Exclusive: Island Destinations to Launch New Product Line Focusing Heavily on All-Inclusive Resorts

NEW YORKTravel Agent met with representatives of Island Destinations this Friday and learned of the tour operator’s big plans to launch a new product line with a heavy focus on all-inclusive resorts throughout the Caribbean and The Bahamas, Mexico and one in Costa Rica.

The product line, dubbed IDx , The Power of Travel, will officially launch in July and will include 66 properties, says Laurie Palumbo, chief operating officer of Islands Destinations. However, agents can begin booking all of the resorts now, earning a 16-percent commission from now through September 2. Regular Island Destinations commission is 14 percent.

The hotels are all four stars and up and include 26 Caribbean properties representing seven destinations; 39 Mexico properties representing six destinations and one property in Costa Rica, the Occidental Grand Papagayo in Guanacaste. That number could increase to roughly 100 hotels by 2012 and 150 by 2013, says Palumbo.

“It came to a point where we felt like we had to improve our product range,” says Maurice H. Bonham-Carter, president and CEO of Island Destinations. “We are basically taking everything that people come to expect from Island Destinations – commission and clients’ booking protection through our SPF 24/7, The Ultimate Pre- and Post-Departure Protection Plan and more -- and are simply applying that to this new product range, many of which are all-inclusives.”

In fact, many of the Caribbean and Mexico all-inclusive powerhouses are offered in the new line including Sandals and Beaches Resorts, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, AMResorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts, Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts and Palace Resorts.

“Agents are already really excited about it,” says Palumbo. “They love that we had our experts visit all of these properties, basically giving them a better idea of which all-inclusives to book. There are so many out there and it can be overwhelming. This will help.”

Visit www.islanddestinations.com.
 

FREE Virtual Event

Pivoting Back to Travel: Phase 4

Are you prepared to guide your clients through the “new normal” of travel? Join us December 15, 2020 from 1pm-2:20pm EST for Pivoting Back to Travel: Phase 4. The upcoming installment of our FREE virtual series will feature presentations from the Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, and Seabourn on their most up-to-date travel procedures, health & safety protocols they’ve implemented to keep guests safe, activities that are open to visitors, what your clients need to know while on their trip and more! Visit www.pivotingbacktotravel to view the full agenda and register for your FREE pass.
Read more on:

Suggested Articles:

Rosewood Washington, D.C. recently unveiled six new townhouses as the final component of the property’s recent renovation. See more here.

Bulgari's 11th hotel will be located in Miami Beach, making it the brand's first-ever property in the United States. It's slated to open in 2024.

COMO Hotels and Resorts has introduced the “COMO Bubble,” designed for an extended stay of at least 21 nights at its two Thai properties. Read more.