“If a Dirt, a Dirt”: COVID-19 and a Reopening of the Jamaican Economy


“If a dirt, a dirt.” There is a fatalistic streak in the Jamaican psyche. The point is sometimes reached where people shrug their shoulders and say, “Suh it guh” (that is how things go). In this COVID-19 era, this tendency has kicked in. “Dirt” refers to death. As this current saying suggests (there are many … More “If a Dirt, a Dirt”: COVID-19 and a Reopening of the Jamaican Economy

Jamaica Turns Away a Cruise Ship: Is the Tourism Industry Affected by COVID-19?


It is quite clear that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an impact on the travel industry. Yesterday a cruise ship, the MSC Meraviglia, was turned away from the Jamaican cruise port of Ocho Rios. Subsequently it was denied access by the Cayman Islands. It has, however, been given permission to dock in Cozumel, Mexico this … More Jamaica Turns Away a Cruise Ship: Is the Tourism Industry Affected by COVID-19?

The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?


A tweet dropped into my timeline earlier this week from Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Nothing unusual about that as he, like other government ministers, is a regular tweeter. This one gave me pause, however: Jamaica is open for business. The time is now. I want to thank the Amaterra Group for investing in Jamaica. The … More The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?

A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018


Warm breezes have been blowing in Kingston. Heavy rain showers on the north coast brought more flooding in their wake. Agriculture: and JAMPRO to the rescue? The agriculture sector has been in decline for a while now, with the constant excuse of “the weather” trotted out (anyone heard of “climate-smart” agriculture?) Late last year the Planning Institute of … More A New Police Commissioner, a New MP, No New Taxes and a Sick Old Hospital: Jamaica on March 11, 2018

Jamaica’s Tourism Dilemma: A BBC interview with Minister Bartlett


Originally posted on Jamaican Journal:
The BBC did an interview with Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett this weekend. Minister Bartlett is defending the nation’s tourism industry, citing a retention rate of 42 per cent. He is denying that tourists are in danger. This is probably true, as most tourists leave Jamaica unscathed. However, I find the…

JET Invites Nation’s Leaders to Participate in International Coastal Cleanup This Weekend


Well, the “Jetters” and thousands of volunteers across the island are gearing up and getting ready for International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017 – this coming Saturday. There is a full list of all the cleanup sites on the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) website. Take a look and see where your nearest cleanup is taking place, … More JET Invites Nation’s Leaders to Participate in International Coastal Cleanup This Weekend

Weekend Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, June 17/18, 2017


Perhaps a weekend review works better. In any case, it’s two weeks since I last posted an update. There’s much to catch up on! Mostly floods and crime… Please click on the highlighted areas for links to more information… We have had rain and more rain. We have barely recovered from the floods of mid-May – but … More Weekend Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, June 17/18, 2017