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$500 Million Upgrading Programme for Ocho Rios

Some $500 million have been earmarked, from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), for a comprehensive upgrading programme for the resort town of Ocho Rios, St. Ann. This was disclosed by Tourism Minister, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, at the Government’s Town … Continued

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Ecuadorians on Familiarisation Trip

Two groups, totalling 180 travel agents and journalists from Ecuador, are visiting Jamaica on a familiarisation trip, July 13- 21. The trip is part of the Ministry of Tourism’s new advertising and marketing thrust. The first group of 90 Ecuadorians … Continued

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Bartlett Says Jamaica Moving into Time-Share Market

The Government is moving speedily to put in place legislation to facilitate Jamaica’s entry into the tourism timeshare market. This disclosure was made on Wednesday (July 1) by Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, at the weekly Post Cabinet press … Continued

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Minister Bartlett Says Stimulus Package Helping Tourism

The stimulus package introduced to support tourism has so far enabled the provision of cash flow support of $634 million dollars to the sector, to sustain jobs and maintain growth. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett disclosed this in his contribution … Continued

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Jamaica Tackles Air Passenger Duty in London

Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding and Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett met with British Members of Parliament (MPs) in London on June 17, in an effort to increase the lobby against the imminent increase in Air Passenger Duty (APD). … Continued

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Tourism Minister Calls for Urgency in Anti APD Lobby

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica could lose 30-50 million pounds as a result of the British Government’s increase in Air Passenger Duty (APD) effective November. Mr. Bartlett, who is in London campaigning for a review of the … Continued

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Island Jam to be Staged from June 25-28

United States (US), radio and television personality, Michael Baisden, will stage ‘Island JAM Take-over 2009’, in Jamaica, from June 25 to June 28, at SuperClubs Grand Lido Braco, in Trelawny. More than 650 listeners of the show in the United … Continued

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JTI/ITC MOU to Promote National Export Strategy

The Government’s investment promotion agency, Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Trade Centre (ITC), to support efforts to effectively promote the National Export Strategy among local stakeholders. The Geneva, Switzerland-based ITC, … Continued

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Despite Challenges, Tourism Doing Well – JTB Head

Despite the continuing fallout from the current economic meltdown, Jamaica’s tourist industry is holding its own. In April, Jamaica recorded a 5.8 per cent increase in visitor arrivals, when compared with the similar period last year. According to Chairman of … Continued

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JTI to Strengthen Links with the Middle East

Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI) and the London-based Middle East Association will jointly host a reception on Tuesday (June 30), in London England, to improve the business relationship between Jamaica and the Middle East. JTI became a member of the … Continued

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Tourism Poised to Create Jobs – Bartlett

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has said that Jamaica’s tourism industry, which contributes 7.4 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), is poised to create jobs and fill the gap left by the collapse of the bauxite/alumina sector. He … Continued

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Tourism Continues to Grow – Bartlett

Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has said the tourism industry continues to experience growth in key areas, and that the demand for trained personnel in all areas of the industry is great. “As we grow our room stock, as … Continued

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Three Artisan Villages to be Established

The Government has announced that three Artisan Villages are to be established in Montego Bay, St. James Ocho Rios, St. Ann and Port Antonio, Portland. The Artisan Village is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism to provide authentic Jamaican … Continued

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