Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica has welcomed one million visitors to its shores in the first nine weeks of 2019.
He said this has provided foreign exchange earnings of approximately US$800 million.
“The industry is now at the peak of its growth, and the beauty about us in tourism is that we make new peaks… because we are in a constant state of growth and evolution. This peak has allowed Jamaica to be the first Caribbean destination in nine weeks to welcome one million visitors,” Minister Bartlett said.
Shaggy and British artist Sting have won the prestigious Grammy award for Best Reggae Album at The Grammy's premiere ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles over the weekend. The two were awarded for their collaborative album 44/876.
The other nominees in the category were:
Reggae Forever – Etana
A Matter of Time - Protoje
As the World Turns -- Black Uhuru
Rebellion Rises -- Ziggy Marley
Shaggy previously won the Grammy in 1996 for the Boombastic album.
To say 2018 was fruitful for Etana would be an understatement. The singer released her fifth album, Reggae Forever, toured relentlessly and capped the year with a Grammy Award nomination for Best Reggae Album.
According to Etana, "It's been a year filled with hard work, determination and triumph."
Reggae Forever was released in March by Tad's International Record. It went number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart and coincided with her extensive tour of the United States with J Boog and Jesse Royal.
A 22-year-old Jamaican man has been sentenced to six years by a Supreme Court judge after he admitted smuggling US$200,000 worth of cocaine into Bermuda. Dwayne George Watson, from the community of Mavis Bank on the outskirts of the Corporate Area in Jamaica, was caught at the L F Wade International Airport after flying to Bermuda from Jamaica via New York.
It's reported that customs officers noticed he shook while he answered questions and that the zipper of the suitcase had been shut with zip-ties.
Customs officers then drilled into the handle and found white...
Oswald Caines, a reggae music legend well-known in Sarasota, Florida, died Friday morning in a multi-vehicle crash that shut down the William Howard Frankland Bridge connecting St. Petersburg to Tampa. The accident froze early-morning rush-hour traffic in the central Bay area for hours.
The 61-year-old Caines, affectionately known by his friends as “Ham,” was scheduled to play a show with his band, the Democracy Reggae Band, at the Five O’clock Club in Sarasota on Thursday night.
Friends and family, shocked by the fatherly musician’s sudden death, took to...