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Rebel Salute wows Second generation Jamaicans from Texas

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Rebel Salute proved to be a most enthralling, rich, cultural affair for third generation Jamaicans,  Kameon Chambers and his sister Brianna, so much so that the duo is not only already planning for the 2020 show, but urging their friends back in the US to attend.

The two natives of Dallas, Texas who stayed in Lucea during their trip, were on what could be described a five day whirlwind vacation which took them to numerous attractions, local eateries, beaches and other places of interest in western Jamaica.   For them, their first ever trip ever, to the land of their foreparents, has been surreal, and they have fallen deeply in love with the island and its people.    

But it was Rebel Salute that was the proverbial icing on the cake for them.  The energy, the camaraderie, the gentleness of the artistes towards their fans, the acceptance and the mellowness and the love of thousands of Jamaicans displayed all in one setting, was what, for them exemplified the beauty of the island and the true nature of its people.

“I had an amazing time at Rebel Salute.   I was thankful that I got to meet a lot of the artistes.   I really enjoyed especially being up close and personal with the artistes.  Their demeanour was very laid back and they didn’t mind taking pictures with fans and they just enjoyed people coming up to them speaking to them and wanting to take pictures with them versus back in the US, where you can’t get close to the artistes like that due to standoffishness and their security too,” Brianna told Access Jamaica.

“Nobody was pushing, shoving; no fighting.  We were out there for 12, 13 hours nothing but  good vibes all night and I enjoyed that,” the youngster added.

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Bartlett secures USD750Million in Hotel Investment and 3000 Rooms

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MADRID, Spain; January 23, 2019: Following discussions with two major Spanish Hotel chains, H10 and Princess Resorts, Minister of Tourism, Honourable Edmund Bartlett has secured USD750Million in investment. The investment will see the construction of three thousand (3000) new rooms in Jamaica by 2021.

H10 Hotels, which will construct 1000 new rooms in Trelawny at a value of approximately USD 250Million, is a hotel chain with over 55 hotels in 18 destinations. Princess Hotels and Resorts, ranked 8th in the Spanish market has 19 hotels. They will construct 2000 new rooms in Hanover, to the tune of some USD500Million.

In highlighting the significance of these agreements, which were made at FITUR in Spain, Minister Bartlett said, “The value of this investment cannot be overstated as it will transform our tourism product and allow for heavier marketing of the destination. More rooms mean more visitors and more visitors mean more foreign exchange earnings and ultimately more economic growth, which is in line with our 5x5x5 growth strategy.”

Currently Jamaica’s room stock is 32,000. As part of the Ministry’s 5x5x5 growth strategy, the aim is to have 15,000 additional rooms by 2022.

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Half Pint looking to complete work on new album...artiste says it is long overdue

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Veteran Reggae superstar Half Pint has his sights set on completing a new album hopefully by year-end, a feat he says is long overdue. 

Half Pint was speaking to Access Jamaica following his performance on night two at the 26th staging of the Rebel Salute Reggae festival on Saturday night. 

 

"I am giving nuff thanks and praise to mi fans dem and I hope they will keep with me still. One of my greatest ambition now is for them to get a new album by now and end of 2019," the singer who is known for his mega-hit Greetings, as well as the very popular classics Winsome, Level the Vibes and Mr. Landlord," told Access Jamaica.

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Global Rescue Arrives on the Island for Tourism Security Audit Review

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International tourism security expert Dr Peter Tarlow (third left) engages members of the diplomatic corps, Senior Tourism officials and Global Rescue representative in conversation following a meeting at the Ministry of Tourism's New Kingston office on January 08, 2019. Sharing in the moment are (from left) British High Commissioner to Jamaica and...
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Bartlett Committed to New Architecture for Visitor Safety and Security

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MONTEGO BAY, St. James; January 7, 2019: Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett has reiterated Jamaica's commitment to creating a new way forward and architecture as it relates to visitor safety and security. This follows a meeting with international tourism security expert, Dr. Peter Tarlow, Minister of National Security, Hon Dr. Horace Chang and s...
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The Top 5 reasons for Jamaicans to Staycation

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Photo Caption: Jackie's on the Reef, West End, Negril, Jamaica. In August 2018 whilst the Jamaican Parliament was on recess, the island's Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett and his wife, Carmen, decided to embark on a Staycation, to encourage more Jamaicans to become "Staycationers" - which is essentially a fancy term for domestic tourists, or perso...
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Digital platforms and the future of Caribbean Tourism

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As travellers become even more discerning than before, it comes as no surprise that entities such as the World Bank has been documenting the way digital platforms have been impacting the way in which tourism is run from end to end. According to the World Bank, digital platforms have been disrupting the way destinations facilitate tourism, develop p...
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Caribbean is well-poised to capitalize on trillion-dollar wellness industry


  Co-organiser of the Caribbean Health & Wellness Tourism Conference and Expo, Sharon Parris-Chambers, is upbeat that the region will fully capitalise on the $4.2 trillion-dollar global wellness economy in short order. Parris-Chambers was commenting on data outlined in the most recent Global Wellness Economy Monitor, which was presented du...
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Click To Access Jamaica

Click To Access Jamaica

AccessJamaica.com is Jamaica’s premier distribution and repository channel for Jamaican products and service. The portal helps consumers find easily accessible information under one umbrella (www.AccessJamaica.com).

The portal’s chief solutions coach, Theo Chambers, launched the portal on Saturday, October 22, 2016, which is now accessible to the global marketplace. He said “AccessJamaica is a new source channel in the marketplace for Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Consumer (B2C) networking in Jamaica.”

The founder envisions a Jamaica that is computer literate and in harmony with the national vision to develop Jamaica as a place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.

In keeping with Jamaica’s push to be a leader in the Internet Technology industry, AccessJamaica.com provides the vehicle to get consumers in line with the national vision and  on par with first world nations.

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Star-Studded Weekend Set for Secrets Resorts & Spas in Jamaica

Star-Studded Weekend Set for Secrets Resorts & Spas in Jamaica

Montego Bay has in recent times become the epicenter of celebrity sightings in Jamaica, and that’s due in large measure to OCEAN Style.  The Caribbean luxury lifestyle brand having already produced three celebrity events in Jamaica this year  - Taye Diggs’ Book Signing Tour, Vivica Fox’s Birthday Celebration and High Vibes Roots & Reggae Festival featuring Rick Ross, Beenie Man and Ky-Mani Marley.  Now the tourism capital of Jamaica is gearing up to host the 9th annual OCEAN Style FashionShowcase Weekend and Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Global entertainment giant MTV will be in Jamaica as one of the many recognized entities when the weekend kicks off November 24-27, 2016.  Billed as a weekend of parties, fun, fashion and celebration, the annual event is well-known for pulling international names in fashion, having presented brands: Etro, Reem Accra, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Agent Provocateur, Victoria’s Secret and the Caribbean’s own Meiling, Anya Ayoung-Chee and Heather Jones, just to name a few. In terms of celebrity attendance, OCEAN Style has hosted over 50 celebrities including the likes of Anthony Anderson, Angela Simmonds, Vivica Fox, Lennox Lewis, Taye Diggs, Don Benjamin, Rockmond Dunbar, Nicole Murphy and Mekhi Phifer and in the process successfully established itself as the quintessential celebrity and socialite playground of the Caribbean.

Secrets Resorts & Spas will play host to the guests and a number of the events as the presenting partner for the second consecutive year. Emilio Huhn, General Manager said: "For a luxury resort like Secrets it's a very good fit. We are happy to be associated with world class events and that is what OCEAN Style delivers."

With such an enviable profile the event has in the past attracted the attention of global media giants such as BET, Centric and ESPN; each of which has celebrated the OCEAN Style experience on their respective channels.

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Minister Bartlett to Participate in International Timeshare Conference.

Minister Bartlett to Participate in International Timeshare Conference.

Efforts to foster investment in island’s timeshare vacations subsector, will be further boosted as Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett departs the island today (October 25, 2016), to attend the International Shared Ownership Investment Conference on ‘Timeshare’s Economic Impact on Destination Markets’ in Miami. 

“I am very excited to attend this important conference on timeshare vacations. I strongly believe that it is important for us to continuously diversify Jamaica’s tourism product and the introduction of timeshare vacations to our product mix is a key way for us to achieve this. It is a unique form of tourism which has the potential to create new economic opportunities for Jamaicans while fuelling investment and enhancing Jamaica’s international appeal,” shared Minister Bartlett.

The conference, which is scheduled to run from October 24-26, 2016, is a major event which provides a forum to educate potential entrants, developers and destination representatives who want to learn more about the opportunities and future trends in the vacation ownership industry.  While there, Minister Bartlett will participate in a high level panel discussion. He will outline details including the objectives of introducing the timeshare legislation act in Jamaica, the potential economic impact and the importance of investing in the island.

“I will use this unique opportunity to urge international interests to examine timeshare as an area of our tourism sector to invest in as the returns can be very lucrative.  The recent introduction of Timeshare Legislation now makes this a viable are for investment. Vacation ownership is one of the fastest-growing areas of the global tourism sector and there is significant potential for further growth and development of the timeshare product in the Caribbean and especially in Jamaica,” he said.

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the 2016 Tourism Outlook Seminar Press Launch

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  • What: Invites coverage of the 2016 Tourism Outlook Seminar Press Launch.
  • When: Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 10:00 am
  • Where: The Devonshire, Devon House, 26 Hope Road, Kingston 10

The Ministry of Tourism will be hosting the 2016 staging of the Tourism Outlook Seminar from December 6-8 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James. The event is being organized in association with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The Tourism Outlook Seminar will bring together an impressive cadre of local, regional and international tourism stakeholders to share ideas, examine best practices and discuss strategies for advancing Caribbean tourism.

The highly anticipated seminar will feature contributions from several international experts on areas such as managing communication in the face of issues such as pandemics, terrorism and natural disasters; establishing multi-destination tourism and travel facilitation to name a few. Minister Bartlett will address journalists and tourism partners at the Press Launch.

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Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility

Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility

Ministry of Tourism Celebrates Tourism Awareness Week from September 25 – October 1, 2016

KINGSTON, Jamaica; September 15, 2016:  The Ministry of Tourism, its agencies and industry partners will seek to further raise awareness about the role Jamaica is playing in promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, during its annual celebration of Tourism Awareness Week (TAW). This is in-keeping with the Ministry’s drive to ensure that the benefits of tourism are felt by every Jamaican across the length and breadth of the island and to continuously improve the tourism product to meet the unique needs of our visitors.    

The week-long celebration will be observed from September 25 - October 1, 2016, under the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) theme for World Tourism Day, September 27th - ‘Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility’.  It promises to be an engaging week, with a series of activities highlighting the work the Ministry and its agencies are doing to foster universal accessibility within the tourism sector.

According to the UNWTO, 15% of the world’s population is estimated to live with some form of disability. More specifically, there is an estimated 1 billion people around the world, who are unable to enjoy the privilege of travelling to experience another culture because of a physical disability.

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