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Local spa therapists become ITEC certified

Local spa therapists become ITEC certified

A total of 10 spa therapy professionals recently graduated with their diploma in holistic massage from the Ocho Rios-based, Personal Body Health Care (PBHC) Clinic and School of Holistic Therapies, becoming the school's first ever graduating class.

This diploma is certified under the International Training and Examination Council (ITEC), which is a specialist examination board, renowned for providing certification in beauty and spa therapy, hairdressing, complementary therapies, sports and fitness training and customer service.

The graduation ceremony took place last Saturday night at the Sunset Beach Resort, Spa and Water Park in Montego Bay, with graduates being feted to a lavish dinner party by the hotel's management. The graduates who all achieved distinctions included, Sharon Parris-Chambers, Verona Warburton, Lance Rose, Audrey Bennett, Charisse Pink, Janice McLoud, Samantha McLeggon, Shawnette Montaque, Marry Daley and Dudley Malcolm, who currently works as a spa therapist at the resort.

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Caribbean wellness trailblazer inspiring a new brand of massage therapist

Montego Bay, Jamaica, W.I. (March 22, 2015) Patricia Berry-Greenidge has crisscrossed the Atlantic and Caribbean Seas in her quest to bring ITEC (International Therapy Examination Council) standards to the Caribbean. She began blazing trails as the Principal of Personal Body Healthcare Clinic and School of Holistic Therapies Inc., which is accredited by ITEC and IFPA (International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists).  The first graduating class of PBHC Jamaica, comprising of ten graduates, received their ITEC Holistic Massage diplomas on March 14, 2015 at Sunset Beach Resort & Waterpark, Montego Bay.

Prior to establishing the Clinic & School in 2007, Patricia was a university lecturer,  professional therapist and Spa Consultant in Barbados, teaching Holistic Massage Therapy, Business Professionalism, Reiki and Alternative and Complementary Therapies, to name a few. Having travelled the world, she possesses intimate knowledge of exotic and indigenous spa and wellness therapies and products. She is the mother to a son who is a practicing lawyer, and a grandmother to three boys.

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JTB Supports MoBay City Run 2015

JTB Supports MoBay City Run 2015

Montego Bay, Jamaica: March 4, 2015: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has thrown its full support behind the upcoming MoBay City Run, describing the charity event as an asset to the development of sports tourism and the education of young Jamaicans.

Speaking at the event’s launch yesterday at the Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort, JTB Chairman, Dennis Morrison said the event fitted admirably into the growing niche market of sports tourism which can be of tremendous benefit to the country’s tourism earnings and education.

The event, now in its second year, takes place on Sunday, May 3, 2015. It encompasses both a 5k and 10k road race throughout downtown Montego Bay to raise funds for youth education in Jamaica. Chairman of MoBay City Run, Janet Silvera, said the target is $5 million. The proceeds will support students attending institutions such as the University of the West Indies and University of Technology western campuses, Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College and the Montego Bay Community College. Over 4,000 sport enthusiasts, including 20 travel agents from Canada, are expected to participate in this year’s event. 

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Knutsford Express Launch New Schedules & New Stations

Knutsford Express Launch New Schedules & New Stations

Knutsford Express is pleased to announce some long-awaited news about new schedules, as well as, new stations.

Knutsford Express has included a stop at Gutters (at the end of Spur Tree Hill) along the South Coast route to Savanna La Mar and Montego Bay.  They have also incorporatedFalmouth and Ocho Rios to and from Mandeville.  Please see the attached schedules and fares for both the South Coast and the North Coast.

Here is even more fantastic good news!  Knutsford Express has rolled back all one way fares by as much as fifty dollars ($50.00).  This is reflected in the rates which can be viewed on the following website - www.knutsfordexpress.com

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Jamaica tourism minister drives visitors via music festival

Jamaica tourism minister drives visitors via music festival

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA –Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill (shown right in the photo) explains plans to use Jamaica’s entertainment and culture to drive visitor arrivals to the island under the ministry’s new "Jamrock Summer- 90 days, 90 ways” initiative.

Also pictured are international journalists Mike Benhaim of the Metro Newspaper, Canada (left) and Pedro Irigoyen of the Clarin, Argentina (center), as they enjoyed Sumfest 2014.

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St. Kitts Music Festival – Among The Best

St. Kitts Music Festival – Among The Best

Basseterre, St. Kitts (July 10, 2014) – The mix of musical talents and genres that was showcased on stage at the 18th annual St. Kitts Music Festival held June 26-28, 2014 led to patrons and visiting media alike hailing the event as “the best ever.”

“I am extremely pleased with the high quality of delivery of the Festival this year,” said Senator Ricky Skerritt, Minister of Tourism & International Transport.  “I have received nothing but positive feedback from numerous visitors and locals who could sense that St. Kitts has now established a truly world-class event.” Skerritt pointed to the high-energy on-stage performances, combined top-quality event management and an excellent overall Caribbean experience as the main reasons for the large and appreciative crowds.

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SIZZLA KALONJI CULTURAL AMBASSADOR TO THE GAMBIA RECEIVES AWARD

SIZZLA KALONJI CULTURAL AMBASSADOR TO THE GAMBIA RECEIVES AWARD

Banjul, West Africa. May 17, 2014. Sizzla Kalonji is a liberator with a cause and simultaneously, the Cultural Ambassador for the 11th staging of the Gambia Roots International Festival in Banjul, West Africa. He is unapologetic as a Messenger and visions, a greater role for his work and mission. Kalonji says he is duty-bound to fulfill the work for which he is responsible. His powerful lyrics is creating life-changing results with powerful messages that produces a subliminal effect on his listeners.

While in concert in The Gambia, he taught his audience to use the indigenous languages of Africa: Amharic, Hebrew, Twe, Wolof and Mandinka.

At the closing Gala Event of the Gambia Roots Festival on Friday17, 2014, Sizzla Kalonji received a Halam instrument from the Ministry of Tourism & Culture presented by one of the Kora masters.  The Halam is a traditional wooden stringed instrument used by the Wolof and the Fullas.

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The Gambia invites the African Diaspora to a healing and reunification homecoming

The Gambia invites the African Diaspora to a healing and reunification homecoming

The Gambia invites the African Diaspora to return to a grand homecoming to embark on a spiritual journey of healing and reunification May 9-17, 2014.

The Gambia International Roots Festival is a call-to-action to people from all over the African Diaspora to discover, embrace and re-affirm their ancestral identity.  The festival offers firsthand experiences in African traditions and culture to the African Diaspora who want to live the dream of returning through the “Door of no Return”  (Kunta Kinteh Island, formerly Gore Island) to embrace with their roots.

Many people of the African Diaspora in the United States, the Caribbean, Brazil and beyond can trace their DNA to West Africa. The late Alex Haley, author of Roots was able to trace his ancestry to the Gambia which became the inspiration for the International Roots Festival.

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Ma's stay in St. Kitts and Nevis casts spotlight on solar power

Ma's stay in St. Kitts and Nevis casts spotlight on solar power

Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis, Aug. 20 (CNA) Republic of China President Ma Ying-jeou visited a solar power plant being built by a Taiwanese company in St. Kitts and Nevis on Monday to highlight the two countries' cooperation in renewable energies.

The president, on the last stop of his five-nation diplomatic tour, praised the plant that is being jointly funded by the two governments and built by Taoyuan-based SpeedTech Energy Co.

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St Maarten Sees Increase In North America Passenger Arrivals

St Maarten Sees Increase In North America Passenger Arrivals

The friendly island of St. Maarten continues to prove itself as a preferred destination for travelers with a 12.1% increase in Canadian passenger traffic during the first six months of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.  

The island is also the fastest growing Caribbean destination, according to a study done by Expedia. The figures show that St. Maarten has held its own despite the economic and financial challenges faced by nations around the globe. Compared to 297,179 arrivals from January - June 2012, the Princess Juliana International Airport saw an increase to 300,092 arrivals during the first half of 2013.  

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Visitors to the Caribbean Can Fully Enjoy the Island Experience With the Perfect Vehicle From Budget Car Rental

Visitors to the Caribbean Can Fully Enjoy the Island Experience With the Perfect Vehicle From Budget Car Rental

Budget Car RentalPress releaseVisitors to the Caribbean Can Fully Enjoy the Island Experience With the Perfect Vehicle From Budget Car RentalPARSIPPANY, N.J., 2013-07-10 16:00 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Whether travelers are preparing for a business trip, planning a romantic honeymoon or enjoying a family vacation to the Caribbean, they have the opportunity to rent the perfect automobile to suit their needs. With Budget Car Rental facilities conveniently located throughout the Caribbean, traveling around the tropical islands is a breeze.

"We are committed to serving value-conscious travelers with outstanding products and services around the world, including the islands of the Caribbean," said Patric Siniscalchi, president, Latin America/Asia Pacific, Avis Budget Group. "Budget's quality cars, excellent value and outstanding service throughout these popular destinations are designed to accommodate cross-border travelers, one of our key strategic priorities."

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T&T to host ACS tourism talks

T&T to host ACS tourism talks

Just days after hosting the Caricom Heads of Government Summit, T&T will be the venue for another regional gathering.  On July 16 and 17, the ACS Secretariat in Port-of-Spain will host the 24th Meeting of the Special Committee on Sustainable Tourism (SCST-24) at its headquarters. High-level officials and tourism authorities will convene to discuss matters pertaining to the efforts of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in relation to the sustainable development of tourism in the Greater Caribbean. This meeting follows the Fifth Summit of the heads of states and/or governments of the ACS, which was held in Petion-ville, Republic of Haiti, on April 26.

With the input of the ACS countries, the SCST-24 meeting plans to revitalise the work programme of the ACS Directorate of Sustainable Tourism, as well as address and decide on issues and concerns affecting the regional tourism industry. The ACS directorate additionally aims to inform the meeting of its projects and activities, highlighting advances made and new initiatives, which seek to contribute to and promote the practice of sustainable tourism in the region. 

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Lock gates for Panama Canal begin long haul from Italy

Lock gates for Panama Canal begin long haul from Italy

The shipment of the first four lock gates for the third set of locks for the Panama Canal has begun in Italy. They are expected to arrive in Panama by the end of August.

Boarding operations began from Cimolai SpA, in San Giorgio de Nogaro, from where the gates will move to the port of Trieste. They are expected to set sail for Panama in late July.

Each gate will be shipped and transported in individual barges from Nogaro to the port of Trieste where they will be placed in a heavy lift vessel.

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