A compilation of the Caribbean

he Heads of Government Tourism Summit will take place in Nassau, Bahamas, on Dec. 8 and 9, marking the second time since Sept. 11 that the prime ministers and heads of state from more than 33 Caribbean countries have convened jointly. Discussion topics will include status reports on security measures, the fallout in regional tourism since Sept. 11 and the winter season outlook. At the first meeting in October, an $18 million budget was approved for advertising and promotion of the region.

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he sixth annual American Airlines Caribbean TrAAvel Exchange is set for May 8 to 10 at the Hyatt Regency Cerromar Beach Resort in Puerto Rico. More than 600 agents, operators and suppliers are expected to attend the seminars and business meetings. For more information, visit the Web site at www.caribbeantravelexchange.com.

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he Caribbean Hotel Association's Marketplace 2002, set for Jan. 13 to 15 in Cancun, Mexico, will take place at the Cancun Convention Center instead of the Moon Palace Resort, as originally planned. John Bell, CHA director general, said the switch was a cost-savings measure. "CHA can now offer conference delegates lower room rates at selected hotels, which allow more suppliers and buyers to attend," Bell said. For the first time, incentive buyers, meeting planners and dive shop owners can attend as qualified buyers. The event is expected to attract more than 400 Caribbean suppliers from 36 CHA member destinations who will meet with buyers from 35 foreign countries. For details, see CHA's Web site at www.caribbeanhotels.org.

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pirit Airlines launched twice-daily, year-round service Nov. 22 to San Juan from Detroit via a connection in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. American Airlines is offering daily service from New York (Kennedy) to St. Maarten, up from three times a week. On Dec. 15, American will add a second flight from Kennedy three times a week through the winter season.

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he Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino completed a $4.2 million renovation of its 413 guest rooms and suites. Re-done rooms can be viewed at www.offshoreresorts.com.

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he 17-room Arawak Beach Inn on Anguilla offers one-bedroom villas, priced from $675 per month, that are commissionable at 10%. For details, contact (877) 4-ARAWAK or visit www.arawakbeach.com.

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ntigua's Jolly Beach Resort now offers its Jolly Kidz Club Activity Center for children ages 12 and under. The center, free of charge, is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m and from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Activities include Caribbean story time, classes in Antiguan phrases, hula-hoop races and arts and crafts. For details, call (954) 929-1188 or visit www.jollybeachresort.com.

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S Airways Vacations is offering discounts up to 25% on Caribbean packages booked by Jan. 28 for travel through Jan. 31. The discount applies to packages to Aruba; the Bahamas; Barbados; Bermuda; Cancun, Mexico; the Cayman Islands; the Dominican Republic; Jamaica; Puerto Rico; St. Maarten/St. Martin, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Rates for three-night plans start at $428 per person, double, and include roundtrip air and hotel accommodations. Plans can be booked through the CRSs using code USV. The Bahamas Getaway promotion was extended to Feb. 14. Bookings must be made by Jan. 12. Clients receive discounts up to $270 on packages of three nights or more when paying with an American Express credit card. Rates start at $405 per person, double, for three nights. Operators include Gogo Worldwide Vacations, Travel Impressions and Nassau/Paradise Island Vacations. Agents earn commission on the pre-discounted rate. For details, call (800) 4-BAHAMAS or visit www.bahamas.com.

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s part of its "We Are Here for You" initiative, Bonaire launched a Sister Destination and Outreach program with Bonaire, Ga., located 70 miles southeast of Atlanta. The program is designed as a gesture of unity with the U.S. following the Sept. 11 attacks. Elsmarie Beukenboom, Bonaire's director of tourism, presented letters, drawings and videos from island school children to the townspeople.

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iva Resorts, with six properties in the Caribbean and Mexico, and A&J Apartment Rentals in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, offer rescue workers involved in the Sept. 11 attacks complimentary vacations. Viva offers 100 four-night stays at its resorts in the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. The deal is valid through Dec. 23 for up to two adults and two kids (ages 12 and under) per room. For information, call (800) 898-9968 or e-mail [email protected].

A&J offers a two-bedroom apartment for up to four people, valid through Jan. 31. For details, call Alric Corea, managing director, at (284) 494-1422 or (284) 494-2992.

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alling St. Bart's from the U.S. is somewhat of a challenge, due to a change in local numbers. From the U.S. before the change, callers dialed (011) 590 plus the six-digit local number. Now, it is (011) 590-590 plus the six-digit local number. For further updates, visit www.st-barths.com.

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