BONAIRE'S NEWEST dive attraction unexpectedly arrived last month when the 60-foot Our Confidence, an historic ship, sank 55 feet without warning just west of the harbor in the capital city of Kralendijk. The vessel, which earlier this summer experienced problems with leaking, sank in an upright position with the top of the mast 22 feet below the surface. Fish and marine life have taken up residence in the clear water, creating a new dive site. Our Confidence began life as a Danish fishing boat, was used as a refugee transport ship during World War II and later became a Caribbean inter-island freighter. It was the first ship to bring aid to hurricane victims on St. Martin in the late 1990s.

LODGEPODGE
• Two Caribbean resorts will reopen for the winter season a week earlier than originally scheduled, due to guest demand, they said. Curtain Bluff on Antigua switched its opening date to Oct. 11 and will run through July 24. Cap Juluca on Anguilla plans an Oct. 25 opening and will remain open through next August. The two resorts, along with others, traditionally close for upkeep and maintenance during the slower September-October period when traffic falls off and hurricanes tend to peak.
• St. Croix's 138-room Buccaneer resort celebrates its 55th anniversary with the completion of an $8.8 million, eight-year renovation. The resort's "5th Night Free" plan includes a spa treatment for two, champagne upon arrival, a free car for a day and a fifth night free when four are booked. Rates begin at $215 per night, double, through Dec. 19. To book, visit www.thebuccaneer.com.
• An ambitious renovation and reconstruction program is under way at the former Carib Inn, located in the Isla Verde section of San Juan. The property, which has been closed for three years, will be gutted, rebuilt and will reopen next summer as the 225-room Holiday Inn San Juan Hotel. San Juan-based Flagship Services Corp., headed by local hotelier Rick Newman---a former president of the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Assn.---will manage and operate the full-service property.

NEW BUSINESS CARDS
• Derek Newton was named general manager of Carambola Beach Resort, St. Croix, replacing interim gm Sue Herzog. The 150-room resort recently announced a $40 million expansion and renovation.
• Glenn D. Harris, formerly director of marketing and public relations, Caribbean, for American Express, left that post to form a cooperative marketing support firm for the Caribbean travel industry. Details will follow shortly.
• The keynote speaker for the Caribbean Tourism Organization's 26th annual Caribbean Tourism Conference Oct. 13 to 18 in St. Thomas will be Rex Nettleford, vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies in Barbados, a former Rhodes scholar and the founder of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica.

PENCIL IT IN
• Aruba Music Festival, Oct. 10 to 11, Aruba Entertainment Center, Oranjestad. Music powerhouses Crosby, Stills & Nash and Chicago are headliners; general admission tickets are $35 per night and can be purchased at the gate or through several tour operators. For details, visit www.aruba.com.
• The Gogo Worldwide Vacations Fall Learning Conference, Oct. 16 to 21, Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Four-night rate starts at $349 per agent, double, with roundtrip air on American, accommodations, most meals, tax and service charges. Nonagent companion rate is $499. Two-night post-conference trips to the Porta del Sol region on the island's west coast are $59 per person, double. To register, agents with valid Iatan cards should visit www.gogowwv.com.

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