The Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Expo takes place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James mid October annually.
4th October 2014 – Octoberfest – Alhambra Inn Kingston An annual German festival organised by Jamaica’s German society and in its 32nd year in Ja featuring German foods beers and wines.Find the best Attractions in Montego Bay here
18th October 2014 – Intl Reggae Wine Festival – MoBay – Wine displays and music by well known Jamaican reggae artist, fair including fashion show, arts and crafts etc. This events attracts wine enthusiasts worldwide
20th October 2014 Annual Port Morant Banana Festival – Held at Cotton Tree Port Morant St Thomas.
Find the best Port Antonio Attractions here
20th Oct - Nanny Day Celebrations – More Town Portland – Family fund day food and entertainment festival. Entertainment includes live bands, drumming traditional dancing and singing.
Thousands of Jamaicans are expected to participate in the removal of garbage and other debris from the nation’s beaches, as Jamaica observes International Coastal Clean-Up Day on Saturday, September 20.
The main project will be the cleaning of Fort Rocky on the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston, while the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), and National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) are collaborating to remove garbage from the Hellshire Beach in St. Catherine.
Volunteers wishing to participate in International Coastal Clean-Up Day can visit JET’s website at www.jamentrust.org to register.
Over eighty local suppliers of goods and services, including manufacturers, will participate in the upcoming Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) 2014 trade show, through the coordinated efforts of the Tourism Linkages Hub and other partner entities.
The annual event is staged by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) in association with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB). The three-day trade show will be held from September 21 – 23, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James.
Courtesy of Jamaica Information Service (JIS)
The Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show 2014 is scheduled for August 1st to 3rd at its usual venue of Denbigh Show Ground, Clarendon St Catherine Jamaica.
Theme of the Show this year is:
Grow What We Eat ... Eat What We Grow: Agriculture ... Going for Growth.'
The show will be opened by the Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen and promises many new offerings this year. Nine days to go so don't miss it.
Courtesy of Jamaica Information Service (JIS)
Jamaica news and events - 6th July 2014 - Portland Jerk Festival Port Antonio Portland, Jamaica
Try some Jerk chicken, fish, pork and sea foods at this annual Jamaican Jerk Festival,
Lots to do for the kids and music by local bands with some cultural entertainment thrown in. A great experience for the whole family – don’t miss it.
6 July 2014 - Little Ochie's Seafood Carnival, Alligator Pond - 6am to 5pm
A day of fun and great seafood to satisfy your cravings with music to get your toes tapping on Jamaica's south coast.
Little Ochie Seafood Restaurant on the beach
All Jamaica Grill – Sunday 6th July 2014. 11am to 6pm
Email: email@example.com Contact: #8767964008
Jamaican cuisine at its tastiest at this all Jamaican grill event where patrons compete for first prize in their various Jamaican food preparations. This is a family event so bring the kids and have a wonderful family fun day.
Best food for the prize will be decided by crowd favourite.
12 July 2014 - The Best Dressed Chicken Fun In The Son: Saturday, July 12, 2014 10:00am to 10.pm. Website: http://funinthesonjam.com/
A gospel music festival for the whole family.
13-19 July 2014 - Reggae Sumfest 2014 Catherine Hall Mo Bay
Contact 8769538350: http://www.reggaesumfest.com/
Enjoy Summer in Jamaica - Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay St James. Check their website for line-up. Tickets also available on line.
Jamaica news and events - April 18-21, 2014 (weekend) - Easter Regatta Montego Bay Yacht Club, Montego Bay, St James - Easter Regatta cruises and yacht races.
Contact: Phone:(876) 979-8038 or Fax: (876) 979-8262
Apr 21, 2014 (Monday) Jamaica Intl Kite Festival at Chucka Cove, Priory Park St Ann, (near Ocho Rios).
Family fun day with entertainment for all.
April 24-27 2014 (Thur to Sunday) ITF Senior Tennis Championships Tryall Tennis Centre, Tryall Club, Montego Bay, St. James.
Watch Jim Courier v Karl Hale participate in this Jamaican Charity fund raising event.Find the best Montego Bay hotels deals here
April 27, 2014 - (Sunday) Westmoreland Curry Festival at Mannings School, Savanna-la-Mar.
Adm: J$700.00 Pre-sold, J$1000.00 at the gate, J$500.00 children under 12.
23 May 2014 - Manchester Horticultural Society Flower Show at
Showgrounds, Ward Avenue, Mandeville, Manchester
Annual Jamaica labour day horticultural flower show
23 May 2014 - 4th Annual Margaritaville Rose Hall Roast Festival
Lilliput Playing Field (next to Iberostar Hotel), Montego Bay, St. James
Annual Jamaica Labour Day food festival with live music by local musicians.Find the best last minute Jamaica hotel deals
23-25 May 2014 - Jamaica Epicurean Escape
Grizzlyls Plantation Cove, Priory St Ann
Intl food, wine and music festival where first class chefs, celebrity chefs and others create mouthwatering mix of foods,drink and music to liven up your tastebuds and have some fun on this three day event.
30 May to 1 June 2014 - Calabash Literary Festival Treasure Beach St Elizabeth
A three day festival of the written word presented by renoun author, poets and story tellers of all spheres. This bi-annual inspirational event is one of its kind in the English Speaking Caribbean.
Literary luminaries and musicians far and wide are expected to be part of Calabash 2014.
Look forward to seeing you there. no entrance fee.
1 June 2014 Liguanea Art Festival - 10.00am start - all day event
Venue: Chinese Benevolent Association 176 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6, Jamaica.
Outdoor exhibition featuring displays of sculptures, Paintings, drawings etc
Food and drinks on sale - free admission - free parking. They are on facebook.
June 8-15 2014 - 23rd annual Jamaica Ocho Rios Jazz Festival presents
A Jazz packed week with 30 spectacular events throughout Jamaica
June 11-16, 2014 - Caribbean Fashion Week 2014
Venue: National Indoor Sports Centre, Kingston Jamaica
Doors open 5.00pm. Showtime 7.00pm
Change in long haul travel tax to Caribbean
Jamaica news and events - If travel between the United Kingdom and Caribbean is part of your life, you no doubt would have been affected the increase in Air Passenger Duty (APD) (travel tax) levied on long haul airline travel from the UK to the Caribbean region, introduced in 1994.
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Since the inception of this tax, the tourism organisations such as the World Tourism Organization; World Travel & Tourism, Caribbean Tourism Organisation and others have relentlessly rallied the British Government against this tax which they considered to be unfair on Caribbean destinations.
The unwavering efforts of these organizations over the past 20 years have finally paid off, with an announcement made on March 19, 2014 by the Mr George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Budget Speech that long haul air travel to the Caribbean will be taxed the same as to the USA. This comes into effect April 2015.
The Jamaican Tourism Minister, Mr Wyckham McNeil welcomed the move and no doubt Jamaicans in the UK and others travelling long haul flights to the Caribbean region will be breathing a sigh of relief.
If this has affected you over the years, share your experience here.
Jamaica News and Events - Spring Break has an estimated patronage of 1.5 million students flocking to Florida, Texas, Las Vegas, Mexico and Caribbean destinations such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas and Jamaica each March.
According to spring break companies STS Travel & Sunsplash Tours, the upcoming staging of the month-and-a-half-long event is set to explode on Jamaica's North Coast.
The companies are reporting a sharp increase in advance bookings for the same period when compared to last year.
In fact, the official spring break Jamaica Twitter page @springbreakja calls Jamaica 'the tropical island paradise of sun, sand, sea, booze and babes'.
"We haven't seen this much buzz for Jamaica in a very long while," said Jake Jacobsen, vice-president of Sales for Maryland-based STS Travel.
Carnival in Jamaica, Kingston - March 7 - April 27, 2014
Jamaica Carnival is a lot of fun in the city of Kignston. So if you have the energy for nonstop partying over a period of several weeks, note Jamaica Carnival in your list of things to do in 2014. Bacchanal Jamaica has a full schedule planned for 2014 which is a combination of soca music and dance exercises – dubbed Socacise.
So, join in where you can and get fit while you have fun. All this kicks off with Bacchanal Opening Night on Friday March 7 2014 and culminates with the road march on Sunday April 27th with lots of fun during the weeks leading up to road march. For more visit www.bacchanaljamaica.com
Jamaica news and events - Negril Reggae Marathon – Dec 7, 2013
Have you ever taken part in the Jamaica Reggae Marathon? If not this is your chance to join in the fun. You can choose to do the full marathon, half marathon or 10K.
Start out in Negril’s coastal resort and run along the north coast of.
It’s famous for its early start – 5-15am torch lit pre-dawn start – walk or run and have a great experience!
The course is IAAF certified and the venue is Negril’s famous coastline. Interested?
For more go to www.reggaemarathon.com
Accompong Maroon Festival, St. Elizabeth - January 6, 2014
Jamaica news and events - The Maroons of Accompong Town St Elizabeth are now preparing for their annual Maroon Festival to be held on January 6th 2014. January 6th is celebrated as the birthday of Cudjoe forefather and leader of the Leeward Maroon of the past.
This is a worldwide event with people from many countries travelling to Jamaica to attend this annual event. If you would like to read more about this festival go to www.jamaicanmaroons.com
Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, Falmouth - January 30 - February 1, 2014
The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival is an Air Jamaica sponsored event. Here you will find the who is who on Jamaica’s society, visitors from overseas, wannabees and a diverse mix of Jamaicans all having fun together.
Big names in local and international artistes make up the bill with usually one big name to draw the crowd. So if you want to be where it’s all happening in Jamaica between 30th Jan and 1 Feb 2014; the Trelawny Multi Purpose Stadium is the place to be.Visit www.jamaicajazzandblues.com for more.
Reggae Month, Kingston - February 2014
Jamaica news and events - February is Reggae month in Jamaica – look out for live music shows in honour of past and present reggae musicians who have contributed to the development of Jamaica’s music.
Salute for Reggae Month brings out some unforgettable performances recorded and live of the icons of Jamaica Reggae Music for the Month of February. Visit www.jariajamaica.com for more
Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival, St. Mary and Ocho Rios - February 15-22, 2014
The St. Mary off-Road Bicycling Association (SMORBA) is a non profit organization that hosts biking events such as Jamaica Fat Tyre Mountain biking Festival; Jamaica Bicycle Bash and Jamaica BMX Racing.
The Fat Tyre Festival is a week-long event (15-22 February 2014). Places for 2014 Fat Tyre Festival are already sold out, so if this is your kind of thing, you can get on their mailing list for next year. visit www.smorba.com for more.
Air Canada Rouge comes to Kingston
Kingston Jamaica has been selected as the lead destination for the new Air Canada Airline, Air Canada Rouge. The service commences July 1st 2013, for weekday flights from Toronto to Kingston Jamaica. The flights are scheduled to arrive daily at Norman Manley International Airport Kingston at 1.05pm and depart at 2pm local times.
Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham Mcneil welcomed passengers on the inaugural flight from Toronto on July 1st 2013.
Source Jamaica Tourist Board 1 July 2013.
Jamaica News and Events - Mobay Jerk Festival, Catherine Hall, Montego Bay - August 1 2013
This is a one day outdoor event of food and entertainment suitable for the whole family. This event will be held at the Catherine Hall complex in Montego Bay on 1st August 2013. If you plan to be in Montego Bay around 1st August 2013, stop by and give your taste buds a treat with some authentic Jamaican cuisines. See the line up on www.montegobayjerkfestival.com
Jamaica Intl Reggae Film & Music Festival, Ocho Rios,
Montego Bay & Port Antonio - August 1-5
This event features short documentaries/animation and music videos celebrating Jamaica’s music culture and local based film makers. Women in film will be celebrated with special recognition given to the late Madge Sinclair who was of Jamaican origin. www.reggaefilmfestival.com
International Reggae Wine Festival, Montego Bay - August 2-3
Montego Bay hosts the Intl Reggae Wine Festival over two days on 2nd and 3rd August. This event will be held at the Secret Sea Wind Club in Montego Bay, 7pm to 2 am, and you can expect some of the best intl wines and Jamaican spirits.
A fashion show featuring the latest trends in Caribbean fashion will be part of the entertainment. www.internationalreggaewinefestival.com
Summer Playground Fantasy- SPF Weekend, St Ann- August 2-5
St Ann once again hosts its Summer Playground Fantasy between 2nd and 5th August. This event attracts the more mature minded (over 21) patrons who will enjoy the long weekend partying at different locations. See www.spfweekend.com. for details on costs etc
Jamaica Independence Day - August 6
The Jamaica Cultural Development Committee (JCDC) plans to celebrate Jamaica’s Independence Day in the streets of Kingston on Tuesday August 6 2013. Floats decked in the Jamaican colours will line the streets of Kingston. Groups in their various costumes will celebrate together with music trucks, marching bands and a lot more. For more info the website is www.jcdc.gov.jm
Makka Pro Surf Contest, Makka Beach, St. Thomas, Jamaica- July 20-21
The Makka Pro Surf Contest held in St Thomas Jamaica is the largest surfing contest in the English speaking Caribbean and helps to promote Jamaica as a surfing destination and is part of the Caribbean Challenge Cup. If this sounds like fun to you, be sure to be there on the weekend of July 20-21. Check out the website for their calendar of events. www.jamsurfas.webs.com
Jamaica News and Events - Look out for this year’s Caribbean Shrimp Festival which is due to be held at the Whitter Village, Rose Hall, Montego Bay Jamaica on July 14th 2013. The organisers are much advanced with their preparations and have already held a tasting evening which was scrumptiously successful.
Music and fashion show will be part of the evening's entertainment. Dance Hall artistes KipRich, Javinchi, Shane I, Francheno and Lij Tafari are expected to rock the house and fashion designers Kokobeenz and Earl will be showing their latest designs.
If the tasting party was anything to go by, the food will be fabulous, so tantalise your taste buds and and share your experience.
President of Air Canada Leisure Group, Michel Friisdahl has recently announced that commencing July, 2013, Air Canada’s Leisure Airline, Air Canada Rouge, will make its maiden flight to Jamaica.
The announcement was made May 2013 at a meeting between Jamaica’s tourism officials and representatives from Air Canada, during a business lunch at Iberostar Grande.
Source Jamaica Tourist Board June 2013
Jamaica News and Events - The Caribbean hurricane season officially starts today 1st June and goes through to 30th November. It is currently windy and rainy in several parishes of Jamaica but now that May is behind us, the daily heavy rains have subsided.
We will have rain in June, but by mid June/July the rains comes mainly in afternoon showers and bearing in mind we are approaching the hottest period of the year, it may not be such a bad thing.
If you are thinking of visiting Jamaica during the summer, July is the middle of summer in Jamaica so is generally hot (30/32 degree during the daytime) and drops at nights.
There may be a shower or two in the afternoons but not necessarily everyday and it dries up as quickly as it comes.
Hurricane season hots-up around August/September time, so if you are planning to travel between August and October, ensure that you check the weather forecasts regularly to be on top of things.
Whatever you do have wonderful time and be safe.
Source: own experience.
Jamaica News and Events - Weather - For regular update on the weather in Jamaica click here
Source: Jamaica Gleaner.
JAMAICA WINS FAVOURITE WORLDWIDE DESTINATION’ AT BRITISH TRAVEL AWARDS
Jamaica has been named ‘Favourite Worldwide Destination’ by the British Travel Awards (BTA). The prestigious BTA is the largest awards programme in the UK, created to recognise the most successful travel companies and destinations.
Elizabeth Fox, Regional Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) in the UK and Northern Europe, remarked, “We are incredibly proud that Jamaica was voted ‘Favourite Worldwide Destination. As the only award voted for by the public, this accolade is especially significant. ” The winners were announced at a ceremony in London, on 1 November 2012.
(Source: Jamaica Tourist Board)
EXPEDIA BOOKINGS A RAY OF SUNSHINE FOR JAMAICAN TOURISM
Expedia has announced that demand for travel to Jamaica during the first half of 2012 increased nearly 10 per cent compared to the previous year. Its network of online travel booking sites includes more than 100 branded sites and more than 10,000 affiliate sites.
Expedia said that demand was coming from consumers in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Over the past year, Expedia has worked closely with Jamaican tourism officials and the local hospitality community to generate incremental travel demand to the Caribbean destination.
(Source: Jamaica Gleaner)
JAMAICA IS ‘BEST ISLAND FOR FAMILY VACATIONS FOR 2012’
The Caribbean World Magazine has announced that Jamaica has been voted the Best Island for Family Vacations for 2012. This prestigious award is voted for by the Caribbean World Travel and Living Magazine and its readers. This is the first time that Jamaica is copping this category award.
Recognition by our visitors is especially rewarding as they are at the heart of what we do, said John Lynch, Director of Tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board. Each day we strive to satisfy our customers by ensuring that their vacation experience is unforgettable. Their opinions matter and we are always seeking ways to anticipate their needs. We are very encouraged by this award as it says to us that we are doing something right.‟
(Source: Jamaica Tourist Board)
Would you like to meet the people of Jamaica on your visit to Jamaica? The Jamaica Tourist Board has a wonderful Meet-the-People program where you can meet and spend a day with a Jamaican person or family. The program also includes children meeting Jamaican children where can interact and get to know each other for a day or maybe they may become pen pals and develop lasting friendships.
You will have a chance to increase your knowledge of Jamaica and its people. Share a day of your vacation visiting with a Jamaican family who will host, entertain you and fill you with some nice Jamaican cooking.
If you are interested in the Jamaica tourist Board Meet-the-People program, you can sign up on the JTB website.
Source: Jamaica Tourist Board