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Above (L-R): Director of Tourism, Donovan White and Deputy Director of Tourism-Marketing, Camile Glenister met with media representatives at the Caribbean Media Marketplace.

Jamaica Celebrates 45th Annual Caribbean Week in New York

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The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) joined the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in celebrating the 45th edition of Caribbean Week in New York City, held June 1-9. The destination boasted a strong presence, attending and co-sponsoring various events throughout the week, targeting the media, Diaspora community and local New Yorkers.

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Above: Celebrity Chef Samantha ‘Sam’ Davis dishes samples of oxtail dumplings for guests during culinary demonstration hosted at Bloomingdale’s in midtown Manhattan.

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The week kicked off on a tasty note, with a culinary demonstration by Jamaican Celebrity Chef Samantha Davis hosted at Bloomingdale’s flagship store in midtown Manhattan. Chef Sam showcased the island’s native flavors with her rendition of oxtail dumplings served in a lemongrass curry sauce, giving store-goers a tantalizing taste of Jamaican. Chef Sam was also among several chefs who took over the historic James Beard House for a special ‘Taste of the Caribbean’ multi-course dinner.

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Above (L-R): Director of Tourism, Donovan White and Deputy Director of Tourism-Marketing, Camile Glenister met with media representatives at the Caribbean Media Marketplace.

The Jamaican delegation also participated in Caribbean Media Marketplace, an interactive experience for CTO member governments to engage with journalists from trade and consumer press. Jamaica’s Director of Tourism Donovan White met with journalists to discuss Jamaica’s latest arrival figures, the island’s flourishing tourist industry and the strategy for continued success.

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Above (L-R): Deputy Director of Tourism-Sales, Donnie Dawson joins Celebrity Chef Sam Davis at the Rum & Rhythm Benefit & Auction hosted at Capitale in New York City.

To close-off the weeklong celebration, the Jamaica Tourist Board participated in the Rum & Rhythm Benefit & Auction, the ultimate Caribbean epicurean experience. The event brought together tourist industry officials and local consumers to dance, dine, and imbibe in a magnificent showcase of the region. Proceeds from Rum & Rhythm benefit the CTO Scholarship Foundation which provides scholarships to Caribbean nationals desirous of pursuing studies in Tourism and tourism-related subjects.

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Jamaican mixologist George Duval shakes up a batch of his Hot Ting signature cocktail during the Rum & Rhythm Benefit and Auction.

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For more information about travel to Jamaica, please visit www.visitjamaica.com.

About Jamaica Tourist Board 

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Mumbai.

TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World in 2019. Also this year, the International Council of the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the Destination of the Year and TravAlliance Media named JTB Best Tourism Board, and Jamaica as Best Culinary Destination, Best Wedding Destination and Best Honeymoon Destination. Additionally, the JTB has been declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for thirteen consecutive years between 2006 and 2019. Jamaica also earned the WTA’s award for the Caribbean’s Leading Destination, Leading Cruise Destination and Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2018 for the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions and service providers that have won several awards throughout the years. 

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422).  Follow the JTB on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.


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