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Travel writers taste Jamaican culture

Published:Friday | April 30, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Reid Bramblett of Reid's and Bee Broda, immediate past president of the Society of American Travel Writers, are caught on camera at a gala beach party at RIU Montego Bay on Monday night.
The RIU dancers creating waves on the beach.
ncer Annette Thompson (left) and Fran Stone not missing a beat.

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer


Fire And 'fuel' and the art of body painting are symbolic of the RIU dancers who lit up the cocktail and gala beach party at RIU Montego Bay on Monday night.

This spectacular presentation of rich and vibrant culture was a gift to travel's most trusted voices, members of the board of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) who had their meetings last week at the all-inclusive resort.

It was a spectacle for the most influential travel writers in the United States representing the resort's the best in local entertainment, just for the guests. Some of the most exciting dancers who one could ever dream of watching, created imaginary waves on the hotel's beach.

Culinary adventure

The RIU Dancers took SATW members, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, and other tourism officials through an explorative journey of Jamaica's cultural heritage, while showcasing their immense versatility.

Coupled with the energy that reverberated on the sand, general manager of the resort, Frank Sondern and his team, invited the group to take a culinary adventure prepared with a lot of love.

The final night's function at RIU was the culmination of a number of exciting events that the SATW members participated in while on the island. Mountain Valley rafting at Lethe, zip line soft-adventure activities at Chukka Caribbean, a night on the luminous lagoons in Trelawny, and visiting with the White Witch of Rose Hall were among the activities the group experienced, in between board meetings.