Suppliers ready the welcome wagon


PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos -- Hotels and dive operators here are planning VIP treatment for clients arriving on American's new, Saturday nonstop service from Boston, which begins June 15.

John Skippings, director of tourism, said demand for the Boston service prior to the new flights had been heavy. "Now that we have [the service], our hotel and dive associations are working together to give arriving Boston visitors an extra special welcome," he said.

Champagne, gifts, special offers on dive trips and a possible ride in Kirk Douglas' former Rolls-Royce all will be part of the welcome.

Here is a sampling of what is in store at local properties and from suppliers:

• Point Grace in Providenciales offers a bottle of champagne upon arrival and, depending on availability through July, airport transfers in the Rolls-Royce once owned by Kirk Douglas. For information, call (888) 682-3705 or visit

• Oasis Divers in Grand Turk offers a free afternoon dive and special package rates in August and September. Four-night plans start at $679 per person, double, and include accommodations at Island House, vehicle rental and three daily dives. For information, call (800) 892-3995 or visit

• Caribbean Paradise Inn in Providenciales features a seven-night stay for the price of five at $675 per person, double, through July. For details, call (877) 946-5020 or visit

• Grace Bay Club and Ocean Club Resort, both in Providenciales, offer gifts for bookings on travel through Aug. 31. For more information, visit and

• Silver Deep offers a 10% discount on beach cruises through July 30, which include a visit to Iguana Island (Little Water Cay) and snorkeling. For details, call (649) 946-5612 or visit

For Turks and Caicos information, call (800) 241-0824 or visit

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