Adam Stewart receives honorary doctorate, encourages graduates to aim high

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The Executive Chairman of Sandals Resorts International called on the young people of the Caribbean to tap into their creative genius, never to settle for mediocrity, and to keep betting on the future of Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Delivering remarks after being conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree at the 2022 graduation ceremony of The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus over the weekend, Adam Stewart encouraged the graduating to be the generation that competes on the world stage and outperforms any society in the world.

“We are a fascinating people. We are a people rich in culture. The way we walk, the way we talk, the respect that we demand, the pride that we have. Ladies and gentlemen, do not settle. Do not bet against this country and this region,” he said, noting that “a solution for Jamaica and a solution for the Caribbean is not overseas. It is right here in your backyard.”

Stewart said the Caribbean ought to encourage and embrace an entrepreneurial mindset. “What we are looking for is that individual who shows up every single day giving 110 percent. What we are looking for in this region is the future and everything that we can become,” he commented, imploring graduates to not get caught up in idle banter.

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Adam Stewart Gets Honorary Doctorate From UWI

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Montego Bay, Jam- Recognizing his work as an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sandals Resorts International (SRI) Executive Chairman Adam Stewart was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree at the 2022 graduation ceremony of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Mona Campus, held this past Saturday (Nov. 5).

An ardent champion of possibility in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean, Stewart leads a hospitality organization that is the region’s largest private employer with more than 15,000 team members spread across 24 resorts and eight islands. Beyond Sandals Resorts, Stewart directs his family’s extensive media, automotive and appliance business holdings, and is the force behind international brands AC by Marriott and Starbucks® entering the Caribbean market.  And while his business enterprises and acumen are highly regarded, his tireless work on the region’s most pressing issues – from access to healthcare and protection of natural resources to investment in education – is where Stewart shines. It is for these reasons that Stewart was awarded the degree.

“I am humbled and so proud to be recognized by The UWI for the work I am passionate about. My father, the late Gordon “Butch” Stewart, taught me that opportunity is a gift not to be wasted. His tenacity and drive to make life better not only for himself and his family but for his employees, community and country gave me a firsthand understanding of what is possible when people are given a chance. I accept this degree with a full heart and the promise to continue to earn the confidence this illustrious body has placed in me,” said Stewart.

“The University of the West Indies is honored to have Adam Stewart join our distinguished cadre of recipients of Honorary Doctorates,” said Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. He continued, “Adam is the embodiment of the modern renaissance man leading the charge in the Caribbean in the innovation and creativity critical to achieving high levels of growth. His is the type of acumen and agility that The UWI prides itself on honing to meet the needs of our burgeoning region. Congratulations Dr. The Hon. Adam Stewart. Well deserved!”

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Jamaica Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett to share insights on ways to boost resilience of global tourism

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Jamaica Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett to share insights on ways to boost resilience of global tourism.

Minister Bartlett left the island today (October 25) for Nimes, France, to attend the prestigious event, where he will join fellow industry leaders in discussions on sustainable travel, which will entail case studies and targeted sessions throughout the two-day conference. 

He is slated to take part in a press conference which will examine the issue: “Transforming the Travel Industry – Destination by Destination/Supplier by Supplier” as well as a panel discussion on the theme: “Driving Sustainability and Preparedness Through Academic Rigor” on Thursday, October 27. The Minister will also partake in a fireside chat exploring global initiatives on travel.

Minister Bartlett explained that he is anticipating conversations on “how key players in the global tourism industry can work together to transform it sustainably as the event promises to ensure thought leadership that delivers ‘the how’ and ‘the what’ in sustainability.”

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Herbology Meets Rootsology to Launch SAVE SOIL JAMAICA

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October 5, 2022. Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. Herbology Meets Rootsology - SAVE SOIL JAMAICA is a Jamaican initiative comprised of four core partners and concentric circles of Affiliates across the Island. They aim to help farmers and Jamaicans turn the looming threat of Soil Extinction into Soil Proliferation. The organization will use advocacy, education, demonstration, seminars, workshops to achieve its mission to Save Soil – Save Self – Save Soul.

The Campaign is spearheaded by Denise Isis Miller, award-winning Journalist (Broadcaster) and host of Rootsology programme on the Inner-City Mustard Seed Radio Station. She is inspired by the Indian Mystic Sadhguru, founder of Isha Foundation, who for 24 years has been pioneering SAVE SOIL in India.

Core leaders are Theo Chambers, Co-founder Temple of Inner Peace Retreat Jamaica, Tourism & Marketing Consultant, former President of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce; and Sharon Oshun Parris-Chambers, an International Publicist, Transformational Author & Coach and Ambassador for State of the African Diaspora (SOAD); As well as Cover Jah Steve Palmer, Building Engineer and Certified Electrical Installer and Spiritual leader.

SAVE SOIL JAMAICA Affiliates will form an island-wide network that links to the global Campaign pioneered by Sadhguru. Meet our first group of Affiliates: Janet Pullin, Marketing and Training Director, Jamaica Agricultural Society and its Membership; Dr. Sherrill Chong, Co-founder of the former Earl’s Juice Gardens Health Stores, along with her late husband Earl Constantine Chong. She is currently a Supernatural Life Coach, and Minister of Family and Social Economy, State of the African Diaspora (SOAD), Jamaica; Kathie Lennon, CEO KML Agroconsulting Limited, (Operator Pikkihead Farm), Ganja Farmer and Advocate, Jamaica; Jamaica Forestry Department (Francene Black-Richards, Public Relations Manager); Billy and Claudette Wilmot, Jamnesia Surf Camp, St Andrew; Nicola Shirley Phillips, Source Farm Eco Village, Jamaica; Paula Surtees, Creatives for Peace, Jamaica; Theo and Sharon Chambers, Temple of Inner Peace Nature Retreat, Negril, Jamaica.

Affiliate Entertainers – Bushman, a veteran Conscious Reggae Entertainer and a recent recipient of the Peter Tosh Humanitarian award presented by Niambe Tosh (Peter Tosh’s daughter) at CanEX conference in September 16, 2022, has come onboard with SAVE SOIL JAMAICA. He will be working closely with Kathie Lennon.

Nature, a world-renowned Conscious Reggae Entertainer and Nature lover, has also partnered with Denise Isis Miller’s Herbology Meets Rootsology initial Showcase Feb 4-19, 2022, has pledged to continue to use his music to support SAVE SOIL JAMAICA. Paula Surtees, Founder of Creatives for Peace, Jamaica has developed and coached a cadre of Youth Entertainers (poets, musicians, dancers) are being groomed for island-wide performances, has also pledged to become an Affiliate.

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Jah Jah N I Conference: A Call to Action for Healing & Justice in St Lucia

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The Jah Jah Nyahbinghi Initiative and Conference is being held in collaboration with Mt Kailash Rejuvenation. The conference theme is Justice and Healing or Justice and Heaping (Jah Jah N I). The conference seeks to engage participants in unifying around the theme through ‘reasoning,’ discussion, resolution and call to action. The conference began July 21, 2022 and goes through August 17, 2022.

Rt. Honourable Priest Kailash Leonce & Rt. Honourable Itopia Leonce, Founders of Mt Kailash Rejuvenation Centre (MKRC) and Co-Convenors of the Conference, Ras Dr Wayne Rose, General Secretary of the Ubuntu Rastafari Movement Inc. and Co-convenor of the conference and their team have successfully amassed delegates from across the Caribbean, the Americas and world to attend the conference.

Priest Kailash Leonce often says “greatness is a choice, one makes a conscious decision to be great.” In fact, the Honourable Priest recently told student delegates of Johns Hopkins who were enrolled in the Summer program of the School of Sacrament Rastafari University (SOSACRU) at the MKRC Campus that he expects greatness from them, at least two of the seven he expects to see on major network television as a success in their designated areas of study. The visionary students replied that they may all surpass the challenge.

The Ethiopia Africa Black International Congress (EABIC) has been an integral part of the conference providing continual Boboshanti Iziz (Praise) service. The House of Nyahbinghi, St Lucia has combined with the Boboshanti EABIC to create a seven-day sacred iziz with drumming which created a sacred, mystical vibration mornings and evenings at Mt Kailash Rejuvenation Centre (MKRC).

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Jamaica to Host OAS High-Level Policy Forum on Resilience Building

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KINGSTON, Jamaica; July 14, 2022: Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has announced that Jamaica will host a high-level policy forum of the Organization of American States (OAS) next week to focus on safeguarding the region’s tourism sector from disruptions, including a looming recession.

In emphasizing the significance of the meeting, which runs from July 20-21, 2022, Minister Bartlett revealed that “it relates primarily to building resilience among the Small and Medium-sized Tourism Enterprises (SMTEs) to withstand disasters and external shocks.”

He also noted that the “capacity building initiative will go a long way as we seek to future-proof the sector” from an impending recession and other future shocks that the industry may face, adding that “we need to be able to develop our capacity to respond to it.”

Stressing that the Caribbean’s dependence on tourism “is impatient of any discussion with regards to the need for this kind of resilience building,” the Tourism Minister pointed out that if the SMTEs are not able to manage the looming recession, the tourism industry will feel the full effects of it.

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Tourism vs Culture in the Caribbean

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If the question should be asked globally, “What comes to mind when you hear the term, ‘Caribbean’?”, the responses would most likely include ‘sun’, ‘sea, ‘beach’, white sand’, ‘fun’, ‘party’ and ‘food’. No doubt, these would have been accurate since Caribbean culture is known globally and has been incorporated into several cultures around the world.

Since this is known and acknowledged by the governmental bodies in the Caribbean, this makes tourism is a large and vital part of the Caribbean economy. At times, however, both tourism and culture seem to be distanced from each other, with each appearing to take precedence at various convenient times. How should we view tourism and culture for the betterment of our economy and lives? To provide possible answers to this question, one must look at both terms and what each may imply.

Tourism, as defined by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNTWO) is a social, cultural and economic phenomenon that entails the movement of people to countries or places outside their usual environment for personal or business/professional purposes.

This is prevalent in the Caribbean as the personal purpose of recreation brings over 30 million individuals to the region annually. It is a suitable spot for those who want to experience a white sandy beach due to the harsh conditions of the temperate climates in which they reside. Not only are the beaches a popular option but there are several other elements that make a great vacation including magnificent hotels, thrilling adventure-themed endeavors, and unique culture.

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The Unrecognised Honoured at Charles Town

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PORTLAND, JAMAICA – Monday, June 27, 2022 - The Maroons honored their ancestors at the 14th Annual International Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival in a weeklong celebration from June 21-25, 2022, in Charles Town, Portland.

It was hosted under the theme, “Sankofa and the Healing of Indigenous Peoples, Lands, and Cultures”. This event also commemorated the 8th year of the Enstoolment of spiritual leader and “Queen of the Maroons”, Gaamang Gloria Simms, by the Okansi Surinamese Maroons in the person of Gaamang Johannes Ballong.

This has been the first face-to-face hosting since the lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak. There were a series of events that took place at the Asafu Yard in Charles Town, which includes the Ancestor Quao Spanish River, and online on Zoom.

Events included rituals, greetings, and cultural and academic presentations from various stalwarts in Jamaican history. Participants involved in the celebration included Acting Colonel Marcia Douglas of Charles Town, Charles Town Drummers and Dancers, Rastafari warrioress, Mama Fiyah, Reggae princess, Pam Hall, multiple Jamaican Festival Song competition awardee, Roy Rayon, and Dr Dave Gosse, Institute of Caribbean Studies of the UWI. The general theme was that of acknowledging the past and its importance in directing the future of the Jamaican people.

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Gates reopened at Ian Fleming Airport

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The first scheduled commercial flight into Ian Fleming International Airport since its renovation in 2011 was welcomed yesterday by an official delegation.

As the destination’s tourism sector continues its strong recovery, Jamaica is pleased to welcome the inaugural weekly flight from Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (PLS), into Ian Fleming International Airport (OCJ) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, by Inter Caribbean Airways that arrived yesterday, June 16. The new route marks the first time a carrier is offering scheduled commercial air service into the airport since the completion of its renovation in 2011.

The Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, who was on site to welcome the flight, added: “Air connectivity is the single most important factor in growing visitor arrivals and building tourism. Therefore, this partnership is key to creating the infrastructure needed to make Jamaica an aviation hub while simultaneously beginning a new chapter in the development of this region of our island.”

In addition to Minister Bartlett, Director of Tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board, Donovan White, and select local dignitaries were on hand to mark the celebratory occasion.

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Bartlett touts Ja’s ‘strong recovery’ as tourist arrivals near 2019’s

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Jamaica seems set to equal its 2019 tourist arrival figures, with June and July giving strong indications of what Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has tagged as a “strong recovery”.

June 2022 has seen 224,721 stopover visitors to the island, surpassing June 2019, which had registered 222,448 visitors, Bartlett told The Gleaner Saturday, hours after returning to the island from the Sustainable Coastal and Marine Tourism event in Lisbon, Portugal.

This is the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic closed the country’s borders, decimating arrival numbers, that any month has exceeded 2019 numbers.

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Saudi Arabia explores investment opportunities in Jamaica.

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the world's top twenty largest economies. They have a G.D.P of Eight Hundred billion US dollars, which positions the country to always be seeking out new investment opportunities. On Friday, July 8, 2022, Saudi Arabia Deputy Minister of Investors Outreach H.E. BADR Al BADR led a small delegation on a special visit to Jamaica, after his trip from the Dominican Republic to discuss investment prospects in Jamaica. He stated that the Caribbean has become a priority zone for investments and business partnerships for Saudi Arabia and Jamaica as the third-largest economy put them on the top of the list. 

He was among an eighty-member delegation of government representatives and investors from Saudi Arabia that came to Jamaica on Friday. The visit comes a day after the Saudi-Carib investor's forum in the Dominican Republic.  Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica's Minister of Tourism, states that the visit comes as a result of two and half years of discussion with the kingdom of Arabia. The Prime Minister of Jamaica posits that Jamaica is placed to receive a ray of investment. The contingent is particularly interested in tourism, business processing outsourcing, technology, and warehousing.  H.E. BADR Al BADR also stated that they are looking for attractive incentives. He pointed to the concession that they receive in other countries for twenty and thirty years. If they could get like fifty years in Jamaica, it would open other opportunities like access to skilled laborers and health care workers for Jamaica. The government also stated that they will be seeking out other investment opportunities despite the threat of a global recession.  

Source: TVJ News

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Saudi Arabia explores investment opportunities in Jamaica.

6 Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left), makes a point of interest to H.E. Badr Al Badr (second right), deputy minister for investors outreach – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia while looking on are (from second left) Alok Jain, chairman of Port Authority of Jamaica; Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism and Senator Aubyn Hill, minister of industry, investment and commerce

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the world's top twenty largest economies. They have a G.D.P of Eight Hundred billion US dollars, which makes the country always open to investment opportunities. On Friday, July 8, 2022, Saudi Arabia Deputy Minister of Investors Outreach H.E. BADR Al BADR led a small delegation on a special visit to Jamaica, after his trip from the Dominican Republic to discuss investment prospects in Jamaica. He stated that the Caribbean has become a priority zone for investments and business partnerships for Saudi Arabia and Jamaica as the third-largest economy put them on the top of the list. 

He was among an eight-member delegation of government representatives and investors from Saudi Arabia that came to Jamaica on Friday. The visit comes a day after the Saudi-Carib investor's forum in the Dominican Republic.  Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica's Minister of Tourism, states that the visit comes as a result of two and half years of discussion with the kingdom of Arabia. The Prime Minister of Jamaica posits that Jamaica is placed to receive a ray of investment. The contingent is particularly interested in tourism, business processing outsourcing, technology, and warehousing.  H.E. BADR Al BADR also stated that they are looking for attractive incentives. He pointed to the concession that they receive in other countries for twenty and thirty years. If they could get like fifty years in Jamaica, it would open other opportunities like access to skilled laborers and health care workers for Jamaica. The government also stated that they will be seeking out other investment opportunities despite the threat of a global recession.  

Source: T.V.J News

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THE PRIME MINISTER OF SOAD IN BENIN

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The Prime Minister of the State of the African Diaspora has been invited to Benin by President Patrice Talon for the inauguration of an exhibition linking the treasures of the past with the works of art of the present.

For more than a hundred years, these cultural goods that had been stolen and looted in the colonial context had been illegally detained by France. It was the treasure of Abomey, and in particular the throne of King Ghézo, the throne of King Glèlè, the recades, the royal statues and the sacred doors of the palace.

As you may recall, a few years ago, Dr. Louis-Georges Tin launched the campaign for the return of these treasures. He had pressured France, threatening the government with a resounding legal action, and under pressure, Mr. Macron had finally accepted this request. That is why the Prime Minister of the State of the African Diaspora was invited to Benin on November 10, 2021, when the treasures arrived in Cotonou. But they were still in boxes.

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Bartlett Supports Vision of a Sustainable Tourism Economy by 2030

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KINGSTON, Jamaica; June 29, 2022: Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has given his support to the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy’s (Ocean Panel) vision of accomplishing a viable tourism economy in less than 10 years.

He was giving the keynote address at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference: Sustainable Coastal and Marine Tourism Launch Event in Lisbon, Portugal, today (June 29).  The Ocean Conference is being held under the theme “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: Stocktaking, partnerships and solutions”.

During his address, Minister Bartlett pointed out that “Jamaica fully endorses the goal of the Ocean Panel to achieve a sustainable tourism economy by 2030.”

In reiterating his support, Mr. Bartlett stressed that “the health and sustainability of our oceans are critical to the survival of the tourism industry”, adding that “the role of healthy marine and coastal systems in promoting sustainable tourism is especially worthy of recognition.”

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NDTC Set for 60th Celebrations

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Preparations are in earnest for the 60th anniversary season of the National Dance Theater Company of Jamaica (NDTC).

The season which will run over four weekends (Friday to Sunday) from July 22 to August 14 — will showcase works from the group’s repertoire over the past six decades as well as new works specially choreographed for the commemorative year.

Artistic director Marlon Simms told the Jamaica Observer that patrons will be excited by the old favorites which have been revived for this signal anniversary, as well as new works which represent the growth and continuity of the company, co-founded by Rex Nettleford and Eddy Thomas in 1962, the year Jamaica gained independence from Great Britain.

“The preparations and rehearsals are intense at this time. Having been off the stage at this level for the past two years due to the pandemic means that there is a level of relaxation among the members of the company, which is understandable. So I have to meet them where they are, and encourage them to get to desired levels, because the truth is there has been no need to demand this level of rigor on their bodies over the past two years. We have to awaken the spirit and get them to that level,” Simms shared.

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8th Anniversary of Gaamaa Enstoolment of Gloria Simms

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GaaMaa Gloria Simms and Mama Fyah, are two spiritual stalwarts in the Maroon and Rastafarian community. Gamaa Gloria commemorated the 8th Anniversary of Gaamaa Enstoolment, Wedneday, June 22, 2022, Asafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland.

The event is to recognise the role and significance of the Gaamaa as a Spiritual, Political and Cultural leader for the Maroon Communities and as a pillar of the Maroon nation. The aim of the title is to maintain communication with ancestors who provide direction for the community. This is not unusual for Indigenous peoples such as the Taino, Aboriginal or African cultures to have spiritual leaders who bring messages from the Ancestors and can be seen as an added value in the age of modernity.


The Gaamaa stool surrounded by a Tribute of Fruit

Mama Fyah, is a Warrioress who commemorates the Ethiopian Battle of Adwa in Portland annually on March 1st. She was a guest speaker who brought greetings at the Festival. They are seen here in conversation at the maroon celebration titled Sankofa and the Healing of Indigenous Maroon People, Land and Culture.

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Jamaica Branches out into the Asian Market

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Jamaica is in the process of tourism recovery and is looking to expand its market to include the Asian market. In an exclusive interview with India Outbound at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism, said he hopes to use the Middle East as a springboard to reach the Asian market. When asked what Jamaica’s objectives are in the Arabian Travel Market, Bartlett stated that Jamaica is looking at the Middle East Market as a gateway to reach Asia, especially India, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Jamaica, Bartlett commented is using this as an opportunity to engage the big countries of the GCC Qatar, Emirates, and Saudia. He noted Jamaica is very Strong in North America and developing in South America but nonexistent in the Asia market, which he hopes to change. He noted that the discussion with Emirates is not only a good opportunity for Jamaica, but for the entire Caribbean. It will have a ripple effect as they will have access to these travelers through Jamaica. Multi-destination tourism has also become a part of the conversation to ensure everyone in the Caribbean benefits from the deal. The first quarter of the 2022 tourism season, he contented, started off slow because of the Omicron variant, it eventually picked up in February and March they were seventy-eight percent of 2019 levels. The summer, he predicts will prosper because of summer travel from the US and Jamaica to sixty (60) celebrations that will see Jamaicans in the diaspora coming from all over to join the celebrations.

The United States he notes is the biggest contributor to the tourism market in Jamaica with a one-hundred and seventy-three (173) percent increase from the US market in the quarter so far. India, he notes, is the next big oyster for Jamaica, and is one of the major countries in Asia, Jamaica is trying to reach. Due to Jamaica's various offerings as a destination for weddings and families, he knows the Indians will gravitate to the country. He notes that while cruise tourism plays an important role in Jamaican offering, stop-over arrivals are at the heart of the sector. It is still essential, he notes, as it provides instant convertible capabilities for the ordinary man in the country. It is also used as an opportunity to convert from a cruise to a longer stay.

Source: Media India Group.

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Remembering Ancestor Quao at the Spanish River

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In a five-day Charles Town Maroon celebration entitled Sankofa and the Healing of Indigenous Maroon people, Land and Culture, Day 3 was recognised as Quao Day. The celebration was hosted by Okomfo Afua Fofie (Carol Miller) and foundiing DIrector of Sankofie. Colonel Marcia Douglas brought Greetings (Akwaaba).

Quao was a brilliant and strategic military leader who, along with Nanny, his Sister, and other Maroons fought the British in the first Maroon War 1728 -1940 to gain freedom from an oppressive system that dominated them. In fact Okomfo Fofie (Nana Fofie) said Nanny, and her brothers Accompong, Cudjoe, Johnny and Quao arrived as freed persons with a desire to resolve the issues related to enslavement and gross mistreatment of their people.

Nana Fofie offered libations then facilitated a group prayer activity which required groups to be formed. An egg, representing life, and unity was held and individual prayers made before releasing the egg to Oshun, River Goddess of Sweet Water, also known as Mame Wata in Jamaica. The writer belonged to a group with a beautiful infant baby girl and her parents who were invited to the ceremony so that she would get an early immersion into her cultural heritage. The baby was passed from hand to hand and messages whispered in her ears while she slept peacefully. Paulette Simmonds, CEO of Steppin Out Loud begain the prayers and she was given the the egg and a feather to say the closing prayer, everyone entered the water and Paulette deposited the egg in the water. It was a rewarding group experience of love and unity. 

 
The Spanish river, filled with lore of whirlpools and river spirits was one of the places in nature that helped Quao to win this war. Libations were poured, th
e abeng blown, and Djembe drums sounded the language of the spirits, as our Maroon warriors were remembered and honoured by those who "were chosen by the Ancestors to be present."


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Single-Visa arrangement for CARICOM proposed by Bartlett

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KINGSTON, Jamaica— Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says a single-visa regime among Caricom member countries should be the next critical consideration in rationalising entry protocols in the region.

“[This is] for touristic purposes and can be provided for visitors coming into your space for 30 days or three days… a simple platform that allows everybody and anybody to apply for a Caricom visa that allows you entry into all the Caricom countries,” the minister said.

He was speaking at the inauguration of scheduled commercial flights into the Ian Fleming International Airport, at Boscobel, St Mary, on Thursday, June 16.

Bartlett said the region needs to adopt a new approach to air transportation and develop new ideas about collaboration, using the support of today’s technology.

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Lopesan Costa Bavaro - Best All-Inclusive in DR

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I’m taking an evening walk through a winding, palm-lined avenue.

I walk by a cinema and a French brasserie, a luxury goods shop, a cigar and rum lounge and an artisanal coffee shop. Families and couples stroll by as a DJ spins Latin music for the evening. 

This could be the Bal Harbour Shops, or a Spanish village, or a high-end shopping plaza in Palm Beach or California. 

But it’s not. It’s in the heart of an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. 

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Theo Chambers
06 September 2020
Health & Wellness
Personal Development
Book: Theoism – Understanding the Universe Within Author: Theo Chambers Critic: Glenville Ashby, PhD Insightfully engaging is ‘Theoism,’ the latest work of Caribbean thinker Theo Chambers. Written in ...
Kristen Francis
16 November 2021
Social Media
Business
Social media platforms have been incorporating the trend of live-stream commerce. The newest platform is Pinterest, which will launch live shopping events, on a new initiative called “Pinterest TV”. P...
Kristen Francis
18 November 2021
Social Media
Business
There has been a growing interest in short videos, which has been adopted by almost every social media platform. YouTube has started sharing a regular “Shorts Report” to provide updates on what’s tren...
Britany Forsythe
08 February 2021
Travel & Tourism
Caribbean News
Montego Bay, St James (February 8, 2021). Woman shot in church while worshipping. 87 year old grandmother shot dead in Kingston. A little four year old shot to death in Trelawny due to a family disput...
Alethia Campbell
28 June 2022
Social Media
Caribbean News
“One love, one heart, Let’s get together and feel alright” From the country that the “no problem, mon” motto has sprouted from, seems to alight frequent and senseless crimes, especially murders. The m...
Sharon Parris Chambers
29 January 2022
Travel & Tourism
KINGSTON, Jamaica; January 28, 2021:  Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is encouraging members of the Diaspora to invest in the local tourism sector, which continues to drive Jamaica's...
Theo Chambers
27 August 2020
Enviromental
We have heard in recent years that we are moving towards a paperless society, I don’t know about that! Paper is so essential to our very existence, some of us have gotten so used to using paper especi...
Health & Wellness
MESSAGE OF THE DAY:"It is time to access the vast information resources in your soul, which has been guarded by mind control and misinformation of the downpressors for millennia. It is a new day to re...
Alethia Campbell
27 June 2022
Travel & Tourism
Caribbean News
Hotels & Villas
I’m taking an evening walk through a winding, palm-lined avenue. I walk by a cinema and a French brasserie, a luxury goods shop, a cigar and rum lounge and an artisanal coffee shop. Families and ...
Mark Purai
11 May 2021
Travel & Tourism
         You Should Invest In .... Food Wholesale/Distributor Business   Recession-Proof Pandemic Proof   Retail has had a few rough years. Retail was already experi...
Sharon Parris Chambers
23 December 2021
Travel & Tourism
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Wednesday, December 22, 2021: Against the background of tourism being the backbone of the recovering Jamaican economy, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has made an ...
Travel & Tourism
KINGSTON, Jamaica; March 8, 2021: Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has outlined that the latest initiative by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), through its Tourism Linkages Network divisi...