Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-letter: Feb. 13, 2007

CHEAPCARIBBEAN.COM increased its commission level to 15% on all bookings, including the air portion of packages, for retailers who register online with the firm by April 1. Agents who register after that date will be eligible for 10% pay on bookings. The previous commission rate was 5%. Under the new policy, agents will earn the higher rate with bookings called into CheapCaribbean's reservation department or for online bookings. The res line is (800) 915-2322; the Web site is www.cheapcaribbean.com.

THE WORK STOPPAGE, which temporarily has closed Club Med Buccaneer's Creek in Martinique since Jan. 25, continues to affect the resort. The 293-room property is not accepting new reservations through Feb. 19. Guests booked through that date may travel to other Club Med resorts or rebook at Buccaneer's Creek at a later date. For details, call (888) WEB-CLUB or visit www.clubmed.com.

LODGEPODGE

" The 511-room San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino instituted a no-smoking policy throughout the hotel on Feb. 1; the Stellaris Casino will follow suit on March 1. The policy includes public areas, guest rooms, balconies, the lobby and the bar and restaurants. Marriott International instituted its Smoke-Free Environment strategy last October, which encompassed all of the company's lodging brands in the U.S. and Canada and was optional for Marriott's international properties. The San Juan Marriott chose to follow the corporate model. For details, visit www.marriott.com.

" Opening date for the 600-suite Cove Atlantis resort, located on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, is set for March 28. Facilities will include a Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill restaurant; separate all-adult and family pools; cabanas with dropdown walls for privacy; two beaches; and the Penthouse Suite, with rates from $15,000 per night. For details, visit www.thecoveatlantis.com.

PENCIL IT IN

" Jimmy Buffet and his Coral Reefer Band will perform a one-day-only concert on March 24 at 3 p.m. at Dune Preserve on Anguilla. Bankie Banx, Anguilla's favorite son, will open the concert. Tickets are $100 each and will benefit Project Stingray, a music and education program on Anguilla, as well as the Anguilla Tennis Academy and the Anguilla Community Foundation. Tickets are available at www.bankiebanx.net. Several hotels are offering packages in conjunction with the concert, including the Anguilla Great House (www.anguillagreathouse.com), the Paradise Cove Resort (www.paradise.ai), the Sirena Hotel (www.sirenaresort.com) and the CuisinArt Resort & Spa (www.cuisinartresort.com).

" The theme for Carnival 2007 on St. Thomas, set for April 8 to 28, is "55 Years of Culture, Mas and Rhythm." Festivities will include live music, games, rides, parades and water activities and will conclude with a fireworks display on April 28. For details, visit www.vicarnival.com.

Caribbean Editor: Gay Nagle Myers

Phone: (201) 902-1924

[email protected]

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