its 15% commission structure through December. The 15% level was
launched in January. Commission is paid on the entire booking, not
just the land portion.
account for more than 5% of CheapCaribbeans sales to Bermuda, the
Caribbean and Mexico since the companys launch in early
headquartered in Doylestown, Pa., uses its Boston office strictly
for travel agent bookings.
to unveil River Suites
In Jamaica, new
River Suites will be unveiled at Sandals
Negril Beach Resort & Spa and Sandals Royal
Caribbean Resort & Private Island in Montego Bay this
summer. The new suites will open onto a lazy river and pool area at
Sandals Regency St. Lucia, seven Sunset
one-bedroom villa suites with private pools will debut late this
year as part of the resorts ocean bluff complex.
Bay to close Aug. 5
The closing date
for Martineau Bay Resort & Spa on Vieques, the
former Wyndham property that in 2008 will be transformed into
Starwoods first W in the Caribbean, has been pushed back to Aug.
A $65 million
renovation will include the 156 guest rooms and villas, two
restaurants, an 8,000-square-foot spa, a 3,000-square-foot bar, two
tennis courts and an entertainment salon with billiards, backgammon
and other games.
to open St. Lucia resort
200-roomRaffles St. Lucia will open in 2010 on the
northern end of the island and will include 275 residential villas,
casitas, condominiums, 75 estate lots, several restaurants, five
pools, a 10,000-square-foot RafflesAmrita Spa, a Jack
Nicklaus-designed golf course, tennis courts and three beach
The St. Lucia
project will be Raffles second foray in the Caribbean. It already
manages and operates the Raffles Resort Canouan Island.
SuperClubs extends passport
SuperClubs extended its Passport Included
promotion though May 31.
deducts the price of a passport renewal or application, up to $97
per person, from the price of an all-inclusive vacation of four
nights or longer, if booked by May 31. Guests must fax a copy of
the information page of the new passport and receipt to SuperClubs
at (954) 925-0334 at least 30 days prior to travel.
The passport deal
applies to bookings at any of SuperClubs nine resorts in Jamaica,
the Bahamas, Curacao and the Dominican Republic.
no-no in B.V.I.
British Virgin Islands destination-wide
smoking ban will go into effect on May 31. The
B.V.I.s Legislative Council passed theTobacco Control Act on Nov.
The B.V.I. joined
Puerto Rico and Bermuda in passing anti-smoking legislation. Soon
to follow will be the Cayman Islands, whose Tobacco Bill currently
is making its way through various hearings.
expands bonus deal
operator Island Destinations expanded its Referral
Rewards program, which pays a cash bonus of $100 each to agents who
refer a first-time agent to Island Destinations.
The cash bonus
also now applies to the new agent who books with the
The reward will
be issued once the clients travel is completed. The offer is valid
on bookings of three or more nights through Aug. 31 and carries no
restrictions on the number of times an agent can collect an
For details on
the referral and bonus program, call (800) 942-5899.
shop on Eleuthera
at Cotton Bay is the first full-service dive shop to open
on Eleuthera, Bahamas, in more than 30 years.
The facility is
located at Cotton Bay Estates & Villas, Starwoods first Luxury
Collection property in the Bahamas.
The first phase
of the 1,500-acre development project will open next fall with 73
guest rooms in one-, two- and three-bedroom villas.
Melia to open May 1
Sol Melia Hotels
& Resorts will open the Gran Melia Puerto Rico
in Rio Grande on May 1. The property, about an hours drive from San
Juan, is the former Paradisus Puerto Rico.
The Gran Melia
will be a European Plan property (no meals included). Enhancements
to the resort under the Gran Melia banner include the introduction
of the Level, a service for top-paying guests that will offer
exclusive pool and beach areas and a personal concierge.
The resort will
open a Yhi Spa, Sol Melias new spa brand. The 11,000-square-foot
facility will offer health and wellness treatments.
adds Bahamas routes
Delta on June 16 will add nonstop flights
from Atlanta to two destinations in the Bahamas: George Town, on
Exuma, and North Eleuthera.
The flights will
be operated by Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast
Airlines. The George Town flight will operate four days a week, on
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, departing Atlanta at
11 a.m. and arriving at 1:26 p.m.
Eleuthera flight will operate three days a week, on Mondays,
Fridays and Saturdays, departing Atlanta at 11:15 a.m. and arriving
at 1:26 p.m.
Sustainable tourism show
The impact of
health and wellness issues on the economies, environments and
communities of the Caribbean will be examined at the
Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism
Development at the Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa on
Grand Cayman from May 21 to 24. Eric Light, president of the
International Medical Spa Association, will deliver the keynote
address on the growth of health tourism.
information on the conference, visit www.onecaribbean.org.
Festivals, festivals, festivals
Caribbean festivals include Dominicas Dive Fest,
July 6 to 15 (www.discoverdominica.com); the Cayman
Classic, an epicurean event held from May 10 to 13 at the
Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort (www.caymanislands.ky/promotions); and the
Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival, May 16 to 20 (www.bonairejazz.com).
Myers is Travel Weekly's Caribbean editor. E-mail her at [email protected].