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Jamaica and Airbnb to sign a major deal

Honoring his commitment to develop new tourism-partnerships, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett today announced that the Ministry of Tourism is set to sign a major agreement with Airbnb to augment and drive growth within the tourism industry.

The Minister, who made the announcement during a meeting with Airbnb executives, at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices, is very optimistic about the potential impact this will have on community tourism and is eager to finalize a memorandum of understanding to concretize the partnership.

“We are very happy to be partnering with Airbnb and know that it will be mutually beneficial to both entities involved. Once drafted, I know that the agreement will take into account our goal of destination assurance, which ensures our credibility in the marketplace. It will also allow us to utilize analytics across their social platforms. This will be a great tool for us to build a better collective resource management platform for our destination,” said Minister Bartlett.

According to Airbnb’s executive with responsibility for Public Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, Shawn Sullivan, the market for Airbnb in Jamaica is rapidly growing and is extremely lucrative. The site currently accounts for 2,300 active hosts and 4,000 active listings in the past year from Jamaica.

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The Best Small Islands to Retire To

Everyone dreams of retiring in the Caribbean. And the ultimate dream is retiring to a small, far-off island away from the hustle and bustle of the world. Retirement in the Caribbean certainly has its share of sacrifices and challenges, and that’s particularly true on a small island. But what you get in return is total independence, unmatched relaxation, island charm and a completely different rhythm to your days. Another unheralded benefit is you really become part of a community, something that isn’t necessarily true in many larger “retirement” destinations. These are the small islands we think are the best starting points to make a decision like this — they’re small, they’re beautiful and they’re not really like anywhere else.

Bocas del Toro, Panama

Panama has become one of the world’s hottest destinations for retirees, especially from the US. That’s in large part due two factors: the country’s pensionado programme, which offers retirees a series of discounts on everything from medical exams to entertainment, and a cost of living that’s among the lowest of any destination in the region. And Bocas del Toro is full of tiny islands to choose from, from the “main” island of Isla Colon to the popular Red Frog Beach development on the island of Isla Bastimentos.

Treasure Cay, Bahamas

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10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Need to Visit in the Caribbean

UNESCO has a big footprint in the Caribbean’s historical offering

In 1972, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) established the World Heritage Site program, which recognizes landmarks of natural and cultural significance and promotes their protection for the benefit of the entire world. There are now 19 of these must-see sites in the Caribbean, stretching from Cuba westward to Barbados and embracing everything from towering volcanoes to colonial neighborhoods and thriving barrier reefs. Here are 10 of our favorite reasons to rouse yourself from your beach chair and explore beyond the sand. How many Caribbean World Heritage Sites have you seen?

UNESCO HISTORICAL SITES

 

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Regional Tourism Ministers to Examine Sector Policies

LUXOR, Egypt; November 2, 2016:  In an effort to bolster Caribbean Tourism, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, recently announced that he will be hosting a Summit of Caribbean Ministers, as a highlight of this year’s staging of the Tourism Outlook Seminar (TOS) to be held in Montego Bay in December.

Speaking at the 104th Session of the inaugural United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council Meeting in Luxor, Egypt, Minister Bartlett outlined that the summit will give the tourism leaders within the region a forum to discuss the collaborative approach that needs to be taken to generate increased growth in the sector.

“This Summit of the Caribbean Ministers is an innovation that we have never had before. We are going to be saying to our minister colleagues, ‘let’s look at the Caribbean together and discuss how we can change the game from the highly competitive strategies that have not given us growth’,” said Minister Bartlett.

Minister Bartlett emphasized that at the end of the discussions, he hopes that strategies can be discussed which will emphasize the harmonization of a number of policies in the region.

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New Year’s Womban Retreat to Renew Mind, Body & Spirit

The first ever Womb-an Retreat and Fair will be staged January 27 - 29, 2017 at Negril Escape Resort and Spa, West End, Negril, Jamaica. The event will explore the many Stages of Womb-an (women) aged 35 yrs. –80 yrs. at a three-day weekend Retreat.  Over the weekendpatrons will meet and consult with female Medical, Paramedical, Wellness Professionals in a relaxed, environment that facilitates sharing and personal introspection. The event, re-scheduled to incorporate New Year’s resolutions and transformations, is the brainchild of Cosmetologist, Debra Barrett.

Patrons will participate in a Bonfire Cleansing Ceremony after settling on Friday evening on January 27, 2017. On Day two (2), they will engage in Mind-Body Yoga and Meditation sessions to start the day, followed by a Health & Wellness Services Expo, Entertainment, topped off with an exciting Fashion Show by Fashion Designer Cleopatra Charles.

The highlight of the day are the networking opportunities, consultations with professional and para-professional wellness practitioners, who will also have products for sale. Tables will be available for participating exhibitors. The Retreat & Fair will attract a high profile keynote and special guest speaker to be announced shortly. Watch for FB page to facilitate daily discussion.

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New Chairman for Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

The Honorable Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, Asot Michael, has announced  the appointment of Richard ‘Ricky’ Skerritt as Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) Board of Directors. Skerritt will also serve as an advisor to the Minister. As Non-Executive Chairman of the ABTA, Mr. Skerritt will be responsible for overseeing the development of policies and strategies designed to strengthen Antigua and Barbuda’s reputation as a world-class tourism and travel destination. In announcing the recent appointment Minister Michael said, “I am very excited that Ricky Skerritt has agreed to join our Tourism leadership team.  We have already begun taking a number of important steps towards revitalizing our tourism product, and Mr. Skerritt’s advice and leadership will be invaluable to us going forward.”

Mr. Skerritt thanked Minister Michael for his warm words of welcome and said that he was honored to become involved in helping Antigua & Barbuda shape an exciting future for the tourism sector. Skerritt said, “I am pleased with the commitment I have seen from Minister Michael and his colleagues to grow tourism in ways that will impact positively on the livelihoods of all local stakeholders. I look forward to doing what I can to assist Minister Michael and his tourism leadership team.”

Minister Michael also thanked outgoing ABTA Chairman, Mr. Rohan Hector, for the hard work he put in during his two-year tenure as Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. “Mr. Hector answered my call to serve in an unfamiliar field at a very challenging time, and I am grateful to him for helping us to get to this moment of further change,” said the Tourism Minister.

Source: http://etn.travel/article/new-man-charge-antigua-barbuda-tourism-authority/

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Minister Bartlett to Attend Important UNWTO Summit in Egypt

KINGSTON, Jamaica; October 28, 2016:   Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett, who also chairs the Board of Affiliate Members of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is set to attend the 104th Session of the UNWTO Executive Council Meeting in Luxor, Egypt from October 30 - November 1, 2016.

Minister Bartlett, who is being accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Jennifer Griffith, left the island earlier today October 28, 2016. He outlined that the council meeting will examine: tourism trends and activities; mainstreaming tourism in the global agenda; as well as review administrative and statutory matters of the council.

The Hon. Minister will then travel to London on November 4, 2016, where he will also be joined by the Director of Tourism, Mr. Paul Pennicook.  While there, they will meet with key stakeholders and members of the Diaspora and attend the World Travel Market which runs from November 7-9, 2016.

The World Travel Market is the leading global event for the travel industry to meet industry professionals and conduct business deals. Through its industry networks, unrivalled global reach, WTM London creates personal and business opportunities, providing customers with quality contacts, content and communities. It is expected to attract some 50,000 patrons from 182 countries across the globe.

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MTV for OCEAN Style Weekend

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

(Montego Bay, Jamaica – October 24, 2016) 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."

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 FREE CONCERT “ENTERTAINERS AGAINST CRIME & VIOLENCE"

With great concern about crime, especially in western Jamaica, Mackie Conscious and a team of entertainers and musicians have collaborated with Queen Ifrika, who also hails from Montego Bay, holding similar concerns, will host a Free Major concert dubbed “ ENTERTAINERS AGAINST CRIME & VIOLENCE” to be held at Dump up beach Sunday, December 4, 2016 starting at 3:00 p.m.

This event is designed to have the major Jamaican recording artistes, both home and abroad, participate in donating their time to activate a Call to Action from the music fraternity that we need a change. For too long we have been losing too many of our valuable Jamaicans through crime and violence. This has placed Jamaica in a position that is crippling all sectors of our society, for example: Music, Tourism, businesses, families. This situation is grossly affecting the entire economy. 

To date we have a list of over 50 branded entertainers from which to choose and who are expected to make themselves available live or via video link on a large screen. This list include some who have already confirmed: Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Diana King, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrika, Mackie Conscious, Spice, Ninja Man, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, I Octain,  Jimmy Cliff, Mutabaruka, Hezron, Carlene Davis, Lt. Stichie, Kevin Dowenswell, just to name a few. 

We have come to the conclusion that music is one of the greatest influences, both negatively and positively, which has played a role in the development of this generation. We are also cognizant of the fact that in the escalation of crime and violence in the society, music’s negative lyrical content is a contributory factor. 

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CLICK TO ACCESS JAMAICA

Negril, Jamaica (October 24, 2016). Access Jamaica is Jamaica's premier distribution and repository channel for Jamaican products, services and information. The portal helps consumers find easily accessible links and information under one umbrella,  www.AccessJamaica.com . The portal's founder and chief solutions coach, Theo Chambers, official...
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Antigua & Barbuda Pitched As A Hot Investment Spot

ABU DHABI, Dubai, Monday October 24, 2016 – Hollywood actor Robert De Niro recently went to Dubai to endorse Antigua and Barbuda as a top choice for investment. He was part of a delegation, that also included Prime Minister Gaston Browne, on a mission to promote investments in the picturesque twin islands. De Niro, a Special Envoy of Antigua and Ba...
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‘I Am Bolt’ Documentary On Track To Premiere In Kingston And London

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday October 20, 2016 – The documentary "I Am Bolt", a film chronicling the life and triumphs of the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, is on track to premiere in Kingston and London. The Jamaican sprint superstar is recognized as a legend in his time after winning nine Olympic gold medals and nailing world records for the 100 a...
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Mandeville Peace Coalition Launch Sparks Community Action

​Mandeville, Manchester, October 6, 2016. Manchester Peace Coalition (MPCo) led by its Interim President, Dr Clifton Reid, is a force to be reckoned with in a Jamaica racked by escalating crime in urban centres. In fact, the Coalition's mission as peacemakers makes them a positive force to help transform the parish of Manchester through collaborati...
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Jamaica Ready to Assist Countries Hit by Matthew to Rebuild Their Tourism Sector

KINGSTON, Jamaica; October 6, 2016 :  Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has expressed his deepest sympathy to the people of Haiti, Cuba and The Bahamas, including his colleague Ministers of Tourism, who have been impacted by the passage of Hurricane Matthew. Minister Bartlett has also outlined that Jamaica stands ready to assist in reb...
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Airbnb and Caribbean Tourism

The marketplace is evolving. Ten years ago no one imagined homeowners opening their doors and welcoming strangers to bunk at their tropical beach bungalows or private cozy homes for affordable rates. Forget about standing out in the street waving frantically to flag down a taxicab or worrying about having enough change to hop on a bus. Those days a...
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National Community Tourism Portal Officially Launched

​ KINGSTON, Jamaica; September 28, 2016: As the Ministry of Tourism continues to celebrate Tourism Awareness Week, officials from the Ministry, its agencies as well as tourism partners today (September 28, 2016) participated in the official launch of the National Community Tourism Portal, at Kingston's iconic attraction, Devon House. "It is fitting...
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African Diaspora World Tourism Awards sets new agenda for cultural heritage tourism

​ Jamaica, W.I. (September 11, 2016). The recently held African Diaspora World Tourism Awards (ADWTA) staged in Atlanta, Georgia set a new agenda for cultural heritage tourism. The 2016 awards were designed to provide intimate and productive buyer and supplier meetings with international delegates. Delegates from Gambia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe...
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​Fans eagerly prepare as Sizzla embarks on his first US Tour after 8 years

August 22, 2016. Fans eagerly prepare as Sizzla embarks on his first US Tour after 8 years. He is on the heels of his Reggae on the River performance, which has been described as a great energetic performance and the best Reggae On the River ever held. Today Team Sizzla arrived in Florida for the second show and will continue on to Georgia, D.C., N...
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Dr Mzembi, UNWTO Secretary General elect, to attend ADWT Awards in Atlanta

Aug. 22, 2016. The Honorable Dr Walter Mzembi, PhD, current Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry for the Republic of Zimbabwe since 2009, will be going to the United States to speak at the 2016 African Diaspora World Tourism Awards in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 27. Dr. Mzembi was recently endorsed by the African Union as the choice for Afr...
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Community Tourism Pioneer to be inducted into African Diaspora World Tourism Hall of Fame

Montego Bay, Jamaica (August 8, 2016). The inaugural African Diaspora World Tourism Awards launched in May 2014 in Atlanta, has taken a giant leap ahead into the future, through a seeming alchemical transformation in just three years, as a major showcase of African royalty and cultural heritage in the Americas. The African Diaspora World Tourism Aw...
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