Outrigger Condominium Collection is extending its popular $50 Condo Booking Bonus program through Dec. 21, 2009, giving agents the opportunity to earn $50 for ever new booking of five nights or more at any one of Outrigger’s 14 condominiums on Oahu, Maui, Kauai or the Big Island.
Outrigger said that the decision to extend the bonus was a way to thank agents for their contributions to the company’s success.
“Travel agents have always been key to the ongoing success of Outrigger Hotels & Resorts,” said Tim Alex, director of sales and marketing for Outrigger’s Condominium Collection. “For well over 60 years, Outrigger and the travel agent community have worked hand in hand to bring visitors to Hawaii. Extending our Condo Booking Bonus through next year is our way of saying ‘mahalo’ to the agents for their ongoing support.”
The $50 Condo Booking Bonus applies to all reservations made at five Outrigger condominium properties on Maui: Outrigger Palms at Wailea, Outrigger Aina Nalu, Outrigger Maui Eldorado, Outrigger Royal Kahana and Outrigger Napili Shores; three Oahu properties: Outrigger Luana Waikiki, Outrigger Regency on Beachwalk and Outrigger Waikiki Shore; three Kauai properties: Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation, Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa and Outrigger at Lae nani; and all of Outrigger’s Big Island condominiums: Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona, Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff and Outrigger Fairway Villas.
According to Alex, Outrigger Condominium resorts offer many of the same comforts and amenities that clients are accustomed to at home and boast a number of cost-saving features.
“One of the most obvious benefits of opting to stay at a condo is that most units have a fully equipped kitchen,” Alex said. “Visitors can stock up on fresh produce and fish from local stands or markets and cook meals to experience Hawaii’s native tastes in a more first-hand way than at a restaurant. Plus, the money saved by eating in for some meals can be put toward more sightseeing and activities or splurging on shopping or souvenirs to take home.”
The condominiums, Alex also noted, are more spacious than the typical Hawaiian hotel guestroom, making them ideal for group and/or multigenerational travel.
“Rather than reserving separate rooms, everyone can stay together in one large two- or three-bedroom condominium, allowing everyone to mingle and play together,” Alex said. “After a freshly-prepared meal with the family, it’s easy for everyone to relax in the living areas, have cocktails on the lanai, and let the kids sleep in their own room with the door closed if the adults want to stay up.
According to Alex, booking a condo can also save clients money by not having to pay additional checked baggage fees.
“For a family of four, this can easily add $200 or more to the cost of a roundtrip flight to Hawaii, but travelers staying at a resort condominium may not need that second or third suitcase,” he said. “Most units have washers and dryers or on-site laundry facilities, letting guests launder clothes, towels and other personal items at their leisure, so a single suitcase per traveler may do just fine.”
In order to qualify for the $50 Condo Booking Bonus special, each new booking must be made at a single participating property for a minimum of five consecutive nights. The booking bonus can be combined with other special offers and is also valid for GDS and tour operator bookings, as well as those made through travel Web sites, via e-mail and by phone. The special does not apply to Kama’aina (local resident) rates, non-commissionable rate bookings or group bookings of 10 or more rooms.
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