St Mary gets ready

Cookshop operator Audley Kidd can’t wait to introduce Jamaica, through its food, to visitors who arrive at the Ian Fleming International Airport (IFIA). He has a reputation, in Oracabessa — the closest town to the airport, for serving up mouth-watering turn cornmeal;...

Dads in Tourism

On this last day of June, the month when fathers around the globe are recognised for the role they play in shaping their children’s lives, we catch up with fathers who work directly and indirectly within the tourism industry. • Edmund Bartlett speaks of the impact his...

Search for happiness

WHEN Edmund Bartlett was 46, his daughter Lisa Simone died after a valiant battle with cystic fibrosis. Since then he’s been on a quest to recreate the joyful moments of her life.  “It certainly made me see how fully you must live your life while you have it, and...

Listen, hear, nurture

DONOVAN White prides himself on his ability to truly listen. It’s a skill that’s been particularly important over the last four and half years in his role as director of tourism, leading a team of 160 in Jamaica and beyond. “Sometimes we listen, but we don't hear. We...

Just be there

HAVING raised two adult children, David Dobson knows how important it is to be there for them. In fact, his advice to new dads is to take time off from work when the baby arrives. Dobson is chief technical director in the Ministry of Tourism, second in line after the...

Chef Claudio & Liam

THE first time Claudio Facchinetti ventured out alone with his son he made sure he grabbed the diaper bag, an absolute necessity for any successful outing with a small child. There was just one problem: the bag was empty. “I forgot the diapers and the soother and...

The seaman’s son

DEINO Campbell is hoping his son, Caleb, will continue the family tradition of a life on the high seas. Caleb is only six months old but his father already sees him, all grown up, at the helm of a luxury yacht or one of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s majestic...

SANDALS ROYAL CURAÇAO: Where amazing comes together

Sandals Resorts marked its venture into the vibrant culture and colours of the Dutch Caribbean with an enchanting grand opening celebration at Sandals Royal Curaçao headlined by the island’s most captivating performers. This included the highly anticipated return of...

Villa on the water

THE HRH Mimosa is being dubbed the villa on the water by some who’ve experienced even a taste of what it has to offer. The 55-foot Sea Ray Sedan Bridge vessel is outfitted with some of the most well-appointed amenities that can be found on any vessel this side of the...

AA flights for Ian Fleming Airport

The Jamaican Government’s push to lure higher-end travellers into the island through the Ian Fleming International Airport will be boosted, come November, when American Airlines joins the list of airlines that have already added the Boscobel location to their...

Wedding market BOOST from Tampa flight

Frontier Airlines’ first flight ever from Tampa to Montego Bay is expected to bode well for Jamaica, especially the wedding segment of the country’s tourism market. “This flight is a new market, Tampa. We’ve never had flights out of that northern portion of Florida...

JTB picks up two awards

The Jamaica Tourist Board copped two prestigious awards at the recent 2022 Baxter Agents’ Choice Awards which brought together the who’s who of the Canadian travel industry. The JTB was named “Favourite Tourist Board - Caribbean” and “Favourite Destination -...

Dom Rep to host cruise conference

The Dominican Republic will host the 2022 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference from October 11-14. It will take place in Santo Domingo. The only official cruise conference representing the Caribbean, Mexico as well as Central and South...

TUI agents get familiar with Jamaica

Visits to 14 attractions across Jamaica were enough to remind a team of 20 TUI UK travel agents of all the fun their clients can have on vacation. The familiarisation trip is part of TUI’s investment in the destination, which will include training throughout the...

Tourism jobs coming back, says CHTA

WITH some 2.35 million tourism workers across the Caribbean back on the job after being impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic the region is set to steadily recover to the record levels of 2019 according to president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association...

Summer’s looking good!

BUOYED by data showing an already “robust demand for the Caribbean” ahead of the 2022 season, president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Nicola Madden-Greig is confident the region will experience a great summer. “We are really excited to see...

Fashion Forward: New look Sandals® Resorts uniforms

Haute fashion meets hospitality, as Sandals Resorts continues its 40th Anniversary celebrations by commissioning renowned fashion designer Stan Herman to reimagine the uniforms across its illustrious resort portfolio. A tribute to the team members forming the soul of...

Guidelines for Caribbean’s coral reef

The first ever guide to coral reef restoration designed specifically for the tourism sector has been created. It’s a collaborative effort by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) and the United Nations Environment Programme...

Bartlett bats for Caricom single-visa regime

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett says a single-visa regime among Caricom member countries should be the next critical consideration in rationalising entry protocols in the region. “[This is] for touristic purposes and can be provided for visitors coming...

UPDATE: Tourism Workers Pension Scheme

Since being launched in February, more than 5,000 workers in Jamaica’s tourism sector have contributed almost $90 million to the Tourism Workers Pension Scheme (TWPS). Meanwhile, there are more than 15,000 applications pending from others who wish to join. Minister of...

WTTC offers advice on resilience

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has highlighted five elements destinations should focus on to build both resilience and long-term sustainability: environment, infrastructure, energy, economic, and societal resilience.   They were presented in a...

Future proofing the tourism industry

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett will be part of a high-level panel discussion on ways to future-proof the international tourism industry so that it can withstand global shocks. The talks, which will be held on June 22, are part of the Commonwealth...

OPEN: Ian Fleming Airport

The start of scheduled international commercial flights into the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St Mary has been hailed as a significant milestone in Jamaica’s aviation and tourism industries. “The presence today of the inaugural flight from a...

Sandals Foundation answers: Could You Be Loved?

Three-time Grammy winner Cedella Marley has given rise to a new version of “Could You Be Loved”, her father Bob Marley’s classic song. Cedella Marley’s portion of this single’s proceeds will benefit Women Helping Others Achieve (WHOA), a women’s empowerment programme...

One million and counting

First-time visitor to Jamaica, Brian Simmons on June 15 became the country’s one millionth stopover arrival for 2022 and to mark the milestone he has been given an all-expenses-paid return trip for his next visit. Simmons landed at Montego Bay’s Sangster International...

BIG AWARD for Appleton Estate’s Joy Spence

The world’s first female Master Blender, Dr Joy Spence, has achieved yet another first in her illustrious and trailblazing career. On June 9 she became the first Caribbean Master Blender to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Distilled Spirits...

Falmouth Mystic: MORE TO COME

When Rasheed Williams decided to put his first boat into the waters of Falmouth's famous Luminous Lagoon in 2012, he knew he had to do something different. Already there were a number of other vessels ferrying visitors and locals to experience the jaw-dropping sight...

Cayman Islands to host major CTO event

The Cayman Islands will be the venue for the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) first major in-person event since the pandemic. The CTO’s Business Meetings will be held from September 12-15. The Cayman Islands Ministry and Department of Tourism have partnered with...

Jamaica to fill 10,000 cruise jobs

As Jamaica’s ministry of tourism moves to tap into the local labour force to identify, recruit and deploy at least 10,000 of 90,000 workers required in the global cruise industry, care is being taken to ensure there is no negative impact on the local hospitality...

BA marks 60 years in Antigua

Spirits were high at a cocktail reception hosted by the Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority to mark British Airways 60th anniversary of flying to Antigua. Cultural dancers and the melodious sounds of a steel band set...

40 MILLION BOTTLES: Recycling goal

A partnership between the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and Recycling Partners of Jamaica (RPJ) to reduce plastic pollution in resort areas will see about 40 million bottles collected each year. Since the pilot, which took place in October 2021, several...

More for smaller players, promises Bartlett

Pointing to the huge difference between how much value small and medium sized players bring to the tourism sector and how much they earn from it, Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is on a mission to narrow the gap.   Among the initiatives planned to...

SCUBA GENIE: Nickardo Dennis

Nickardo Dennis has always loved being in the water. No surprise, then, that he became a dive instructor. He’s known as the Scuba Genie. His love of the ocean is hereditary. Growing up in the seaside community of Belmont in Westmoreland, Dennis is a third-generation...

US$265 million resort for Jamaica

A 250-room luxury resort and 23 residences nestled amongst towering 200-year-old fig and banyan trees at Mammee Bay in Jamaica is slated to debut in late 2024.  The project is estimated to be a US$265 million investment.  It is the first property being...

Sandals Unveils Royal Curaçao

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has opened its 16th Sandals Resort, Sandals Royal Curaçao, racking up a number of firsts in the process.  The resort company’s debut in the Dutch Caribbean sets in motion entirely new and innovative ways to experience the...

MICE Americas returns to Cuba

For four days in June, up to 50 participants will gather in Cuba for the 24th edition of the oldest B2B MICE tradeshow of the Americas & Caribbean, MITM Americas. The gathering of players interested in the Meetings & Incentive Travel Market will take place in...

Anguilla’s warm welcome

Stakeholders from various sectors of Anguilla’s tourist industry are working with the local tourist board to give visitors a welcome they won’t soon forget. Twice a month, on the busiest arrival days at the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport (CJLIA) and the Blowing...

Caribbean hoteliers upbeat

Caribbean tourism is doing well, thanks to a combination of pent-up traveller demand, eased travel restrictions, flight availability and good deals. According to the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), a tourism renaissance is well underway in the region,...

GIVING BACK: Smiles in Ocho Rios

Bright smiles were the order of the day in and around the resort town of Ocho Rios after more than 300 local residents were treated to world class dental care. It was a great example of how tourism players give back to their local communities. Under the Spring Sealant...

More local talent for Jamaica

Entertainment managers and local hotel talent scouts will soon have access to a wider pool of Western Jamaica-based talent in the performing arts. Fifty-two individuals recently completed a month-long series of training sessions through the Level Up Performing Arts...

Jamaica voted best tourist board

Jamaica has the best tourist board, and it has the award to prove it. The destination copped the prize at the recent TravelPulse Canada 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the third time Jamaica has won the category. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) was in great...

S HOTEL FIRST: driving simulator

Imagine being able to rev your engines, well virtually at least, while looking out your window at the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea from your hotel room. Now you can. On May 26 a driving simulator was installed in the Sky Loft suite of the S Hotel located...

MICE: first hit, last to recover

“You have to realise that what gets affected first, and is going to be the last to recover, is really corporate MICE travel,” says groups and conventions manager at the Jamaica Tourist Board, John Woolcock, as he explains the impact COVID-19 has had on that segment of...

Montego Bay Convention Centre: They do it all

When the Montego Bay Convention Centre opened its doors in 2011, it took a while to convince Jamaicans that the venue was something they actually needed. As the facility’s director of sales and events, Mavoy Smith-Robb explains, “Jamaicans like hotels, they like to...

Jamaica Conference Centre: Where decisions are made

Built 39 years ago to house and host the International Seabed Authority (ISA), the Jamaica Conference Centre has morphed into so much more. It still welcomes the ISA twice per year but today it’s also seen as a prime location for everything from intimate gatherings...

AC Hotel Kingston: Easy access, maximum comfort

Ever since opening its doors in 2019, AC Hotel Kingston has made an impact on the meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions (MICE) market. And it has no intention of letting up. “We are one of the biggest hotel-based event venues in Jamaica. Designed to cater...

Plantation Smokehouse heads to Kingston

BY the first week of June, foodies in Kingston who have long-craved easier access to Plantation Smokehouse will have just that as the St Ann-based eatery will open a location at 33 Constant Spring Road. It’s a bold move by owner Alywn “Brown Speed” Brown but he thinks...

Terra Nova takes it up a notch

Known for its large conference rooms in a city bustling with business tourism, it’s no surprise that 80 per cent of guests at Kingston’s Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel fall into the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) niche of the tourism market....

5 days, 100 booths, 1,000 guests

REGISTRATION is now open for the first-ever World Free Zone Conference Annual International Conference and Exhibition (AICE) to be held in Jamaica, which will take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from June 13-17. For five days delegates from around the...

TEF bats for SMEs in tourism sector

THE Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), through its Tourism Linkages Network division, will host its first Business Development Information Session for small and medium-sized tourism enterprises (SMTEs) on June 8 at Jamaica Pegasus hotel. “The actual drivers of tourism...

World MICE Awards unveils nominees

From June 1 to August 26 professionals in the MICE market and their clients will vote for the brands they deem the very best in the industry. This comes on the heels of World MICE Awards’ (WMA) unveiling of the list of nominees for 2022. The WMA is a global initiative...

Turks and Caicos sees big jump in arrivals

Buoyed by impressive visitor arrival figures for the first quarter of 2022, Turks and Caicos tourism officials say they are well on the way to a full recovery. Preliminary data has shown a big jump in tourists making their way to the destination by sea and air. There...

TEF pumps $7 m into health care

Residents and visitors who find themselves in need of services provided at the Mandeville Regional Hospital in Jamaica will be happy to know that the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has been working to help improve services there. “The contribution will enhance [the...

Carnival’s $200-m Bahamas cruise port

Carnival’s new $200 million cruise port in Freeport, Grand Bahama is expected to breathe new tourism life into the economy of the Bahamian nation’s second city. Government officials and cruise line executives recently gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony....

LOVE LANE is back

For the entire month of June, couples visiting Antigua and Barbuda will be showered with an extra dose of love as the destination celebrates its popular Romance Month. As part of the festivities, the country’s Tourism Authority in partnership with its Airport...

Legendary: John Bell lauded

John Bell, the first Executive Director of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), has been honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS), which he was instrumental in launching. The...

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St Mary gets ready

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SANDALS ROYAL CURAÇAO: Where amazing comes together

SANDALS ROYAL CURAÇAO: Where amazing comes together

Sandals Resorts marked its venture into the vibrant culture and colours of the Dutch Caribbean with an enchanting grand opening celebration at Sandals Royal Curaçao headlined by the island’s most captivating performers. This included the highly anticipated return of...

Villa on the water

Villa on the water

THE HRH Mimosa is being dubbed the villa on the water by some who’ve experienced even a taste of what it has to offer. The 55-foot Sea Ray Sedan Bridge vessel is outfitted with some of the most well-appointed amenities that can be found on any vessel this side of the...

Fashion Forward: New look Sandals® Resorts uniforms

Fashion Forward: New look Sandals® Resorts uniforms

Haute fashion meets hospitality, as Sandals Resorts continues its 40th Anniversary celebrations by commissioning renowned fashion designer Stan Herman to reimagine the uniforms across its illustrious resort portfolio. A tribute to the team members forming the soul of...

US$265 million resort for Jamaica

US$265 million resort for Jamaica

A 250-room luxury resort and 23 residences nestled amongst towering 200-year-old fig and banyan trees at Mammee Bay in Jamaica is slated to debut in late 2024.  The project is estimated to be a US$265 million investment.  It is the first property being...

Sandals Unveils Royal Curaçao

Sandals Unveils Royal Curaçao

Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has opened its 16th Sandals Resort, Sandals Royal Curaçao, racking up a number of firsts in the process.  The resort company’s debut in the Dutch Caribbean sets in motion entirely new and innovative ways to experience the...

Anguilla’s warm welcome

Anguilla’s warm welcome

Stakeholders from various sectors of Anguilla’s tourist industry are working with the local tourist board to give visitors a welcome they won’t soon forget. Twice a month, on the busiest arrival days at the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport (CJLIA) and the Blowing...