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New NIS Rates Take Effect this Month

Director of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), Denzil Thorpe, is reminding NIS contributors that effective August 2010, persons who earn more than $500,000 per annum will be required to contribute more to the scheme. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ … Continued


TPDCO Targets Community Tourism

The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), the agency of government charged with developing and improving the island’s tourism product, is placing emphasis on community-based tourism as a means of attracting more visitors to the island. Addressing the Manchester Development Committee’s … Continued


Quality Service Makes the Difference – Bartlett

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that at 52 per cent, Jamaica enjoys the highest level of repeat visitors in the region, and arguably the world, which he credits to the high level of customer service provided through a range … Continued


Bartlett Announces New Tourism Incentive Programme

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, on Wednesday (July 28) announced Cabinet’s approval of the Tourism Industry Refurbishment Programme (TIRP), as part of efforts to boost the sector and grow revenues. Under the new incentive programme, tourism entities licensed by the … Continued


Bartlett Launches New Phase of Spruce Up Jamaica

Representatives from the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) signed a $100 million contract, for phase four works under the ‘Spruce Up Jamaica, Nice Up Yuhself’ project, on July 28. The one-year contract … Continued


Kingston Rebounding – Bartlett

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Kingston has begun to record improvement in visitor arrivals, following a fall-out resulting from the West Kingston unrest in May. This comes as welcomed news for the capital city’s tourism product, which Mr. Bartlett, … Continued


Overseas Partners Confident of Jamaica’s Safe Status

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says despite the West Kingston unrest in May, there is confidence among the country’s overseas tourist market partners that Jamaica remains a safe vacation destination. Speaking at the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica’s (PSOJ) Chairman’s … Continued


PM Launches Tourism Summer Internship Programme

Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, on Friday (June 16) launched the ‘Spruce Up Jamaica’ Summer Internship Programme, through which approximately 800 students from across the island will be employed at tourism-related entities over a six-week period. The summer programme, … Continued


JHTA’s Best Attraction, Expands Operations

Dolphin Cove, recipient of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association’s (JHTA) Best Attraction Award for 2010, is expanding its operations to cater to both local and foreign patrons who contribute to making it a choice destination. The expansion, which should … Continued


Bartlett Welcomes CARICOM Focus on Tourism

There is unity within the region regarding the need for further negotiations with the United Kingdom (UK) for adjustments to their Air Passenger Duty (APD), which continues to negatively affect the Caribbean tourism market. Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett … Continued


Communities along North Coast to Get Resort Status

Every community along Jamaica’s north coast, from Negril to Port Antonio, will be designated a resort area, as the Government moves to provide more economic opportunities for Jamaicans. “We are going to be increasing the range and activities in those … Continued


Look Out For Jamaica – Henry

Players in the international aviation industry have been notified of the Government’s intention to make Jamaica a force in the sector, rivaling the busy Miami International Airport in the United States as the regional hub for cargo and passenger traffic. … Continued


JTB to Undertake Marketing Programme in Europe

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) offices in London and Berlin will undertake a concentrated marketing programme in key United Kingdom (UK) and European cities, as part of the strategy to ensure a strong winter tourist season. Following last week’s visit … Continued


JTB, Local Hotels Recognised By Travelage West Magazine

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) was selected as the “Official International Tourist Board Providing the Best Travel Agent Support” at TravelAge West’s 2010 WAVE Awards. Jamaica and five of its hotels were also recognised as Editor’s Picks in the categories … Continued

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