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Vacation Express

May 20, 2016 18:20 ET

Houston, Beat the Heat and Humidity in the Bahamas

Exclusive Non-Stop Flights to Grand Bahama Island Return Memorial Day Weekend

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - May 20, 2016) - Vacation Express is recommencing weekly, non-stop flights from Houston to Grand Bahama Island from May 26 to July 30, 2016! In celebration of the second year of service, both Vacation Express and the Bahamas Tourism Board will be present at George Bush Intercontinental Airport to kick-off the first flight of the season with a media event. In addition to the popular four-night escapes to Grand Bahama Island, the very next day Vacation Express will launch brand new service to Punta Cana running every Friday from May 27 to July 29, 2016!

"Travelers in the Houston region enjoy a growing number of destinations and quality carriers, both for business and pleasure," said Molly Waits, Director of Air Service Development for the Houston Airport System. "This latest new service by Vacation Express expands the options in the leisure travel market even more. We look forward to a successful launch of these flights and having Vacation Express as part of the family of quality air carriers serving the growing numbers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport."

The Director General, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Joy Jibrilu has stated, "Grand Bahama is one of our country's most exciting and adventurous destinations. The Island has so much to offer especially with its myriad of eco-tourism attractions, its pristine beaches that go on for miles, world-class resorts and great shopping. We are so glad that with these packages through Vacation Express, people from across Houston and the surrounding areas, will have the opportunity to experience this GRAND destination for themselves."

These flights just in time for Memorial Day Weekend are the perfect way for couples and families alike to welcome the summer season with open arms and celebrate the end of the school year. Several flights are already sold out with travelers eager to play in the sand and dip their toes in the beautiful waters.

Vacation Express' non-stop flights to Grand Bahama Island are operated by Sunwing Airlines on state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 series aircraft which seat 189 passengers who will enjoy Sunwing Airline's signature champagne service plus complimentary in-flight entertainment and children's activity kits. Those who upgrade to Elite Plus for only $39 each way will receive extra leg room, advanced seat selection, separate check-in, priority boarding and baggage handling as well as a free checked bag up to 66lbs. Flights to Punta Cana are operated by Swift Air, LLC. where passengers will receive similar perks and the ability to upgrade.

Roundtrip airfare starts at $299* to Grand Bahama Island and $349* to Punta Cana, but most travelers take advantage of the savings offered by bundling. A 4-night escape to Grand Bahama Island with air at a European Plan resort starts at $449* for Grand Bahama Island and $629* for a 6-night "air inclusive" bundle to Punta Cana with kids under 12 staying freeT at some resorts. Packages to these gorgeous destinations can be booked online at VACATIONEXPRESS.com, by calling 1-800-309-4717 or through a local travel agent.

About Vacation Express:

Based in Atlanta, Vacation Express, part of Sunwing Travel Group, is a tour operator specializing in quality, affordable vacation packages to over 30 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica and most recently, Cuba! Now in business for over 26 years, Vacation Express is one of the country's largest and most trusted tour operators. Travelers looking for the most affordable, all-inclusive vacations may book Vacation Express' exclusive, non-stop packages through their travel agent, directly by phone seven days a week at 1-800-309-4717 or online at VACATIONEXPRESS.com. Exclusive charter flights are operated by Sunwing Airlines and Swift Air, LLC. See operator / participant agreement for details.

About the Houston Airport System:

Houston Airports served more than 55 million passengers in 2015. Houston's three airports -- George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) -- contribute more than $27.5 billion to the regional economy. IAH and HOU collectively provide nonstop flights to nearly 200 destinations worldwide. For more information, visit fly2houston.com. Get social with Houston Airports by following us on Twitter @IAH and @HobbyAirport.

Media Contact: Bill Begley, Bill.Begley@houstontx.gov

About the Bahamas:

The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world's best scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with preclearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar at par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It's Better in The Bahamas. For more information call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Media Contact: Jeannie Gibson, jgibson@bahamas.com

Additional Notes: TKid's offer based on one child per full paying guest and offered on select departures only; qualifying ages and maximum number of kids vary by resort and apply to hotel cost only. Airfare, transfers & booking fees not included.*Flight only price based on lowest season travel. Package price reflects hotels that feature all-inclusive plans. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Advertised prices available for bookings made electronically or through your travel agent; small service fee of $10 applies when booking through Vacation Express Call Center. For full terms and conditions, hotel and description of all services, please refer to the Vacation Express 2016 Brochure, www.vacationexpress.com or call 1.800.486.9777. Vacation Express now accepts debit cards that offer the same consumer protection as credit cards. See operator/participant agreement for details. Public charter flights are operated by Sunwing Airlines and Swift Air, LLC. All flights subject to DOT approval. Packages are limited and subject to change without prior notice. Airfares are per person, reflect lowest available airfare at time of printing, are subject to change and based upon availability of class of service. Book by 6/1/16. Not responsible for errors or omissions. Registered Florida seller of travel no. St 38441. State of California Seller of Travel Certificate of Registration #2107538-40.

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