Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-Letter May 22, 2003

AIR JAMAICA will suspend June 2 its thrice-weekly service to Belize that it began in November. Passengers holding confirmed bookings on any flight after June 1 will be accommodated on other carriers. The flights operate Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays between Montego Bay and Belize City. Passenger bookings and yields on the route, which suffered setbacks during the buildup to the war in Iraq, "are too low for continuation of the service," said John Lewis, Air Jamaica's executive vp and chief revenue officer. The service suspension is part of a package of cost-cutting measures that the carrier and its tour arm, Air Jamaica Vacations, began implementing in March.

PREPARATIONS are well under way for the Caribbean Tourism Organization's 26th annual Caribbean Tourism Conference (CTC 26) Oct. 16 to 19 in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Most conference events will take place at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resorts in St. Thomas, although conference attendees will have the opportunity to visit St. Croix and St. John as well.

• Escape to Luxury, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts' summer package plans, start at $580 per night, double for five nights at Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda; $664 per night, double for four nights at Caneel Bay, St. John; and $330 per person, per night for five nights at inclusive Jumby Bay, Antigua. The plans at Little Dix and Caneel include lots of goodies--most meals, massages and transfers while Jumby's program covers it all. Valid dates for the packages at Caneel and Jumby run through Oct. 31; Little Dix package rates apply from June 1 through Nov. 15. For details, visit
• Northwest Airlines WorldVacations extended the booking window to May 31 on its Jamaica packages. Air and two nights from Minneapolis/St. Paul and Detroit start at $429 per person. Additional gateways also are available. Visit for details.
• Club Med's new Total All-Inclusive vacations now include all-day premium open bar service and all-day snacking, new afternoon and evening dining options and new room amenities, such as CD players. Gone are the beads, tickets and bracelets that guests used to pre-purchase at an additional charge. All beverages, food and general services now are included for one price.

• Ground has been broken on a $37 million expansion program at Las Casitas Village, adjacent to Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The project, scheduled for completion in June 2004, will add 67 one-, two-and three-bedroom luxury villas to the existing 90 units as well as two pools, one of which will be an infinity pool.
• The 228-room Viva Tangerine will open in November in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, as Viva Resorts' seventh inclusive property in the Caribbean and Mexico.

• Caribbean Tourism Organization's Caribbean Week, June 1 to 6, New York City. Events include performances of the Royal Barbados Police Force Band, a Caribbean Fair to Remember street fair, Caribbean /Latin Fine Art Show by the Sea, Caribbean Media Marketplace and the 30th annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball. For details, visit
• St. Kitts Int'l Music Festival, June 25-29, St. Kitts. Visit for info.
• 11th Annual Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, July 21-27, Montego Bay, Jamaica. The lineup includes Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Wyclef Jean and Fat Joe. Package and event details are available at

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