Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-Letter Sept. 18, 2003

SOL KERZNER, chairman and CEO of Kerzner International, plans to spend another $600 million on Paradise Island, the Bahamas, home of his 2,317-room Atlantis resort. Three new luxury villas will debut late next year as part of the rollout of Kerzner's One&Only resort branding initiative. The One&Only Ocean Club expansion will bring to 109 the total room count at the resort, including beachfront suites, rooms and garden cottages with butler service. At Atlantis, Kerzner plans new meetings and function space, restaurants, retail shops, water-themed attractions and a new golf course on nearby Athol Island. The completion in 2006 will bring Kerzner's total investment on Paradise Island to $1.7 billion since 1994 when Atlantis opened.

LOTS IS PLANNED for agents attending the Caribbean Tourism Organization's annual Caribbean Tourism Conference Oct. 14 to 18 in St. Thomas. Motivational speaker Bob Stalbaum will plug marketing strategies; meanwhile, niche marketing experts will focus on selling weddings, honeymoons and eco-tourism adventures. The Travel Institute, formerly the Institute of Certified Travel Agents, is offering four credits to agents who participate in four spotlight presentations. Throughout the conference, agents also can attend general sessions and participate in product tours of St. Thomas or St. John. Optional post tours of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas will be available. The agent registration price of $275 per person, double, covers accommodations, transfers, business sessions, programmed meals, social events, taxes and service charges. Discounted air is available with American, Continental, LIAT, United and US Airways. For details, visit www.onecaribbean.org or call (212) 635-9530.

AIR BYTES
• Cayman Airways launched a buy-one-get-one-free promotion, valid through Oct. 31, which offers free companion air fare with the purchase of a Cayman Islands' H2GO! package. Five tour operators participate in the program. The offer applies to Cayman's nonstop services from Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Miami and Tampa to Grand Cayman. For details, visit www.caymanairways.com.
• Air Jamaica introduced e-ticketing for both phone and Web reservations. E-tickets must be booked two business days prior to travel and are valid for all Air Jamaica routes. In other Air Jamaica news, Michael Going will join the carrier Oct. 13 as senior vice president, worldwide sales and marketing. He will replace Allen Chastanet who resigned in August to enter the hotel business.

THE ARUBA TOURISM AUTHORITY is running a series of agent seminars in the Northeast and Midwest. Here's the schedule: Sept. 29, Sheraton Baltimore North, Towson, Md.; Hilton Philadelphia, Philadelphia (dinner); Sept. 30, Sheraton Newark, Newark; Oct. 1, The Weeping Willow, Farmingdale, N.Y.; Oct. 2, the Ramada Plaza, Shelton, Conn.; Rocky Hill Marriott, Rocky Hill, Conn.; Oct. 3, Boston Marriott Newton, Newton, Mass.; Oct. 20, Minneapolis Airport Marriott, Bloomington, Minn.; Oct. 21, the Carlisle, Lombard Ill. (Chicago area); Oct. 22, Marriott Detroit Troy, Troy, Mich.; Oct. 23, Holiday Inn, Independence, Ohio (near Cleveland/Akron area). For details, visit http://agents.aruba.com.

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