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1. When you need a directional sign the most, there might not be one, especially in the countryside.
2. Several island parishes have a village or town with the same name. Bamboo is one such case. This frequently
used name can be found both in the parishes of Hanover and St. Ann. Additionally, there is a 'Bamboo Village'
craft market in Trelawny and the famous 'Bamboo Avenue' in St. Elizabeth; and who knows where else?
3. People in the countryside may not know the directions to the next village, as it is possible that they have
never been there. Even though your destination might be less than a kilometer down the road, they may not be
able to help.
4. If you ask three people standing at a street corner for directions to the same place, you might get three
5. Although road signs and most speedometers are in kilometers, people are still used to speaking in terms of
miles. "It nuh far", meaning "It's not far" is also a very popular way to describe the length of the journey ahead.
6. The instructions might be lengthy and Jamaicans love to gesture, so you should have
several blank ages on your note pad, a good working pen and perhaps a camera
Mwen takg dire utions from a Jamaican.
7. Here is an example of how directions might be given: "Go down the
road, nuh Tar, take a right at the bright blue shop, drive for about
I ile, and take a right at the big mango tree. Go up
the hill and pass the old church. When you
see a man in a red shirt, take a sharp
left, then look for the tied up goat and
then take the third left, down a
gravel road until you see a big gate."
And remember; "It nuh far."
The above is just a little taste of how
your driving adventure may turn out
without a rent-a-car from Avis. While
the local version of GPS, JAMNAV, was
officially launched in March 2009, the
The days of getting lost are over (Photo: Heidileoch)
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system has been tested with the
help of the car rental giant, which
is currently offering the GPS
navigational devices as an add-
on to their car rental packages.
With convenient and user-friendly
GPS (Global Positioning System),
visitors will get reliable directions
to restaurants, shopping, banks
or attractions and drive the length
and width of the country without
First developed by the United
States Department of Defense,
the Global Positioning System
(GPS) is a global navigation
This GPS system even speaks to you with a Jamaican accent (Photo: TanielleElliott) satellite system, and the
Jamaican version of GPS has been made possible by a small team of geo-informational scientists who have
diligently developed the mapping data to be used with GPS navigational devices for Jamaica. During the past
two and a half years, these bright minds from the University of The West Indies' Mona Geolnformatics Institute,
have mapped out nearly 15,000 kilometers of roadways and over 10,000 points of interest have been arranged
into 69 categories and mapped across the entire country so that drivers can have an in-car GPS system that
allows for a real-time digital road map. Says Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee, the MGI leader who has spearheaded the
project, "GPS will revolutionize the Jamaican experience for visitors by giving them greater access to all corners
of the island and ultimately greater control of their vacation."
Pointing the way to a host of attractions, banks, gas stations, hotels, shopping plazas, restaurants and much
more, GPS navigation will no doubt make maneuvering Jamaica's highways and by-ways a whole lot simpler.
To learn more about JAMNAV contact the Mona Geolnformatics Institute at the University of the West Indies.
Tel: 977 3160-1, email email@example.com or visit www.monagis.com.
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Faloulh l 1 23 75 4 110 37
Kiniston 107 91 l 119 153 54 61 51
Mandeville i 53 61 7 2 72 11m 62
Montlo Bay 46 23 110 70 52 67 13 60
Negril 4 75 153 92 62 117 111 110
Ocho Rios 4 44 4 72 67 117 66 7
Port Antonio 155 110 61 117 133 181 6 73
St Ann's Bay 87 37 59 12 o6 11o 7 73
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS SUMMER 2009
JULY 03 CARIBBEAN KARTING CARNIVAL 2009- KINGSTON
JULY 04 HI PRO FAMILY POLO TOURNAMENT- KINGSTON
JULY 04 -11 MANCHESTER GOLF WEEK- MANDEVILLE
JULY 05 PORTLAND JERK FESTIVAL PORTLAND
JULY 08 ALL JAMAICA HARDCOURT TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP- MANDEVILLE
JULY 12 LITTLE OCHI SEAFOOD FESTIVAL ST. ELIZABETH
JULY 18 MISS JAMAICA FESTIVAL QUEEN CORONATION SHOW- KINGSTON
JULY 19 25 REGGAE SUMFEST CATHERINE HALL, MONTEGO BAY
JULY 24 LATIN AMERICA CULTURAL & FOOD FESTIVAL- KINGSTON
JULY 25 DENBIGH AGRICULTURAL SHOW MAY PEN
JULY 26 FESTIVAL OF INDIGENOUS MUSIC AND DRUM RHYTHMS-
RASTAFARI INDIGENOUS VILLAGE, PORTO BELLO NEAR MONTEGO BAY
JULY 31 EMANCIPATION JUBILEE 2009 ST. ANN'S BAY
JULY 31 EMANCIPATION VIGIL EMANCIPATION SQUARE SPANISH TOWN
AUGUST 01 EMANCIPATION DAY FESTIVAL & STREET PARADE KINGSTON
AUGUST 01 JAMAICA FOOD, WINE & SPICE FESTIVAL KINGSTON
AUGUST 08 JCDC WORLD REGGAE DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP 2009- KINGSTON
AUGUST 15 BREADFRUIT FESTIVAL BATH, ST. THOMAS
AUGUST 22- 24 PORT ROYAL MUSIC FESTIVAL- PORT ROYAL
AUGUST 22 PUSH CART DERBY FINALS KAISER SPORTS CLUB, DISCOVERY BAY
AUGUST 29 'SPIKE IT UP!' BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT BURWOOD BEACH, TRELAWNY
SEPTEMBER 27 HIGH TEA & FASHIONS IN THE GARDEN KINGSTON
OCTOBER 03 JAMAICA CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE PORT MARIA
OCTOBER 03 ANNUAL PINEAPPLE BALL RITZ-CARLTON GOLF & SPA RESORT ROSE HALL
OCTOBER 10 HEALTH, HOME & GARDEN EXPO KINGSTON
OCTOBER 12 NATIONAL MENTO YARD CULTURAL SHOW ST. ANN'S BAY
OCTOBER 19 NATIONAL HEROES' DAY SALUTE NATIONAL HEROES' PARK, KINGSTON
OCTOBER 31 ROSE HALL TRIATHLON & WELLNESS FESTIVAL MONTEGO BAY
NOVEMBER 07 JAMAICA FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL MONTEGO BAY
NOVEMBER 07 CARIBBEAN HERITAGE FEST- PORTMORE
NOVEMBER 09 15 KINGSTON RESTAURANT WEEK- KINGSTON
DECEMBER 05 REGGAE MARATHON & HALF MARATHON 2009 NEGRIL
DECEMBER 06 PORT ROYAL SEAFOOD FESTIVAL- KINGSTON
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SCinnamon Hill's par-71, 6,637 yard course was designed with the resort player
Hole 17 529 Yards from the Blue Tee Careful it may "Ruin" your score!
ROBERT AMES, DIRECTOR OF GOLF AT CINNAMON HILL GOLF COURSE
ROBERT AMES' PRO TIP As you stand on the elevated tee, aim at the fairway bunker, but beware; too far
right and the ravine comes into play; too far left and you have a side hill, downhill lie in the rough, which,
makes your second shot tough as the ravine runs right thru the fairway again. Now you're faced with a
ravine that guards the last 150 yards on the left side of the fairway, up to a green side bunker of this 45
yard long, skinny three tiered green. If you lay up, be precise to avoid the fairway bunker on the right side
of the fairway. A great second shot to a front pin sets up an eagle opportunity, but the back pins are a
different story. Call the Cinnamon Hill Golf Shop at 953-2984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The White Witch is a spectacular par-71, 6,719 yard golf course that plays
through the hills to the panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.
Hole 10 Be prepared for what comes after the turn.
MIKE COLE, DIRECTOR OF GOLF AT THE WHITE WITCH
MIKE COLE'S PRO TIP This par-5, 621 yard 90 degree downhill dogleg left, dares you to cut the corner
over the cavernous ravine, a mere 250 yards downhill; play it safe. Your second shot will be one of your
toughest of the day; a long iron layup to a fairway that kicks left into a ravine, so stay right. Your third
shot into the elevated green is protected by bunkers on the right and left. Aim for the center and be sure
to use your Golf Concierge for the proper read on this and every green, they will save you strokes. Par is
a great score take it, smile and move on to # 11. Contact the White Witch for tee times at 518-0174
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., this highly walkable par-72 6,585 yard course
has an international reputation.
Reading the Greens and the Grains in Jamaica
EWAN PEEBLES, DIRECTOR OF GOLF HALF MOON GOLF COURSE
EWAN PEEBLES' PRO TIP If the green appears 'light' in color you know you are putting into the grain, while
if 'dark', you are putting with the grain. To determine the direction of the grain, look at the hole and you might
see blades of grass growing over the edge in the direction the grain is growing; and the grain tends to
grow towards the setting sun. In Jamaica, you will encounter putts which are both down-wind and down-
grain, or into the wind and into the grain. Expect down grain putts to run 15 20% further than normal,
while into the grain around 15 20% slower. If in doubt, get a second opinion from your caddie; they
have many years of reading these greens. When you've decided on your read, trust it and make a confident
and positive stroke. Contact the Half Moon Golf Shop at 953-2560 or online at www.halfmoongolf.com.
Most good swings have the element of "flow" that helps move the weight to the back foot and through
to the front. This drill will promote the feeling of the weight flowing through the shot to the front foot in
the downswing. With a 7 iron, address the ball, feet 6" apart and the ball opposite the left foot. With a
smooth backswing, as you get close to the top of the backswing, move the left foot to the left of the ball.
The left foot should move when the club is in the last stages of the swing. As the weight moves forward
onto the left foot, fire your right side forward towards the target into a balanced finishing position. Practicing
this drill will give you a sense of flow of weight in the golf swing and how it "leads" the arms and club.
This drill will also improve rhythm and timing. Remember, the large muscles move the small muscles!!
Contact Kevyn Cunningham at 361-3330 or email at email@example.com.
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FUN-FILLED DAYS IN JAMAICA
MONTEGO BAY, often referred to as 'Mo-Bay', has flourished into Jamaica's premier tourist destination and the
island's second largest city. The city's original claim to fame was the fabulous Doctor's Cave Beach, which
attracted celebrities and socialites from all over the world to its healing waters, and the white sand beach is to
this day one of the most popular sunspots in Mo-Bay. The abundance and variety of restaurants, beaches, golf
courses, spas, shopping and many activities have turned this area into a favorite choice for many visitors.
WHITE WATER RAFTING AT CALICHE RAINFOREST PARK
RIO BUENO OR GREAT RIVER (location depending on water flow)
Committed to high quality, safety and personable service, Caliche offers an
exciting variety of river excursions and rainforest adventure tours. Feel your
adrenaline pumping as you launch your raft onto the river for the Canyon
0 White Water Rafting tour. After a thorough briefing, a life vest and helmet
keep you safe during the wildest part of the ride, where you float through
rapids and plunge down waterfalls. Be prepared to get wet as you navigate
down the river, with the water splashing around you. Fully versed in the proper rafting techniques, your guides
will ensure that you enjoy the thrill of the ride safely. Participants must be over 12 years and physically fit. The
tour lasts 112 to 2 hours, depending on the river flow. Tel: 940-1745. www.whitewaterraftingmontegobay.com
HIKING, BIKING AND SPLASHING AT BRACO STABLES
The exhilarating two hour Braco Trail Mix Tour combines exercise, education
and fun surrounded by the beauty of Jamaica, starting with an energizing,
half hour sightseeing walk through the canopied tropical forest to the top
of Braco Hill. The tour guides do a fantastic job explaining Jamaica's flora
and fauna in detail, and the variety of ferns, butterflies and birds in this
protected area is amazing. Exhale and enjoy the panoramic sweep of the
magnificent coastline and grassy sun-kissed hills and valleys of the hinterland. Next, you are equipped with a
mountain bike to start your ride over to the picturesque Braco beach where you can take a dip in the blue
Caribbean Sea. The snack shop offers a variety of drinks and treats and the extensive beach is yours to explore.
Only 20 minutes east of Montego Bay, this excursion is suitable for the entire family. Available daily at 10:30 am
and 2:30 pm. Tel: 954-0185. www.bracostables.com.jm
BE FASCINATED BY THE LEGEND OF ROSE HALL'S GREAT HOUSE
'. ROSE HALL
Annie Palmer, also known as "The White Witch of Rose Hall", has fascinated
generations of island natives and visitors alike with her legend. Its storied
past has all the elements of an engaging novel; a beautiful heroine,
unrequited love, black magic and revenge all set in a gracious old
plantation tucked amidst the green hills of Jamaica. Visit the Rose Hall
Great House to get a thorough lesson in Jamaican history and see the
magnificently restored rooms which formed the setting of Annie's legendary misdeeds. Beware! To this day,
there are those who claim to see Annie's ghost wandering the halls of the Great House. Located in Rose Hall,
only a few minutes from Montego Bay. Open daily, first tour 9:15 am, last tour 5:15 pm. Tel: 953-2323.
EXPERIENCE THE NATURAL RASTAFARI WAY OF LIFE AT THE
RASTAFARI INDIGENOUS VILLAGE
MONTEGO RIVER GARDENS, PORTO BELLO
The Rastafari Indigenous Village family invites you to take a journey...just
fifteen minutes from the heart of Montego Bay. Across a river and up a hill
sits a Village, a Farm, a Garden, a 'green' Community. Indigenous...creative,
musical, cultural and blessed. The Village is secluded, discreet, private,
exclusive, and interactive. Signature craft is available, unique and hand-
made from local natural materials. Call a day in advance to assure your participation. Experience the Natural
Mystic of the Rastafari along with irie feeling, irie vibrations and One Love. Call 410-1770 or 383-9068 for more
COOPERS PEN, TRELAWNY
'Outameni' is a moving cultural experience celebrating Jamaica's rich heritage, depicted in small architecturally
designed villages. This entertaining experience is a colorful journey of vibrant island spirit and culture which
travels through the many eras, giving first-hand knowledge of the Taino, Spanish, African, English, Indian and
Chinese inhabitants of the island and culminates in a showcase of Jamaica today. Enjoy a unique blend of
music, art, dance, film and drama. Open daily from 9:30 am. Last tour at 3:00 pm. Call 954-4035.
ROMANTIC RIVER RAFTING ON THE MARTHA BRAE
MARTHA BRAE, TRELAWNY
Experience true tranquility on this 3-mile, romantic bamboo-raft river ride. This very enjoyable and peaceful
journey rejuvenates mind, body and spirit. Open daily. Tel: 952-0889. www.jamaicarafting.com
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The best way to see the island! For the finest tours and excursion experiences, travel with us
Sand witness the spectacular beauty and tranquility of our island. From the home of the
Reggae King to cascading waterfalls, adventure tours and the tropical underwater world.
Enjoy Negrii where time stands still on seven miles of uninterrupted white sand beach.
THE TOP TEN MUST DO TOURS IN JAMAICA
Dunn's River Falls
Climb the waterfalls of the Caribbean's most beautiful natural attraction
Swim with the amazing bottlenose dolphins in Ocho Rios
Relaxing Lounge at amazing 7-mile beach and watch the sunset at world famous Rick's Cafe Adventurous
Croydon Plantation Tour
Capture the true spirit, history, flavour & culture of Jamaica
Spirit of Reggae (The Bob Marley Experience)
Walk in the footsteps of the reggae icon at his birthplace, Nine Miles
Black River Nature and Safari
See crocodiles and swim in waterfalls at the Black River safari
Reggae Zipline Adventure Tours Exhilarating
Discover the unique natural wonders of Jamaica on this amazing Eco- Adventure
Sail the Caribbean Sea and enjoy great weather and company
Ride your horse into the sea on our fabulous Ride 'n Swim
Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon
Come with us to experience this natural phenomenon that makes the water glow Tranquil
Don't forget to rent your
water shoes with us! ...
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OCHO RIOS is located in the heart of the north-coast, not far from where Columbus first landed more than 500
years ago. Defined by fern-clad cliffs and cascading waterfalls, a highlight of any trip to Ocho Rios is a visit to
Dunn's River Falls, one of the region's most famous natural attractions. In 'Ochi', as locals call this resort town,
you can swim with bottlenose dolphins, take the "Sky Explorer" to the top of the Mystic Mountain or have a
quiet stroll through the Harmony Hall art gallery.
CLIMB TO HIGHER HEIGHTS AT DUNN'S RIVER FALLS AND PARK
DUNN'S RIVER MAIN ROAD
Follow in the steps of the movie stars and go frolicking in the invigorating waters of Dunn's River Falls. Just
minutes from Ocho Rios, the spectacularly beautiful waterfalls cascade down 600 feet of limestone steps into
the sea below, forming a perfect playground for fun and relaxation. This national treasure is a mandatory visit
while in Jamaica. Don't forget to bring or rent your watershoes, swimsuit, towel and camera! Open daily from
8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Call 974-2857. www.dunnsriverfallsja.com
SPEND THE DAY WITH DOLPHINS, SHARKS AND STINGRAYS
AT DOLPHIN COVE
DUNN'S RIVER MAIN ROAD
With lots of fun activities, Dolphin Cove is the perfect place to spend the
day, particularly for kids. Visitors can captain their own mini-boats and
explore the coast's underwater world in glass bottom kayaks, swim with
dolphins, sharks and stingrays and interact with exotic birds, snakes and
iguanas on the Jungle Trail Walk. Pirates roam freely along the boardwalk
of Little Port Royal' and the one legged pirates will perform a 'jig or two'.
Call 974-5335. www.dolphincovejamaica.com
SAFARI JAMAICAN STYLE AT PROSPECT ADVENTURE TOURS
PROSPECT, 5 MINUTES EAST OF OCHO RIOS
Prospect Adventure Tours' Camel Trek Safari is a unique adventure that you can experience nowhere else in
Jamaica. Upon arrival at the Camel Park, camel trainers will give you a brief orientation. Cuddle with the camels
and take photos while you wait to saddle up. Travel the beautiful countryside on the back of your gentle and
docile new friend, while comfortably seated in a beautifully decorated saddle. This entertaining adventure entitles
you to your own, personal 'Camel Driver's License'. Call 994-1058. www.prospectplantationtours.com
MOUNTAIN BOBSLEDDING AND MORE AT MYSTIC MOUNTAIN
DUNN'S RIVER MAIN ROAD
Mystic Mountain offers a medley of different ways to experience the
jungle that are guaranteed to get the whole family buzzing with
pleasure. Travel above the treetops on the Rainforest Sky Explorer
to the peak of Mystic Mountain, where several electrifying
adventures await those hunting for the latest in excitement.
Drive your very own bobsled down the mountain on the
Rainforest Bobsled ride, traverse the rainforest on the zipline
adventure, glide down the water-slide to the infinity pool
and dine at the R2 restaurant to spectacular views.
Open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tel: 974-3990.
Ready for a thrilling bobsled ride
(Photo: Heidi Zech)
NEGRIL is located at the western tip of the island. With a seven-mile ribbon of white sand beach, coral reefs
and calm, clear waters, Negril offers perfect conditions for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Negril's grotto-
lined cliffs stretch from the beach to the old Negril Lighthouse, built in 1894. A favorite resort area for many,
the ambience is relaxed; the mood is laid-back and the fashion casual. Pre-sunset entertainment includes dare-
devil dives from 30-foot clifftops. Negril has one of Jamaica's liveliest music scenes, offering a wide range of
options that include festive calypso beach barbecues; outdoor concerts and all-night dancing at local clubs.
CLIFF JUMPING AND SUNSET WATCHING AT RICK'S CAFE
Rick's Cafe opened its doors in 1974 and has become world famous for
sunset watching and cliff jumping. Named one of the '1,000 places to visit
before you die', things to do at Rick's are divided into three categories; The
'Pool 'N Ocean Club' where you can chill at the pool or in the cabanas; the
'World Famous Sunsets', which is self-explanatory and; 'Rick's After Dark',
for great dinner and drinks backed by pulsing live reggae. Open daily 12:00
pm till late. Tel: 957-0380. www.rickscafejamaica.com
NATURE AND WILDLIFE TOUR AT ROYAL PALM RESERVE
10 minutes out of Negril on Sheffield Road, turn left on Springfield Road. Take the next left and follow the road
to the reserve. Walk along the looped path of wooden planks through the Great Morass, a large 2 miles wide
swamp land, to see wildlife residents of Negril's dense mangroves, including Doctor Birds, herons, egrets, black
parakeets and numerous butterflies. Tel: 957-3736. www.royalpalmreserve.com
SLIDING, SPLASHING, CHILLING AND SO MUCH MORE KOOL RUNNINGS WATER PARK
NORMAN MANLEY BOULEVARD
Get splashing and sliding! The Kool Runnings Water Park in the 'capital of casual' offers the most exciting
option to chill under the Jamaican sun! This state-of-the-art water park provides fun amusement options to
visitors and locals of all ages. Patrons are pulled through the intriguingly designed entrance into its magical
water world with 10 amazing super-sized water slides, 1/4 mile lazy river, Captain Mikie's Coconut Island for
kids, Anancy Village, restaurants and much, much more. Open Tues Sun from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Tel: 957-
A fun-filled day is guaranteed at Kool
Runnings Water Park (Phot:KooolRfunnings)
ATMT C MO U NAIN
THE LINK BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH
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Together with the modern airport facilities at Donald Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica's
premier tourism gateway, the new road network has vastly improved comfort in travel. This applies to the journey
to and from resort areas and the airport as well as access to visitor attractions in different parts of the island.
With these improvements in place, investor interest was ignited resulting in a surge in new resort developments
along the north coast. In all some 5,500 hotel rooms were built in the last 6 years and the island's first real-
estate luxury project, The Palmyra Resort & Spa, which offers condominiums and villas is nearing completion.
Jamaica's other major road project, Highway 2000, which is still under construction, is designed to connect the
capital city of Kingston to the south coast and to Mandeville, the main urban area of the central region of the
island. It also will connect the north and south coasts by a link from Ocho Rios to Spanish Town. The network
linking Kingston to Portmore, Spanish Town, Old Harbour and May Pen, major towns and population centres
along the south coast, has been completed.
Work is now underway on the first segment of the Ocho Rios to Spanish Town link which is to be opened in
early 2011. This 45 mile, 4-lane north-south link is essential for connecting Jamaica's two critical economic
regions by a modern road network. While the tourist industry is mainly based on the north coast, the major
commercial and business centres and the main commercial port, which is developed around the
world's seventh-largest natural harbour, are located in Kingston. And so, imported goods
Sfor the tourist industry and for people living on the north coast are generally
landed in the Port of Kingston and then trucked across the island's hilly
spine to the north.
Work is being conducted on the essential north south link, which will connect Jamaica's two critical economic regions (Photo: Contibuted)
The highway will not only remove bottlenecks in the movement of goods but passenger traffic will be greatly
enhanced including quick and smooth access for tourists to the full range of cultural heritage and historical
attractions on Jamaica's south coast. Cruise passengers on short stops as well as long stay visitors will be
exposed to more diverse experiences allowing for the tourist industry to be more deeply integrated into the rest
of the economy.
Spanish Town established in 1534 by the Spanish and named St. Jago de la Vega by them is one of the
renowned historic sites that will be more accessible. It is the oldest continuously occupied city in the Western
Hemisphere and became the capital of Jamaica when the Spanish abandoned Sevilla la Nueva on the north
coast to move to the more hospitable and fertile plains. When the British landed in Jamaica in 1655 they
captured the city and it became the base for colonial governors. Landmarks from both the British and Spanish
colonial periods have been restored including the Rodney Memorial which dominates what is described as the
best Georgian square on earth. The statute of Admiral Lord Rodney was built by planters to honour his victory
against the combined Spanish and French fleets in 1782 which thwarted their plans to invade Jamaica. Spanish
Town is also home to Jamaica's National Archives.
The most scenic landscape on the journey from Spanish Town to Ocho Rios is the Bog Walk Gorge named Boca
de Agua by the Spanish which means water's mouth. Running the entire length of the Gorge is the Rio Cobre,
Spanish for Copper River, which is a major source of domestic water for Kingston, Spanish Town and other
southern population centres. On either side of the river, steep limestone cliffs rise hundreds of feet into the
rarefied air and the rocks are covered with lush vegetation. Legend has it that there have been times when a
"50 foot wall of water" has roared through the Bog Walk Gorge.
The first road was cut through the Gorge in 1770 using slaves from the sixteen plantations in the Bog Walk
area. The first bridge connecting both sides of the gorge was made of wood but was later replaced by cut stone
and mortar. This bridge of three spans is supported by two piers and two abutments and semi-circular spheres
are its only protection. It is flat and has no side railings and the form of its structure has protected it against
the power of water. The "Flat Bridge" as it has been named is one of Jamaica's oldest bridges and carries only
After nearly 250 years the roadway through the Bog Walk Gorge and the Flat Bridge are still vital segments of
the main road network. Indeed, the Flat Bridge is the linchpin for the movement of traffic from Ocho Rios
to the south and centre of the island. The vulnerability of this route to natural disasters makes the
development of the north-south link not only desirable but urgent especially in view
Yn ~ of the frequency of flooding in recent years.
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In their inimitable fashion, the Jamaicans
have added their own, magic touch even to
the traditional realms of dogsledding. While
the word 'mush', an abbreviation of 'mush on'
deriving from the French word 'marchons' has
been used to urge on the dogs during a
S -dogsled journey for as long as anyone cares
to remember, the Jamaican Dogsled Team
has added its very own twist to the term by
interspersing the patios word 'mon', creating
the unique motto 'mush mon mush'.
On the set of 'Sun Dogs' (from left): Jimmy Buffet, Newton Marshall, Chris Blackwell
and Danny Melville (Photo:EppoE rkes) The idea of a Jamaican Dogsled Team was
conceived when Danny Melville visited Canada to shop for dune buggies for a new adventure in 2005. At a
manufacturing shop in Edmonton, the imaginative CEO of Chukka Caribbean Adventures came across a dogsled
with wheels. When the shop owner explained to him that it was a dogsled used for training when there was no
snow, Melville got excited. was told that in Scotland, they used the sleds for tourist excursions so I felt if they
can do it in Scotland, we could do it in Jamaica," he explained.
The owners of the shop encouraged Melville to contact renowned dogsled coach Alan Stewart of the Cairngorm
Sled-dog Adventure Company near Aviemore in Scotland and before long, the ingenious Melville had devised a
plan equally as cunning as that of the Jamaica Bobsled Team. Soon, Chukka's very own resident Dr. Doolittle,
Devon Anderson, was on his way to Scotland equipped with winter clothes to get a crash course in how to run
a dogsled team. The Scottish dogsled trainer soon found Devon to be a natural. "The dogs would do absolutely
anything for him," says Melville.
Explains the Chukka CEO, "The idea of the Jamaica Dogsled Experience
was to train our mushers, race abroad and more importantly, create
an actual tourist experience."
Back in Jamaica a few weeks later, the Scottish coach was
promptly outfitted with flip-flops and shorts and put on a
mission to make Melville's dream of a dogsled team a reality.
J Joining forces with famous Minnesota dogsled trainer Rick
Johnson, the duo recruited spirited mutts from the
Jamaican SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals) and started training for the team's
first winter race.
But sponsorship was still missing. Thanks
to the support of Jimmy Buffet, a
personal friend of Melville who took a
liking to his wild idea, Margaritaville
came on board as sponsors and made
the launch of the imaginative concept
possible. Later Westjet Vacations,
Columbia, Annamaet Petfoods, Alpine
Aviation and Yukon Harley-Davidson also
Thus, the Jamaica Dogsled Team was
officially launched in 2006, when Devon
Anderson made massive waves in the
UK media by being the first Jamaican
sled dog racer to compete in Europe's
largest hs racing evet in Aemore, Fun dogsled ride at Chukka (Photo Chukka CaribbeanAdventures)
largest husky racing event in Aviemore,
Scotland. Following in the footsteps of the island's first 'musher', several individuals at Chukka Cove have made
temporary transfers into the arctic cold on an ongoing basis. A veteran in the extreme sport, Damion Robb
counts several successful races to his portfolio, including 1st place in the 2007 East Meets West Dryland
Challenge in Brainerd Minnesota.
It is Newton Marshall though, after having joined Chukka as a gardener in 2002, who has become the most
famous member of this one-of-a-kind group of persevering arctic adventurers. Handpicked by supervisor Devon
to look after a trio of dogs in 2002, Newton was astonished to find that the mutts responded to him when
hitched to a three-wheel cycle. The same year, he left sunny Jamaica for the first time to train with huskies in
the Minnesota snow. Says Newton, "I did not know what I was getting myself into. I thought the cold could be
compared to a rainy day in Jamaica, but I quickly found out that I was very naive thinking that."
In 2008, Newton placed 7th in the 210-mile Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race. He also received the
Sportsmanship Award from fellow 'mushers' for the race from Yukon's Dawson City to Alaska's Eagle and back
before landing a 13th place in a field of 27 starters in the 300-mile Alaska's Copper Basin race.
Newton got his big break when lead musher Devon Anderson, who
was scheduled to leave Jamaica to train for the 2009 Yukon Quest,
changed his mind at the thought of leaving sunny Jamaica for
an extended period in the freezing, arctic winter. Little did he
know that the adventure would catapult him into the stratosphere
of media attention two years later. l
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Newton is the first Jamaican and the first black man to take part in the gruelling Yukon Quest dog race in Canada's Yukon and Alaska
(Photo: Chukka Caribbean Adventures)
sub-zero temperatures and 100-mile dogsled runs, learning basic dog care and camping skills for himself and
fourteen dogs for periods of 10 14 days in the freezing dead of winter.
After two years of preparation, the 26-year-old tour guide from the St. Ann Parish was 'ready' for the world's
toughest dogsled race, which takes mushers and their dogs the 1,000 miles from Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks,
Alaska in the middle of the Arctic winter. Recalls Newton, "You are on your own with everything, and have to
take care of the dogs and yourself. No one can help you. At one point, I thought I wouldn't be able to finish."
Armed with a good dose of Jamaican stubbornness and a small mountain of chocolate bars, Newton made it
through the brutal cold of winter to cross the finish line of the gruelling 2009 Yukon Quest in Fairbanks, Alaska
becoming the first Jamaican, as well as the first black man to enter and finish this international challenge.
Says Newton remembering the 12 days and 284 hours of sledding, "It was not easy to make it through to the
finish line and at times, I felt like uttering some good Jamaican curses." Adds the musher, "I brought warm
thoughts to the dogs and myself by singing one of my favorite Buju Banton songs, which helped immensely."
The rookie 'musher' placed 13th out of 29 participants, but you would have thought he was the winner, judging
from the amount of attention by the world's media, who found the idea of a tropically born Jamaican unfamiliar
with cold climates competing in an extreme winter sport absolutely irresistible. States Newton with pride, "In
the beginning, my family thought I was crazy, but now that I have showed them what I can achieve, everybody
thinks it's great."
This major coup in extreme sports is described in the documentary 'Sun Dogs' produced by Chris Blackwell
and directed by Andrea Stewart, which showcases the evolvement of this incredible undertaking and is set to
appear on the big screen soon. Be sure to stop at the gift shop for a copy of 'Sun Dogs' or any other cute gifts,
the proceeds from which help the less fortunate dogs at the Jamaica SPCA. Says the charismatic Melville,
"What we are doing is very good for the sport because of the outrageousness of this whole thing. We're probably
exposing dogsled racing to more publicity than it has had in a long time because we are a Jamaican team."
Hear the amazing stories of the Jamaica Dogsled Team members first hand at Chukka Adventure Tours. The fun
filled encounter starts with a thorough briefing on the history of the team, snippets from the 'Sun Dogs'
documentary, a walk through the museum and kennels and finally a thrilling ride on the wheeled dogsled pulled
by 13 mutts. The Jamaica Dogsled Team and attraction is located at Chukka Adventure Tours, Chukka Cove
Farm, St. Ann. Call 972-2506 or visit www.jamaicadogsled.com and www.chukkacaribbean.com.
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- THE BORN DIPLOMAT
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Carlos I and former US Ambassador to Jamaica Brenda LaGrange Johnson (Photo: Heidilech)
Named the most prominent foreign envoy in years, Silva, who studied law at the University of Madrid, left his
career in the private sector to join the diplomatic corps as a career diplomat in 1989. "1 had a very international
education and was always interested in international affairs. It was the natural consequence," he states. In
addition to several appointments at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Prime Minister's office in Madrid, Silva
served Spain both as a Consul to Argentina and Cultural Attache to Germany. Prior to his Ambassadorship to
Jamaica, Silva held the position as Director General for Cultural Affairs for all Spanish embassies worldwide.
Prior to his 2005 arrival on the island to take up his post, the only experience Silva had with Jamaica was his
honeymoon 15 years earlier. Remembers the Spanish Ambassador, who hails from the Andalusian capital city
of Seville, "I knew very little about Jamaica when I arrived, especially about its history. I was only familiar with
the most important facts of the country and famous Jamaicans such as Bob Marley and Asafa Powell." Since
then, Silva has gotten to know the country and its people very well. "It is a proud nation with extremely nice
and friendly people. It is easy to make friends, the locals are very open to foreigners," he adds. A man of many
passions, The Ambassador likes traveling, playing golf, contemporary art, meeting people, architecture, history,
reading, opera, watching football or tennis. "I specially enjoyed watching Usain Bolt win!" he adds with a smile.
With 14 year old twin boys and a 12 year old daughter, Silva and his wife Sarah have adapted well to the
island. Says Silva, "We are delighted to be here. We have made many friends and enjoy the good weather and
the nice people." Asked about his favorite part of Jamaica, the Ambassador finds it hard to pick any one spot,
"Every corner of the island has its own charm. The nature of Jamaica is probably the most impressive element
of its geography, but "Fern Gully" is something I admire every time I pass by it. It is a true natural jewel."
Silva believes that Jamaica is unique due to the completeness of its offer, "Jamaica combines what other
islands offer as their single attraction; nice beaches, mountains, forests, heritage, music, culture, and gastronomy;
all in one space. I believe that Jamaica can become one of the major future players in the Caribbean tourist
industry, at the same level as countries like Dominican Republic, Mexico or Cuba."
The Fiesta Hotel group has invested US$180,000,000 in Jamaica, building 2 hotels and is currently employing 1,100 local
Jamaicans. The hotel, which was officially opened by HRH's King Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain earlier this year, will
receive an estimated 100,000 guests in 2009 (Photo: ouites of Fiesta Hotels)
The Ambassador draws strong comparisons between Spain and Jamaica in the sector of tourism, "The economic
situation on the island is similar to what we experienced in Spain some years ago. The country is expanding
its tourist industry rapidly by opening it up to foreign investment, like Spain did in the early 60s."
Spanish companies have jumped on the extraordinary opportunity the island presents, investing almost USS2B
in Jamaica over the last seven years. According to Silva, the inflow of Spanish investment is due to a mixture
of reasons. Says the Ambassador, "On one hand, they were invited by the Jamaican Government to come and
invest in a country where tourism offered possibilities of expansion. On the other hand, the chosen companies
were perfect partners because they were expanding worldwide, especially in the Caribbean, and had gained
prior experience in countries like the Dominican Republic and Mexico. The powerful marketing attraction of
Jamaica also led to an increased customer demand."
A total of nine major Spanish companies are currently investing on the island, primarily in the tourist sector.
With a total of 10 new hotels and 5,500 rooms already completed by the six hotel groups RIU, Grupo Pinero
(Bahia Principe Hotels), Iberostar, Fiesta Hotels (Grand Palladium), Excellence and the Fuerte Group (Secrets
Resorts), an additional 2 hotels counting another 700 rooms are set to open by 2010. As of today, Spanish
investments have created at least 7,000 direct and 10,000 indirect jobs in the form of construction and other
peripheral work. Due to the many new Spanish hotels, the numbers of Spanish residents and visitors have also
risen dramatically. Says Silva, "Approximately 200 Spanish nationals currently live in Jamaica and the expectations
are that once all the new hotels have been built and opened, the island will receive approximately 100,000
Spanish tourists per year." Explains the Ambassador, "Spanish hotels are bringing dynamism and competition
into the Jamaican tourism industry by applying international best practices and the latest standards of quality
at a reasonable price. Today, the island offers the world tourism market one of the most modern and efficient
destinations in the world."
Additionally, the Spanish Abertis Group (MBJ Airport Ltd.), has been instrumental in the modernization of the
country's number one tourist gateway, Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport, a significant enhancement
to the overall tourist product. Now, health industry specialists Hospiten is preparing to build a brand new private
hospital in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, adding yet another, much needed key element to the north coast. Says the
Spanish Ambassador, "Originally from the Spanish Canary Islands, Hospiten operates 12 private hospitals across
Spain and the Caribbean, primarily located in tourist areas. The opening of their first hospital in Jamaica will be
a very important contribution to the tourism industry of the island, and a first step into developing the critical
health tourism sector."
Spain's increasingly important role has also encouraged a more active Embassy involvement in co-operation
projects. Describes Silva, "For instance, we are involved in the launch of a hospitality school in Montego Bay
and the teaching of Spanish at the University of the West Indies. Additionally, we are assisting in the development
of agriculture, through the establishment of a training centre for farmers."
Through their immense creation of growth, Spanish companies have undoubtedly led the way for other international
investors, and Silva sees tourism as the big future for the economic growth of the country, "It is important that
a good investment friendly atmosphere is generated in order to attract more investments in this vital sector.
Tourism is one of the sectors with the biggest multiplying effect in the economy." In the increasingly competitive
market place, businesses in other sectors are expanding and adopting more efficient modus operandi to maintain
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the King and Queen of Spain. Additionally, we are encouraging the creation of a workshop school in the Spanish
Town square to help start the restoration process of the Old Capital and we are helping also in the restoration
of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Downtown Kingston." During their visit, the Royal couple also met with several
Spanish investors and visited some of the new north coast hotels built by Spanish companies creating historic
moments for many island residents.
States Silva, "The King and Queen left very impressed with Jamaica and with the friendliness and warmth with
which its people treated them. I think the Royal visit certainly was a milestone with regard to the bond between
our countries. The Spanish companies were very proud and honored to have the King and Queen of Spain in
Jamaica, and I think it was a very important support to their endeavors."
In 2006, all the Spanish companies on the island came together to found the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation.
Explains Silva, who is leading the project, "The Spanish companies are committed to help the country and its
people. The purpose of the Foundation is to join forces to implement charitable and social projects in the fields
of education, community development, heritage, health and culture, just to name a few."
It is easy to understand why, with his long list of on-the-go projects, this energetic Ambassador is unable to
pick his proudest accomplishment. His passion for change and
The refurbished wing at Spanish Town Hospital, a gift from the Spanish Government (Photo: Courtesy of the Jamaica Information Service) can do attitude has unquestionably been of huge
their edge. As an example, Spanish supplier Calatel has entered the country's telecom sector, introducing new significance to both Jamaica and Spain, and his
and innovative infrastructure solutions. Comments Silva, "Once the global crisis is over, I am hoping we will see tenure, which has already been extended to mid-
a second wave of Spanish investments in all industries. 2010, simply can not last long enough.
There is no doubt that "Jesus", as he is referred to among his countrymen on the island, has proved an invaluable
ally to the many foreign investors from his native shores. From his office at the Spanish Embassy in New A born diplomat who has made a difference as
Spanish Ambassador to Jamaica since 2005
Kingston, the Ambassador and his small team of less than 20 people has worked tirelessly behind the scenes (Photo:'Contributed)
to build bridges between Spanish investors and government agencies, which may not have been totally prepared
for such a sudden in-flow of large projects. "The increase of work over the last years has certainly forced us to
do extra hours!" he adds.
Silva believes the many investments on the island will help the country develop through the creation of
employment, "The most direct benefit in the social development of the Jamaican economy is certainly the
massive creation of jobs. This is the solution to most of the social problems of the country, including crime,
squatting and emigration."
Asked what he believes to be the most important part of his job, Silva reflects, "An Ambassador i mainly
responsible for improving and maintaining good relations between his homeland and the country whe or
she is posted. In Jamaica, the economic relationship between the Spanish investors and the Jamaican
Government is an important part of the job. However, I particularly enjoy the cultural work
and the projects we participate in that serve to help people in need."
In an event that can only be described as the culmination of any Ambassador's
posting, Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sophia of Spain cemented
the increasingly important relationship between Spain and Jamaica with the first
ever State Visit in February 2009. Explains Silva, "Jamaica's longstanding,
historical ties with Spain have experienced a very dynamic development in the
last years, and the visit of the Spanish Monarchs was the natural consequence
of the strengthened bond between the two countries."
Invited by the Governor General and the Jamaican Government, The King
and Queen of Spain were welcomed with open arms and embarked on an
intense two-day program with stopovers in Kingston, Spanish Town and
the Montego Bay region. During the visit, King Juan Carlos I met with the
main Authorities of Jamaica to cover different areas of the countries' joint
relationships, including culture, politics, co-operation projects and
economic investment and addressed the Parliament. According to the
Ambassador, there were many memorable moments, but one special
highlight, "The most solemn moment was the address of His
Majesty the King to the joint session of Parliament, where he
made an important statement about the relationship between
Jamaica and Spain."
Although some cultural Spanish influence remains in the form
of names like Ocho Rios, Oracabessa and St. Jago de la Vega,
little heritage is left from the Spanish times and the Embassy
is spearheading several projects to help to restore its legacy
and place in the country's history. Befitting the occasion, the
Spanish Monarchs honored the Institute of Jamaica in Kingston
by opening an exhibition about the Spanish period.
Says Silva of the Royal visit to Spanish Town,
"We built a new wing at the Spanish Town
Hospital, which was officially opened by
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The Spanish companies on the island have made their local presence known in many ways, but perhaps most
importantly, through the creation of more than 10,000 jobs. Embracing their role as partners in the
development of Jamaica, Spanish investors are taking their social responsibility seriously and playing
their part to make Jamaica Caribbean's premier destination. In 2006, all the Spanish companies investing
on the island came together to found the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, which is already making a
difference through the introduction of Spanish language teaching in local schools and a new Hospitality
School in Montego Bay. While additional schools and improved language skills form part of the long-
term solution to supply the booming tourism industry with professional staff, the successful transfer of
international expertise and 'know-how' to the local workforce is a vital human aspect in
the creation of a winning combination. Hence, the new companies are striving to
implement international 'best practices' without losing the trademark smile of the
Jamaican people in the aim of creating a top-notch service culture.
Changes are taking place behind the scenes of the Caribbean escape through
various social work programs and educational activities implemented by the
Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, such as the integration of persons with disabilities
into the Jamaican workforce. Explains Spanish Ambassador Jesus Silva, who
is spearheading the Foundation's efforts, "The Fiesta Hotel in Lucea is the
proud employer of 15 workers from this program. One person has already
reached the level of supervisor." Other tourist related projects include the
Jamaica Heritage Trail, a Football Academy supported by the Real Madrid
Foundation to transmit positive values to young people living in depressed
areas around Montego Bay, as well as the provision of solar power to
Queen Sofia enjoys a tour of the Rose Hall Great House guided by Mrs. Michele Rollins
(Photo: Heidi Zech)
Spain's commitment to Jamaica was further cemented during Their Majesties King Juan
Carlos I and Queen Sofia's first ever state visit to Jamaica in February 2009. Of immense
importance to the Spanish companies investing on the island, His Majesty King Juan
Carlos I pointed to tourism as Jamaica's leading industry and highlighted the strong ties
between the two countries, not only in the political and economic fields, but also in the
spheres of culture and development aid.
Said King Juan Carlos I at a luncheon during his visit, "Spaniards are well aware of the
importance of tourism, since this industry's development was one of the driving forces
behind our economic and social progress four decades ago. Tourism is what
made Spain the world's eighth largest economy, and the second in terms
of annual arrivals of tourists, with more than sixty million last year.
The Spanish Monarch pointed to Spanish cooperation in initiatives
guaranteeing the training of young Jamaicans in order to reach levels of
excellence comparable to the most advanced tourism markets in the
world, such as the future inauguration of a Hotel Management
School and the Jamaican Government's programmes to promote
Spanish as the principal foreign language in Jamaica's
His Majesty stated that it gave him great satisfaction to
witness the work been carried out by Spanish companies
in Jamaica, particularly in the Montego Bay area. Said
the Spanish Monarch, "In just a few years, they have
helped energise the vital industry for development and
job creation which is tourism, one of the industries
that has the best
for the 21st century."
The Spanish Monarch
expressed his sincere wish
for the relationship between
Jamaica and Spain to
continue advancing along
the path of cooperation,
friendship and collaboration.
Said King Juan Carlos I,
"Our investors' stake is a
long-term one; they are here
to stay. Their dynamism and
experience in competitive
and sophisticated markets
contributes to the local
economy, but they also
receive much from Jamaica,
from its beauty and its people,
renowned for their courtesy,
kindness and creativity."
Their Majesties King Juan Carlos I
and Queen Sofia of Spain
(Photo: Contfibuted by The
Embassy of Spain in Jamaica)
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DANIEL FERRA, GENERAL MANAGER, GRAN BAHIA PRINCIPE HOTEL
The third largest hotel chain in Spain, Grupo Pinero is owned and operated by the astute Don Pablo Pinero from
Spain. The group boasts 17 hotels in the many resort areas of Spain, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and
Jamaica. Featuring three, lagoon style swimming pools that surround the main building, Grupo Pinero's 680
suite Gran Bahia Principe hotel in Runaway Bay officially opened its doors in 2007 While 2,000 jobs were
created during construction, the hotel now employs 650 staff in permanent positions.
Says Daniel Ferra, who was appointed General Manager for Gran Bahia Principe in 2008, "Jamaica is different
than the other Caribbean islands because of the beautiful mountainous terrain, the colorful personalities of the
people, the infectious music, the culture and the exciting cuisine." Spanish born Ferra is a seven year industry
veteran who has held many management positions, including that of Regional Manager for the Caribbean.
According to the General Manager, the destination can be further developed through the enhancement of the
many attractions and the culture that is unique to the country. The fact that the majority of Gran Bahia Principe's
420,000 annual visitors come from Canada, Spain, USA and Portugal, has also created a demand for language
skills. "The availability of more bi-lingual employees, who can communicate in French, Spanish and Italian,
would greatly help to improve the overall tourist offer," says Ferra.
Ferra believes that the visit of The King and Queen of Spain helped portray a good image of the Spanish investors,
"It helped show Spanish companies not only as a major business force in Jamaica, but also as very involved in
improving the lives of Jamaicans through the creation of jobs and the improvement of infra-structure."
Grupo Pinero is active in the local communities through the JHTA, Chamber of Commerce, Social Service Clubs
and schools, as well as through specific education, sports and local projects that help the social development
of the community. Says Ferra, "We are very proud of all our community involvement, but in particular our Eco-
Bahia department that aims to help create a cleaner environment by working with local fishermen and schools.
The Gran Bahia Principe Hotel in Runaway Bay is one of Grupo Pinero's 17 beautiful hotels
(Photo.: Grufoo Pinoro)
We also support a local orphanage for abandoned children called 'Miss Daisy's Home', by providing clothing,
food and money on a regular basis."
SALVADOR LUQUE GARCIA, CHAIRMAN, SEAWIND KEY INVESTMENT
A family owned company operating in the hotel industry since 1957, Fuerte Hotels has 6 resort hotels on the
southern coast of mainland Spain. Through local Jamaican company Seawind, the company has been active in
Jamaica since 2006, when they bought land in Montego Bay to build the 5-star, USS180M projects of Secrets
St. James Hotel and Secrets Wild Orchid Hotel. During construction, Grupo Fuerte has created an average of
1,500 jobs, while 1,000 permanent jobs will be created once the hotel operations open.
Chairman of the local company since 2008, Garcia has held the position of Technical Manager and been a
Board Member of Fuerte Hotels since 1992. Says Garcia, who hails from the world class tourist destination of
Marbella, explaining why the company decided to invest in Jamaica, "Some of our shareholders had intimate
knowledge of Jamaica and brought the rest of us to the island to study the project. JAMPRO (the current
Jamaica Trade & Invest/JTI) helped us understand the possibilities of the island. Additionally, our US hotel
management company and shareholders in the project, AM resorts, believed in Jamaica as a destination for
their focus market; the US." The Chairman points to the new MBJ Airport as another, main competitive factor,
"The airport facilities have been dramatically improved over the last years." Garcia credits Jamaican born Michael
McMorris, Seawind's Managing Director, with navigating the company through the investment and construction
process. "Without him, it would have been very difficult," he says.
Says Garcia, who draws many parallels to his homeland, "Jamaica resembles the Spanish region of Andalusia
a lot; both have a very strong and unique culture. Add the still unspoiled landscape, the sea, the weather and
its strategic location as well as the commitment of the country to develop; this gives you the foundations for a
successful tourist destination."
Once open, the hotel estimates 350,000 annual visitors, 70% from the US and 30% from Canada and Europe.
According to the Seawind Chairman, all figures point towards growth of the local tourist industry, "It is the
country's decision how substantial this growth will be, but it should be controlled and sustainable to avoid
spoiling the island." Adds Garcia, "What is good for Jamaica is good for all the international companies operating
on the island, and vice versa, I regard it as a 'win-win' relationship."
Says Garcia about the groups' involvement in local charities: "The Fuerte Foundation and our local company are
about to sign a cooperation agreement with the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Montego Bay for the enhancement
of the Holy Family Self Help Centre in Mount Salem, Montego Bay."
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FERNANDO BOSQUE MOHINO, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,
MBJ AIRPORTS LIMITED
MBJ Airports Ltd. has been active in Jamaica since 2003, when the Spanish
Abertis Group decided to diversify its international portfolio by embarking
on the 30 year concession for the redevelopment and operation of Montego
Bay's Sangster International Airport. While majority shareholder Abertis has
invested USS33M directly, MBJ Ltd. has invested a total of USS183M to
create a world class tourist gateway for the popular north coast destinations.
During the construction phase, 2,200 jobs were created through the project, a number of those jobs have been
maintained through the expanded operation of the facility.
There is no doubt that the redevelopment of a brand new airport facility has played a vital role for the growth
in tourism. Says CEO Fernando Bosque Mohino of the airport modernization project, "The current airport facilities
encompass a brand new departures concourse with loading bridges at all gates, as well as the latest common
use terminal equipment (CUTE) at every check-in counter." With the addition of a huge shopping mall to the
departure hall, the renovation also includes a new immigration and arrivals concourse, while the refurbished old
terminal houses additional departure gates.
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With more than 30 years experience in finance and airport business, the Madrid born CEO brings a high level
of international experience to the position he has held since 2007. His know-how from senior jobs at numerous
multinational companies reaches into both the airline and construction industries and includes the management
of public enterprises with 15,000+ workforces.
In 2008, a total of 3,385,218 passengers travelled through MBJ Airport, of which 65% were from the US, 13%
from Canada, 15% from Europe and 4% from the Caribbean and the rest of the world. However, the new airport
facility is geared up to handle up to 9 million visitors per year. States the CEO, "We have effectively doubled
the capacity of the airport."
According to the CEO, Jamaica will grow as a tourist destination because of its proximity to the US and South
America and its ease of access. Comments Bosque, "Spanish investors have had a bigger impact on job creation
than any other group of investors in the last 25 years, particularly during the development phases of their
projects." In addition to the redeveloped Sangster International Airport, Bosque points to the new, north coast
highway as a significant improvement to the island's main infrastructure.
Concludes the CEO, "Jamaica has an interesting culture and I can only say that Spain is all the better for
Shaving had the foresight to explore business options here, paving the way for other possibilities that can
only serve to boost the country's offering to the rest of the world."
Virgin Atlantic, one of the many airlines servicing the Sangster International
Airport Montego Bay (Photo: Contritutedy MBJAirports Limited)
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PHILIPP HOFER, MANAGING DIRECTOR, IBEROSTAR ROSE HALL BEACH & SPA RESORT
The fabulous entrance of the Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall (Photo: Contributedby Iberostar Rose Hall)
With more than 75 years experience in the hospitality industry, Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is a family-owned
Spanish company, which has been active in Jamaica since 2005. Founded around the principles of superior
customer service and quality, Iberostar prides itself in providing unique vacation experiences throughout its
brand new, USS82M three hotel resort complex, which offers 5-star amenities to suit every budget. Following
the 2007 opening of its first hotel, Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, the group swiftly opened the more upscale
Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, and shortly thereafter Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, a deluxe adults-only hotel
offering with luxury accommodations.
While Iberostar employed 3,000 construction workers during its 2 year construction period, the group
currently counts a permanent operational staff of 1,200. Says Managing Director Philipp Hofer, the 15 year
hospitality expert who is at the helm of all three Iberostar properties, "Jamaica is known for its wonderful
climate, natural attractions and rhythm of reggae. Rich in culture, the warmth of the people makes the
vacation experience unforgettable."
Prior to joining Iberostar in 1998, Hofer worked with major hotel brands such as Sheraton in Austria, Italy and
Mexico, before joining Iberostar as a Public Relations Coordinator. However, the young, Austrian hotelier quickly
rose through the ranks to Executive Manager after opening three Iberostar properties in Mexico and successfully
growing Iberostar's presence on the island of Cuba. Only a year after it's opening, Iberostar Rose Hall is rated
Number 1 in Jamaica and the Caribbean by TripAdvisor.
Says Hofer, "Jamaica is known worldwide as one of the most attractive islands in the Caribbean and will develop
further in coming years." Hofer, who holds a degree from The School of Tourism and Hotel Administration in
Austria, is fluent in several languages and has lived in Jamaica with his wife and two young sons since his
2007 appointment as Director for Iberostar's Montego Bay operation.
According to Hofer, the investments by Spanish companies have been of vital importance to the country's
economic growth, "In addition to the creation of both direct and indirect jobs and the development of the
economy through the purchase of goods, the new hotel groups have promoted the destination widely."
Iberostar was delighted to host the Spanish Royals on their recent visit to the island. Says Hofer, "We were
honored that Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall was chosen to host one of the official functions for King Juan
Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain. Their visit has helped to reinforce tourist development by Spanish companies
on the island."
The Iberostar Group is committed to the social and economic development in the communities in which their
companies do business. Explains Hofer, "lberostar is part of the Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, a non-
S profit organization whose main goal is to provide cooperation for social welfare and development."
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ANGELLA BENNETT, DIRECTOR OF SALES, RIU HOTELS & RESORTS
Since the first RIU resort was built in 2001, RIU Hotels & Resorts has invested in excess of USS450M dollars
in Jamaica. Today, the Spanish hotel chain offers 2,393 rooms in four different hotels located in the popular
tourist resorts of Negril, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. The second largest hotel chain in Spain in terms of
turnover, RIU came into being with a small hotel in Majorca in 1953. Since then, it has grown from a small
family business to an international company with 96 hotels in 10 countries and 12,000 employees united by
the motto: "give the guest service with heart."
Explains Director of Sales, Angella Bennett, "Mr. Riu fell in love with Jamaica and its people on his first visit to
the island many years ago. In addition to beautiful beaches and lush landscape, he felt the island had so much
culture, adventure and history to share with his guests." Hence, Mr. Riu convinced several European tour operators
to promote and sell Jamaica, leading to an initial surge of European visitors. Since that time, RIU resorts have
been discovered by the Americans and Canadians to the point where they now represent the chief portion of
Explains Bennett, who believes Jamaica has the potential to become one of the leading Caribbean destinations,
"Jamaica has the advantage of being popular thanks to great ambassadors like Bob Marley and Harry Belafonte.
Many people already have a connection to the island through reggae, foods and even history. When they visit
our island, the connection just grows stronger."
RIU purchases around 30% of their products from local suppliers, a number the company is aiming to grow as
much as possible to help boost local businesses. Says the Sales Director, "While our hotels directly employ
around 2,000 people, RIU has created a lot of indirect jobs on the island through the purchase of services and
products from florists, farmers and so on. Working with local vendors allows us to buy fresh produce, and
positively impacts the local economy."
According to Bennett, who is Jamaican, foreign investment by Spanish hotel groups has been a huge benefit
to the island, "The companies that are investing their money here have entered into a long-term commitment
to the destination of Jamaica and its people. That means taking responsibility for the sustainability of the
destination and its environment." Says Bennett, "The new hotels have increased arrivals to the destination,
increased exposure, opened new markets and offered new opportunities to both locals and visitors. Bennett
points out that the millions of US$ invested also directly impact the country's social development through
schools, education and on-the-job training. Adds Bennett, "Good education and training, in turn, positively
impacts the companies operating on the island."
In 2009, RIU's USS200,000 donation enabled the opening of the Pediatric
Orthotic Clinic in Negril, a clinic that provides care, corrective braces and
therapy for children with skeletal injuries, issues or deformities. Explains
Bennett, "The clinic has already treated more than 30 children. RIU also
organized a special day for the children with football players from the
Chicago Bears. This project is close to my heart."
Bennett describes the "RIU family" as a quiet, conservative and caring
company that takes great pride in the hotels, employees and destinations
they work with, "RIU does things to benefit people, the environment and Dusty Dvoracek, defensive tackle for the
the community; not only because it is good for business, but more Chicago Bears, plays ball with a patient of
the Children's Orthotic Clinic in Negril
because it is the right thing to do." (Photo:ontributed by RII Hotels)
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9 CARLOS SALAZAR BENITEZ
An international medical-hospital network
With 40 years experience in the healthcare
sector, the Hospiten Group specializes in the
provision of medical services in tourist resorts
Si and residential areas. With 12 private hospitals
and more than 1,000 beds, Hospiten operates
over 100 health centers under the registered
trademark Clinic Assist. Says Carlos Salazar,
Commercial Director for the Hospiten Group,
"Our aim is to provide our clients with first
rate health care services, using advanced
State-of-the-art operating theatre at HOSPITEN Cancdn medical technology, the best medical staff and
(Photo: Courtesy of lOSPITEN Group) personalized care."
Located in several major cities and tourist destinations across Spain, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, the
group is currently expanding into the heart of the popular north-coast with a brand new 9,400 m2 hospital in
Rose Hall, Montego Bay. Constructed over three floors, the new hospital is designed and decorated to give
patients a feeling of being in a hotel, while providing the latest in technology and human resources to ensure
that patients are provided with a comprehensive and personalized service. Explains Salazar, While one floor is
home to a hospitalization area with 23 double rooms, a nurse station and a drugstore, the hospital offers a
wide range of services including a 24-hour Emergency Room, ICU, Special Care Unit, CAT-Scan, diagnostic
imaging and laboratory services, Operating and Delivery Room as well as outpatient services."
While working to obtain the necessary licenses and permits for the construction of the hospital in Jamaica,
Hospiten has already opened two nurse stations providing in-house services to guests of Iberostar Rose Hall,
Montego Bay and Palladium Hotels, Negril. Says Salazar, "We attend over 600,000 patients a year at our centers
and hold certificates of the strictest European and American rules and standards, including Quality Assurance
and Environmental Management, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001."
In the Caribbean region, Hospiten
operates two hospitals in the
Dominican Republic and two in
Mexico. In the Dominican Republic,
Hospiten has hospitals in Bavaro -. e
and Santo Domingo. Both the 70-
bed Hospiten Bavaro and the
47-bed Santo Domingo hospitals
offer ICU beds, operating rooms
and emergency room cubicles.
While the hospital in Bavaro has
advanced image diagnosis
equipment to deal with any medical The HOSPITEN B0vam hospital center in BCvaro, Dominican Republic
emergency such as CAT Scan, (Photo: Courtesy of HSPITEN Group)
Ultrasound, X-Ray equipment, its Santo Domingo counterpart additionally offers a pediatric ICU with incubators
as well as highly specialized medical services such as Cardiology, Catheterization and Magnetic Resonance.
In Mexico, the Hospiten Group has a highly specialized 55-bed hospital in Cancun with ICU beds, pediatric ICU
with incubators and operating rooms and services of high medical specialization including a Catheterization
Lab, Magnetic Resonance and CAT Scan. These services are complemented by the latest addition to the network,
the 20-bed Hospiten Riviera Maya, which offers 5 emergency room cubicles, a birthing room and CAT Scan,
making it fully equipped to cover the demand for health services in the area.
Currently expanding to consolidate its position as one of the leading international companies in the sphere of
hospital services, Hospiten's presence brings yet another key element to the islands' service offer. Concludes
Salazar, "All of our centres are equipped with the latest technological innovations in the medical and management
fields, and are staffed by a team of recognised professionals providing the top-level healthcare services that
characterize the Hospiten Group. The professionals that make up our staff combined with the quality of our
first-rate facilities allow us to provide first rate service."
HOSPITEN Cancln, Mexico has been servicing patients since 2003
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SThe Palmyra Resort & Spa is situated in a golfer's paradise. With three incredible
golf courses minutes away; White Witch, Cinnamon Hill, and Half Moon, two of
the mountain or garden view villas have been transformed into the ultimate golf
getaway pad. Says Scott, "After an exciting day of play on the course, everyone can gather on the spacious
terracing, with a cigar and brandy, enjoy the breeze, watch the sunset and collect or pay on the bets of
the day. Although somewhat of a men's club experience, the ladies are certainly always welcome."
Located on pristine beachfront in the fashionable enclave of Rose Hall, The Palmyra offers all the amenities one
should expect at a Caribbean island resort. Through the model units, owners and future guests of this luxury
resort property have been getting a sneak peek of the beauty of the residences and been given an opportunity
to tour the beachfront, the pools, the magnificent spa and the Clubhouse. However, the spice and flavor of The
Palmyra has yet to be experienced.
Hotel management Solis, a company founded by legendary hotelier Horst Schulze, has been charged with the
task of delivering the service standards at this ultimate retreat. The driving force behind the Ritz-Carlton's rise
to prominence, Schulze is an obvious fit for the luxury offering at The Palmyra and his skillful, dedicated hotel
management team is now devoting their time fine-tuning what will soon be the extraordinary experience of
Explains Lester Scott, General Manager of The Palmyra, "With our beautiful location and the incredible facilities,
it is now all about reaching beyond the expectations of our guests by offering unique experiences and truly
memorable services. This philosophy includes everyone; families with children, couples on a long weekend,
groups of friends getting together. everyone."
The hotel management team has put their imagination to work to introduce new, innovative products to guests
at The Palmyra. Says Scott, "Having a world class destination ESPA spa on property has allowed us the
opportunity to transform two of the garden view villas into totally indulgent private spa retreats. Within your own
villa sanctuary, guests can be pampered with customized personal treatments as well as healthy food menus
from the chef."
SOverlooking the breathtaking shades of blues and greens of the Caribbean Sea,
the 30,000 sqft Palmyra ESPA has been described as the first destination spa of
its kind in the region. Designed under the guidance of world-renowned spa
authority, Susan Harmsworth, CEO and Founder of ESPA, the stunning facility is a classical, two-storey
building with open-air porticos surrounding a reflecting lily-pond; a tranquil space that takes full advantage
of the wonderful views. With 100 spas across 24 countries, the award winning ESPA has proven to delight
even the most seasoned spa enthusiasts.
Now, Harmsworth is bringing her expertise to Jamaica and her passion for delivering perfection will surely
enchant guests waiting to enjoy the spa, which has been painstakingly created to bring sophisticated
travelers a piece of sought after heaven. Encompassing 11 multi-functional treatment rooms, three private
treatment suites, a finishing studio, an outdoor relaxation terrace with hot and cold pools overlooking the
ocean, aromatic steam rooms, Finnish saunas, lifestyle showers, ice fountains, and stunning ocean views;
The Palmyra ESPA has it all.
The Clubhouse, which includes a full service restaurant and bar with plenty of terrace dining, overlooks an
elegant palm tree-lined pool, which stretches out to the beachfront promenade. With the pool centrally located
between the Sabal and Silver Palm Towers, the Solis team is planning activities and fun during the day and into
the night for kids and families to enjoy. When the sun sets, the fun does not end, have you ever considered a
"dive-in movie?" Well, no car is required, but wear a bathing suit! Owners and guests alike are sure to enjoy
the dramatic design and fantastic location of the Sentry pool, which offers incredible sunset views, multi-layers
of beautiful outside terracing overlooking the blue waters of the Caribbean. With the elegant dining restaurant
located on the entire first floor of the Sentry Tower, Lester Scott and the Solis team are planning on creating
the "hottest place to be seen on the weekends."
Scott explains, "After a special dinner on the terrace of our signature restaurant, we have plans to move the
fun outdoors to around the Sentry pool where we will be featuring a variety of nighttime entertainment and
great food and beverage service." A special, memorable vacation requires artfully prepared, exciting menu
choices, and Solis master chef Scott Simpson has spent the past months developing culinary creations he is
eager to introduce to the guests and owners of The Palmyra. The restaurants and bars have been beautifully
designed for a great dining experience, offering the ambiance for an evening of great food and great service
with ample ocean view. With the abundance and variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, Chef Scott looks
forward to incorporating the unique taste of Jamaica into his dishes.
* Fully furnished luxury condominiums
and villas from the mid US$450s -
* Private, palm tree-lined white sand
* Two swimming pavilions
* Clubhouse with ballroom and extensive
* Elegant or relaxed dining at three
* 30,000 square-foot world-class
* State-of-the-art fitness center,
gourmet shop and nightclub
* Personal Attendants, Concierges and Chefs
* Golf privileges to Rose Hall's top
* Full service property management and
voluntary rental program
* Competitive mortgage financing available
Call Jamaica Toll Free: 1 888 PALMYRA or 953 9787 visit The Palmyra Sales Center at The Palms', adjacent
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Scott Simpson's culinary career spans more than 20 years. Prior to joining The
W Palmyra Resort & Spa, Simpson was the Executive Chef for the JW Marriott Desert
Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona, the largest luxury resort in Arizona
featuring 950 guestrooms. As Executive Chef, Chef Simpson oversaw the culinary operations for eight
restaurants and lounge dining venues at the luxurious 316-acre resort in the Sonoran Desert. He has also
worked at some of the most highly regarded restaurants in the world including; Buenos Aires, Peru, Panama,
Thailand, and other areas of Asia.
Chef Simpson's education and background include training in Florence, Italy at the Guilliano Bugiallis
Professional Culinary School and at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California, where he
trained under such prestigious chefs as Rick Bayless, Roberto Donna, Michael Chiarello, Terri Sanderson
and Karen McNeil. He was actively involved in Mesa de los Chefs culinary organization in Ecuador and in
2002, helped create WICA, the Western India Culinary Association in Mumbai, India. Additionally, he is a
member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs, Food and Wine Society.
Model residences offer a sneak peek of the luxurious resort (Photos:Heidilech)
The Palmyra, a Solis Resort & Spa offers spectacular vacation opportunities to all groups of luxury-minded
travelers. It all becomes a magical vacation experience when three generations of family can gather together
and enjoy the three and four bedroom residences and villas which include full kitchens and spacious living
rooms with outdoor terraces. The two bedroom units are perfect for family getaways when the need to relax
with some additional space can make all the difference in the world. Says Lester Scott, "The direct ocean front
suites, approximately 850 square feet with terrace, enhance the perfect couples getaway long weekend
opportunity. The views are spectacular from every balcony and the Sentry Palm pool, signature restaurant and
fitness center are just an elevator ride away, both overlooking the pool and the sea."
Most of the accommodations at The Palmyra are direct seafront and sea view. The superior quality of the beach
and cove which have been especially created at the resort truly sets us apart. "People coming to Jamaica
looking for the best beach experience, will find it here. Along with beach sports and activities including a
dynamic daily kids program, there is something for everyone at The Palmyra," concludes Scott. Stay tuned as
the Solis team is currently devoting creative time and attention to the development of signature wedding and
JAMAICA TOURIST 23
A TRUE SPIRIT OF JAMAICA
Rose (on the right) with one of her friends
(Photo:ContributedbyRose anam) The a ra r& Spa.
It is almost a lifetime since Margaret 'Rose' left the parish of Trelawny and moved to England with her mother
as a little girl. After successfully completing her training as a registered nurse in London, Rose packed her bags
again in of search of more opportunities in the 'City of Angels', California. Quoting Rose, "Moving to Los Angeles
took me a step closer to achieving my dreams and I had a lot of them at the time."
Adventurous and unafraid of hard work, Rose has now lived in Los Angeles for over 30 years and remained in
business for just as long. Combining her background in the medical field and her natural ability to relate to
people, this shrewd, enterprising woman started a 'Home, Health and Hospice' business, later diversifying into
'Homes for the Elderly and Disabled'. Today, the entrepreneurial lady with the enthusiastic and bubbly personality
has over 200 employees in her service throughout the Los Angeles area.
Around the start up of one of the early Reggae Music Festivals, Reggae Sunsplash, Rose found her way back
to Jamaica as part of the team that was bringing medical care to the festival. Following her first homecoming,
she started concentrating on improving women's health care needs on the island. Hence, it was a given that
she would become a founding member of the Jamaican Awareness Association of California (JAAC) in 1987.
Explains Rose, "The primary objective of the organization (JAAC) is to make a difference in the quality of life
of underprivileged Jamaicans. JAAC is particularly dedicated to the advancement of the health and educational
systems in Jamaica."
Actively involved, Rose still remembers the first two students from St. Elisabeth and Kingston who were chosen
for JAAC's first scholarship program. Through her work with the JAAC, she has many wonderful reasons to
return to Jamaica throughout the year, one of the
highlights being an Annual Children's Gift Giving Party
the generous business owner hosts around Christmas
time. Explains Rose, "I love Jamaica and want to give
back by helping in any way I can."
With a rekindled love for Jamaica and her people,
Rose is once again growing roots in the country she
left at the age of nine. And despite her love of work,
she is also dedicated to her family. With a daughter
and a son, she loves to enjoy life, "Where better to
do so than here in Jamaica!" she says. And judging
by her social calendar, which is filled with the Jazz
& Blues Festival in January, the Caribbean Golf Classic
International in June and Reggae Sumfest in July,
Rose has found the perfect spot to enjoy the fruits of
her labor together with the people closest to her.
Rose (on the left) surrounded by family members
In 1994, Rose acquired a small hotel and restaurant (Photo: Contfibuted by ose lanam)
in Trelawny, a purchase she laughingly calls "a fluke". She knew the property and had stayed there many times.
Remembers Rose, I particularly remembered one visit to the Fisherman's Inn in 1991, how beautiful and
peaceful it was sitting by the poolside with a drink, overlooking the lagoon, enjoying the breeze, the sea and
simply enjoying life." A few years later, someone called her in LA and told her the property was for sale. Being
a true Jamaican entrepreneur, the rest is history and the property is now destined to be part of her grandson's
legacy. She explains, "I would love to give him the opportunity to take over Fisherman's Inn when he comes of
age he still is a little boy."
With a discriminating sense for opportunities and a passionate love for Jamaica, it doesn't take Rose long to
seize the moment. She decided to become an owner when she was first introduced to The Palmyra real estate
opportunity at the 2005 Jazz & Blues Festival at Cinnamon Hill. "It was mainly because I saw it as an opportunity
to enjoy a relaxing lifestyle in a private and secure environment," she says.
The Palmyra is also a perfect fit for her family. Thrilled about the quality of beachfront living and the 30,000
sqft ESPA, Rose can't wait to improve her handicap at the three championship golf courses within a one-mile
radius of her new home in the sun.
She is also looking forward to the activities, the restaurants, the entertainment and the Jamaican food.
"When I semi-retire, The Palmyra offers everything I am looking for; beachfront living, spa and golfing -
and it's only 10 minutes from the airport, which is important as I return to the US for personal and business
reasons fairly often."
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The Palmyra, a Solis Resort & Spa; a natural hideaway that magically captures the essence of Jamaica in a quaint tropical island setting.This elegant
sanctuary offers luxury living and accommodations in spacious condominiums and villas. Enjoy premier amenities that include the Caribbean's
most spectacular signature spa, ESPA, three restaurants, private chefs and butlers, two swimming pools, private beach and three championship
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JAMAICAN FACES CAPTURE THE WORLD
Outstanding beauty is not applicable only to the island's landscape. The Jamaican peoples' chiefly African
heritage mixed with distinct Chinese, Indian and European influences, has contributed to a colorful spectrum of
complexions from light to dark, coupled with combinations of the unique features of the different ethnic groups.
Over the years, the island has delivered striking superstars such as Naomi Campbell, Tyson Beckford and Grace
Jones, who continue to be associated with the nation's outstanding looks, and produced no less than three
Jamaican Miss Worlds; Carole Crawford (1963), Cindy Breakspeare (1976) and Lisa Hanna (1993).
States Deiwght Peters, founder and CEO of SAINT INTERNATIONAL, "The beauty of our people is not only
reflected in the many unique faces, but also in long-lined bodies. Jamaican girls are a big talking point on the
world fashion stage." Citing Sir Richard Branson, Chris Blackwell
and Oprah Winfrey as his role models, Peters is a trendsetter who,
after accidentally finding his vocation in the fashion industry, has
evolved the initial SAINT vision over the years from that of 'only' a
model agency to a lifestyle media conglomerate.
The seed was first planted during Peters' stint as a part-time manager
for the singing group PIANO, following a chance meeting with
renowned agent Rodney Harris at a talent convention in Atlanta.
Harris took him under
his wing and taught
him the essentials of
how to become a
major player in the
modeling world, mentoring
him on styling, talent
selection and photography.
Originally intended to be a
hobby, fashion became his
full time occupation when the
bank he was working for went
into receivership and he was
approached by a few unknown
models, who needed his help to
establish international careers.
Some o SAINI INITENAII
The young entrepreneur became the first agent to fly a fashion
photographer to Jamaica for a professional photo shoot with local models. When he saw the beautiful images
from the shoot, Peters took a group of models to New York for their first "go-see", resulting in the on-the-spot
signing of seven models. It was the first time New York's top agencies saw professional photos of Jamaican
models shot in Jamaica.
A few weeks later, Peters signed two Jamaican models for jobs in South Africa, an initial success that
motivated him to continue. Before long, he signed another seventeen Jamaican models for jobs in South Africa,
US, France and the UK. And thus, SAINT quickly gained a reputation as the source of the best new fashion
faces in the Caribbean.
SAINT's global strategy to be the leading source of all shades of beautiful model talent from the Caribbean and
with Peters at the helm, the agency has launched many black beauties into major campaigns, editorials and
runway shows for huge multinationals like Yves St. Laurent, Giorogio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Victoria's Secret,
Moschino, D&G, Benetton and Calvin Klein.
While the agency's international profile may have been defined by the success of models such as Tafari Hinds,
the first black male model to appear on the cover of GQ Style and the signature face of international campaigns
for brands like Levi's, and Nakeisha Robinson who has illuminated the cover of STYLE and done numerous
runway shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York, a new generation of Jamaican models have started to
make their presence felt.
Several of Peters' newest proteges have already earned international contracts with major agencies, leading to
record signings of local talent. Saint signed model Sosheba Griffiths from Trench Town who now hops between
Paris, Milan, London and New York, and has already appeared in
the Victoria's Secret catalogue and campaigned for Moschino,
Vogue and Vanity Fair.
spotlight, stunning 16
year old Chantel Lee
has recently been
signed to IMG New York,
Paris, Milan and
Independent Models in
London. A Jamaican born of
heritage, Chantel was first
discovered by Peters at the
agency's Model Icon Search
in Portmore three years ago.
Recalls the talent spotter,
"She was 13 years old and
already 6 ft. tall! We have
been preparing her for the
world of fashion ever since." Touted as the Caribbean's best
supermodel, Chantel is already requested by some of the world's
biggest fashion photographers and clients despite her young age.
The charcoal beauty Stacey Anderson, who is considered a Grace
Jones/Alek Wek look-alike, is currently on an intense development
ONAL's models (from left) Tafari Hinds, Chantel Lee, program and has had interest from several NY agencies.
aschelle Osbourne, Tafari Hinds and Sosheba Griffiths
(Photos: Courtesy of SANTINTERNlTIONA) Predicted to become major industry names, male model Creing
Wittingham is one of the 'new faces division' at New York's Major
Models and represented by prestigious Elite Models in Milan, while Model Icon winner Amando Campbell is
signed to New York agency Next Models.
Saint enjoys a steady stream of fresh talent from Fashion Face Caribbean, the region's first televised model
competition introduced by Peters in 2000. "Some people argue that it may have been the first in the world as
there was no America's Next Top Model then," he says. The show can claim the title of most successful model
competition by virtue of the number of Jamaicans who have started international careers from this platform,
such as Sheena Moulton, winner of the 2008 module who was quickly signed by Muse Models in New York and
London supermodel makers Models 1.
Explains the trendsetter, "When selecting a new star, I look at personality, bone structure, body lines, skin tone
and general facial features. I don't like bleached skin or destroyed eyebrows." Once chosen, the newcomers are
provided with the best industry training, including posing, runway, grooming, dining and etiquette, speech and
diction, information about international fashion designers, stylists and photographers.
Jamaican children are ingrained with a strong sense of self-esteem and pride in their appearance early in life.
Passing through the countryside on a Sunday morning, mothers and children can be observed on their way to
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church in spotless, neatly pressed clothes with seams sharp like a razor. Not even a single hair sticks out from
the little girls' straight, tight plaits, decorated with colorful ribbons blowing in the wind. In Jamaica, no one
leaves for school in the morning looking like a punk or preppy; school uniforms and shoes have to be spotless.
Jamaican children's strict upbringing, along with their very unique brand of different looks, may be the perfect
combination for the world of runways where ethnic looks are increasingly in demand. "Our models do come
from all strata of society, but they must understand the elements of developing a style profile for international
projection," reveals the agency boss.
Peters has captivated audiences with FASHIONBLOCK, a fashion spectacle that attracts up to 20,000 spectators
in the streets of New Kingston and forms the culmination of the four-day annual STYLEWEEK JAMAICA/KINGSTON
FASHION WEEK in May. His newest innovation,
STRUT-JA is the agency's very own fashion
publication designed to promote promising new
faces and runway events. 4
He frequently shares his industry expertise and
strategic visions for growth at important 5 5 0
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regional conferences and events, which
included the recent World Bank
sponsored Conference of the Caribbean
in Washington. Attended by all regional
Heads of Government and Foreign Affairs
Officials, Peters received a personal invitation
from the Jamaican Ambassador to the US to
join the conference that aims to promote growth
industries in the region.
Says the fashion guru, "I just want to be able to
continue to change the lives of these young
people. Most never even had a passport and now
Deiwght Peters, founder and CEO of SAINT INTERNATIONAL refer to London, Paris, Milan and New York like
their second homes."
Under the tutelage of Peters, SAINT INTERNATIONAL has certainly come a long way in a mere nine years. Si
Peters, "So far, we have done remarkably in living our slogan 'Changing Lives, Expanding Horizons'. I have
succeeded in changing the lives of more young people than any other agency in the Caribbean. That is a legaq
we are proud of."
For further details on STYLEWEEK JAMAICA/KINGSTON FASHIONWEEK, log on to www.styleweekjamaica.com
and www.styleweekjamaica.blogspot.com. Contact SAINT INTERNATIONAL in Jamaica at 969-9645 or 969-329 Cha ute I iliet6r
and in New York at 917-464-3022 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NEW CONVENTION CENTRE
TO ROSE HALL, MONTEGO BAY
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Prime Minister
Golding described the Montego Bay Convention Centre a
significant development and "a dream come true" for
Jamaica and its tourism stakeholders. A strategic addition,
the new 50.000 sqft facility is expected to strengthen the
island's tourism product by providing additional space for
meetings and conventions.
A demonstration of China's eagerness to help Jamaica
develop, the new facility will provide much needed
convention space including meeting rooms, banquet halls
and exhibition space for the western end of the island. Said
the Prime Minister, "This project, which was initiated during
former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson's visit to China in 2005,
is financed by way of a $350M loan from the China Export
& Import Bank."
Stated Golding, "Today we break ground for a facility that
has been long needed and long hoped for. I want to thank
Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and Jamaican Prime the Government of China for making the project possible.
Minister Bruce Golding attend the ground-breaking ceremony for Jamaica depends heavily on tourism and it is a major pillar
the Montego Bay Convention Center (Photo: Courtesy of the
Jamaica Information selyco) of our economy.)
Under a contract between the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and COMPLANT (China National Complete
Plant Import and Export Corporation) the new convention centre is being constructed in close proximity to five
major hotels, on approximately 9.3 hectares of land between the Half Moon Golf Course and Rose Hall Great
House. Elaborated the Prime Minister, 2,500 rooms have recently been added in the Montego Bay area, making
the total capacity 15,000 rooms. 5,000 of these rooms are located in Rose Hall."
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett as well as Mayor of Montego Bay, Charles Sinclair, endorsed the project
as a welcomed addition. Said Bartlett, "Rose Hall is not only a beautiful slice of Jamaica filled with history but
an opportunity for a bright future. The Convention
Centre is part of the critical infrastructure needed
to position Jamaica as an event tourism destination.
We welcome all the new business opportunities it
will bring; it simply cannot open too soon!"
Speaking at the ceremony, Xi Jingping, Vice
President of the People's Republic of China
highlighted the importance of the past 36 years of
diplomatic relationships and productive cooperation.
Said the Chinese VP, "China highly values its
friendly relations with Jamaica. We are ready to
work with the Caribbean and the Latin American
countries o pooe oa and economic growth rk on the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall is now underway,
countries to promote social and economic growth following the official ground breaking ceremony on Saturday, February 14,
and build a harmonious world." 2009 (Photo: Ragni jellvoll)
Vice President Xi added a historic touch to the ceremony during his 3-day stay, China's first ever official visit
to the island which is China's biggest trading partner in English-speaking Caribbean countries. Said Xi, who
described Jamaica as a world-renowned tourist destination with beautiful scenery, visited by travelers from all
corners of the world, I am convinced that the Convention Centre will become a milestone of cooperation between
our two countries, and hope that this partnership between our countries will lead to further growth."
Following the official groundbreaking ceremony, the two leaders shoveled the first symbolic pieces of top soil
signifying the beginning of the construction phase expected to be completed in 20 months.
The only Caribbean stop on the Chinese VP's official tour of the region, Xi met with Governor General Kenneth
Hall, Prime Minister Golding and parliament leaders of Jamaica. Pledging to boost the nations' friendly partnership
for common development, Xi said that the Chinese government regards Jamaica as China's important cooperation
partner in the Caribbean region. During his visit, Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Golding signed seven bilateral
loan and aid agreements totaling USS138M (JS12B) to be spent in the areas including trade, agriculture,
infrastructural development, education and culture.
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F I II I Iw
The Chen family at the opening of the Hyacinth Chen Nursing School in Mandeville August 2008 (Photo: Contibuted)
He looks like Tiger Wood's handsome, older brother and his megawatt smile could light up even the darkest
corner in the room. And in a country in need of male role models, stories like his are in short supply. The
chronicle of Michael Lee-Chin's meteoric rise to fame and riches is living proof that anyone who aspires to
improve their lives can do so with a good attitude, discipline and a healthy amount of courage. Add to it a
generous, big hearted personality and you have the ingredients to create a champion.
Of African and Chinese ancestry, Lee-Chin was born to his young mother Hyacinth Gloria Chen in 1951. When
he was seven, his mother married Vincent Chen and the family steadily grew by another eight children. Clearly,
the parent's belief in hard work, sacrifice and good values has been passed on to the couple's brood, all of
whom have gone on to complete University degrees and have successful careers.
Naming his mother as his biggest inspiration, Lee-Chin says, "Both my parents were honest, had integrity and
led by example. They had high expectations of themselves and others and were great role models for us."
Evidently, Lee-Chin inherited the merchant gene and belief in customer service from his mother, who worked
as a book-keeper and made extra money as a local Avon lady. Remembers Lee-Chin, "As a young boy, I used
to take the country bus from Port Antonio to Kingston to pick up my mother's Avon orders and then help
package and deliver the products to customers."
Lee-Chin received valuable "on the job training", or in his own words "BSCE" (Behind Shop Counter Experience)"
from the age of 11, when he used to sell dried goods, shoes and brassieres and "make change" with customers
at the family run dry goods store in Port Antonio. Remembers Lee-Chin, "Dad used to open the store in the
morning at 9 am and I would take over the shift at 3 pm, when I was finished at school." These days, Lee-Chin
does a lot more than "make change", and it is hard to believe that this fashionable, 6' 4" international entrepreneur
held down a job as a bellman on a Norwegian Cruise ship while he daydreamed about riches and fame nearly
four decades ago.
But it must be said: this dynamic
entrepreneur took full advantage of
every opportunity that came his way
to climb the ladder towards global
fame and fortune. After graduating
from Canada's McMaster University
with a degree in Civil Engineering in
1974 and putting in a brief stint as
road engineer for the Jamaican
Government as payback for his
scholarship, Lee-Chin finally found
his niche as a financial advisor. Fast
Michael celebrates the opening of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, June 1, 2007 with mother,
Hyacinth Gloria Chen, former Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulmney and ROM Director forward a few decades, and the
and CEO, William Thorsell (Photo:Contitbuted) street-smart business virtuoso has
JAMAICA TOURIST 30
Michael Lee-Chin accepts his Honorary Doctorate from the University of Toronto, June 19, 2007 (Photo: Contributed)
all but conquered the world with his still-growing business empire.
Named one of the richest people in Canada by Canadian Business Magazine, it is clear that Lee-Chin feels an
allegiance both to the country of his birth and the nation that provided him with the opportunity to make his
first million. He explains, "I spent my formative years in Jamaica, and the self-confidence I have comes from
growing up in a small, nurturing town. It made me a confident person. However, I spent my shaping business
years in Canada, and that is where I found my success." Lee-Chin points to the obvious advantage of this fact,
which is his ability to look at Jamaica with the eyes of a foreign investor.
"MLC", as he is affectionately called around the island, spends one week per month on the island, whizzing
around the island in his helicopter to look after his many investments. The Founder and Chairman of Portland
Holdings Inc., a privately held investment company which owns a collection of diversified businesses operating
in the media, tourism, health care, telecommunications and financial services sectors, Lee-Chin is also the
Founder and Executive Chairman of AIC Limited, a privately owned Mutual Fund Management Company in
Canada, and Chairman of the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica.
After carefully considering the question of what he believes to be his most successful business venture, Lee-
Chin, who purchased National Commercial Bank (NCB) of Jamaica and its subsidiaries in 2002, replies, "AIC,
which got me going in Canada, and NCB." Explains the financier, "When I took over NCB, the bank was
practically defunct and characterized by low morale internally, poor IT structure and no confidence. We had
to boost morale, build confidence and change the culture from one of bureaucracy to one that was customer
and sales oriented."
Through the provision of retail and commercial financing, NCB has become a vital vehicle for growth in Jamaica
in numerous sectors. Says the NCB Chairman, "Firstly, our commercial banking division has a portfolio of clients
that spans the gamut of large industry from mining, tourism to real estate and more. The other important part
is our SME (Small Enterprise)
division. Small businesses will
eventually be the engine of growth
in Jamaica, and we have a very
active SME division."
Since becoming part of the Portland
group of companies, NCB profits
have increased from USS$M to over
USS120M and Lee-Chin has reason
to be proud of NCB, which stands
as Jamaica's largest bank with 45
branches, 2,400 employees, and Michael with Daniel Libeskind, architect of the RUM's Michael Lee-Chin Crystal
offices in the Caymans and the (Photo:Contributed)
United Kingdom. Says the Chairman,
"Today, NCB is efficient, profitable
and respected. Its reputation is great."
In the island's vitally important
tourism sector, the billionaire has
guided Portland Holdings Inc.
through a number of acquisitions in
the Caribbean, among them, the
Trident Villas, Reggae Beach and the
Blue Lagoon. According to Lee-Chin,
Jamaica's tourism product still has
a long way to go, "With Cuba
opening up, we will continue to see
more southward traffic and the
Michael Lee Chin received the Order of Jamaica from HIE The Most Hon. Prof. Kenneth Hall centre of gravity will move towards
October 2008 (Photo: Contdibuted) Jamaica and Cuba, which are both
destinations that offer unique
cultures, food and music. The tourism industry needs to differentiate Jamaica in the market place through the
targeting of niche market segments such as sports tourism, educational tourism, health tourism, medical tourism
and art tourism. These sub-sets attract higher margin clients and will in turn employ a wider cross section of
professional Jamaicans." Comments Lee-Chin, on the introduction of full service casino gambling, Today,
gambling is everywhere and as a destination, Jamaica is at a disadvantage without it. Once full service gambling
is introduced, we will be on an even playing ground with everyone else and in a more competitive position. Of
course, premier high end casinos also attract the higher economic echelon.
Lee-Chin's confidence is undoubtedly the secret of his success. In the midst of the global recession, the savvy
investor is staying true to AIC's Buffett inspired investment philosophy of Buy, Hold and Prosper" and remains
bullish in his outlook. Recently describing his appetite for new investments as one of "I am greedy in crisis",
this shrewd billionaire has his feet firmly planted on the ground and his antenna in the airwaves looking for
opportunity in a world where lack of buoyancy is the kiss of death. Explains the financier, "n a crisis, most
people are fearful and get paralyzed. However, a crisis provides opportunities and those entrepreneurs who have
confidence take advantage of those opportunities.
Lee-Chin describes the changes his companies have had to make to adapt to the current economic climate,
In the area of Canadian money management, the stock market is down, which means assets are down. We
have had to adjust our expenses and be more mindful of how we use our expenditure. We have to dig deeper
and push harder than before and so, we have become more efficient and less complacent." Asked if he thinks
the election of President Obama will influence Jamaica positively, Lee-Chin chuckles, "Well, definitely not
negatively! The most important thing President Obama brings is peace to the world. Who he is and his attitude
will benefit everyone."
While Lee-Chin's business accomplishments span various countries and numerous sectors, it is his enduring
commitment to charity that has gained him the most goodwill and a special place in many people's hearts.
MLC has not forgotten where he came from and takes the responsibility of giving back seriously, a fact that
is also firmly founded in his business philosophy. Based on the mantra that we must not only do well,
but also do good," Lee-Chin believes that true success can only be measured through the effort put into
helping others and his businesses are committed to improving the social well-being of the communities
in which they operate.
Lee-Chin's commitment to charity has been notable both in Canada and in Jamaica. In 2003, he made
headlines when he pledged Cdn S30M to the Royal Ontario Museum's Renaissance ROM Campaign and
in 2008, he donated JS2BOM to Northern Caribbean University to build a world class nursing school. The
Hyacinth Chen School of Nursing, named in honor of his mother has an enrollment of over 800 students.
In 2008, Lee-Chin received "The Order of Jamaica", for his significant contributions to business and
philanthropy. Other prestigious awards include the 2004 International Humanitarian Award from th
American Friends of Jamaica and Honorary Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa degrees from McMaste
University, Northern Caribbean University, the University of Toronto, Sir Wilfrid Laurier University,
University of West Indies, and York University (June 27, 2009).
According to Lee-Chin, he is proud of the opportunities that he has had to do very well in life and
tries to use the podium to contribute back to society, "I try to be an inspiration to others. I didn't
start with an advantage. I would like my legacy to be for anyone from anywhere to know that, if
you have the right principles and stick to them, long term, through thick and thin, you will get
fulfillment and by that, I mean living an unselfish life. By the Grace of God, we can't get too
selfish and must use our positions to contribute in an unselfish way. My parents came from an
ordinary background and my upbringing was not atypical, so it is easy for ordinary Jamaicans to
relate to me. I am living proof that anything is possible."
Michael Lee-Chin's philosophy of "doing well and doing good" has resulted in
phenomenal success and inspiring philanthropic initiatives (Photo: Contributed)
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This series features leading Jamaican artists performing live to a small audience in an intimate and highly
personal venue. Artists perform only feet away from the audience with whom they chat, pose for photos and
sign autographs after their act. Two of Jamaica's most beloved performers, Tessanne Chin and her sister Tami,
have been the first to take the stage and launch the series with separate and joint acts. Expect to see more of
Jamaica's top talent taking the stage every month or so!
Jamaicans' propensity to laugh at themselves is demonstrated in the newly introduced "Comedy Nights". The
country's idiosyncrasies give local comedians lots of material to poke fun at, and adored comedians such as
Blakka Ellis, Fancy Cat and Ity have proved to be big crowd-pleasers for an audience full of people looking for
a good laugh. Look out for more great comedy nights expected in the months ahead.
Created to bring Latin American rhythm to Jamaica, the sounds of Merengue, Salsa, Latin Jazz and Reggaeton
flow freely each Friday, Copacabana Fridayz" caters to audiences from all over the world. Jamaican Latin dance
experts who show off all their moves are happy to share their knowledge and impart impromptu dance lessons
The Unplugged Series: The talented Tessanne Chin and
Tami Chynn perform (Photo: IslandElntetainment)
Saturday nights are reserved for those who make
"The Guest List" and love music from all genres
- alternative, techno, house, jazz and more. The
exclusive realm for those who want to enjoy the
sounds of the top clubs in New York, London,
Tokyo and LA, talented guest DJ's, home grown
and from all over the world, will mix it up to
create a night to remember. Call the promotions
department of Island Entertainment (tel:
952-4777) for a reservation to the
exclusive "Guest List" or take a
chance and show up unannounced as
a few new guests make it in each
week. Located on the Montego Bay "Hip
Strip", FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE is .
provided from your hotel each and every
night. Ask at your hotel's front desk or
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FEAST EVERY FRIDAY
AT ROUND HILL
or a real Jamaic eperi oe, Ro d Hill offers a special culinry and
cul tiur et with their 'Jamaica NigN every Friday. ub shoulders with
t he rich and famous who regularly visit the resort and mingle witlh guests
from tfeard the uvorld who add an international flair to a memorabe evening,
tipped off by an o tstan ding shew of music, dance and entertainment t.
Known for his healthy-while-delicious touch to Caribbean food, award winning Star-Chef Martin Maginley has
introduced novel menus and a fine dining experience in the unique dining venues of the resort. His fresh and
innovative approach has been added to the Friday night buffet on the Seaside Terrace, which highlights the
fantastic cuisine of Jamaica.
The open air buffet features several tempting stops, starting with an eye-catching cold station, which is a stand-
alone, culinary delight. Organic delights such as gazpacho displayed in shotglasses on an illuminated base
surrounded by a wide variety of colorful salads. Not only health-nuts will love the chickpeas, pumpkin, lobster,
cucumber and tomato, lettuce and arugula salads with a variety of mouthwatering dressings. The Tuna Kokonda
with jelly coconut and the spicy Caribbean vegetable slaw are highly recommended 'must tries' by the Chef.
Explains Executive Sous-Chef Patrick Nolan, "We are proud that most of our salads, herbs and vegetables are
grown in our very own Round Hill Garden."
No Jamaican buffet is complete without the traditional delights and the hotel's chefs have carved the Jamaican
station to perfection, featuring mouthwatering fried dumplings, rice and peas and creamed local sweet potatoes
with coconut milk and nutmeg in addition to Round Hill's famous breaded and deep-fried conch, for which the
Executive Sous-Chef tell us guests keep coming back. These side dishes may be complemented by a choice
of jerked chicken or sausages with a very tasty jerk mayo, boneless suckling pig, oxtail or a host of delights
from the grill station, such as grouper or kebabs. Explains Chef Patrick, "The theme
of the buffet is Jamaican, but everybody loves pasta so we have added an action
station where pasta is freshly tossed with the ingredients of your choice.
The wide variety of dishes is beautifully showcased, and there is no
reason to leave without satisfying your sweet cravings. The dessert
station includes everything from cookies to all time favorites such
as banana flambe, cheesecake, mousses, Jamaican coconut
grater' cake and a very special coconut mousse.
Reservations are highly recommended. Call 956-7050-5
to book your table for Round Hill's Jamaica Night, every
Friday from 7:30 pm 9:30 pm. Located a 20 minute
drive east of Montego Bay just before Hopewell in the
parish of Hanover.
Action at the pasta station
(Photo: Heidil ech)
EAT, DRINK AND
CASUAL MONTEGO BAY
PIER 1 SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & BAR
HOWARD COOKE BOULEVARD
significantly to the island's cuisine Thanks to the fact that Jamaican
1k One of Montego Bay's most popular hot spots, boasting stunning, panoramic
views of the turquoise water and the best sunset on the bay. Pier is known
efor its outstand ing and extreme fresh seafood is also tasty chikell n dishes,
steaks and burgers, featuring open air dining and homemade exotic tropical
acocktais and a special kids menu. Select fresh seafood, and he old in the
S cooked to older at Pier I's famous SEAF D SUNDAYS" from 5:00 to 11:00as
dpm. Join the Happy Hour", weekdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Great music,
ad vegetables nvndt be at your fingertips every'day So enjoy while "a yard'!
CASUAL MONTEGO BAY
PIER 1 SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & BAR
One of Montego Bay's most popular hot spots, boasting stunning, panoramic
views of the turquoise water and the best sunset on the bay. Pier 1 is known
for its outstanding and extremely fresh seafood but also tasty chicken dishes,
-steaks and burgers, featuring open air dining and homemade exotic tropical
Cocktails and a special kids menu. Select fresh seafood, and have your 'catch'
cooked to oder at Pier l's famous "SEAFOOD SUNDAYS" from 5:00 to 11:00
pm. Join the "Happy Hour", weekdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Great music,
cool vibes and daily specials. Pier 1 is the perfect setting to bring your friends
and family. Complimentary dinner pick up is offered from most area hotels.
Photo: John Mitteco Open daily 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. For more info call 952-2452 or visit
The Half Moon Shopping Village, Rose Hall, St. Jmes
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WHERE THE QUAINT CHARM OF
"YE OLDE ENGLAND",
MEET THE IRIENESS OF "DI JAMAICAN VIBES!"
PRIE STEAKS, SEAFOOD AND
TRADmONAL PUB FAYRE
WITH FINE SPIRITS AND ALES IN A
FUN AND FRENDLY ATMOSPHERE.
ALL MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS VIA SATELLfE.
I C M
I~~~ IIGN -MNEG A
CASUAL OCHO RIOS
HARD ROCK CAF,
TAJMAHAL SHOPPING PLAZA, MAIN STREET
S Hard Rock Cafe is jammin' and rockin' in Jamaica! The 10,500 square-foot
cafe includes a 180-seat restaurant, a live music stage and the Rock Shop
offering collectible items that occupy the entire first floor. Rare memorabilia
adorns the walls including photos of Prince and the original lyrics for "Jammin" handwritten by Bob Marley.
Added to the mix are priceless items from rock legends Led Zeppelin and George Clinton's funk band, Parliament.
At the Hard Rock Cafe, even starters like Santa Fe Spring Rolls and Tupelo Chicken Tenders are big enough to
share! Great entrees include the New York Strip Steak, Herb Grilled Chicken Breast, or Hickory Smoked Bar-B-
Q Beef Brisket from the 'Smokehouse' in addition to burgers, sandwiches and healthy salads. Sweet Temptations'
are also offered. Stop by for the perfect mix of funk and rock at the Hard Rock Cafe in Ocho Rios.
Open Mon Thurs 10:00 am 6:00 pm, Fri Sat 10:00 am 11:00 pm. The Rock Shop is open Mon Thurs
from 7:00 am 7:00 pm, until 8:00 pm Fri and Sat. Tel: 974-3333
CASUAL AND ELEGANT NEGRI L
Ex ust In inCusn
Hal *Oo *hppn Vilg Te. 5384
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CASUA OCO RIO
20A SOUTH AVENUE, KINGSTON 10
Come and enjoy outdoor dining like a true Gaucho at Gaucho's Grill, said to be one of the hidden dining gems
of Kingston. Located just off the bustle of Constant Spring Road, visitors are usually pleasantly surprised by the
appealing decor of this small steak-house beginning with the cool outdoor dining area by the pool. At night, this
setting is even more romantic when the pool is illuminated by floating lights. The endless menu offers a wide
variety of local and international dishes to accommodate everyone's taste. Satisfy your cravings from the many
appetizers such as Gaucho's Barbeque Wings or Beer Battered Shrimp, mouthwatering entrees like Pineapple
Papaya Curry Conch or Angus New York Strip Loin rounded off by desserts like Banana Walnut Surprise or
homemade Cheesecake. There are also sandwiches, burgers, pasta and vegetarian dishes and a kids menu that
little guests will certainly enjoy. We highly recommend the Coconut Curried Shrimp. Gaucho's is an oasis within
the city of Kingston, the place for a romantic dinner in a quiet outdoor setting. Call 754-1380 for reservations
or visit www.gauchosgrilljamaica.com.
Doctors Cave Hotel, Shop #2 Gloucester Ave. (The Hip Strip)
Open Mon- Thr liam 10pm, Fri -Sat I I n- midnight & Sua lIlm-10pm
Happy Hour Mon Fri 5pm-7pm
64 Hope Road, Kingston 6
Open Mon-Sat 12pm- 10pm & Sun 5pm-p
Happy Hour Mon Fri 5pm 7p
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I CASUAL KINGSTON
JT ROSE HALL
r, The Shoppes at Rose Hall are only
available at selected
resorts. Ask your tour
desk for details.
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TAKE HOME MEMORIES OF JAMAICA
With fantastic images and entertaining stories to
illustrate exceptional local cuisine, people and places,
Nyam Jamaica (nyam is patois for eat) is nominated
for a Gold, Silver or Bronze at the World Gourmand
Cookbook Awards in Paris, July 2009.
SA collaboration between author and photographer
Rosemary Parkinson, international renowned photog-
rapher Cookie Kinkead and the "Grand Dame" of
SCaribbean cuisine; Norma Shirley, the encyclopedia
Author and publisher Rosemary Parkinson presents a copy of Nyam takes readers on a culinary roller coaster ride through
Jamaica to Reggae superstar Beres Hammond (Photo: ontriuted by Jamaica. Follow the trio across the island on a journey
RosemaryParkinson) that is as much a lesson in geography as one of
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The journey starts in St. Thomas, where the ladies visit Mr. & Mrs. Tai's vineyard, dip into the oyster world of
Bowden and trek to the home of local jerk, Boston Beach. After learning about the many spices that are grown
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yam wine in the mountains of Trelawny. In Port Antonio, the group spends a moment to relax in the crystal
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Follow Rosemary, Cookie and Norma to see Fred's bees making top class honey in the hills of Clarendon, Swarne
the seacrab catcher in St. Catherine and discover the reason why you have to stop for curry at Alex in Little
Ochi, Manchester. A pig is roasted in an old homemade oven in German Town, and delights are served to the
travelers at Floyd's Pelican Bar in St. Elizabeth before the journey continues into the world of sugar and rum at
the Appleton Estate. Finally, the ladies stroll through the Coronation Market and chat with Bob Marley's Chef
and old friend George, before they end up in the kitchens of the Governor General in Kingston.
Admirers of the book include the Most Honorable P.J. Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, who says,
Nyam Jamaica takes the reader on an extraordinary culinary tour; no less exciting and delightful than a leisurely
trip along our highways and country roads, passing by our lovely beaches, through our charming towns and
friendly villages, into our hills and valleys. The recipes reveal the magic and expose the secrets of our wide-
ranging Jamaican cuisine genuinely "bonoonoonos".
Officially launched in 2009 at Hue-Man Bookstore in
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it possible for readers to experience the taste of
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France Aqui, Creative Director of
Nyam Jamaica is available in M
Kingston at Norma's On The
Terrace, Devon House, Craft
Cottage off South Avenue and
Sangster's bookstore. In Montego
Bay at Fontana Pharmacy, Twisted
Kilt on the Hip Strip, Rain Forest Deli
in Freeport, Sangster's bookstores,
various outlets at both international
airports as well as on amazon.com.
With its beautiful food and island images, Nyam
Jamaica lets you discover the island, its clshe
and its people in the most enthralling way
(Photos: Rosemary Parkinson and Cookie ik ea r
ROVING WITH LALAH
SLICES OF EVERYDAY JAMAICAN LIFE BY ROBERT LALAH
Based on the popular weekly newspaper column in the Gleaner,
Roving with Lalah is a snapshot of parts of Jamaican culture
and heritage sometimes not recorded and often forgotten.
Written by the Assistant Features Editor at Jamaica's Gleaner
Company, Robert Lalah, Roving with Lalah allows everyone to
bring home a slice of Jamaica. The book brings you the sights
and sounds, the flora and fauna, the sun, sand and sea, the
mountains and the music of the island. But far beyond, it gives
an insight into the most unique quality of Jamaica, its people,
by taking the reader on a journey around the island with a unique look at typical Jamaican life. Available online
at www.ianrandlepublishers.com or at island and airport bookstores.
THE REAL TASTE OF JAMAICA
BY ENID DONALDSON
The Real Taste of Jamaica is arguably the most famous
cookbook ever published. Since it was first released in 1993, it
has sold over 150,000 copies and celebrated its 15th
anniversary in 2008. Written by practicing Jamaican cook of
over 30 years, Enid Donaldson, The Real Taste of Jamaica
provides recipes that are simple, time saving, and allow for
substitution of ingredients.
Each section opens with stories and anecdotes that remind you
of the good 'ole' days, when meat was cured by smoking and
sweet potato pudding was baked in an iron 'dutch' pot rather
than an oven. Jamaicans at home and abroad are reminded of
their childhood days and their culture and visitors, return home
determined to try their hand at a few, new-found Jamaican favorites. Abundantly illustrated with photographs,
line drawings and watercolor images, The Real Taste will make your mouth water for more.
Available on-island wherever books are sold and online at www.ianrandlepublishers.com.
COOL RUNNINGS AND BEYOND
Now also available as an audio-book, Cool Runnings and Beyond is
the account of the Jamaica Bobsled Team's crashes, recoveries,
triumphs, and emergence as an ongoing contender in the Winter
Olympics. Once a novelty portrayed in the motion picture
Cool Runnings, the team
has become a phenomenon,
quite unlike any other sporting
enterprise, prompting journalists
and sports historians to rave about
its indomitable spirit, uncanny survival and crowd-
pleasing collective personae.
Author and team member Nelson "Chris" Stokes
describes how, once kindled, this little flame called
Jamaica Bobsleigh refused to sputter, but flared like
its Olympic counterpart. These islanders from the
tropics proved they could race on ice and if given enough
practice, funds, and support, they might become
Available at Bookophilia, 92 Hope Road,
Kingston, Sangster's Book Stores island
wide, hotel gift shops and from
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Here are a few handpicked luxury items that truly represent the finer things in life.
EXCLUSIVELY AT TROPICANA JEWELERS
Masterful expressions of time's elusive complexity, Breguet's
Tradition timepieces deftly capture its innermost spirit. Inspired
by the legendary Souscription watches of A.L. Breguet, Tradition
timepieces represent both a return to the brand's origins and a
vision of its future.
Water resistant up to 30m, the 18-carat white gold model of the
Tradition timepiece features hand-wound movement with a front
and back Power Reserve Indicator, Roman numeral hour markers
and blue "Breguet" style hands. With a hand engraved silver
Guilloche dial located at the 12 o'clock position, the transparent
main dial elegantly displays the inner movement of the watch
and some of the immediately recognizable Breguet innovations,
such as the "pare-chute", a feature that protects the balance pivot from cracking during drops or minor knocks.
Also available in 18-carat yellow gold at Tropicana Jewelers in Montego Bay at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (tel:
953-2242) and City Centre (tel: 952-6982). In Ocho Rios at Island Village (tel: 675-8774) and Tajmahal
Shopping Centre (tel: 974-2928) and at Negril's Time Square Plaza (tel: 957-9530). www.tropicanajewelers.com
EXCLUSIVELY AT SWISS STORES
An industry law regulating the use of the term "Swiss Made"
sets out the minimum conditions to be fulfilled before a timepiece
merits the prestigious label. Embodying a concept of quality
timepieces that feature accuracy, reliability, water and shock
resistance, as well as aesthetic quality, Victorinox Swiss Army
A has earned the right to display the "Swiss Made" mark on each
and every one of its timepieces.
With timeless appeal, the Chrono Classic collection is not too
large and not too small, featuring both elegance and originality
of design. At 41mm the highly legible subdials are shielded by
a scratch resistant sapphire. A brand that has been forged over
years, Swiss Army covers both technical quality manufacturing and new technologies and is a brand with which
you can never go wrong!
Find the Victorinox Swiss Army Chrono Classic Collection at Swiss Stores at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (tel: 953-
9274) in Montego Bay, at Island Village (tel: 675-8975) in Ocho Rios, at the Mall Plaza Constant Spring Road
(tel: 926-6537) and Pegasus Hotel (tel: 929-8147) in Kingston. www.SwissstoresJamaica.com
EXCLUSIVELY AT TROPICANA JEWELERS
B.zerol is the latest, must-have' line from Bulgari that contains all the key elements of Bulgari style. The central
spiral, a re-interpretation of Bulagri's Tubogas jewels, and two lateral rims with the double logo engraved is
informal and elegant at the same time.
The rings in this exclusive jewelry line include a wide selection of dimensions and materials, from simpler
version to adaptations with coloured gemstones and pave diamonds. The B.zerol line also features bracelets,
necklaces and earrings enriched by the iconic Tubogas elements.
Available at Tropicana Jewelers in Montego Bay at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (tel: 953-2242) and City Centre
(tel: 952-6982). In Ocho Rios at Island Village (tel: 675-8774) and Tajmahal Shopping Centre (tel: 974-2928)
and at Negril's Time Square Plaza (tel: 957-9530). www.tropicanajewelers.com
EXCLUSIVELY AT CASA DE ORO
With its exceptional design to equal the beauty of the rare Larimar gemstone, an exquisite blue stone found
only on a single square kilometer along a remote mountainside in the Dominican Republic, the "Surf" collection
is one of designer Marah Lago's most spectacular lines. With a well of twinkling white topaz, surrounded by
waves of inlaid blue Larimar, the "Surf" collection incorporates the spirit of the Caribbean Sea, representing the
perfect vacation memory or home coming gift.
Passionate about creating jewelry that matches the uniqueness of each stone with the individuality of every
woman, Marah Lago's limited edition pieces are each handcrafted around a top grade piece of Larimar stone.
Designs come in nickel-free sterling silver or 14k and 18k gold, some accented by diamonds, white topaz, blue
topaz, Australian opal, onyx, citrine, amethyst or peridot. Every single piece carries the Marahlago trademark
flower, which represents a signature of authenticity and personal guarantee. Collections to meet every budget
and style are available at Casa de Oro duty-free stores island wide.
Located at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (tel: 953-9755) and at City Centre (tel: 952-3502). In Ocho Rios at
Soni's Plaza (tel: 974-5392) and Island Village (tel: 675-8999) and in Negril at Time Square Plaza (tel: 957-
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Located in the heart of the elegant corridor, directly across the street from the Rose Hall Great House, this
upscale shopping mall is only minutes away from the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall Golf & Spa Resort, the Rose Hall
Resort & Spa, a Hilton Resort and the Half Moon Hotel. Duty free stores with all the luxury jewelry and watch
brands include Casa de Oro, The Royal Shop, Swiss Stores, Jewels & Time and Tropicana. Transportation
arrangements can be made through your hotel's concierge desk. Call 953-3245 or e-mail email@example.com.
NORMAN MANLEY BOULEVARD
Time Square Duty Free Plaza is the main shopping mall
in the capital of casual. All major jewelry stores
including The Royal Shop, Casa de Oro, Tropicana and
Jewels in Paradise are represented here along with
numerous souvenir, music, T-shirt outlets and a cafe.
Call 957-9263 or visit www.timesquareplaza.com.
A premier shopping and entertainment spot, Island Village offers an open-
air, garden setting with a boardwalk and an array of retail shops.
Duty free stores include Casa de Oro, The Royal Shop, Swiss
Stores, Jewels & Time and Tropicana. The Hard Rock I
Cafe's Rock Shop and an authentic Harley Davidson
Jamaica outlet are located directly across the street.
Call 675-8995 or visit www.islandvillageja.com.
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Duty Free Jewelers
City Center Mail & Shoppes at Rose Hall, Montego Bay (876) 952 3261
Island Village & Tajmahat Centre. Ocho Rios (876) 675 8762 to 4
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: wwwtjewesandtime.com
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The Jewels & Time store at The Shoppes at Rose Hall (Photo:Jewels & Time)
Specially crafted to reflect the sparkle of the islands, this beautiful jewelry collection features designer
made gemstones that are fashioned to capture the vivid colors of the Caribbean. A favorite among collectors,
light seems to flicker and dance in the gemstones, creating colors that sparkle a sparkle that is unique
to the islands.
While topaz is colorless in its pure form, the November birthstone occurs naturally in a wide range of colors
including yellow, blue, pink, peach, gold, green, red, and brown. Once valued in Ancient Rome and Egypt
for its fiery resemblance to the setting sun, the talisman for yellow topaz is the astrological sign of Sagittarius.
Red and pink topaz gems were used in the jewelry of the 18th and 19th Century Russian Czarinas, and
thus acquired the name Imperial Topaz, which is the 23rd wedding anniversary gemstone. The most famous
topaz in the world is the 1680 carat colorless 'Braganza Diamond', which was originally thought to be a
diamond and is set in the Portuguese Crown Jewels. While orange topaz is the state gemstone of Utah,
Texas has laid claim to the rare blue topaz, frequently listed as a birthstone for December. Any color topaz
is traditional in gifts for the 4th and 19th wedding anniversary.
Another beautiful collection, the
Canary Topaz Set.
Designer made Caribbean Topaz comes in a multitude of colors, from left to right: Tropical Green, Fiery Twilight and Translucent Blue.
As early as 1750, a Parisian jeweler discovered that the yellow Brazilian topaz became pink when exposed
to moderate heat, and this treatment has been extensively refined over the centuries. Affordable, designer
made topaz gemstones are now created in a kaleidoscope of colors by putting top quality, pure gemstones
through a "Green Process", coating the underside of the cut gem with a very thin titanium layer. As light
passes through the gemstones, the titanium changes the reflection of the light, creating a rainbow of colors
that seems to change with every movement. Completely environmentally friendly, the process does not use
toxic chemicals, destroy natural resources or form hazardous waste.
Topaz is prized throughout the world for its hardness, clarity and ability to provide strength, protection and
vision. The gemstone offers beautiful versatility in rings, pendants, earrings and bracelets. Said to purify
emotions, increase cosmic awareness
and remove stagnant energy, topaz f
jewelry holds its own mystical properties
and meanings. An exceptional keepsake
or gift, the tradition of giving gifts of
topaz jewelry dates back thousands of
years, when it was believed that the
energies of the mystical, powerful Pluto
would be absorbed by the wearer through
A dazzling Set in Ocean Blue.
the gem. Some believe it serves as a life guide, helping the wearer chart the course of his life, instilling
courage in the bearer.
Now, designer made topaz gemstones from Caribbean Topaz are available in a multitude of colors including
clear pink, blue, yellow, brown, orange and even black. The hot color for the coming season is Caribbean
Crush Topaz a lush fresh green and a breathtaking keepsake of your Caribbean experience. Now, duty free
retailers Jewels & Time is tempting Jamaica Tourist readers with a FREE 1 carat Caribbean Topaz GEMSTONE
simply for stopping by to try on any piece of jewelry from the Caribbean Topaz collection.
Says Prem Mahtani, General Manager of duty free retailers Jewels & Time, "Our best selling colors are
"Tropical Green", which promotes healing, abundance and self-control and "Translucent Blue", which increases
spiritual awareness and elevates the soul. Both colors pay homage to the deep blues and greens of the
region and are representative of its magical light."
Don't forget to stop by Jewels & Time to pick up your FREE Caribbean Topaz GEMSTONE during your
vacation. Explains Mahtani, "The Caribbean Topaz jewelry collection offers simple, elegant designs and is
great value for the money. You can trade in your gemstone for further savings on any purchase from the
jewelry collection or for a small charge, you can have your free gemstone set into a 14 karat gold pendant.
The jewelry collection has been extremely popular with visitors looking for an affordable memento from
their Caribbean vacation."
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THE POWER OF TOPAZ
Here are a few of the benefits of Topaz:
Promotes individuality and creativity
Helps to remove doubts about decisions and enhances confidence
Promotes the expression of ideas
Said to assist in "lighting the divine light of imagination"
Acts as a catalytic trigger, activates the laws of attraction and manifestation in desires
Prompting receptivity and willingness to act
Helps to creatively change ones personal world
Improves stamina and helps with exhaustion and stress
Enhances mental clarity, focus, perception and enhances the ability to grasp high-level concepts
The effects of topaz are said to be enhanced when combined with silver
MEANING OF GEMSTONE COLORS
Red: action, confidence, courage, vitality Green: life, nature, fertility, well
Pink: love, beauty Blue: youth, spirituality, truth, pea
Brown: earth, order, convention Purple: royalty, magic, mystery
Orange: vitality with endurance Indigo: intuition, meditation, deep co
Gold: wealth, prosperity, wisdom White: purity, cleanliness
Yellow: wisdom, joy, happiness, Black: death, earth, stability
intellectual energy Gray: sorrow, security, maturity .
Actively involved in fund-raising for the Jamaica Cancer Society, ,
the Jewels & Time "Walk Good" team has participated in the St.
Ann/St.Mary Relay for Life" walk every year since its inception. '
Winners of best "Team Spirit" award every year and the award
for "Highest Team Collection" two out of the three years, Jewels
& Time are increasing their efforts through the Caribbean Topaz
collection. With the purchase of a pair of pink earrings (USS59)
from the Caribbean Topaz collection, Jewels & Time will donate
USS15 to the Jamaican Cancer Society on your behalf.
Set in 14 karat white or yellow gold, the Caribbean Topaz jewelry
collection is now available in many dynamic patented colors: A beautiful Caribbean Topaz Pendant in
Tropical Green, Translucent Blue, Fiery Twilight, Ocean Blue, Pink the popular Tropical Green.
Passion, Canary Yellow, and Garden Green. Simple designs, as well as diamond or white topaz accent
collections are also available. All genuine Caribbean Topaz gems are accompanied by a certificate of
authenticity and special care instructions.
Caribbean Topaz is available in Jamaica at Jewels & Time Duty Free Jewelry stores located in Montego Bay
at The Shoppes at Rose Hall and City Centre Shopping Mall (tel: 953-4600). They are also located in Ocho
Rios at Island Village Shopping Centre and Tajmahal Plaza (tel: 675-8762). You can also reach them via
email at email@example.com.
Ocean Blue Topaz, one of the many colors these
gemstones can be made.
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"We Promise to put a sparkle in your vacation!!"
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WHAT A GWAAN?
GLITZY TOURISM SERVICE EXCELLENCE
AWARDS SETS HIGH BAR
History was created at Montego Bay's The Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall on April
24 when Fiona Hartley, Room Attendant at Beaches Boscobel Resort &
Golf Club and Island Car Rental were named the winners of the first ever
National Tourism Service Excellence awards in Jamaica. Created by the
Ministry of Tourism and its agencies, the event will be held annually
identifying individuals and organizations which consistently surpass the
Left to right: Carrole Guntley, Director standards of service. Said Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, "Those who
General in the Ministry of Tourism, Fiona achieve excellence are a very special breed. It is important that the spirit
Hartley, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister
of Tourism, Michael Campbell and Jennifer of excellence is kept at the forefront, as tourism continues to be a driving
Griffith, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry force for Jamaica."
of Tourism (Photo:.JTB)
ROSE HALL TRIATHLON SET FOR OCTOBER 31, 2009 0
Olympians Greg and Laura Bennett will return to Jamaica for the 2009
WATA Rose Hall Triathlon & Wellness Festival. Greg's aim is to defend the
championship title, while wife Laura has promised to compete for the
number one spot. The power couple will compete against Triathletes from
across the world in the international event, which comprises a 1500m
ocean swim which commences at the Rose Hall Resort & Spa, a Hilton
Resort, a 23k bike race and a 10k run through the Cinnamon Hill Golf
Course. With the addition of a kid's triathlon, this year's event will be a real Dermot Connolly (General Manager of Rose
family affair, topped off by a Halloween party at the Rose Hall Great House. Hall Resort & Spa, a Hilton Resort) powers
up the hills of Spring Farm, which is one of
For more information contact Janet Silvera, 838-2110 or 392-6566, the most challenging portions of the Rose
www.rosehalltriathlon.com Hall Triathlon bike course (Photo:RoseHall
NEW WEBSITE ASSISTS WITH PLANNING OF DREAM WEDDINGS
Recently launched, Islandbridejamaica.com helps brides wanting to get
married in Jamaica with a one-stop shop to chose caterers, photographers,
cake decorators, wedding planners, florists and other "big day" essentials.
Simply fill out the online form and a representative will suggest the best
professionals on the island in less than 24 hours. Island Bride Jamaica also
offers three different packages of concierge services: from basic guidance
and suggestions to the ultimate in wedding planning, including venue
scouting, itinerary planning, the booking of hotel accommodations and the
sourcing of complimentary welcome gifts. www.islandbridejamaica.com
UNIQUE BOB MARLEY ART PRINTS FROM URBAN IMAGE
To celebrate Island Record's 50th anniversary, Urban Image is offering an
exclusive selection of unique art prints for music lovers. Fabulous prints of
Bob Marley and the island whose crescent-shaped beaches and dramatic
Blue Mountains provided the striking backdrop for a strong musical ethos
and chilled way of life are available. These iconic images, which captured
a rare moment of music history, can be yours to purchase as signed limited
edition prints. www.urbanimage.tv/island50
Grace Jones photo shoot NY 1977
JAMAICA ANNOUNCES CREATION OF CULINARY JERK TRAIL (Photo: Urhanlmago.tv/Adrian Boot)
Jamaica's most famous culinary export, Jerk, has drawn visitors from all over the world looking to sample this
delicious style and flavor of cooking. Now, visitors follow the trail and eat their way through Jamaica sampling
this cuisine on the brand new Jerk Trail a new, spicy attraction recently announced by Minister of Tourism
Edmund Bartlett. With 10 tasting stops, the trail includes the Ultimate Jerk Center in Discovery Bay, Scotchie's
in Drax Hall and the famous Boston Jerk in Boston Bay and takes visitors to Negril, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios
and Kingston, prior to ending in the home of Jerk Portland. For more information on participating in this
culinary adventure, go to www.visitjamaica.com/jerk.
A SOLIS RESORT & SPA
ANNUAL PINEAPPLE BALL SET FOR OCTOBER 3, 2009
Mark your calendars for this year's Pineapple Ball, set to take place at the
Grand Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort Rose Hall on October 3,
2008. Organized by the Jamaica Committee, a non-profit organization, proceeds
from the Pineapple Ball are distributed to individuals in Jamaica, mainly for the
purpose of education. For more information, please contact Moyra Fitzroy at
371- 4382, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Cheryl Lyon at email@example.com.
MICHELE ROLLINS HONORED BY AFJ
Philanthropic business woman Mrs. Michele Rollins was the 2009 recipient
of the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) International Humanitarian Award,
at the annual South Florida gala held on May 16 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel
in Coconut Grove. Described as a humanitarian, Mrs. Rollins was honored
for her role in developing the island's tourist industry since the 70s in the
form of job creation, the provision of housing, contributions to several causes -
in the fields of children's welfare, education and healthcare as well as her
part in strengthening ties between Jamaica and the US. Presenting the
award, former USA Ambassador to Jamaica and chairperson of the AJF, Fmer USA Ambassador to Jamaica and
Former USA Ambassador to Jamaica and
Her Excellency Sue Cobb, said that through her work in Montego Bay, Mrs. chairperson of the AJF, Her Excellency Sue
Rollins has consistently demonstrated a commitment to the people of Cobb presents the International Humanitarian
Jamaica. www.theafj.org Award to Mrs. Michele Rollins (Photo:AF)
AMY WINEHOUSE TO MOVE TO JAMAICA
After spending several happy months in St. Lucia, 'Rehab' singer Amy
Winehouse is planning to record her long-awaited third album in Jamaica.
The artist, who is reported to have written most of the new album already,
is rumoured to have told her label that she wants to record the album
in the home of reggae legend Bob Marley. Island Records, seems happy
with her request and so, all is set for the rebel singer to record on the
Amy Winehouse is planning to record her
next album in Jamaica (Photo: Reuters) BRITISH AIRWAYS ADDS FLIG HTS LONDON MONTEGO BAY
Beginning October 25, 2009, British Airways is adding a twice weekly service between London Gatwick and
Montego Bay Sangster International Airport. The non-stop flights will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays, and
is a welcome addition to BAs London Kingston flights, which operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
According to the airline, service will increase to five per week eventually. For bookings and additional information,
JAMAICA CELEBRATES LAUNCH OF JETBLUE'S NONSTOP SERVICE
Jamaica spiced up JetBlue's Terminal 5 at New York's John F Kennedy
Airport on May 21, as island-style celebrations took place for the airline's
inaugural flight to Montego Bay. Jamaica's Minister of Tourism Edmund
Bartlett and Director of Tourism John Lynch were present at the morning
festivities and participated in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony with
JetBlue's Senior Vice President of Customer Services Rob Maruster and
JetBlue crew members, many of which were from the Jamaican Diaspora
in the greater New York area.
"We are delighted that JetBlue is operating daily flights to Jamaica. The Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett and
new service illustrates our continued efforts to attract more air carriers to JetBlue's Senior Vice President of Customer
Services Rob Maruster celebrating the
Jamaica, thus making it an even more accessible destination for travelers," airline's inaugural flight to Montego Bay
said Minister Bartlett. To book visit www.jetblue.com or call 1-800-JETBLUE (Photo: FrankPeroll)
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