BREEZES CURACAO, SuperClubs' first property in the
Dutch Caribbean, the eighth in the Breezes' portfolio and the first
inclusive resort in Curacao, opened Dec. 28 after a six-month, $6
million renovation. The 339-room beachfront resort, two miles from
downtown Willemstad, is the former Princess Beach Resort. General
manager for the property is Richard Wayne Bourke, who served most
recently as hotel manager at SuperClubs' Grand Lido Sans Souci in
Jamaica. Breezes Curacao has a 1,500-foot beach, three pools,
Jacuzzis, several restaurants, a nightclub, a casino, a fitness
center, tennis courts and the trademark Breezes' feature -- a
professional circus workshop with a flying trapeze. Not to be
overlooked are the 30-foot climbing wall and Curacao's first
CURACAO's CARNIVAL celebrations take place
through Feb. 12 and include costumes, floats, parades and Tumba
marches with dance steps that date back to 19th century African,
European and Caribbean rhythms. For a schedule of events, check the
Web site at www.curacao-tourism.com.
• Antigua's 180-room Allegro Resort Pineapple Beach in Long Bay
reopened last month, following a five-month closure for sprucing
• Belize will welcome the 25-cottage Kanantik Reef & Jungle
Resort Feb. 1. The 300-acre property is located in Belize's South
Stann Creek area on the south coast. Rates from $300 per person
will cover meals, drinks, sports equipment and excursions.
CLUB MED launched a new North American ad and
marketing campaign called "Wanna Play?" which focuses on the firm's
philosophy of active vacations. Real Club Med guests and staff
appear in the ads, which run in major newspapers, lifestyle and
travel trade publications and on cable channels.
VACATION EXPRESS launched charter services to
five Caribbean destinations from Orlando Sanford airport. The
flights, which operate via Pace Airlines 737s, feed into Orlando
from Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville and
Washington D.C. Destinations served are Aruba, Cancun, Jamaica,
Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.
GOGO Worldwide Vacations introduced its "Earn
More Money" promotion which features a $40 agent bonus for each
booking made through Feb. 10 for travel through Dec. 12. The bonus
applies not only to Gogo's Caribbean packages, but also to its
programs in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.
PUERTO RICO extended its Fly Free to Puerto
Rico program on five-night bookings made by Feb. 22 for travel
through April 14. The package includes two free airline tickets for
midweek travel from Chicago, New York (JFK, La Guardia and Newark),
Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Travel from other cities requires an
add-on charge at the passenger's expense. Visit www.prtourism.com
for a list of participating properties.
CARIBBEAN STAR AIRLINES (CSA) is seeking
Transportation Department approval to start U.S. service to
underserved Caribbean destinations. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based CSA
is affiliated with Caribbean Star Airlines Ltd., an Antiguan
carrier with scheduled and charter services within the Caribbean.
CSA's first hub would be San Juan; service would begin July 1 from
San Juan to Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and Tortola.
MORE DATES are set for tourism conferences:
• Sixth Annual Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference,
Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort, Puerto Rico, April 23 to 25.
• Sint Maarten/St. Martin Annual Regional Tradeshow (SMART), Maho
Beach Resort & Casino, April 25 to 27.
• Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx), Nassau,
NEW FERRY service now links Bonaire and Curacao
with two round trips a day in both directions. The ride takes
approximately an hour and 45 minutes and is priced at $34 one way,
$54 roundtrip. For a schedule, contact (011) 599-717-7001.
ISLAND VILLAGE, a four-acre entertainment and
retail attraction, debuts Feb. 2 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The site
will feature Jamaican music, cuisine and culture.