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Veteran and award-winning Caribbean hotelier Anthony Bowen has been appointed Regional Managing Director of Elite Island Resorts.

CEO of the resort group Robert Barrett announced that the Saint Lucia-based Bowen, who also serves as President of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA), has been selected to lead the hospitality company's charge throughout the Caribbean. "Our brand is poised for continued growth (and) with Tony managing that growth in the Caribbean region and Saint Lucia in particular, we are confident of a successful 2011 and far beyond."

Jamaica will welcome increased AirTran Airways service for the winter travel season from Baltimore/Washington, starting February 26, 2011. The additional flight, which will operate between Baltimore/Washington and Montego Bay on Saturdays and Sundays, runs through May 1, 2011.
“We welcome the additional nonstop flight from AirTran, which will make it easier for travelers from Baltimore to visit Jamaica this winter season. Just a three-and-a-half hour flight away, Jamaica is an easily accessible warm-weather escape,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism John Lynch. “Our exciting destination has so much to offer everyone, from our amazing attractions to our diverse accommodations and great cuisine, and with the additional nonstop flights, travelers looking to escape the frigid temperatures of the winter months in the mid-Atlantic area will find it impossible to resist.”

A United Kingdom passenger tax increase that affects travelers to the Caribbean was scheduled to go into effect on Nov. 1, despite pressure from airlines, travel agents and passenger groups on the government here.

     The Air Passenger Duty (APD) was scheduled to increase by up to 50 percent for some destinations, making family holidays “unaffordable for many,” according to Sir Richard Branson’s airline Virgin Atlantic.
British Airways has also attacked the increases, saying they threaten the U.K.’s economic recovery and put thousands of jobs at risk.

The Jamaica Tourist Board is celebrating the launch of new American Airlines flights from Chicago’s O’Hare International to Jamaica’s Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Beginning today, American is adding three nonstop flights per week, bringing this carrier’s total to five weekly round-trip flights that will operate between these gateways.
“The additional American Airlines flights make a Jamaican getaway a breeze for travelers from the Chicago area,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism John Lynch. “With seasonal service five days a week, they now have extra options for a long weekend or winter escape to enjoy our great beaches, exciting cultural attractions, wonderful food, and warm hospitality.”