In response to the U.S. State Department’s new passport requirements for U.S. travellers to the Caribbean in 2006, SuperClubs has created a “Passport Included” package to defray the additional cost.ÊThis means that the cost of applying for and renewing passports will be credited towards all SuperClubs all-inclusive holiday in 2006, as long as they are booked by July 31, 2005.ÊThis special promotion can save hundreds of dollars and is valid for SuperClubs’ Grand Lido, Breezes and Hedonism resorts in the Caribbean.
Until now, U.S. travellers have been able to visit the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico, Panama and Canada with only a driver’s license and/or birth certificate.ÊIn early April, however, the U.S. State Department announced that Americans traveling to the Caribbean - by air or sea - will require passports to re-enter the United States.
Dubbed the “Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative”, this new rule will go into effect by the end of this year. At current costs for passport applications - US$97 for adults, $82 for children under 16 years and $67 for renewals - a family of four could spend close to $400 for their passports alone.
“SuperClubs has always led the industry with new and exciting innovations. Almost 30 years ago, we created the all-inclusive Caribbean holiday, and since then, we have continued to better the concept, adding such novel amenities as 24-hour room service, golf, manicures and even flu shots into the all-inclusive mix,” said Zein Issa, SuperClubs vice president of marketing.
“This “Passport Included” package is just another groundbreaking move by SuperClubs, that eases the burden of these new passport fees.ÊIn keeping with our commitment towards a hassle-free vacation, it’s only natural that we would absorb these costs on behalf of our guests.”