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ImageJamaica Tourist Board’s New England Sales Manager John Woolcock braves the plummeting temperatures to hail one of Boston’s new hybrid taxis in front of the city’s iconic South Station. Throughout the month of January, Jamaica advertisements will be featured on Boston taxicabs as part of the destination’s Winter Rescue campaign encouraging travelers to escape the blustery climate and head to the warm isle of Jamaica, just four hours away. Bostonians who spot a Jamaican cab can visit 107.9 KISS-FM’s website to provide details about the time and location the cab was spotted and enter to win a trip to Jamaica, courtesy of JetBlue Airways and Riu Hotels & Resorts. JetBlue recently launched new nonstop service from Boston to Montego Bay on January 9, offering Bostonians greater accessibility and convenience when traveling to Jamaica.
ImageJamaica is projecting solid tourism growth in 2010. Speaking at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Caribbean Marketplace 2010 travel trade event, which opened this week in Puerto Rico, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett reported that preliminary figures show that the island’s arrivals increased by four percent in 2009. According to forecasts, arrivals are expected to register a six percent increase in 2010. Minister Bartlett attributed this growth to the foundation the Jamaica Tourist Board and its tourism partners have built over the last few years.
ImageThis week in Puerto Rico, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation joined its private sector partners, including hotels, destination management companies, tour operators and travel agencies to position the Eastern Caribbean nation as a premier location for travel and tourism in 2010. In the photograph, the Saint Lucia tourism contingent stands shoulder to shoulder, in every sense, at the Saint Lucia booth at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Convention Center Hotel & Casino in San Juan.

ImageThis past weekend, I temporarily joined the fraternity of "yachties" and explored the Caribbean Sea like I've never before, in a yacht, of course.

One of my friends encouraged me to join her family on a cruise of the Grenadines. Admittedly I was a bit reluctant because not only was I the "fifth wheel" based on who had confirmed, but it would postpone my heavy post-holiday work burden.