U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS UPDATE – JULY 19, 1999
Gulfstream International Airlines Announces Flights in the Territory
Gulfstream International Airlines recently announced its service into the USVI will begin November 1, 1999. Gulfstream, based in Florida and the Bahamas, will expand its service into the territory with a total of 18 daily roundtrip flights from San Juan, PR to St. Thomas and St. Croix. The airline will also offer inter-island travel between St. Thomas and St. Croix and connections to the U.S. mainland. For additional information about Gulfstream International Airlines' service to the USVI, call (800) 525-0280 (domestic) and (800) 231- 0856 (international).
St. Croix Source Online Newspaper Launches in Territory
The St. Croix Source, the USVI's second online general interest newspaper, officially launched its Web site last week. The focus of the new online newspaper is to provide hard news, informed commentary, island features and information to readers in the territory and abroad. The St. Croix Source will feature: commentary and legal opinions; resource data and economic benchmarks; lists of boards and commissions; information on cruiseship visits, watersports and land sports; religious services information; and a calendar of events. Other data and information will be added to the site regularly. The new online publication is an edition of OnePaper.com and the sister publication to the highly successful St. Thomas Source, which was launched six months ago. Both the St. Croix Source and the St. Thomas Source are accessible via the Web site at www.onepaper.com. Direct access to the St. Croix Source Web site is available at the following Internet addresses: www.onepaper.com/stcroixvi or www.stcroixsource.com.
Predator Tank Opens at Coral World
St. Thomas' Coral World officially opened its Predator Tank exhibit last weekend. The opening revealed new lighting for improved viewing and a feeding show where the sharks take food directly from a diver's hand. The Predator Tank features local shark species, plus other large fish such as barracuda, tarpon, moray eels, remoras and jacks. Visitors can now see a daily scheduled feeding with a narrated introduction to sharks and their habits. For more information on the Predator Tank and other Coral World exhibits, call (340) 775-1555, ext. 247.
Winward Passage Hotel, St. Thomas Now a Holiday Inn franchise
After a multi-million dollar renovation and upgrade, the Windward Passage Hotel has joined Bass Hotels & Resorts International as a Holiday Inn franchise. The 151-room hotel, which is conveniently located in the heart of St. Thomas overlooking the picturesque harbor of Charlotte Amalie, will now be known as the Holiday Inn St. Thomas. The new look includes a beautifully redesigned lobby, courtyard bar, restaurant and 3,000-square feet of conference facilities. Guest rooms feature upgraded amenities such as coffee maker, refrigerator, hair dryer, iron and board, cable TV, in-room movies, video games, radio, alarm clock, telephone with voice mail and data port, and in-room safe. Complimentary features include a manager's welcome reception, introductory dive lessons through the Dive and Water Sports shop on the premises, use of the fitness center and daily beach shuttle to Magens Bay. For additional information or reservations, call (340) 774-5200 or visit our Web site at www.holidayinn.st-thomas.com.
Westin Offers Special Package for Couples Getting Remarried Who Have Children
The Westin Resort, St. John has specially designed a new wedding/familymoon package for couples getting remarried who want to share their vows with their children. The "Yours, Mine & Ours" package offers a unique tropical wedding and honeymoon getaway that is ideal for couples getting married for the second time around who also want to put more emphasis on an intimate, less formal wedding ceremony that includes their loved ones in the celebration. The package includes: a wedding ceremony at the resort's Baywind Gazebo; a member of the clergy to perform the ceremony; a tropical bridal bouquet and groom's boutonniere; a bottle of champagne; keepsake toasting goblets; a solo musician; a wedding cake; gazebo flowers; a wedding photographer; a room for the newlyweds and a second room for the kids (limit four to six depending on the room) at 50 percent off the regular room rate; and a complimentary Westin Kids Club night out to allow the newlyweds to enjoy a romantic night alone. Effective now through December 18, 1999, rates start at $2,390 for a three- night/four-day stay and $3,710 for a seven-night/eight-day stay in hillside rooms. In addition, kids age 12 and under eat for free when accompanied by a parent now through September 15, 1999. For reservation or additional information, call (800) 808-5020 or (340) 693-8000.
Wyndham Offers Dive Package
Avid scuba divers will enjoy the dive package available at St. Thomas' Wyndham Sugar Bay Beach Club & Resort. The package includes: an upgrade to deluxe accommodations; a minimum of two, two-tank dives; transfers to the dive boat; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and all-day snacks; unlimited wine, champagne and premium-brand drinks during bar hours; free day and night tennis, non-motorized sports and beach volleyball; free use of the fitness center and Jacuzzi; and more. Three-, five- and seven-night packages are available starting at $515, $835 and $1,155, respectively, for two adult divers now through December 19, 1999. Night dives are also available with the 7-night dive package, which includes a total of four dives. For more information or reservations, call (800) 927-7100 or (340) 777-7100.
Continental Airlines to Offer Flights to USVI
As announced earlier this week, Continental Airlines will begin service into the USVI on December 16, 1999. The airline will offer daily, non-stop service between Newark/New York City and St. Thomas. Beginning in December, Continental will become the fifth major airline offering service into the territory from the continental United States. For more information, call Continental's corporate communications office at (973) 681-1662, or call Continental's reservations line at (800) 525-0280 (domestic) or (800) 231-0856 (international).
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U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS UPDATE – JULY 19, 1999
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