RESORT DEVELOPMENT GROUP Grupo del Caribe launched
Cap Cana, a multibillion-dollar project near Punta Cana, Dominican
Republic, that, according to a spokeswoman, will turn a 30,000-acre
parcel of beachfront land into a "year-round tourist destination."
Nicklaus Design, a group headed by golfer Jack Nicklaus, is
contracted to develop three golf courses for the resort area. In
addition, Cap Cana will feature a marina, private residences and
luxury hotels, the spokeswoman said. Grupo del Caribe manages the
country's major airports and more than 5,000 hotel rooms in the
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is the venue for the Heads of
Government Tourism Summit Dec. 8 to 9, which will bring together
prime ministers and heads of state from more than 33 Caribbean
countries for the second time since the events of Sept. 11.
Discussion topics include status reports on additional security
measures, the fallout in regional tourism since Sept. 11 and the
outlook for the winter season. At the October meeting, an $18
million budget was approved for advertising and promotion of the
region for the winter season.
JAMAICA will host the ASTA Southern Regional
Conference 2002 from May 2 to 5. Participating hotels include Half
Moon Golf, Tennis and Beach Club, Wyndham Rose Hall and
Ritz-Carlton, Rose Hall. Conference officials expect 800 agents and
suppliers from the Missouri Valley, Florida and the Southeast.
MAHOGANY RUN GOLF COURSE on St. Thomas reopened
following extensive renovations to all 18 holes of the 6,022-yard
golf course. As a result of the renovations, the 15th hole of the
course doubled in size and now has a 6,000-square-foot green. Tee
times run from 7 a.m. to 4:52 p.m. For more information, contact
the course at (800) 253-7103.
ROCKWELL TOURS offers 20% commission on all
land-only bookings through Jan. 31. Commission is earned on the air
portion of bookings according to the individual airline's
commission policy. For details, call (800) 526-4910, visit the Web
at www.rockwelltours.com or send an e-mail to [email protected].
• Grand Bahama Vacations will begin twice-weekly, direct air
service from Pittsburgh to Nassau on Jan. 16. The flights will
depart Sundays and Wednesdays through May 12 on Laker Airways
• Continental Airlines will begin nonstop, Saturday service from
Houston and Cleveland to Nassau on Dec. 22.
• Vacation Express will debut charter service between Orlando and
Aruba on Dec. 22. Flights depart Saturdays, with connecting service
from Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville and
• Mexicana Airlines launched twice-weekly, one-stop service between
Mexico City and Santo Domingo. The service will operate Thursdays
and Sundays with a stop in Cancun.
LA SAMANNA, an Orient-Express property on St.
Martin, will drop its rates for groups by 50% from January through
August. The offer is available to meeting planners who book 20 or
more rooms for Sunday-through-Wednesday stays at the 81-room
resort, 10 minutes from the capital of Marigot.
WYNDHAM INTERNATIONAL will expand into the
Cayman Islands next month when it introduces its Summerfield Suites
brand with the conversion of an existing property. That property,
currently the Sunshine Suites Resort Grand Cayman, has 130 suites
and is located in the center of the Seven Mile Beach area.
MORE CAYMAN HAPPENINGS:
• Cayman Turtle Farm on Grand Cayman, which sustained heavy damage
from Hurricane Michelle Nov. 4, has reopened for business. The
admission fee for adults has been reduced to $5 per person;
children ages 12 and under are now admitted free of charge. For
information and hours of operation, call (345) 949-3894 or send an
e-mail to [email protected].
• The Wet Fest has been rescheduled for Dec. 1 on Seven Mile Beach.
The event will feature water sports, games and entertainment.
BEACHES ROYAL PLANTATION Golf Resort & Spa
in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, was awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award last
month. The 80-suite resort opened last February.