SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS November 2007 What's the latest: Bermuda has renewed its group incentive program for the next three years, offering a $200 credit per delegate to new groups of 15 or more who book a minimum three-night stay on island during the "Golf & Spa" seasons (Nov 1 - Mar 31) in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Smooth sailing: The Venetian, a Bermuda-based, four-stateroom, 100-foot yacht, is now offering overnight accommodations. All staterooms feature adjoining bathrooms and entertainment systems that include plasma satellite televisions. Catering service is available for lunch, dinner, board meetings, and formal dining for up to 28 or for cocktails for up to 50.
Essential Tool Box
Passports: All United States citizens traveling to Bermuda by air must must present a valid U.S. passport to enter or depart the country. Beginning as early as January 31, 2008, American citizens traveling by
sea will also need passports. Visit http://travel.state.gov
for further information and updates.
Total Hotel Rooms: 3,400
For More Information: Bermuda Department of Tourism www.bermudatourism.com
2007 Pinnacle Award Winner: Bermuda Department of Tourism.
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*In Apr, Delta introduced new daily non-stop flights between Bermuda and New York-LaGuardia airport.
* The 410-room Fairmont Hamilton Princess completed a $3.2 million renovation of 43 guest rooms; the renovation of 36 additional rooms should be completed by the end of the year.
* The 300-suite, 37-acre Jumeirah Southlands Resort is slated for completion in mid 2008 (pending government approvals). Plans include a nightclub, outdoor entertainment space, a conference center, five restaurants and bars, an equestrian center, several pools, a collection of luxury boutiques, and more than 1,700 feet of beach.
* In Sept, Tucker's Point Club, a luxury private club and residential community, topped off the new Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa. The hotel is scheduled for a soft opening in late 2008 with a formal opening slated for Apr 2009.
Groups should consider: these recommendations from Successful Meetings' Home Team* experts. Top choices include the 593-room Fairmont Southampton, the 244-room Elbow Beach, and the 410-room Fairmont Hamilton Princess.
*Home Team contributors who informed this section include Michelle DeClerck, CMP; and Kimberly Ruby. Contact them at [email protected]
A Taste of Elegance
Bermudian sophistication hits a high note at the island's only AAA Five Diamond restaurant. The Newport Room, tucked off the lobby of the Fairmont Southampton, serves contemporary French cuisine in a nostalgic, nautical environment. Guests pass a ship's compass as they enter and dine among models of former sailboats from the famous Newport-Bermuda sailing race (begun in 1938 and still going strong). Brass and mahogany accents and a hushed atmosphere set the scene for polished French cuisine built on seasonal ingredients and served on bone china with silver service and Irish crystal. The seven-course Signature Tasting Menu (US$110-or US$220 with wine pairings-per person, plus 15-percent gratuity) includes an heirloom tomato salad, gratin of Jonah crab, foie gras terrine, chicken consomme, roasted sirloin of Wagyu beef, artisanal cheese, and citrus panna cotta. (Vegetarian options available.)