaica
is a destination like no other.
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Public Transportation                                                Venues For Group Events
Destination Management Companies                                     Historic Sites Jamaica has many historic sites that have stood the test of time and tell tales of its vivid past. From Great
 The island has a number of destination management                   Houses to sites of ancient pirate ports, the island offers a variety of intriguing locations for a memorable event.
 companies that specialize in providing exceptional                  White-Sand Beaches Have a gathering on some of Jamaica's spectacular white-sand beaches. Nothing beats sinking
 service to the meeting and incentive groups. They are               your toes in the sand and enjoying the rhythms of reggae, with a magnificent sunset as a backdrop.
 equipped with a dedicated team of professionals who                 Majestic Mountains For a one-of-a-kind panoramic view of the destination, head to the mountains where the scenery
 have perfected the art of managing the details of any               will take your breath away. Natural waterfalls sing in harmony to nature's beauty and the exotic flora and fauna will be a
 MICE group, from site selections to transportation and              sight to behold.
 event planning. Most importantly, their staff has extensive
                                                                     Tropical Gardens and Parks The island has an impressive collection of tropical gardens and parks adorned with rare and
 knowledge of the destination, enabling them to
                                                                     beautiful species of birds, plants and trees, walking trails and cascading waterfalls with meandering streams — perfect
 coordinate group programs, that will allow visitors to
                                                                     for groups who take delight in nature's captivating beauty.
 experience the many facets of Jamaica’s vibrant culture.
 From the destination’s distinctive music to                         Cruising on a Catamaran Groups can experience the island from another vantage point — the turquoise Caribbean
 mouth-watering cuisine and memorable people, the                    Sea. Groups will enjoy having their event on high seas as they voyage to some of the island's iconic sites and groove to
 destination management companies strive to expose its               Jamaican music. Snorkeling is also on the agenda for those who want to discover the exotic marine life.
 guests to the destination’s many rich cultural offerings.
Taxis
 All registered taxis in Jamaica are required by law to have
 red "PP" license plates. You needn’t worry about missing
 a taxi; there is usually no need to look hard for another.
 Just stick your hand out and wave – one will come to a
 screeching halt before you.


General Information
Culturally Rich with Heritage
 Jamaica is a melting pot of a variety of cultures, reflected
 in our motto "Out of Many, One People". Our ancestors
 from Africa, Europe and Asia have helped shape Jamaica,
 and make it the multifaceted mosaic of international
 customs and traditions it is today.
 The destination's rich sounds of reggae, world renowned
 cuisine, historical sites that tell tales of a vibrant past and
 the resilient spirit of the people, are a few assets that
 fortify the Jamaican product. Your delegates will have a
 memorable visit and anticipate to a prompt return.
Top Notch Meeting Facilities
 Jamaica's Montego Bay Convention Centre is the largest
 of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. With over
 130,000 sqft/12,076 sqm of meeting and exhibition
 space, the Convention Centre boasts a superior list of
 amenities and features advanced technological support
 for meeting planners, including state-of-the-art surround
 sound, full wireless access, projectors, capabilities, track        Places Of Interest
 lighting and numerous essentials to foster productive
 meeting environments.                                               Rose Hall Great House, Montego Bay Deceased more than a century, Annie Palmer still stirs memories of her reign as
 The Convention Centre is conveniently located 15                    the mistress of the Rose Hall Great House, located in Montego Bay. Cursed by slaves, the White Witch, Annie Palmer,
 minutes from the Sangster International Airport and is              turned a magnificent plantation into a hell-house of atrocities. Countless slaves fell prey to her torture while all three
 situated close to several four- and five-star resorts and is        of her husbands met death at her hands. The Great House is but one of many attractions on the 6,600 acre Rose Hall
 within reach of many of the island’s 160+ attractions.              Plantation. Here, visitors can experience the complete spectrum of island living - mountain villages, cane fields, luxury
 The island has the capacity to handle groups of all sizes,          villas, resort hotels and condominiums, miles of beautiful beaches and well-maintained golf courses.
 and its first-rate hotels and resorts are no exception. They        Dunn's River Falls, Ocho Rios Dunn's River Falls is the most photographed attraction in Jamaica. Set within a small
 offer guests a wide-range of accommodations to suit                 tropical forest, the falls are a complete experience. The thundering cascades, the exhilarating blasts of ice-cold spring
 their needs, value-added group rates, access to various             water and the sheer majesty of nature all combine to create one of Jamaica's most-treasured locations. Climb at your
 recreational choices and facilities to host meetings.               leisure, and have a guide show you interesting spots where you can jump off, slide down rocks, or have a soothing
Diverse Attractions                                                  massage from the falling water.
 With more than 160+ attractions, Jamaica has more to                The Ward Theatre, Kingston A testament to Jamaican architecture and philanthropy, the Ward Theatre was a gift to
 offer than any other Caribbean island. Following a day of           the citizens of Kingston in 1912. Declared a national monument on January 7, 2000, the theater has a long history
 meetings, delegates can choose from a menu of activities            encompassing the nation's social, cultural and political lives. Its productions are markers of social history and it has
 including      dog-sledding,       rainforest       bobsledding,    functioned as the National Stage for the Festival Movement. Located in the heart of Kingston, the Ward is the only theater
 bird-watching, championship golf, award-winning                     of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean.
 festivals, river rafting, zip-lining, cliff diving, bicycle tours   Appleton Estate Rum Tour, South Coast Appleton Estate Rum Tour gives the visitor an inside look at the rum-making
 and more.                                                           process. Visitors watch resident donkey "Pax" demonstrate how juice was extracted from sugarcane in the 18th century.
Free to Do Business                                                  From there the tour takes visitors to the Distillery & Aging House where the various methods of distillation are shown.
                                                                     Visitors are then able to juice their own cane, sample white rum and boil "wet sugar".
 US-based companies doing business in Jamaica can
 benefit under the mutual tax treaty between the                     Blue Lagoon, Port Antonio Whether you want to take a boat ride or just splash around this perfect circle with shifting
 governments of the U.S. and Jamaica. Therefore,                     blue hues, the "Bottomless" Blue Lagoon is a must-see natural wonder. Enjoy rum punch on the shaded veranda or
 expenses incurred with hosting or attending a meeting in            watch the colors of the lagoon change with the movement of the sun. The Blue Lagoon is over 178 ft/55 m deep and is
 Jamaica are tax deductible in the U.S.                              Port Antonio's most famous attraction.
                                                                     Seven Mile Beach, Negril Negril's Seven Mile Beach is an iconic site in the resort area, which boasts turquoise,
                                                                     transparent waters hugging a coastline of rocky cliffs and white sands that seem to trail on forever.
                                                                     The Historic Falmouth Cruise Port, Falmouth The island’s newest port is a US$ 220 million project between the
                                                                     Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited and the Port Authority of Jamaica. The 32-acre, two-berth port can accommodate the
                                                                     Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. Historic Falmouth Cruise Port includes restaurants,
                                                                     duty-free and boutique shops, a craft market, offices and nearby residences. Visitors have access to more than 60
                                                                     attractions in the surrounding area of Falmouth and in nearby Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.
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                                                                                                                                      MONTEGO BAY
                                                                                                                                       CONVENTION
                                                                                                                                           CENTRE
                                                                                                                          Half Moon P.O. Box 4058
                                                                                                                          Rose Hall
                                                                                                                          Montego Bay, St. James 00000
                                                                                                                          Jamaica
                                                                                                                          Phone: +1 609 653 0021
                                                                                                                          Fax: +1 609 365 2309
                                                                                                                          Email: kalbert@mobaycentre.com
                                                                                                                          Website: http://www.mobaycentre.com
                                                                                                                          Location: In the resort area of Rose Hall, close to Half
                                                                                                                          Moon and Ritz Carlton Hotel
                                                                                                                          Contact: Kelly Albert,
                                                                                                                          National Sales Manager
Conference & Event Facilities                                                                                             Member of: IAEE, PCMA and E-Women Network
                                                                                                                          Airport: Sangsters International Airport (MBJ) 10 km/6.2
Montego Bay Convention Centre is a multi-purpose facility which can host several events at the same time, our Event       miles
Management team are always on hand to direct from small, informal functions to large corporate presentations, trade       Accommodation: 4,000 hotel rooms in 2 minutes radius
shows and conventions. The center's functional facilities and flexible layout accommodates the most difficult display,    of center
making the process of delivering, assembling, utilizing and dismantling your exhibit as hassle-free as possible.
 Room Name                        Area in     Exhibition Area in   Theater   Classroom   U-Shape   Reception   Banquet    Opened in April 2011, the Montego Bay Convention
                                 Sq.Ft/Sq.M      Sq.Ft/Sq.M                                                               Centre is the first of its kind in the English speaking
                                                                                                                          Caribbean and boasts over 142,000 sqft/13,190 sqm
                                                                                                                          of flexible indoor/outdoor space. Located in the resort
 Exhibit Hall A & B             57,525/5346    57,525/5346         6,277      3,273        --       5,958       260
                                                                                                                          area of Rose Hall, its close to luxury
 Exhibit Hall A                 26,196/2430    26,196/2430         3,261      1888         --       2,984       130       accommodations, duty free shopping, entertainment,
 Exhibit Hall B                 26,196/2430    26,196/2430          321       1,888        --       2,984       130       beaches, golf, restaurants, bars and only 10 minutes
                                                                                                                          from the international airport, making the facility the
 FOYER                           3268/304       3268/304             --         --         --         --         --
                                                                                                                          ideal place to meet. Key features of this
 Room C1 + C2                    1456/136       1456/136            140         99         48        153        100       state-of-the-art facility are:
 Room C1                           780/72          --/--             72         45         24         74        50        • 43,000 sqft/3,994 sqm courtyard and terrace with
                                                                                                                          ocean view
 Room C2                           780/72          --/--             72         45         24         74        50
                                                                                                                          • Built-in screen and projector
 Room C3                           480/45          --/--             36         27         15         53        30        • Fully integrated audio/video control system
 Room C4 + C5 + C6               5565/512          --/--            600        378        171        642        360       • Dual AV power outlets for UK or USA
                                                                                                                          • Wireless Internet access throughout the facility
 Room C4                         1908/176          --/--            208        144         66        200        120       • High-speed, band-with and secure Internet service
 Room C5                         1908/176          --/--            208        144         66        200        120       • In-floor communications access point in all
 Room C6                         1908/176          --/--            208        144         66        200        120       meeting areas
                                                                                                                          • Easy freight access to exhibition hall
 Room C7                           780/72             /
 Room C8 + C9                    1456/136          --/--            140         99         48        153        100      Services Available to Planners
 Room C8                           780/72          --/--             72         45         24         74        50        Experienced professionals are committed to assist in the
 Room C9                           780/72           --/-             72         45         24         74        50        success of your event. Full service catering for coffee
                                                                                                                          break, lunch and dinner with custom designed menus.
 BANQUET HALL                        /                /
                                                                                                                          Other services ranges from business center, audio-visual
 Banquet Hall D1 + D2 + D3      18,471/1716    18,471/1716         2,376      1,344        --       2,000      1,260      equipment, highly reliable telecommunication system,
 Banquet Hall D1                 6063/561          --/--            650        360        102        611        360       booth set-up to security services.
 Banquet Hall D2
 Banquet Hall D3
                                 6063/561
                                 6063/561
                                                   --/--
                                                   --/--
                                                                    650
                                                                    650
                                                                               360
                                                                               360
                                                                                          102
                                                                                          102
                                                                                                     611
                                                                                                     611
                                                                                                                360
                                                                                                                360
                                                                                                                         General Description Meeting &
 D1 Reception                    3143/292          --/--             --         --         --         --        ---      Event Facilities
 D2 Reception                    3143/292          --/--             --         --         --         --         --       Meeting Rooms
                                                                                                                          Up to 9,737 sqft/904 sqm affords the flexibility of 9
 Jamaica Room                    3481/324       3481/324            420        288         99        358        230       breakout rooms, with the largest hosting up to 600
 Terrace - Ocean View           17,954/1688    17,954/1688         2,000      1,239        --       1,895      1,470      persons. Each room is designed to make your meeting as
 The Courtyard                  25,424/2362    25,424/2362         2,821      1,749        --       2,674      2,090      interactive as possible.
                                                                                                                          Theatres/Auditoriums
Figures are maximum capacities. Hallow-Shape layout available in non-exhibit space.                                       Transformable,      flexible   Banquet      Hall,    easily
                                                                                                                          accommodates up to 1,600 persons and is divisible into
                                                                                                                          3 sections.
Additional Information                                                                                                    Exhibits
                                                                                                                          Functional space of 57,525 sqft/5,343 sqm is divisible
Equipment Supplied By Center                                                                                              into two sections and accommodating up to 6,000
Meeting rooms are provided with standard setup, but equipment can be supplied on request at a surcharge.                  persons theater style or over 260 booths (10 ft x 10 ft/3.1
Services Supplied By Center                                                                                               m x 3.1 m) for your trade show. Connected to the main
MBCC offers a full range of audio-visual services including: multi-media projection, lighting equipment, sound            banquet hall, meeting rooms and office by beautifully
reinforcement, video production, cameras and more.                                                                        designed corridors, attendees can move around with
Supplied By Local Vendors                                                                                                 ease. The over 43,000 sqft/3,994 sqm of outdoor space
Our slate of local vendors provides from televisions, monitors, other electrical appliances to floral arrangements and    allows for ease of freight access and your open air events
linens.                                                                                                                   or expositions.
  Jamaica / Ocho Rios


 SANDALS GRANDE
 RIVIERA
 Country Rating 5*
 P.O. Box 771
 Main Street
 Ocho Rios W.I.
 Jamaica
 Phone: +1 305 284 1300
 Fax: +1 305 668 2776
 Email: thawryluk@uvi.sandals.com
 Website: www.sandals.com
 Rooms: 524
 Max. Group Rooms Commitment: 350
 Location: Directly at the beach
 Contact: Ms. Tonya Hawryluk,
 Group Sales Manager
 Member of: MPI and SITE
 Awards: Voted Jamaica's Leading Resort by World                 Incentive and Meetings Offers
 Travel Awards
 Affiliation: Sandals Resorts                                    Rates p.p. in USD                        Eff. Dates               Rm Type               Days/Nights Single Double
 Airport: Sangster International Airport Montego Bay              Luxury Included® Rate                01Sep-16Dec12        Riviera Premium Room             6/5          --     1,377*
 (MBJ) about 90 minutes drive                                     Minimum group size 10 rooms
                                                                  Includes • Five (5) nights accommodation, breakfast, all AI services • One (1) complimentary concierge upgrade for a
 When you consider all things that make Jamaica                   VIP or one (1) complimentary concierge upgrade for every twenty-five (25) rooms paid • One (1) complimentary person for
 such a spectacular destination - the beaches, the                every twelve (12) rooms paid (maximum of seven (7) complimentary rooms.) • Private group check-in (based on majority
 mountains and the culture - you might think you can't            of the group arriving at the same time) • Complimentary hospitality desk with in-house phone extension, easel, flipchart
 experience it all in just one vacation. But at the new           and markers • Complimentary use of meeting facilities and basic A/V equipment • Complimentary cocktail reception with
 Sandals Grande Riviera, you can. There are three                 hot and cold hors d‘oeuvres and open bar (1 hour) • Complimentary coffee break(s) per day during scheduled meetings
 distinct experiences to choose from: an oceanfront               • Complimentary private 2 hour group dinner. Service and taxes.
 garden oasis called the Riviera Seaside, the                     * Rate is subject to change without notice. Please be advised that any additional group functions would be subject to
 plantation-style Great House and Riviera Villas                  surcharges and entertainment is at additional cost.
 perched atop a majestic mountain and the brand-new
 hip Ochi Beach Club. For those that crave more                  Themed Events
 choices, Sandals Grande Riviera is truly the resort of
 choice.                                                          Caribbean and Oriental Elegance Guests are greeted by the spectacular sights of bamboo, orchids and gold fabrics.
                                                                  The perimeter of the event features large bamboo tripods with orchids cascading from the center and up lights that cast
Hotel Amenities                                                   "oriental hues." When the party proceeds to the dining area, tables with green-underlay tablecloths and gold organza
                                                                  overlays await. A four foot bamboo tripod with orchids finished with a large candle lantern is the table centerpiece.
 Sandals Grande Riviera offers 524 rooms and suites, 15
                                                                  Winemaker's Dinner Welcome to our Wine Maker's Dinner - the ultimate dining experience for the discriminating
 casual and elegant dining options, 7 main pools, 22
                                                                  gourmand. This wonderful dining experience pares our Chef's magnificent creations with selections from the Manager's
 whirlpools, unlimited land and water sports including
                                                                  Wine List resulting in a 5-course meal.
 scuba diving (included for certified divers) and snorkeling,
 round trip airport transfers, all hotel taxes and gratuities,
 unlimited premium brand drinks and Beringer® Wines,             Conference and Event Facilities
 nightly entertainment, fitness center, poolside/beach
 cocktail valet service, complimentary golf at nearby             The conference center at Sandals Grande Riviera provides over 4,000 sqft/372 sqm of function space. Private coffee
 Sandals Golf & Country Club, 2 Red Lane® Spas with               breaks, cocktail receptions, award banquets and just about any other type of function are available and can be customized
 Dermalogica¨ treatments (treatments at additional cost),         based on your group's specific requirements. Whatever your goal or budget, Sandals is committed to ensuring the
 fitness center and conference center with meeting rooms          success of your meeting or incentive program.
 up to 4,032 sqft/374 sqm.                                         Room Name                                Area in       Theater   Classroom   U-Shape   Boardroom   Reception   Banquet
                                                                                                           Sq.Ft/Sq.M
Guest Room Features
 All guest rooms feature mahogany four-poster king size            High Mountain Ball Room                 4032/374        430        160         160         --        500        230
 beds, air-conditioning, private bath and shower, amenity
 kits, hairdryers, telephones, room safes, CD player/alarm         6 Breakout Rooms (Ballroom),
                                                                                                            576/53          50         18         20          --         55         40
 clocks, satellite TVs, irons and ironing boards,                  each
 coffeemaker, and safe.                                            The Director's Room                      396/36          --         16         --          --         --         16
Services Available to Planners                                     The Paul Bogle                           480/44          50         20         20          --         50         20
                                                                   High Mountain Pre-Function
 Dedicated on-site groups concierge.                                                                       2000/185         --         --         --          --        170         70
                                                                   Gazebo
                                                                   The Pavilion                           6000/1828        1200       400         --          --        1200       500
                                                                   Beach Club                                --/--          --         --         --          --        700        450




Booking Instructions                                             Additional Information
 Unique Vacations Groups Department                               Credit Cards/Travelers & Personal Checks                  Service Included in Package
 Ms. Tonya Hawryluk                                               All major credit cards accepted.                          Taxes Included in Package
 Tel +1 305 284 1300 Fax +1 305 668 2776
 Email: thawryluk@uvi.sandals.com
                                                                                                                                                            Jamaica / Whitehouse


                                                                                                                                                  SANDALS
                                                                                                                                               WHITEHOUSE
                                                                                                                              Country Rating 5*
                                                                                                                              Savannna La Mar
                                                                                                                              P.O. Box 5000
                                                                                                                              Whitehouse 5000
                                                                                                                              Jamaica
                                                                                                                              Phone: +1 305 284 1300
                                                                                                                              Fax: +1 305 668 2776
                                                                                                                              Email: thawryluk@uvi.sandals.com
                                                                                                                              Website: www.sandals.com
                                                                                                                              Rooms: 360
                                                                                                                              Max. Group Rooms Commitment: 250
                                                                                                                              Location: Directly at the beach
                                                                                                                              Contact: Ms. Tonya Hawryluk,
                                                                                                                              Group Sales Manager
                                                                                                                              Member of: SITE and MPI
Incentive and Meetings Offers                                                                                                 Awards: Five Star Diamond Award by American
                                                                                                                              Academy of Hospitality Sciences, Jamaica's Leading Spa
Rates p.p. in USD                       Eff. Dates              Rm Type               Days/Nights Single Double               Resort by World Travel Awards in 2011
 Luxury Included® Rate               01Sep-16Dec12       Luxury Beachfront Room           6/5          --    1,237.50*        Affiliation: Sandals Resorts
 Minimum group size 10 rooms                                                                                                  Airport: Sangster International Airport (MBJ) about 75
 Includes • Five (5) nights accommodation, breakfast, all AI services • One (1) complimentary concierge upgrade for a         minutes drive
 VIP or one (1) complimentary concierge upgrade for every twenty-five (25) rooms paid • One (1) complimentary person for
 every twelve (12) rooms paid (maximum of seven (7) complimentary rooms) • Private group check-in (based on majority          Discover the undiscovered. Journey to a forgotten
 of the group arriving at the same time) • Complimentary hospitality desk with in-house phone extension, easel, flipchart     Jamaica where the natural beauty is simply
 and markers • Complimentary use of meeting facilities and basic A/V equipment • Complimentary cocktail reception with        unforgettable. Within a 500-acre wilderness
 hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and open bar (1 hour) • Complimentary coffee break(s) per day during scheduled meetings          preserve, blue mountains, lush palm groves, pristine
 • Complimentary private 2 hour group dinner. Service and taxes.                                                              coastlines and shimmering turquoise waters create
 *Rate is subject to change without notice. Please be advised that any additional group functions would be subject to         an unbelievable backdrop for a monumental resort.
 surcharges and entertainment is at additional cost.                                                                          Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa perfectly
                                                                                                                              blends the exotic allure of the Caribbean with the
Themed Events                                                                                                                 refined elegance of Europe. Charming Italian piazzas
                                                                                                                              and fountains are surrounded by gardens resplendent
 Caribbean and Oriental Elegance As your guests enter, they are greeted by the spectacular sights of bamboo, orchids          with fragrant foliage, while three European-inspired
 and gold fabrics. The perimeter of the event features large bamboo tripods with orchids cascading from the center and        villages – Italian, French and Dutch – are home to
 up lights that cast "oriental hues." When the party proceeds to the dining area, tables with green-underlay tablecloths      luxuriously-appointed, all oceanfront rooms and
 and gold organza overlays await. A four foot bamboo tripod with orchids finished with a large candle lantern is the table    suites. Each one offers magnificent views
 centerpiece.                                                                                                                 overlooking the two-mile long beach. This resort is
 Wine Maker's Dinner Welcome to our Wine Maker's Dinner - the ultimate dining experience for the discriminating               truly a world unto itself, where time is all but
 gourmand. This wonderful dining experience pares our Chef's magnificent creations with selections from the Manager's         forgotten and the only moment is now.
 Wine List resulting in a 5-course meal with a welcome tasting and aperitif.
                                                                                                                             Hotel Amenities
Conference and Event Facilities                                                                                               7 gourmet restaurants, 6 full-service bars, 4 pools, 4
                                                                                                                              whirlpools, unlimited land and water sports including
 The conference center at Sandals Whitehouse provides over 5,000 sqft/465 sqm of function space. Private coffee breaks,       scuba diving (included for certified divers) and snorkeling,
 cocktail parties, award banquets and just about any other type of function are available and can be customized based         round trip airport transfers, all hotel taxes and gratuities,
 on the group's specific requirements. Whatever your goal or budget, Sandals Whitehouse is committed to ensuring the          unlimited premium brand drinks and Beringer® Wines,
 success of your meeting or incentive program.                                                                                nightly entertainment, fitness center, poolside/beach
  Room Name                                Area in       Theater   Classroom   U-Shape   Boardroom   Reception   Banquet      cocktail valet service, Red Lane® Spa (treatments
                                          Sq.Ft/Sq.M                                                                          additional) with Roman meditation lanai, and conference
                                                                                                                              center with meeting rooms up to 4,860 sqft/451 sqm.
  Ballroom                                4860/451        500        210         --          --        550        350        Guest Room Features
  Ballroom A                              1620/150        160        65          --          --        180        115         All 360 rooms and suites at Sandals Whitehouse enjoy
  Ballroom B                              1620/150        160        65          --          --        180        115         beachfront views and overlook the longest resort beach
                                                                                                                              on Jamaica's South Coast. The accommodations are
  Ballroom C                              1620/150        160        65          --          --        180        115         located in three villages with distinct Italian, Dutch or
  Pre-Function                            1474/136         --         --         --          --        180        100         French architectural features set in acres of colorful
  Boardroom                                544/50          --         --         --          --         --         18         tropical gardens. All accommodations include:
                                                                                                                              air-conditioning, king-size bed, amenity kit, hairdryer,
  Courtyard                               1176/109         --         --         --          --        115         70         telephone, safe, clock radio, iron and ironing board,
 Ceiling height in the Ballroom is 22 ft/6.80 m. Also available is the Cabaret Theater featuring 5,000 sqft/464 sqm on 3      satellite TV and coffee maker. All rooms have tiled floors
 tiers.                                                                                                                       and mahogany furniture.
                                                                                                                             Services Available to Planners
                                                                                                                              Dedicated on-site groups concierge
Additional Information                                                                                                       Booking Instructions
 Credit Cards/Travelers & Personal Checks                  Service Included in Package                                        Unique Vacations Groups Department
 All major credit cards accepted.                          Taxes Included in Package                                          Ms. Tonya Hawryluk
                                                                                                                              Tel +1 305 284 1300 Fax +1 305 668 2776
                                                                                                                              Email: thawryluk@uvi.sandals.com
St Kitts And Nevis




                                  St Kitts And
                                  Nevis
The beautiful islands of St Kitts and Nevis offer an           Travelers Checks: To avoid additional exchange rate
intoxicating blend of sun, sea, lush greenery, spa             charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's
retreats and absolute luxury. Commercialisation has not        cheques in US Dollars.
yet taken over and travellers will enjoy the easygoing,        Banking Hours: Mon-Thurs 8AM-2PM, Fri 8AM-4PM.
quiet way of life of the local people which remains
almost unspoiled. The exotically beautiful island of St.       Currency Exchange: Most major currencies can be             Drink: A wide range of imported drinks is available.
Kitts seems to embody a kind of lush tropical paradise         exchanged at banks on the islands.                          Regional drinks are the locally-produced CSR (cane
usually associated with the South Pacific. The                                                                             spirit), which is excellent and local rums: Belmont
                                                                                                                           Estate and Brinley Gold.
atmosphere here is palpably luxuriant. At the centre of
St. Kitts stands the spectacular, cloud-fringed peak of        Public Holidays                                             Nightlife: Very low key. A number of hotels and inns
Mount Liamuiga (pronounced Lee-a-mweega), a                                                                                have string or steel bands to dance to on Saturday
                                                               Dec 25, 2012 Christmas Day
dormant volcano covered by a dense tropical forest.                                                                        nights in the peak season, and there is a disco called
Since the 18th century, Nevis has been known as the            Dec 26, 2012 Boxing Day                                     J's Place at the foot of the Brimstone Hill Fortress in
'Queen of the Caribbean', and over the last 100 years,         Jan 1, 2013 New Year's Day                                  St Kitts. Reflections Night Club, also in St Kitts, is open
the island has become one of the world's most exclusive                                                                    until the small hours. St Kitts has two casinos in Frigate
                                                               Jan 2, 2013 Carnival Day                                    Bay, complete with slot machines, roulette wheels and
resorts and spas. Most of the original plantation owners
lived on the island and it became renowned as a centre         Mar 29, 2013 Good Friday                                    blackjack tables. In Nevis, Club Trenim is
of elegant and gracious living. Although Nevis has lived       Apr 1, 2013 Easter Monday                                   recommended. Otherwise, entertainment centres
through an earthquake and a tidal wave, which is                                                                           around the pleasant bars of the inns and hotels.
                                                               May 6, 2013 Labour Day
claimed to have buried the former capital, the island is                                                                   Shopping: Local crafts include carvings, batik, wall
still dotted, as is St Kitts, with fascinating old buildings   May 20, 2013 Whit Monday                                    hangings, leather art and coconut work. Local textiles
and historic sites, a delight for any traveller looking for    Aug 5, 2013 Emancipation Day                                and designs are also available. Stamp collectors should
their next Caribbean adventure.                                                                                            note the excellent Philatelic Bureaux in Basseterre and
                                                               Sep 16, 2013 National Heroes Day                            Charlestown. Duty-free shopping is relatively new to St
                                                               Sep 19, 2013 Independence Day                               Kitts and, as yet, only a few shops feature imported
General Information                                            Dec 13, 2013 National Day
                                                                                                                           merchandise at substantial savings. Nevis' hot pepper
                                                                                                                           sauce, ranked among the Caribbean's best, is a good
Area: St Kitts: 176.1 sq km (66.1 sq miles) Nevis: 93.3        Dec 25, 2013 Christmas Day                                  take-home item and can be bought at the Main Street
sq km (36 sq miles) Total: 269.4 sq km (104 sq smiles)                                                                     grocery in Charlestown. There are shopping malls on
                                                               Dec 26, 2013 Boxing Day
Population: 46,000 (UN estimate 2006).                                                                                     St Kitts these include TDC Mall and Pelican Mall. Friday
                                                               Jan 1, 2014 New Year's Day                                  and Saturday are the busy market days, and visitors
Capital: Basseterre                                                                                                        should not miss the chance to witness this abundance
                                                                                                                           of exotic food stalls, accompanied by lively local chatter.
Geography: St Kitts (officially known as St Christopher)
lies in the northern part of the Leeward Islands in the        International Travel                                        Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30AM-NOON and 1-4PM;
eastern Caribbean. The high central body of the island is      Air: Most international flights are via Antigua, Puerto     some shops close early on Thursday.
made up of three groups of rugged volcanic peaks split         Rico or St Maarten. American Airlines has regular flights
by deep ravines. The vegetation on the central mountain                                                                    Social: All visitors to the islands are cordially welcomed;
                                                               from the USA. LIAT (LI) (www.liatairline.com) runs from     marriages are valid after two days' residence. Islanders
range is rainforest, thinning higher up to dense bushy         Antigua. Other airlines serving the islands include
cover. From here, the island's volcanic crater, Mount                                                                      maintain traditions of calypso dancing and music and
                                                               American Eagle (www.aa.com), Caribbean Star                 this can be seen particularly during the summer
Liamuiga, rises to almost 1,200m (4,000ft). The                (www.flycaribbeanstar.com)              and       Winair
foothills, particularly to the north, form a gently rolling                                                                months. Dress is informal at most hotels. Beach attire
                                                               (www.fly-winair.com).                                       is not appropriate for around town, in shops or in
landscape of sugar-cane plantations and grassland,
while uncultivated lowland slopes are covered with             Approximate Flight Times                                    restaurants. Nudity is not permitted on any beach. For
thick tropical woodland and exotic fruits such as              London to St Kitts is 12 hours, stopover in Antigua         more formal occasions and functions, a lightweight suit
papaya, mangoes, avocados, bananas and breadfruit.             New York to St Kitts is 5 hours                             and tie is recommended. It is illegal to dress in
To the southeast of the island, a low-lying peninsula,                                                                     camouflaged clothing. Homosexuality is illegal.
on which there are many excellent beaches, stretches           International Airports: St Kitts SKB. Location: The
                                                               airport is situated 3.2km/2 miles from Basseterre on St     Tipping: In restaurants 10 to 15%.
towards Nevis. Some 3km (2 miles) to the south and
only minutes away by air or ferry across The Narrows           Kitts. Taxis are available; fares are regulated.            Business: Office hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-NOON and
channel is the smaller island of Nevis, which is almost        Newcastle Airfield NEV. The airport is located 11km/5       1-4PM.
circular in shape. The island is skirted by miles of           miles from Charlestown on Nevis.                            Mobile phone and Internet: Unregistered roaming is
silver-sand beaches, golden coconut groves and a calm,         Departure Tax: EC$41. Children under 12 years of age        available - visitors with TDMA handsets can make calls
turquoise sea in which great brown pelicans dive for           and passengers staying less than 24 hours are exempt.       without registering, provided they can give a credit card
the rich harvest of fish. The central peak of the island,      An environment levy fee of EC$4 is also payable on          number. Public Internet access is available at many
Nevis Peak, is 985m (3,232ft) high and its tip is usually      departure.                                                  hotels and the Internet kiosk at the Cable & Wireless
capped with white clouds. The mountain is flanked on                                                                       offices in Basseterre, St Kitts.
the north and south sides by two lesser mountains,
Saddle Hill and Hurricane Hill, which once served as           Social & Business Customs
look-out posts for Nelson's fleet. Hurricane Hill on the
north side commands a view of St Kitts and Barbuda. On         Food: St Kitts and Nevis has built up a widely
                                                                                                                           Climate
the island's west side, massed rows of palm trees form         established reputation for fine food, a reputation which    Hot and tropical climate tempered by trade winds
a coconut forest. There are pleasant coral beaches on          the local restauranteurs guard zealously. Restaurants       throughout most of the year. The driest period is from
the island's north and west coasts.                            specialise in Chinese, Western, Creole, Indian and West     January to April and there is increased rainfall in
Language: The official language is English.                    Indian cuisine. Most restaurants in St Kitts offer a        summer and towards the end of the year. The volume
                                                               continental menu with island variations. Nevis is less      of rain varies according to altitude; rain showers can
                                                               grand and Charlestown's small restaurants cater more        occur throughout the year. The average annual rainfall
Money                                                          to Nevisians than visitors. Fruit, including mangoes,
                                                               papayas and bananas, is sold at the waterfront market.
                                                                                                                           is about 125cm (50in) to 200cm (80in) with a wetter
                                                                                                                           season from May to October. Like the other Leeward
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD; symbol EC$)           Specialities are Spiny lobster, Crab back, Roti (thin       Islands, St Kitts lies in the track of violent tropical
                                                               pastry filled with curried potatoes, chickpeas and beef,    hurricanes which are most likely to develop between
Credit Cards: All major cards are widely accepted.             chicken, goat, shrimp or vegetables), Pelau (rice, pigeon   August and October.
ATMs are widely available.                                     peas and meat, similar to paella) and Conch.
                                                                                                                                                                 St. Kitts / Frigate Bay


                                                                                                                                                    ST. KITTS
                                                                                                                                                   MARRIOTT
                                                                                                                                                RESORT & THE
                                                                                                                                                ROYAL BEACH
                                                                                                                                                      CASINO
                                                                                                                                    Country Rating 4*
                                                                                                                                    858 Frigate Bay Road
                                                                                                                                    Frigate Bay
                                                                                                                                    St. Kitts
                                                                                                                                    Phone: +1 869 466 1200
                                                                                                                                    Fax: +1 869 466 1201
                                                                                                                                    Email: stkittsmarriottreservations@marriott.com
Incentive and Meetings Offers                                                                                                       Website: www.stkittsmarriott.com
                                                                                                                                    Rooms: 393
Rates p.p. in USD                          Eff. Dates          Rm Type             Days/Nights Single Double                        Max. Group Rooms Commitment: 393
 Group Special*                         01Jun-31Oct13        Premium ROH               1/1       99      49.50                      Location: Frigate Bay, St. Kitts
 Minimum 10 rooms                        21Apr-31Jul14       Premium ROH               1/1       99      49.50                      Contact: Lorraine Phillip,
                                        15Aug-21Dec14        Premium ROH               1/1       99      49.50                      Senior Sales Manager
 Includes 1 night accommodation. *Book by November 20, 2012 and get: 1 complimentary room night for every 40 paid,                  Awards: AAA Four Diamond Award 2003-2012, Trip
 1 upgrade to suite for VIPs per every 25 rooms, 1 welcome amenity for VIP per every 25 rooms.                                      Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2012, Conde
                                                                                                                                    Nast Traveler readers choice poll for the Top 250 Spas in
 All Inclusive Group Special*         03Jan-31Jan13           Premium ROH              1/1         263      199                     the US, Canada and Mexico, Top 25 in the Atlantic and
 Minimum 10 rooms,                    01Mar-31Mar13           Premium ROH              1/1         263      199                     Caribbean, Pillar of Tourism Award by St. Kitts Tourism
 Minimum stay 4 nights                01Apr-21Dec13           Premium ROH              1/1         243      179                     Authority
 Includes 1 night accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, unlimited standard alcoholic beverages, non alcoholic                 Affiliation: Marriott International, Inc.
 beverages, local beers, house wines, use of tennis courts. Service and taxes. *Must be booked by December 31, 2012                 Airport: R. L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) 6.4
 and travel by December 21, 2013. Blackout dates apply.                                                                             km/4 miles

Themed Events                                                                                                                       The resort captivates the guests from the moment
 Sunset at Brimstone Hill From the perch at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the panoramic views of the island are            they see it, immersing them in the culture and
 breathtaking and the fortress itself is a sight to behold. Nearly 800 feet/ 248 m high and made of stone and mortar crafted        atmosphere of this most relaxing and romantic of
 by African slaves, the structure remains one of the best preserved historical fortifications in the Americas. Groups will be       Caribbean Islands. The breathtaking resort offers an
 transported to the fortress for cocktails at sunset. Dinner catered by the hotel will follow, along with special entertainment     unparalleled island experience with its luxurious,
 and a lively fireworks display.                                                                                                    spacious and welcoming guest rooms. Caribbean
                                                                                                                                    flavor sets the tone in the 8 restaurants and 2
 Brunch at Romney Manor Set on ten acres of lush, tropical land and surrounded by botanical gardens, this historic sugar
                                                                                                                                    lounges. The resort offers the 35,000 sqft/3,251 sqm
 plantation is home to Caribelle Batik. Guests will enjoy authentic West Indian breakfast or brunch prepared by locals and
                                                                                                                                    Royal Beach Casino, the luxurious Emerald Mist Spa
 served picnic style, and they’ll get an opportunity to tour the grounds and the batik factory. Guests will leave with an
                                                                                                                                    and a championship golf course.
 original piece of art, along with unforgettable memories.
 Nite Golf All golfers love a challenge. Well, try golfing in the cool trade winds, at night. Guests are greeted with cocktails    Hotel Amenities
 on neon trays and escorted down a colorfully lit pathway. They’ll receive glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces, and
 golf pros will instruct them on the rules of the mini night tournament. The putting green is lit with neon balls, flag markers,    Wireless Internet access in all guest rooms, meeting
 putters, cup markers and course markers. Top off the evening with dinner under the stars by the 18th hole.                         rooms and public areas, 3 outdoor pools, direct beach
                                                                                                                                    access, 4 lighted tennis courts, 15,000 sqft/1,393 sqm
                                                                                                                                    Emerald Mist Spa with 9 treatment rooms, 18-hole
Conference and Event Facilities                                                                                                     championship golf course, 8 restaurants, 2 lounges, two
 Room Name                                   Area in        Theater   Classroom    U-Shape   Boardroom    Reception   Banquet
                                                                                                                                    24-hour gym, casino on-site, 9 meeting rooms with
                                            Sq.Ft/Sq.M
                                                                                                                                    38,000 sqft/3,529 sqm of total meeting space. Outdoor
                                                                                                                                    meeting venues include Royal Beach, Grand Plaza,
                                                                                                                                    outdoor pools, gardens, Cascade Gazebo.
 Royal Ballroom                             5673/542         690         400         97          70         750         480
                                                                                                                                   Guest Room Features
 St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, each            1830/170         150         120         57          50         250         120
                                                                                                                                    320 guest rooms and 73 suites, smoking and
 St. Kitts + Nevis                          3660/340         300         192         57          50         500         340         non-smoking, with a minimum of 475 sqft/44 sqm, most
 Antigua + Nevis                            3660/340         300         192         60          54         500         340         of them with a private balcony or patio. All rooms and
 Ballroom Terrace                             --/--           --          --         --          --         300         160         suites with complimentary tea/coffee makers, high-speed
                                                                                                                                    and Wi-Fi Internet access, voicemail, alarm clock,
 Saba                                       5580/518         200         130         44          44         400         270         hairdryer, safe, small refrigerator, iron/ironing board,
 Montserrat Boardroom                        350/33           --          --         12          12          --          --         room and laundry service.
 Grenada                                     936/87          100         40          30          25         140          70        Services Available to Planners
 St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Vincent,
                                             825/77           90         36          25          20         125         70          Fully equipped business center, professional event team,
 each
                                                                                                                                    full audio-visual team on site.

Additional Information                                                                                                             Booking Instructions
 Credit Cards/Travelers & Personal Checks                     Service 12.5% Service Charge not included in Package.                 Contact the Sales Department
 All major credit cards accepted. No personal checks          All Inclusive Plan includes Service Charge.                           Tel +1 869 465 0474 Fax +1 869 466 3881
 accepted.                                                    Taxes 10% VAT and 2% Island Enhancement Tax not                       Email: lorraine.phillip@marriott.com
                                                              included in Package. All Inclusive Plan includes Taxes.
St Lucia




                                  St Lucia
With lush rainforests, undulating agricultural                  Banking Hours: Generally Mon-Thurs 8:30AM-3PM, Fri
landscapes, unspoilt beaches and trade winds keeping            8:30AM-5PM. Some banks at Rodney Bay Marina are
temperatures on the right side of hot, St Lucia is a            open Sat 8AM-NOON.
beautiful island. So far, so Caribbean. There are a host        Currency Exchange: US Dollars ensure a better rate.
of natural wonders here, from the UNESCO heritage site
of the Pitons, the rainforested twin peaks that herald
visitors in the south, to the Qualibou volcano with its
boiling sulphur springs, as well as tropical flower-lined
                                                                Public Holidays
roadsides. The gorgeous landscape and relatively low            Dec 13, 2012 National Day
key vibe of the island is one of its major draws and
                                                                Dec 25, 2012 Christmas Day
makes St Lucia a popular spot with many travellers,
topped with a sheer range of activities on offer. Other         Dec 26, 2012 Boxing Day
islands may have the sand and the sea views but beach           Jan 1, 2013 New Year's Day
lovers beware, for you might find yourself tempted out
                                                                Feb 22, 2013 Independence Day                                visitors alike; Anse La Raye hold their Friday Night Fish
of that sun lounger and into the ocean – St Lucia’s
coastline boasts coral reefs and a plethora of marine           Mar 29, 2013 Good Friday                                     Fry BBQ. Indies and The Late Lime are two of St Lucia's
                                                                                                                             most popular nightclubs, both featuring live
life, making scuba diving and snorkelling popular things        Apr 1, 2013 Easter Monday                                    entertainment. There is little nightlife during the
to do, and there are plenty of watersports such as                                                                           summer, but during the winter the resorts are lively,
kiteboarding and windsurfing on offer too. Alternatively,       May 1, 2013 Labour Day
                                                                                                                             with plenty of local music and dance.
head away from the sea completely and venture into the          May 20, 2013 Whit Monday
island’s interior instead. Go hiking through the lush                                                                        Shopping: Special purchases include unique batik and
                                                                May 30, 2013 Corpus Christi                                  silkscreen designs made into shifts, sports shirts, table
mountains, ziplining through the rainforest canopy, and
visit a volcano, all in a days’ work. And if you’ve still got   Aug 5, 2013 Emancipation Day                                 mats, cocktail napkins and shopping bags produced
                                                                Dec 13, 2013 National Day                                    at a studio on the road between Castries and La Toc.
the energy to go looking for some night life, there are
                                                                                                                             Other craft outlets sell locally made bowls, beads, straw
also regular Friday night parties in the north of the           Dec 25, 2013 Christmas Day                                   hats, flour-sack shirts, sisal rugs, bags, sandals and
island, where visitors can partake in the wonderful local                                                                    woodwork. Duty free shoping complexes are Pointe
cuisine, as well as the islanders’ friendliness, hospitality    Dec 26, 2013 Boxing Day
                                                                                                                             Seraphine featuring over 30 shops (open seven days
and leisurely lifestyle.                                                                                                     a week), bars and restaurants placed around an open
                                                                International Travel                                         piazza; and La Place Carenage. Presentation of
General Information                                             Air: Flights to St Lucia are served by many airlines
                                                                                                                             passport, cruise ship boarding pass or airline ticket is
                                                                                                                             required for duty free purchase.
Area: 617 sqkm / 238 sq miles                                   including LIAT (www.liatairline.com) and Air Caraibes        Shopping hours: Mon-Fri 8:30AM-12:30PM and
                                                                (www.aircaraibes.com). St Lucia is served directly from      1:30-4:30PM, Sat 8:30AM-12:30PM and 9AM-9PM in
Population: 173k (2009 census)                                  Londen by Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com) and      shopping malls.
Capital: Castries                                               BA (www.britishairways.com).
                                                                                                                             Social: St Lucians are friendly and hospitable and
Geography: St Lucia is the second-largest of the                Approximate Flight Times                                     encourage visitors to relax and enjoy their leisurely
Windward Islands. It has some of the finest mountain            London to Castries is 9 hours                                lifestyle. The traditional dress of the madras and
scenery in the West Indies and is rich with tropical            New York to Castries is 4 hours                              foulards are not often seen in towns, but are sometimes
vegetation. For such a small island, 43km/27 miles by           International Airports: Hewanorra International Airport      worn at festivals such as the Feast of St Rose of Lima
23km/14 miles, St Lucia has a great variety of plant and        UVF (www.slaspa.com) The airport is situated about           in August. Casual wear is acceptable, although some
animal life. Orchids and exotic plants grow wild in the         56km/35 miles south of Castries and 4km/2.5 miles            hotels and restaurants encourage guests to dress for
rainforests, and the roadsides are covered with many            north of Vieux-Fort. Public Transportation is available      dinner. Beachwear should not be worn in towns. It is
colourful tropical flowers. Indigenous wildlife includes        just outside the airport complex. Taxis are available        an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in
a species of ground lizard unique to St Lucia. The              outside the terminal, Castries travel time 1 hour.           camouflage clothing. Certain homosexual acts are
Amazona versicolor parrot is another, though more               Facilities: bank with bureau de change (NOON-4:30PM),        against the law.
elusive, inhabitant of the deep interior rainforest. The        restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, duty free in departure
highest peak is Mount Gimie at 950m/3,117ft. Most                                                                            Tipping: An optional 10 to 12% is sometimes added to
                                                                lounge, disabled facilities available, car parking, car      bills.
spectacular are the twin peaks of Gros Piton and Petit          rental.
Piton, ancient, volcanic forest-covered cones which rise                                                                     Business: A short- or long-sleeved shirt and tie or a
out of the sea on the west coast. The mountains are             Departure Tax: All visitors over 12 years of age pay         lightweight suit are suitable for most business visits.
intersected by short rivers which in some areas form            departure tax, usually included in airfares, currently       Office hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM, Sat 8:30AM-12:30PM.
broad fertile valleys. The island has excellent beaches         EC$68/$26.
                                                                                                                             Mobile phone and Internet: Mobile phone coverage is
and is surrounded by a clear, warm sea.                                                                                      good. Mobile phones are available to hire. Operators on
Language: English, some St Lucian Creole French
Time: GMT - 5, (Daylight saving time GMT - 4)
                                                                Social & Business Customs                                    St Lucia have not yet declared roaming agreements with
                                                                                                                             international mobile phone companies.
                                                                Food: St Lucian food is a combination of Creole with         Public Internet access is available at the internet kiosk
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz, Mostly british style                                                                        at Pointe Seraphine. Other internet cafés are also
3-pin square plugs are used, sometimes 2-pin round              French and West Indian influences. Most hotels have
                                                                restaurants, in addition to a wide range in the major        available across the island.
plugs. A few hotels are 110 volts AC, 60Hz with
American style flat pins. Usually an adaptor is required        towns serving many different types of food. Waiter
                                                                service is the norm. Specialities include Fresh seafood,
for 110V appliances.
                                                                including variations of langouste (local lobster); Lambi     Climate
                                                                (conch); Green figs and salt fish (unripened bananas and
                                                                                                                             The weather in St Lucia is typical of most Caribbean
Money                                                           salted fish); Fried plantain; Callaloo soup (made from
                                                                the leaves of the dasheen plant); Accra (fried fish cakes
                                                                                                                             islands. There is a hot, tropical climate tempered by
                                                                                                                             trade winds throughout most of the year with
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar, XCD US Dollars are          made from salted cod mixed with spices); Breadfruit
                                                                                                                             temperatures ranging from 21°C (70°F) to 32°C (90°F).
also accepted as legal tender. The Eastern Caribbean            (like potatoes but sweeter) eaten with salad or as crisps.
                                                                                                                             The driest period is from December to May and there
Dollar is tied to the US Dollar at EC$2.7 to US$1.              Drink: Regional drinks are Rum, often served in punch        is increased rainfall in summer and towards the end
Credit Cards: American Express, Diners Club,                    and cocktails; Caribbean beer, including the locally         of the year (June to November). Regionally, there is
MasterCard and Visa are accepted at all large shopping          brewed Piton and Heineken and Golden apples (a soft          some variation. The beaches around the North (Castries,
centres, restaurants, hotels etc. Most banks have ATMs.         drink make from the juice of unripe apples and sugar).       Gros Islet) whilst hot, receive cooling trade winds, whilst
                                                                The legal drinking age is 18.                                the rainforested interior of the island can get very hot
Travelers Checks: Accepte, US Dollar cheques are                                                                             and humid. St Lucia can also suffer from hurricanes;
preferred and will help to avoid additional exchange rate       Nightlife: St Lucia's nightlife is based mainly in hotels
                                                                and restaurants. On Friday nights, the village of Gros       typically the hurrican season runs from June to
charges. Change may be given back in EC$.                                                                                    November.
                                                                Islet hosts a weekly 'jump up', popular with locals and
      SPOTLIGHT


ST. LUCIA
An Iconic Image
Rising tall from a Caribbean Sea base, fringed by the town of Soufrière and covered in
emerald-colored vegetation, the Pitons are perhaps the most iconic sight in all of St. Lucia.
The massive outcroppings, formed by lava from a volcanic eruption 30 to 40 million years
ago, have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are not identical twins, since
798-meter/2,619-foot Petit Piton is actually taller than 750-meter/2,461-foot Gros Piton, though
Gros Piton is broader. It’s possible to climb the Pitons, but it’s a strenuous trip. Call the Forest
and Lands Department for a hiking appointment plus information on guides. You’ll need to
budget approximately €36/$45 for a tour guide and allot at least a half day to navigate these
unique geological formations.
Phone: +758 450 2078
Web: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1161

                                                        On the Water
                                                        With the sparkling Caribbean Sea on one side and the mysterious depths of the Atlantic
                                                        Ocean on the other, sailors and fishermen easily fall in love with St. Lucia. Not only is it
                                                        possible to charter any form of sea-going vessel anywhere on the island, but St. Lucia also
                                                        offers opportunities for some of the best deep sea fishing in the world. Described as “an
                                                        angler’s dream come true,” it’s home to several species of big game fish. Numerous charter
                                                        operations on the island offer whole- and half-day fishing excursions on state-of-the-art
                                                        boats outfitted with the latest fishing equipment. Depending on the time of year, anglers will
                                                        land a variety of fish, including mackerel, king mackerel, white marlin, barracuda, kingfish
                                                        and sailfish.
                                                        Web: www.stlucia.org/activity/deep_sea_fishing.asp


 Rodney’s Roost                                         History With Zip
 Pigeon Island is one of the Caribbean’s                Morne Coubaril is an 18th-century estate, part of a 101-hectare/250-acre land grant by
 most historic landmarks and certainly one of           Louis XIV of France in 1713. The original plantation house has been rebuilt and a farm
 the most beautiful spots in St. Lucia. While           workers’ village has been re-created showing what life was like for both the owners
 Pigeon Island’s rich history dates back to             and those who did all the hard labor over
 pre Columbian times, it is most famous for             the centuries producing cotton, coffee,
 its role in the 1782 Battle of the Saints. It          sugarcane, and cocoa. The grounds are
 was from Pigeon Island that Admiral Rodney             lovely for walking or hiking, and the views
 monitored Fort Royal in Martinique and set             of mountains and Soufrière Harbour are
 sail to intercept the French troops, fortuitously      spellbinding. More adventurous visitors can
 preventing their rendezvous with the Spanish           enjoy Soufrière Hotwire Rides, a state-of-
 and saving Jamaica for the British Empire.             the-art zipline excursion with eight stations
 Pigeon Island is 17 hectares/44 acres of sloping       taking you under Petit Piton and through the
 grasslands, dry tropical forests, beaches and          adjacent rainforest.
 twin peaks. Scattered around the picturesque           Phone: +758 459 7340
 grounds are ruins of barracks, batteries and           Web: www.mornecoubarilestate.com
 garrisons that date from 18th-century French

                                                        Drive-In Volcano?
 and English battles.
 Phone: +758 452 5005
 Web: http://slunatrust.org/sites/pigeon-island-
                                                        The well-known Sulphur Springs in St. Lucia is the hottest
 national-landmark
                                                        and most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles.
                                                        The park is approximately 45 hectares/111 acres and
                                                        is billed as the Caribbean’s only “drive-in volcano.” The
                                                        main area of Sulphur Springs comprises numerous hot
                                                        springs, bubbling mud pools and fumaroles (steam vents).
                                                        Many fumaroles have temperatures 100°C/212°F or
                                                        hotter, and temperatures of up to 172°C/341°F have been
                                                        recorded. Geothermal systems such as Sulphur Springs
                                                        form when rainwater seeps into the ground where it is
                                                        heated by hot rock. The hot water becomes buoyant, and
                                                        rises back to the surface along cracks. In some places the
                                                        water is heated so much that it rises as steam.
                                                        Phone: +758 459 7200
                                                        Web: http://soufrierefoundation.org/discover/attractions/
                                                        sulphur_springs_park/



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                                                                                                                              SANDALS GRANDE
                                                                                                                                   ST. LUCIAN
                                                                                                                              Country Rating 5*
                                                                                                                              Rodney Bay, Gros-Islet
                                                                                                                              P.O. Box G.I. 2247
                                                                                                                              Castries W.I.
                                                                                                                              Saint Lucia
                                                                                                                              Phone: +1 305 284 1300
                                                                                                                              Fax: +1 305 668 2776
                                                                                                                              Email: thawryluk@uvi.sandals.com
                                                                                                                              Website: www.sandals.com
                                                                                                                              Rooms: 301
                                                                                                                              Max. Group Rooms Commitment: 150
                                                                                                                              Location: Directly at the beach
                                                                                                                              Contact: Ms. Tonya Hawryluk,
                                                                                                                              Group Sales Manager
                                                                                                                              Member of: MPI and SITE
Incentive and Meetings Offers                                                                                                 Awards: 5 Star Diamond Award by American Academy
                                                                                                                              of Hospitality Sciences
Rates p.p. in USD                        Eff. Dates              Rm Type               Days/Nights Single Double              Affiliation: Sandals Resorts
 Luxury Included® Rate                01Sep-16Dec12         Grande Deluxe Room             6/5          --      1,298*        Airport: Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) 90
 Minimum group size 10 rooms                                                                                                  minutes drive, Vigie Airport (SLU) 20 minutes drive
 Includes • Five (5) nights accommodation, breakfast, all AI services • One (1) complimentary concierge upgrade for a
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Themed Events                                                                                                                 discovery, including a reef seemingly made for diving
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 Wine Maker's Dinner Welcome to our Wine Maker's Dinner - the ultimate dining experience for the discriminating
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 Wine List resulting in a 5-course meal with a welcome tasting and aperitif.
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                                          Sq.Ft/Sq.M
                                                                                                                              maker, iron and ironing board. Continental breakfast is
                                                                                                                              served in all rooms.
  W.J. Clinton Ballroom                   4800/445        500        270         --          --        550        270
                                                                                                                             Services Available to Planners
  W.J. Clinton A                          1560/144        150        60          --          --        160         60
                                                                                                                              Dedicated on-site groups concierge
  W.J. Clinton B                          1560/144        150        60          --          --        160         60
  W.J. Clinton C                          1560/144        150        60          --          --        160         60
  W.J. Clinton Lounge                     2000/609         --         --         --          --         80         80
  Langara Boardroom                       600/182                    70          --          --         40         40
  Courtyard                               2704/251         --         --         --          --        700        600
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                                 Trinidad and
                                 Tobago
The home of carnival, calypso, limbo dancing and              Dec 26, 2012 Boxing Day
Angostura Bitters, Trinidad and Tobago's worldly              Jan 1, 2013 New Year's Day
contributions have always been an assault on the
senses. From Hindu to Hispanic and from Muslim to             Mar 29, 2013 Good Friday
Christian, this diverse little nation mixes a raw             Mar 30, 2013 Spiritual Baptist Shouters' Liberation Day
cosmopolitan vibe with a wondrous line-up of festivals        Apr 1, 2013 Easter Monday
and punches way above its weight in the scenery stakes
too. Gluing all this together are the Trinidadians            May 30, 2013 Indian Arrival Day + Corpus Christi
themselves. They’re a relaxed, ingratiating people            Jun 19, 2013 Labour Day
specialising in liming (talk for talking’s sake) and often
                                                              Aug 1, 2013 Emancipation Day
masters in the other national pastimes of football,
cricket, dancing and partying hard. Port of Spain,            Aug 8, 2013 Eid al-Fitr
surrounded by verdant rolling hills, is the main city on      Aug 31, 2013 Independence Day                                 Drink: Excellent local rums and Angostura bitters are
oil-rich Trinidad. Bazaars throng beneath modern                                                                            used for rum punch. Local beers are Carib and Stag.
                                                              Sep 24, 2013 Republic Day
skyscrapers and mosques rub shoulders with                                                                                  Nightlife: Trinidad has a wide, varied nightlife including
cathedrals, all of which bounce to the beat of Carnival,      Nov 3, 2013 Divali                                            hotel entertainment and nightclubs with calypso, limbo
arguably the planet’s greatest parties. Beyond the            Dec 25, 2013 Christmas Day                                    dancers and steel bands. During the carnival season
capital beckon volcanoes, a self-replenishing asphalt                                                                       (New Year to Carnival), both islands are alive with live
                                                              Dec 26, 2013 Boxing Day
lake and magnificent bird reserves. Tobago, 32km (20                                                                        music in the calypso tents and pan (steel band) yards. In
miles) northeast of Trinidad, is an altogether wilder isle.   Jan 1, 2014 New Year's Day                                    Tobago, the main Calypsonians from Trinidad travel over
Recently voted world’s best ecotourism destination, this                                                                    to perform at Shaw Park, Scarborough and Roxborough.
is a place to explore coral reefs, watch turtles nest, hike                                                                 There is something happening most nights of the week
lonely mountain trails or dive crystalline waters. Easy       International Travel                                          at this time - details available from the Tobago News.
choice, really.                                               Air: The national airline is Caribbean Airlines (BW)          Shopping: Everything can be found in Port of Spain,
                                                              (www.caribbean-airlines.com).                                 but local goods are always available. Special purchases
General Information                                           Approximate Flight Times
                                                                                                                            include Calypso records, steel drums, leather bags and
                                                                                                                            sandals, ceramics and woodcarvings. Gold and silver
                                                              London to Port of Spain is 10 hours and to Crown Point,       jewelry can be good value, as can Indian silks and
Area: 5,128 sq km (1,980 sq miles)                            Tobago is 10 hours 30 minutes                                 fabrics. Rum should also be considered. Bright, printed
Population: 1.2 million (CIA 2011)                            New York to Crown Point, Tobago is 6 hours 30 minutes         fabrics and other summer garments are available in
Capital: Port of Spain                                        Barbados to Port of Spain is 50 minutes                       Trinidad and Tobago, particularly in Port of Spain.
                                                              St Lucia to Port of Spain is 2 hours 10 minutes               Shopping Hours: Mon-Thurs 8AM-4PM, Fri 8AM-6PM
Geography: Trinidad and her tiny sister island of Tobago
lie off the Venezuelan coast. Along the north of Trinidad     International Airports: Piarco International Airport          and Sat 8AM-1PM. Some shops stay open later in Port
runs the Northern Range of mountains, looming over the        (POS) is 25 km/16 miles east of Port of Spain. Buses          of Spain, and malls are often open till 9PM. Shops close
country's capital, Port of Spain. South of Port of Spain      (travel time 25 minutes) and taxis are available to the       on public holidays, especially during Carnival.
on the west coast the terrain is low, and the Caroni          city and hotels throughout the island, set fares are          Social: Many local attitudes are often reflected in the
Swamps contain a magnificent bird sanctuary largely           posted in taxis, which increase after midnight. Sharing       lyrics of the calypso, the accepted medium for political
inhabited by the scarlet ibis. On the north and east          taxis is an accepted practice. Facilities include duty-free   and social satire since pre-emancipation days.
coasts lie beautiful beaches. Central Trinidad is flat and    shops, banks, ATMs, car hire, restaurants, light              Hospitality is important and entertaining is commonly
largely given over to agriculture.                            refreshments, shops and tourist information.                  done at home. Casual wear is usual, with shirt sleeves
                                                              Crown Point (TAB) is 13 km/8 miles from Scarborough           generally accepted for business and social gatherings,
Language: The official language is English. French,           and close to most hotels. Taxis are available; standard
Spanish, Hindi and Chinese are also spoken.                                                                                 but beachwear is not worn in towns.
                                                              journey rates are published in the airport arrival lounge.
Time: GMT -4                                                  Facilities include bank, bureau de change, shops,             Business: Lightweight suits or 'shirt jacks' should be
                                                              restaurant, duty-free shop, snack, and car hire.              worn. It is normal to shake hands and exchange
Electricity: 110/220 volts AC, 60Hz. US pattern twin                                                                        business cards. The best time to visit is from December
                                                              More information on www.tntislands.com/tntairports.
plus earth plugs are standard; variations may be found.                                                                     to April, except during the Christmas festivities.
                                                              Departure Tax: TT$100 (local currency only). Transit          Office hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-4:30PM.
                                                              passengers (within 48 hours), passengers over 60 and
Money                                                         under 5 years of age are exempt.                              Mobile phone and Internet: Roaming agreements exist
                                                                                                                            with most international mobile phone companies.
Currency: Trinidad & Tobago Dollar (TTD; symbol TT$)                                                                        Coverage is available in most of Trinidad and Tobago.
Credit Cards: American Express, Diners Club,                  Social & Business Customs                                     Main networks are Telecommunications Services of
                                                                                                                            Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT) AND Digicel.
MasterCard and VISA are accepted by most banks,                                                                             There are numerous internet cafés on the islands.
                                                              Food: Restaurants stay open late offering a very wide
shops and tourist facilities. There are ATMs taking debit                                                                   Piarco International Airport and Rituals Coffee Shops
                                                              choice of local and Western dishes. Chinese, Indian and
and credit cards (Tobago: Scarborough only).                                                                                across the country have Wi-Fi access, as well as an
                                                              West Indian cooking is available. Tobago also offers
Travelers Checks: Widely accepted and often the most          some notable seafood specialties and all types of fried       increasing number of other locations. Rates in internet
convenient means of transaction. Banks charge an              fish. National specialties: Creole soups, the best being      cafes start at around TT$6; access in libraries is free.
exchange fee. Check for the best rates. Traveler's            sans coche, calaloo and peppery pigeon pea soup, Tatoo
checks in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling are                   (armadillo), Manicou (opossum), Pork souse (pork boiled
recommended.                                                  and served cold in a salty sauce with lime, cucumber,         Climate
Banking Hours: Mon-Thurs 8AM-2PM, Fri 9AM-12N                 pepper, and onion slices), Tum-tum (mashed green
                                                              plantains), Lappe (island rabbit), Pastelles (meat folded     The tropical climate is tempered by northeast trade
and 3PM-5PM.                                                                                                                winds. The dry season is from November to May, but
                                                              into cornmeal, wrapped in a banana leaf is a Christmas
                                                              specialty). Seafood in Trinidad includes bean-sized           it is hottest between June and October. The climate in
                                                                                                                            Tobago is pleasant most of the year and although May,
Public Holidays                                               oysters, chip-chip (tiny shellfish similar in taste to
                                                              clams) and freshwater fish, Cascadou. Indian dishes           June and July can be wet at times, the differentiation
                                                              include roti (dahlpuri bread stuffed with chicken, fish,      between the wet and dry seasons is much less acute.
Nov 13, 2012 Divali                                           goat or vegetables), Palhouri (fritters made with split
Dec 25, 2012 Christmas Day                                    peas), and hot curries.
   Trinidad and Tobago / Barataria




     Incentives and Meetings in Trinidad and Tobago
Seven miles off Venezuela’s north eastern coast lies      Contact Information                                         Arriving in Trinidad and Tobago
the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago –
                                                          Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau                        A major transport hub for the Caribbean, travelling to
a unique destination where business and pleasure          Level 1, Maritime Centre
find the perfect balance. Robust energy and                                                                            Trinidad and Tobago is easy with international airlines,
                                                          29 Tenth Avenue                                              including our national air carrier Caribbean Airlines
manufacturing sectors have made this destination          Barataria
a major investment location for many international                                                                     operating return flights into Trinidad’s Piarco
                                                          Port of Spain                                                International Airport and Tobago’s Crown Point
companies such as BP, British Gas, Coca Cola,             Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Citibank, Unilever and BHP Biliton, many of whom                                                                       International Airport. Aeropostal, American Airlines,
                                                          Contact: Ms. Chantel Ross Francois,                          American Eagle, Avior, British Airways, Conviasa,
have already established bases of operation on our        Head of Convention Bureau
shores. At the centre of Trinidad and Tobago’s push                                                                    Continental, Copa Airlines, Liat and Surinam Airways also
                                                          Phone: +868 675 7034                                         provide flights into Piarco. Direct flights to Tobago from
to become the Southern Caribbean’s leading business
tourism destination is Port of Spain, home to the         Fax: +868 675 7338                                           international destinations are possible through carriers
newest and largest conference facilities in the           Email: cfrancois@tdc.co.tt;                                  such as British Airways, Condor, Liat and Virgin Atlantic.
English speaking Caribbean. The city’s eight major        convention_bureau@tdc.co.tt
event venues include Hyatt Regency Trinidad, with         Website: http://www.gotrinidadandtobago.com/
                                                          meetings or http://www.tdc.co.tt                            By Air From                            Hrs
43,000 square feet of meeting space complete with
break-out rooms and state of the art technology, the      Member of: ICCA, SITE, MPI, ISES                             Atlanta, GA                           4.00
modernised Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre                                                                       Amsterdam                             9.00
and the new National Academy for the Performing           Convention Bureau Services                                   London                                8.00
Arts. There has also been robust growth of first class                                                                 Miami                                 3.00
room stock in the city over the last few years with the   The Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau offers a           New York                              4.00
luxurious Carlton Savannah being the latest addition      wide variety of services to groups and meeting planners      Toronto                               4.30
to the city’s 700 new and top class hotel rooms. In       interested in experiencing this exciting destination. The    Houston, TX                           4.30
Tobago, Coco Reef Resort and Spa, Grafton Beach           Convention Bureau provides comprehensive information
Resort and Mt. Irvine Bay Hotel and Golf Club offer       on the island’s venues, hotels, pricing, sites and
facilities for small meetings and conferences.            attractions, and acts as an intermediary between hotels
                                                          and meeting coordinators or local chapters of
                                                          international organizations, local business chambers and
                                                          incoming groups and can assist in organizing bid
                                                          documents.
                                                                                                                                                      Trinidad and Tobago / Barataria

Public Transportation                                            Venues For Group Events
Trains and Buses                                                 The island’s bustling capital is home to many international hotels, all offering modern conference or meeting facilities
 Trinidad and Tobago has a well developed system of              within 15 minutes of each other. Within walking distance of downtown Port of Spain visitors find parks, museums and
 public transportation including state-owned buses,              numerous restaurants. Outside the capital city there exists a diverse range of meeting venues from luxury hotels to
 privately-owned minibuses and taxis. The main bus               intimate inns, hosting small meetings or conventions. Themed packages, merging the best of modern efficiency and
 terminal, City Gate, is located at South Quay,                  tropical island ambiance can be arranged
 Port-of-Spain and it is the hub for public transport            National Academy of Performing Arts 1,220 429,093 sqft/39,860 sqm facility, the 1,500 seat acoustically designed
 between the Capital City, major cities, villages and towns.     performance hall, 2 practice halls, teaching rooms, state-of-the-art lighting and sound features.
Taxis                                                            Unusual Venues Exotic venues abound in Trinidad and Tobago, from lush mountain retreats to chic boutique hotels. To
 In addition to private taxi services, there are taxis run by    experience historic elegance, a restored plantation house hidden in Trinidad’s Northern rainforest, combines innovative
 private individuals with fixed fares that travel most routes.   technology with rustic charm, while on the Western tip of Trinidad a modern hotel with a scenic ocen view is located in
 You will recognize taxis from private cars by the “H” (for      the historic Chaguaramas National Park.
 hired) on the number plate. In both islands traffic moves
 on the left hand side. Taxis are the most popular mode of
 transport in Tobago.
Rental Cars
 Rental vehicles, from spacious SUVs to premium luxury
 sedans, are easily available on the island. Car rental
 companies and approved taxi providers can also arrange
 group transportation and island tours.


General Information
Overview
 A friendly nation, our people are some of the most fun
 loving and welcoming in the Caribbean. Colonized by the
 Spanish, French and British, the traditions and customs
 of the world’s greatest civilizations, including India and
 Africa, have contributed to Trinidad & Tobago’s rich
 culture and ethnic diversity.
Country Customs
 As a result of this rich heritage a variety of religious and
 cultural festivals are celebrated all year round. The annual
 Carnival celebration climaxes on March 7th and 8th in
 2011 with masquerade bands taking to the streets in a
 massive parade. Other diverse and exciting festivals are
 Tobago Heritage Festival, Emancipation Day, Ramleela,
 Eid Ul Fitr, Hosay, Phagwa, Spiritual/Shouter Baptist
 Liberation Day.
Gastronomy and Nightlife
 The islands are known for their unique natural attractions      Places Of Interest
 and splendid array of music, dance, musical instruments         From the largest wetland in the Eastern Caribbean to the world’s oldest protected rain forest, there is plenty to experience
 and unique cuisine. Trinidad and Tobago has no shortage         in our Caribbean paradise.
 of nightlife so prepare to dance the night away in any
 one of the islands’ nightclubs, lounges or neighborhood         City and Maracas Bay Tour From the cool interior of a luxury tour bus discover Port of Spain’s historic landmarks before
 pubs, while theater buffs can enjoy a live show or view         continuing along a picturesque, winding route of panoramic views before descending into Maracas Bay, a beautiful beach
 the latest films at a Cineplex in comfort. The multi-ethnic     front lined with palm trees. Enjoy the area's signature sandwich of Bake and Shark, an indigenous treat of fresh fried
 nature of the islands is reflected in its cuisine and the       bread and fried filets of shark served with your choice of local sweet and savoury sauces made from a variety of local
 range of fine dining restaurants across the island.             fruits.
Sites and Attractions                                            Touring Central Trinidad A visit to Central Trinidad can take you on a varied adventure through the history, culture and
                                                                 the marvels of nature in Trinidad and Tobago. From the Caroni Bird Sanctuary the protected roosting site of the Scarlet
 Trinidad is known for the Caribbean's largest freshwater        Ibis, our national bird, home to a thick mangroves of wildlife to the historic Temple in Sea, a holy shrine built out into the
 wetland, while Tobago - home of the Hemisphere’s oldest         ocean. Also in Central Trinidad you can visit the Indian Caribbean Museum and the 80 feet tall statue of the Hindu deity
 protected rain forest – is a world-famous dive and              Hanuman.
 eco-tourism destination. Covered by vast tracts of lush
 rain forests, Trinidad and Tobago is a modern day Garden        The Pitch Lake A gift of nature and a national treasure, material from the Pitch Lake has paved roadways and runways
 of Eden with approximately 430 bird species, 108                the world over. Discovered by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1595, the lake has fascinated explorers, scientists and locals since.
 mammals, 55 reptiles, 25 amphibians and 617 types of            About 250 feet deep at its self-replenishing centre, “The Mother of the Lake”, it is 40 percent pitch, 30 percent water
 butterflies. An award winning eco destination, Tobago           and 30 percent colloidal clay.
 is blessed with accessible trails, waterfalls and wildlife.     Asa Wright Nature Centre A world-renowned center for birding, the Asa Wright Nature Centre is hidden among the thick
 Experiencing the destination's cultural legacy is easy,         foliage of the Northern Mountain Range. The location is perfect for getting close to the many birds of Trinidad and Tobago.
 with museums, art galleries, historic buildings and             Relax with a fresh fruit drink on the veranda and prepare for visits from curious parrots, toucans and hummingbirds.
 recreational spaces and theatres within walking distance        Rain Forest Reserve Tobago Get ready to be transported into another world when you step into the mysterious green
 of major hotels and conference facilities.                      depths of Tobago’s Rain Forest Reserve. The oldest of its kind in the hemisphere, Tobago’s forest reserve teems with rare
Shopping                                                         wildlife and extraordinary flora.
 With more than 25 shopping malls throughout the two             Buccoo Reef/ Nylon Pool/ No Man's Land A marine park, Buccoo is the largest coral reef in Tobago. Along with the
 islands, Trinidad and Tobago boasts of an exciting variety      beauty of the reef and its marine life; a major feature of the excursion is Nylon Pool, where legend has it that a swim will
 of shopping and the largest number of shopping malls            make you look five years younger. A barbeque and beach party on No Man's Land, a sandy spit jutting into the lagoon, is
 in the Caribbean.English speaking Caribbean. Partake in         also an excellent option.
 the shopping experience with some local art and craft,
 miniature steelpans, handmade ethnic jewellery and the
 sounds of our sweet music recordings of steelpan and
 calypso.
Turks and Caicos Islands




                                 Turks and
                                 Caicos Islands

A little-known Caribbean destination boasting all the
requisite powdery sands and crystal waters for the
                                                              Public Holidays                                             Social & Business Customs
daydream-worthy island getaway, the Turks and Caicos          Dec 25, 2012 Christmas Day                                  Food: As well as traditional foods, continental dishes
Islands are a truly tranquil escape. It is Turks and                                                                      are also available. Many visitors dine in their hotels,
Caicos' coastal strips and prime scuba-diving conditions      Dec 26, 2012 Boxing Day                                     but there are alternatives, especially on Providenciales.
that are by far the strongest pulls for tourists. But, in     Jan 1, 2013 New Year's Day                                  Although some establishments have buffet-style
addition to the beach life, there are numerous marine                                                                     service, table service is common. Specialities include
                                                              Mar 11, 2013 Commonwealth Day
and land-based national parks, nature reserves,                                                                           Hominy - peas and grits served with fish or pig's tail;
sanctuaries and areas of historic interest to add             Mar 29, 2013 Good Friday                                    conch salad and fresh lobster and fish.
variation to your days. Despite an increase in tourist        Apr 1, 2013 Easter Monday                                   Drink: Alcohol is freely available: a wide selection of
numbers around the sweep of Grace Bay on                      May 28, 2013 National Heroes' Day                           imported beer, wines and spirits can be found in most
Providenciales, and a modern cruise centre on Grand                                                                       bars. National drinks are Turk's Head beer and
Turk, the rest of the islands remain largely unspoilt, with   Jun 17, 2013 Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday               rum-based punch and cocktails.
small, personal places to stay and a heavy emphasis on        Aug 5, 2013 Emancipation Day                                Nightlife: There are bars and casinos on Providenciales,
ecotourism.                                                   Sep 28, 2013 National Youth Day                             and hotels arrange beach parties and other
                                                                                                                          entertainments. Events are broadcast in advance on
                                                              Oct 14, 2013 Columbus Day
General Information                                           Oct 24, 2013 International Human Rights Day
                                                                                                                          local radio.
                                                                                                                          Shopping: The islands' small shops sell locally-made
Area: 430 sq km/ 192 sq miles                                 Dec 25, 2013 Christmas Day                                  baskets, jewellery, wooden model boats, ceramics,
Population: 45.000 2010 estimate                              Dec 26, 2013 Boxing Day                                     shells, sponges, hand-screened cloth and souvenir
                                                                                                                          T-shirts.
Capital: Cockburn Town
                                                                                                                          Social: Shaking hands is the normal form of greeting.
Geography: The Turks and Caicos Islands are an                International Travel                                        Hospitality is important and, when visiting someone's
archipelago of 40 islands (eight of which are inhabited)                                                                  home, normal social courtesies should be observed - if
forming the southeastern end of the Bahamas chain.            Air: The national airline is Air Turks & Caicos (QW)        possible, a return invitation should be made. A souvenir
There are two principal groups, each surrounded by            (www.airturksandcaicos.com). Other airlines with            from home is well received. Informal dress is accepted
a continuous coral reef. Caicos is the larger group,          regular services are Air Canada from Toronto                for most events, but beachwear should be confined to
comprising Providenciales, and North, Middle, East,           (www.aircanada.com); American Airlines from Dallas/         the beach.
West and South Caicos, plus numerous small cays,              Ft. Worth, Miami, New York-JFK, Boston (www.aa.com);
some of which are inhabited. The Turks group,                 Delta Air Lines from Atlanta (www.delta.com); United        Tipping: A tip of 15% is expected in restaurants only.
separated by a 35 km /22 miles wide channel of water,         Airlines from Newark (www.united.com); US Airlines          Business: The informal, relaxed atmosphere prevails
consists of Grand Turk, Salt Cay and a number of              from Charlotte (www.usairways.com); British Airways         even in business circles. That said, a formal style of
smaller uninhabited cays.                                     from London-LHR, Nassau (www.britishairways.com)            address rather than first names may be preferable on
                                                              and Bahamasair from Nassau (www.bahamasair.com).            first acquaintance. A lightweight suit is advised. Office
Language: The official language is English. Some
Creole is spoken.                                             Approximate Flight Times                                    hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-4:30PM.
Time: GMT - 5, (Daylight saving time GMT - 4)                 London to Providenciales is 12 hours                        Mobile phone and Internet: Roaming agreements exist
                                                              New York to Providenciales is 3 hours                       with international mobile phone companies. Public
Electricity: 120 volts AC, 60Hz, US style flat pins           Atlanta to Providenciales is 3 hours 20 minutes             Internet access is available in Internet kiosks located at
non-grounded, non polarized are used. An adaptor is                                                                       the airport and in Internet cafés around the islands.
required for 220V appliances.                                 Miami to Providenciales is 1 hours 40 minutes
                                                              Nassau to Providenciales is 1 hours 45 minutes

Money
                                                              International Airports: Providenciales International
                                                              Airport PLS is around 10km/6 miles west of the main
                                                                                                                          Climate
                                                              tourist centre of Grace Bay. There is a taxi service from   Turks and Caicos benefit from a tropical climate;
Currency: US Dollar                                           Providenciales Airport to hotels, travel time around 20     tempered by trade winds, and generally pleasant, nights
Credit Cards: MasterCard and Visa are widely                  minutes.                                                    can be cool, with rain in winter. Hurricanes and tropical
accepted.                                                     JAGS McCartney International Airport GDT is located         storms (with flooding) can strike between July and
                                                              one mile south of Cockburn Town on Grand Turk Island.       November.
Travelers Checks: Accepted by most hotels, shops,             Aircrafts handled up to Boeing 757 and Airbus A321.
restaurants, banks and taxi services.
                                                              Departure Tax: US$40. Children under two are exempt.
Banking Hours: Mon-Fri 0830-1630.
                                                                                                                                   Turks and Caicos Islands / Providenciales


                                                                                                                                    BEACHES TURKS
                                                                                                                                         & CAICOS
                                                                                                                              Country Rating 5*
                                                                                                                              Lower Bight Road
                                                                                                                              P.O. Box 186
                                                                                                                              Providenciales B.W.I.
                                                                                                                              Turks & Caicos Islands
                                                                                                                              Phone: +1 305 284 1300
                                                                                                                              Fax: +1 305 668 2776
                                                                                                                              Email: thawryluk@uvi.sandals.com
                                                                                                                              Website: www.beaches.com
                                                                                                                              Rooms: 614
                                                                                                                              Max. Group Rooms Commitment: 350
                                                                                                                              Location: Directly at the beach
                                                                                                                              Contact: Ms. Tonya Hawryluk,
                                                                                                                              Group Sales Manager
                                                                                                                              Member of: MPI and SITE
Incentive and Meetings Offers                                                                                                 Awards: Five Star Diamond Award by American
                                                                                                                              Academy of Hospitality Sciences, Six Star Diamond
Rates p.p. in USD                       Eff. Dates                Rm Type               Days/Nights Single Double             Award for Italian Village by American Academy of
 Luxury Included® Rate                01Sep-16Dec12        Turquoise Deluxe Rooms            6/5         --     1,923*        Hospitality Sciences
 Minimum group size 10 rooms                                                                                                  Affiliation: Beaches Resorts
 Includes • Five (5) nights accommodation, breakfast, all AI services • One (1) complimentary concierge upgrade for a         Airport: Providenciales International Airport (PLS) about
 VIP or one (1) complimentary concierge upgrade for every twenty-five (25) rooms paid • One (1) complimentary person for      20 minutes drive
 every twelve (12) rooms paid (maximum of seven (7) complimentary rooms) • Private group check-in (based on majority
 of the group arriving at the same time) • Complimentary hospitality desk with in-house phone extension, easel, flipchart     Nestled along the fame shores of Grace Bay, Beaches
 and markers • Complimentary use of meeting facilities and basic A/V equipment • Complimentary cocktail reception with        Turks and Caicos is the best of all vacation worlds.
 hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and open bar (1 hour) • Complimentary coffee break(s) per day during scheduled meetings          Combining the elegance of France, the allure of Italy
 • Complimentary private 2 hour group dinner. Sevice and taxes.                                                               and the charm of the Caribbean, this sprawling resort
 *Rate is subject to change without notice. Please be advised that any additional group functions would be subject to         is set along a 12-mile/19 km stretch of beach.
 surcharges and entertainment is at additional cost.                                                                          Experience authentic island architecture in the
                                                                                                                              Caribbean Village, where lush tropical gardens frame
Themed Events                                                                                                                 four restaurants and two sparkling pools. A brief
                                                                                                                              stroll leads to the magnificent French Village which
 Caribbean and Oriental Elegance As your guests enter, they are greeted by the spectacular sights of bamboo, orchids          enchants with a cypress-lined promenade with chic
 and gold fabrics. The perimeter of the event features large bamboo tripods with orchids cascading from the center and        restaurants and cafes and a zero-entry, half-acre/
 up lights that cast "oriental hues." When the party proceeds to the dining area, tables with green-underlay tablecloths      2,000 sqm pool. Live la dolce vita at the Six Star
 and gold organza overlays await. A four foot bamboo tripod with orchids finished with a large candle lantern is the table    Diamond Award-winning Italian Village, where
 centerpiece.                                                                                                                 everything has the flavor of Italy - an enormous pool
 Wine Maker's Dinner Welcome to our Wine Maker's Dinner - the ultimate dining experience for the discriminating               just steps from the beach, a sprawling piazza lined
 gourmand. This wonderful dining experience pares our Chef's magnificent creations with selections from the Manager's         with boutiques and restaurants and a 45,000 sqft/
 Wine List resulting in a 5-course meal with a welcome tasting and aperitif.                                                  4,180 sqm waterpark.

Conference and Event Facilities                                                                                              Hotel Amenities
                                                                                                                              16 dining options, 13 bars, 7 pools, 4 whirlpools,
 Beaches Turks and Caicos offers over 5,000 sqft/465 sqm of function space. Private coffee breaks, cocktail parties, award    unlimited land and watersports including scuba diving
 banquets and just about any other type of function are available and can be customized based on your group's specific        (included for certified divers) and snorkeling, round trip
 requirements. Whatever your goal or budget, Beaches Turks and Caicos is committed to ensuring the success of your            airport transfers, all hotel taxes and gratuities, unlimited
 meeting or incentive program.                                                                                                premium brand drinks and Beringer® Wines, nightly
  Room Name                                Area in       Theater   Classroom   U-Shape   Boardroom   Reception   Banquet      entertainment, fitness center, poolside/beach cocktail
                                          Sq.Ft/Sq.M                                                                          valet service, Red Lane® Spa (treatments additional),
                                                                                                                              and 5,000 sqft/465 sqm of meeting space.
  West Caicos                             1911/582        180         80         --          --         --        110        Guest Room Features
  East Caicos                             1911/582        180         80         --          --         --        110         614 rooms and suites, all including: air conditioning, king
  Pre-Assembly Area                       1575/480         --         --         --          --        100         --         or double beds, satellite TV, refrigerator, hairdryer,
  Boardroom                               1856/565        100         70         --          --         --         80         telephone, iron and ironing board, safe, clock radio,
                                                                                                                              coffee maker, private bath and shower. All rooms and
  French Village Pool Deck                  --/--          --         --         --          --         --        500         suites are tiled.
  Arizona Pool Deck                         --/--          --         --         --          --         --        220
                                                                                                                             Services Available to Planners
  Iguanas Pool Deck                         --/--          --         --         --          --         --         70
                                                                                                                              Dedicated on-site groups concierge
  Adult Whirlpool Area                      --/--          --         --         --          --         --         30
 Ceiling heights in the conference rooms are 10 ft/3 m and 8.5 ft/2.60m in the pre-assembly area.




Additional Information                                                                                                       Booking Instructions
 Credit Cards/Travelers & Personal Checks                  Service Included in Package                                        Unique Vacations Groups Department
 All major credit cards accepted.                          Taxes Included in Package                                          Ms. Tonya Hawryluk
                                                                                                                              Tel +1 305 284 1300 Fax +1 305 668 2776
                                                                                                                              Email: thawryluk@uvi.sandals.com
U.S. Virgin Islands




                                 U.S. Virgin
                                 Islands


The result of the US Virgin Islands' history and location
is a unique blend of Danish heritage and American
                                                              Public Holidays                                           Social & Business Customs
modernity combined with a relaxed and friendly attitude       Nov 11, 2012 Veterans' Day                                Food: High-quality restaurants serve everything from
typical of the Caribbean. Add to this miles of glistening                                                               French and Italian to Chinese cuisine. Island specialities
beaches, first-class diving facilities and verdant tropical   Nov 22, 2012 Thanksgiving Day                             include fresh fish and lobster. Dining out is casual and
vegetation, and there is more than enough to seduce           Dec 25, 2012 Christmas Day                                there is an increasing number of eateries on the main
any visitor. The Danes' legacy is evident in                                                                            islands offering seafood, burgers, steaks and local fare.
                                                              Dec 26, 2012 Boxing Day
Christiansted, on the largest island, St Croix, whose                                                                   Specialities include Kallaloo (a stew of okra, meat,
historic sites include Fort Christiansværn (dating from       Jan 01, 2013 New Year's Day                               seafood, local greens and spices); Sause
1774) and the Old Custom House. St Thomas too retains         Jan 06, 2013 Three Kings Day                              (lime-flavoured stock of pig's head, tail and feet); Fungi
much of its Danish influence; in the capital, Charlotte                                                                 (cornmeal and okra side dish that accompanies fried
                                                              Feb 18, 2013 Presidents' Day                              or boiled fish)and Seafood: lobster, wahoo, grouper,
Amalie, converted warehouses now house stylish
boutiques. Those seeking unspoilt natural beauty should       Mar 31, 2013 Transfer Day                                 mahi-mahi and tuna.
head to St John. With no airport, and two-thirds of the       Mar 28, 2013 Holy Thursday                                Drink: Cruzan rum is a regional drink - strong and
island's deep valleys set aside as a national park, this is                                                             distinctive.
                                                              Mar 29, 2013 Good Friday
an ideal Caribbean retreat.                                                                                             Nightlife: Steel bands, folk singing, calypso and limbo
                                                              Apr 01, 2013 Easter Monday                                dancing are popular. Discos are also available. St
                                                              May 27, 2013 Memorial Day
General Information                                           Jul 03, 2013 Emancipation Day
                                                                                                                        Thomas has several nightclubs; many hotels also offer
                                                                                                                        entertainment. Cinemas on St Croix and St Thomas
Area: 347.1 sq km (134 sq miles)                                                                                        show English-language films. There is a casino on St
                                                              Jul 04, 2013 American Independence Day                    Croix.
Population: 108,708 (2005 estimate)                           Sep 02, 2013 Labor Day                                    Shopping: All luxury items up to US$1,200 are cheap
Capital: Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas)                         Oct 14, 2013 Columbus Day                                 as they are duty-free. Charlotte Amalie on St Thomas
Geography: The islands are situated 64km (40 miles)                                                                     is the best shopping centre. Best buys include watches,
                                                              Nov 01, 2013 Liberty Day                                  cameras, fine jewellery, china, leather goods, perfume,
east of Puerto Rico and comprise some 50 islands
covered with lush tropical vegetation. St Thomas is long      Nov 11, 2013 Veterans' Day                                spirits and designer clothing.
and narrow, rising abruptly to a ridge with an excellent      Nov 28, 2013 Thanksgiving Day                             Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat 0900-1700. When cruise
deep-water harbour. St John is covered partly in bay                                                                    ships are in port, some larger shops open on Sunday.
                                                              Dec 25, 2013 Christmas Day
forests. St Croix consists of 215 sq km (83 sq miles) of
rolling ex-plantation land.                                   Dec 26, 2013 Boxing Day                                   Social: The U.S. Virgin Islanders are overwhelmingly
                                                                                                                        friendly and helpful and the pace of life is very relaxed.
Language: English. Spanish and Creole are widely              Jan 1, 2014 New Year's Day                                Shaking hands is the normal form of greeting and the
spoken.                                                                                                                 appropriate time of day (good morning/afternoon/
                                                                                                                        evening) is usually uttered at every encounter.
Time: UTC -4
                                                              International Travel                                      Politeness and courtesy is expected. Dress is informal
Electricity: 120 volts AC, 60Hz                                                                                         for most occasions apart from the formal requirements
                                                              Air: US Airways (US) www.usairways.com) has flights       of some hotels.
                                                              to St Thomas and St Croix. American Airlines (AA)
Money                                                         (www.aa.com) offers services from New York (JFK) and
                                                              Miami to St Thomas and St Croix. Services from the
                                                                                                                        Tipping: Restaurants will either add a 10 to 15%
                                                                                                                        service charge or expect the equivalent tip.
Currency: US Dollar (USD)                                     US mainland to the Virgin Islands are available through   Mobile phone and Internet: Roaming agreements exist
                                                              Air Sunshine (www.airsunshine.com), American Eagle        with most international mobile phone operators. Internet
Credit Cards: Credit cards are generally accepted.            (www.aa.com) and Cape Air (www.flycapeair.com).           cafés are available.
Travelers Checks: Traveler's checks are generally             Seaplanes connect St Thomas and St Croix several
accepted.                                                     times a day. For more information contact Seabourne
Banking Hours: Mon-Thu 9AM-4PM, Fri 9AM-5PM
                                                              Airlines (www.seabourneairlines.com).
                                                                                                                        Climate
                                                              Approximate Flight Times
                                                              London to St Croix is 10 hours 50 minutes (excluding      Hot throughout the year, cooled by the eastern trade
                                                              stopover)                                                 winds. Lowland areas have fairly evenly distributed
                                                              New York is 3 hours 45 minutes                            rainfall, with August to October being the wettest time.
                                                              International Airports: St Thomas STT. The airport is
                                                              5km (3 miles) west of Charlotte Amalie. A bus service
                                                              operates from Charlotte Amalie.
                                                              St Croix STX. The airport is about 14km (9 miles)
                                                              southwest of Christiansted. A bus service operates to
                                                              the cities. Taxis are also available.
                                                                                                                                                  U.S. Virgin Islands / St. Thomas


                                                                                                                                      FRENCHMAN'S
                                                                                                                                    REEF & MORNING
                                                                                                                                     STAR MARRIOTT
                                                                                                                                      BEACH RESORT
                                                                                                                                 Country Rating 4*
                                                                                                                                 5 Estate Bakkroe
                                                                                                                                 00802 St. Thomas
                                                                                                                                 U.S. Virgin Islands
                                                                                                                                 Phone: +1 34 077 685 00
                                                                                                                                 Fax: +1 34 071 561 92
                                                                                                                                 Email: joyce.dore@marriotthotels.com
                                                                                                                                 Website: www.FrenchmansReefMarriott.com
                                                                                                                                 Rooms: 478
Incentive and Meetings Offers                                                                                                    Max. Group Rooms Commitment: 250
                                                                                                                                 Location: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Rates p.p. in USD                          Eff. Dates               Rm Type        Days/Nights         Single      Double        Contact: Joyce Dore-Griffin,
                                                                                                                                 Director of Sales and Marketing
 Group Room Rates 2013                   01Jan-30Apr13               ROH               1/1              299        149.50
                                                                                                                                 Awards: Best Hotel of VI by Virgin Island Daily News
 Minimum stay 3 nights                   01May-31Dec13               ROH               1/1              179         89.50        2009, 2010, 2011
 Includes 1 night accommodation                                                                                                  Affiliation: Marriott International, Inc.
 All-Inclusive Add On                          All Year                --               --              --           --          Airport: Cyril E. King International Airport 6 miles/9 km
 Minimum stay 3 nights
 USD 165* per person/per night                                                                                                   Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach
 Includes Breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks by the glass from available outlets, unlimited Gold Standard Brand                 Resort opens a window to the best of the Caribbean.
 cocktails, house wines, domestic beers and non-alcoholic beverages by the glass only. Recreation activities (excludes           Spectacular views across the harbor are just the
 activities requiring additional fees), complimentary use of health club and tennis court rental. 15% gratuities for all food    beginning. The completely renovated guest rooms
 and beverage. *Surcharges: USD 15 applies on selected entry items on Sunset Grill Dinner Menu and Coco Joe's Prime              feature elegant Caribbean decor and Marriott’s
 Rib and Lobster Buffet.                                                                                                         luxurious bedding. Outside of your guest room, you
                                                                                                                                 are just steps away from the new infinity-edge pools,
Themed Events                                                                                                                    redesigned spa and flavorful cuisine of AquaTerra
                                                                                                                                 Oceanfront Grill overlooking the blue waters of
 Nautical Event Surrounded by the beautiful Caribbean ocean, it is only fitting to have nautical themed event at the             Charlotte Amalie Harbour. More than 60,000 sqft/
 Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort: Tables dressed in blue and white colors, centerpieces with tall          5,573 sqm of indoor and outdoor meeting space.
 lanterns, pillar candles, and nautical rope, blue and white up-lighting accents, signature cocktail(s) designed exclusively     Come discover a casual approach to sophistication
 for the event, seafood buffet menu tying in with our local Caribbean flavors, outdoor setting recommended on any                and a serious commitment to service on the island on
 available resort venue.                                                                                                         St. Thomas.

Conference and Event Facilities                                                                                                 Hotel Amenities
                                                                                                                                 4 swimming pools (2 featuring infinity edges, one with
 With more than 60,000 sqft/5,573 sqm of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space the resort can accommodate a                  swim-up bar), Lazule Sea Spa & Salon, 4 restaurants:
 meeting of 12 in an intimate boardroom or a gala for more than 1,000 in the spectacular 14,100 sqft/1,310 sqm Grand             AquaTerra Oceanfront Grill & Lounge overlooking the
 Harbour Ballroom. A selection of meeting rooms is shown below, for a complete list, please visit the website.                   harbor, Sunset Grill overlooking the pool and sea, Coco
 Room Name                                  Area in       Theater    Classroom   U-Shape   Boardroom   Reception   Banquet       Joe's and Havana Blue & Sand Bar on Morning Star
                                           Sq.Ft/Sq.M                                                                            Beach, fitness center, tennis, snorkeling, water sports
                                                                                                                                 rentals, Adventure Center excursions, concierge service,
                                                                                                                                 room service, convenient store with deli, high-speed
 Grand Harbour Ballroom                  14,112/1310       1,200       800         --          --         900       1,000
                                                                                                                                 wireless Internet access, complimentary parking,
 Harbour I                                5166/479          500        300         50          50         400        400         business center, notary public, gift shop, car rental desk,
 Harbour II, III, each                    2646/245          200        150         40          40         150        150         valet/laundry service, salon, duty-free shops and a water
                                                                                                                                 ferry to downtown (USD 7 p.p. one way).
 Harbour IV                               3654/339          300        200         30          30         200        200
 Island Room I, V, each                    520/48            50        35          25          25          40         40        Guest Room Features
 Island Room II, III, each                 242/22            20        10          10          --          20         20         450 guest rooms and 28 suites feature individual climate
 Island Room IV                            475/44            50        35          25          --          40         40         control, satellite TV, clock radio, coffee/tea maker,
                                                                                                                                 refrigerator and a safe. Many of Frenchman's Reef
 Island Room VI, VII, each                 242/22            20        10          10          --          20         20         Tower's 382 rooms offer sweeping views of the ocean or
 Island Room VIII                          500/46            50        35          25          --          40         40         harbor, while Morning Star's 96 rooms are just steps from
 Island Room V + VI + VII + VIII          1484/137          140        90          --          --          90         90         the water's edge.
 Island Room I + II + III + IV            1479/137          140        90          --          --          90         90        Services Available to Planners
 Seaside I                                1089/101          100        75          --          --          --         80         Experienced event management/planning team, business
 Seaside II                               1221/133          125        75          --          --          --        100         center services, room upgrade, registration desk,
                                                                                                                                 personalized welcome gift.
 Sea Cliff Terrace (Outdoors)             7184/664           --         --         --          --         500        250

Additional Information                                                                                                          Booking Instructions
 Credit Cards/Travelers & Personal Checks                    Service Service Charge not included in Packages, will be            Directly with Sales Department
 All major credit cards accepted.                            added to all catering events                                        Tel +188 877 847 22
                                                             Taxes Room Tax and Resort Fee not included in                       Email: Sharon.Tallent@marriott.com
                                                             Packages.
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