Aruba and American Express Invite Visitors to Escape to the Island!

28th May 2002

Aruba and American Express are inviting
visitors to escape to the island of Aruba with their Caribbean Escapes
promotion. Visitors wishing to travel to Aruba can now purchase their travel
on their American Express Card and receive up to $2,232 in savings and
values.  In addition, Cardmembers enrolled in the Membership Rewards`
program will earn double bonus points.

Aruba visitors can bask on the island`s beaches, play golf, windsurf, dive,
and taste Aruba`s award winning cuisine.

“This is the perfect opportunity for travelers to visit Aruba. They get to
experience our island while taking advantage of great savings and
incentives,” said Marcial F. Ibarra, Director of North America for the Aruba
Tourism Authority.

Travelers wishing to take advantage of this promotion should reserve their
American Express Vacations Aruba package between May 1 - June 30, 2002 for
travel through January 31, 2003. Visitors must stay five nights or longer at
one of the participating hotels and resorts to be able to take advantage of
the exclusive promotion.

Membership Rewards enrollees will receive double bonus points per package
and a free 5Th night hotel or resort accommodations. Visitors will also be
given a $1,870 Vacation Values Card to use on the island for shopping,
dining, entertainment and activities


As an added incentive, travel agents will receive prizes based on which
agents make the most bookings on the program, as follows:

*Grand Prize- Five night vacation for two with R/T airfare, accommodations
and five-night dine-around plan *2nd Place- Five Night land only stay in Aruba at the Radisson or Wyndham *3rd Place -Three Night land only stay in Aruba at the Tamarijn Aruba Beach

For more information and to take advantage of this promotion, call your
Caribbean Escapes specialist at American Express Vacations 1-800-AXP-6899 or

Aruba is a vacationer`s paradise located in the heart of the Caribbean, 15
miles north of Venezuela and only two and a half hours by air from Miami.
Ideally located outside the hurricane belt, Aruba boasts great weather,
cooling trade winds and friendly people.  For more information on planning a
trip to Aruba, contact the Aruba Tourism Authority at 1-800-TO-ARUBA, or
visit our Web site at




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