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Jamaica Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 178
Total Sleeping Rooms 19,645
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,056
Committable Meeting Rooms* 41
Convention Center Space 85,000 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Exhibit Space 5,178 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate JMD J$15,266
Average Daily Meal Cost JMD J$7,245
Average Weekly Car Rental JMD J$26,565
*Maximum for a single hotel

Jamaica Meeting Planning Overview

Surrounded by tranquil, azure waters and blessed with an average year-round temperature of 27°C, it's no wonder that Jamaica welcomes more than 1.7 million visitors each year. Jamaica's two major airports, Donald Sangster International and Norman Manley International, provide a gateway from most major cities in the United States. Once in Jamaica, visitors will find the country's welcoming hospitality at every turn. From the taxi drivers who are more than happy to spout facts about their beloved homeland to market vendors extending their hands with the official greeting, "Welcome Home," Jamaica thrives on its unsurpassed quality of service. The country even has a transportation system specifically for visitors called JUTA, a fleet of luxury coaches, buses, and air conditioned cars that provide visitors with comfortable transportation and memorable personalized service.

With several new additions on the horizon, Jamaica is blossoming as a premiere meetings destination. The Montego Bay Convention opened in 2011; it is located in the Rose Hall area of Mo’ Bay and offers 140,000 square feet of space for meetings, exhibitions and events.

Jamaica does not disappoint in its current meeting venues. Located in Jamaica's capital of Kingston, the Jamaica Conference Centre demonstrates the elegance and beauty of Jamaican architecture. The center was first established in 1983 to accommodate the preparatory meetings of the International Seabed Authority, an arm of the United Nations. The facility features five conference rooms, three caucus rooms, a 2,400-square-foot exhibit hall, private dining room and several lounges. The biggest of the five conference rooms can accommodate groups as large as 1,050 people.

For an unparalleled island experience, Jamaica's many unique venues and lavish resorts offer meeting planners an air of the exotic that is unmatched by any continental city. Groups can enjoy the serene spaces of the Rose Hall Resort and Country Club. Tucked between the Jamaican mountains and the waters of the Caribbean, this former 18th century sugar plantation can accommodate groups of up to 800 people indoors or many more guests outdoors at one of several scenic settings, such as the lovely 12,000-square-meter Aqueduct. The National Gallery of Jamaica offers smaller groups a backdrop of vivid hues, stunning sculptures and brilliant masterworks, while the Half Moon Resort and Country Club is an elegant, colonial-style resort offering more than 27,000 square feet of indoor space including the striking 12,000-square-foot Cornwall Ballroom. Additionally, groups of up to 120 people can enjoy cool island breezes and views of the sea from all three of the award-winning Round Hill Resort's stylish meeting spaces.

Jamaica's welcoming embrace coupled with its festive spirit make it a powerhouse for events year round. Drawing worldwide attention, Jamaica is best known for the passionate sounds of reggae made famous by the legendary performer Bob Marley. The musical genres of dancehall, rock steady, ska and mento also originated on the island. Jamaica's musical roots are integral to several of the island's lively annual events including the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival, Heineken Startime, the Rebel Salute Music Festival, International Reggae Day and the American Jazz and Blues Festival. Other popular events include the National Festival of the Arts, the Port Antonio International Fishing Tournament, the Jamaican Coffee Festival, Heritage Fest and Carnival.

Several corporations are headquartered in Jamaica including Sandals Resort International, Air Jamaica, GraceKennedy, Ltd., Digicel and Red Stripe. In addition, several colleges and universities call Jamaica home including The University of the West Indies-Mona Campus, the University of Technology-Jamaica, the Northern Caribbean University, and the University College of the Caribbean and the International University of the Caribbean.

About Jamaica / Additional Info

Swaying palms, sparkling sands and crystalline waters brimming with marine life mark the island of Jamaica. The Caribbean's 3rd largest island, Jamaica offers 4,442 square miles of diverse tropical terrain. From its soaring Blue Mountain Peak, which rises 7,402 feet above sea level, to the valleys, plains and rivers that wind their way from the central mountain region to the coast, Jamaica's lush landscape is ripe with natural resources.

Alive with vibrant flora and fauna, Jamaica is home to the largest rainforest in the Caribbean and 3,800 types of flowering plants, including over 200 native species of wild orchids. Trees such as the mahogany, blue mahoe, satinwood, cottonwood and Spanish elm flourish in the island's fertile soil. More than 250 species of birds can be spotted floating across Jamaica's sunny skies.

Over 2.8 million people enjoy island life amidst Jamaica's picturesque backdrop. A mosaic of converging cultures, Jamaica is a melting pot of peoples from across the globe. With a diversity that harkens back to the island's origins, Jamaica's complex history includes settlers from all over the world. Jamaica's first inhabitants were a peaceful seafaring people known as the Tainos, which gave the island the name Xaymaca meaning "land of wood and water." Jamaica's abundant natural resources made it a wealthy British colony of large plantations producing 22 percent of the world's sugar. The slave trade and indentured servitude brought peoples from Africa, Asia and the Middle East to labor on the plantations of Jamaica, resulting in the eclectic blend of cultures found on the island today.

An independent nation since 1962, Jamaica's fabric is woven from a medley of traditions, foods, music, dance, legends and faiths. The nation's motto, "Out of many, one people," aptly articulates the island's multicultural landscape. From the pulsing beat of Reggae rhythms reverberating through the air to the sweet scents and flavors of the island's diverse cuisine, Jamaica has earned the nickname of "the biggest little island in the world."

Perhaps nowhere else is Jamaica's melting pot status more noticeable than in the musical dialect heard on the street. Although the official language of Jamaica is English, a smattering of Patois punctuates casual conversations. A combination of English, Spanish, Portuguese, African and local slang, Jamaican Patois is a reflection of the island's diverse history. Words such as irie (eye-ree), meaning "all's well," and boonoonunus, meaning "beautiful," are, not surprisingly, often heard punctuating the conversations of locals.

Made up of several distinctive regions including the capital city of Kingston, the popular Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio and South Coast, Jamaica offers something for everyone. Stroll the white sands of Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay or Negril's Seven Mile Beach stretching along the west coast. Or, spend a day under the sun at Treasure Beach, known for its black sands, crashing waves and dramatic views. Indulge in the tropical playground of outdoor activities, from scaling Dunn's River Falls to exploring Green Grotto Caves to swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove. Tour provider Chukka Caribbean Adventures also offers numerous outdoor excursions, including horseback riding, tubing and kayaking.

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