Jamaica is a diverse destination with an exotic blend of culture, natural beauty and attractions suited for any kind of traveller with interests ranging from family to romance and adventure. Included is meetings and incentives, as Jamaica also boasts a thriving meetings and conventions sector, poised to support events of any size.
(via Sunset Jamaica Grande)
With the upcoming premier travel trade event in Jamaica, the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX), let’s take a look at the 2012 host of this event, the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa. Located in the resort area of Ocho Rios, the Sunset Jamaica Grande is a hotel of choice for meetings and conventions with over 30,000 square feet of indoor meeting space.
Sizzling performances from the world’s top reggae, dancehall and R&B acts came together to create a memorable Reggae Sumfest for 2012. Summerfest Promotions took Reggae Sumfest to even higher heights from July 15-21, 2012 as they celebrated 20 years of the ‘greatest reggae show on earth’. The star studded line up assured a successful event with performances from the likes of Damian Jr. Gong Marley, R&B superstar R. Kelly, Trey Songz and dancehall legend Shabba Ranks.
August 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment
The highly anticipated documentary on the life, music and legacy of reggae superstar Bob Marley will make its debut this week. The film, directed by Kevin MacDonald, will be showcased in a special preview screening on April 19, 2012 in Kingston at the Emancipation Park at 8pm.
The official release of the film in theatres, on demand and on Facebook takes place the following day, April 20, 2012. You won’t want to miss “Marley”, which features rare footage, performances and interviews of the legend. Take a look at the premiere listing to see where you can be watching the definitive reggae film of the year.
April 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment
Jamaica has a unique combination of adventurous activities, breathtaking locales and the most exceptional spirit in the world, perfect for spring breakers. Plan for these top Spring Break experiences on your next trip to Jamaica during this our most festive year, Jamaica 50.
The daring challenge of plummeting over 30 feet into crystal clear ocean blues has attracted revellers year after year to Rick’s Cafe in Negril. Started as one of the only modern entertainment facilities in 1974 Negril, Rick’s Cafe is located on the West End Road, near to the famed Rockhouse Hotel and Pushcart Restaurant. Rick’s mixes Negril’s laid back vibe with tasty cuisine, live music and a panoramic view of Negril’s world famous sunsets. Whilst thrill seekers can enjoy the cliff jumping, spectators will be entertained by the skilled local jumpers who up the ante, tending to jump from points higher than the 35 ft platform. For a more romantic experience visit Rick’s After Dark to dine beneath the moonlight to the sound of crashing waves below.
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
In 2008 Jamaica’s then Governor General, Sir Kenneth Hall officially declared February Reggae Month. Since 2010 the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) has been coordinating activities to celebrate our unique genre of music throughout the month.
This year JaRIA’s signature event ‘Reggae Nights’ is being held at the Emancipation Park in the capital Kingston. The weekly Wednesday events will dramatically chronicle the movement of reggae through a series of five live concerts featuring drumming, folk, mento, jazz, classical, dancehall and alternative. The first in the series of Wednesday Reggae Nights featured Classical, Jazz, Mento and Ska and showcased acts such as the Edna Manley College Orchestra, Pimento Players, Jamaica Symphony Orchestra, Gilzene and the Blue Light Mento Band, Jamarokaz, Maurice Gordon Quartet, Yaad Beat, Samuele Vivian, NRI Workshop and The Jolly Boys.
February 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment
Jamaica’s breathtaking scenery creates the perfect backdrop for a relaxing retreat, one that engages your mind, body and soul. The turquoise of the ocean, rolling emerald hills and white sand paint a picture of repose. All this and more are just within reach at the Caribbean Yoga Conference (CYC), set to take place from February 2-5, 2012 in Montego Bay.
The conference will bring together yogis from around the world to learn from renowned artists, healers and yoga aficionados. At the Hilton Rose Hall resort yoga enthusiasts will take part in a series of workshops and keynotes geared at celebrating ‘sun, sadhana, sand, seva and sangha’. The conference is led by Bella Luna Yoga whose aim is ‘to celebrate a global ever-expanding yoga consciousness’.
January 30, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment
For 16 years Rebel Salute has brought thousands of roots reggae lovers from across the globe to Jamaica’s South Coast for a night of some of the finest reggae performances you’ll ever see in just one night. Set for January 14, 2012 this annual festival will feature several local and internationally acclaimed reggae artistes. Among those set to grace the stage this year are Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Luciano, Stephen Marley, Maxi Priest and Tarrus Riley among a host of other talented performers.
Standing tall as a pioneering roots festival, the event will also showcase Jamaica’s ital cuisine and positive vibrations. It serves a strict vegetarian menu complimented by a diet of cultural roots rap from Reggae’s finest. In tandem with this, is the concept of a drug-free, violence-free and non-alcoholic event. Combined with the warm hospitality and abundant culture of the Jamaican people, this event is not one to be missed. Hailed today as a spiritual renaissance, it has become the bedrock for the exposure and celebration of Jamaican roots music. If you are a true reggae fan, then this event cannot be missed. Join us on Facebook and Twitter for our LIVE coverage of Rebel Salute 2012!
January 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment
The island of the Jamaica has traditionally been known for its dazzling beaches, seductive off the beaten path attractions and not to mention it’s warm, inviting culture. In more recent years Jamaica has come to also be celebrated as one of the best of winter golf getaways. The popular north coast area of Montego Bay is home to several world class golf courses, making the area an excellent destination for golfers.
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Set for September 25 – October 2, 2011 the International Long Drive Challenge™ is an exciting “made for television” golf event profiling some of the most powerful long ball hitters in an internationally sanctioned and approved competition format. This year, the challenge will once again be hosted in the beautiful resort town of Montego Bay at golf paradise, Cinnamon Hill. Those who qualify in regional and national events will have the opportunity to represent their country not only in a team event, but also in a double knockout individual event – men, women, and senior divisions. For more details go here!
Surfers from across the Caribbean and the USA vied for top prizes in the 5th installment of the Makka Pro Surf Contest held at the Makka Surfing Beach at Southaven in Thomas, Jamaica from July 29-31, 2011 and people came from far and wide to witness the grand spectacle.
Jamaica’s own Imani Wilmot and Jensen Callaway of the USA took home the top prizes in their respective categories for conquering the waves at the event which was one of the biggest ever in Jamaican surf history. The day saw awe-inspiring radical manoeuvres from the region’s finest surfers, including Jamaican Danielle Ohayon, Americans Leslie Dickerson and Alexis Lautkzer and Jamaican Elim Beckford who competed in the Women’s Open Division.
August 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Jamaica Events | No comment