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
• 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 www.rosewoodhotels.com.
• 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 www.nwaworldvacationsagent.com 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.
PENCIL IT IN
• 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 www.caribbeanweekny.com.
• St. Kitts Int'l Music Festival, June 25-29, St. Kitts. Visit www.stkittsmusicfestival.net/ 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