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
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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
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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.