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SEED CONSULTANTS

 January 26 – February 1, 2019

Full Trip Payment is due by November 8th, 2018.

ARUBA, KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS

Imagine you are on an island in the heart of the Caribbean, on a beach that is miles long and so white, so serene, you are amazed and delighted.  The sun is shining, there is a cooling trade wind, and warm greetings of the island are extended to you “Bonbini” (welcome).  That friendliness, the beach, the tranquility, the fine weather – this is Aruba!

Situated in the southern Caribbean, Aruba is an island which encompasses 70 square miles.  Aruba’s topography is unusual for a Caribbean island.  The southwest coast features seven miles of palm fringed white beaches, with a blue green sea which is calm and clear, with visibility up to 100 feet.  In contrast, the northeast coast is rugged and wild with high, thundering waves that beat against the shore.  An indication of their power is the Caribbean’s highest and most dramatic natural bridge, carved by the pounding sea out of coral cliffs into a high arch.

In 1986, Aruba became a separate entity within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  Previously, Aruba had been a member of the Netherlands Antilles, which comprised the group of six Dutch Caribbean islands.  A mix of ancestors has produced a people of striking appearance and warm and friendly personality.

The first inhabitants of Aruba were the peace-loving Arawak Indian tribe of farmers and fishermen.  They left behind painted hieroglyphics on the walls and ceilings of caves, but their meaning has eluded scholars and remains a mystery to be resolved.  Most Arubans have an aptitude for languages and speak several, with Dutch the official language.  “Papiamento” is Aruba’s local language, evolved from Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese.  However, English is spoken everywhere.

Aruba

HILTON ARUBA CARIBBEAN RESORT & CASINO

Overlooking the gorgeous aquamarine Caribbean Sea, the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino is located on the exclusive sands of Palm Beach.  The resort is filled with Caribbean atmosphere, from its charming rooms to the beautiful beaches.  Aruba is the perfect island for any type of visitor, with great vacation weather year round. 

Spend the days enjoying a variety of fun-filled activities and sports.  The fitness center provides an expansive array of personal services to pamper the most deserving traveler, featuring the newest in cardiovascular and weight training equipment.  You may choose to retreat to the serene environment and the lush landscaping of the two free-form, zero entry beachside outdoor pools and two whirlpools.  The Watersports Center offers non-motorized rentals along with scuba diving, snorkeling, paddleboats and more.  Or relax and pamper yourself with a treatment at the full-service Larimar Spa.

Your luxurious guest room is beautifully decorated in a distinctly Caribbean flavor, with remote control TVs, clock radio, iron and ironing board, coffeemaker, hair dryer, bathrobes, and in-room safe.  Your spacious balcony features teakwood furniture with spectacular views of the lush gardens, tropical lagoons and magnificent, turquoise sea.

After an exciting day, it’s time to relax and unwind.  The Hilton Caribbean Resort and Casino features four restaurants and lounges offering everything from casual elegance to laid-back comfort.  Enjoy certified Angus steaks, fresh seafood and sushi at The Sunset Grille with magnificent views.  Laguna offers relaxed dining and features a waterside wok, pizzas, and hamburgers in a casual lagoon setting.  For a little more excitement, try the Gilligan’s Beach Bar and Grill for oversized cocktails, fun food and Caribbean music!   Or meet your friends for a drink at Mira Solo – an elegant open-air bar with martinis, cognacs and tropical concoctions!  At the end of the day, try your luck in the casino with blackjack, roulette, craps and slots!

Aruba Trip Package Includes:

  • 7 Days, 6 nights accommodation at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
  • Full Meal & Beverage Plan to include:  breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.  Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages and premium brand liquors.  US domestic beers, local beers, cocktails at the resort outlets.
  • Three Restaurants, two bars and a coffee shop.
  • Round-Trip Airport Transfers on Program Dates
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi at the Resort
  • Private Farewell Carnival Party
  • All Taxes, Fees and Gratuities at the Resort

Trip Cost (Excluding Air):

  • Single Occupancy:  $3,862.00 (1 Adult in a Room)
  • Double Occupancy:  $4,652.00 (2 Adults sharing a Room)
  • Triple Occupancy:  $5,442.00 (3 Adults sharing a Room)

Occupancy of the same room by four adults is not allowed.  For additional rooming rates, please contact Sarah Walsh at sarah@mtievents.com.

Air Costs:

  • Air is not included with the above trip costs but must be booked through MTI Events in to order to attend the trip.
  • If attendee wishes to check current airfare rates before registering and submitting the non-refundable deposit, they may call MTI Events at 913-438-2600 x 118.  Hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST.  Airfare rates are subject to change until ticketed.
  • After registration has been submitted and non-refundable deposit received, MTI Events will email the attendee with flight options and costs.  There are no restrictions on fares or departure city.
  • Attendee is responsible for any costs associated with flight changes.
  • Airline points may be used to book airfare.  Tickets must be booked directly with the airline.  MTI has no control over frequent flier seat availability.

Payments:

  • $500 (per person) non-refundable deposit due after online registration and before air is booked.
  • Full trip payment is due by Friday, November 8, 2018 and is non-refundable.

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

DAY ONE, SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019:

  • This morning depart your home cities for your international flights to Aruba.
  • Upon arrival in Aruba, you will be met at baggage claim and transferred to The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino.
  • The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.
    • Hospitality Desk Hours: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

DAY TWO, SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2019:

  • Enjoy a breakfast buffet at leisure at the resort this morning.
  • This morning join your colleagues for a Company Meeting from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.  Please make plans to eat breakfast before the meeting.
  • Lunch is included for you on the resort and the remainder of the afternoon is yours at leisure.
  • Dinner is included for you at the resort or on your own at one of the many restaurants just across the street from the hotel.
    • Hospitality Desk Hours:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  The Hospitality Desk will be closed during the Company Meeting.

DAY THREE, MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2019:

  • Start your morning with a breakfast buffet at the resort.
  • Your entire day is at leisure to enjoy the many activities offered on property. The SCI Hospitality Desk will be open to assist guests with booking optional tours.
  • Lunch is on your own at the resort.
  • Dinner is on your own at the resort or on your own at one of the many restaurants just across the street from the hotel.
    • Hospitality Desk Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

DAY FOUR, TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2019:

  • Start your day with a delicious breakfast buffet at the resort.
  • Your entire day is at leisure.
  • Lunch is included at the resort.
  • Dinner is included at the resort or on your own at one of the many restaurants located right across the street from the hotel.
    • Hospitality Desk Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

DAY FIVE, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2019:

  • Start your morning with a breakfast buffet at the resort.
  • Your entire day is at leisure to enjoy the many activities offered on property. The SCI Hospitality Desk will be open to assist guests with booking optional tours.
  • Lunch is on your own at the resort.
  • Dinner is on your own at the resort or on your own at one of the many restaurants just across the street from the hotel.
    • Hospitality Desk Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

DAY SIX, THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019:

  • Start your day with a delicious breakfast buffet at the resort.
  • Your entire day is at leisure.  Please stop by the Hospitality Desk to pick-up your departure information for tomorrow’s return flights home.
  • Lunch is included at the resort.
  • This evening, please join your fellow colleagues for a farewell to Aruba!  Dinner will be from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM and there will be a group photo.
    • Hospitality Desk Hours:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

DAY SEVEN, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019:

  • Breakfast is at leisure at the resort.
  • Check out of the hotel per the information you received yesterday. Your SCI Travel Staff will assist you.  Private transportation will take you to the airport for your return flights back to the United States.
    • Hospitality Desk Hours:  SCI Travel Staff will be positioned in the lobby throughout the morning in accordance with departure times. 

All travelers headed back to the United States will clear US customs in Aruba. 

AIRLINE TICKET INFORMATION AND PACKING SUGGESTIONS

REGISTRATION SITE, TRAVEL FORMS AND AIR ITINERARIES:   Upon receipt of your registration, an air itinerary will be sent to you via e-mail for you to review and approve. Once you have approved your airline reservations, any changes made will incur change penalties and may result in additional airfare charges for which you will be billed. If you have any questions, please call your SCI Coordinator (Sarah Walsh) at 1-913-438-2600.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION: Passports are required for all passengers for travel to Aruba. Please carry them on you and not in your checked luggage.

All travelers: Please be advised that the name on your airline ticket must be exactly the same as the name on your photo identification. If these names do not match, you will likely be denied boarding by the airline.

AIRLINE TICKETS: Your airline tickets will be sent to you via 2-day Federal Express approximately one week prior to your departure.

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE:  Airline travel regulations vary regarding the number of pieces of luggage you may check and the cost per bag.  Please check with your carrier for current luggage policies.  All carriers charge for any bag that weighs over 50 pounds. Luggage fees are at your own expense.  In addition, only one carry-on bag is allowed per passenger, plus a personal item such as a purse, camera bag or laptop.  Carry-on bags must fit under a seat or in an overhead compartment.

SECURITY AND PACKING GUIDELINES: Airport security measures differ from one airport to another around the world. However, some general guidelines should be followed. Be sure to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure, allow ample time to clear security screening at your airport and expect to encounter more than one security checkpoint at all airports. Airlines are requiring that you present yourself at your departure gate 45 minutes prior to departure. In addition, some airlines are refusing to accept checked luggage less than one hour prior to scheduled flight time. Do NOT pack any sharp objects in your carry-on luggage or they will be confiscated by security. Items such as pocket knives, tweezers, disposable razors, metal nail files, etc. must be packed in your checked luggage.  All liquids and gels in your carry-on must be less than 3 oz. (100 ml) and fit in one plastic, one-quart, zip-top bag.

LUGGAGE TAGS:  You will receive special SCI luggage tags for each piece of checked luggage with your final trip documents. Be sure to fill out the tags and attach them to your luggage. These will expedite handling of your bags throughout the trip.

LAPTOP COMPUTERS AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT: Laptops, expensive jewelry and other electronic equipment are attractive to thieves. It is imperative that you carry these items on your person and not in your checked luggage. Regretfully, SCI and MTI cannot assume responsibility for these items in your luggage. Additionally, most airlines do not replace these items if lost. Simply stated, do not give these items to bellmen, skycaps or anyone else.  Your guest room is equipped with a safe.  Please secure all money, passports, jewelry and other valuables in the safe.

PERSONAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS:  If you would like to extend your visit in Aruba, please call your SCI Travel Coordinator (Sarah Walsh) at 1-913-438-2600.   Additional nights or changes to the program will be at your own expense.

TRAVEL TIPS, SUGGESTIONS AND USEFUL INFORMATION

CLIMATE AND ATTIRE:  Temperatures should range from the high 80s during the day to the high 70s in the evening. The following dress information should be helpful:

  • Casual: Dress for comfort.  Nice shorts, polo shirts, casual sundresses are appropriate.
  • Resort Casual: Dress shirts, linen shirts, slacks for men.  (No Shorts) Skirts, blouses, sundresses or pants for ladies.

MEALS & BEVERAGES:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks are included for you daily at the resort.  Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are also included for you.

HOSPITALITY DESK:  During your stay at Hilton Aruba, the SCI Hospitality Desk will be available to help make your stay more enjoyable. Stop by for any assistance you may need during the program.

INTERNET & CELL PHONES:  WiFi is available throughout the property.   Cell phone service in Aruba is dependent on your carrier.  Please contact your carrier for international service plans.

GRATUITIES:  Gratuities for all services and activities as outlined in the itinerary have been included for you by SCI. Gratuities for services you may receive on your own are at your discretion.

CURRENCY: The currency in Aruba is the Aruban Florin, but US dollars are readily accepted. It is recommended you bring smaller denominations of US Dollars.  In addition, MasterCard and Visa credit cards are accepted almost anywhere and American Express is accepted on a more limited basis.

ELECTRIC CURRENT:  You do NOT need to bring a converter and adapter plugs to operate your electrical appliances in Aruba due to the 110 volt current. Your room is equipped with a hair dryer.

PERSONAL INCIDENTAL ACCOUNTS: The Hilton Aruba will establish an incidental account for you for items of a personal nature such as gift purchases, spa appointments, internet, phone charges, laundry, etc. These items will be at your own expense and may be paid by you at check out by cash or credit card including American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diner’s Club and Discover Card.  Do NOT use a debit card.

ITEMS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PROGRAM:  Items of a strictly personal nature, including but not limited to, laundry, medication, telephone calls, taxi, bus, optional tours and entertainment that you may elect to take on your own that are not listed in the itinerary will be at your own expense.

Additional Guest/Child Information & Pricing

The pricing quoted below is based on two adults already sharing a room and bringing children to share that SAME room.  Maximum of TWO (2) children in the same room with two adults or maximum of 3 Adults and 1 Child in a room. Airfare is not included.                                                                                                         

Children Ages 13 – 17 and includes the following: $615.00 + Air                                                                             

  • Hotel room for 6 nights sharing with two adults
  • Bellman & Maid Gratuities
  • Round-trip transfers from the airport to resort
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Farewell Party

Children Land package ages 6 – 12:  $435.00 + Air

  • Includes all features as listed above

Children ages 5 and under:  $145.00 + Air

  • Includes all features as listed above

Please indicate on the registration form if you are bringing additional guests/children and fill out the additional information needed to confirm their attendance.

The land and air portion for additional guests may be paid by check, MasterCard or Visa.  A $100 per person non-refundable deposit is due after online registration and before air is booked.  Full trip payment for children is expected no later than Friday, November 8 and is non-refundable.  You will receive an email with flight details and air costs for your children.  A credit card authorization form will be emailed to you for those wanting to pay by credit card.

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If you have questions, please reach out to your Travel Coordinator, Sarah Walsh, at 913-438-2600 or sarah@mtievents.com.

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