El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels

by Karisma certifies TripGuy travel as GI Vacation Consultant

TripGuy Becomes One of Only Select Few Certified by Gourmet Inclusive Collection of Resorts in Riviera Maya

Holland, PA 6/1/2008 – El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels by Karisma, a premier collection of Gourmet Inclusive properties along the Riviera Maya, Mexico, recently certified TripGuy Travel LLC as a Gourmet Inclusive (GI) Vacation Consultant Agency. TripGuy is now a part of an elite group of travel agents across the country certified to provide travelers with recommendations on Gourmet Inclusive vacations to the Riviera Maya based on extensive firsthand experience and education.

“Becoming a GI Vacation Consultant provided us with an in-depth understanding of what makes the Gourmet Inclusive vacation experience truly unique,” said Mitch from TripGuy. “Our certification as a GI Vacation Consultant allows us to assist customers with greater confidence, based on our personal knowledge of the Gourmet Inclusive philosophy and the rigorous training involved in the program. After visiting the adults-only and family friendly properties, indulging in innovative amenities like Beachfront Sky Massages, Swim-Up Suites and Beach Butlers, and being treated to world-class service, we are excited to create customized travel itineraries to El Dorado and Azul properties according to individual client desires and expectations.”

The GI Vacation Consultant Program is designed to personally educate travel professionals on the value of Gourmet Inclusive, a distinctive philosophy that allows guests to savor every detail of their environment. From the gourmet cuisine to the variety of resort services, fine décor, and amenities, each aspect of Gourmet Inclusive is designed to create a unique experience that fosters togetherness for couples and families.

As a GI Vacation Consultant, TripGuy can cater to clients that seek the ultimate in one or more niche market: destination weddings, honeymoons, romance, anniversary, family and multigenerational vacations. TripGuy agents are also experts on all Gourmet Inclusive properties including El Dorado Royale, A Spa Resort by Karisma; El Dorado Casitas Royale by Karisma; El Dorado Seaside Suites by Karisma; El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma; Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma; Azul View Hotel by Karisma, opening in October 2008; and Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma, opening in December 2008

Rates at El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels by Karisma range from $160 to $1,753. Azul Hotels by Karisma's rates range from $180 to $2,183. Children under three stay free at Azul Hotels by Karisma, while children ages 3 to 12 receive a 50 percent discount based on double occupancy when sharing rooms with parents. All rates include the Gourmet Inclusive experience with full concierge and 24-hour room service (per night, per person, including taxes and service fees).

About El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels by Karisma

El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels by Karisma are a premier hotel collection operating properties throughout the Riviera Maya, Mexico, where guests savor a Gourmet Inclusive experience that fosters togetherness.Karisma's growing portfolio is comprised of Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma; El Dorado Royale, A Spa Resort by Karisma; El Dorado Seaside Suites by Karisma; and El Dorado Maroma, A Beachfront Resort, by Karisma. Properties have been honored with the industry's top accolades including, Conde Nast Traveler's “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” Conde Nast Traveler's “Gold List,” Forbes' “Top 10 Most Romantic Hotels,” TUI Travel PLC's “Hotel of the Year,” and AAA's “Four Diamond Award.” Karisma has received worldwide recognition for its creative approach to hospitality management and product innovations including resorts with swim-up suites, Infinity balcony pools, beach butlers and cash-free transactions.