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Jamaica Tops 200,000 Arrivals Since Reopening

 Jamaica has reported more than 211,000 tourism arrivals since reopening its tourism sector in June, the country’s tourism officials said this week.  That amounted to tourism earnings of $231.9 million, according to Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.  Hotel occupancy rates …

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Couples To Reopen Two More Resorts in Jamaica

 All-inclusive brand Couples is reopening two more resorts in Jamaica, Caribbean Journal has learned. The adults-only resort company will reopen both its Couples San Souci and Couples Negril resorts on Dec. 1, the property confirmed. Couples has already reopened its …

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Sandals Ochi Resort to Reopen in Jamaica

 Sandals is continuing its Caribbean reopening push with a planned relaunch of its resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Caribbean Journal has learned. The Sandals Ochi Beach Resort is slated to reopen on Dec. 17, according to Sandals Resorts International. The …

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 The most exciting new hotel to launch in Jamaica in years is open and welcoming guests, Caribbean Journal has learned.  Eclipse at Half Moon, the major new luxury resort set at the island’s iconic Half Moon resort, has relaunched. The …

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 With the pandemic overload and the underlying depression accompanying it, and with take-out options so underwhelming these days, it makes me yearn for the elaborate old school dishes my mom would prepare even during the week.  Especially those on the …

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 JAPEX, Jamaica’s leading tourism trade show, is going virtual this year, the Jamaica Tourist Board announced this week.  JAPEX, the Jamaica Product Exchange, will be held virtually from Nov. 9-10, with the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association and the Jamaica …

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 Southwest Airlines has kicked off its newest international route, with new service from Phoenix to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  The move marks the reestablishment of the carrier’s service to Puerto Vallarta, with daily nonstop flights from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.  …

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 Sandals Resorts International has officially reopened its Sandals Royal Plantation boutique resort in Jamaica, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The ultra-luxe all-inclusive began welcoming guests last week.  The relaunch marks the 11th resort that Sandals has reopened since the onset of …

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 One of Jamaica’s top wellness resorts has reopened its doors with the relaunch of the Zoëtry Montego Bay Jamaica resort.  The all-inclusive Rose Hall-area resort welcomed back its first guests this weekend.  The reopening of the 49-suite property means parent …

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 American Airlines is adding Costa Rica to its newly-announced pre-flight testing program, the company said this week.  The plan will begin on Oct. 15 at Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport.  In the next few weeks, American Airlines will be launching a …

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 Sandals Resorts International has reopened another resort in the Caribbean, this time its newly-transformed Sandals South Coast resort in Jamaica.  The all-inclusive resort has relaunched with a new kind of hotel room for the brand: the Swim-Up Rondoval Suites, which …

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 American Airlines is planning to launch pre-flight COVID-19 testing on certain flights in the Caribbean region. The plan will begin with preflight COVID-19 testing for customers traveling to Jamaica and The Bahamas. Jamaica will be the first destination, with American …

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 Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism is planning to set up a new Community Tourism Unit, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said this week.  The new unit aims to “work with communities and hotels to expand participation by community members, while providing authentic …

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 Sandals Resorts International is reopening another Caribbean resort next month, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The Sandals Grenada all-inclusive resort will officially relaunch on Oct. 1.  “This is exciting news for Grenada,” said Grenada Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell. “We look …

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 Canadian leisure carrier WestJet is returning to the Caribbean in October, Caribbean Journal has learned.  Beginning Oct. 4, West Jet will be relaunching flights to a host of Caribbean destinations, including Kingston, Montego Bay and Cancun.  That will include routes …

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 “It’s just that I’d rather die of drink than of thirst” — James Bond in Ian Fleming’s Thunderball  The guests to Ian Fleming’s Goldeneye villa in Jamaica were welcomed with a singular cocktail called the “Old Man’s Thing.” The recipe for …

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 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 …