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Newsletter: Caribbean, 7/23/08

Jamaica's Rose Hall Resort & Spa Joins Hilton


The recently renovated ­­Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Jamaica became the latest hotel to join Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Shortly after completing the $40 million makeover, the property added the Hilton tag and is now known as the Rose Hall Resort & Spa, A Hilton Resort. It emerges today as the newest member of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio.

Guests of Rose Hall Resort & Spa will have access to exclusive Hilton services and benefits, including the ability to participate in the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program. Rose Hall Resort & Spa remains owned by affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, which also owns Hilton Hotels Corporation. The resort continues to be managed by LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels under a franchise license agreement with Hilton Hotels & Resorts, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hilton Hotels Corporation.


American Increases Service to St. Kitts


The ­­St. Kitts Tourism Authority announced Monday that American Airlines will be increasing service to St. Kitts from Miami with daily flights beginning November 3. American Airlines flight #2299 will depart Miami daily at 10:50 a.m., arriving in St. Kitts at 2:50 p.m. The return flight #2280 will depart St. Kitts at 3:45 p.m., arriving in Miami at 6:05 p.m.

American Airlines first started a Miami service to St. Kitts in December of 2004 with three flights weekly, which grew to five flights in 2006. American Airlines also commenced a twice-weekly service from JFK International Airport to St. Kitts in November of 2007. “Such a significant increase in nonstop service by American Airlines during a time of widespread route cuts by U.S carriers is a testament to the quality of St. Kitts’ tourism product,” said Senator Ricky Skerritt, minister of state in the ministry of tourism, sports and culture in a written release. “This sustained growth in airlift to St. Kitts is directly related to the economic development taking place in our country and the increasing demand for our tourism product. These daily Miami flights are ideally timed, for both connecting and local travelers to spend more time on-island without having to get to the airport too early or arrive home too late.”


Puerto Rico Convention Center Goes Green

Following the recent pledge by Puerto Rico's government to convert several of its public properties into "green" buildings, the Puerto Rico Convention Center and the Coliseum of Puerto Rico have been tapped as the first properties on the island to be transformed into eco-friendly buildings.

With an investment of $250,000 to reduce the use of electricity and water, the Puerto Rico Convention Center and other developments within the 113-acre district will decrease the use of water by 30 percent and the use of electricity by 50 percent for an on-going savings of $450,000 per year upon completion. After completely incorporating these initiatives, the buildings will receive the U.S. Green Building Council's “Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design” (LEED) certification, considered the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, according to a written release.

MSC Cruises’ Caribbean Itinerary


­­MSC Cruises offers clients some interesting excursions in its 2008-2009 Caribbean itineraries. Several shore excursion options enable guests to explore the Caribbean on land (by motorcycle, bicycle, ATV or horseback), under the sea (snorkeling, scuba diving and glass-bottomed kayaking) and through the air (attached to a cable between 100-foot-high trees). Topping MSC’s most interesting Caribbean stops are Grand Cayman and St. Maarten. In Grand Cayman, clients can feed, interact and play with southern stingrays while others can horseback ride on the beach in St. Maarten.

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St. Thomas Resort Offers Cheap Getaway


The­ Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort Spa on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, is offering its “Sweet Caribbean Getaway” with rates as low as $175 per night. All-inclusive rates start at $400 per night based on double occupancy that include buffet breakfast daily, a gourmet marketplace lunch option, dinner in one of the resort’s three restaurants, a la carte dining, tropical drinks, nightly themed dinners with live calypso music, kayaking, windsurfing and other non-motorized water sports. One child age 3-12 per adult may stay, eat, and play at no extra charge and children 13-17 pay $95 per night. The rates are available through December 22.


Curacao Resort Offers Dining Credit, Free Night


The­ Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino is offering a $140 dining credit per guest room and seventh consecutive night free from now through December 15. Travelers flying to Curacao direct from the U.S and Canada are eligible for this promotion. Credit will be applied the end of the stay. The maximum number of guests per room is four. There is a minimum stay of seven nights required. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotion.


Bahamas Resort Offers Family Package


The ­Sheraton Cable Beach Resort in Nassau, the Bahamas, has launched its new year-round, “Love Your Family” program, which offers a variety of activities catering to both children and parents.

The resort is also the only international Sheraton property to currently feature the brand’s signature “Love Your Family” guest program. Clients will be able to enjoy a number of family-friendly activities, such as fireside storytelling, stargazing and ‘dive-in’ movies.  In addition, the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort offers a variety of experiences including Junkanoo Jamboree, a festival featuring authentic foods, dance and music; cultural dance lessons for guests who want to learn native dances of the island; Bahamian Idol, a talent competition featuring local folk songs; and Bahamian Spelling Bee where guests will be tested on the spelling of native words. Sheraton Cable Beach Resort is offering the “Love Your Family” Package for $219 per room/per night. It includes $100 resort credit per day and evening entertainment, arranged by the resort’s "Director of Fun," among other amenities.


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