DUTCH CARIBBEAN AIRLINES
, a new carrier paying 6%
commission and headquartered in Curacao with a U.S. base in Miami,
offers MD-80 daily flights between Miami and Curacao. Hubert La
Croes, formerly with American Airlines, is general manager, U.S.
and Canada. DCA was formed last September and is wholly owned by
Curacao. The airline has five nonstops a week to Curacao, a weekly
Miami-Haiti flight, two flights a week that continue from Haiti to
Curacao and one flight a week that stops en route in Bonaire. From
Curacao, the line also serves Amsterdam, Trinidad and Jamaica.
Additional destinations planned from Miami include Aruba, St.
Maarten, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
THE BARBADOS TOURISM AUTHORITY'S tentative plan
to modify its annual Barbados Super Saver package promotion calls
for a new honeymoon extension with free breakfast, champagne and a
merchandise gift certificate. Details are expected to be announced
shortly, according to Bill Silvermintz, vp-marketing, Americas.
• The Starfish Trelawny, which opened Feb. 14 in Trelawny on
Jamaica's north coast, offers a special land-only rate of $80 per
person, per night, double for bookings of five nights or more
through May 23. To book, call (800) 659-5436.
• Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas offers a bed-and-breakfast plan year
round, but rates are lowest from June 1 to Nov. 26. Plan covers
room, full breakfast for two and unlimited use of the fitness
center, tennis facility and nonmotorized water sports. Nightly
rates start at $296 per room, double. To book, call (800)
• Radisson Cable Beach Resort, Nassau, Bahamas, provides free
wedding services for couples staying three or more nights. Services
include a wedding consultant, choice of location, marriage license,
corsage and boutonniere, clergy and a bottle of champagne. For
info, call (800) 777-7800.
• Dominica's 50-cottage White River Wilderness Resort, which opens
next winter, has already changed its name to Jungle Bay Resort
& Spa. The eco-resort borders the island's Trois Piton National
Park, the Caribbean's first World Heritage Site. For info, e-mail
• Carenage Bay Beach & Golf Club on Canouan in the Grenadines
will temporarily close its doors May 7. The 172-villa property,
which opened in late 1999, parted company with Rosewood Hotels
& Resorts on Feb. 20. The resort plans to reopen in 2003 "with
facilities and services restored, including the completion of the
redesigned 18-hole Jim Fazio golf course," according to Bruce
Hearn, managing director. The Tamarind Beach Hotel, sister resort
to Carenage on Canouan, is accepting reservations for Carenage
clients after May 7. Agent commissions are protected, Hearn
• Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas in Tortola, B.V.I., offers a
20% discount for holiday stays of five or more nights from Dec. 21
to Jan. 4 if bookings are made by June 30. Visit www.longbay.com or
call (877) 818-2525.
PLEASANT HOLIDAYS is adding the Caribbean to
its product lineup next year and will begin taking bookings in
October for travel in January. New product line will include
inclusive resorts in Aruba, Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Puerto
Rico and St. Lucia.
• The Cayman Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman launched its redesigned
Web site at www.turtle.ky.
• Cobblers Cove in Barbados launched an online booking service at
www.cobblerscove.com. Agents who book via this site
and provide their IATA number at time of booking receive 10%
CUBA NEWS includes a recent visit by ASTA
officials who plan to introduce a destination specialist course to
train and educate U.S. travel agents to sell Cuba. The group toured
Cuban resorts and Havana and met with Fidel Castro.
• Pending government approval, Continental Airlines will launch
daily nonstop service Dec. 12 between Newark and Montego Bay with
continuing service to Kingston.
• American Airlines added 40 seats to its nonstop weekly service
beginning June 15 between New York (JFK) and Grand Cayman. The
additional seats are on the weekend 757 flights.
ADDITIONS to the annual Caribbean Hotel
Industry Conference include a Caribbean Hotels Showcase for agents
and a Small Hotels mini-meeting with working sessions and panel
discussions. CHIC 2002 is set for June 16 to 19 at Wyndham El
Conquistador Resort & Country Club in Puerto Rico. Theme of
this year's conference is "Winning in a Changing Marketplace." For
info, call (787) 725-9139 or e-mail [email protected].
PENCIL IT IN
• International Travel Planners Conference, Nassau, May 21 to
• St. Kitts sixth annual Music Festival, June 27 to 30, Fort Thomas
Hotel in Basseterre, St. Kitts.