THE CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION reversed course
and postponed its annual tourism conference. After originally
holding firm to its Oct. 15 to 18 schedule in the days following
the terrorist attacks, the CTO said it will reschedule the event
for sometime early next year. The conference was to have been held
at Our Lucaya in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.
AIR JAMAICA will suspend its service from
Phoenix to Montego Bay, Jamaica, effective Oct. 13, citing "events
of the Sept. 11 tragedy and the state of the airline industry,"
according to Allen Chastanet, vice president of marketing and
sales. The airline will continue with planned launches of
Washington-Montego Bay service starting Nov. 15 and Montego
Bay-Curacao service starting Nov. 22.
PUERTO RICO TOURISM CO. postponed plans to
launch its new destination campaign in key U.S. markets. The
campaign had been scheduled to start on Oct. 15; no new date has
GOOD NEWS DEPARTMENT:
• Sonesta Beach Resorts in Key Biscayne, Fla.; Anguilla; Aruba, and
Bermuda boosted agent commissions to 20% for all bookings made
between Sept. 24 and Dec. 15.
• The Water Club, San Juan's only beachfront boutique property,
will officially open Oct. 15, following a top-to-bottom redesign,
according to David Kurland, manager and owner. The 84-room hotel,
formerly the Colonial San Juan Hotel & Beach Resort, sits on a
private gated street fronting the beach in the Isla Verde section
of San Juan.
• St. Croix's Divi Carina Bay Casino, adjacent to the 126-room Divi
Carina Bay Beach Resort on the island's east end, rolls the dice on
expansion plans for the 10,000-square-foot casino with a plan to
add 5,400 square feet. Construction is set to begin in mid-October
with the opening scheduled for mid-February.
• Bahamas Ministry of Tourism launched a consumer ad campaign in
South Florida Sept. 24 promoting an ongoing American Express
Getaway deal that must be booked by agents. The push began in South
Florida Sept. 24; New York and Atlanta will follow in the next two