June 16-19, 2013 marks the 5th biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, a platform for discussion, development and growth of the island of birth of Jamaicans living around the world. The conference is convened by Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and will explore avenues for greater trade and investment in Jamaica, as the nation continues to celebrate 50 years of independence.
The state of the art Montego Bay Convention Centre will be the setting for Conference 13 which will include interactive sessions, panel discussions, networking and social events. The Conference will present a wealth of information and business opportunities for investing in one of world’s most powerful brands and an influential culture with global reach. Special new features to this year’s conference include a Diaspora Marketplace, a dynamic space for business to business meetings aimed at facilitating investment in local small or medium sized businesses. Diaspora members can reserve booth space here to be at the forefront of trade and networking at the conference.
Without a doubt, the 2013 Jamaica Diaspora Conference promises meaningful engagement with the movers and shakers of business, trade, arts and culture in the Jamaican Diaspora. Register today to be a part of this event, driven by a passion for Jamaica: a nation on a mission. Take a look at this upcoming conference and all it has to offer here on our Youtube channel. For more information on the Jamaica Diaspora Conference please visit: http://www.jamaicandiaspora.gov.jm
Give the gift of relaxation this Mother’s Day by treating a mother in your life to a dreamy tropical locale. The vibrant culture and warm sunshine of Jamaica can be just the gift to secure your spot as Mom’s favourite. A plethora of Mother’s Day specials exist across the island including popular resort areas like Negril and Ocho Rios. Take advantage of these great limited time only deals to make this Mother’s Day even more memorable.
In just a few days the OCEAN Style/AUDI FashionShowcase will light up Montego Bay for its 5th staging, promising the best in fashion, luxury and entertainment from November. 2-4, 2012. The FashionShowcase weekend combines world class fashion with the allure of Montego Bay, enticing the elite from the Caribbean and the world to partake in this top notch lifestyle event.
From October 13- 14, 2012 Montego Bay was the capital of the wonderful world of weddings. The Jamaica Bridal Expo staged its first ever event at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, showcasing some of Jamaica’s best wedding vendors and resources in The Complete Resort.
Jamaica’s Ministry of Finance and Planning has announced a revised tax package for the island’s tourism industry. This follows negotiations between the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) and representatives from both the Ministries of Finance and Planning and Tourism and Entertainment.
While the General Consumption Tax (GCT) rate for tourism will remain at 10 percent, all arriving visitors will be required to pay a US$20 fee to be included in the ticket cost, effective August 1, 2012. The agreement will also see the introduction of a new daily accommodation tax of US$1 for properties with less than 51 rooms, US$2 for hotels with 51-100 rooms, and US$4 for hotels with 101 rooms and above, effective September 1, 2012. Currently, unlike most destinations, hotels in Jamaica do not charge an accommodation tax.
June 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm | News & Updates | No comment
There is so much to see, do and taste in Jamaica and The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has every intention of letting locals know exactly what those things are. On Tuesday evening at the lovely Wyndham Hotel in New Kingston the JTB kicked off the start of the popular Experience Jamaica campaign to expose Jamaicans to the country’s tourism product and encourage them to get out and enjoy all that Jamaica has to offer.
A collaborative effort of the Tourism Ministry, the JTB and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association. Experience Jamaica was first introduced in 2009, and uses a combination of customer education and discounts to increase local interest in and use of tourism facilities such as attractions, accommodations, transport and shopping. Participating companies can be found in all the island’s major resort locations such as Negril, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, The South Coast and even Kingston.
May 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm | News & Updates | No comment
News & Updates: Vote for Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Olympian Usain Bolt on Time Magazine’s 2012 Time 100 Poll
Voters can choose from their favourite leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes included as part of the magazine’s nomination process to rank the most prominent people in the world. The complete TIME 100 list will be chosen by the publication’s editors and revealed on TIME.com on Tuesday, April 17.
April 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm | News & Updates | No comment
Having recently qualified as an Apache attack pilot, Prince Harry’s skills were immediately put to the test as he received the opportunity to co-pilot a Jamaica Defence Force’s helicopter from Kingston to the Island’s north coast.
In what some of the JDF forces described as impressive flying, His Royal Highness departed Up Park Camp military base and arrived a swift 45 minutes later to a crowd of school children in Falmouth. But the crowd of a few hundred was nothing compared to the thousands of fans that were prepared to greet him at the Falmouth Cruise ship Pier.
March 8, 2012 at 11:32 am | News & Updates | No comment
For just a few precious seconds, Prince Harry could say that he was the world’s fastest man. Shortly after 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the prince squared off against 25-year-old Olympic champion Usain Bolt in a staged race to see who was truly the world’s fastest man.
“A few people have said I should let you win,” Bolt joked. His Royal Highness responded, “Well, I was in my prime when I was 25 (years old)!”
Sporting a track suit in traditional green/yellow/black Jamaican colors, Prince Harry lined up next to Bolt on the track. But before the race officially started, the prince sprinted towards the finish line before the three-time gold medalist Bolt even knew what was happening! It was an entertaining start to the day and a sign of exciting things to come, as the prince had a memorable day visiting several sites in the Jamaican capital of Kingston.
March 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm | News & Updates | No comment
After much anticipation, Prince Harry arrived at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston shortly after 5pm ET yesterday, where His Royal Highness was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of government officials, media members, and a 21-gun Royal Salute from the Jamaica Defence Force. As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebration for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, the 27-year-old prince will spend the next few days touring the Island to mark her 60 years on the throne.
This morning in Kingston, Prince Harry has a full schedule of activities that include a visit to the University of the West Indies, where he will meet with three-time Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt. The prince will then head off to the Bustamante Hospital for Children, before heading to a lunch hosted by Prime Minister the Hon. Portia Simpson Miller at the famous Devon House. His Royal Highness will finish his day’s activities at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, where he will help unveil The Rings of Life statue in commemoration of the Diamond Jubilee, and then visit Rise Life Management Service to explore an exhibition of items made by local youth.
March 6, 2012 at 10:29 am | News & Updates | 1 comment