Jamaica Tourism News Roundup – August 2014

08 Aug

Southwest Airlines offers service to Jamaica

Jamaica Tourism News Southwest service to Jamaica

Low-cost US airline Southwest, known for their budget-friendly domestic airfares, now offers direct flights from the US to Jamaica, Aruba and the Bahamas, starting July 1, 2014.

International service is a new venture for the 43-year-old domestic carrier, and it is only fitting that Jamaica is part of their historic move.

Southwest now offers daily, non-stop flights between Montego Bay (MBJ) and Atlanta (ATL), twice-daily flights between Baltimore (BWI) and MBJ, and Saturday flights between Orlando (MCO) and MBJ. They will also provide service between Atlanta and Aruba, Baltimore and Aruba, Baltimore and Nassau, Bahamas, and Orlando and Aruba.

Fall in Jamaica Travel Deals

Jamaica Tourism News Jamaica Travel Deals

Book your fall Jamaica vacation and save 35 to 50% off Jamaican hotels, restaurants and attractions for travel between August 25 and December 15, 2014. You have until December 1 to create your much-deserved vacation at unbelievably low rates. 

Come “Get All Right” this fall and enjoy Jamaica’s best offerings at your leisure, including the beautiful sun, sea and sand, premium accommodations and intriguing attractions.

Some participants include:

Sandals Royal Plantation to build Caribbean’s first over-water bungalows

Jamaica Tourism News: Sandals Royal Caribbean over water Bungalos Coming Soon

Over-water suites coming soon to Sandals Royal Caribbean. Image from Sandals.com

Sandals Resorts unveiled plans to add 5 over-water bungalows to their luxury room offerings at the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. These over-water suites will be the first of their kind in the Caribbean.

Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International, recently confirmed the yearlong rumor at an industry banquet in Phoenix, Arizona, and announced that the groundbreaking will take place in the next 60 days. He also unveiled remarkable 3D renderings of the collection of luxury suites.

Each suite will be furnished with modern, state-of-the-art amenities, including a floating bed, and glass flooring in the living room, which allows viewing of the marine life below. The exterior of each suite will include an outdoor floating jacuzzi tub, private outdoor shower, over-water hammock for two, and ocean deck that steps down straight into 4-feet deep water.

The actual dates for completion have yet to be released. In the meantime, book your all-inclusive Sandals vacations today.

Mount Rosser Bypass open in time for Jamaica’s Independence Day

Jamaica Tourism News Mount Rosser bypass

Putting the final touches on the Mount Rosser Bypass. Photo from LoopJamaica.com

The Linstead-Moneague leg of Highway 2000 opened to motorists on August 5, one day before Jamaica’s Independence Day.

The new road will bypass the treacherous Mount Rosser route and is expected to reduce travel time from Linstead to Moneague to just 18 minutes. 

Motorists will enjoy one month of free access to the 19.3 kilometre road, until toll rates come into effect on September 5. Drivers of class 1 vehicles will pay $200, Class 2 vehicles, $420 and class 3 vehicles, $1,000. 

Builders of the road, China Harbour Engineering Company, will receive toll profits for 50 years plus 1200 acres of land on Mount Rosser as payment for their investment. 

The Mount Rosser Bypass is described as Jamaica’s most significant road project, given its engineering intricacy.

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