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Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2021 | 12:22 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaican craft merchants have credited Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart’s intervention in their lives, with the success their children have had in accessing university education. “Sandals was the first hotel to welcome craft traders on their...

Published:Monday | January 4, 2021 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite reeling from a $76 billion loss in earnings and a 2.3 million decline in visitor arrivals, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says not only was 2020 a watershed moment for his industry, but that Jamaica emerged from it the epitome of “tourism...

Published:Thursday | December 31, 2020 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Lip-syncing has found its way into the Sandals Resorts International’s (SRI) Hall of Fame as the chain’s general managers took a virtual battle to unprecedented levels. “Though lip-syncing was the name of the game, the teams left...

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2020 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica experienced its best period of tourist arrivals between December 22 and 26, with some 19,000 visitors landing at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, the highest since the country’s borders reopened in June....

Published:Monday | December 28, 2020 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The woman who became the first female pilot to captain an Air Jamaica aircraft has hung up her wings after more than four decades of commandeering the skies. A Montegonian by birth, Captain Maria Ziadie-Haddad, who has the record of...

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2020 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Negril Chapter chair, Ann Chen, is pleading with residents of Westmoreland not to lose courage or succumb to “COVID fatigue” as recent scientific developments signal that an end to the...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:06 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: As Jamaica closed its borders to United Kingdom flights on Monday, the country’s largest lobby of hoteliers and tour operators has thrown its weight behind the Holness administration’s decision to shut out British travellers amid...

Published:Tuesday | December 22, 2020 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The call Brenda Isaac received recently is the kind many firefighters say no one wants to hear. Isaac was in Atlanta, Georgia, when her Jamaican neighbour telephoned her about a blaze at her Highland House home in Montego Bay, St...

Published:Monday | December 21, 2020 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica is to make a decision within the next 72 hours on whether it will introduce travel restrictions on United Kingdom flights coming into the island as an aggressive new COVID-19 strain that is 70 per cent more contagious has...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:22 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE CLUBHOUSE at the world-famous Doctor’s Cave Bathing Club has been renamed in honour of the late Montego Bay businessman and philanthropist, Antony ‘Tony’ Hart. In a sand-lit ceremony complemented by a backdrop of the sun fading...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:32 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The raging COVID-19 pandemic has severely dampened prospects of a resurgent winter tourist season, president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Clifton Reader, has forecast. In an unusually sombre letter to members...

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2020 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Failure to deliver the rehabilitation of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) three years after closing sections of the main building to the medical facility is being blamed on a lack of local expertise. That has prompted Health and...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: British Airways has ended its 11-year drought with Montego Bay, bringing hope to the struggling tourism sector by introducing two weekly flights for the winter tourist season. The flights herald the recovery of the tourism industry...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With Westmoreland struggling with a double dose of health crises in dengue and the coronavirus, Savanna-la-Mar Mayor Berthel Moore has called for more police personnel to be deployed to the parish to boost enforcement of COVID-19...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Bauxite operations by Noranda in Special Mining Lease (SML) 173 of the Cockpit Country will not cause above-ground and subsurface water pollution, environmental consultant Dr Conrad Douglas has said. Douglas said, during a...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2020 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The main players behind an environmental impact assessment (EIA) related to mining in the controversial Cockpit Country’s SML 173 are insisting that Tuesday night’s community consultation presenting the findings was not a sham. Dr...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:05 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: RIU Resorts has spent millions of dollars on its largest Montego Bay hotel, unveiling a brand new state-of-the-art contemporary plant into the Jamaican tourism sector, accepting adults only, after closing eight months ago for...

Published:Monday | December 7, 2020 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s airline partners have committed 1.1 million seats for the upcoming winter tourist season, as the island seeks to regain its footing in the marketplace. Of that number, some 450,000 are seats added from the United States,...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: As the tourism industry struggles to return to some semblance of normality, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett is reiterating an urgent call for the establishment of a Global Tourism Resilience Fund. A move he said was...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:07 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Even in the midst of a pandemic, Jamaica has copped eight awards at the 27th annual World Travel Awards 2020. The island has been named the World’s Leading Family, Cruise and Wedding Destination, while brands such as Sandals Resorts...

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:12 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: One year after a Toronto street was named after him, Jamaica-born Canadian B. Denham Jolly has again created history by being appointed Member of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours. Created in 1967,...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2020 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

An archaeological impact assessment conducted by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) has painted a gloomy picture for historical assets within the proposed Special Mining Lease (SML) 173, if the Government allows Noranda Jamaica Bauxite...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:19 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: In spite of potential long-term deforestation, bauxite mining in the Cockpit Country is likely to offer a game-changing fillip to the Jamaican economy, at least in the short term, if the Government allows Noranda Jamaica Bauxite...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:15 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Like their airline counterparts, cruise lines on dry dock owing to COVID-19 are calling for a unified approach to travel guidelines for the Caribbean. Government and Community Engagement representative for the Caribbean at Carnival...

Published:Monday | November 16, 2020 | 12:14 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: All Jamaicans are now required to undergo a COVID-19 test in order to check into the Hedonism II hotel in Negril. Only tourists originating in four US states – Arizona, Texas, Florida, New York – are expected to present a COVID-19...

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