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Newsletter: Caribbean, 7/29/08

Puerto Rico Government, American Airlines Reach Agreement


The ­Puerto Rico Port Authority and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) announced that conversations with American Airlines have resulted in the safeguarding of the airline's service from Los Angeles and Baltimore to the island.

"Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila asked us to seek out alternatives that will help the island brave the crisis faced by the airline industry today and these are the results of this effort," said Fernando J. Bonilla, secretary of state and executive director for the Puerto Rico Port Authority in a written release. "We've been able to preserve American Airlines' service from Los Angeles and Baltimore to Puerto Rico, which is a resounding victory for the island."

The PRTC has also been meeting with members of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), who have agreed to work on a joint strategy to guarantee air access to the region.


Luxury Resort to Open on Bermuda by 2011


­Developers announced that plans for a new five-star resort hotel on the site of the old ­Wyndham Beach Resort in Southampton Parish, Bermuda is progressing on schedule.

Scout Real Estate Capital intends to present its proposed plans for the property to the government’s Special Cabinet Committee for approval in early September. Demolition of the old Wyndham hotel is proceeding as planned, with reclaimed copper and concrete being recycled. Scout expects to be in a position to begin construction in the second half of 2009, with an opening date of the new resort set in late 2011.

Preliminary plans for the hotel include more than 150 luxury hotel rooms, a spa, several pools and restaurants and a private club, catering to the needs of both international tourists and local Bermudians. The property will also offer fully serviced beach villas around the property’s three coves.

Current estimates place project development costs at $300 million. The resort hotel is expected to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified under a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, which defines environmental friendliness and sustainability, according to a written release.


Anse Chastanet on St. Lucia Offers Agent Rates

Travel agents and t­heir families can now book ­Anse Chastanet resort’s new “Let Us Indulge You” package, which offers special rates for agents at this well-known luxury property on St. Lucia. During their stay, agents will receive a complete tour of the 600-acre property, a complimentary spa treatment, a complimentary scuba or snorkel experience, a jungle biking or kayaking pass and a half-day sailing cruise on the hotel yacht, Serenity.

For travel from November 1 through December 19, rates are $149 per person daily. From July 30 to October 31, rates are $139 per person daily. Rates are based on run-of-the-house accommodations in double occupancy and they include breakfast, dinner and all tax/service charges.

To book, agents should contact [email protected] or call 800-223-1108.

St. Maarten to Host Fashion Tradeshow In August

The international fashion and beauty industry will be on hand for the second annual Caribbean World Beauty & Barber Tradeshow (CWBBT) on St. Maarten from August 23-30.

Produced by Stile Diva Inc., the CWBBT is aimed at “increasing trade opportunities and the exchange of expertise between North American and Caribbean industries,” according to a written release. The event attracts attendees from Canada, the U.S., the Caribbean and, new this year, attendees from Africa. The week-long fashion and beauty event will take place at different hot spots around the island of St. Maarten.

For a complete event schedule, visit

Marriott Offers Caribbean Deals


­­Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts are offering rates as low as $127 per night, through December 16. The “Sand Dollars Package” includes one free night toward clients’ stays and a $100 food and beverage credit. The offer applies to nine beachfront resorts including Aruba, Curacao, St. Kitts and St. Thomas.

For more information on specific prices and hotels, visit

Operator Offers Jamaica Package, 16% Commission


Tour operator ­­Island Destinations is offering a three-night getaway for two to Royal Plantation on Jamaica, starting at $1,095. This represents a savings of 33 percent.

The three-night getaway also includes add-on activities as well as private roundtrip airport transfers from Montego Bay or Kingston, roundtrip transfers to golf course, a weekly cocktail party with a full, open bar and other amenities. An all-inclusive plan is also available starting at $2,386.

The deal is valid for new bookings now through December 15 and for travel through December 31. Agents can earn up to 16 percent commission on any new Island Destinations booking and travel through December 15 by referencing the extra commission at time of booking.


Sales on Caribbean Villa Vacations


On ­­St. Barts and St. Martin, Wimco Villas is giving away a night free for a week in a villa that’s already, in some cases, up to 50 percent off high season rates. Its “Stay 7, pay 6” plan is available from October 1 through November 15 for participating villas.

Plus, Wimco’s villa vacation experts have lined up a 30 percent discount on rental cars for clients booking villas on St Barts. On St. Barts, Wimco Villas‘ two-bedroom “SIB DEL” is normally $4,700 in the off-season or $671 a night. With the seventh night free, it’s $4,029 or $576 a night. Bring along another couple and each pays just $288 per night per room.

On St. Martin, weekly rates are from $2,743 for luxurious villas like the two-bedroom “Villa C SCO” in the exclusive Terres Basse neighborhood just minutes from the beach. That works out to $196 per night per room.



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