Security for Jamaica’s tourism workers

Under the Tourism Workers Pension Scheme (TWPS) launched on January 12, tourism sector workers now 59 and over will get the full $200,000 a year pension pay-out when they retire at age 65. The shortfall in their contributions, created as the fund is newly launched,...

Engagement etiquette

By wedding consultant Shikima Hinds If you haven't noticed, it's that time of year when engagements are popping up fast and frequently. A new year usually includes new engagements. I am sure that you want to let the whole world know that he proposed and you're...

Bahia Principe appoints first Jamaican Country Manager

Jamaica's largest hotel, Bahia Principe, has appointed Brian Sang as its first Jamaican Country Manager. Sang joins Bahia following a string of successful tenures and noteworthy accomplishments in the hotel, tourism, and hospitality management industries. His most...

More than a walkway

It is said that when schools, communities and organisations work together to support learning, students tend to stay in school longer, do better and enjoy school more. The Cove Primary School was one such institution to benefit from a partnership with the Sandals...

Barbados Welcome Stamp Programme reaps rewards

Barbados says it has approved over 2,000 applications from foreign nationals wanting to participate in the country's Welcome Stamp Programme. The 12-month programme is being pitched as a way to diversify the island's tourism product, attract a new type of visitor, as...

Bridal fashion trends for 2022

By wedding consultant Shikima Hinds As with 2022 wedding trends, wedding fashion this year will focus heavily on personal style. Bridal fashion designers are known for their romantic gowns, with figure-flattering silhouettes and intricate details, but they are now...

Margaritaville Ocho Rios’s SASHA DALEY

When Sasha Daley landed a job as a hostess at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Ocho Rios in 2017 she did not expect that just four years later she would have been promoted to floor manager of the establishment. “I started as a hostess then I moved to the bar as a...

HISTORY & BEAUTY — Green Grotto Caves

A guided tour of the Green Grotto Caves serves up a memorable slice of true Jamaican history. The national heritage site is home to two-century-old mystical underground limestone caverns, said to be former special hiding places for runaway slaves. The grottos, it is...

Appleton Estate does Pier 1

Appleton Estate’s Cocktails and Cuisine has arrived at one of Montego Bay’s hottest lifestyle entertainment destinations: Pier 1. David Morrison, Senior Blender for Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums, along with his band of discerning foodies, visited Jamaica’s second city,...

Jamaica gets nod from Indian newspaper

The Times of India, a daily newspaper, has rated Jamaica as one of the safest travel destinations globally. The ranking was based on the latest US State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and data from the 2021 Global Peace Index...

Bartlett hails ROK Hotel’s investment in downtown Kingston

The Ministry of Tourism has applauded the pending opening of ROK Hotel Kingston, hailing the development on the Kingston waterfront as an invaluable investment that will add to the revitalisation of the capital.   Following a recent meeting with hotel stakeholders,...

Appleton goes back to Black River Lounge

Appleton Estate’s Cocktails and Cuisine is back again — coming to you straight from the heart of Jamaica! David Morrison, Senior Blender for Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums, invited some discerning foodies to dine with him as they furthered their mission to unearth...

STEEL BAND: Silver Birds

Over the last 14 years the Silver Birds Steel Orchestra has performed at almost every resort and hotel in Jamaica, bringing huge smiles to the faces of captivated guests. They do up to four shows a day at each property, taking turns in two teams of four players each....

MBJ betting on biometrics

It’s every airline passenger’s dream: Check-in on your mobile device then whisk past long lines in the packed terminal and head straight to the airplane, all without the need to pass physical documents back and forth with airport staff. It’s coming to the Sangster...

MBJ Airports to slash JPS bill by $158 million

MBJ Airports Ltd (MBJ), operators of Sangster International Airport (SIA), will shave a little over $158 million off its electricity bill in 2022, part of a wider effort to become carbon-neutral. The average bill is now $480 million a year. “So you can see how...

Chukka adds cabanas & concierges

ALREADY known for its extensive range of outdoor activities, Chukka's Eco-Adventure Outpost has even more in store for those who visit its Good Hope, Trelawny, location in 2022. There’s good news, for example, for adventure lovers who also crave a bit of pampering....

MUST DO: Worthy Park Rum Tour

IF you’ve been longing to experience the Worthy Park Estate Rum Tour, look out for discounts in January. Nestled in the hills of Lluidas Vale, St Catherine, Worthy Park Estate is the grand old lady of rum distilleries in the Caribbean. A visit is rich with first-hand...

Spreading holiday cheer

Sections of the hospitality sector are known for their generosity, for giving back to their communities and bringing smiles to so many faces. Here are highlights from a few of their holiday treats this year. Sandals is ‘Here for you’ In addition to their annual...

Style Jamaica 2021 highlights

Fifteen designers participated in a fashion show during this year’s staging of Style Jamaica, an eagerly anticipated calendar event that showcases local talent. Held at Island Village in Ocho Rios, the pieces on display ranged from swimwear and shorts, shirts and pant...

MAGNIFICENT Negril Lighthouse

JAMAICAN-BORN international megastar Koffee took it up a notch with her co-directed music video for her hit, West Indies. Some of the stunning drone shots showed her more than 60 feet above ground, belting out the catchy tune as she rocked in her inimitable style to...

More from Margaritaville Ocho Rios

With plans to spruce up and make its white sand beach 60 per cent bigger in 2022, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Ocho Rios is looking to make its mark as the leading tourist attraction along Jamaica’s north-eastern shore. Already a favourite with the thousands of...

Marley restaurant & more for SIA

BOB Marley’s One Love restaurant is just one of the new offerings that will be available when the Sangster International Airport (SIA) unveils its revamped retail concession experience in 2022. “This is a new concept that they're developing; this is through their...

FINE JEWELLERY, made with love

Hand-crafting fine jewellery, once a hobby, is now a way of life for Melisha Coke. Working on pieces not only allows her to channel her inner creativity but also gives her a sense of accomplishment. “I feel so good when other people wear my jewellery and they reach...

Adventures in rafting at Chukka

RAFTING on the Martha Brae, just one of the fun things to do at Chukka Good Hope, is a great way to relax but, as LetsTravelCaribbean.com discovered, getting there is an adventure all in itself.  When we visited — a group of local and international media all...

JTB honours ‘golden’ employees

Twenty employees who have worked in Jamaica’s tourism sector for 50 years or more have been recognised for their service. Officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Jamaica Tourist Board, led by Minister Edmund Bartlett, feted them during the recent Golden Tourism Day...

Resilient partnership

The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) is gearing up to partner with Jordan on a major climate change initiative next year. The initiative was announced by Minister of Tourism and Co-Chair of the GTRCMC, Edmund Bartlett. The partnership...

AT LAST: Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Jamaica gathers

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Jamaica recently held its first formal event in just over two years, a gathering before then having been stymied because of the effects of the novel coronavirus and the Government-issued protocols and mandates regarding gatherings. Under the...

Sandals opens new High Grove Village

Adam Stewart has opened a new wing at Sandals Royal Caribbean in the tourism resort city of Montego Bay, saying that it is testimony to the all-inclusive chain's strong commitment to Jamaica in which it is investing US$240 million between 2021 and 2022, despite the...

Holiday aromas, by Rachael Lane

The Yuletide season at mother-daughter aromatherapy company Rachael Lane is a joyous time of year as their 2021 holiday collection shows. With a range of hand-poured essential oil candles and an all-natural body soap, their holiday scents are perfectly curated to...

CDC gives Jamaica better grade

Jamaica has been downgraded from a Level 3 to a Level 2 designation by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recognition of the country's efforts to effectively contain the spread of COVID-19. This new classification places the...

BIG AWARD for Global Tourism Resilience Centre

The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) has been recognised as the World’s Leading Tourism Initiative at the just concluded World Travel Awards in Dubai. The award is one of the highest and recognised globally. “The recognition by the...

Resort wear by Selah&Co

With her handmade vibrant and creative resort wear, young Jamaican designer Selah Brown is looking to 'hem' herself into the travel and tourism industry with her clothing line, Selah&Co. Brown, a 32-year-old Kingstonian, was first introduced to the world of...

Ships ahoy for Port Royal

The Naval Dockyard at Port Royal is scheduled to receive at least 10 cruise-ship calls between January and March 2022.                                                                      Assistant Vice President, Marketing Communications at the Port Authority of...

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Ships ahoy for Port Royal

Ships ahoy for Port Royal

The Naval Dockyard at Port Royal is scheduled to receive at least 10 cruise-ship calls between January and...

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Sandals opens new High Grove Village

Sandals opens new High Grove Village

Adam Stewart has opened a new wing at Sandals Royal Caribbean in the tourism resort city of Montego Bay, saying that it is testimony to the all-inclusive chain's strong commitment to Jamaica in which it is investing US$240 million between 2021 and 2022, despite the...

60 years of wellness: JAMAICA INN

60 years of wellness: JAMAICA INN

Wellness retreats, free yoga classes, and a spa that uses all-natural products from plants grown on an expansive property that made social distancing possible long before it became all the rage. That’s Jamaica Inn, where owner Eric Morrow proudly boasts that they’ve...

AWEsome experience

AWEsome experience

A behind-the-scenes look into the serenity of Moon Palace Jamaica’s Awe Spa reveals a team of 72 staff members who, before COVID-19, catered to the every whim of 300 guests on busy days. Now they've topped half that number at the Ocho Rios property, but the level of...

Half Moon’s Hibiscus has a NEW LOOK

Half Moon’s Hibiscus has a NEW LOOK

All 68 rooms and suites of the storied Hibiscus neighbourhood, located within Half Moon’s legacy Founders Cove resort, will re-open on November 22 after a total transformation. This is the latest in a series of improvements and renovations at the iconic Half Moon, a...

SANDALS ROYAL BAHAMIAN: SRI’s peek into the future

SANDALS ROYAL BAHAMIAN: SRI’s peek into the future

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has embarked on a multimillion-dollar renovation of its Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and Offshore Island in Nassau that the company says will represent its profile for the future. Set to reopen and welcome guests on January 27,...

Villa Rosa

Villa Rosa

This contemporary house, overlooking the famous Half Moon, was named in honour of the beloved wife of the original owners. It was first built by an American/European couple who travelled regularly to the island, stayed at the hotel and purchased the forest-covered lot...