Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-letter: Dec. 4, 2007

CHUKKA CARIBBEAN ADVENTURES of Jamaica is extending its agent signing bonus through Dec. 30, giving agents more time to qualify for the operator's Chukka Bucks promotion. Agents can earn cash bonuses in addition to their commission, based upon the number of tours booked per month. New tours at the Rose Hall development site include the White Witch Canopy Tour; the Chukka Buggy Adventure, which will be an off-road trip into the mountains; and a new version of its signature Horseback Ride and Swim tour. Chukka also relaunched the Chukka Polo Club, which was created in 1983 by owner Danny Melville, at Blue Hole Estate in Montego Bay. Lessons will be conducted by professional instructors who are members of the Jamaica Polo Association.

CHALK UP another development for St. Lucia, the island leading the Caribbean pack in terms of new-builds, rebuilds and expansions. Island Global Yachting will redevelop its Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia. Slated for completion in late 2008, the marina will offer 252 reconstructed slips, including the addition of 30 berths for mega-yachts and a refurbished land component with shops and restaurants. The existing marina will remain open during the renovation.

TAKEOFFS

" American Airlines parent company AMR Corp. plans to divest American Eagle, its wholly owned regional subsidiary, sometime next year. American Eagle operates approximately 300 aircraft, with more than 1,700 daily flights to more than 150 cities throughout the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. Within the Caribbean, American Eagle uses San Juan as its hub to serve 35 destinations on 25 islands. American CEO Gerard Arpey described American Eagle as a "regional airline that is fully capable of standing on its own and is well positioned to pursue growth opportunities outside of the AMR corporate structure."

" JetBlue's winter schedule to the Caribbean calls for as many as 220 weekly roundtrip flights to 11 tropical destinations, a 46% growth in seats over last winter's schedule, according to Jim Fuoco, manager of route planning. In addition to increasing frequencies on existing routes, the carrier will kick off daily nonstop service from New York Kennedy to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, on Jan. 10 and to St. Maarten on Jan. 17. JetBlue's first international service from Orlando starts March 6; the airline will fly to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

PENCIL IT IN

" The 15th annual Barbados Jazz Festival will take place Jan. 14 to 20. Headliners include Erykah Badu, Bob James, Terri Lyne Carrington and Kenny Garrett. For a complete schedule and tickets, visit www.barbadosjazzfestival.com.

" The St. Croix Food & Wine Experience will take place April 15 to 19. Activities will include gourmet dinners, an island-wide culinary competition, wine seminars, a wine auction, and cork and fork events in private homes. The event benefits the St. Croix Foundation, a nonprofit that administers a number of local programs. For details, visit www.atasteofstcroix.com.

Caribbean Editor: Gay Nagle Myers

Phone: (201) 902-1924

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