Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-letter: January 5, 2006

FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS will break into the Turks and Caicos market with a mixed-use luxury resort on the western coast of North Caicos. Under terms of its deal with the Schaumburg, Ill.- based Wight Group, Fairmont will manage the 150-room resort, a 150-room condo hotel and several Fairmont-branded residential developments including Fairmont Heritage Place. The property, which will be called the Fairmont Turks & Caicos, is expected to open in 2009. Plans include an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, a marina and a spa. Turks & Caicos is rapidly becoming a popular travel destination, and we are delighted to be part of the expansion at the luxury end of the market, said William Fatt, Fairmonts CEO. 

NEW AIRLIFT TO JAMAICA VIA US AIRWAYS includes a daily flight from Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, departing at 11:05 a.m. and arriving in Jamaica at 12:49 p.m. The return flight leaves Montego Bay at 2 p.m., arriving in Fort Lauderdale at 3:31 p.m. Other new service includes a Sunday flight from Boston to Montego Bay, departing at 11 a.m. with a 3:11 p.m. arrival in Jamaica. On the return trip, the flight leaves at 11:55 a.m., arriving in Boston at 3:55 p.m. Effective Jan. 7, US Airways also will launch Saturday service from Pittsburgh to Montego Bay with an 8:30 a.m. flight, arriving at 12:15 p.m. From Jamaica, the flight will leave at 1:05 p.m. and arrive in Pittsburgh at 4:30 p.m. In addition, US Airways operates nonstop services to Montego Bay from its hubs in Charlotte, N.C., and Philadelphia. For schedules, visit

ADVENTURE TOBAGO, a new company specializing in Tobago tours, accommodations and arrangements, offers one-stop shopping with substantial discounts, according to Susan Kalliecharan, one of the owners. Arrangements include island tours, car rentals, diving, mountain biking, fishing, sea kayaking, wedding services and accommodations at more than eight resorts and villas on the island. For information and rates, visit or e-mail Kalliecharan at [email protected].


" Almond Resorts is gearing up for Superbowl Sunday (Feb. 5) at its all-inclusive 330-room Almond Beach Village in St. Peter, Barbados, with a week of parties, golf contests, scavenger hunts, basketball games and beach volleyball. Celebrity guests will include former New York Giants/Los Angeles Raiders running back Billy Taylor; past Notre Dame star and former New York Giants defensive end Eric Dorsey; past Northwestern State star and former San Francisco 49er wide receiver Odessa Turner; and former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Matt Blair. A minimum three-night stay is required; rates begin at $523 per night, double, for a deluxe room. Space is limited for the game-watching party. Once clients are booked, agents can sign them up for various events and the Superbowl party via e-mail at [email protected]. To book, call (800) 4-ALMOND.

" To celebrate the filming of Disneys Pirates of the Caribbean II and Pirates of the Caribbean III on Grand Bahama Island, the all-inclusive Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach offers special rates starting at $115 per person, per night, double, through 2006. The price includes a welcome cocktail; a pirate kit and an island map for kids 12 and under; pirate-themed activities; all meals and drinks; and taxes and tips. The rate for kids from 3 to 17 is $30 per day for room, board and activities. To book, call (800) WYNDHAM.


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