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 Bermuda Hotel Association Creates “Hurricane Guarantee” Program, 
16 of the Island’s Resorts Participating
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NEW YORK, NY, June 6, 2006 – Visitors planning trips to the famed pink sand beaches of Bermuda over the coming months can now do so with greater peace of mind due to the first-ever “Hurricane Guarantee” program offered by 16 of the island’s top resorts.

While the occurrence of hurricanes hitting the island has historically been rare, Bermuda’s Hurricane Guarantee takes the worry out of booking and provides guests with complete confidence that they will be able to enjoy a “Bermudaful’ vacation through the following program, created by the Bermuda Hotel Association:

  • In the event that a hurricane-force storm is predicted by the Bermuda Weather Service to approach within 200 miles of Bermuda and within five days, the guest will be permitted to cancel their reservations without penalty.  Deposits can be refunded or applied to any future booking if the guest is unable to recover the same under travel insurance (a copy of the guest’s travel insurance may be requested by participating hotel management).  Group booking cancellations will be handled on an individual basis in accordance with the group contract.
  • In the event that the island is directly affected by a hurricane (as determined by the Bermuda Weather Service) during the guest’s stay in Bermuda, the participating hotel will not charge for rooms, food and beverage or other essential services for any period of time that the participating hotel’s normal services are not available. 
  • In the event that a participating hotel is not able to continue its operations due to damage incurred by a hurricane (as determined by the Bermuda Weather Service), the participating hotel will invite the guest to return for a complimentary stay within one year from the reopening of the participating hotel.
  • The replacement stay must be taken within one year from the reopening of the participating hotel and will be in an equivalent room category to the one originally booked, and will be subject to certain blackout dates and availability.  This offer is subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.  Other expenses including, but not limited to, airfare, F&B, incidental room charges are not included or covered by this guarantee.
Participant properties in Bermuda’s Hurricane Guarantee include: Cambridge Beaches, Coral Beach & Tennis Club, Elbow Beach Bermuda, Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Fairmont Southampton, Fourways Inn, Granaway Guest House & Cottage, Grape Bay Hotel, Grotto Bay Beach Resort, Harmony Club, Horizons & Cottages, The St. George’s Club, Rosedon, Surf Side Beach Club, Waterloo House, and Wyndham Bermuda. 

“I applaud the Bermuda Hotel Association and its participating members for taking the necessary steps to provide peace of mind for our visitors,” said Dr. the Hon. Ewart F. Brown, JP, MP, Bermuda’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism and Transport.  “This is a very important step moving forward as we understand that even the threat of a hurricane interrupting the vacation that folks have worked so hard to earn can lead to a great deal of anxiety. We think this comprehensive program will offer some peace of mind and let them concentrate on enjoying all that we have to offer.”

Bermuda, just under two hours from East Coast gateway cities, stretches for 23 miles along turquoise waters, surrounded by a 200-square-mile coral reef plateau. Bermuda's diverse activities offer an array of vacation options, including more wreck dives than anywhere else in the world, championship golf, horseback riding, world-renowned deep sea fishing and smooth pink beaches to rest on by day's end. Bermuda’s accommodations range from luxury resorts to intimate guest cottages and family-run inns, all incorporating the sophistication and hospitality unique to the Bermuda experience. 

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Contact:

Bermuda Tourism
www.bermudatourism.com
800-237-6832
 

Also See: Florida Tourist Marketers Combating a Month of Image Damaging Hurricane News / September 2004
The Fairmont Southampton Sustains Serious Damage from Hurricane; Closure Will Exceed Two Months / September 2003

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