Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-Letter: September 6, 2001

THE CARIBBEAN HOTEL ASSN. Marketplace 2002 is set for Jan. 13-15 at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. The annual marketing event is expected to attract 400 Caribbean tourism suppliers from 36 CHA national associations to meet with international buyers from 35 countries around the world. For the first time, the conference will include incentive buyers, meeting planners, group buyers and dive shop owners.

BIRAS CREEK RESORT on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, is closed through Oct. 28 for its annual redo, which this year includes the addition of an infinity pool, the refurbishment of all 33 suites, new telephones with dataports and in-room CD players. The Relais & Chateaux inclusive property pays 10% commission.

THE ADDITION of two high-speed ferries this fall will offer new options for travel between St. Thomas and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The 600-passenger Salacia ferry will operate from December through April; the 200-passenger Crucian Express ferry will offer year-round service beginning in December. The ferry ride takes an hour and 15 minutes.

AIR JAMAICA slashed rates up to 40% for flights to Jamaica from all U.S. gateways for travel through Dec. 15. Tickets must be booked by Sept. 14. Roundtrip fares range from $201 to $360 for midweek travel and from $220 to $380 for weekend travel. From Washington Dulles, the sale rates are valid beginning with start of service there on Nov. 15. Holiday travel restrictions apply.

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