Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-Letter: January 31, 2002

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 May 31.

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.

LODGEPODGE:

• 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 Airport.

• 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.

CORRECTIONS:

• 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 800-SONESTA.

• Information on Destination Bahamas' packages is available by calling (800) 4-BAHAMAS. The firm's Web site is not yet in operation.

• 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 summer months.

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