WYNDHAM HOTELS AND RESORTS will brand the 400-room Wyndham St. Croix Golf Resort & Casino, scheduled to open in 2010. The resort will serve as the cornerstone of a $250 million complex that will include the St. Croix Conference Center. The 294-acre site near downtown Christiansted is a short drive from the airport. The resort will have a casino (the second on the island); a Jack-Nicklaus-designed golf course; a spa and fitness center; four restaurants; lounges; retail stories; and a kids' club. The property will be St. Croix's second chain hotel, joining the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino.
• Cayman Airways launched a Web check-in feature that enables its passengers to check in online, select a seat and print out confirmation and boarding passes between 24 and two hours prior to their departure. Passengers must still arrive at the departure gate at least 60 minutes prior to takeoff. The online check-in is not applicable on Cayman Airways' flights departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica, although it can be used on flights to Montego Bay.
• AirTran initiated daily roundtrip nonstop flights from both Atlanta and Orlando to San Juan. The carrier will add a second daily roundtrip between Orlando and San Juan on April 9.
• American will launch daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Kingston, Jamaica, on June 1, complementing its three daily flights from Miami to Kingston and two daily flights to Montego Bay. American also serves Montego Bay with a daily flight from New York Kennedy and five flights a week from Dallas/Fort Worth.
ON THE HEELS of Air Jamaica's news it will eliminate its New York-St. Lucia service on April 1, the carrier will add seats on its New York-Barbados route and launch nonstop service between New York and Grenada, also on April 1. The daily nonstop to Barbados will be flown with an A321 aircraft, which carries an additional 38 seats for a total of 188. The four weekly nonstops to Grenada will continue on to Kingston, except on Wednesdays when the flight returns nonstop from Grenada. Also on April 1, Air Jamaica will increase its service to four daily nonstops between Kennedy and Jamaica, two each to Montego Bay and Kingston.
• Secrets Resorts & Spas will debut in the Dominican Republic with the openings in late 2009 of the 402-room Secrets La Romana Resort & Spa on Bayahibe Bay and the 500-suite Secrets Punta Cana Resort & Spa on Juanillo Beach. In Jamaica, the Secrets St. James Montego Bay and the Secrets Montego Bay, each with 350 suites, will stand side by side, offering guests a total of 14 restaurants, a spa, Jacuzzis for two and 24-hour concierge service. The Jamaica properties also will open late next year. Secrets also plans to open its first property in Aruba by 2010.
• Sandals Negril Beach Resort & Spa in Jamaica will open eight new Plantation Suites in April. The suites will feature West Indian-themed decor, private plunge pools and outdoor showers and gardens. Also, Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort & Spa in St. Lucia will unveil four Million Dollar Suites this summer, each with 700 square feet of living space and 400 square feet of outdoor space with an infinity pool.
Caribbean Editor: Gay Nagle Myers
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