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JAMAICA TO LAUNCH ONLINE IMMIGRATION FORM
 

Jamaica's Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency (PICA) has installed several new self-service kiosks in the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. The company will also be launching an on-line immigration form known as the Immigration and Customs Electronic C5 System. This will provide travellers with the choice of filling in the form the usual paper way on arrival or complete the form in the comfort of their homes. 



 
NEW SHOPPING VILLAGE OPENS IN OCHO RIOS 

 

A new Shopping Village was recently opened in the resort town of Ocho Rios. Located in close proximity to the waterfront, the facility boasts several restaurants, craft shops and an amphitheatre. 


 
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EVENTS 

Jamaica hosts a wide range of events throughout the year catering to various audiences across the island. Visitors are welcomed to join in the fun and it's even better when a travel agent can recommend events happening on island when clients are visiting. Below is a small selection of upcoming events scheduled to take place on island. For a comprehensive list of events in Jamaica, visit our events calendar at: www.visitjamaica.com.   


 
57TH MONTEGO BAY YACHT CLUB INTERNATIONAL MARLIN TOURNAMENT
 OCTOBER 2-6, 2018

 

The annual Montego Bay International MarlinTournament is Jamaica's oldest and most anticipated fishing event and will see its 57th staging. The revised format of the event will see new fishing days as well as new events and activities, including the Tight Lines Marlin Fleet Raft Up and Beach Party and the Charity Comedy Night. For more information: www.visitjamaica.com.



 

PINEAPPLE CUP YACHT RACE
JANUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 2, 2019


 

The Pineapple Cup- Montego Bay Race marks 2019 as the 34th edition of the venerable 811-Nautical mile race. For more information: www.pineapplecup.com or email: nigel@mobbayyachtclub.com



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ACCOMMODATION 
S HOTEL TO OPEN IN MONTEGO BAY 
 
Set for a late 2018 opening, and overlooking Jamaica's famed Doctor's Cave beach, the new, stylish and highly anticipated S Hotel Montego Bay will be poised as the ultimate trendsetting hotspot, putting the resort city of Montego Bay back on the map among international travellers. 
 



EXCELLENCE OYSTER BAY 

The newly opened Excellence Oyster Bay is this year's host hotel for our annual "White Affair" event. The adults-only resort hotel is located in Montego Bay, just 30 minutes from the airport and features all-suite accommodations, a variety of upscale restaurants and bars, a world-class spa and impeccable service. For more information: www.excellenceresorts.com.


 
 SKYLARK HOTEL 

 
The Skylark Negril Beach Resort is the sister property to Negril's nearby Rockhouse Hotel and has now opened on Negril's famous Seven Mile Beach with a collection of 28 rooms designed in a playful, bright style. For more information: www.skylarknegril.com

 
RIU PALACE TROPICAL BAY CLOSES 
FOR RENOVATION
 
 

The RIU Palace Tropical Bay in Negril will be closed for renovation from August 2018. The property is scheduled to reopen with a fresh look and feel in October 2018.  For more information: www.riu.com.
 


 
COCOSAN, A PRIVATE VILLA 
 
As the newest addition to The Geejam Private Collection, Cocosan is undeniably unique, and unmistakably Jamaican. Cocosan features six generously portioned bedrooms, that can comfortably accommodate up to twelve guests, some with balconies offering stunning views of the sea and serene vistas for travellers seeking an authentic Jamaican experience.  For more information: www.geejamhotel.com
 
 
 
HALF MOON, GOLF & TENNIS RESORT
 
Jamaica's iconic Half Moon is undergoing a $75 million renovation to mark its 65th anniversary. The expected completion date is November 2018.  For more information: www.halfmoon.com.


 
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ATTRACTIONS

ISLANDLUX
 
Islandlux is a newly developed lifestyle company that offers many iconic Jamaican brands in one location. A total Jamaican experience, the facility offers eight restaurants including Devon House Ice Cream, Little Ochi Seafood and Pimentoz Jerk. They also offer water-sports such as snorkelling and tubing. For more information: www.islandluxbeachparkja.com
 

 
NEW JOY SPENCE APPLETON ESTATE RUM TOUR
 

The Appleton Jamaica Rum Tour has been renovated and rebranded. The two hour journey from the cane fields to the rum distillery will take visitors through the entire rum making process. There is also a new restaurant on site serving delicious Jamaican cuisine. For more information, visit www.appletonestate.com


 
NEWLY RENOVATED PUERTO SECO BEACH
 
 
The newly renovated Puerto Seco Beach in Ocho Rios now includes a dolphin cove, scuba diving and the latest craze in water sports. For more information, email: info@puertosecojamaica.com.
 
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SPOTLIGHT 
This feature highlights one of our top travel specialists on our Jamaica Rewards programme. Continue to log your bookings on www.jamaicarewards.co.uk and you could be in our next feature. Are you a top booker? Our next annual "White Affair" event will be at the Excellence Oyster Bay in December. 

PAUL SALISBURY (DIRECTOR: GURU TRAVEL)



Q: What is your passion?
A:
I've always loved to travel and being able to work and do what you love really means you never feel like you work a day in your life. 
The Caribbean has always held a special place in my heart. Jamaica especially, because over the last few years I have visited several times and have now fell in love with the beauty of the island and warmth of the people.

Q: How did you become involved in travel & tourism?  
A: After consistently getting poor service from the Travel services I used. I knew that I could offer a travel business that will not only offer great pricing but the utmost service alongside. In my view, it was a recipe for success. So I decided to take that leap of faith by launching a travel business Guru Travel Group along with my business partner.

 Q: What do you enjoy most about being a travel specialist?   
 A: The travelling of course! Who doesn't love to visit new places all the time?
We make it our priority to exceed our clients expectations and have been receiving great feedback for our efforts.


  Q. Tell us about how you got to where you are today.   
  A. It's been just over two years since we launched our travel business and it's been a whirlwind, but we wouldn't change it for the world.
My background is in food and beverage but I have always believed that you can be successful in anything you put your mind to as long as you have the right vision and right work ethic.

Q. Background about your company
A. 
Guru Travel is a luxury long haul specialist company and the Caribbean is a huge part of our business. We are one of  Sandals and Beaches Resorts top selling agents in the UK. We are two of only six Chairman's Royal Club members in the UK working for them. 

Q. When did you begin selling Jamaica and why? 
A. We started selling Jamaica in July 2016 when we launched our business and we have sold around 50 holidays to the destination within the first six months.

Q. What's your most memorable Jamaican experience, to date?   
A. There has been so many amazing moments I've had in Jamaica, but watching the sunset at Rick's Cafe is definitely the highlight of a visit to  Jamaica for me.

My Jamaica Experience:
Favourite Resort area: Sandals Montego Bay
Favourite Jamaican dish: Jerk Pork with Rice, Peas and of course,  Festival                                       
Favourite Jamaican expression:  Wah Gwan?



CONTACT ME:
Tel: 08000 33 77 87   
Email:  enquiries@gurutravelgroup.com
Website: www.gurutravelgroup.com