LUCIA TOURIST BOARD added a vacation booking engine to its
official Web site, www.stlucia.org, to handle airline, hotel, car rental
and package bookings. The board developed the booking engine in
conjunction with Expedia. The booking engine, located on the left
side of the stlucia.org home page, joins other site features,
including online ticket bookings for the annual St. Lucia jazz
Festival and island photos. The board added another booking Web
site, [www.inntimatestlucia.org], also serviced by Expedia,
for the island's small hotels.
GRENADA'S updated Web site [www.grenadagrenadines.com] includes a new cruise
section with ship schedules and details on the new cruise port
opening in St. George's this fall. Annual events and festivals on
Grenada the sister islands of Carriacou and Petit Martinique also
" The Hyatt Regency
Grand Cayman on Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands,
is breaking ground with an all-inclusive food and beverage option -
the first hotel in the destination to do so. The option, available
from Aug. 22 through Dec. 18, is priced at $159 per night, per
adult and $89 per child (ages 3 to 15), including tips, in addition
to the room rate. The Hyatt offers a choice of four restaurants and
three lounges, and the price covers all meals and unlimited
beverages, although a $40 charge is applied at Bamboo
" The BodyHoliday
at LeSport, St. Lucia opened the first phase of Coubaril Valley, a
$1 million, eight-acre activities and meditation center for tennis,
four-hole golf, archery, meditation, yoga and T'ai Chi. All
activities with instruction are included in the resort's daily rate
as are accommodations, meals, beverages, water sports, fitness
classes, spa treatments, taxes and tips. For details, visit www.thebodyholiday.com.
AIRWAYS will launch Saturday nonstop service between
Charlotte, N.C. and Barbados on Feb. 12, will expand its
Boston-Aruba service Nov. 7, adding nonstop flights each Tuesday,
Thursday and Sunday and will add a second Saturday flight between
Charlotte and St. Thomas on Dec. 11.
BELIZE air arrivals increased 6.5% from
January through June as compared to the same period a year ago
while the cruise sector increased 72% in the first six months. In
June alone, more than 57,000 cruise passengers arrived versus
33,623 in June 2003.
" Horace Hord,
formerly president and CEO of the Aruba Hotel and Tourism
Association, joined Royal Caribbean Cruises as regional vice
president of government and community relations for the eastern
Caribbean. Prior to his Aruba post, Hord was American Airlines'
director of marketing for the Atlantic/Caribbean region.
formerly associate vice president of destination development for
Royal Caribbean, will oversee government and community relations in
the western Caribbean.
" The past winners
of the Caribbean Hotel Association's Caribbean Hotelier of the Year
award named veteran industry leader Jim Pepperdine as honorary
hotelier of the year. Pepperdine, who created the award in 1977 to
honor excellence in hotel operations, also served as CHA president,
executive director of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and was
one of the two original founders of what is currently Yesawich,
Pepperdine, Brown and Russell marketing firm.