Travel Weeklys Caribbean E-letter: Aug. 1, 2006

AN AGREEMENT between Caribbean Star and Air Jamaica to improve regional air transportation includes adjustments in Caribbean Stars flight schedules to better coincide with Air Jamaica service to/from Barbados and Grenada. Also, fares will be lowered for Caribbean Star passengers in Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Trinidad & Tobago who are connecting to Air Jamaica flights to Jamaica and 11 North American gateways. Mike Conway, Air Jamaicas CEO, said that the partnership demonstrates that by working more closely together, Caribbean airlines can better compete in the marketplace by offering more choices and better schedules. Skip Barnette, president and CEO of Caribbean Star and sister airline, Caribbean Sun, challenged critics who dont think Caribbean carriers can work together for the good of the traveling public to think again. Were 100% committed to providing the best air transportation services to our customers, and were pleased to have Air Jamaica as a partner, he said.

LODGEPODGE

" Peace & Plenty Beach Inn in George Town, Exuma, did not bark up the wrong tree with its latest pet-lover offering. Co-manager Lynne Sutton, who rescues stray dogs and lost puppies on the Bahamian island, lets guests care for the inns eight island dogs called Pot Cakes, taking them to the beach and playing with them at the inn. Families and kids like to get involved, Sutton said. Theres no charge for this, although many guests have made a donation towards the construction of the Betty Lynne Animal Shelter on Exuma. In the pipeline is the 2007 Wagging Tail Calendar, coming out in October. For details, call (800) 525-2210.

" Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino in St. Maarten opened its new Internet cafe in the lower lobby near the pool area. The center, open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., is equipped with three computer stations, each with a 17-inch flat screen monitor, DSL connections and printers. The rate is $5 for 30 minutes and $8 for an hour. For resort details, visit www.greatbaybeachresort.com.

THE U.S.V.I. Hotel and Tourism Associations new Its Just Easier to Vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands Spa Sweepstakes, valid for bookings through Sept. 30 for travel from Oct. 1 to Dec. 15 and again April 15 to Sept. 30, 2007, features a grand prize of roundtrip air on American and a five-night stay at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa. Complimentary spa treatments will take place on St. Thomas at the Wyndham Journeys Spa, Frenchmans Reef Marriott, the Shangrila Spa at the Holiday Inn and on St. John at Caneel Bay. To enter the sweepstakes, visit www.virgin-islands-hotels.com.

PENCIL IT IN

" Gogo Worldwide Vacations Learning Conference, Oct. 12 to 17, Aruba. Agents who attend will earn their Aruba Certified Expert (ACE) designation on site. For details and prices, visit www.gogowwv.com.

" Test Drive Honeymoon offer, Sept. 27, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15, Sandals Royal Caribbean, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Prospective brides and grooms can arrange a one-day trip to sample a Sandals honeymoon package before they tie the knot. The $179 per-person cost covers roundtrip air on Air Jamaica from New York (Kennedy or Newark), Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago (OHare) or Philadelphia; a resort tour; a Caribbean beach party; and a preview of the amenities offered in a honeymoon package. Overnight accommodations are not included. Couples who book a minimum six-night stay at a Sandals resort within two weeks of their Test Drive visit will have the cost of the day trip credited to their booking. For details, visit www.sandals.com/general/testdrive.cfm.

Caribbean Editor:

Gay Nagle Myers

Phone: (201) 902-1591

[email protected]

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