INDIANAPOLIS-BASED Chautauqua Airlines in November
will become a Delta Connection carrier and begin operating many of
the 84 daily intrastate and interstate flights now flown by Comair
out of its Orlando hub. Chautauqua will use 37-seat Embraer
regional jets on its routes, while most of Comair's 50-seat
regional jets will be used on other routes outside Florida. Also,
Comair's 30-seat Embraer turboprops are being phased out. In
addition, there are long-range plans to nearly double the present
service with new routes, whereby Chautauqua would link Orlando with
Birmingham and Huntsville, Ala.; Toledo, Ohio; and South Bend, Ind.
IN OTHER airline news, American on July 2 will
add a second daily roundtrip flight to Miami from Bradley Airport
in Windsor Locks, Conn., near Hartford. For information, call (800)
• Hyatt Hotels will manage the reconstructed 91-room Victor Hotel
in Miami Beach (South Beach) as a boutique operation when it
reopens in fall 2003. Zom Development, Orlando, is spending $48
million to rebuild the property, which has been closed since 1984.
The hotel is next to the Versace mansion.
• Sonesta named Alan Sonnabend vp and general manager of the Trump
Int'l Sonesta Beach Resort in Sunny Isles, opening in late 2002.
Previously, he held the same post at the Sonesta Beach Resort, Key
• Homewood Suites by Hilton opened a 94-unit property in
Tallahassee at 2987 Apalachee Pkwy., with rates from $109 per night
including a breakfast buffet. Discounts apply when five or more
nights are booked. The extended-stay property is owned and operated
by Kelco Management and Development, Weston, Fla.
• Ramada Franchise Systems, owned by Cendant, with 60 properties in
Florida, introduced a related Web site, www.floridaramada.com.
TOUR DEAL: Travel Impressions through Aug. 31
offers a third night free on fly-drive packages with Delta and
Alamo Rent a Car when two nights are prepaid. Among participating
hotels is the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point south of Fort Myers. The
package also covers a daily continental breakfast and one day's day
camp activities. From Newark, rates are from $529 per person,
double. For information, call (800) 284-0044.
SUMMER BLUEGRASS music festivals are set for
Hernando County, north of Tampa, on these dates: June 15, July 20
and Aug. 17, all in Nobleton, at Nobleton Boat Rental, and over
Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, at Sertoma Youth Ranch,
about eight miles east of Spring Hill. For travel information, call
(800) 601-4580 or check the Web site www.co.hernando.fl.us/tourdev.
CLARIFICATION: The existing National Key Deer
Refuge in the Florida Keys was expanded with the recent acquisition
of about 20-acres of beach and water property on the ocean side of
Sunshine Key. However, this acquisition does not represent the
creation of a fifth National Wildlife Refuge for the Keys, as
stated in the June 5 Florida E-Letter.