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New Tourism Agency Boards Convene to Discuss Strategy on the Way Forward

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA – The newly appointed board of directors of the island’s leading tourism agencies: Jamaica Vacations Limited (JAMVAC), the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCO), the Montego Bay Convention Centre (MBCC), and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) met recently at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. During this difficult period in global travel and tourism, the work of the various boards is even more critical as they provide oversight of these national agencies. 

Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism (left) in discussion with Jennifer Griffith, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, during a meeting of the board of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF). Looking on is Dr. Carey Wallace, TEF Executive Director.

U.S. Virgin Islands Sees Light at End of Pandemic Tunnel

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS  - The U.S. Virgin Islands Commissioner of Tourism has cautioned that while a Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine is on the horizon, protocols and guidelines implemented to protect lives and livelihoods in the Territory should not slacken.

USVI Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte

Veteran Hilton Manager Named New CHTA President

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MIAMI, Florida  - Puerto Rico’s Caribe Hilton general manager Pablo Jose Torres Sojo has been elected president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

New CHTA President Pablo Jose Torres Sojo

Historic Virtual JAPEX LIVE 2020 A Success

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – The 30th staging of the annual Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX), held virtually for the first time, was a huge success. As the show was virtual this year, it allowed for greater participation from all corners of the globe. The two-day trade show brought together a record number of delegates from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Asia comprising of 2,500 registrations with 2,000 travel agents, 250 tour operators, 140 supplier companies, 280 supplier delegates, 251 buyer delegates and over 158 journalists. 

Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Tourism Minister

Discover Jamaica By Bike Set for 2021

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – What started out as a local event to pilot a consumer cycling program will officially become a bookable experience in 2021 known as Discover Jamaica By Bike. The test ride, which was organized and led by the Jamaica Cycling Association, got underway in Port Antonio and saw riders including Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, Donovan White making the trek through Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Negril, South Coast and ending in Kingston.

Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, Donovan White (left) stopping for a photo with his fellow cyclists.

COVID-Free Anguilla Welcomes Visitors

COVID-free since June 2020, the eastern Caribbean island of Anguilla has implemented a measured approach to reopening its borders to visitors in order to keep the island safe from the pandemic. In a recent virtual press conference hosted by CEO & Director General of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Frank Comito, Anguilla’s tourism officials outlined the strategies that have been working for the island.

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