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Christmas the Jamaican way: Irie

16 December 2005 Press Release Tourism News

Although Jamaica is an island that has never seen snow, and its houses are designed without chimneys, Christmas season in Jamaica is the most festive time of the year. The season is celebrated with special treats like Jamaican fruit cake and sorrel drink, entertainment, parties, festivals and happy gatherings of friends and family.

Jamaica: ‘Once you go - you know’

19 January 2005 Press Release Tourism News

By Ben KilbeyJamaica. A land of endless possibilities, good vibes and an ‘irie’ atmosphere. A land that some call Zion. Heaven on earth could well be one way to describe Jamaica - another is a kaleidoscope of cultures, tastes and adventures. Jamaica is not your ordinary destination - it is an infusion of what makes life great. Jamaica offers the traveller more then just a beach - that is a sentiment that echoes across the emerald Caribbean jewel. From the smell of pimento in the air, to the soothing rhythm of reggae on your ear - Jamaica will have you jamming too.

EXCLUSIVE: Jason Henzell an inspiration to tourism

6 July 2004 Press Release Tourism News

Ben Kilbey in LondonJason Henzell is something of an institution on the undiscovered and unexploited South Coast of Jamaica. He is a man that gives so much and asks only a little. The little that he asks for is to come together and help one another to achieve what is possible for a better way and quality of life. That is the way I saw him anyway. Jason runs, and owns, Jakes a beautiful boutique property full of character and charisma. The wonderfully abstract property is a piece of Jason’s mum’s vivid and colourful imagination. Speaking of his mother, Sally, Jason says; “My mother is the most creative person I know.” This is apparent from the truly original and eye catching nature of Jakes.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview Hon. Aloun N’dombet-Assamba, Minister of Tourism Jamaica

11 June 2004 Press Release Tourism News

Ben Kilbey. London.Hon. Aloun N’dombet-Assamba, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and Transport, has a certain magic about her. A warm face and one of those smiles that makes you want to smile right back. When she speaks you listen. When it comes to Jamaica Hon. Assamba is passionate, more then passionate, perhaps slightly obsessive. This is what drives the greatness that she is achieving. Jamaica is booming under Hon. Assamba’s guidance. The first quarter of ‘04 saw a figure of 366,085 tourists. That equates to a 7 percent increase over 2003. Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and transport Aloun Ndombet-Assamba stated, “In the first three months of this year the regions growth has continued with Jamaica seeing a 7 percent increase. April was a bumper month, as stop-over arrivals in Jamaica increased by 17.5 percent.”