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Jamaica travel & tourism news for travelers and travel professionals. Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has a lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in Montego Bay, with its British-colonial architecture, and Negril, known for its diving and snorkeling sites. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae music, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the famous singer.

Minister Bartlett: Jamaica boosts COVID-19 testing capacity to meet increased demand

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- January 22, 2021 21:47

All visitors who come to Jamaica will be able to access approved testing arrangements to enable them to fulfil the requirements of their respective countries for re-entry Read More

Jamaica Tourism Minister officially launches Kenya’s Global Tourism Resilience Satellite Centre

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 21, 2021 23:30

Kenya’s Global Tourism Resilience Satellite Centre has been officially launched by founder and Co-Chair of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre and Jamaica Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. ... Read More

The Sandals legacy continues

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 19, 2021 22:38

Sandals Resorts International has announced Adam Stewart's appointment as the resort company's Executive Chairman, continuing the Sandals legacy. Stewart becomes just the second Chairman in the company’s 40-year history. He ... Read More

Jamaica Tourism congratulates Adam Stewart on being named Executive Chairman of SRI

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 19, 2021 21:32

Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has extended heartfelt congratulations to renowned hotelier, Adam Stewart, on his appointment as Executive Chairman of Sandals Resorts International (SRI), following the recent passing of ... Read More

Sandals and Beaches Resorts Elevates “Travel With Confidence” Program

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 19, 2021 01:27

Sandals Resorts International has announced it is offering complimentary COVID-19 testing beginning January 26 to all registered guests across its Sandals and Beaches Resorts on-resort prior to their departure. This ... Read More

Redefining the way the world goes on vacation

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 15, 2021 21:56

Legendary Jamaican entrepreneur Gordon “Butch” Stewart, one of the hospitality industry’s most vibrant personalities and founder of Sandals Resorts International, the world’s leading all-inclusive resort company, died at the age ... Read More

Jamaica Tourism Minister names Special COVID Task Force

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 13, 2021 21:35

Jamaica Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett has named a special COVID task force to spearhead efforts to boost Jamaica’s COVID-19 testing capacity, in light of the growing demand for such tests, ... Read More

Jamaica to ramp up COVID-19 testing capacity – Minister Bartlett

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- January 13, 2021 00:45

Government of Jamaica and key partners are putting measures in place to boost the COVID-19 testing capacity locally Read More

Jamaica Tourism Minister urges UK and Canada to revise COVID policies

Hon Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism Jamaica Hon Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism Jamaica- January 11, 2021 01:12

The outspoken Jamaica Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett is urging the UK and Canada to adjust their latest one size fits all COVID policies. He explained why Jamaica as a ... Read More

Community Tourism Mourns

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 9, 2021 19:52

Testimonies to the great life that was Gordon "Butch" Stewart continue to pour in after his passing on Monday. Butch and Sandals Resorts are synonymous with all-inclusive travel, but perhaps ... Read More

Tourism Minister lobbies for new Jamaica Youth Ambassador

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 6, 2021 00:10

Jamaica Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett says that actor Michael Rainey, Jr., best known for his role as Tariq St. Patrick on Starz network's hit drama series Power, is an ... Read More

Jamaica Tourism Minister mourns death of Harry Maragh

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- January 5, 2021 23:41

Jamaica Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett has expressed condolences to the family and loved-ones of the late Harriat “Harry” Maragh, past president of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) and ... Read More

CTO: Gordon “Butch” Stewart’s legacy will shape future generations

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- January 5, 2021 22:18

It is with great sadness that the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has learned of the death of Jamaican and Caribbean hospitality icon, Gordon “Butch” Stewart. The CTO member countries, allied ... Read More

In Memory of Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Sandals Resorts

Juergen T Steinmetz Juergen T Steinmetz- January 5, 2021 21:10

The World Tourism Network mourns the death of Gordon “Butch” Stewart, A Tourism Visionary and founder of Sandals Resorts was a Hero from Jamaica. Stewart was 79 years old and ... Read More

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister mourns the passing of tourism icon Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- January 5, 2021 18:18

Tourism Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett has expressed deep sadness at the passing of tourism stalwart Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart. “Butch was truly an icon and innovator, philanthropist and perhaps the greatest marketer ... Read More

Jamaica: The True Meaning of Tourism Resilience

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- December 31, 2020 21:38

As we reflect on the year that was 2020, we cannot deny that the year has been one of trials and tests for international tourism, perhaps more so than any ... Read More

Renewed Jamaica-Nigeria Bilateral Talks

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- December 29, 2020 00:19

Tourism is expected to be a major item on the agenda of talks to take place soon in Abuja, Nigeria, aimed at formalizing a new Jamaica-Nigeria bilateral agreement between the ... Read More

Sandals Foundation and Hasbro Spread Holiday Cheer to Caribbean Children

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- December 28, 2020 21:18

More than 10,000 children experienced a little more joy this holiday season with brand-new toys and games donated by the Sandals Foundation in their annual Christmas Toy Drive. As the ... Read More

Jamaica ‘Next Big Thing’ for Nigerian tourists

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- December 22, 2020 23:26

Jamaica is being hailed as “the next big thing” for Nigerian tourists by that country’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Geoffrey Onyeama, following the arrival of the first non-stop flight from ... Read More

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Bartlett welcomes new Chukka $2M nature adventure park

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- December 18, 2020 21:45

Jamaica’s attractions sub-sector has received a major boost with the addition of a new nature adventure park in Sandy Bay, Lucea, at a cost of over US$2 million by Chukka ... Read More

Tourism and Culture Ministers Urge Everyone to Buy Jamaican This Christmas

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- December 18, 2020 02:16

Jamaica Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett and Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, have joined forces in calling on Jamaicans and other persons seeking gift items, to ... Read More

Vaccine politics and tourism

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- December 17, 2020 22:31

Tourism before the pandemic Over the past several decades, tourism has experienced continuous growth and diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world (UNWTO, 2019).  ... Read More

Sandals Resorts Elevates All-Inclusive Portfolio

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- December 17, 2020 20:55

Sandals Resorts International, the world's leading all-inclusive company, has officially unveiled the world's first-ever Swim-up Rondoval™ Suites and completely reimagined 112-room beachfront Dutch Village at its stunning Jamaican escape, Sandals ... Read More

Minister Bartlett Welcomes Return of BA to Montego Bay

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- December 14, 2020 22:57

Three days ahead of the start of the traditional winter tourist season, Jamaica Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, elatedly welcomed the return of British Airways (BA) flights to Montego Bay. ... Read More

Global Tourism Resilience Centre Leading Caribbean Recovery

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- December 11, 2020 22:55

The UNWTO has described the current pandemic as the worst crisis that international tourism has faced since records began in 1950. It has been projected that for 2020, between US$910 ... Read More

Jamaica Tourism Minister to Chair Airline and Cruise Recovery Group

editor editor- December 9, 2020 02:16

Jamaica Tourism Minister, the Honorable Edmund Bartlett, will chair the Working Group on Accelerating the Recovery of the Airline and Cruise Industries in the Post Pandemic Stage of the Organization ... Read More

Sandals Resorts: 2nd Annual Stewart Family Philanthropic Award Announced

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- December 8, 2020 02:18

Father-and-son Caribbean hospitality leaders and devout philanthropists, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman & Founder of Sandals Resorts International (SRI), and Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of SRI, have made it their personal ... Read More

Jamaica Wins Top Accolades at World Travel Awards 2020

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- December 1, 2020 02:24

Efforts by various government ministries and tourism partners to introduce robust COVID-19 health and safety protocols to facilitate the safe re-opening of the tourism sector continue to bear fruit as ... Read More

Tourism Recovery Means Resilience: Here is How!

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- November 30, 2020 22:04

Jamaica Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has an urgent appeal to the world for a tourism resilience fund to achieve tourism recovery. At a UNWTO conference held in Montego Bay, ... Read More

Minister Bartlett lauds JHTA’s COVID-19 Ambassador Program

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- November 26, 2020 19:20

Jamaica's Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has lauded the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) for their new COVID-19 Ambassador Program and has given his assurance that the Ministry of ... Read More

Destination Jamaica begins series of “Doctor Bird Sales Calls” across US

Harry S. Johnson Harry S. Johnson- November 19, 2020 23:28

As Jamaica continues on the road to recovery, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Sales team has kicked off an exciting initiative dubbed “Doctor Bird Sales Calls,” to reconnect with its ... Read More

Health and Wellness Key to Driving Jamaica Tourism Post COVID

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- November 19, 2020 23:24

Health and wellness tourism has been identified as a key area that will help to drive growth in the Jamaica tourism industry moving forward, in light of the new norm ... Read More

A Tourism Hero with Global Responses to COVID-19

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- November 16, 2020 19:32

Jamaica Tourism Minister Bartlett, who recently received the Tourism Heroes award from the World Tourism Network, addressed this morning the Tourism Recovery discussion hosted by EU Commissioner Elena Kountoura. Here ... Read More

Jamaica Minister Announces Major Spa Standards Workshop

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- November 13, 2020 22:59

As part of efforts to encourage the adoption of national and international standards by spas across the island, the Tourism Linkages Network will be hosting a free two-day Spa Standards ... Read More

Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett Wins Gusi Peace Prize

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- November 13, 2020 21:29

Jamaica Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, was yesterday awarded the prestigious Gusi Peace prize from the Gusi Foundation of Manila, Philippines. “I’m greatly honored to be considered by the esteemed ... Read More

Jamaica Tourism Minister Contributes to Global Ministerial Discussion

Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor Linda Hohnholz, eTN editor- November 12, 2020 20:40

Jamaica Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, recently participated in a global ministerial panel discussion on rethinking the global travel and tourism industry with a comprehensive recovery plan, which encourages innovation ... Read More