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UTech Sparkles In ‘Ganjamaica Cup’ At RootzFest

UTech Sparkles In ‘Ganjamaica Cup’ At RootzFest

WESTERN BUREAU - December 14, 2016.

The University of Technology (UTech) 'ganja lab' emerged as arguably the most outstanding participant in the 2016 Ganjamaica Cup, which was one of the major highlights of last weekend's Rastafari RootZFest, which unfolded at the Long Bay Beach Park, in Negril.

The UTech ganja lab, which has a license from the government of Jamaica for medical marijuana research, won four of the 14 categories, which featured local and international entries. UTech won the Best Sativa for its Apple Candy (A), Best Indoor Sativa for its Candy Apple (1), Best Oil (solvent) and Best Innovation.

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This Caribbean Hotel Is One of Conde Nast Traveller’s 20 Best In The World

This Caribbean Hotel Is One of Conde Nast Traveller’s 20 Best In The World

NEW YORK, United States, Friday December 9, 2016 – Conde Nast Traveller has chosen the 20 Best Hotels in the World for its 2017 Gold List, and the Caribbean has secured a place with GoldenEye in Jamaica, the luxury resort built around the former home of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Goldeneye was in good company amid such famous properties as Anassa in Cyprus and Six Senses in Oman, but succeeded in attracting a very favourable review from the prestigious travel publication.

Here’s what Conde Nast had to say about the winning Jamaican hotel:

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Sustainable Tourism Holds Firm In Grand Bahama Island

Sustainable Tourism Holds Firm In Grand Bahama Island

GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND, The Bahamas, Tuesday December 13, 2016 – With drastic changes to the island’s topography and its tourism economy as a result of Hurricane Matthew, one might begin to wonder whether or not the ‘Grand Life’ still exists in The Bahamas’ second city.

Known for its diverse offering of soft adventure experiences from east to west, appealing to a cross section of travelers, the resilience of Grand Bahama Island’s nature tourism product remains a force to be reckoned with.

To assure travelers and tourism stakeholders of this truth, the Ministry of Tourism’s Sustainable Tourism Unit set out on an extensive assessment to see, first-hand, the state of many of the island’s most frequently accessed nature trails and beach access points.

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Dr. Walter Mzembi: A smile is the most universal expression of hospitality

Dr. Walter Mzembi: A smile is the most universal expression of hospitality

World Tourism Day in Bangkok concluded yesterday. The last night was a night to remember for delegates to the UNWTO event.

One prominent delegate impressed with Thai Hospitality offered a toast during the Gala Night in Khon Kaen. He was Dr. Walter Mzembi who is running as a candidate to becoming the next UNWTO Secretary General.

Dr. Mzembi said:

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TRAVEL INDUSTRY ICON TO ADDRESS CARIBBEAN HOSPITALITY EXCHANGE FORUM

TRAVEL INDUSTRY ICON TO ADDRESS CARIBBEAN HOSPITALITY EXCHANGE FORUM

MIAMI, Florida (August 5, 2016) - Gerard "Jerry" Inzerillo, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide, known and esteemed for his innovations and relationships in the tourism, hospitality, and entertainment communities, will be the keynote speaker opening up the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's (CHTA) Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) in Puerto Rico from September 30 to October 2, 2016.

Inzerillo, who has a deep well of experience upon which to draw, will address the role the Caribbean plays in global tourism.

During his extensive career, Inzerillo helped to develop some of the world's most famous hospitality brands such as Atlantis, One&Only Resorts and Ian Schrager Hotels, and held leadership roles with Four Seasons and Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

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2017 Global Travel Price Outlook Identifies Key Risks for Global Market

2017 Global Travel Price Outlook Identifies Key Risks for Global Market

Source: Hotel News Resource

Travel Prices Set to Marginally Increase or Remain Flat for 2017; Geopolitical and Economic Uncertainty Mean Travel Managers Need to Remain Flexible and Agile 

New research out today highlights six key risks heading into 2017 that could impact both travel industry prices and the global economy as a whole. They are emerging market performance, financial market turbulence, geopolitical risks, uncertainty surrounding Brexit, potentially fluctuating U.S. interest rates and oil prices.

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PANAMA, COSTA RICA AND CUBA - Emerging destinations are hot!

PANAMA, COSTA RICA AND CUBA - Emerging destinations are hot!

Source: Travel Weekly - THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY'S TRUSTED VOICE

What’s the top influence when making travel plans? For nearly three-quarters (74%) of global travelers, it’s “going somewhere I’ve never been before,” according to the 34,000 traveler respondents of TripBarometer, a December 2015 study conducted on behalf of TripAdvisor.

Along those same lines, other answers in the top 10 included “being able to learn something new on a trip,” at 67%, and “trying something new,” at 63%. 

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the Department of Transportation approved six U.S. airlines to begin service to select Cuban destinations.

the Department of Transportation approved six U.S. airlines to begin service to select Cuban destinations.

Source: Global Traveler
by Holly Riddle

American AirlinesFrontierJetBlueSilver AirwaysSouthwest and Sun Country are all now eligible to fly to Cuba from Miami (MIA), Chicago (ORD), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Philadelphia (PHL) and Minneapolis (MSP).

The Department is still considering which airlines to approve for service to Havana (HAV), but it expects to reach a decision this summer.

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Silver Airways, American Airlines Begin Selling Tickets to Cuba

Silver Airways, American Airlines Begin Selling Tickets to Cuba
Source: The Wall Street Journal
By SUSAN CAREY

The two carriers were among six that won route rights to secondary airports in Cuba.

Silver Airways Inc., a Florida-based operator of turboprop planes, said it put its planned Cuba flights on sale last weekend hoping to be the first airline to begin selling scheduled flights to the island nation in more than 50 years. It intends to operate its first flight Sept. 1.

American Airlines Group Inc. said it put tickets on sale earlier this week and plans to start flying Sept. 7 to two Cuban airports.

Last week, the Transportation Department awarded rights to six U.S. carriers to serve secondary Cuban airports. But it said it would wait until later this summer to apportion airline requests for flights to Havana, because it received three times more requests than the 20 daily flights that are available.

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The Caribbean Country Most Americans Want To Travel To This Year

The Caribbean Country Most Americans Want To Travel To This Year

By NAN Travel Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 17, 2016: A new study shows that there is one Caribbean country more than any other that U.S. travelers wants to vacation on this year.

MMGY Global’s 2016 Portrait of American Travelers annual study recently released, say a whopping 26 percent of nearly 3,000 active leisure travelers with an annual household income of at least $50,000 online surveyed during February 2016, say they plan to vacation in the Caribbean island of The Bahamas this year.

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