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Jamaica Welcomes Inaugural Frontier Airlines Flight

The United States-based Frontier Airlines made its inaugural flight to the island on Saturday (November 17), touching down at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay en route from Raleigh, North Carolina. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, headed the local delegation welcoming the 88 passengers and six crew members. He…

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New JTB Website A Game-Changer – Minister Bartlett

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has described as game-changing a new website developed by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) to market and promote Jamaica as a tourist destination. The Minister explained that the new and fully integrated website will be an inclusive platform to be used by large, medium-sized and…

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TPDCo Implements Anti-Harassment Initiatives

The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) has implemented anti-harassment initiatives and security measures to ensure a safe and hassle-free environment for tourists. A major thrust launched in September was the ‘Treat Our Visitors Right’ public awareness campaign, geared at improving the visitor experience by sensitising stakeholders on the impact of…

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JHTA Kingston Chapter Hailed for Support to Needy

Tourism Director, Donovan White, has praised the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association’s [JHTA] Kingston Chapter for its ongoing assistance to the society’s youth and needy through the staging of the Kingston City Run. The annual event benefits the Open Arms Development Centre, Marie Atkins Night Shelter, Food For the Poor,…

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Jamaica Waives Visas for Russian Tourists

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Russian tourists, entering Jamaica, will no longer be required to use visas. Mr. Bartlett, who was at the Sangster International Airport on Friday (Oct. 26) to greet 300 Russian passengers, who came in on Nordwind Airlines inaugural flight from Moscow, said the decision…

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Tourism Director Hails Marathon as Part of Kingston City Run

Tourism Director, Donovan White, has lauded the organisers of the annual Kingston City Run for expanding the slate of activities for the seventh staging in 2019 to include a marathon, noting that this has the potential to attract visitors to the capital city. The three-day run, organised by the Jamaica…

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Salem Beach in St. Ann to be upgraded

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that Salem Beach in St. Ann will be upgraded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $26 million. Speaking at the ceremony to break ground, at the beach in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on October 17, Mr. Bartlett said the…

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Trelawny Emerging As Major Tourism Player

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the parish of Trelawny is moving to take its place as a key player in the tourism sector. The parish has attracted some major hotel developments in recent years, and Mr. Bartlett said that in the pipeline are some 6,000 additional rooms along…

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JCTI to Train 8,000 Workers in Five Years

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI) is to train some 8,000 tourism workers in the next five years, in an effort to boost the island’s tourism product. In addition, the Minister notes that close to 1,000 persons will be certified by the JCTI…

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Jamaica Poised for Another Banner Cruise-Ship Year

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says 2018 is poised to be another excellent year for Jamaica’s cruise ship sector, with vessels from the world’s largest cruise companies expected to call at the island’s main ports. Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines have all committed to having some of their…

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Jamaica Ripe For Investment in Sports Infrastructure

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica is ready for investment in the development of sports infrastructure. Such investment, he said, will enable the country to attract mega sports events and capitalise on that lucrative segment of the global tourism market. Minister Bartlett was speaking at the media launch…

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Carnival Horizon Comes to Ocho Rios Oct. 2

Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship, Carnival Horizon, will make its maiden voyage to Jamaica on October 2. A high-level team of Jamaican officials, including Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett; and Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Karl Samuda, are expected to be on…

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Students Participate in World Tourism Day Forum

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Jennifer Griffith addresses the Tourism Action Club Forum on 'Tourism and the Digital Transformation' on Thursday (September 27) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.

Tourism Action Club (TAC) members from several educational institutions across the island were engaged in a forum on Thursday (September 27) designed to foster dialogue with industry players on tourism and digital transformation. The forum, in celebration of World Tourism Day, was held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in…

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Tourist Industry to Benefit from JAPEX

The Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX), the annual tourism trade show, is currently in progress at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, with an impressive group of buyers and sellers networking to advance the industry. Hosted by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), in collaboration with the Jamaica…

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New Flights Will Bring Thousands of Visitors to Jamaica

Tourism Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica is poised to increase airlift into the island for a third consecutive year. He informed that thousands of additional seats have been negotiated for the 2018/2019 winter tourist season, which will give further momentum to the market. These include 38,000 more seats out…

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Tourist Arrivals Continue to Grow

The Ministry of Tourism is reporting increased tourist arrivals and earnings up to August of this year. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Jennifer Griffith, speaking at the official opening of the Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay, St. Ann, on Saturday (September 22), said between January and August…

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