TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS is the theme of CHA
Marketplace 2002, which gets under way Jan. 13 at the Cancun
Convention Center. More than 400 Caribbean suppliers from 36 CHA
member nations will meet with buyers from 35 countries around the
world at the annual tourism marketing event. For the first time,
the conference includes incentive and group buyers, meeting
planners and dive shop owners. A complete schedule of events can be
viewed at www.caribbeanhotels.org.
FLEDGLING TOUR OPERATOR IslandQuest Vacations,
which opened for business Jan. 8 in Ridgefield, Conn., launched two
seven-night packages loosely based on reality TV shows, complete
with tropical locations, cash prizes and two teams of contestants.
At week's end, the winner gets $7,000 or a chance to win $35,000 at
what IQ describes as its annual Tournament of Champions. As an
added incentive, the agent who books the winner will earn a $500
bonus from the operator. Package locales are the Buccaneer Resort
in St. Croix and Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas' cruises
from San Juan to the southern Caribbean. Details can be viewed at
• Cap Juluca in Anguilla opened an aqua driving range for golfers.
The range is located in front of a lagoon, which is marked for
yardage, and play is with golf balls that float in the water and
are then driven back to shore by the breeze. Coming in March will
be a putting green and two other practice areas for golfers. The
resort provides complimentary golf clubs; the golf ball charge is
• Nisbet Plantation Beach Club in Nevis introduced single modified
American plan rates that start at $380 per night through March 31
and drop to $272 per night from April 1 to May 31.
• A key feature of the eight-cabana Portofino Beach Resort, which
opened in Belize's Ambergris Caye in November, are two tree-top
suites that rise on 10-foot-high stilts and offer guests an
unobstructed view of the barrier reef.
• Sandals & Beaches Resorts invited a number of NFL players to
celebrate Super Bowl weekend with resort guests at Beaches Turks
& Caicos in the Turks & Caicos and in Jamaica at Beaches
Negril, Sandals Montego Bay, Sandals Dunn's River and Beaches
Grande Sport. Package rates start at $94 per person, per night at
Beaches Grande Sport for a three-night stay Feb. 1 to 4. For what
it's worth, we're betting the St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh
Steelers will have other plans that weekend.
• Bequia Beach Club in the Grenadines launched the Two for One for
Two program, which offers couples who stay two or more weeks during
peak season (January to April 15) a free 10-night stay during low
season. The deal is valid through 2004. Details are available at www.bequiabeachclub.com.
ST. LUCIA'S new Web site can be viewed at www.stlucia.org.
The site includes a virtual postcard service and links to numerous
CRUISE SHIP passenger arrivals in St. Thomas
increased 4% last year compared with 2000. Figures for 2001 were
THE BARBADOS TOURISM AUTHORITY launched a
sweepstakes promotion that offers agents the chance to win the
grand prize of a 2002 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7, valued at more than
$26,000. Every booking through March 22 earns the agent 75 entries.
Other prizes include a seven-night trip for two with first class
air and a five-night trip for two with economy class air. Agents
can register for the contest at www.barbados.org/sweepstakes.
CLUB MED PARADISE ISLAND is hosting 1,000 World
Trade Center rescue workers, their families and families of victims
of the Sept. 11 attacks for six-night stays through Jan. 20. Club
Med partnered with North American Airlines, Planet Airways and the
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism for the all-expense-paid trips.
THE ARUBA TOURISM AUTHORITY launched the Aruba
On Us promotion that offers $200 in travelers checks for on-island
expenses as well as a value card for discounts on meals, entrance
fees and activities. The promotion is valid on new bookings of five
nights or more made through Jan. 31, or for the first 6,500
bookings. Travel is valid from Jan. 12 to March 31 and must be
booked through an official Aruba tour operator.
• Air Jamaica flights between Montego Bay, Jamaica and Bonaire will
operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, effective March 3. Until
then, flights run on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
• Grand Bahama Vacations launches jet service on Laker Airways from
Pittsburgh to Nassau every Sunday and Wednesday from Jan. 16
through May 12.