PUERTO RICO now offers interactive travel kiosks
at select Esso On The Run convenience stores where travelers can
obtain maps and information about attractions and events
islandwide. The free kiosks, developed by E-Hospitality Central in
conjunction with the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., provide 24-hour
access to information in the Puerto Rico Travel Planner, PRTC's
sports, tours and culture guide, as well as access to the Internet
for additional details. The kiosks feature a touch screen and
printer. PRTC expects to have eight kiosks operating at locations
across the island by December. For information on the kiosks, call
(800) 866-7827 or visit PRTC'S Web site at www.gotopuertorico.com.
AMERICAN EXPRESS and Bahamas' tourism interests
again extended their value-added Bahamas Getaway program. Under the
plan, clients using their American Express cards can save $75 per
booking on three-night plans and $150 per booking on four-night or
longer packages. The deals, offered through participating
operators, are valid for travel through Feb. 15 on bookings made by
Dec. 22. For South Florida residents, $25 is saved when a two-night
Bahamas Getaway package is booked. For information, call (800)
4-BAHAMAS or visit www.bahamas.com/getaway.
IN RESPONSE TO requests from its nationwide
network of travel agents, Pleasant Holidays will feature only one
toll-free number in its communications. The new number, (800)
448-3333, takes effect Oct. 27. For details, visit the Web site at
• Antigua's Curtain Bluff Resort reopens for the season Oct. 26
with 20 new junior suites plus the Grace Bay and Morris Bay
extra-large suites. Also new for the winter are an activities room,
children's playground, yoga classes, hot-stone massages and a new
• The Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino in the
Bahamas increased its cash bonuses to agents who book groups for
travel between Jan. 3 and May 30. Agents now will receive $200 for
booking a minimum of 45 room nights for groups staying
Sundays-Wednesdays and a $100 bonus for Thursday-Saturday stays.
The new bonuses are in addition to a 15% commission.
• The 20-unit Belize Island Lodge, on the island of Moho Caye in
the south of Belize, opens in December. The lodge is a 20-minute
boat ride from Punta Gorda and 30 minutes from the Belize Barrier
Reef. For details, visit www.belizelodge.com.
• Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia, offers a free
wedding and complimentary room upgrade for honeymooners who book
six or more nights for travel through Dec. 20, 2003. The free
wedding package is valued at $650 and covers the license, fees,
bouquet, wedding cake, champagne, services of a photographer, a
champagne breakfast and sunset cruise. For information, call (800)
• Club Med introduced a Second Person Flies Free promotion for
travel to Club Med Turkoise in Turks and Caicos from Boston and
Atlanta and to both the Turkoise and Punta Cana, Dominican
Republic, villages from the New York (Kennedy) and Newark charter
gateways. The offer applies to bookings by Oct. 20 for seven-night
stays from Nov. 2 to Dec. 14, excluding Thanksgiving.
TOURISTS arriving in Cuba are not subject to
new weight limits on personal belongings, according to Cuban
customs officials who issued a clarification Oct. 7 regarding new
customs taxes slated to take effect Nov. 1. The new tax ruling
first appeared on a Web site Sept. 27 maintained by the General
Customs of the Republic of Cuba at www.aduana.islagrande.cu. Several newspapers in Canada
and Miami then reported that visitors would be charged hefty
arrivals taxes, based on the weight of their baggage. A deluge of
inquiries at the Web site prompted the clarification. A spokesman
for the Cuban Tourist Board in Toronto said that tourists may
continue to import personal belongings free of charge and without
• Northwest Airlines will launch daily year-round service from
Memphis to Grand Cayman, beginning Oct. 27.
• Delta begins year-round Saturday service from both Atlanta and
New York to Aruba Dec. 1 and from Atlanta to Curacao Jan. 11.
Seasonal Saturday-only service from Atlanta to Providenciales,
Turks and Caicos, will run from Dec. 1 through April 30.
• Air Jamaica slashed its winter fares 40% on tickets booked by
Oct. 28 for travel from Dec. 27 to April 9. The carrier also is
doubling all frequent flyer credits in its 7th Heaven program until
THE ARUBA TOURISM AUTHORITY will host agent
seminars in several Northeast cities during the weeks of Nov. 4 to
8, 11 to 15 and 18 to 22. For a complete schedule, call (201)
330-0800 or e-mail [email protected].
TURKS AND CAICOS tourism officials, hoteliers,
tour and water-sports operators will join American Airlines in
Boston for four days of travel agent meetings and sales calls that
will culminate with a trade show and destination presentation Oct.
24 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The
show and preceding events will highlight American's increase in
direct flights from Boston to three a week starting Nov. 1. Anyone
interested in attending the events should call (800) 241-0824.
PENCIL IT IN
• Puerto Rico Tourism Co. agent fam trips, Oct. 17 to 21 and 24 to
28, San Juan.
• Sixth World Creole Music Festival, Nov. 1 to 3, Roseau,
• Twelfth annual Aruba Heineken Catamaran Regatta, Nov. 8 to 16,
Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, Palm Beach, Aruba.
• Breitling Pro-Am Golf Tournament, Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, Our Lucaya
Beach & Golf Resort, Grand Bahama Island.