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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Tourism as a catalyst for development in Jamaica

Following a run of negative publicity, minister of tourism Edmund Bartlett here writes on how the tourism sector continues to be the leading catalyst of economic development in Jamaica and how is planning to address the problem of tourism leakage The resilient tourism sector continues to be the leading catalyst of economic development in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean basin, bringing valuable investments to our shores, generating one in every four jobs and forging many critical sectorial linkages that produce positive spill over effects for the wider local and Caribbean…

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News: Jamaica to host Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2019

The Caribbean’s largest tourism marketing event will be held in Jamaica next year. The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association officially announced that the 37th edition of Caribbean Travel Marketplace will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from January 29th-31st, 2019.  The event will be held in collaboration with the Jamaica ministry of tourism, the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association and the Jamaica Tourist Board. Produced by CHTA, Caribbean Travel Marketplace brings together hotel and destination representatives; wholesalers and tour operators; online travel agencies; meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions…

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News: White appointed director of tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board

Donovan White has been Named as director of tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board following an extensive local and international search. His appointment was announced by the Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett.  White, a Jamaican national, whose term as head of the country’s tourism marketing agency will commence officially on February 15th, brings with him many years of marketing and business development experience. He served recently as vice president of Cable & Wireless, Jamaica. Prior to that, White served as vice president, marketing, sales and media services at Columbus…

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British tourists warned to 'stay in resorts' in Jamaica security emergency

British tourists are being warned they should stay inside their resorts in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Jamaican government has declared a state of emergency in the St James parish, after a number of “shooting incidents”. The Foreign Office has told British tourists to stay in the confines of their hotels as a “major military operation” takes place. About 200,000 British tourists visit Jamaica every year. A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “[Tourists] should follow local advice including restrictions in selected areas, and exercise particular care if travelling at night….

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News: Airbnb rolls out Trips product in Jamaica

Airbnb has launched its Trips platform in Jamaica, adding the Caribbean destination to the list of international locations offering bookable local experiences. The announcement was made at the UNWTO Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, currently taking place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. With the move, Airbnb is seeking to bring people and places together in a single travel platform, with personalised experiences taking their place alongside accommodation options on site. Airbnb Trips are specifically designed to allow people to immerse themselves in local communities and participate…

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News: Jamaica to forge closer relationship with Dominican Republic

Caribbean tourism hotspots Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have unveiled plans for closer cooperation in a range of areas. Signing a memorandum of understanding on the sidelines of the United Nations Global Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth, the destinations pledged to increase collaboration in tourism, trade, sports, culture, and education. Jamaican prime minister Andrew Holness said the deal would bring tangible benefits to both countries and the wider region. Holness had earlier met with president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina Sánchez, where they discussed a range of bilateral,…

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Focus: Breaking Travel News investigates: Sustainable tourism comes under spotlight in Jamaica

Andrew Holness, prime minister of Jamaica, has sought to highlight the vital importance of sustainable tourism to the development of the country during an international conference in Montego Bay. Organised under the auspices of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism seeks to being together public and private stakeholders to forge a consensus on how to develop the hospitality sector. Holness said: “Tourism must be developed in a sustainable way, so as to preserve the resources of our destination…

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