PLEASANT HOLIDAYS, which entered the Caribbean
market two years ago, will pull out of the region by the end of the
year. Although the operator will continue to accept new bookings
for travel through Dec. 15, Tim Irwin, president and CEO said the
firm will refocus efforts on its more well-established destinations
of Hawaii, Mexico, the South Pacific and Asia. The firm booked
8,000 clients last year to seven Caribbean countries and was on
track for 14,000 more bookings this year, until it decided to shift
resources to more established areas. All customers and commissions
will be protected through the Dec. 15 cutoff.
APPLE VACATIONS' "$1 Sale," which can be booked
through July 24 for travel on specific dates in August and
September, offers a second passenger roundtrip air for $1 on select
air and hotel packages to the Dominican Republic from 16 U.S.
gateways. Rates cover roundtrip air, accommodations, meals and
drinks, non-motorized watersports and transfers. For details, visit
• Opening date for Raffles Resort Canouan Island in the Grenadines
has been pushed back to July 29 from July 15. The 56-room, suite
and villa resort, the former Carenage Bay Beach Hotel & Golf
Club, is Raffles International's first Caribbean venture. Special
introductory rates range from $345 to $755, single/double, through
Nov. 12. Rates do not include 17% tax and service. For details,
• SuperClubs' "Lidosine" transfers for its Grand Lido guests
arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica include access to its airport
reception lounge and transfers to Grand Lido Negril in Negril and
Grand Lido Braco in Runaway Bay in nine-passenger Mercedes Benz'
motorcoaches. For details, visit www.superclubs.com.
ST. JEAN AIRPORT on St. Barts will close from
Sept. 6 through Oct. 18 for runway and lighting repairs.
Twice-daily ferry service to and from Marigot, St. Martin; and
Simpson Bay and Philipsburg, St. Maarten will offer the only access
to St. Barts.
TOURISM PIONEER and former Jamaica Tourist
Board (JTB) executive Marcella Martinez died July 11 in New York.
She was 64. Martinez, Jamaican by birth, recently was honored by
JTB, which unveiled a marketing award in her name. Jamaica's Gov.
General Sir Howard Cooke conferred the Order of Distinction in the
rank of Commander upon Martinez in a ceremony in Jamaica in April.
She headed the New York-based public relations and marketing firm,
Marcella Martinez Associates, since 1988. Earlier, she served with
JTB in the 1970s, worked in international relations and tourism
marketing, and served as a United Nations delegate, a teacher and
broadcaster. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 17
at St. Thomas More Cathlic Church, 65 E. 89th St. in New York