Agents attending the 27th annual
Caribbean Tourism Conference in Aruba Oct. 17 to
21 can earn Aruba Certification Credits (ACE) by
taking part in a free ACE training program.
market workshops for agents on incentive travel and special needs
travelers also will be offered as well as pre- and post-tours, site
inspections and discounted air and hotel rates.
start at $295 per person, double, and $425, single. A $50 discount
is available to agents who register by Aug. 13. Forms can be
downloaded at www.onecaribbean.org.
Webb, Bermudas minister of tourism, resigned from her post
last month. Alex Scott, premier of Bermuda, added the tourism
duties to Deputy Premier Ewart Browns responsibilities as minister
Webb joined the
cabinet in 1998 as minister of telecommunications and e-commerce
and was named tourism minister in 2002 following the death of David
Island Resorts assumed the global marketing and
reservations services for the former Rex Papillon Resort on St.
Kitts and renamed it Sugar Bay Club, effective
property will undergo a soft refurbishment but will remain open
during the upgrade, which is cosmetic in nature and will not
Inns Pampered Pregnancy package, designed
for mothers-to-be, features seven treatments at KiYara Ocean
include fresh-fruit facials, low-impact pregnancy yoga and massages
to help reduce stretch marks.
treatments are $540; daily room rates start at $220, double, with
tax and service through Dec. 14. For details, call (800)
Wyndham Resorts added the Viva Wyndham Playa
Dorada in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, marking the
seventh property in the firms portfolio and its fourth in the
all-inclusive resort, which will open in January, will include 120
junior suites, a full-service spa, a range of dining options,
various sports activities, a childrens pool and a fitness
For details, visit
Hiltons four all-inclusive resorts in the
Dominican Republic reported a 17% first-quarter
increase in occupancy over 2003s first-quarter figures.
Average occupancy from January through March
this year was more than 82%.
For the first time,
North America surpassed Europe as the main source of visitors to
the resorts. Simon Suarez, executive vice
president, attributed the spike in occupancy levels to our brand
standards, recent upgrades and service levels.
Vacations new Freedom of Choice amenities
promotion, which must be booked by Aug. 22, is valid for stays of
three, four or seven nights at Secrets Excellence Punta Cana and
Sunscape Punta Cana Grand, both in the Dominican
Guests can select
three of five amenities, which include a personalized welcome gift
or farewell souvenir, free baby-sitting (two times per room,
four-hour sessions, at Sunscape Punta Grand),
$20 match play (one per room, valid at Secrets Excellence), a 10%
spa discount and a bottle of red or white wine with dinner (one per
room, per stay).
For details, visit
Blyth has been named general manager of Caneel
Bay resort on St. John, U. S. Virgin Islands.
Brian Young, who was named Rosewood Hotels and Resorts vice
president of operations.
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].