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Ministry of Tourism helps small hotels reap benefits

Kingston, Jamaica (April 20, 2015). Under the new Fiscal Incentives Act, better known as the Omnibus Act, the number of tourism properties eligible for tax benefits for re-investment and refurbishing has increased from 100 to some 400 entities.

“The majority of the newly eligible properties are small and medium ones that have not been eligible for decades to benefit from tax incentives for the refurbishment and improvement of their properties,” Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, revealed in his recent Sectoral Presentation in the House of Representatives.

Another positive development the Minister pointed out is that under the new Act other tourism sub-sectors such as transportation and attractions are now also entitled to tax relief of various kinds while under the old incentives legislation only the accommodations sub-sector benefited.

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Painted Summer Bacchanal, ready to roll

Negril, Jamaica (April 14, 2015) Dubbed as Jamaica’s largest summer paint party, “Painted Summer Bacchanal” (Painted) is in its fifth annual staging,  to be held June 27, 2015, at Cayenne Beach in Negril. This year’s highly anticipated event is themed “THE WORLD OF COLORS”.

Promoters; BlackGold Entertainment explained this theme as simple as “the Jamaican motto “out of many one people”, it does not matter your nationality, bring your flags and represent.” 

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Les Voiles de St. Barth: Not Your Average Lay Day

Today it was good to have big grinders on your Les Voiles de St. Barth sailing team, but it wasn't because the wind was overpowering. It was officially Lay Day--a day to take a break and have some fun midway between the four days of racing--and many of the 70 teams competing in the regatta decided to join in organized water games at the famously spirited Nikki Beach.

Even without hundreds of energetic sailors around, it's hard to hang out at the sand-floored Nikki Beach Restaurant without consuming massive amounts of sushi (served family-style but in an oh-so elegant St. Barth way), enjoying a glass of rose (mostly poured from jeroboam bottles), or dancing (on the tables).  But today there was all of that to enjoy plus the additional attractions of Paddle Board Jousting, Water Polo, and even an Underwater Treasure Hunt…for what else, but caviar.

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Worldwide Health Day 2015 April 2015

LET'S DO IT IN THE CARIBBEAN HEALTH CORRESPONDENT SPEAKS ON WORLD HEALTH DAY: The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO).

In 1948, the WHO held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year, with effect from 1950, as the World Health Day. The World Health Day is held to mark WHO’s founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year The WHO organizes international, regional and local events on the Day related to a particular theme. Resources provided continue beyond 7 April, that is, the designated day for celebrating the World Health Day.

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Jewel  inks deal with Hilton Worldwide Curio brand

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica –April 2, 2015: Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has welcomed Curio – A Collection by Hilton to the growing list of top brands that have taken a keen interest in Jamaica as the top tourist destination in the Caribbean.

Sagicor’s Jewel Paradise Cove Beach Resort & Spa Runaway Bay and Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa Ocho Rios have become two of the latest Curio properties – and the first in the Caribbean, to join the newest of Hilton’s world-class global brand. Signing of the agreement was announced Tuesday (March 31) at a joint press conference by Minister McNeill, Sagicor President and CEO Richard Byles and global head of Curio – A Collection by Hilton,  Dianna Vaughan, at the Montego Bay Convention Center.

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ANTIGUA & BARBUDA CELEBRATE NEW BA ROUTE

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(St. John’s, Antigua) – V.C Bird International Airport will serve as an important hub for UK based carrier British Airways, as the airline, on Sunday, launched their inaugural flight service from Antigua to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 The route is historic, as it will be the first, direct flight connection between the Eastern Caribbean and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Asot Michael, at a reception to launch the service, said to a gathering of Tourism officials from the Turks and Caicos Islands and Antigua and Barbuda:

 “The rise in popularity of Antigua and Barbuda and Turks & Caicos is demonstrated by British Airways agreeing to add a direct link between our two destinations.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_yasusafari1.jpgKingston, Jamaica, W.I. & Aarhaus, Denmark (March 29, 2015). Jam Yard Promotion, Reggae and Jamaican Cultural Association based in Denmark have extended the Yasus Afari Roots Reggae & Dub Euro Tour slated for April 1- 30, 2015 to mid-May, due to additional interest and increased booking. This exciting tour will now kick off a week later than originally planned.

Yasus Afari affectionately known as "The Rasta Guru” will make his appearance in Europe/Scandinavia like a true Roots Maestro with his full ensemble of edutainment which includes activated poetry festival, literature reading, reasoning sessions, school lectures. Even the churches in England are grabbing after the Jamaican Rastafarian Dub Poet Ambassador. It is no wonder, this Rastafari Ambassador “stunned and inspired international delegates at the Parliament of the World’s Religions held at the newly constructed Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre in South Australia in 2010 with his highly anticipated presentation, inspired by his book ‘Overstanding Rastafari: Jamaica’s Gift to the World’ ” (http://rastaites.com).

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Mackie Conscious song hits number one in Florida

After 19 weeks in the Mikey B top 10 chart  on WAVS1170 Radio  in South Florida. Mackie Conscious song "Reggae Music Rise Again" is at the number one position. The music Video is also getting several hits on YouTube and rotation on cable and TV all over the world

Mackie Conscious the rounded musician and prolific song writer never look back since he  burst on the seen in 1997 with the hit single "what if" (from the album of the same name), followed by several songs like “Cell phone on his hip”, “Can’t be a king”, “Should I run”, “Leave the Crumbs alone” (collaboration with Taddy P 2010 Video of the year) just to name a few.

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 28, 2015: Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has expressed regret at the fire at the Moon Palace Resort in Ocho Rios but has been informed that work on the construction of the property is expected to resume on Monday.

“My information from the management is that the blaze was confined to a small area of the hotel and the cause is still under investigation,” Minister McNeill said. “I am in touch with officials and as soon as a report is available I will issues another statement,” he added.

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Caribbean Wellness trailblazer inspiring a new brand of massage therapist

Montego Bay, Jamaica, W.I. (March 22, 2015) Patricia Berry-Greenidge has crisscrossed the Atlantic and Caribbean Seas in her quest to bring ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council) standards to the Caribbean. She began blazing trails as the Principal of Personal Body Healthcare Clinic and School of Holistic Therapies Inc., which is accredited by ITEC and IFPA (International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists).  The first graduating class of PBHC Jamaica, comprising of ten graduates, received their ITEC Holistic Massage diplomas on March 14, 2015 at Sunset Beach Resort & Waterpark, Montego Bay.

Prior to establishing the Clinic & School in 2007, Patricia was a university lecturer,  professional therapist and Spa Consultant in Barbados, teaching Holistic Massage Therapy, Business Professionalism, Reiki and Alternative and Complementary Therapies, to name a few. Having travelled the world, she possesses intimate knowledge of exotic and indigenous spa and wellness therapies and products. She is the mother to a son who is a practicing lawyer, and a grandmother to three boys.

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