FOUR SEASONS Resort Great Exuma at Emerald Bay in
the Bahamas expects to open next May with 219 rooms and suites,
13,000 square feet of meeting space, an 18-hole Greg
Norman-designed golf course, four tennis courts, three pools and a
Kids for All Seasons program. The site also will have estate homes,
a Four Seasons Residence Club (time-share units) and 18 condominium
units. Each room will have a balcony or terrace and in-room
Internet access. Facilities will include a full-service spa and
health club, a restaurant and poolside dining area and water
sports. Vo Tomulich, director of marketing, envisions the first
year's business as 65% leisure and 35% meetings. Low-season rates
will start at $250 per room, per night, double; peak season rates,
$495. For information, call (212) 605-0245 or visit the Web site at
PREPARING AGENTS for the day they can sell Cuba
is the topic of one of the 60-plus seminars to be offered at the
upcoming ASTA Congress in Honolulu Nov. 4 to 7. The first half of
the 75-minute session, presented by Sue Wilder, a Chicago-based
travel industry training expert, will focus on the island nation as
a destination, couched with advice that the session is not about
promoting travel to Cuba in violation of Treasury Dept. regulations
but about Cuba's potential. The second half will feature a panel of
individuals who are authorized to sell travel to Cuba to those who
can go legally -- Cuban-Americans and those involved in educational
or humanitarian efforts, for example. Delegates who attend this
session will be asked to sign a statement indicating they
understand the intent of the session and that they cannot sell
• A new management contract could be in the works for the
1,350-room Our Lucaya resort on Grand Bahama Island. Parent company
Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. said it's weighing contract offers from
hotel operators such as Starwood.
• St. Barth Properties is the U.S. representative for the six-suite
Hotel Les Ondines Sur La Plage, opening Nov. 1 on Grand Cul de Sac
Beach. For details, visit www.stbarth.com.
• Introductory offer for the 22 new villa suites at Horned Dorset
Primavera in Rincon, Puerto Rico, is $890 per couple, per night,
including breakfast and dinner, from Nov. 1 to March 15. Taxes,
tips and service charges are not included in the rate. To book,
call (800) 633-1857.
• The first phase of Grenada's Bel Air Plantation opens in February
on the island's southeastern coast near La Sagesse Bay and St.
David's Harbour. The property will have 11 gingerbread-style
villages and cottages on 18 acres overlooking the Atlantic. When
the second phase opens in 2004, Bel Air will have 24 units, two
bars and restaurants, an art gallery, three pools and a four-acre
park with butterfly and bird aviaries.
• Belize Yacht Club Resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize, pays 30%
commission on its Web site rates at www.belizeyachtclub.com for new bookings arriving
before Dec. 15.
• The St. Kitts Marriott Royal Beach Resort & Spa, a 471-room
resort under construction on St. Kitts, delayed its anticipated
opening until Feb. 22. It was scheduled to open Dec. 26.
• Club Med extended the booking window on its Second Person Flies
Free promotion to Turks and Caicos and Punta Cana, Dominican
Republic, from Oct. 20 to Nov. 4. For information, call (800)
• Cobblers Cove, Barbados, reopened Oct. 14 after a six-week
refurbishing. The resort's annual Culinary Festival is set for Nov.
20 to 23.
REINVENTING CARIBBEAN Tourism is the theme of
the Caribbean Tourism Conference Oct. 28 to 31 at Our Lucaya Beach
and Golf Resort, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas. The first general
session of CTC-25, called "Fortifying the Brand: Successful
Strategies for Times Like These," will be moderated by Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace, director general of the Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism. Panel members will discuss the success of various
strategies used by national tourism bodies, hotels, travel agents,
airlines and cruise lines to remain profitable during the current
FLY FREE To Paradise, a promotion to bolster
January business, was introduced by Air Jamaica Vacations and Elite
Island Resorts for bookings made by Oct. 28. Under the plan, the
first 500 passengers booked on an inclusive, six- or eight-night
vacation for two will get free air transportation. The Elite Island
Resorts' properties involved in the Fly Free promotion include the
Royal Antiguan, Grand Pineapple Beach, St. James's Club and Galley
Bay resorts, all on Antigua, and St. James's Club Morgan Bay on St.
Lucia. For information, call Air Jamaica Vacations at (800)
US AIRWAYS VACATIONS' winter Caribbean sale
features savings up to 20% on the air portion of packages, valid
for travel from Jan. 7 to April 9. Air/hotel vacations must be
booked by Oct. 28. Caribbean packages include roundtrip air,
accommodations, transfers, hotel taxes, service charges and
international travel taxes up to $80.10. Book through VAX Vacation
Access, major GDSs or by calling (800) 455-0123.
BERMUDA PREMIER Jennifer Smith turned minister
of tourism duties over to Renee Webb, Bermuda's telecommunications
and e-commerce minister. Webb succeeds former tourism minister
David Allen, who died Sept. 26.
PENCIL IT IN
• Caribbean Tourism Day, Nov. 5, celebrations throughout the
• Bahamas World Music & Jazz Festival, Nov. 6 to 10,
• Teens on the Greens Junior Golf Tournament, Nov. 26 to 30, St.
• 10th annual LaSource Grenada Sailing Festival, Jan. 31 to Feb. 4,