Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-Letter: September 20, 2001

CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION officials continue to assess the status of the Caribbean Tourism Conference, set for Oct. 15 to 18 in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The event is still planned, although it is possible that the tourism ministers' meetings that precede the event will take place on schedule and the conference itself moved to a later date.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES will not implement service from JFK to Montego Bay and Kingston, Jamaica, which was planned to take effect Dec. 13. Also, Spirit Airlines will not launch proposed one-stop service from Newark to San Juan on Nov. 8 as previously planned. Spirit has realigned its service and eliminated all flights from Newark and Melbourne, Fla. Twice-daily, nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and San Juan is still slated to begin on Nov. 8, with connecting service from New York LaGuardia instead of Newark.

IN THE WAKE of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, the Caribbean Hotel Association is posting updated developments daily on its Web site at This information includes cancellation policies of the major Caribbean hotel chains. These policies include:
•Divi Resorts waived no show and cancellation penalties through Sept. 25. For cancellations between Sept. 25 and Oct. 1, no penalty will apply if travel is rebooked by April 1.
•Hilton waived cancellation charges/penalties for any group or event between Sept. 11 and Oct. 31. Also, no-show fees for individual reservations will not be imposed from Sept. 11 to 30.
•Sandals' clients with reservations from Sept. 11 to 30 have until Sept. 21 to reschedule. Rates are protected through December, 2002. No-penalty cancellations are permitted for clients scheduled to travel Sept. 11 to 25.
•Sonesta extended full refunds and is charging no cancellation fees/penalties for changes made from Sept. 12 through 25.
•SuperClubs' clients booked through Sept. 25 can change dates and rebook without penalty.

FREE HOTEL STAYS for firefighters, police officers and EMS workers involved in the rescue efforts in New York and Washington have been offered by the St. Kitts & Nevis Hotel Assn. and St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism. The offer is valid to December 2002.

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