Friday Facts: June 24, 2016

Friday Facts: June 24, 2016

JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD SPONSORS ZIGGY MARLEY 2016 CONCERT TOUR

Recognizing the tremendous appeal that the island nation holds for music lovers in North America, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has partnered with Tuff Gong Worldwide to sponsor Ziggy Marley’s 2016 North American Tour. The tour, which opened May 27 in Coachella, California, will continue through midOctober. The multi-faceted promotion will feature an enter-to-win sweepstake, hosted by the JTB’s “Island Buzz” blog (http://islandbuzzjamaica.com/ziggymarley/). Interested consumers can visit the blog, take a short quiz on Jamaica and enter for a chance to win a 4-day/3-night trip for two to Moon Palace Jamaica Grande with round-trip airfare provided by the JTB. (Source: South Florida Caribbean News)

FIRST ‘SHOVEL READY’ PROJECT TO CREATE 8,000 JOBS

Jamaica has benefited from the first major investment under the ‘Shovel Ready’ programme. Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett last week signed a contract with Karisma Hotels and Resorts for the construction of 5,000 new hotel rooms in Llandovery, St. Ann. The project is to be undertaken over the next five to 10 years, with some 8,000 jobs to be created. Karisma Hotels and Resorts is a fastgrowing Florida-based operator of theme and highend, boutique properties. The company is spending US$45 million on the construction of a 149-room property in Negril. (Source: Jamaica Observer)

DEJA RESORT OPENS ON HIP STRIP AS 3-STAR ALL-INCLUSIVE

Russell Real Estate Development Limited ( RRED) has recently invested US$5 million to acquire the Gloucestershire Hotel on the Hip Strip in Montego Bay, which is now operated under the new name – Deja Resort. RRED, a group of Montego Bay group family members, partnered with two financial institutions, Sagicor and China EX-IM, to secure the 93-room property which is situated across the street from Doctor’s Cave Beach. (Source: Jamaica Observer)

PAJ SUPPORTS MARQUEE ATTRACTION FOR MOBAY

The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) has thrown its support behind the recent call by business stakeholders in Montego Bay for the establishment of a signature attraction in the tourist resort to help boost its tourism appeal. In his keynote address at the recent Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s development forum, Professor Gordon Shirley, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the state-owned PAJ, said the organisation is currently seeking to establish a major attraction for each cruise destination in Jamaica. Insofar as Montego Bay is concerned, Shirley said he was fully supportive of the plan for the re-establishment of a Montego Bay-to-Appleton Estate railroad attraction. “We think that the scenic train route from Montego Bay to Appleton is long overdue and we need to get that back in place,” said Shirley. “The rail already exists, and we have some wonderful towns along the route,” continued Shirley. (Source: Jamaica Gleaner)