Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-Letter: April 10, 2003

BWIA announced the birth of BWee Babies, the carrier's inflight program for infants and toddlers up to age 2. Perks include triple miles on the inaugural flight, Diaper Depot and Bottle Butler resupply stations, reserved crawl space in bulkhead seats, changing tables and V.I.B. (Very Important Baby) boarding. Conrad Aleong, BWIA's CEO (and father of two daughters) said, "Today's toddlers are tomorrow's frequent flyers. Why not start rewarding our travelers from day one?" To enroll, call (800) JET BWIA.

THE NEW INTERIM management team at Jamaica's Sans Souci Resort in Ocho Rios, effective May 1, is the Curry Co., based in Hilton Head Island, S.C. SuperClubs' management contract will terminate April 30. The Curry Co. consulting firm has been retained by the resort's owners, British American Tobacco, to provide management, marketing and operational assistance. "The resort will be owner-managed for the foreseeable future," according to a representative, who added the new management team will maintain all working relationships with agents, meetings and event planners and tour operators. David Boyd, senior operations consultant with the Curry Co., will reside on property and run it on a day-to-day basis. A new reservations and information number is now in effect at (866) 55-SOUCI.

AIR BYTES
• New air service to St. Kitts this summer will include a Friday 767 flight from JFK on Universal Airways, which operates between New York and Guyana. Roundtrip fares will start at $500. In addition, regional carrier Caribbean Sun will launch three daily flights between San Juan and St. Kitts in mid-April.
• American Eagle will launch daily service from San Juan to Nevis May 15, using 40-passenger ATR42 aircraft.
• US Airways now offers nonstop roundtrip Saturday service on its Pittsburgh-Montego Bay, Jamaica, route and between Charlotte, N.C. and St. Croix.

PENCIL IT IN
• Carriacou Maroon Music Festival, April 25 to 27, Belair Park, Carriacou. For details, contact the Grenada Board of Tourism in Carriacou at (473) 443-7948 or e-mail [email protected].
• 2003 Calabash Int'l Literary Festival, May 23 to 25, Jake's resort, Treasure Beach, Jamaica. For details, visit www.calabashfestival.org.
• Cayman Carnival, May 1 to 4, Cayman Islands. For details, visit www.caymancarnival.com.
• Caribbean Tourism Organization's Caribbean Week, June 1 to 7, New York.
• Aruba Hi-Winds World Challenge, June 28 to July 6, Aruba.

WHOOPS
• Several Curacao hotels and American Airlines unveiled special agent fares and rates for travel May 1 to 31, as reported in the April 3 Caribbean E-letter. However, the $99 rate covers only roundtrip air from American's U.S. gateways to Curacao. The fare for a companion accompanying an agent is $199. Hotel stays must be for three or more nights; rates are separate from and not included in the roundtrip air fares. To book air, agent should contact American Airlines at the SJU Reservations Dept. at (787) 791-3939 and refer to Starfile Curacao 03. For information and rates from participating Curacao hotels, e-mail the Curacao Tourist Board at [email protected].

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