Jamaica Adds Dedicated Volunteer Initiative Page To Official Website

Plan a wedding, adventure tour and now, volunteer opportunity, on Jamaica Tourist Board's official website, VisitJamaica.com

KINGSTON, JAMAICA - October 7, 2014 - The Jamaica Tourist Board has added a dedicated page to its website for visitors who desire to volunteer during their vacation trip to the island. Visitors can now easily plan volunteerexperiences through this voluntourism initiative. The combination of voluntary service with the traditional elements of a vacation has become increasingly popular in Jamaica and the website page is in response to this growing trend. One of the first of its kind in the Caribbean, the webpage offers a database of faith, health and education based volunteer programs, with more categories to appear as they become available.

"The Jamaica Tourist Board is focused on allowing our visitors to have an enriching experience while they vacation on the island," said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. "While our Jamaican people will surely benefit from the assistance of altruistic travelers, we hope that they take home an experience of a lifetime, and share the celebrated Jamaican spirit and warmth with their friends and family."

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JHTA Sensitizes Hotel Workers on Infectious Diseases


Kingston, Oct. 18, 2014: The Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) has taken measures to sensitize industry workers about infectious diseases.

The Association, facilitated by the Ministry of Health, has begun a series of workshops to educate hoteliers and their staff on how to carry out preventative measures as well as how to treat with any potential suspected cases of infectious diseases including Ebola.

The first workshop was held in Negril on October 16, 2014, and others have been scheduled for Montego Bay, Kingston, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio and the South Coast in the ensuing weeks.

JHTA President, Nicola Madden Greig, noting the ban issued on travellers to Jamaica from Liberia, Sirrea Leone and Guinea, by the Ministry of Health said that "the preservation of the health, safety and welfare of Jamaicans is of paramount importance. Collectively, we must all ensure that Ebola does not occur in Jamaica."

Mrs. Madden Greig said that working with the Ministries of Health and Ministry of Tourism & Entertainment, the JHTA started weeks ago the dissemination of accurate information and sensitization about Ebola across the, island. She said the JHTA will continue to provide information and support to its members.

Hearts For Hanover Charities - 2015 Sugar Cane Valentines Ball To Celebrate Hollywood Glitz & Glamour

It is that time again when Hanover Charities host their very special event, the Sugar Cane Ball, this year being celebrated on Valentines Day Saturday, February 14 - at the iconic Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

A fixture on the international and local social scene, which sees the good and the great gathering from all over the World - the 2015 Sugar Cane Ball, now in its 58th outing, will celebrate the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.

Last year, Hanover Charities broke its own records and raised over US$230,000 in the single night, so the pressure is on!

Says Chair of Hanover Charities and this year's Co-Chair for the Sugar Cane Ball Katrin Casserly "The majority of our funds are raised from the Silent Auction items for the Ball, which are always unique and one-off, gathered by the very generous homeowners of Round Hill and Tryall. Last year they outdid themselves and promise to do so again for Valentines!"

Co-Chair of Hanover Charities and also this year's Sugar Cane Ball, Jennifer Flanagan of Tryall adds" We were beyond thrilled with the generosity of the party goers last year. Our dedicated committee members and their neighbours at Round Hill and Tryall want to see our many projects continue & grow so we are really looking forward to seeing what they have for us this year"

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JHTA, Partners, To Host Networking Event

Kingston, Jan. 14, 2015:
The Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) is collaborating with several public and private sector partners to strengthen linkages between the tourism industry and local manufacturers and suppliers of goods and services to the sector.

The initiative is a "Speed Networking Event" to be presented by the JHTA and joint hosts, the Ministry of Tourism & Entertainment, the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, Jamaica Promotions Corporation, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority and the Jamaica Business Development Corporation. Sandals Resorts International is a sponsor.

The event, scheduled for Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at the Half Moon Resort, will help participants "hit the ground running in 2015" as they make contacts and negotiate business contracts, JHTA President, Nicola Madden-Greig has said.

Noting that the JHTA and Jamaica Tourist Board-hosted annual tourism industry marketplace, Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEx) has for the past three years welcomed exhibitors from the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, Mrs. Madden-Greig said that "the Speed Networking Event will complement that opportunity".

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