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Jamaica named world’s leading cruise and honeymoon destination

first_img Share LifestyleTravel Jamaica named world’s leading cruise and honeymoon destination by: – January 17, 2012 24 Views   no discussions Dr Wykeham McNeill. Photo credit: caribjournal.comKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Newly appointed Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham McNeill, has described Jamaica’s resounding success at the 2011 World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony, held on January 11 in Doha, Qatar, as a ‘monumental achievement’. Jamaica won the coveted award for World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination, and was recognized for the sixth consecutive year as the World’s Leading Cruise Destination.Several of Jamaica’s resorts and travel partners were also big winners, being recognized as the: World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company (Sandals Resorts International), World’s Leading Tourism Development Project (Port Authority of Jamaica – Port of Falmouth), World’s Leading Hotel Villas (Round Hill Hotel and Villas), World’s Leading Boutique Hotel Group (Island Outpost), World’s Leading Family All-Inclusive (Beaches Resorts) and World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company (Island Routes).McNeill said, “I am extremely pleased that despite intense competition Jamaica has won these prestigious and much sought after awards. Scoring these victories at the Grand Final of the World Travel Awards is a monumental achievement, and is proof that despite our size Jamaica remains a ‘world-beater’ in the global travel industry. This achievement is testament to the tireless efforts to effectively market destination Jamaica, while at the same time developing the critical infrastructure needed to ensure that visitors are offered the experience of a lifetime, one which will encourage them to return again and again.”McNeill continued, “I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all our resorts, travel partners and all the other stakeholders who have contributed to this accomplishment. These awards reaffirm that Jamaica remains a very attractive destination, and at the forefront of global tourism. I am confident that they will aid significantly in building brand Jamaica and in the marketing of our magnificent destination.”Director of Tourism John Lynch added, “As a destination, we’re honoured to be recognized as the world’s top honeymoon and cruise destination. I also want to congratulate our on-island partners which have also had world recognition in their various areas, demonstrating the strength of the destination. These awards serve as an endorsement of our combined and vigorous efforts to promote the destination worldwide. They reflect our commitment to providing top-notch offerings for visitors from around the world.” Caribbean News Now Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Gorman finding place on court

first_imgDespite recent struggles for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (8-18, 4-10 Big Ten), discouragement is the last thing on head coach Bobbie Kelsey’s mind as the Badgers prepare for their final two opponents of the season.Although the Badgers have dropped five consecutive Big Ten games, Kelsey seemed upbeat at her Monday press conference while the team prepares for a showdown Thursday night on the road against the Indiana Hoosiers (5-22, 0-14).Although the Badgers have hit a rough patch, Kelsey has been encouraged by her team’s attitude.“I am proud of our team from last night’s game (68-59 loss at Nebraska),” Kelsey said. “We were down a lot but didn’t give up. We persevered in the face of adversity. It is very encouraging when you don’t give up. This group has a lot of pride and wants to do well.”One surprise that’s emerged as of late is freshman point guard Lacia Gorman, who’s caught the eye of Kelsey lately and is starting to adjust to the college game.Although it’s been a challenge to find her place on the court, Gorman has shown promising development the last two games, scoring 19 points over the recent stretch for Wisconsin. UW’s head coach has taken notice of Gorman’s improvement and had encouraging words about her young point guard.“Lacia did a great job,” Kelsey said. “She has been coming on as of late and has gained a lot of confidence these last two games. She can handle the ball and has a lot of upside to her. It carries a lot of responsibility to be a point guard.”The Badgers will look to build momentum as they end the regular season this week with matchups at Indiana Thursday night and a home game against Illinois Sunday. It’s an important stretch for a team that is looking for a spark heading into the Big Ten Tournament.Wisconsin’s game against Indiana poses a lot of challenges, starting with the fact that Indiana has yet to win a conference game and is hungry to get its first Big Ten victory.“Indiana is scary because we don’t want to be the first team to lose to them,” Kelsey said. “They don’t have anything to lose, and we cannot take them for granted. We are not looking at it as an easy game. This is an important stretch for our team because you always want to play well going into a tournament and have the confidence to know you can play with anyone.”As the Badgers’ season winds down, there have been a lot of good memories to reflect on. Sunday will be a special day as the seniors play their final home game at the Kohl Center.Entering the season, Kelsey didn’t know what to expect. She said that things could go very well or very badly. Taking over a new group and a new program is tough for most coaches; however, she praised the leadership of her seniors.“I am so grateful to the seniors from day one,” Kelsey said. “It was almost like having 12 freshmen at the beginning of the year. I have to credit the group and their maturity to accept someone they don’t know.”After accepting the coaching position, Kelsey knew she wasn’t going to inherit a Stanford-caliber team. She understood that the transition was not going to be easy and that hard work would be critical in building a record of success.Kelsey, who was previously an assistant coach for four seasons at Stanford, helped lead the Cardinal to a 137-14 record and four consecutive Final Fours. Her plans for success are the same in Madison as she tries to resurrect the women’s basketball team into a title contender.The new coach believes she can bring her experience to Wisconsin and make a lasting contribution to the program.“The challenge is to take a group without all the names and accolades and see what they can do,” she said. “I felt it was time to help another group. [The journey] must start somewhere, and there isn’t a place I would rather do it than Wisconsin.”last_img read more