Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-Letter: July 18, 2002

US AIRWAYS VACATIONS added Belize to its roster of Caribbean destinations, starting with four hotels in Ambergris Caye and Belize City. The move is in tandem with the carrier's new nonstop service between Charlotte, N.C., and Belize City with four weekly flights beginning Nov. 9, subject to foreign government approval. Three-night plans start at $806 per person, double, at Royal Palms Villas on Ambergris Caye and $597 at the Princess Hotel and Casino in Belize City. Commission is 10%. Reservations may be made through VAX Vacation Access, the GDSs or by calling (800) 455-0123.

AIR BYTES
• American Trans Air will launch twice-weekly nonstop service from Chicago (Midway) to Montego Bay, Jamaica, Dec. 19.
• United will begin new seasonal weekend service between its Washington (Dulles) hub and Aruba. The Saturday flight will run from Dec. 14 through April 26 on A-320 aircraft.

THE NASSAU-PARADISE ISLAND Promotion Board and American Express, in the latest extension of the Bahamas Getaway program, offer an instant rebate of up to $150 per four-night booking on air-inclusive packages offered by 10 wholesalers. The offer applies to new bookings through Aug. 20 for travel from Aug. 15 to Feb. 15. For information, visit www.bahamas.com/getaway.

LODGEPODGE
• CuisinArt Resort & Spa, Anguilla, offers a three-night Relax plan with hydroponic tours, Venus Spa treatments and a beachfront suite from $1,200 per room, single or double, through Dec. 16. To book, call (800) 943-3210.
• Clients stay for seven nights but pay for five at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort & Country Club, Puerto Rico, through Dec. 19. The rate of $1,150 per room, double, for a week actually works out to just over $80 per person, per night, including transfers, daily breakfast, room taxes and resort fees. For details, visit www.westinriomar.com.
• Opening Dec. 22 will be 24 new Club Level units, including 12 suites, at the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas. Bookings are being taken now for holiday stays Dec. 22 through Jan. 1 with rates from $1,199 per night, single or double, in an oceanview room and $1,700 in a suite. Regula room rates drop to $875 Jan. 2 to April 30, but remain the same in the suites. Commission is 10%. For info, visit www.ritzcarlton.com.
• The 402-room Inter-Continental San Juan Resort & Casino in Puerto Rico completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of its guest rooms and suites.

PENCIL IT IN
• Carnival, Grenada, Aug. 12 and 13.
• Thirteenth annual Curacao Salsa Festival, Curacao Festival Center, Willemstad, Aug. 30 to 31.
• Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx), Montego Bay, Jamaica, Oct. 17 to 21.
• Tranquility Jazz Festival, Anguilla, Nov. 15 to 17.

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