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Stories by Janet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2020 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

Some hospitality workers in tourism-dependent Hanover are contemplating moving into agriculture, in light of the fallout in tourist arrivals triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought the industry to a standstill. Among these workers are...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2020 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

A handful of tourists stranded in Negril, after mass flight cancellations and closure of the island’s borders because of the COVID-19 pandemic, say they prefer whiling the time away in the Capital of Casual, instead of risking infection en route...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:25 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

Many multiple-repeat tourists to Jamaica are pleading with their fellow nationals to stay away from the island not because of fear of being infected with the COVID-19 virus during their visit, but for fear that more tourists will inadvertently...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:18 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

It was out of concern for the future of deaf children in Jamaica, who are oftentimes not afforded the opportunity to reach their full occupational potential, which prompted Renee Campbell to conceptualise Deafinately Jamaica Tours. Headquartered...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

Jamaica’s success as a tourism destination can be linked to various elements, chief among them the often overlooked street food and the art and craft sectors and the artisans who produce these items, oftentimes through very arduous labour. Veteran...

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:19 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

For years, the resort town of Port Antonio has had the lowest share of visitors of all of Jamaica’s six resort areas. In fact, according to Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) statistics, between 2014 and 2016, Port Antonio averaged only 21,000 tourists...

Published:Wednesday | January 8, 2020 | 12:18 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

Portland, the cradle of Jamaica’s tourism, and a renowned playground for Hollywood stars, is finally getting its long-awaited renaissance. According to Jon Baker of Geejam, Portland, particularly its capital, Port Antonio, is in the final part of...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:18 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

With an expected 756,000 visitors calling at its twin ports for the 2019-2020 season, the resort town of Ocho Rios, St Ann, is once again making a strong case for being the cruise shipping capital of Jamaica. Also, add to this mix the over 20 ships...

Published:Wednesday | September 18, 2019 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

“Overly exaggerated” was how a number of Scandinavian tour ­operators viewed reports of Jamaica being unsafe for visitors. Having visited the island during the just-concluded Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) 2019 Tradeshow, they say that they will...

Published:Wednesday | September 18, 2019 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

In 1999 when the RIU hotel chain first ventured into Jamaica, Morgan’s Group was the top pick to manufacture all their beds for Tropical Bay in Negril, the brand’s first hotel on the island. Twenty years later, the company, which is licensed to...

Published:Wednesday | August 21, 2019 | 12:21 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

Luxury and wellness have always had an inextricable bond at Montego Bay’s world-renowned Half Moon, so it comes as no surprise that the features of the property’s newest addition of accommodations has the same ‘wow’ effect. The eastward expansion...

Published:Wednesday | July 24, 2019 | 12:29 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

Jamaican ganja took its official place at Reggae Sumfest with Canna Corner, a designated area attracting thousands of visitors, both local and international, even the police, an indication that the demand for ganja-infused tourism experiences...

Published:Wednesday | July 24, 2019 | 12:26 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

One of Jamaica’s major manufacturers of hospitality and tourism supplies is singing the praises of hotels which have, over the years, made it a standard operational policy to purchase goods, both edible and non-edibles, that are made in Jamaica....

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2019 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

Montego Bay Airports (MBJ) has sought to dispel fears that hotel in the east of the tourism capital may now become obstacles to airplanes landing and taking off when the expansion of the Sangster International Airport runway is completed. The...

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:18 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

Jamaica’s tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, is again calling for greater equality among all stakeholders and more equitable distribution of tourism earnings. Fired up by the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s ‘Global Force for Tourism...

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2019 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera - Hospitality Jamaica Coordinator

In 1987, long before environmental conservation became a global buzzword, Negril businessman Ricky Jackson acquired Jamaica Giants, a vast estate tucked away in Moreland Hill on the border of the parishes of Hanover and Westmoreland. Instead of...

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