TOURISM Organization kicks off its annual Caribbean Week
in New York on Sunday, May 29 with a week-long series of consumer
and trade events around town designed to raise awareness of and
visibility for Caribbean travel, culture, customs and people.
Events include an Interfaith Celebration on May 29, the Caribbean
Fair and Cultural Celebration with a live Caribbean wedding on May
31 at the South Street Seaport, Media Marketplace on June 1 at the
Hilton New York, and the 32nd annual Governments of the Caribbean
State Ball on June 3 at the Waldorf-Astoria. Cooking demonstrations
by guest chefs from the Caribbean will take place throughout the
week at the Time Warner Center, Bloomingdales, Macys and the U.N.
Specific details are available at www.caribbeanweekny.com.
Caribbean will unveil its 14th property the 350-room Hilton
June 6. The resort sits on the site of the old Hilton outside
Bridgetown, which was demolished to make room for the new.
Facilities include in-room, high-speed Internet access and data
ports. The hotels meeting facilities are the largest on the island.
The Hilton Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic will open in
late June as Hiltons 15th Caribbean property.
For details, visit
Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort in Montego Bay,
Jamaica, closed since April 29 as a result of water damage from
rainstorms, reset its re-opening date from June 6 to July 1.
Repairs to the switchboard system are taking longer than expected,
a spokeswoman said.
RESORT in Montego Bay, Jamaica will unveil its new
Web site in June [www.halfmoon.com] and continue its five-year,
multi-million-dollar facelift this summer with a re-do of the front nine holes
of the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course, which will
October. The new travel agent section of the Web site is password-protected and
offers on-line bookings through Synxis booking engine. The
property, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, kicked
off an upscale branding campaign this spring with ads targeted at
affluent travelers and niche markets.
Jamaica will suspend its service to Bonaire in two phases
this summer. In Phase 1,
Air Jamaicas flights 66/67 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
will be suspended June 27. In Phase 2, all remaining Jamaica service will be
suspended Aug. 28. The carrier will continue to serve Curacao from
Jamaica. The moves are the latest in a restructuring program that
began last December to reduce operating costs in the face of
record-high fuel prices and increased competition.
Airlines will add nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale
and Montego Bay Nov. 10 and between Fort Lauderdale and Kingston,
Jamaica Dec. 15. The line also announced a new nonstop flight
between Orlando and Nassau, beginning Nov. 10.