Jamaica’s First LEED Hotel

December 19, 2014 | 5:27 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Kingston (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff The under-construction Courtyard By Marriott in Jamaica will be the country's first-ever LEED-certified hotel. The Kingston hotel will also be the first-ever LEED certified building in Jamaica. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building programme more...

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Jamaica’s Jakes Resort Expands With Eco-Friendly Jack Sprat Shack

December 18, 2014 | 8:00 pm | 0 Comment


Above: the new Jack Sprat Shack By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica's Jakes Hotel has expanded. The boutique property on Treasure Beach is opened its doors to Jack Sprat Shack, a green hostel-style property aimed at eco-conscious travelers. The property will include two "dorms," each of which will hold 20 bunk beds, six double rooms and shared more...

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Recipe for a Jamaican Snowstorm

December 16, 2014 | 10:41 pm | 0 Comment


By Nigel Spence CJ Contributor Christmas time is here once again, folks, and, if asked, I would have to say, it is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. You know, I used to find it puzzling, (until now) why you just suddenly feel full of cheer and good will — why no problem seemed that big a deal anymore and everyone around was just so more...

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Jamaica Receiving Funding to Improve Climate Change Resilience

December 14, 2014 | 9:25 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Jamaica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Jamaica is receiving new funding from the Inter-American Development Bank to improve the country's resilience to climate change. The funding includes a $10 million "highly" concessionary loan and a $7,895,000 grant approved by the Inter-American Development Bank. The project is the first adaptation more...

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Productivity in Jamaica

December 13, 2014 | 12:57 pm | 0 Comment


By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor JAMAICA SEEMS set to pass the sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) test, underlining the fact that we have, no doubt, been making progress in establishing the framework on which development must take place. I say this against the background that the legislative and fiscal initiatives put in place have been successful in ensuring more...

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Jamaica Looks for More Chinese Tourists

December 10, 2014 | 4:32 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Jamaica Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill By Guy Britton MONTEGO BAY — Jamaica has its sights set on attracting more tourists from China, according to Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill. The Minister, who was addressing the recent Tourism Outlook Seminar in Montego Bay, said the recent elimination of the need for Chinese tourists to obtain a visa to more...

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Jamaica Eyes Deeper Ties Between Tourism, Entertainment Industries

December 9, 2014 | 5:49 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Jamaica (CJ Photo) By Guy Britton MONTEGO BAY — For Minister of State Damion Crawford and the government of Jamaica, it's a natural fit — linking two of the country's most famous industries: tourism and entertainment. For decades, Jamaica's artistic and cultural industries have punched far above their weight, led by the staggering global growth of more...

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Overcoming Poverty in Jamaica

December 9, 2014 | 11:58 am | 0 Comment


By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor ACCORDING to the recently released 2012 Survey of Living Conditions (SLC), Jamaica has recorded an increase in poverty levels between 2009 and 2012. "The all-Jamaica individual poverty prevalence increased by 2.3 percentage points relative to 2010 to reach 19.9 per cent," the survey stated. This was not totally unexpected, as the more...

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Sandals Carlyle Resort to Remain Sandals-Branded Property

December 2, 2014 | 7:05 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Sandals Carlyle By the Caribbean Journal staff The Sandals Carlyle in Jamaica will remain a Sandals-branded resort, the company announced Monday. Sandals Resorts International had earlier announced that the property would be transitioned to one of its other brands, Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts. But that changed following a consultation by SRI Chairman more...

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Economic “Clusters” in Jamaica?

December 1, 2014 | 7:00 pm | 0 Comment


Above: Jamaica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff It may be time to create economic "cliusters" to spur growth in Jamaica, according to Densil Williams, Professor of International Business and Executive Director of the Mona School of Business Management at the University of the West Indies. Williams, who was addressing the Western Jamaica Economic Forum more...

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