CRUISE PASSENGERS who got more than they bargained
for on several recent virus-plagued Caribbean sailings are now
offered a discounted vacation on solid ground. Long Bay Beach
Resort & Villas in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, features a
50% Cruiser's Credit with rates from $93 per night, double, to
cruise-goers knocked out by Norwalk. The offer is open-ended and
passengers must present agents with proof of their cruise to
qualify for the discounted rates. For details, contact Long Bay at
(877) 906-2525 or e-mail [email protected].
HYATT RESORTS' Winter Sunshine on Sale offer,
valid Jan. 1 to May 31, includes a fifth night free on stays of
four nights at Hyatt Regency Cerromar and Hyatt Dorado Beach, both
in Puerto Rico, and Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman in the Cayman
Islands. The seventh night is free at the Hyatt Regency Aruba. In
addition to the free nights, guests receive two $100 flight credits
per reservation, good toward roundtrip future travel up to one year
on any airline and flight worldwide. For information, visit www.hyatt.com.
BWIA president and CEO Conrad Aleong recently
assured agents that, as long as he holds office, the carrier would
continue to pay commissions of 6%, no cap. Aleong also said that
BWIA would expand its routes during the first quarter of 2003 and
introduce service between Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic in January; Havana in February; and San
Jose, Costa Rica in March. Under the carrier's new business model,
the fleet by late March will consist of two Airbus 340s and seven
737s. Its Dash 8s will be turned over to other carriers.
THE CARIBBEAN HOTEL ASSN. named Alec
Sanguinetti director general and CEO, effective Jan. 1, following
the retirement of John H. Bell. Sanguinetti, who currently is CHA's
deputy director, joined the association in 1993.
• Rincon Beach Resort in Anasco on Puerto Rico's west coast near
Mayaguez pays 15% commission. Winter rates range from $205 per
night, single/double in a standard room to $595 in a two-bedroom
suite with a parlor and a kitchenette. Several packages also are
available and can be viewed at www.rinconbeach.com.
• Rosewood Hotels & Resorts' Caneel Bay on St. John, U.S.
Virgin Islands, opened its Wine Room at Turtle Bay that seats up to
10 for private dinners nightly during the winter and four nights a
week in spring, summer and fall. A prix fixe, seven-course menu is
offered; the wine list features more than 265 selections.
• Viva Dominicus Beach in La Romana-Bayahibe, Dominican Republic,
will complete a remodeling of 48 oceanfront bungalows by Dec. 15.
The thatch-roofed units, which can accommodate up to four people
each, will sport new air conditioning, satellite TV and
minirefrigerators. From Jan. 3 to 31, the nightly rate is $119 per
• Bolongo Bay Beach Club, St. Thomas, will raise its commission
rate from 10% to 12%, effective Jan. 1 on direct bookings made
through the resort's reservations department at (800) 524-4746 or
via e-mail at [email protected].
• Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos, offers two new seven-night
romance and golf getaways in 2003, priced from $6,360 per couple.
For details, visit www.gracebayclub.com.
SUPERCLUBS offers cruise clients one free night
at any of 10 resorts in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Curacao and Brazil
from among SuperClubs' Grand Lido, Breezes and Hedonism brands. The
line will expand Dec. 15 to include Breezes Punta Cana and Breezes
Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. Cruise clients are eligible
for the free night if they complete travel to a SuperClubs by Dec.
19, 2003, and within 12 months of their most recent cruise. To
redeem the offer, agents must present copies of their clients'
cruise boarding passes and must call (800) GO-SUPER, Ext. 6190 to
• Pan American Airways launched its winter schedule with daily
flights from both San Juan and Orlando-Sanford (Fla.) to Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic. The schedule will run through "early
2003," according to Dave Fink, president.
• Bahamasair, which has not posted a profit in its 29 years of
operation, expects to do so in two years, according to its board of
directors who submitted a restructuring plan for government
approval. Measures include a staff reduction of 150, leaving 564
employees -- plus pay cuts for management and pilots totaling $1
• American Airlines' expanded seasonal schedule to St. Thomas, U.S.
Virgin Islands, includes five weekly nonstops from Boston,
effective Dec. 15, up from the current three a week. On the same
date, American will resume its second flight from New York's
Kennedy to St. Thomas, which will operate six days a week. The
carrier previously added a second daily flight from Miami to St.
Thomas. American will add a second nonstop flight from Miami to St.
Croix three days a week, starting March 3. The 737 will overnight
in St. Croix and return to Miami the following morning. The line
now offers a daily nonstop from Miami to St. Croix and back in the
THE ENVELOPE PLEASE...
• Eustace Guishard, general manager of Cap Juluca on Anguilla, was
named 2002 Hotelier of the Year by the Anguilla Hotel & Tourism
Assn./Anguilla Tourist Board. Travis Simpson, in Cap Juluca's guest
services division, was named Employee of the Year, giving the hotel
a sweep of the top honors.
• The Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino on Bonaire was
selected as Property of the Year for the second consecutive year by
the Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Assn.
PENCIL IT IN
• Cayman27 Parade of Lights, Dec. 21, George Town, Grand
• Omega Institute's Learning Vacations, Jan. 4 to Feb. 8, Maho Bay
Camps, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.
• 49th Annual Carnival Season, Jan. 17 to March 2, Aruba.
CORRECTION: Agents selling USA 3000 Airlines
will earn commissions of $10 or $20 per one-way segment, depending
on the fare levels, which range from $109 to $199 one-way (not
roundtrip as reported in the Nov. 28 Caribbean E-Letter) between
Newark and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The service will
operate Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 12 to 26 and Jan. 2 to April