Occidental Grand Aruba Resort will open May 1 on
Palm Beach, following a $24 million renovation and upgrade. The
former Allegro-branded resort will offer 391 deluxe rooms and
suites, reduced from 402; seven restaurants; a spa; a casino; a
shopping arcade; a Kids Club; tennis; nearby golf; and water
Visit www.occidentalhotels.com for rates and
time in U.S.V.I.
Annual Virgin Islands Carnival kicks off April 9 and will
run through April 29, with celebrations highlighting the theme of
Glamor and Glitz in 2006.
costumes, music and competitions, the crowning of a Carnival king
and queen; and a cultural food fair at Emancipation Garden in St.
Thomas are scheduled.
Airlines will continue serving St. Kitts
with five flights per week via Miami through
Sept. 4, a move Richard Ricky Skerritt, the
islands minister of tourism, sports and culture, said will give
visitors more flexibility in planning trips to St. Kitts,
especially for special events.
drop to three a week -- Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays -from Sept.
5 through Oct. 28, and resume the five-a-week schedule, adding
Thursday and Saturday flights, from Oct. 29 through the next winter
include a cricket match on May 24, a cricket tournament from June
21 to 26 and the St. Kitts Music Festival from June 29 to July
information, visit www.stkitts-tourism.com.
Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort is back in
operation, following a $15 million renovation to repair damage from
Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
All rooms have
high-speed, wireless Internet; balconies; and marble bathrooms. La
Mer Spa added 1,500 square feet, and meetings facilities grew by
4,500 square feet.
For rates and
details, visit www.marriott.com/gcmgc.
returns to the Bahamas
Annual Caribbean Tourism Conference will take place in the
Bahamas from Oct. 22 to 26; the
specific location has not been confirmed.
The Bahamas was
the venue for CTC-25 in 2002 at Our Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island.
The CTO and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism expect to host more
than 600 tourism industry officials.
conference again will include the awarding of continuing-education
credits for MasterClasses taken at the conference. For more
details, visit www.onecaribbean.org.
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].