Caribbean Connection: Doty nominated for tourism commissioner post

Beverly Nicholson Doty, president of the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association, has been nominated for the post of commissioner of tourism by John deJongh, governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her nomination must be confirmed by the U.S.V.I. Legislature.

 

If confirmed, Nicholson Doty would assume the post recently held by Pamela Richards.

Nicholson Doty has led the U.S.V.I. Hotel and Tourism Association for the past 14 years. She was named executive director of the year in 2000 by the Caribbean Hotel Association and served as vice president of the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives for three consecutive terms.

Air Jamaica starts Barbados service

Air Jamaicas plan for the eastern Caribbean was set into motion with the launch of a daily, nonstop flight from New York (Kennedy) to Barbados.

There is onward service to St. Lucia four days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) and Grenada three days a week (Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays).

Hey, single parents: Need a break?

Single parents, take heart. Beaches Resorts is offering its fifth annual Single Parent Fun program at its four resorts in Jamaica and Turks and Caicos from May 1 to 31 and from Aug. 17 to Oct. 31.

Activities for the adult guests include cocktail receptions while the kids are at supervised movie nights.

The program must be booked for three or more nights and can be combined with Beaches 25% discount for 2007 travel.

St. Maarten unveils passport special

St. Maarten hopped on the passport bandwagon with an incentive package for holders of new or renewed passports issued after Dec. 15, 2006.

The St. Maarten Bucks program, which offers $100 in on-island money for use at participating restaurants, hotels, car agencies and retailers on Dutch St. Maarten, is valid through 2007.

For details on participating hotels, click on packages under the accommodations section on www.visitsxm.com.

NWA launches St. Thomas route

Northwest Airlines has launched nonstop Saturday service from Detroit to St. Thomas, culminating discussions between the Virgin Islands Port Authority, the Department of Tourism and Northwest over the past several years.

A spicy new name

Mount Cinnamon on Grand Anse Beach in Grenada is the new name of the former Cinnamon Hill Hotel. The property, closed for the past several months, will reopen with 21 renovated villas on April 10 to host Cricket World Cup teams and fans.

The villas are the first phase of a project that will include a 200-room, family-friendly resort, although no date has been announced for construction.

Elite Island increases commissions

Elite Island Resorts boosted its commission rate from 13% to 15% for hotel and package bookings at its nine Caribbean resorts.

Gay Nagle Myers is Travel Weekly's Caribbean editor. E-mail her at [email protected].

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