THE CARIBBEAN HOTEL ASSN. launched several
initiatives to garner a greater share of the meetings and
incentives markets for the region. These include the formation of a
CHA Groups, Meetings & Incentives subcommittee; plans for
member education and industry road shows; and the inaugural edition
of Gold Book Publishing's Caribbean Meetings & Events Guide.
Emanuel Schreibmaier, vp-sales and marketing for Sol Melia,
Americas division, was named committee chairman; Tim Grace, CHA's
acting marketing director, will provide staff support. According to
the Meetings & Conventions 2002 market report, total spending
on meetings and conventions in the region in 2001 was $100 billion.
"The meetings and conventions market is clearly a prime market and
a viable revenue producer for the Caribbean," Schreibmaier said.
The new guidebook is part of a program that includes a Web site and
monthly electronic newsletter to promote meetings and events in the
Caribbean. DELTA WILL LAUNCH NONSTOP SERVICE
between Atlanta and St. Lucia April 4. The flights will operate on
Sundays and Mondays. Special fares in effect through Jan. 12 for
travel April 4 to May 23 start at $610 from New York to St. Lucia
• In recognition of Leap Year, Montpelier Plantation Inn in Nevis
will offer an extra night on stays of seven nights that include
Feb. 29. Also complimentary on the free night will be dinner for
two with champagne and wine. The seven-night stay is priced at
$2,580 for two, plus tax and service. To book, visit www.montpeliernevis.com.
• Curacao's Hotel Kura Hulanda offers a winter rate of $179 per
room, per night, double through April 11. The price represents a
$40 savings. The 80-room urban resort is in Willemstad within an
eight-block restored village complex. To book, visit www.kurahulanda.com.
• Travelers purchasing a $199 per-person midweek ferry service and
two-night package at the Crowne Plaza at Royal Oasis on Grand
Bahama Island through Jan. 31 will receive a Welcome Back 2 for 1
travel coupon for their next trip on the Cat. The Cat is the daily
high-speed ferry operated by Bahamas Florida Express between Fort
Lauderdale and GBI. The free coupon can be used for a return visit
from May 1 though Nov. 15. To book, visit www.ferrybahamas.com.
• SuperClubs and Pleasant Holidays offer reduced rates at certain
properties through Dec. 31. Participating Jamaican resorts are
Breezes Runaway Bay, Ocho Rios; Breezes Montego Bay; Hedonism II
and III; and Starfish Trelawny. Bookings must be made by March 31;
a four-night stay is required at the Hedonism properties. To book,
• The seven-night package at Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas in
Tortola, British Virgin Islands, priced from $1,798 per couple, is
offered when the moon is full [Feb. 6, March 6, April 5, May 4,
June 3, July 2 and 31, Aug. 29, Sept. 28, Oct. 27, Nov. 26 and Dec.
26]. The plan includes accommodations, transfers, daily breakfast,
four dinners, transportation to Bomba Shack's Full Moon
Party--famous throughout the Caribbean--a three-day car rental, a
day sail and a day trip to a neighboring island. To book, call
• Lania Rittenhouse, director of tourism for the Cayman Islands for
the past two years, will resign her post at the end of March to
become vp-hotel operations for Norwegian Cruise Line in Miami.
Cayman Islands will have an acting director in place after
Rittenhouse's departure; a permanent director will be appointed
when the new fiscal year begins July 1.
• John Bell, former director general and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel
Assn., was appointed president of the Int'l Hotel & Restaurant
Assn. for a one-year term. IH&RA members include national hotel
and restaurant associations in 100 countries and international
hotel and restaurant chains representing 50 brands.
• Debbie Lewis has been named director of sales, northeast, for
luxury tour operator Island Destinations. Lewis held a similar post
at CuisinArt Resort & Spa, Anguilla.