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Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours is proud to announce that Sydelle Gifford has been named its newest boat captain and the first female captain in Jamaica.

Her new rank as Captain of the Kool Kat Kelly was announced yesterday by David Shields, General Manager of Island Routes Tours.  “We’re very proud to be able to announce that we have a woman captain amongst our Island Routes Specialist team. 

Captain Gifford is a true leader and a wonderful example of working to achieve your goals in life. On behalf of the entire company we congratulate her and we are pleased to be breaking new ground in the industry.”

A new Online Travel Agency (OTA) to be launched by the Jamaica-based Glamour Destination Management Company and Miami-based Regatta Travel Solutions has received a resounding welcome from the Jamaica Hospitality and tourism industry. The new OTA will allow Jamaican companies including hotels, villas, car rental agencies and attractions to reach a wide audience of potential visitors who in turn, may book everything they need for their visit to Jamaica.

Jamaica's Director of Tourism, John Lynch, has called the initiative "a significant achievement with enormous benefits for Jamaica's tourism industry." He congratulated Myrtle Dwyer, Glamour DMC's Director of Sales, Marketing & Customer Relationship Management, on the new partnership and pledged the Jamaica Tourist Board's "full support."
After spending a few days in Istanbul, Turkey, last week, I was summoned to Izmir, a 45-minute flight to visit my Turkish roommate Kemal with whom I studied at Lester B. Pearson United World College in Canada more than 20 years ago.
I hadn't seen Kemal for a decade, so it was great to catch up with him and his new family - Russian wife and seven year-old polyglot son who speaks four languages - English, Russian, Turkish and Ukrainian.

It was awe inspiring to witness the ease with which they seamlessly and creatively interchange language and culture within the family.

Kemal is a successful businessman, no doubt due to his close attention to detail and his gift of planning.

One of the popular hotels in Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean is getting a major upgrade from its new owner.

Canadian businessman Dale Papke said he would spend about US$2.5 million to renovate the recently re-licensed Comfort Suites Ports of Call Resort in Providenciales, which his real estate company recently acquired.

"I am excited. The island itself is starting to get on the radar, our renovations have begun, and we look forward to re-positioning the resort as the premier value-priced resort in the Turks & Caicos Islands," said Papke.