Although Grenadas hotel inventory currently stands at slightly more than 55% operational as properties renovate and repair following Hurricane Ivan last fall, its cruise picture is looking very bright.

Cruise passengers are expected to top 280,000 this year, a 20% increase compared with 2004 and well above figures for 2003, as well.

A tourist board spokesman said that the high volume indicates that Grenada already is benefitting from the new cruise port, which opened last fall after the hurricane.

Meanwhile, some hotels issued new timetables for reopening, including LaSource, which plans to reopen in March 2006 instead of December 2005, and the Rex Grenadian, which will reopen in July instead of next month.

With an eye aimed squarely at the teen market (ages 14 to 17), Club Med debuted the Ramp at the Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

The facility also will be rolled out at Club Meds family properties in Ixtapa, Mexico, and Sandpiper, Fla., by the end of the year.

The Ramp, a collaboration between Coca-Cola and Rockwell Group designers, is a two-story, open-air lounge that serves as a place for teens to hang out, skateboard, roller skate and escape parental supervision.

The top-floor deck has a skateboard and skating ramp, housed beneath a fabric sail, as well as a giant hammock and two benches with telescopes. Under the ramp is a lounge lined with chairs, a self-serve soda fountain bar, and a jukebox.

Seven-night land packages at Club Med Punta Cana this summer start at $840 per adult and $430 per child (ages 4 to 15).

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The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman, closed since Hurricane Ivan last fall, is undergoing a $15 million resortwide renovation.

The pool, beach, oceanfront bars and restaurants and 75% of its 307 guest rooms and suites will be back in operation at the resorts soft opening planned for June 1.

Final touches will be completed by Aug. 1.

Atlanta-based Trans Meridian Airlines will launch its summer schedule of 10 nonstop flights per week between Orlando Sanford Airport and San Juan on May 13.

On May 27, the carrier will begin nonstop, seasonal service twice a week between Orlando Sanford and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

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The 196-room Hilton Curacao became the first Caribbean venue for the Hilton International-owned Livingwell Health Club brand.

Facilities at the resorts renovated and expanded health and fitness club, now called Livingwell Health and Beach Club, include two tennis courts, three pools, two beach areas and a 2,000-square-foot fitness center with a range of workout equipment and exercise classes.

Adjacent to but not affiliated with the health club is the Color of Purple Spa, which opened last September.

General Manager Peter Webster said that the 2-year-old resort will introduce high-speed Internet access in guest rooms in May.

Rosewood Resorts Caneel Bay in St. John named Ted Peters executive chef in charge of the propertys four restaurants. Peters was with the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.

At Rosewoods Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, Kathaleen Fairey was named spa director. She was formerly at the Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].


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