Jamaica’s World Class Attractions Spurring Tourism Growth
By Garwin Davis – October 6, 2015
Boasting attractions which rank amongst the best in the world, Jamaica continues to be a first choice tourism destination, industry players say.
They point to the fact that the island recently broke the two million mark in stopover arrivals and is on course to see further growth in both cruise ship and stopover visitors.
“It is a fact we are no longer just sun, sand and sea,” says Ocho Rios Resort Board President, Dr. Roosevelt Crooks, in an interview with JIS News.
“We continue to distinguish ourselves by building new and exciting attractions, giving our visitors a lot more by way of options. Regardless of how many new players are in the game, Jamaica’s tourism will always have a competitive edge,” he argues.
Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, told a Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) audience in Montego Bay a few weeks ago, that not only are the traditional markets of the United States and Great Britain doing well, but there are also live action coming out of other areas.
“We are opening up new markets every year. We already have flights from Nordic countries, such as Norway and Sweden, and next year we will see the first direct flight from Dublin, Ireland, to Montego Bay,” he noted.
In an interview with JIS News, Dr. McNeill says the cruise ship industry is driven by soft adventures.
OUR Now Accepting Bids for Electricity from Renewable Energy Based
Jamaica’s National Energy Policy 2009–2030 has identified fuel diversification and the development of the country’s renewable energy sources as two of its main objectives. Section 4(3) of the OUR Act, provides that in the performance of its function, the OUR shall undertake such measures as it considers necessary or desirable to (among other things) encourage the development and use of indigenous resources. Renewable energy would be considered one such.
The OUR recently issued a Request for Proposals for interested entities locally and internationally, to supply up to Net 37 MW of Electricity Generation from Renewable Energy Based Power Generation Facilities on a Build, Own and Operate (BOO) Basis. The pre-bid meeting takes place on August 28, 2015. Bids should be submitted January 27, 2016.
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Click on the link above for more details from the Office of Utilities Regulation – http://www.our.org.jm/
Applications Now Open For The 2016 GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme
The GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme is designed to reconnect 2nd and 3rd generation Jamaicans to their proud Jamaican heritage. The programme is a fully paid cultural and professional internship for 2nd and 3rd generation Jamaican university students who are living in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. It promises to highlight many aspects of Jamaican life while furthering the career goals of the selected candidates.
The programme started in 2004-2008 and was relaunched successfully this year. “The programme this year was a huge success. Our 2015 Birthright interns had an unforgettable and rewarding experience,” said Executive Director of the GraceKennedy Foundation, Caroline Mahfood, who has oversight for the project. She continued, “With the help of our partners Sandals, Digicel and the Jamaica Tourist Board, the interns not only experienced the professional aspect of Jamaica but also the rich cultural heritage, from cuisine to music, sports and more. They really got the chance to get up close and personal with Jamaica.”
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Click on the link above for more details on the Jamaican Birthright Programme – http://www.gracekennedy.com/index.php/in-your-community/gk-foundation/gk-birthright/
Some historical and relaxing places to visit while in Jamaica.