Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has appointed a new director of visitor safety and experience for the Caribbean destination. Major Dave Walker will further review an initial report from a recent island-wide security audit of the tourism sector.
The board of directors of Half Moon, one of the Caribbean’s most iconic resort destinations in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has selected Salamander Hotels & Resorts to manage the award-winning 400-acre property.
Jamaica has welcomed more British travellers than ever before in early 2019, with visitor numbers increasing by six per cent from January-April when compared to the same period last year. The results follow a trend in steady growth of British travellers to Jamaica.
AC Hotels by Marriott has announced the opening of AC Hotel Kingston. In a recent walk-through of the hotel, minister of tourism for Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett, said: “The debut of a brand like AC Hotels in Kingston will solidify the city’s status as a strong city tourism destination.”
Slated to open in 2020, the 168-room property, owned by PanJam Investment, sits in a multi-purpose complex on the Kingston Waterfront and will include retail, on-site entertainment and commercial office spaces.
Sandals Resorts International has concluded a transformation of its flagship resort and the completely redesigned Sandals Montego Bay. Guests can lounge on a hammock suspended above turquoise waters by day and enjoy sunset cocktails gathered around the intimate fire pits by night.
Luxury Jamaican hotel Half Moon has added its first vegan eatery, Ital Café, to its award-winning collection of culinary offerings. Working in partnership with Aris Latham, considered to be the father of gourmet ethical raw food cuisine in America, Ital Café grows fresh, organic fruit, vegetables and herbs to be used on their menu.
Breaking Travel News speaks to Carol Rose Brown, director of the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre during Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2019. She tells us how the cultural history of Jamaica plays a vital role in its contemporary hospitality offering.
Breaking Travel News speaks to Godfrey Dyer, chairman of the Jamaica Tourism Enhancement Fund, during the Caribbean Travel Marketplace. He tells us how experiential tourism will boost both visitor numbers and revenue for the hospitality sector on the island.