Best of Jamaica

JTB Official Says Kingston is Growing as A Tourist Destination

Senior Manager for International Marketing and Sales at Frontier Airlines, William Evans (centre), cuts the ribbon for the airline’s outgoing flight from the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), to Atlanta, in the United States (US), on November 8, after flying passengers from that city to Jamaica. Sharing the moment (from left) are Regional Director at the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Odette Soberam-Dyer, and Director at Kingston Airport Limited, Theresa Benjamin.

Regional Director at the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Odette Soberam-Dyer, says Kingston is growing as a tourist destination and lauded Frontier Airlines for helping to push that growth….. Read more

Arajet Launches Inaugural Flight From Santo Domingo to Kingston on Nov. 14

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, greets Dominican Republic Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Angie Martinez Tejera, at a press briefing held today (November 11), at the offices of the Jamaica Tourist Board in Kingston, to announce the commencement of Arajet Airline’s Non-Stop Service between the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

Jamaica will welcome non-stop flights from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, beginning Monday, November 14 2022…. Read more


Frontier Airlines to Feature National Bird on Aircraft

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Frontier Airlines, Barry Biffle (second right), displays an image of the Hummingbird that will adorn the tail of one of its aircraft, during a ceremony to announce a new partnership with destination Jamaica, held at Sandals Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday (November 10). He is joined by (from left) Regional Director, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Odette Dyer; Deputy Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Richard Vernon, and Frontier Airlines Flight Attendant, Kadesha Smith.

To recognise its strong partnership with Jamaica, Frontier Airlines will feature an image of Jamaica’s National Bird – the red-billed streamer tail hummingbird – on the tailfin of a 240-passenger aircraft, which will enter its fleet next year. Read more

PHOTOS: Usain Bolt Foundation Donates Printers to Schools

Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Fayval Williams (third left) and Founder of the Usain Bolt Foundation, Usain Bolt (centre), participate in the handover of an Epson printer to New Providence Primary School Principal, Olga Robinson Clarke (third right) and Board Chairman of the school, Darren Virtue (second right), today (November 8), at the school. Also sharing the moment (from left) are Public Relations and Social Media Manager, Epson (Europe), Leonie Toal; Head of Public Relations and Communications, Epson (Europe), Mary McNulty and Chair of the Usain Bolt Foundation, Winsome Wilkins.


Founder of the Usain Bolt Foundation and Jamaica’s sprint legend, Usain Bolt, speaks with students at the New Providence Primary School in Kingston, after he handed over an Epson printer, today (November 8, 2022).


Ministry Signs Contracts with Private Health Facilities to Perform Elective Surgeries

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left), observes as President, Heart Institute of the Caribbean, Dr. Dainia Baugh, signs a contract under the project CODE CARE initiative, for her institution to perform elective surgeries for public patients.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has signed contracts with five private health institutions in Kingston, to perform elective surgeries and provide recovery spaces for public sector patients. Read more


Apprenticeship Programme Filling Skills Gaps in Global Services Sector

Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) Vice President for Research, Advocacy and Project Implementation, Shullette Cox, speaking during the Global Services Sector Apprenticeship Programme graduation ceremony for batch two trainees, at JAMPRO’s Auditorium in Kingston on November 3 2022

The Global Services Sector’s (GSS) Apprenticeship Programme is equipping potential employees with the appropriate skillsets to meet the industry’s needs….. Read more


JHTA President Wants Greater Retention of Tourism Dollar

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (second right) and President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), Oral Heaven (left), cut the ribbon to officially open MoBay Expo 2022 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall, St James, on November 4. They are joined by (from left) Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Godfrey Dyer; Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Leeroy Williams; President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Robin Russell and Senior Vice President, Energy Delivery, Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Blaine Jarrett.

Newly elected President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Robin Russell, is imploring Jamaicans to tap into their creative genius to create products that will entice tourists to spend more locally…… Read more


Jamaican Entrepreneurs to Get Access to Silicon Valley Training

Local entrepreneurs are being invited to submit applications to the Bahamas-based, Kanoo Innovation Hub, to receive technical support and training to develop and grow technology-based businesses.

The hub is an innovation accelerator designed in conjunction with Draper University, a leading authority on acceleration programmes, in Silicon Valley in the United States…… Read more


Over 1,700 Additional Hospitality Workers Graduate from Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation

Tourism stakeholders attending the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI) graduation ceremony at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, on Thursday (November 3, 2022).

Over 1,700 additional hospitality workers, who underwent training at the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI) between April 2021 and August 2022, have graduated.

They received their certificates during a graduation ceremony at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James on Thursday (November 3, 2022)…… Read more


$4M in Grant Support Being Provided Under Gender Equality Programming Initiative

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange (right), greets Head of the Development Cooperation at Global Affairs Canada, Christian DaSilva, during the launch of the Gender Equality Programming initiative, on Friday (November 4). The event took place at the residence of Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, in St. Andrew. Others (from second left) are Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Hon. Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, and Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Emina Tudakovic.

Community organizations promoting gender equality and general empowerment programmes are to benefit from a Can$4 million grant….. Read more


Breast Cancer Survivors Credit Early Detection, Strong Support System

Breast cancer survivor Janice Johnson Campbell speaks about her journey at an awareness forum held recently at the Shiloh Apostolic Church in Stewart Town, St. Mary.

Shelly-Ann Brown-Bailey remembers the day in 2012 when, while taking a shower, she felt something in her breast that “just didn’t feel right”……. Read more


Tourist Arrivals up for October

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Jennifer Griffith, speaks on behalf of Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett at the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association’s (JHTA) 60th anniversary Gala Dinner held at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, St. James on Saturday (October 29 2022).

Jamaica’s tourism sector is on track for record arrivals for the month of October 2022, surpassing pre-pandemic levels.

According to Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, preliminary figures released by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) for the first three weeks of October, show stopover visitor arrivals of 123,514.

This topped figures for the same period in October 2019 by some 10,026, which saw 113,488 tourists visiting Jamaica…… Read more