Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2023

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PLANNERS WILL FIND MANY OPTIONS IN THIS CARIBBEAN JEWEL B Y D O S W E L L I N G R A M In the heart of the Caribbean ocean lies the third largest island, Jamaica. With six world-class resort areas, the island of All Right is one of the top destinations in the world. Jamaica's 4,411 square miles of terrain boasts towering mountain ranges, expanses of lush vegetation as well as long stretches of clear, sandy beaches. The island is divided into three coun- ties – Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey – which are subdivided into 14 parishes: Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Hanover, St. James, Trelawny, St. Ann, St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas. Each parish has a cap- ital town, which is typically the center of commerce and two parish capitals, Montego Bay in St. James and Kingston, have city status. Kingston, located on the island's southeast end, is Jamaica's capital. With fully equipped, state-of-the-art venues, centrally located and built to fit your business needs, Jamaica's top convention centers will make sure your conference or exhibition runs smoothly. A first of its kind in the English speak- ing Caribbean, and second in the region, the state of the art Montego Bay Convention Centre is fully equipped for your conference or convention. With over 57.,000 square feet of meeting rooms, the center is located in the heart of Jamaica's second capital, Montego Bay, which is a quick fifteen minute drive from the Sangster international Airport. Montego Bay Convention Centre is also a hop, skip and jump away from beautiful attractions, allowing you and your team to enjoy a piece of paradise, while making business deci- sions. Jamaica's capital, Kingston, is the ulti- mate location for your conference. In the heart of the downtown business district; boasting five conference rooms, a 450- bay multi-story parking garage and close to major Kingston hotels, this Jamaica Conference Centre is perfect for events of all sizes. Each conference room is even equipped to facilitate translation into six languages, allowing for global brain- storming. Be a part of the activities and nightlife of Kingston, taking in the islands rich cul- ture. Or enjoy the laid-back beauty of serene Negril. Montego Bay, Jamaica's second largest city, will win you over with world class accommodation and immacu- late golf courses, and in Ocho Rios, you'll never find yourself short of excitement. Finally, make Port Antonio a priority, where you can lose yourself in the original island daydream. Being an island that loves to play host means Jamaica offers numerous luxury resorts, which accommodate all kinds of special interest groups. You may choose from deluxe hotels, with championship golf courses and pampering spas, small inns that overflow with old-world charm, and personality, or grand villas that offer peace and privacy in the middle of Jamaica's tropical beauty. Whether you decide to go the rustic route in one of the islands Great House conversions, or prefer some 5-star luxury, you will be treated to Jamaica,s world- famous hospitality. U.S. Citizens traveling to and from Jamaica must present a valid passport when leaving and or re-entering the United States. All visitors are required to travel with a return ticket or onward ticket for entry into Jamaica. There are three international airports in Jamaica conveniently located across the island. They are Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, and the Ian Fleming International Airport in pictur- esque Ocho Rios. B M & T ••• March/April 2023 ••• 51 J A M A I C A • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS Ritz Carlton Jamaica 427 Half Moon 197 Hilton Rose Hall 488 Iberostar Resort 319 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Montego Bay Convention Centre Total Space 85,000 sq. ft. Largest Hall 57,525 sq. ft. Largest Ballroom 18,684 sq. ft. Meeting Room 9 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Visit Jamaica – (800) JAMAICA Half Moon Villa, Montego Bay AREA GUIDES

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