AIR JAMAICA VACATIONS opens its new three-story
Lovebird Terminal opposite Sangster International Airport terminal
in Montego Bay Jan. 31. The new facility is for the exclusive use
of departing Air Jamaica Vacations' clients who will be transported
from their hotels to the terminal for check-in and then shuttled to
the main terminal for their flights. Amenities include a roof deck,
a check-in center on the ground floor and an air-conditioned second
level with a restaurant, bar, souvenir shops, a Blue Mountain
Coffee cafe with Internet access and a massage therapist. Neon
• Belize tourist arrivals for 2001 totaled 133,774, up 1.6% over
the previous year. Although December 2001 arrivals were down 7.7%
from December 2000, the level of decline was below the 12% average
decline reported by ASTA for the U.S. travel market, which
represents 80% of tourist arrivals in Belize.
• Curacao's stay-over arrivals jumped 6.9% in 2001 to 204,438, the
first increase since 1995. The U.S., Curacao's third largest market
after Holland and Venezuela, had an 8.9% jump to 31,938, despite
the negative impact of Sept. 11.
NINE ATHLETES will represent the U.S. Virgin
Islands at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City next
month. The USVI Olympic hopefuls, whose homeland temperatures
average 82 degrees year round, will compete in the women's luge
races, the men's two- and four-man bobsled races and the men's
skeleton races. The skeleton sport, which returns to the Winter
Olympics for the first time since 1948, is a solo race headfirst
down the bobsled track using only body weight to maneuver the sled.
The USVI bobsleds are designed to resemble silver hammerhead
sharks; competitors will dress in silver and black uniforms with
silver helmets adored with shark eyes and plenty of shark teeth.
For information and schedules, visit www.saltlake2002.com.
LOVE IS IN THE AIR. Gearing up for Valentine's
Day Feb. 14, many hotels are blanketing the market with packages
that include romantic rubdowns, sunset sails, private picnics, a
loaf of bread and a bottle of wine. Packages include:
• Amore in Aruba at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort at the Aruba
Sonesta Beach, from $310 per couple for five nights;
• Romance in Paradise at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort, Country
Club & Ocean Villas in Puerto Rico, from $1,400 per couple for
• Romantic Getaway at Chenay Bay Beach Resort in St. Croix, from
$215 per night, double for four nights;
• Two-night plans at Hilton Caribbean's eight properties, from $282
at Hilton Tobago;
• Romance package at Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas in Tortola,
B.V.I., from $1,999 per couple, for seven nights;
• Island Intimacy Romance plan at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club in
Nevis, from $3,625 per couple for six nights.
ST. CROIX'S Valentine Jump Up Celebration
returns to Christiansted on Feb. 8 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Entertainment includes live bands, local dance troupes, a mocko
jumbie parade and art exhibits along the waterfront. More than 100
local businesses will remain open late with discounts and
ACTUAL DATES have been set now for CTC-25, the
Caribbean Tourism Conference that has been postponed from last
October to February to May. Pencil in Oct. 27 to 31 at Our Lucaya
in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. The event will combine with
DESTINATION BAHAMAS, a new tour operator that
began business Jan. 14, rolled out an array of commissionable
packages to resorts in Nassau, Paradise Island and Grand Bahama
Island. The firm is a separate arm of 15-year-old Paradise Island
Vacations, an operator owned by Bahamas-based Sun International
which operates, among other entities, Atlantis Resort & Casino
in Paradise Island. The new operator's offerings will expand to
include the Out Islands by June. Packages can be viewed at www.destinationbahamas.com.
STAR CLIPPERS' fleet of four-masted luxury
yachts will be based in Barbados this summer instead of returning
to the Mediterranean. Weekly sailings from May 5 through Oct. 27
start at the discounted rate of $1,785 per cabin, double. The route
alternates with each Sunday departure; ports of call include
Martinique, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Barts, Bequia, St. Kitts,
Tobago Cays, Iles des Saintes, St. Maarten, Grenada and the
Grenadines. Details can be viewed at www.starclippers.com.
• New E-mail address for Chenay Bay Beach Resort, St. Croix is [email protected]. The address is for agents,
operators and consumers making inquiries or bookings.
• Hotel Kura Hulanda in Willemstad, Curacao, has joined the Leading
Small Hotels of the World, a brand extension of the Leading Hotels
of the World. The 100-room boutique resort opened Nov. 1, 2001.
• Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica is the venue for the 38th annual
Ms. Travel Agent contest April 4 to 8, sponsored by Sandals
Resorts, Air Jamaica and American/Wolfe International Hotel
Representatives. Contestants must be currently employed by a travel
agency in a sales capacity for at least a year; six finalists will
be flown to the resort for the judging, and the winner will receive
a four-night stay for two at any Sandals resort. Entry forms are
available from A/WIHR at (800) 223-5695 and must be returned with
two photos by Feb. 28.
• The 230-room Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club near Ocho
Rios, Jamaica, will open its doors to families, couples and groups
on June 1, following an $18 million renovation.
THE NEW VENUE for the third Dominican Annual
Tourism Exchange (DATE) 2002 set for April 11 to 13 is the Barcelo
Bavaro Convention Center in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which
opened last year. Previous conferences have been held at Casa de
Campo in La Romana in 2001 and the Hotel Melia Caribe Bavaro in
Punta Cana in 2000. For information, E-mail [email protected].