Destination Jamaica

The Beautiful Island of Jamaica in Style…Once You Go, You Know!

Montego Bay Convention Center Opens January 10, 2011

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Montego Bay Convention Center


The $45 million Montego Bay Convention Centre was officially opened recently in a ceremony led by Jamaica’s Prime Minster Bruce Golding.

The launch was described as a “soft opening” by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), with the “major work” to be complete by Jan. 31.

The facility, funded through a partnership between the Jamaican and Chinese governments, features more than 50,000 square feet of exhibition space, over 20,000 square feet of banquet facility and more than 11,000 square feet of meeting space and will host its first event, Caribbean Marketplace 2011, Jan. 16 to 18


Destination Wedding Spotlight: Sunset Heal Jamaica Resort October 22, 2010

Wedding Gazebo and the Hibiscus Flower

A Jamaican Wedding at Sunset Heal is so Romantic!


Imagine your tropical wedding in a 40′ Gazebo surrounded by lush grounds and framed with their famous blue skies. Now imagine the fragrance of tropical flowers, as the island birds celebrate with you by singing your own private symphony!

Many people don’t know that the hibiscus flower blooms for one day only. Just as your wedding day is “for one day only.” At Sunset Heal, they will work with you to create the most beautiful experience for you and your loved ones – an experience that will fill your memory book and your heart.


Beautiful Sunset from the hills of Sunset Heal Jamaica

Jamaica is one of the most romantic places on earth and Sunset Heal is a beautiful sanctuary for your special day. In addition, when you hold your wedding in Jamaica, you can be assured that the weather will support you. Jamaica’s weather is good year round, so your outdoor wedding will be blessed with blue skies and lovely weather.


After wards, you can hold your Reception at the famed Peppermint Restaurant which serves up sumptuous delights to tantalize the taste buds of you and your guests. Choose your menu to match your wedding theme and they will be happy to accommodate!


Dinner Table at the Peppermint Restaurant

We will make certain that every part of your wedding experience is fabulous and Sunset Heal will attend to every detail as though you were one of their family.

Bridal Bouquet and Happy Bride at Sunset Heal Jamaica

Contact Carter Elite Travel at 310-722-3099 or for more information on the pricing and dates are open to book your wedding in Paradise at Sunset Heal Jamaica.



Jamaica’s National Hero’s Day – Third Monday in October October 18, 2010

Jamaica's National Flag


In Kingston, Jamaica, National Heroes Park contains a series of statues devoted to key figures in the country’s history, including independence leader Alexander Bustamente and pan-African crusader Marcus Garvey. As a way to honor the figures commemorated in this park, the Jamaican government has established National Heroes Day. The holiday officially replaced the celebration for Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, although she still receives military honors during ceremonies.

Kingston National Herors Park

The first group of national heroes was designated in 1965, the year of the centenary celebration of the 1865 Morant Bay Rebellion, a pivotal moment in the quest for independence from Great Britain. The first commemoration took place in 1968. As more heroes were added to the official list over subsequent years, National Heroes Day expanded to become National Heritage Week .

Monument for the Nanny of the Maroons

A typical ceremony held on the Monday that concludes Heritage Week is the National Heroes Day salute. Local parishes all over the island hold award ceremonies to honor community figures, while at National Heroes Park a main ceremony takes place that features a speech by a national leader, typically the prime minister.

Monument in honour of Samuel Sharpe

Jamaica Cultural Development Commission
3 Phoenix Ave.
Kingston, 10 Jamaica


Jamaica aims to boost image May 31, 2010

The Island of Jamaica

As reported by Travel Weekly on May 31, 2010

The Jamaica Tourist Board plans to launch a campaign to bolster the destination’s image, which has been damaged by recent violence in sections of Kingston, where military and security forces have hunted for alleged drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke.

The operation resulted in the deaths of more than 50 civilians and some security personnel and was featured prominently on news and cable stations around the world.

The situation has eased and Jamaica’s police have regained control of Tivoli Gardens, the West Kingston ghetto where Coke has a loyal following.

John Lynch, director of tourism and chairman of the JTB, told Travel Weekly that cancellations in the resort areas of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios “have been a small percentage of our bookings.”

“We continue to advise of the distance between Kingston and the resort areas on the north coast,” he said. “Our travel partners are assuring us that bookings are remaining relatively stable with few cancellations.”

Kingston is approximately 62 miles from Ocho Rios and 112 miles from Montego Bay.

Although Lynch did not provide specific details on the new campaign or give a timeline as to when it would launch, he said that content would emphasize that the airports in both Kingston and Montego Bay are open and cruise ships have continued their schedules.

“The majority of the travelers and groups who have long-standing plans to visit Jamaica are still moving forward with their scheduled travels to Jamaica,” Lynch said.

The JTB “is communicating with our travel agents on a daily basis, who continue to reassure current and potential travelers to Jamaica that visitors have not been affected by the disturbance. Hoteliers advise that tourists are enjoying Jamaica’s attractions and facilities,” said Lynch.

Personal Thought: I have clients ( three young ladies celebrating their 30th Birthday)  that arrived on the island about 3 days after all the trouble started and I wanted to make sure they were okay, so I was in contact with them for the first three days they were on the island and they were having a ball. They returned home today (May31st) and they are already planning another visit to the island. This was their first time leaving the US and they are ready to return to Jamaica alread!

I enjoy traveling to Jamaica and will always continue to travel and vacation on this beautiful island. The people, the vibes, the food and the history of a great people is what makes it a true love for me. Every country has problems and Jamaica is no different so that is why I will continue to support this great country of beautiful loving people. Like the saying says:

Jamaica Once you go You Know


Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2010 February 1, 2010

This years Jamaica Jazz and Blues was a event not to be missed! But for those of you that could not attend here are a few highlights;

This years festival was from January 24 – Janaury 30 and it was held at a new location as well. Prior festivals have been held at Iberostar Rose Hall in Montego Bay, but this year’s event brought a few locations.

There were preludes events on Sunday January 24th at Jamaica Pegasus Hotel which festured: Roy Ayers and Tony Greene.

Monday January 25th brought us Jamming in Sunset Jamaica Grande Hotel in Ocho Rios featuring: Maxi Priest, Joe Roy Jackson and Roy Ayers

Wednesday January 27th we were Groovin at Iberostar in Montego Bay featuring: Jon Secada

and then of course… the main events started off with a bang heard across the island…

Held at Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny Jamaica, the gates opened at 4:30pm, the Talent Stage started at 5pm and the action started on the Main Stage at 6pm

The artists for Thursday January 28th featured: The Whispers, Joss Stone, Monty Alexander, Joe Roy Jackson, Cherine Anderson and to top off the night with Babyface!

The artists for Friday January 29th featured: Robin Banks, Machel Montano, Billy Ocean, The Queen Project -showcasing – Tamia, Kelly Price & Debora Cox and to round out the evening , Erykah Badu!

The final night Saturday January 30th featured: Jon Secada, Marion Hall, Third World, Hall & Oates and the Diva for the evening Ms Gladys Knight!

Those with VIP seating had the added benefits of parking on the site and much closer access to the stage, easy access to the cash bar and restaurant during the days of the festival.

The Art of Music was alive and well during the week of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

Make plans now to be there next year (2011) for a week guranteed to be a wonderful week spent in paradise, Jamaica!

Once you Go, You Know!!!


On Vacation… November 12, 2009

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Vacation Notice

We are currently out of the country and will begin to repost once we return, please come back after November 17!

TravelAge West Cover 2009 September 4, 2009

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Cover of Travel Age West

Cover of Travel Age West


Close up of the cover of TravelAge West Magazine

Close up of the cover of TravelAge West Magazine


On June 4, 2009 I had the privilege of attending the  TravelAge West Wave (Western Agents Votes of Excellence (Wave) Awards dinner held in Beverly Hills, CA. There were more than 110 companies, individuals and destinations celebrated by the readers of TravelAge West magazine.

Honorees were recognized in 44 categories that spanned the cruise, tour operator, airline, car rental, hotel and resort and destination travel fields.

I was seated at the table for the Jamaica Tourist Board and had the honor to cheer for them on several categories.

Here is a listing of what Jamaica won during the awards ceremony:

1) Best New Property or Major Renovation, Caribbean – Iberostar Rose Hall Suites

– Wave Editor’s Pick – Hotel RIU Montego Bay

2) Best Destination for Beach Vacation, Caribbean – Jamaica

3) International Tourist Board Providing the Best Agent Support – Jamaica Tourist Board

Carter Elite Travel is proud to be a Certified Jamaica Tourist Board Specialist!

Respect to Jamaica

Once you Go, You Know!!!

Jamaica colors

Jamaica colors