Cruise back at all Jamaica’s major ports

When the Montego Bay Cruise Port welcomes the Carnival Glory, on December 1, its first cruise ship since the re-opening of the local cruise industry, it will also mark the return of operations to all the island’s major cruise ports. The conquest-class cruise ship is...

US Virgin Islands set sight on hotel development

The US Virgin Islands (USVI) is buoyed by investor interest in the territory and the wider Caribbean. Attending the recently concluded annual Caribbean Hotel Investment Conference & Operations Summit (CHICOS) in The Bahamas, USVI Tourism Commissioner Joseph...

NEW FLIGHTS: Antigua to Barbados, Providenciales

As of December 17, travellers between Antigua, Barbados and Providenciales will have more flight options. InterCaribbean Airways will begin offering new Antigua service with two new nonstop jet service destinations. The flights, which will connect Antigua with...

GOAL: 3 million cruise visitors by 2025

Jamaica has its sights set on welcoming three million cruise ship visitors by 2025 through the combined efforts of the country’s tourism ministry, its various agencies and the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ). Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett made the announcement...

FLAVA FINGAZ: Tasty seafood boil in Ocho Rios

With a noticeable seafood slant to its indulgently tantalizing menu, Flava Fingaz has been making waves since its official opening in Jamaica’s resort town of Ochi Rios this January. A visit to its Main Street location is always a treat from start to finish. Fancy a...

STILL IN THE GAME

Officials say Ja can master health & wellness tourism Getting a share of the US$4.3-trillion health and wellness tourism market has been singled out as one of the targets in the Government’s Blue Ocean strategy to help claw back some of the $46.3 billion in...

Medical tourism gets a boost

Jamaica's efforts to stamp its mark on the medical tourism market is set to get a boost, with owner of US-based L’Elite MediSpa, Richina Lukes-Milledge, announcing plans to expand her New York-based operations into Montego Bay. “We would like to introduce medical...

Time for deeper look at cannabis?

Warning that Jamaica is lagging behind in capitalising on the role cannabis can play in the health and wellness tourism market, Douglas K Gordon, founder of the Caribbean’s leading cannabis expo, CanEx Jamaica, is calling for further regulations to maximise the...

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...

Starfish Oils: Ahead of the wellness game

As the need for relaxation now skyrockets due to fatigue associated with the novel coronavirus pandemic, Jamaica’s award-winning aromatherapy company Starfish Oils has been way ahead of the game with their impressive array of all-natural products geared at providing...

STUSH IN THE BUSH: Plant-based food never tasted so good!

Known for its jerk, sun, sand and sea Jamaica can now confidently add ital food to its list of selling points as it moves to embrace the wellness tourism market. This healthy style of preparing tasty dishes made from homegrown ingredients has been taken way beyond the...

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...

TPDCo launches new app

It’s now a lot easier to find tourism players that are licensed by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and have the Tourism Product Development Company Limited’s (TPDCo) COVID-19-compliant seal of approval. TPDCo has rolled out the first local tourism app, providing a...

Port Royal ready for Nieuw Statendam

Port Royal is set to join the list of Jamaican ports welcoming visitors as its first cruise ship since the start of the season, the Nieuw Statendam, one of Holland America’s newest vessels, will dock on Thursday, November 25. The ship, which departed Florida’s Port...

47 flights in one day for Montego Bay

Pointing to a record number of flights into Montego Bay within a 24-hour period, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has welcomed international travellers’ increasing show of confidence in Jamaica as a safe vacation destination. “We’re seeing this heightened interest...

Foodies welcome

Jamaica’s tourism ministry has identified yet another niche market — food. Gastronomy Tourism Corridors will be established in select areas of Kingston to leverage the country’s culinary tourism offerings and bolster the capital city’s position as a premier tourist...

‘OK to live again’

“I want to thank you all for coming because your coming makes the point that… it is ok to travel again. It’s ok to go out and have fun again, it’s ok to be happy again, it’s ok to live again,” said Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett. He was speaking to 40...

SKY BEACH: cosy seafood spot

Imagine dining with someone special in a cosy thatch hut, eating deliciously prepared seafood while listening to the sound of waves splashing against the rocks. Sound goods, right? This could be your reality at one of Hanover’s hidden gems, Sky Beach Bar & Grill....

In-person CTM planned for 2022

Participants will be able to attend the 40th staging of Caribbean Travel Marketplace (CTM), the Caribbean’s largest marketing event, in person in Spring 2022. The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) gathering of buyers and sellers of the region’s tourism...

LOTS OF SHIPS

Buoyed by the arrival of half a dozen cruise ships in one week, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is pushing to add Kingston to the list of ports welcoming vessels. "The return of cruise shipping to our ports is further proof of the growing demand for our first-class...

Spas get safety guidelines

Operators in the spa sub-sector of Jamaica’s tourism industry are set to benefit from an operations manual developed to guide them in being safe, efficient and professional at what they do while tapping into the US$4.4 trillion global health and wellness...

Jamaica hunts share of US$4.3-trillion health and wellness tourism market

Jamaica is stepping up efforts to get a share of the US$4.3-trillion global health and wellness tourism market by promoting the country as the number one health destination in the region. “In global tourism, health and wellness have developed significantly, to the...

SRI’s Stewart bullish on unity, expansion

Adam Stewart went to Travel Weekly’s CruiseWorld confab last Friday highlighting the wisdom of expansion in the tourism industry at this time and commending stakeholders for refusing to yield to the debilitating effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Stewart, the...

CHTA sees sunny skies for winter

With strong health protocols in place and the increase in air service to several destinations across the region, Nicola Madden-Greig, the president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), foresees that the region’s bedrock tourism sector...

ARTISAN VILLAGES: More to come, says Bartlett

The $700-million artisan village to be opened in Falmouth is the first of many across Jamaica, says tourism minister Edmund Bartlett. Similar structures will be put in place at all the country’s resort towns, he said, part of a signature project that will take brand...

POP-UP: Falmouth Artisan Village

The welcome extended to crew and passengers of the Emerald Princess on November 14 was made extra special with the addition of a pop-up version of the soon-to-be-unveiled $700-million Artisan Village being planned for Falmouth. Jamaican culture on show Located...

CRUISE: Falmouth back in the game

The Emerald Princess docked at the Port of Falmouth on November 14 with 1,700 passengers and 1,719 crew members on board, the first cruise ship to call there in more than a year. The luxury vessel’s arrival is being described by Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett as a...

Peppa’s Cool Spot

Peppa’s Cool Spot is every foodie’s dream. In fact some fans of the five-year-old casual dining establishment, spearheaded by Bernard 'Peppa' Morrison and daughter Danielle Morrison-Hunter, say it serves up the best international cuisine in Montego Bay. When...

Ocean by H10 Hotels adds adults-only Eden Bay

The final touches are being added to the 431 adults-only suites at Eden Bay, the latest addition to Ocean by H10 Hotels, nestled in Coral Springs, Trelawny. One already completed block of the suites began welcoming guests last week, at specially discounted rates. The...

For Eternity

Looking into the eyes of her soon-to-be-husband race car driver Doug Gore while reciting her vows, Mia Hair Artistry principal Shanice Witter said: “You give me a sense of peace that I've never known.” Cue: tears, including those of the groom. Sealed with a kiss...

Jamaica’s strong rebound

Increased demand for the destination has pushed Jamaica’s tourism players to change their forecast, predicting that by the last quarter of 2023 the country will earn $3.6 billion from 4.2 million visitors. This “return to normal” is a full three months earlier than...

Chukka betting big on cruise ships

Chukka Adventures is betting big on the return of cruise ships, pumping millions of Jamaican dollars into getting ready to welcome passengers. "We are spending half-a-million US dollars on upgrades and restoration for the coming cruise ships. We will do it now,...

24 scholarships awarded

Two dozen Caribbean nationals have been awarded scholarships designed to accelerate the trajectory of their hospitality careers. They were selected from among more than 150 applicants. The opportunity is being provided through the recently announced professional...

Jamaica takes 6 Travvy Awards

Jamaica has been recognised with six awards in the prestigious gold and silver categories at the 2021 Travvy Awards, further establishing its place as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations. The Jamaica Tourist Board accepted the awards at the 7th annual...

American Airlines increases Anguilla flights

As of January 5, American Airlines will increase its service from Miami to Anguilla to three times a week. This will follow twice-weekly flights — on Wednesdays and Saturdays — from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Anguilla’s Clayton J Lloyd International Airport...

Montserrat offers training for tourism stakeholders

Montserrat’s Director of Tourism, Warren Solomon, has hailed as timely a recently completed training workshop for tourism stakeholders. “This training could not have come at a more opportune time, with our borders going through the second phase of its re-opening,”...

Kingston Listed on Condé Nast Traveller’s Top Vacation Spots For 2022

Luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Condé Nast Traveller's has included Kingston, Jamaica, as a must-see destination in 2022 for travellers interested in cultural tourism. Destinations on the list, divided into categories to suit all travel appetites, such as 'best...

Port Royal goes BIG on Nov 25

On November 25 Port Royal will welcome the largest cruise ship it has ever received, the Nieuw Statendam from luxury cruise line Holland America. It’s scheduled to call at the Historic Naval Dockyard, a significant milestone as the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ)...

Bartlett elected Chair of Inter-American Committee on Tourism

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has been elected, on the sidelines of the ongoing UNWTO General Assembly in Madrid, Chair of the Organization of America States (OAS) Inter-American Committee on Tourism (CITUR). Edmund Bartlett CITUR is the most prestigious...

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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...

CAPRICE: The essence of Caribbean villa living

CAPRICE: The essence of Caribbean villa living

Immerse yourself fully in luxurious beachfront living at Caprice, one of real estate titan Sir Paul Altman’s sublime properties in Barbados. Sunset from Caprice The essence of Caribbean villa living, Caprice has plenty of space with a choice of areas to relax, perhaps...