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New Measures Introduced to Regulate Jet Ski Operations

wykeham mcneil pnpKINGSTON, October 16, 2013: Jamaica's Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has announced new short term measures to regulate Personal Water Craft (PWC) and Jet Ski operations across the island in the wake of growing concerns about the number of accidents in Jamaica’s marine recreational areas, some of which have resulted in fatalities and serious injury.

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B’dos hoteliers urged to create brands To attract 21 century travellers

Roach-SealyMinister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, has reiterated the need for hoteliers to “step out of the box” and create a hotel brand that meets the needs of the 21st Century traveller who is no longer “swooned” by the sun, sea and sand.

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LIAT assures customers of its commitment to exemplary customer service

liat99Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LIAT Mr. Ian Brunton is assuring the traveling public of the company’s continued commitment to raising the level of customer service offered by the airline.

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Antigua’s Tourism ministry teams up with OAS for security conference

dickenson-bay-antiguaST JOHN’S, Antigua- The Ministry of Tourism is partnering with the Organization of American States (OAS) for a conference to assess the security needs of Antigua & Barbuda.

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Antigua Benefits From the 10th EDF Economic Integration

dickenson-bay-antiguaST. JOHNS, Antigua, July 12, 2013 - The Heritage Hotel located in the heart of picturesque St. Johns, Antigua was the venue set for the hosting of a national consultative workshop held under the 10th EDF Economic Integration and Trade of the OECS Region.

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Flotilla of Yachts to arrive in Guyana

Guyana-Yacht1GEORGETOWN, Guyana - September 7, 2013 - Guyana’s Yacht Industry is expected to get a boost over the next few days, when a flotilla of yachts sail into Guyanese waters, as they make their way from Trinidad and Tobago to French Guiana, as part of the Nereid’s Rally.

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TEF pumps millions into Ja's historical and cultural heritage preservation

wykeham mcneill2727Kingston, Jamaica: July 12, 2013 –The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has made a significant contribution to the preservation of the country’s historical and cultural heritage with an expenditure of over $14 million at the Seville Heritage Park in St. Ann.

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St. Kitts named among the 10 Best Caribbean Duty-free Shopping Destinations

Port-Zante-basseterreBASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 6th September 2013 – There is more good news for tourism in St. Kitts. The island has just been named among the 10 Best Caribbean Duty-free Shopping Destinations.

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Bahamas Aviation Tax Rises ‘Absolute Insanity’

BostwickThe Opposition’s shadow tourism spokesman yesterday described the increased Customs fees/taxes levied on the aviation industry as “absolute insanity”, and called on the Government to “urgently” revisit its policy.

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Electronic systems expedite your departure from Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt-AirportNew technologies help save time and help passengers get to their planes without stress: Online check-in, luggage drop-off machines, boarding pass and border checks, and even boarding itself.

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SLu officials dismiss comment from B'dos’ Tourism Minister

Lorne-TheophilusCASTRIES, St.Lucia- Tourism officials in St.Lucia are taking in stride what’s being viewed disparaging comments made by Barbados’ Minister for Tourism Richards Seales, on the country’s tourism product.

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JAMAICA - ‘Villages as Businesses’ programme paves the way for Community tourism

VAB-programMandeville, Jamaica - Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism, has endorsed the Villages as Businesses Programme which is focusing on developing local communities as sustainable business enterprises offering a range of products and services enabling communities to earn income from these businesses. 

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Britain's Air Passenger Duty (APD) negatively impacts Jamaica

mcneill-apdKINGSTON, Jamaica July 5, 2013 - Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says that although the increase in Britain’s Air Passenger Duty (APD) is still having a negative impact on travel to the Caribbean, Jamaica has managed to “turn the corner.”

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Minister McNeill welcomes $2B Marriott Courtyard Jamaica hotel

wykeham mcneill 12Kingston, Jamaica: July 25, 2013 – Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill has welcomed plans for the construction of a two billion dollar Marriott Courtyard Hotel in New Kingston.

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Jamaica - Thrust underway to streamline craft sector - Crawford

damion-crawfordKingston, Jamaica: July 4, 2013 – The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment is pursuing a number of strategies to streamline and develop the island’s lucrative craft sector. Minister of State, Damion Crawford, outlined key initiatives being undertaken, during his Sectoral Presentation to Parliament recently. 

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Task Force to examine impact of smoking ban on J'can tourism

Smoking-ban-Task-ForceMontego Bay, Jamaica: July 20, 2013 – Following fruitful discussions during a meeting with the Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Minister of Health and members of the Executive of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), a task force has been established to further address the concerns of the association in relation to Jamaica's smoking ban in public spaces.

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TEF to Spend $1.2 billion to enhance tourism product - McNeill

Falmouth PortKingston, Jamaica: July 4, 2013 – Over $1.2 billion have been earmarked by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to undertake four major projects across the island in keeping with a policy directive from Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill that “the TEF must be a transformational agency and implement projects that will transform the landscape of Jamaica.”

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Sustainable Tourism Zone of the Greater Caribbean a framework for regional cooperation

ACS-CaricomPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The 24th Meeting of the ACS Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism was held in Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, July 16-17, 2013. Included in the high-level gathering were delegations from 16 ACS countries and representatives from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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Positive outcomes from Ja's Tourism Linkages Hub – Minister McNeill

wykeham mcneill99Kingston, Jamaica: July 3, 2013 – Making good on a commitment he made some six months ago to establish a Tourism Linkages Hub, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill has announced in Parliament that “already much work has been done and much has been accomplished.”

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BARBADOS – Plans to revive the tourism industry unveiled

richardsealy-sincklerGovernment has unveiled a “comprehensive” set of proposals to help revive the tourism industry, with an initial injection of $20 million, including energy rebates, on the way “immediately”.

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Busy Signal, the popular Jamaican artist, calls on the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture

busy signal-seychellesThe Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, Mr. Alain St.Ange, welcomed the popular Jamaican artist, Busy Signal, to Seychelles as he paid a courtesy call on the Minister at the National Cultural Center in Victoria. Busy Signal was in Seychelles for two live concerts.

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