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MARTIN P.R. KEEPS GETTING THE WORD OUT

Hurricane Jose No Problem for U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands escaped Hurricane Jose virtually unscathed this week. St. Thomas and St. John experienced some wind gusts and rain, while St. Croix did not experience any tropical storm effects.
No significant damage has been reported on any of the islands. Both St. Thomas' Cyril E. King Airport and St. Croix's Henry L. Rohlsen Airport have reopened, as well as the marine ports.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Please be aware that St. John's, Antigua is very different from St. John, USVI. We have received reports of confusing information with regard to St. John's (the capital of Antigua) and St. John (one of the U.S. Virgin Islands). The two had very different experiences with Hurricane Jose.]
The Westin Resort, St. John Welcomes Travel Agents with Special Holiday Season Rate
The Westin Resort on St. John invites travel agents to escape the winter blues with a special rate of $89 per night during November and December.
Available for bookings made now through December 22, 1999, the rate represents 60 percent off the regular rate of $220 per night in a Hillside room, single or double occupancy. In addition, the $10 per night resort fee will be waived.
The luxurious beachfront resort features: a spectacular quarter-acre freshwater swimming pool, including kiddie pool and two adjacent Jacuzzis; three restaurants, including the acclaimed Coccoloba Grill and Lounge, a New York-style deli and 24-hour room service; a full-service Westin Kids Club for children three years of age and up; an oversized, state-of-the-art health club and full spa facility; six lighted turf tennis courts; and much more.
For more information about The Westin Resort, call (340) 693-8000 or (800) WESTIN-1, or visit the resort's Web site at www.westin.com.
Chenay Bay Offers Value-Added Rates for Family-Style Cottages
Chenay Bay Beach Resort on St. Croix is offering value-added rates for all of its family cottages to families of parents with children and "families " of friends. Now through December 20, 1999 and January 5 through January 18, 2000, rates start at $236.25 for a garden-view family cottage. Between December 21, 1999 and January 4, 2000, and January 19 through March 31, 2000, rates start at $379.50 for a garden-view family cottage.
All rates are per cot
tage, per night, based on double occupancy, plus taxes and service charges. The family-style cottages are adjoining units configured to accommodate up to eight adults. The units offer many modern amenities including: fully equipped kitchenettes with a microwave and coffemaker, one king-size or two double beds, loveseat, cable television, direct-dial telephone, clock radio, air-conditioning and ceiling fan, and front porches. Chenay Bay offers complimentary snorkeling, ocean kayaking, beach toys, volleyball, and many other daytime activities.
The resort's "Kids Stay Free" program invites children 18 years of age and under to stay free-of-charge when sharing the same accommodations as their parents. Children four to 12 years of age will enjoy the "Cruzan Kids" educational program featuring island excursions, shell collecting, snorkeling, beach hikes, kayaking and tennis.
For more information or for reservations, call (800) 548-4457 or (340) 773-2918, or visit the resort's Web site at www.chenaybay.com.
Bolongo Bay Extends "Sizzling Summer" & "Singles Summer Savings Special" Promotions
St. Thomas' Bolongo Bay Beach Club & Villas has extended its "Sizzling Summer Sale" and "Singles Summer Savings Special."
The "Sizzling Summer Sale" reduces the resort's European Plan (EP) rate to $100, the semi-inclusive Continental Plan (CP) to $120 and the all-inclusive plan to $315.
Rates for this sale are per room, per night, based on double occupancy plus tax and service charges.
The "Singles Summer Savings Special" offers reduced rates to single occupancy guests staying on either the resort's EP, CP or all-inclusive plans. The rates start at $90 for the EP, $110 for the CP and $195 for the all-inclusive plan.
Rates for this special are per room, per night. Taxes and service charges apply to the EP and CP plans only. Both promotions are valid on all bookings made now through November 10, 1999 for travel through November 15, 1999. Guests who book seven nights on the Continental Plan receive an all-day sail and beach outing to St. John aboard Heavenly Days, the resort's 53-foot catamaran, with lunch and open bar (valued at $95 per person).
Guests staying a minimum of five nights on the all-inclusive plan also receive a complimentary Heavenly Days outing. For reservations or to learn more about these promotions, call Bolongo Bay Beach sClub & Villas at (340) 775-1800 or (800) 524-4746, or visit the resort's Web site at www.bolongo.com.
Reichhold Center for the Arts Hosts Performances for the 1999-2000 Season
St. Thomas' Reichhold Center for the Arts at the University of the Virgin Islands will host several exciting performances during its 1999-2000 season. Featured events and performances include the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, a co-production with the Birch Forum, October 30; All the Kings Men, a tribute to the VI Calypso Monarchs featuring Louis Ilbe, Jr., Whadablee, Mighty Pat, Ras Regg, Nikki Brooks and the Xpress Band, November 6; Third World, two performances from one of Jamaica's prominent reggae bands, November 20; Christmas – Caribbean Style, a Caribbean Christmas musical featuring Josephine-Thomas Lewis, Jackie Figueroas and many other musical vocalists, December 25 and 26; 21st Century, an instrumental jazz ensemble featuring Dion Parson and Ron Blake, December 29; Oakland Ballet, a co-production with the Birch Forum, January 15; Mahalia, a new musical that tells the true story of the great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, February 26; STARfest 6, showcasing the VI's best talent in music, dance and theater, May 13 through 15. To learn more about these performances and other events at the Reichhold Center for the Arts, call (340) 693-1550, or visit the center's Web site at www.reichholdcenter.com.

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