AGENTS have a new online commission source called
ShoreTrips.com, which offers cruise passengers more than 800 shore
excursions on 22 Caribbean islands. ShoreTrips' tours, which
typically carry 20 people or fewer, include cave and volcano
explorations, flying lessons, hang-gliding, Creole cooking classes
as well as scuba, snorkeling and sightseeing excursions. For
information, call (414) 355-1111 or visit the Web site at www.shoretrips.com.
ROUNDTRIP RATES for Cayman Airways' Sun and
Sand fare sale from Tampa and Houston to Grand Cayman start at $175
and $199, respectively. Fares must be booked by Feb. 4 for travel
through March 21. For a schedule, visit www.caymanairways.com
THE CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION moves Feb. 4
to new headquarters in Barbados at One Financial Place, Lower
Collymore Rock, St. Michael, Barbados. The phone number remains the
same at (246) 427-5242 as does the E-mail address at [email protected]. CTO's North American
headquarters remain where they are at 80 Broad St., New York, N.Y.
10004; (212) 635-9530; E-mail at [email protected].
CTO HAS SCHEDULED Caribbean Week in New York
City from May 29 through 31. Events will include the third annual
Caribbean Media Marketplace and trade show May 29 and the CTO Ball
SEVEN LUXURY YACHTS that are members of the
Virgin Islands Charteryacht League have offered free crewed yacht
vacations to relief workers who have been on duty in New York City
since Sept. 11. The yachts range in size from two- to six-passenger
vessels. For information, contact VICL at (800) 524-2061.
NEW FACES at the Barbados Tourism Authority
include: William Silvermintz, VP of marketing and sales for the
Americas, based in New York, and Oliver Jordan, confirmed as
president of the BTA, based at its headquarters in Bridgetown,
Barbados. Silvermintz replaced Hugh Riley who joined the private
sector and remains in New York.
• Treasure Island Resort in Grand Cayman completed its two-year,
$3 million upgrade that included air conditioning in the 278 guest
rooms, a new conference room and a Greek restaurant.
• The 276-room Viva Fortuna on Grand Bahama Island will complete
a $200,000 room and landscaping upgrade early in April. The
inclusive resort is 15 minutes from Freeport International
• The new Hideaway Spa at the Buccaneer resort on St. Croix
offers a range of holistic treatments, massages and wraps. The spa
is located in a renovated shopping arcade at the resort.
• St. John's Maho Bay Camps in the U.S.V.I. feature workshops
and demonstrations with glass artists and glass-blowers as part of
the resort's Trash to Treasures recycling program, begun in 1997.
Maho Bay plans to expand the programs to include pottery,
printmaking and photography.
• The booking and travel deadline is March 23 for the six-night
package offered by Gogo Worldwide Vacations at Wyndham Sugar Bay
Resort on St. Thomas. The rate, which represents a 30% discount,
starts at $1,499 per person, double and covers roundtrip air on
American Airlines from Miami, accommodations, meals, beverages,
transfers and activities. Departures are also offered from Atlanta,
Boston, New York and Philadelphia at higher rates. Call (800)
899-2558 or visit www.gogowwv.com.
ROYAL WEST INDIES RESORT in Providenciales,
Turks & Caicos, is a member of Coral Beach Hotels & Clubs,
a new hospitality management firm based in Naples, Fla. Although 10
Florida resorts and country clubs make up the rest of the firm's
inventory, additional Caribbean properties are planned. The
properties can be viewed at http://www.coralcollection.com.
• The Aruba Sonesta Beach Resort offers a special five-night
package called Amore in Aruba, priced at $310 per night, per
couple. The rate is valid through March 30 and drops to $250 to
$270 per night, double, from March 31 to Dec. 21. To book, call
• Information on Destination Bahamas' packages is available by
calling (800) 4-BAHAMAS. The firm's Web site is not yet in
• Star Clipper Cruises will offer weekly sailings from Barbados
on its Star Clipper mega-yacht from May through October. The line's
two other yachts will resume their Mediterranean cruises during the