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RTB Sold Out April 3 - 11?? AHH!

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#1 soon2bmrsn

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    Posted 09 November 2008 - 08:14 PM

    I just had some guests try to book for our wedding at the RIU Tropical Bay during the week of April 3 -11, 2009 and the TA said that the hotel has put a "stop sale" on for that time so they aren't taking any more reservations!

    Has this happened to any other brides? What's been yoru experience - do you think rooms be released at later date or are we S.O.L.?

    We sent out our save the dates this past April, thank god, becuase the only people now that are able to go to our wedding are the ones that book with in a month of us sending out the STDs. I'm a little stressed because I know there were quite a few people that wanted to go but were waiting until Nov-Dec to book seen as thats still 4+ months away....aaahh! Who knew it would sell out so fast?

    #2 JenniferSS



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      Posted 09 November 2008 - 10:09 PM

      You may have to suggest to the late bookers ( I know it doesn't seem that late!) to stay at Riu negril. it's just down the street! April is prime spring break and even with this lousy economy I'm seeing quite a few resorts and cruiselines with limited availability!

      #3 chicklet

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        Posted 09 November 2008 - 10:29 PM

        This happened to us at ROR with two different guests and it sent me into a tizzy!!
        My MOH was booking in early October and we had a stop sell as well. Luckily for us, there was still airspace on our flight so we had to put her in our room for the week. My TA has a note in to Sunquest that if a room comes available to book her into her own room.
        The others guests were from Calgary so they chose a different tour operator than Sunquest and managed to get a room and booked on our flight as well.
        Get your TA to look at a bunch of other tour operators to see if any of them have rooms available. If your guests want to go back enough, they will consider this option (even if the flights are different).

        #4 soon2bmrsn

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          Posted 09 November 2008 - 11:56 PM

          We ended up having a couple guest have to fly from Edmonton to Toronto and then to Jamaica, rather than straight from Calgary like everyone else. And they are arriving 3 days after the rest of the group.

          I had emailed my TA asking if we were running out of space so that I could tell people I knew wanted to come to hurry up and book. She didn't get back to me and then last week we found out they had put a stop sale on.

          The TA said that they can't know that information ahead of time, the hotel or carrier will just do it without any warning (there are still seats available on the plane from Calgary just no hotel rooms).

          Just wondering if anyone knows if this is true or are they just saying that to cover for themselves? Any TA's reading this - can you find out if the packages are being booked up?

          Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the respones!

          #5 soon2bmrsn

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            Posted 10 November 2008 - 12:45 AM

            Thanks TA Maureen!

            I actually meant to ask if its possible for a travel agent to find that information out about a resort not specifically about RTB for me...because I assumed they were sold out! So sorry if you went to any trouble to look that info up :)

            But thanks again - thats really good news to hear!

            #6 jennifer24

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              Posted 10 November 2008 - 02:14 PM


              This also just happened to us. All packages out of Halifax, NS were sold out. Two of our guests had to fly to Montreal and TO to fly to Jamaica. I could not believe it sold out so quickly. It is unfortunate because we did have a couple of others who were thinking of going but probably won't pay extra to fly out of another province. We did book back this summer though so most of our friends and family have already booked.

              #7 Sloan

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                Posted 10 November 2008 - 10:49 PM

                We're getting married April 09, 2009 at Riu TB and we were told in September that the hotel was booked solid by our TA. Luckily we're not having too many people come with us and they had already booked with our group rate in July. We were originally with Signature but they dropped all their packages/flights to Jamaica in April, so now we're with Sunquest. I had pre-warned people to book early and forget about "last minutes"...

                #8 soon2bmrsn

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                  Posted 11 November 2008 - 01:45 PM

                  I really didn't think it would get booked up until, maybe December. Because there is only one flight a week from Calgary we thought the plane would get filled up long before the hotel.

                  I think we've got it all figured out now though. Any new guest wanting to book are flying out of Toronto...with Signature. We're with Sunquest out of Calgary but Signature was still booking packages.

                  We've got 25 guests plus us booked right now. There were a few people who would be going if they could fly out of Calgary but I don't expect them to fly to TO first. At this point I don't expect any more guests unless they release some rooms at the last minute.

                  Anyways I'm done stressing about it now. The "need to be there" people are booked. I can return to spending hours researching hair, jewellery, gifts, flowers...all that fun stuff! :)

                  #9 TMclean

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                    Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:04 PM

                    I am getting married at the RTB the week of April 32009 and I booked in May and in May I had to change my dates because April was selling out quick. I was told by my TA that there is only a few seats left available.

                    so good luck
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