has been named Tour Operator of the Year by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and its private-sector partners. In presenting the prestigious Cacique Award to Expedia®, The Bahamas’ tourism sector has recognized the online travel service’s success and commitment to driving demand to the destination, while providing travelers with the best choice and value in one of the Caribbean’s hottest destinations.
Expedia.com is one of the leading tour operators into The Bahamas, one of the most popular Caribbean destinations for U.S. travelers. In 2003, Expedia booked more than 65,000 vacation packages to The Bahamas for visitors from the U.S. and around the world.
“Expedia.com is a one-stop shop for travelers looking to plan a vacation escape in The Bahamas,” said James R. Turner, a director with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. “As the most popular site for researching and booking every aspect of a wide range of exciting trips to The Bahamas, Expedia.com helps increase The Bahamas’ exposure among millions of U.S. travelers.”
Presented since 1995, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism’s Cacique Awards recognize individuals and organizations whose performance have “consistently made a positive impact on the quality and the growth of tourism in The Bahamas” - the region’s number-one industry. Expedia accepted the award on January 30, 2004 at the annual Cacique Awards dinner in Nassau, Bahamas.
“We’re honored to be recognized for our commitment to this important travel region,” said Laura Veglia, regional director, Expedia, Inc. “We work closely with our suppliers and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism to help provide vacationers a wide variety of travel options including resorts, in-destination activities, great package deals and more, to make every Caribbean trip easy to book and fun to take.”
With Expedia’s build-your-own-trip technology, travelers can easily create their ideal custom vacation package in The Bahamas and the rest of the Caribbean. Virtual tours, extensive photos and detailed descriptions of hundreds of resorts and condominiums make it a breeze to find the right place to stay and combine it with a flight and fun activities for the perfect island escape. Expedia offers destination activities for every Caribbean traveler, from scuba diving and snorkeling, to speed boat excursions.