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Sandals and Beaches Resorts Introducing Layaway Plan

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Sandals Resorts International has become the latest travel industry entity to join the layaway option.

Sandals is introducing Layaway & Playaway, a payment plan similar to store layaway options that enable travelers to spread the cost of a trip to Sandals or Beaches vacation over time.

There are no fees and no interest payments with the Sandals plan, which can be used at any of the 18 Sandals and Beaches resorts across the Caribbean.

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How does it work?

Almost exactly the same as retail stores.

Travelers must make a minimum deposit of $49 per person when booking and then select a payment plan in which the payments can be made in installments – as few as three or as many as 24.

Book with a credit card and Sandals keeps the card on file and charges you automatically every 30 days no matter which plan you choose.

Final payment must be paid in full 45 days prior to travel.

A growing number of travel outlets are offering customers the layaway option. CheapAir.com became the first online travel agency to offer monthly payments for flight purchases back in the summer of 2016.

Later that year, United Vacations introduced packages for trips to just about anywhere in the world on a layaway plan for as little as $200 down.

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Marriott Attains Record Growth in Caribbean, Latin America

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Marriott International achieved record growth in the Caribbean and Latin America last year, signing 10,000 rooms across 15 brands in 17 different countries and territories.

2019 marks the hotel giant’s fourth straight year of record expansion in the region, increasing its portfolio in the region to 268 open properties and 55,195 rooms in 34 countries and territories.

Highlights of Marriott’s epic year in the Caribbean and Latin America include 2,100 conversion rooms, the first Delta Hotels by Marriott signing in the region and the launch of the company’s all-inclusive program last August. Since then, Marriott has signed seven management and franchise agreements for all-inclusive properties representing nearly 3,200 rooms, including an 800-room Marriott Hotels resort in Jamaica and a 240-room Ritz-Carlton property in Mexico.

What’s more, Marriott’s affordable lifestyle brands—including AC Hotels by Marriott, Aloft and Moxy—continue to expand rapidly throughout the region, signing a combined 1,284 rooms last year.

Marriott also completed its acquisition of Elegant Hotels Group last year. The group consists of 588 rooms across seven hotels located on Barbados’ Platinum Coast.

“We had a landmark year for hotel transactions in the Caribbean and Latin America in 2019, fueled by the hotel development community’s demand for our leading business support and loyalty program, our attractive brands and strong owner interest in our new all-inclusive brand extensions,” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer, Marriott International, in a statement. “With a growing pipeline of 146 hotels and resorts totaling over 24,000 rooms, we are poised for solid growth in this region, providing more opportunity to drive engagement with our loyalty members.”

The record-breaking year certainly isn’t anything new for Marriott, which expanded its global pipeline to 515,000 rooms as of year-end 2019 for the first time in the company’s history.

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