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If you want to keep up with the latest news, happenings and events taking place at your destination of choice, this is a space entirely dedicated to bringing our holidaymakers with the freshest information on hotel renovations, special attractions, seasonal events and special offers, activities and incentives at some of our resorts, as well as airline news and travel updates.

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Visitor arrivals in Jamaica up by five per cent in first nine months of 2016

Jamaica has recorded a 5.4 per cent increase in tourist arrivals during the first nine months of 2016. The latest figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board reveal that the Caribbean island received 2,876,220 visitors during this period, and gross foreign exchange earnings was also up by five per cent. The country also received a positive rise in travellers from Canada, with a 7.2 per cent increase.

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Chief Executive of Sandals Resorts International awarded Order of Distinction in Jamaica

Adam Stewart, the Chief Executive of Sandals Resorts International, has been awarded the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) by the government of Jamaica. During the National Honours and Awards Ceremony at King’s House last month, Stewart was given the award for his outstanding services to the tourism and hotel industry in Jamaica. Sandals Resorts owns and operates a collection of luxury all-inclusive resorts throughout Jamaica and the Caribbean.

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Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica to add 12 more Overwater Bungalows

The popularity of the brand new overwater bungalows at Sandals Royal Caribbean resort in Montego Bay has been so great that Sandals Resorts has announced plans to construct a further 12 to keep up with demand. The first five unique bungalows with glass floors in Jamaica have not yet opened to the public, and will be the first of their kind in the Caribbean. The resort will add 12 more that are scheduled to open in February, 2017.

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World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony names Jamaica as Caribbean's Leading Destination

Jamaica was honoured with the title of the Caribbean's Leading Destination at the regional World travel Awards Caribbean & North America Gala Ceremony 2016. The tropical island was awarded at the annual ceremony which this year took place at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Jamaica. The Caribbean's Leading Beach Destination award went to Turks and Caicos, and Antigua and Barbuda scooped the award for Caribbean's Most Romantic Destination.

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Karisma Hotels & Resorts prepares to break ground for three new hotels in Jamaica in January, 2017

Karisma Hotels & Resorts has announced it will break ground for the construction of three new hotels in Jamaica in January, 2017. The project is part of a multi-million dollar hotel development in Llandovery, St Ann, and the three hotels will provide 1,800 guest rooms in total. The resort development will include ten hotels when completed, offering 5,000 rooms for visitors.

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Outstanding Olympic performance brings more tourism to the Caribbean

After an amazing outcome for Caribbean countries in the 2016 Rio Olympics, many travellers have become interested in visiting this stunning and charming region. With a total of 28 medals, the athletes proudly represented their nations and brought attention to these small and humble countries with a fascinating history and culture.

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Jamaica confident on target to receive 4 million international tourists by end of 2016

Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism for Jamaica, has revealed that the Caribbean island looks set to welcome four million visitors by the end of 2016. The Jamaica Tourist Board recently released statistics that revealed 2.084 million international travellers visited the island in the first half of this year, an increase of 7.5 percent compared to the same period last year.

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Tourism projects in Falmouth, Jamaica given 2018 completion target by Tourism Minister

Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism for Jamaica, has announced that 2018 will be the target date for the completion of a number of projects that will transform the town of Falmouth on the island. More than one billion dollars has been invested by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) into the projects, which include the creation of creation of a new artisan village at the Hampden Wharf.

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Hunting native streamertail hummingbirds in tropical Jamaica

The hummingbird is the world's smallest bird, and the Caribbean island of Jamaica boasts its very own native species - the streamertail, also known as the "Doctorbird" due to its long bill that looks like a medical instrument. Jan Brierley, a writer from the Express newspaper, recently visited the tropical island to hunt for the famous tiny hummingbirds and explore the country's thriving local wildlife.

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Rediscovering Jamaica's Jewish pirates

While these days Jamaica's Jewish population includes a mere 200 people, Jewish immigrants have played a major part in the island's cultural life for generations. A major travel magazine recently outlined the historical record of Jamaican buccaneers, plus efforts to preserve that history for generations of locals and visitors to come.

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Visitor arrivals in Jamaica up by five per cent in first nine months of 2016

Jamaica has recorded a 5.4 per cent increase in tourist arrivals during the first nine months of 2016. The latest figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board reveal that the Caribbean island received 2,876,220 visitors during this period, and gross foreign exchange earnings was also up by five per cent. The country also received a positive rise in travellers from Canada, with a 7.2 per cent increase.

Chief Executive of Sandals Resorts International awarded Order of Distinction in Jamaica

Adam Stewart, the Chief Executive of Sandals Resorts International, has been awarded the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) by the government of Jamaica. During the National Honours and Awards Ceremony at King’s House last month, Stewart was given the award for his outstanding services to the tourism and hotel industry in Jamaica. Sandals Resorts owns and operates a collection of luxury all-inclusive resorts throughout Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica to add 12 more Overwater Bungalows

The popularity of the brand new overwater bungalows at Sandals Royal Caribbean resort in Montego Bay has been so great that Sandals Resorts has announced plans to construct a further 12 to keep up with demand. The first five unique bungalows with glass floors in Jamaica have not yet opened to the public, and will be the first of their kind in the Caribbean. The resort will add 12 more that are scheduled to open in February, 2017.