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Jamaica: “Cautious Optimism” for Visitor Arrival Growth

 Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has “cautious optimism” for what a potential “major upturn” in visitor arrivals this upcoming winter tourist season, he said this week.  At the end of February 2020, Jamaica had reported a 5.5 percent increase in …

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JetBlue Adding New Flights to Jamaica, Puerto Rico

 JetBlue is continuing its plans for a major expansion in the Caribbean this winter season, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The company’s recently-announced Caribbean push will also include a trio of new routes from Raleigh-Durham to the wider region.  That will …

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Why We Bought a One-Way Ticket to Anguilla

 If you haven’t gotten around to visiting Anguilla as yet, imagine an island the size of Manhattan with the population of just two high-rises, surrounded by 33 sugary white beaches, lapped by stunning turquoise waters ‒ with temps in the …

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 One of the top boutique hotels in Jamaica is reopening its doors next month, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The Cliff, the five-star boutique on the cliffs of Negril, is set to reopen its doors on Oct. 1, the property confirmed.  …

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 JetBlue is set to launch a major Caribbean expansion in November, the carrier announced this week, with new routes across the region from Aruba to St Maarten.  On Nov. 19, JetBlue will be launching seven new nonstop routes to the …

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 Two more all-inclusive Jamaica hotels are reopening next month, Caribbean Journal has learned.  Both the Royalton Blue Waters Resort and Spa and Royalton White Sands Resort and Spa will be relaunching on Oct. 1, parent company Blue Diamond Resorts confirmed …

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 Sandals is set for a major relaunch of its Sandals South Coast resort in Jamaica, centered around a new kind of swim-up room in the Caribbean.  The all-inclusive Sandals South Coast is close to completing a multimillion-dollar renovation, slated to …

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 Despite the stalling of international travel amid the pandemic, more and more travelers are looking to plan trips in 2021, according to new data from travel insurance aggregator Squaremouth.  About 65 percent of all trips booked this year for 2021 …

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 Canadian low-cost carrier Swoop will be relaunching its service to popular Caribbean destinations including Cancun and Montego Bay, Caribbean Journal has learned.  Swoop will relaunch its operations at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Oct. 25, with plans to resume flights …

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 Round Hill, the legendary Jamaica boutique hotel part-owned by designer Ralph Lauren (who also designed the guest rooms), has officially reopened.  The greater Montego Bay-area hotel officially reopened its doors on Sept. 1.  Both Round HIll’s 36 Lauren-designed guest rooms …

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 In a bid to help fill hotel rooms amid the pandemic, more and more hotel companies are launching remote work programs for longer stays, from Hyatt to Marriott.  The latest resort company to jump into the fray is Royalton, which …

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 Social distancing is one of the hardest parts about COVID-19: we all miss our family and friends, and it’s made even worse when you feel like you’ve been trapped in your house for months. What if, however, you could stay …

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 Almost three months after reopening its borders for international tourism, Jamaica continues to see an increase in travel demand, according to new data from Expedia. Searches for Jamaica’s travel hub of Montego Bay on Expedia Group’s digital platforms rose 15 …

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 Goldeneye, the Jamaica hotel set at the estate where author Ian Fleming created James Bond, has officially reopened, Caribbean Journal has learned.  Chris Blackwell’s legendary Island Outpost retreat began its post-shutdown life on Aug. 21, a spokesperson for the property …

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 Legendary reggae band The Wailers has released their first new album in more than 25 years.  The new Sony Music Latin album, One World, has 14 songs, including the single “One World, One Prayer” produced by Emilio Estefan.  Also featured …

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 The all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay is taking steps to safeguard vacations by reinstating its annual “Hurricane Guarantee.” The program provides consumer purchase protection against possible travel disruptions due to hurricanes, covering the entire 2020 hurricane season. “COVID-19 has …

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 A projected increase in Jamaica’s hotel stock to more than 25,000 rooms by 2023 is “still on track,” according to Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.  About 90 percent of planned investments for the tourism industry in Jamaica remain on stream, he …

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 Jamaica is now requiring proof of negative COVID-19 tests for all visitors coming from the United States.  The move applies to all non-residents 12 years of age and older.  The tests must be taken within 10 days prior to the …