NUMBERS for the U.S. Virgin Islands are up 12.6%, to 1.4
million visitors, from January through June compared with the same
period a year ago. The increase totaled 163,500 more travelers, 75%
of who arrived by cruise ship and the rest by air. Although St.
Croixs air arrivals represent just 5% of the total visitors, those
figures rose 27.3% to more than 69,000 visitors in the first six
months. Officials attributed the increase to added seats on
Caribbean Sun and American Eagle flights, as well as bimonthly
charters from Denmark. St. Thomas cruise calls increased by 119
ship visits, which brought more than 1 million passengers in the
first six months, a 16% increase over the first half of 2003.
JAMAICA VACATIONS features savings up to 30% on air and
land packages to 10 Caribbean islands this fall in conjunction with
Air Jamaicas fall air fare sale. Most packages must be booked by
Aug. 12, are based on midweek travel and are valid through
mid-February, although holiday blackouts apply. For details, call
AIRWAYS VACATIONS offers 5,000 bonus Dividend Miles on
air/hotel packages to Sandals and Beaches Resorts in Antigua, the
Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Turks & Caicos. Packages must
be booked by Aug. 31 for travel from Sept. 1 through Nov. 18 and
Nov. 29 through Dec. 10. To book, call (800) 455-0123.
TAKEOFFS: JetBlue and Song plan to launch
service to Nassau, Bahamas, this year. Both carriers announced
their plans within a day of one another.
JETBLUE applied Aug. 2 with the Transportation Department
for approval for A320 service from New York [Kennedy] to Nassau.
The low-fare carrier, which also needs Bahamian government
approval, plans to begin service Nov. 1. The Kennedy-based carrier
began its first international service in June with flights to
Santiago and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. It has served
San Juan since 2002 and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico sine May.
SONG, Deltas low-fare operation, will begin Kennedy-Nassau
service Dec. 1 (Delta already has authority to fly the
DELTA, meanwhile, will begin nonstop Saturday service
between Atlanta and Belize Dec. 11 and will increase its service
from Atlanta to Providenciales, Turks & Caicos to a year-round
daily flight on Atlantic Southeast Airlines starting Sept. 15. The
airline previously had offered seasonal, Saturday-only
LUCIAS Pitons Management Area has been named a World
Heritage Site by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization [UNESCO]. The 11-square-mile area includes the twin
peaks of Gros and Petit Piton -- one of the most recognizable
landmarks in the Caribbean -- as well as the town of Soufriere,
nearby coral reefs, a drive-in volcano and rare animal and plant
ISLAND BEACH RESORT in Grenada achieved Green Globe 21
Certification in recognition of its efforts to protect and preserve
the environment. The 66-room property is the first hotel on the
island to be Green Globe certified. It also earned the AAA Four
Diamond Award this year for overall excellence and