Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-Letter: December 26, 2002

SANTA'S GIFT from SuperClubs to agents who book three three-night packages to Breezes Bahamas in Nassau for travel between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 is a three-night complimentary stay for agents. "We received tremendous support from agents this past year and we want to show our commitment to our partners," said John Issa, SuperClubs' executive chairman. Packages pay 13% commission; daily inclusive rates for the three-night plan start at $200 per person, double, which represents a 40% discount off rack rates. Book at

ALL MEMBERS of the Caribbean Hotel Association are eligible to list their room inventories and rates at, the official Web site of the Caribbean Hotel Association Charitable Trust (CHACT), a conglomeration of airlines, hotels, credit card companies and hotel associations. CHACT markets the Caribbean as a single destination under the theme "Life Needs the Caribbean." The decision by CHACT officials to widen the Web site's access to include all CHA members was done "to drive more business to the Caribbean in 2003," according to Ralph Taylor, chairman.

US AIRWAYS Vacations is awarding clients who book inclusive vacations of six nights or longer by Jan. 31 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, in Jamaica, with $500 in golf and spa credits for use at the resort. Valid with the "All-Inclusive Key Gardenview" room category for stays Jan. 7 to Dec. 9, half of the credit can be used toward golf purposes and the other half toward spa treatments; retail golf and spa purchases are excluded. Six-night vacations start at $1,799 per person, double, from Philadelphia; $1,865 from Baltimore, New York or Washington; $1,868 from Boston; or $1,961 from Pittsburgh or Charlotte, N.C. To book, visit VAX Vacation Access.

• US Airways launched nonstop Saturday service between Philadelphia and Grenada. The new route increases US Airways' Caribbean network to 21 destinations.
• AirTran Airways will add daily nonstop service between Baltimore/Washington and Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, effective March 4.

• Bolongo Bay Beach Club, St. Thomas offers a Kids Stay & Eat Free program for children 12 and under who share a room with paying adults on Bolongo's semi-inclusive Continental Plan or inclusive programs. Kids 12 and under also can eat free from the children's menu when they dine with adults choosing from the a la carte menu. For details, visit
• Renovations have been completed at the 100-room Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort. They include new satellite dishes; new tiles, decor and colors in the villas; a new outdoor seating area at the deli; and access to Atlantis Submarines' speed boat tours from the beach of the resort.
• Couples Resorts, owners and operators of Couples Ocho Rios, Couples Swept Away and Couples Negril, all in Jamaica, completed six new penthouse suites at Couples Ocho Rios. Suites are furnished with a king bed and separate living area; a balcony, mini-bar and TV; and oversized bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs.

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