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Following a lengthy period of research and development, AJamaicaExperience.com announces its official launch. The website allows users to immerse themselves in the beauty and culture of the Caribbean Island from the comfort of home, as well as equip themselves with all of the knowledge they need to plan the perfect Jamaican getaway.

Tourism is the island’s dominant foreign exchange, bringing almost two million people onto its shores each year. With this in mind, AJamaicaExperience.com is poised to become one of the most popular Jamaica sites online, offering an engaging and comprehensive preview of Jamaica, along with live and up-to-date information on where to go, what to see and how to indulge in true island paradise.

Island Routes Tours had the pleasure of hosting the anchors of the NBC's Weekend TODAY aboard The Katt, one of their fleet of luxury catamarans, on an Island Routes Reggae Catamaran Cruise to Jamaica’s famous Dunn's River Falls. Hosts Jenna Wolfe and Lester Holt, both boasting Jamaican heritage, were in Ocho Rios shooting a special segment about their roots in honor of Jamaica's 50th year of independence.

The readers of one of the world's leading travel magazines have picked the island of St. John in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) among the Top 5 destinations in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas.

Following the results of the Travel + Leisure 2012 World's Best Awards readers' survey, St. John - with its tranquil beaches, stunning vistas and history preserved among the many sugar plantation ruins found throughout the island - was ranked number five in the vast region, sharing the spotlight with neighboring Vieques in Puerto Rico (1), Harbour Island in the Bahamas (2), Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands (3) and the Grenadines in the Southern Caribbean (4).

"St. John continues to be a top-of-mind destination in the Caribbean region and we appreciate the confidence travelers have placed in our Territory," noted USVI Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty, thanking the magazine and its readers for their appreciation of the island's assets.

St. John had already been listed in Arthur Frommer's Top 10 favorite travel spots for 2012, a testament to the quality of the vacation experience in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Reinforcing the case were the top mentions in this year's Travel + Leisure survey for The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas and St. John's Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort which were both listed among the Top 25 resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas. "We are very proud of these resorts and encourage all of our partners in St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John to continue striving for excellence in today's competitive environment," the Commissioner stressed.

fond-douxWaiting for a room or suite at one of St. Lucia's most alluring properties is about to become easier.

Fond Doux Holiday Plantation resort is increasing its capacity by adding five new cottages, which general manager, Eroline Lamontagne pledged would "retain the same unique architecture as the other 11 cottages on the plantation."