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Tourism demand study could reduce island’s import bill

Tourism demand study could reduce island’s import bill
May 23, 2016Jamaica Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett has issued a charge to local agricultural suppliers to use the recently released tourism demand study to help reduce the island's import bill.The Minister was speaking recently at a special Tourism Linkages Network meeting at the Ministry's New Kingston offices, aimed at providing key pla...
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Caribbean Director of Community Tourism Appointed from St Eustatius

Caribbean Director of Community Tourism Appointed from St Eustatius
May 9, 2016 (Mandeville, Jamaica). The Countrystyle Community Tourism Network (CCTN) and the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) Caribbean have appointed Mr. Charles Lindo, Director of Tourism for St. Eustatius, as their Caribbean Director of Community Tourism to assist with the marketing and promotion of the Countrystyle Villa...
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Jamaica’s Timeshare Legislation Takes Effect

Jamaica’s Timeshare Legislation Takes Effect
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica. May 2, 2016: Efforts to further diversify Jamaica's tourism product have been significantly boosted with the introduction of Timeshare legislation. The Timeshare Vacations Act officially took effect on May 1, 2016 providing unique opportunities for developers and buyers alike.The announcement was made by Minister of Tourism Ho...
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TEF Welcomes New Chairman

TEF Welcomes New Chairman
Source: Ministry of Tourism, Jamaica.KINGSTON, Jamaica; April 11, 2016: Just days after his appointment as Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Godfrey Dyer (right) was greeted by TEF's Executive Director, Clyde Harrison today (April 11, 2016), on his first visit to TEF's New Kingston Offices since his appointment. Dyer, who previously s...
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Montego Bay awaits the launch of “Vocal Ink - The Mental Intercourse”

Montego Bay awaits the launch of “Vocal Ink - The Mental Intercourse”
​Montego Bay, Jamaica, W.I. March 25, 2016. The literary world is poised for transformation with the publication of Yasus Afari's first novel, the Afromantic "Vocal Ink - The Mental Intercourse".After a very successful launch in Kingston, Yasus Afari carries the celebration of his ground-breaking novel to the city of Montego Bay, on Thursday, March...
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CLEANSING after FEASTING

By the end of the festive season, most of us would have done our fair share of feasting. But the heavy consumption of food and drink can take its toll on our bodies. It would be healthy to consider doing some detoxification and cleansing at the very start of the year. This would be a great way to focus on our health and wellbeing for 2016. Juicing ...
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.Reggae Marathon a Major Boost to Negril's Economy

November 4, 2015; Kingston, Jamaica: President of the Negril Chamber of Commerce, Lee Issa, has lauded the Reggae Marathon as a world-class event that is boosting the resort town's economy."The Reggae Marathon has been a major contributor in filling the rooms which 15 years ago remained empty as we awaited the start of the winter tourist season on ...
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World Bank Names Jamaica Top Ten Most Improved Economies For Doing Business

Kingston, Jamaica – The World Bank has named Jamaica one of the most improved economies in which to do business globally in the newly released Doing Business Report 2016 (DBR 2016).The Report, which looks at countries' performance in 11 areas of business regulation, has also ranked Jamaica 64 out of 189 countries in the DBR 2016, which is the high...
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Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International is 2015 Hotelier of the Year

Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International is 2015 Hotelier of the Year

Islands of The Bahamas congratulate Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resorts International, on winning Hotelier of the Year NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism congratulates Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International, on winning the prestigious ‘Hotelier of The Year’ award from the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association at the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), which took place October 2-4,2015 in Puerto Rico. The Hotelier of the Year award is the highest professional honor bestowed on a hotel and resort operation in the Caribbean, recognizing excellence in all areas of operations, as well as a commitment to training and development of staff, contributions to the community and a demonstrated commitment to sound environmental practices. The award also acknowledges each recipient’s active role in both national and regional issues affecting Caribbean tourism. “I would like to warmly congratulate and applaud Adam Stewart on this well-deserved and prestigious achievement,” said Minister of Tourism, The Honorable Obediah H. Wilchcombe. “Since taking the helm of Sandals nine years ago, Adam has transformed the Sandals brand and offerings, which has in turn transformed tourism and travel throughout the Caribbean and The Bahamas.

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Negril Hotel Honored with Jamaica’s Top Boutique Hotel Award

Negril Hotel Honored with Jamaica’s Top Boutique Hotel Award

Negril, Jamaica, W. I. (November 29, 2015) Travellers Beach Resort located in the resort town of Negril was recently named by Expedia as “Jamaica’s Top Boutique Hotel, for 2015. On Monday September 21, 2015, at an awards ceremony staged by Expedia, several hotels were honored for their achievements in their areas of excellence.

As the only boutique hotel to receive this award for 2015 from Expedia, Travellers Beach Resort, was selected based on room night production amongst boutique hotels in Jamaica. This increased production comes as a result of improvements in key areas of the property including rooms, grounds, service and overall guest satisfaction.

Winthrope Wellington, an owner of the resort, responded to receiving the honor in saying: “We are honored and humbled to receive this award. It is a great source of pride and validation for the hard work we’ve been carrying out. This award will serve as additional motivation to continue to work hard to improve our product and provide the highest level of service for our valued guests.”

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​ Sector Leaders Upbeat about Continued Growth in Tourism

​MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Sunday, September 21, 2015) Boosted by a 3.1 percent increase in arrivals between January and June 2015 over the corresponding period last year, both public and private sector leaders are upbeat over the continued growth in tourism.Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has said, "This year we've had...
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PAHO Donates Four Tonnes in Medical Supplies

PAHO Donates Four Tonnes in Medical Supplies
The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has donated four tonnes of medical supplies to the Ministry of Health in Dominica.The supplies arrived on island on Wednesday September 9th at the Douglas_Charles airport.Thais Dos Santos is Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Advisor at PAHO.She said, "These are supplies which were in Haiti. We wer...
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Rastafari Rootzfest™ partners with High Times® to produce first Ganja Festival

Rastafari In Inity (RII) is proud to announce the historical partnership between Rastafari Rootzfest™ (RII) and High Times® to produce the first Ganja Festival in Negril, Jamaica, the 'Capital of Casual' to be staged November 12-15, 2015. The goal of this project is to produce a comprehensive, educational and well-organized Rastafari event that cel...
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$50 Million Rehabilitation for Milk River Bath & Spa

Kingston Jamaica: September 2, 2015: The Ministry of Tourism & Entertainment and C and D Construction and Engineering Company Limited, today signed an agreement for expenditure to the tune of just over fifty million dollars ($50M), for the rehabilitation of the West Wing of the Milk River Hotel & Spa in Clarendon. The agreement was signed b...
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Jamaica - host to Spiritual Wellness Conference in 2016

Negril, Jamaica, W.I. (Tuesday, July 7, 2015). Spiritual Wellness is an emerging sub-sector of Wellness Tourism which comes to Jamaica in 2016.The growth of Spiritual Wellness is pervasive worldwide. Wellness is a journey towards holistic health of mind, body and spirit. Spiritual wellness is the underpinning essence of who we are and ...
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An Adventure of a Lifetime: the Transatlantic Race 2015

An Adventure of a Lifetime: the Transatlantic Race 2015

NEWPORT, R.I. (June 1, 2015) – Whether out to set records or tick another box on the bucket list, the 41 registered entries in theTransatlantic Race 2015 all have one thing in common:  they will be undertaking the adventure of a lifetime as they sail a stretch of 2,800 nautical miles from Newport Rhode Island’s Castle Hill Light to The Lizard, the most southerly point on mainland Great Britain.

The Transatlantic Race was last held in 2011, and with 50 percent more entries set to heed the starting cannon fired at Castle Hill, one has to wonder how many of those taking on the challenging race are also heeding American writer Mark Twain’s famous words.  "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Rambler 100 during the Transatlantic Race 2011 where it took line honors
and established the record time for the event. (Photo Credit: Lloyd Images)
Click image above to download in high resolution (PASSWORD: TR2015)

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Can men get breast cancer?

Can men get breast cancer?

Tuesday, June 02, 2015. Let's do it in the Caribbean Medical Correspondent,  Dr Azadeh, Senior Lecturer at the University of the Gambia, Senior Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology poses an important question for our contemplation and awareness - Why don’t we hear about breast cancer in men?

Breast Cancer in Men

Why don’t we hear about breast cancer in men as much as we hear about breast cancer in women? Men can get breast cancer, too. Male breast cancer (male breast neoplasm) is a relatively rare cancer in men that originates from the breast.

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TEF Marks Ten Year Anniversary: Invests in major projects islandwide

TEF Marks Ten Year Anniversary: Invests in major projects islandwide

Kingston, Jamaica: May 27, 2015 – The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has expended billions of dollars on tourism projects since it began operations ten years ago on May 1, 2005, in fulfilling its mandate of promoting growth and development in the tourism sector.

The Tourism Enhancement Act allows for a Tourism Enhancement Fee of US$20.00 to be charged to incoming airline passengers and US$2.00 to be charged to cruise passengers. The monies collected are paid into a dedicated Tourism Enhancement Fund.

“As our arrival figures have grown so too has the amount available for the operation of the TEF,” said Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, “allowing us to do more and more meaningful and costly projects which would not have been possible without the Fund. The tenth anniversary is a significant landmark for one of the most game-changing developments in our industry. The management and staff of the Fund are to be heartily congratulated for their record of achievement in fulfilling TEF’s mandate.”

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Minister McNeill to Chair 100th Session of UNWTO in Croatia

Kingston, Jamaica: May 26, 2015– History will be created when Jamaica, represented by Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, chairs the 100th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), being held in Rovinj, Croatia, from May 27-29, 2015.   Minister McNeill left the island on Monday, May 25.

Jamaica was elected Chairman the UNWTO Executive Council for the year 2014-2015, a first for an English-speaking Caribbean country.

Some 200 participants from UNWTO Members States as well as representatives of the UNWTO Associate and Affiliate Members are expected to attend the Session.  Among the issues to be addressed at the high-level meeting are strategies to mainstream tourism in the global agenda, an assessment of the performance of international tourism in 2014 and the outlook for 2015.

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What do we know about blood disease called leukaemia?

Jamaica. Tuesday, May 19, 2015. 

The Medical Correspondent for Let's Do it in the Caribbean News, Dr Azadeh, Senior Lecturer at the University of the Gambia W. Africa, Senior Physician, Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Africmed asks us to ponder the question: What causes leukaemia?

The Greek words “Leukos” and “Heima” are nothing but Leukaemia, which means white blood and it actually means excess of white blood cells in a human body. It is a type of Blood Cancer or Bone Marrow Cancer which encompasses an abundantly huge range of health problems. The white blood cells are produced abundantly and profusely, which later on causes Leukaemia. Bone Marrow aids in production of blood and is called the blood factory of the body. In Bone marrow, the blood cells divide to form new blood cells. The old blood cells are replaced by new blood cells, which imply the old blood cells die. But the person starts suffering from the deadly cancer if the old blood cells do not die and there is over production of blood cells as they start dividing at a faster pace. There is excess production of white blood cells in the bone marrow and these white blood cells are known as leukaemia or leukocytes. This further leads to poor immune system and poor resistance power and the patient’s body is unable to fight infections easily.

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