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 www.caribbeanhotels.org. 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
•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