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IRIE FM Stages 28th Annual  Tribute To Marcus Mosiah Garvey   

Plans are in high gear for the 28th staging of IRE FM’s annual Marcus Garvey Tribute in the courtyard of the radio station, on Sunday August 18, 2019.


The theme of this year’s tribute is “One Africa, One Nation”.

IRIE FM’s Director of Programmes, Ka’Bu Ma’at Kheru, says the theme is "in keeping with the thrust of the Africa Union (AU) to revitalize Africa through unity and the recent launch of the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement".

The vision for the continental free trade area, is for Africa’s 55 nation states to benefit from free trade across all borders within the continent.

Ka’Bu Ma'at Kheru underscores the importance of AfCFTA which she says "has laid the foundation" for what could be the world's largest free trade zone by the number of participating countries, covering more than 1.2 billion people with a combined gross domestic product of 2.5 trillion U.S. dollars, as integral to the vision of Marcus Garvey.

The dream of all African states becoming a member of the free trade area, took a quantum leap towards reality when Nigeria, one of Africa’s strongest economies, signed the agreement on the eighth of July during the launch of the free trade movement.

The only country left to sign the agreement is Eritrea.

Commenting on the advancement of the African free trade agreement, IRIE FM’s Programmes director Ka’Bu Ma’at Kheru hailed it as an important step in “Reuniting the African family for development”, thus echoing the theme of the 1992 staging of Panafest in Ghana, West Africa.

This year, Ghana has taken a significant step in uniting the African family by declaring 2019 "the year of return" and removing visa requirements for a number of countries in the Diaspora including Jamaica.

Ms. Ma'at Kheru points out that the annual Marcus Garvey Tribute at IRIE FM recognizes these milestones toward Africa's rendezvous with destiny and under it's "One Africa; One Nation" theme signals the importance of the African Diaspora to African unity.

The event kicks off at 6am on Sunday August 18, with a live outside broadcast from the grounds of IRIE FM, of the Africa Forum “Running African”. The day’s activities, which will go up to 10pm, will also be streamed live on iriefm.net and carried on the 107 Band.

Speakers will include Her Excellency Dr. Arikana Chihombori Quao, African Union Ambassador to the United States of America, and Trinidad and Eastern Caribbean representative of the Honourable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam Dr. David Muhammed, as well as, the 2016 IRIE FM/Brian Henry Foundation For Higher  Learning Marcus Garvey Scholarship winner, University of the West Indies Graduate, Crystal Dennis.

There will also be a Marcus Garvey Tribute concert with performances by the Kingston Drummers, Ras Ivie and the Nyabinghi Drummers, Earl Chinna Smith and the Binghistra, Chezidek, Prophecy, Sativa Di Black One, Mixing Lab, JahDon and Hero among others.

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Theo’s Theory Delivers with Cutting Edge Marketing and Management Strategies for the Twenty-first Century

Theo’s Theory on Marketing and Management Strategies is a Business-2-Business (B2B) reference manual designed for neophytes and seasoned entrepreneurs, business executives, sales departments, marketing, and social media departments, website developers, managers, and front-line employees.

The author states that Customer Satisfaction should be the core principle and focus of any business.  It is one of the pillars for success and sustainability.  

Mr. Chambers remind his readers how Social Media’s disruptive innovation has turned traditional marketing, advertising, branding, communication and entrepreneurship upside down.  It has levelled the playing field.

Mr. Chambers also explained how educational institutions are preparing students with the proper marketing, management and analytics tools for future jobs that do not exist today. In order words, they are equipping them with formulas and tools that are applicable across B2B and Business to Consumer (B2C) platforms.

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Fortieth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

[The Fortieth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Gros Islet, Saint Lucia 3-5, July 2019 under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet.]

The Fortieth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at Gros Islet, Saint Lucia 3-5, July 2019 under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet.

Other Members of the Conference in attendance were: Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable Gaston Browne; Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis; Prime Minister of Barbados, Honourable Mia Mottley;  Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Honourable Keith Mitchell; President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise; Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness; Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr the Honourable Timothy Harris; Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. the Honourable Ralph Gonsalves; and Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley.

Belize was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Wilfred Elrington;   Dominica was represented by the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, the Honourable Francine Baron; Guyana was represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Dr Karen Cummings ; Montserrat was represented by the Minister of Trade, the Honourable Claude Hogan; and Suriname was represented by the Vice President, His Excellency Michael Adhin.

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Saint Lucia Tourism Authority Appoints Mrs. Beverly Nicholson-Doty as its Chief Executive Officer

CASTRIES - Thursday, June 27, 2019 – The Board of Directors at the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) has appointed Mrs. Beverly Nicholson-Doty as the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 

Mrs. Nicholson-Doty has over three decades of industry leadership experience, including most recently serving as Commissioner of Tourism at the USVI Department of Tourism from 2007 to 2018. She brings significant experience in marketing, sales and strategic planning in Caribbean travel, tourism and hospitality. Mrs. Nicholson-Doty has developed deep relationships with executives across the airline, cruise, hotel and service industries that serve the region, and has created partnership opportunities that include public, private, non-profit, non-governmental and community-based entities.

Mrs. Nicholson Doty’s achievements include the successful development of the Ports of the Virgin Islands concept to brand and develop a collaborative effort to elevate the territory’s port facilities, and the creation of a strategic plan for positioning the USVI as one of the top destinations for the Meetings and Incentives (MICE) market. She was also instrumental in engineering double-digit airline capacity growth over a 10-year period.

The CEO will be responsible for overall management of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, including oversight of the development of the Authority’s marketing and destination services, and general administration. She intends to work closely with agencies, institutions and individuals within the public and private sectors of Saint Lucia at home and abroad.

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Revamped Hanover Chamber of Commerce and Industry (H.C.C.I.) is ready for Parish Development

The Hanover Chamber of Commerce and Industry has re-ignited its presence in the parish of Hanover and environs with a new, competent and eager Board of Directors.

The Chamber will seek to recapture its former prominence, help to establish and support business, and to the enhance the development of its members and by extension the Parish.

The Interim Chamber Executives have been meeting for some time and have now re-convened on June 04, 2019 at an official meeting where the new Board of Directors were elected and meeting dates set.

The following persons were appointed to the Executive Board for the 2019 year:

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Health & Wellness Minister Challenges Diaspora to Extend “Jamaica Moves” to Global Stage

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (second right), interacting with Dr. Richard Manning (right) and patients of the Seaview Gardens Health Centre in Kingston during a ceremony on April 30, when the clinic was formally adopted by Massy Distribution (Jamaica) Limited.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Jamaica’s Minister of Health & Wellness, a new moniker for the ministry, addressed the Diaspora Conference Delegates on June 18, 2019. He began his presentation with a report card on the nation’s medical status as of 2017-2018. The topic “Engaging health & wellness agenda, where we are now and where we are going?” set the context for those who would follow with presentations on the panel.

Nation’s medical report card

The Minister reported 1.2 million visits in 2018 and 40,000 surgeries, 32,000 babies delivered, which is an increase he said “although we are growing at a shrinking rate .”  

He reported 2.9 mil. (million) Public health overall visits to health centers & hospital facilities over the past two years. Compared to 2.5 mil. In 2017 to the health centers & hospitals - 1.6 mil and 1.2 mil. respectively the previous year. Admissions totaled 187,000 with a minimum stay of 5 days or less.

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Mayor of Miramar Wants Partnerships to Expand Culture

Mayor of the City of Miramar, Florida, Wayne Messam, has extended an invitation to Jamaica and Jamaicans in the Diaspora to partner with the city to facilitate cultural expansion.

Mr. Messam said the city has invested more than US$30 million in developing its cultural and athletic infrastructure “to provide venues, to provide the possibilities to identify and develop talent, and to enjoy the benefits of entertainment”.

With this investment, the city is now open to the exchange of cultural content that can be leveraged to the benefit of Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora.

Mr. Messam, who is of Jamaican parentage, was speaking in a session at the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston, on June 19. The session was centred on exploiting the creative industries for economic growth and job creation.

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Jamaica to Chair First Commission for the Americas Meeting in Azerbaijan

KINGSTON, Jamaica; June 14, 2019: Jamaica will preside over its first Regional Commission for the Americas (CAM) meeting on Monday, since being elected last month to serve as Chair, for the biennium 2019 to 2021. 

The meeting of the CAM will take place during the 110th United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council Meeting, during the period June 16 – 18, 2019 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

UNWTO’s regional commissions meet once annually to allow its member states to maintain ‎contact with each other and the UNWTO Secretariat between sessions of the bi-annual General ‎Assembly. 

Minister Bartlett and his delegation will also use the opportunity to begin discussions with the UNWTO Secretary General, Mr Zurab Pololikashvili, regarding the 2020 CAM meeting as well as the 2020 Global Conference on Innovation, Resilience and Crisis Management, which Jamaica will jointly host with the UNWTO.  

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CTO Allied Members Awards Attract Tourism Stalwarts

NEW YORK, NY (xx April 2019) – Former Grenada tourism minister Brenda Hood is among six stalwarts of Caribbean tourism to be honoured by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) allied membership at the Travel Industry Awards Dinner during Caribbean Week New York (#CWNY2019) next month.

Hood is the chairman of the Grenada Tourism Authority, and has served at various stages during her career on the CTO’s human resources technical committee, and the boards of the then Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (now the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency) and the Inter-Parliamentary Forum of the Americas.

She, along with Colin James, chief executive office of the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority, will receive the Allied Award for outstandingcontributions to the region’s development.

The Allied Award was established in 2005 to recognise individuals within the CTO family – government, airline, cruise line, allied and affiliate members and CTO staff – who have done an extraordinary job of contributing, in a tangible way, to the sustainable development of the region.

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Major Tourism Attraction to be developed around birthplace of Jimmy Cliff

MONTEGO BAY, St. James; March 29, 2019: Tourism Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett has indicated plans to fully develop the community of Somerton in St. James, where cultural icon Jimmy Cliff was born, as a major tourism attraction. 

“The town of Somerton holds the rich cultural history of some of the most celebrated Jamaicans such as former Prime Minister PJ Patterson, former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke’s family, Lennie Little-White, renowned film maker, Ms. Violet Neilson former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Bishop Herro Blair.

Perhaps the most celebrated of all is Grammy award winning singer Jimmy Cliff who still lives in Somerton and even filmed some of his greatest work here. We are excited about this history that has helped to fashion the community and can be positioned and leveraged as a major tourism attraction and generate economic growth,” said Minister Bartlett. 

Minister Bartlett made the announcement at the official ground breaking for the Somerton to Fording road rehabilitation project yesterday [March 28, 2019]. The project will see restoration work on the roadway from fording to the Somerton square which will be named the Jimmy Cliff highway. The general scope of work will include road signage, construction of drains and asphaltic concrete repairs and overlay.

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Tourism Linkages Speed Networking Event Yields over $630 million in contracts for Local Entrepreneurs

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KINGSTON, Jamaica; March 21, 2019:

Speaking at this year’s staging of the Speed Networking event in Montego Bay, the Minister said, “I am pleased to share that Speed Networking 2016 resulted in contracts valued at some $181 million; while the 2017 event saw suppliers benefitting from over $200 million in contracts; and in 2018, the value of these contracts grew to over $250 million.  That is over $630 million in contacts for local SMTEs from just three one-day linkages events.”

He also noted that among the top beneficiaries of the event, were Boss Furniture and Tortuga Rum Cakes.

Boss Furniture won a contract valued at $30 million to provide bedding and furnishings to Montego Bay’s new S Hotel while another $10 million in contracts with that property is in the pipeline.

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TOURISM AS A POWERFUL TOOL FOR PEACE AND DIALOGUE

With the development of civilization, people started sharing their contentment, sorrows, inventions, and accomplishments. Human instinct for curiosity and search led to the birth of tourism which removed differences between cultures, ethnic groups, religious groups, values and lifestyles, and languages.
Mahatma Gandhi described travel as ‘The Language of Peace.’ Gandhiji realized the importance of attaining freedom through non –violence and traveled all over India to develop a sense of personal touch among the populace and succeeded in achieving freedom through peace.

The scene of promoting cultural understanding, mutual respect and peace via travel and tourism, gives an incredible opportunity to strengthen cross-border relations.

Tourism as a peace tool intends to reduce root causes that create situations where violence has been perceived as inevitable. Most of the countries are in the process of promoting peace and establishing brotherhood with neighboring countries with the view of exchanging ideas and values.

Tourism truly acts as a vehicle for mutual understanding through cultural exchange and promotes peace dialogue at national and international levels. Effort by stakeholders is required to reduce the negative impacts of tourism and use tourism as a tool, media, passport, channel for peace to avoid another terror attack in the country in future and promote volun-tourism, wedding tourism, black tourism, and mourning tourism.

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Marcus Garvey Restoration Project will Soon be a Reality

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Editor's Commentary: Caribnewsroom (PositiveTourism) recommends that the Ministry of Culture, Gender Affairs and Sports hold Town Hall sessions in the Ocho Rios Community to properly educate the community and share responses from Garveyites from across the world who would support the building of such a museum to honor our First National Hero and Saint, revered across the globe. The benefits to the community should be stressed and the persons who would be relocated should be reassured that they will be honored and properly compensated.

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Minister of Culture , Gender Affairs and Sports,  Hon Olivia Grange says she and the Ministry are doing their best to have residents of 32 Marcus Garvey Way, in St Ann’s Bay, re-settled in an appropriate location soon.

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New Spiritual Wellness Book Teaches Sacred Lifestyle Practices

March 5, 2019 (Negril, Jamaica).  Living Life as a Sacred Practice: Discover Yourself as a Source of Creation authored by Sharon Parris-Chambers is now available online at Balboapress.com, Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.  It is the long-awaited second publication since her 2011 book, excerpts of which has been shared with audiences on Social Media over the past year.

There is a buzz surrounding the book reviewed by Queen Mother Barbara Makeda Blake Hannah, author, film maker and former senator who shares her convincing perspectives with discerning readers on the merits of Living Life As a Sacred Practice. She states 
“Thoughtful people who seek answers to the mysteries of living life fully, often turn to books of sacred wisdom and advice. Whether it be the holy books such as the Bible, Koran or books by modern gurus like Iyanla Van Zant, the desire for spiritual guidance occupies a major part of many.  For those who thought such wisdom only came from ancient sages or well-promoted American, European or Asian gurus, it is a welcome surprise to find that our friend, cultural Sister and PR practitioner Sharon Parris-Chambers has given us such an excellent tome of spiritual healing.”

From beginning to end the author seeks to establish an inner vision into spiritual development of the self as a Divine being. The book is beautifully laid out in clear typesetting, with each chapter prepared as a daily teaching complete on its own. The reader has only to turn to a chapter to find an introspective meditation, sacred practice and affirmation to be used as a daily spiritual cleansing and healing ritual. Sample topics such as: “Pacify your restless mind”, “Let the Real you Stand Up,” “I live my Dream,” “Stop Suffering,” and “Insource before you Outsource” can be found and savoured in the way one enjoys a feast. The key to the exercises is journaling, which requires mindfulness meditation. When this is done, it is more likely that something profound will be left with the seeker more than just merely reading passages within the book.

Dr Glenville Ashby, Religion & Culture editor, The Jamaica Gleaner, penned the forward wherein he takes note of the author’s maiden voyage to Africa. “The author returned to her roots in Gambia 2012 which unveiled her calling and sealed her mission as a veritable messenger of Spirit. It is in Gambia that she was grounded and initiated into the innermost mystery. It is there that she drank from the well of the First People and was handed the fabled Philosopher's Stone.”

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Int’l Boost For Dis Poem Wordz & Agro Festival

When spoken-word artist Ras Takura started the Dis Poem Wordz & Agro Festival nine years ago, he hoped to put poetry on the front burner and ultimately fuse it with agriculture. Today, the event continues to grow beyond his initial vision, with entities like the University of Nebraska in the United States supporting the Port Antonio-based festival. Takura told The Gleaner that the festival made its overseas début in August, courtesy of the institution.

“We partnered with the university in bringing a version of the festival to the Malcolm X birth site in Omaha, Nebraska, and it was successful,” he said. “We intend to expand this partnership and definitely look forward to having the university more involved in the festival come next year,” he continued.

The university hosts an annual Malcolm X festival in which Takura will participate as a guest speaker in April.

Another big deal for the festival will be the presence of international performers who will grace the stage at its home venue at the Neville Antonio Park on April 28. The event will unfold from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Texaco Jamaica Endorses Global Resilience Centre

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday, February 19, 2019: Texaco Jamaica has pledged its full backing of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCM) that was launched in January in Montego Bay.  The announcement was made today (February 19) by CEO of GB Energy Texaco Jamaica, Mr. Mauricio Pulido at the press launch for Texaco Jamaica’s centennial celebrations at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.

Congratulating Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, for his role in the development of the Centre, Mr. Pulido said Texaco is very committed to the growth of Jamaica and particularly the tourism sector because of its vast potential.  “We are very proud to be a part of the resilience centre and you have our full support,” noted the GB Energy CEO.

The GTRCM, said to be the first such facility in the world, will focus on research, advocacy, training and policy to assist global tourism destinations with preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and crises that affect tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods globally.  It has received the backing of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, and the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Minister Bartlett, a Texaco Jamaica alumnus before entering Government in 1980, noted a new wave of investments in the hotel sector would bring 15,000 new rooms in the next five years, which in turn would drive the demand for more fuel, energy, jobs and quality service to be provided by our people.

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PERMANENT SECRETARY TO LEAD TEAM TO REIMAGE NEGRIL

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NEGRIL, Westmoreland; February 8, 2019:  Tourism Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett has appointed Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Jennifer Griffith to lead a team designated to reimage the tourist destination of Negril.

Speaking at a meeting with key stakeholders in Negril yesterday, Minister Bartlett said, "Negril represents a critical part of Jamaica's tourism asset as this area has for decades remained a major selling point for the island with its white sands and sea.

What we are seeing is that Negril became a tourist hotspot but did so without the adequate infrastructure to support the rapid developments in the sector but we are going to rectify that."

Minister Bartlett and several senior tourism officials and agency heads convened a meeting with tourism stakeholders in Negril to discuss their concerns about the sector with a view to providing solutions. Among the areas highlighted were adequate lighting along major corridors, wheelchair access to beaches and a new vision for the development of Negril.

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Caribbean Marketing Fund in the making says St. Lucian Tourism Minister

The establishment of a marketing fund to promote the Caribbean as a premier tourism destination, is being explored by tourism ministers in the region.

St. Lucian Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the Caribbean Council of Ministers, Dominic Fedee, says he will be leading the charge, in collaboration with his Caribbean counterparts.

“So I think a major priority for the Council of Ministers now, in the short run is to make sure we put in a framework that will ensure a sustainable marketing fund for the Caribbean,” Fedee told Access Jamaica in an interview at the Caribbean Travel Marketplace Trade show at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Thursday (January 31).

“For some reason this has eluded us, for many, many years, as jurisdictions and destinations in the Caribbean.  What is important now is to make sure that we bring everyone together, that we establish ourselves as a strong Caribbean brand.  I think it is one of the strongest travel brands in the world, notwithstanding our ability to come together and in a strategic and deliberate way, ensure that we promote the Caribbean brand,” the Minister added.

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Rebel Salute Launch was a Sensational Mini Concert

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Kingston, Jamaica (Thursday, December 27, 2018). Rebel Salute marked the launch of its January 18-19, 2019 showcase celebrating 26 years on December 27, 2018 at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. The 2019 theme is the Preservation of Reggae.

The Organic Heart Group of Companies represented by Patrick Barrett aka Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica and their team, pulled off a brilliant staging of the 2019 rollout of Rebel Salute.  Comedian Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley, host, kept the audience laughing and the programme flowing.

The opening songs set the tone for the evening: A Reggae mantra by Bushman, followed by Imeru Tafari (Queen Ifrica’s son) with “Chanting Nyabinghi” and Davianah (Tony Rebel’s daughter) singing a cover and an original called “Wanna Be”. The performance by Notis Heavyweight Rockazz, backing Nyabinghi drummers, sealed the first half of the evening which began at 7:00 pm with a thunderous drumming session, which caught the attention of the patrons and media who crowded to take pictures.

The popular Herb Curb, a lounge dedicated solely to ganja, will return; there will be a conference preceding the Saturday afternoon Herb Curb Symposium facilitated by Itopia Life and Epican Jamaica.

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Bartlett Committed to New Architecture for Visitor Safety and Security

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 senior members of the Ministry of Tourism and its agencies.

“This exercise of reviewing our security arrangements with a view to improving our infrastructure is not a knee jerk reaction because the whole business of safety and security is fundamental to tourism,

Safety, security and seamlessness underpin the sense of well-being of visitors crossing borders. It is a feeling that must pervade the traveler before they even leave their destination and therefore it is the responsibility of the destination that the well-being of visitors are secure,” said Minister Bartlett.

Dr. Peter Tarlow is currently in the island to provide technical support for the island wide security audit being carried out by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo). The security audit, which is to be completed by the first half of 2019, will identify gaps and ensure that the destination remains safe, secure and seamless for visitors and locals alike.

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