December 14, 2017

Bartlett named ‘Caribbean Tourism Minister of the Year’

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From Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett has been named the Caribbean Tourism Minister of the Year according to the Caribbean Travel Awards 2017, carried out by the Caribbean Journal editorial team. “Being an effective tourism official in the Caribbean isn’t just about management and ideas. It’s about being an ambassador. […]

The View From Europe: UNWTO seeks to broaden tourism’s developmental role

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By David Jessop From Barbados Advocate A new and potentially challenging way of thinking about the future of tourism is evolving. It sees the industry as having an economic purpose that is quite different from the role it presently plays in much of the Caribbean. The new paradigm requires that travel and tourism contribute to […]

Transit Visas for the United States? Why ? UNWTO Secretary General agrees…

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By Juergen T Steinmet From eTurboNews After devastating natural hurricane disasters, Caribbean countries are struggling to bring the islands together. MOU signed at the just-concluded UNWTO Sustainable Tourism conference in Montego Bay opened more doors to establish enhanced and direct air service to and between the island countries. Besides the lack of air services to fly from […]

Jamaica: Caribbean officials descend on Kingston for high-level IMF meeting

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From Nation Wide Radio JM More than 300 officials are expected in Jamaica for the sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High-Level Caribbean Forum which is slated for Thursday, November 16 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Among the officials expected to attend the forum are current and former regional heads of government, finance […]

Cruise shipping sector supports UNWTO Global Conference

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Cruise shipping interests in the island’s resort towns are confident that the upcoming United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism will offer the opportunity to discuss critical issues relating to the sector. And not only are they calling […]

The View from Europe: Has rail a future in the Caribbean?

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By David Jessop From Caribbean News Now Historically Caribbean railways existed to carry cane to factories, or raw sugar and molasses to ports. Later they were used to transport other agricultural crops, minerals, and, as urban populations grew, provided passenger services. However, the demise of sugar, high operating and maintenance costs, and improvements in road […]

Grange defends Jamaica 55 celebrations

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From Jamaica Observer MINISTER of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia “Babsy” Grange is defending Government’s position on the staging of Jamaica 55 celebrations amid a slew of questions and concerns raised by her Opposition counterpart Lisa Hanna. Hanna, in her Sectoral Debate contribution to Parliament earlier this month, insisted that Grange had embarked on […]

MSME the Focus at Inaugural Conference July 19-21

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By Kadian Brown From JIS Story Highlights Heads of Government, industry ministers and small-business operators from across the region will gather at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay from July 19 to 21 to participate in the inaugural Caribbean MSME Conference. The Prime Ministers of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. […]

Cayman Airways’ Summer schedule in full swing

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Cayman Airways’ Summer schedule is now in full swing, with nonstop flights between Grand Cayman and five US destinations, including two seasonal Summer routes – Dallas and Chicago. The airline’s seasonal Dallas flights relaunched on May 24, 2017 and will run until August 19, 2017, with twice-weekly flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Flight KX320 departs […]

Jamaica’s tourism industry set to make history

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From South Florida Caribbean News Minister Bartlett – Jamaica On The Verge Of Visitor Arrivals History MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – With earnings for the first four months of this year at an all-time high of over US$1 billion, or a 6.5 per cent increase over last year, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett announced yesterday […]