Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-letter: Feb. 5, 2004

CLIENTS INTENT ON MARRYING IN THE BUFF will have to wait a few more months this year, as SuperClubs moved its annual naked nuptials at Hedonism III in Runaway Bay, Jamaica to June 23. After three years of hosting the annual group nude wedding on Valentine's Day, SuperClubs officials decided to move what they've dubbed "The World's Largest Nude Wedding" to June, a month long favored for weddings. "By hosting our fourth annual Nude Wedding in the very traditional month of June, we're accentuating the ritual of marriage without inhibiting those who want to a dash of daring to their exchange of vows," said Zein Nakash, SuperClubs' vice president of marketing.

PACKAGES START at $1,014 per couple, land only, and require a three-night minimum stay. Castaways Travel in Spring, Texas is running roundtrip Miami-Montego Bay, Jamaica charters in June, starting at $499 per person. Once the flights reach an "appropriate" altitude, passengers can "dress-down" and travel in the buff to their clothing-optional vacations at Hedonism III. To book the wedding package, call (800) GO-SUPER, ext. NUDE. For air charter info, visit www.castawaystravel.com.

ALTHOUGH VALENTINE'S DAY fast approaches with its glut of Jacuzzi-for-two packages, the Arawak Beach Inn in Anguilla takes a different marketing approach with its Me, Myself and I three-night package for one. Included are transfers, a room for one, dinner for one and, if desired, a day trip to a nearby, almost uninhabited island with transportation provided by one of the island's eligible bachelors. For details, visit www.arawakbeach.com.

LODGEPODGE
• The former Holiday Inn Resort Grand Cayman is now the Courtyard Grand Cayman, joining a property in its sister brand, the 309-room Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. The 231-room Courtyard property is across from Seven Mile Beach. Simon Austin, who remains as manager, said the property completed installation of free high-speed in-room Internet access, an amenity in most Courtyard properties.
• The 12-room Meridian Club in Pine Cay, Turks and Caicos extended its Family Months plan through June and July this year. For parents who pay the full inclusive rate, one child under 17 can stay in the same room at no additional charge, with meals included. A second room is 50% of the daily room rate, and $50 per child, per day for meals. For rates, call (866) 746-3229.
• Ocean Club Resorts' seven-night Snorkel into Paradise package features either a three-hour cruise with a snorkel stop and visits to Iguana Island and Sand Dollar Island or the Snorkelmania program with dive operator Silver Deep. Rates begin at $896 per person, double through Dec. 18. Ocean Club Resorts is comprised of two all-suite properties: Ocean Club and Ocean Club West, located a mile apart on Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. For details, visit www.oceanclubresorts.com.

PACKAGE PLANS
• Apple Vacations' new agent incentive program for summer travel from Detroit earns agents 1,000 Apple Vacations Bonus Royalty Points per SummerSun air/hotel charter booking through Feb. 29. Travel must be completed between May 1 and Dec. 12. Also, clients save $100 per couple for all bookings from Detroit on those dates to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Jamaica; and Mexico.
• US Airways Vacations pays 17% commission on Distinctive Vacations Caribbean bookings through March 10. Clients earn 10,000 bonus Dividend Miles for the same packages when booked by March 31 for travel through December. Bookings can be made through VAX VacationAccess and the GDSs.

ROLODEX
• The Jamaica Tourist Board named David L. Shields to the new post of deputy director of tourism marketing for the Board. The appointment marks the completion of a major phase of the JTB's operational restructuring, which began last October, according to Paul Pennicook, director of tourism.
• New director of sales for Sans Souci Resort & Spa in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, is Lori Gedon.

PENCIL IT IN
• Cayman Islands Tourism Exchange, April 21 to 24, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. For details, contact Nicole La Valette, Cayman Islands Tourism Association, (345) 946-8522.
• Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference, May 11 to 13, Ritz Carlton Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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