Jamaica happenings

The 13th annual Jamaica Product Exchange (Japex) is set for April 14 to 16 at the Renaissance Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios. For information, contact the Caribbean Hotel Association at (787) 725-9139 or the Jamaica Tourist Board at (800) 233-4JTB.

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Jamaica will host the ASTA Southern Regional Conference 2002 from May 2 to 5. Participating hotels include Half Moon Golf, Tennis and Beach Club; Wyndham Rose Hall, and Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall. Conference officials said they expect 800 agents and suppliers from Florida and the Missouri Valley and Southeast regions. For details, contact ASTA at (703) 739-2782 or visit www.astanet.com.

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Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall is the only Jamaican property to have garnered the AAA Five Diamond award this year. The 427-room resort opened in summer 2000. For rates and winter packages, visit the Web site at www.ritzcarlton.com.

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Sunset Beach Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica, refurbished its Kidz Club and launched the For Kid's Sake activity program. The program, free of charge for children ages 2 to 12, is offered daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Among the activities offered are arts and crafts projects, story times, nature walks and supervised swims. Private baby-sitting services cost $5 per child, per hour. For information, call (800) 888-1199 or visit www.sunsetbeachresortspa.com.

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