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Stories by Janet Silvera

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 2:00 PMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU: The recently refurbished Sandals Montego, staged a party that tour operators, travel agents, and tourism stakeholders will remember for years to come. On Monday night, the second day of JAPEX 2017, belonged to the all-inclusive...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:The 2017 hurricane season has dealt a stinging blow to several small Caribbean island nations and the southeastern United States. The death toll attributed to Hurricane Irma alone has risen to 70, with billions of dollars in damages,...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:With glitz and fanfare aplenty, Tuesday's official opening of Chukka Good Hope Adventure Park in Falmouth will long be remembered as a most fitting way to close the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) 2017.From the...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Approximately 40 travel partners specialising in destination weddings were introduced to the exclusive one-of-a-kind bridal suite at Melia Braco in Trelawny last Saturday night.The suite, all of three rooms, in addition to a make-up...

Published:Tuesday | September 26, 2017 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera

Sagicor Jamaica has opened its sixth hotel property, Jewel Grande, while looking to boost arrivals from the core North America and European markets to make a profitable return on the US$90 million invested in retrofitting the former Palmyra luxury...

Published:Tuesday | September 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:In the midst of the devastation caused by hurricanes and earthquakes to the Caribbean region, Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness said climate change is real, presenting a clear and present danger to countries worldwide.The prime...

Published:Monday | September 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:More attractive and welcoming resort areas for locals and visitors alike is the objective behind the creation of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ)-sponsored 'Best Resort Town Experience' award, which will be presented at the 2017...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

Ella Drummond-Hoyos' 50th birthday was celebrated by a week of festivities inclusive of a church service followed by brunch, a catamaran cruise, fancy reggae party, an all-white beach lyme, and a...

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall has copped the coveted Crystal Apple Award for Best All-Inclusive Resort in the Caribbean. The Montego Bay resort outdid over 3,000 nominees in the Apple Vacations portfolio, receiving the award at a...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

Beauties from across the region - Latin, South and North America, the Europe, Asia and Africa - showcased the latest trends in fashion at the Miss Global International competition at RIU Montego Bay.With contemporary fashion, they blended...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Twenty-three-year-old Guyanese national Cynthia Dookie received stiff competition from Annie Newball of San Andres and Djennicia Francis of Trinidad, but emerged the 2017 Miss Global International at the coronation show recently at...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

Western Bureau:Montego Bay's Indigenous Rastafarian Village, Cockpit Country Adventure Tours and the Bunkers Hill CulturalX-perience and River Tour have been selected as showpieces for the UNWTO - Government of Jamaica International Conference.The...

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

At least two of the largest European charter operators plying Jamaica, Spain's Evelop and Portugal's Orbest, are questioning the viability of flying their planes here next season.Both carriers are seasonal, operating into the Sangster International...

Published:Tuesday | September 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:The continuous closure of Jamaica's airspace and poor communication by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) have been described as "unacceptable and embarrassing" by president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

If a man comes around David Roman* and places his hand on the 24-year-old's shoulder, his immediate reaction is, 'Am I going to be hurt again?'For the past nine years, Roman has been walking around with the scars of being molested by...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Hosted by Isratech, CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo took over the lawns of the beautiful Bellefield Great House in Montego Bay, St James, at what was tagged a private networking cocktail...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Riu Palace Jamaica opened its beachfront resort to host Prime Minister Andrew Holness, members of his Cabinet, justices of the peace, and leaders of the security forces at a zone of special...

Published:Friday | September 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:The fastest-growing city in the Caribbean - Montego Bay - is to get its first private international school.The team behind it are Lisa Lake, formerly of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, her husband, Yoni Epstein, who is in the...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

Michele Rollins and her family have committed 13 acres of prime property at Rose Hall. Adam Stewart has been drafted as chairman. And the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SPJF) is throwing its weight behind Montego Bay's first private international...

Published:Friday | September 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

Restaurant operator and distributor Viking Productions has landed the exclusive rights tooperate food, beverage and confectionery services in the...

Published:Wednesday | August 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Jamaica's thrust to significantly increase visitor arrivals will be boosted by a strategic partnership with search engine giants Google, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has announced.Bartlett, who last Thursday met and toured with...

Published:Monday | August 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Not only has Jamaica secured the popular tourism platform Airbnb as its first platinum sponsor of the landmark UNWTO-Sustainable Tourism Development Conference, but a partnership has been concretised, ensuring financial and other...

Published:Sunday | August 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:A great house washed in red, blue, purple and green, with touches of gold, greeted patrons on Saturday, August 19, symbolising an unforgettable night.The imposing, historic Rose Hall Great House in St...

Published:Friday | August 25, 2017 | 12:18 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Wray and Nephew took a chance on Pier 1 with its $50 promotion; Carreras has never left the entertainment complex; and Red Bull threw some muscle behind the establishment.Thirty years after opening its doors, Pier 1 has become a...

Published:Friday | August 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera

WESTERN BUREAU:Jamaican-Canadian owned company, Kisko Products, has gifted the people of Lower Buxton in St Ann with a basic school valued at $7.6 million.The school - which will house over 33 students, three classrooms, an office, a sick bay, a...

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