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COZUMEL, Mexico (Oct. 8, 2002) . Isla Cozumel, the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean, announces two additional non-stop flights a week on the US Airways Charlotte-to-Cozumel route, effective Dec. 10, 2002. In addition to the airline.s Saturday and Sunday flights to Cozumel from Charlotte, flights will also be added on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Departing flights leave Charlotte at 11 a.m. and arrive Cozumel at 1:06 p.m. Returning flights will leave Cozumel at 2:50 p.m. and arrive Charlotte at 6:37 p.m. US Airways will thus operate four flights a week from Charlotte, beginning Dec. 10. US Airways serves 24 destinations in its rapidly expanding Caribbean network. .We are just as excited as US Airways about the success and popularity of the Charlotte flights and increased East Coast access to our destination,. said Gaston Cantarell Diaz, president of the Isla Cozumel Hotel Association and private sector representative for the Cozumel Trust Fund. .US Airways. commitment to non-stop service illustrates our continuing growth in tourism and allows Cozumel to emerge as a top choice for visitors.. The added airlift will provide Cozumel with the opportunity to host even more visitors, including golfers visiting the island to play Cozumel Country Club, honeymoon couples traveling to Cozumel to enjoy the many options of the various hotels on the island, and divers choosing Cozumel to experience the intriguing dive sites, such as the ship wreck. Named "Cuzamil" by the Maya who inhabited it more than 2,000 years ago, Isla Cozumel or "land of the swallows" is located in the state of Quintana Roo, east of the Yucatan Peninsula. Cozumel, approximately 30 miles long and 10 miles wide, has an international snorkeling and diving reputation with the world's second-largest reef network featuring limestone caves, tunnels and rare black coral. Cozumel Reefs National Park, a protected 30,000-acre national area covering 85 percent of the island.s dive sites and embracing the southern section of Cozumel, was created in 1996 for the purpose of conserving, monitoring and researching the reef formation and its natural habitat. In 2002 a U.S. News & World Report Travel Agent Survey recognized Isla Cozumel as the North American/Caribbean destination offering the best vacation value. Visit Cozumel on the World Wide Web at www.islacozumel.com.mx.
Mandeville, Jamaica: The largest international gathering yet, to discuss the fastest growing sector of the world's hospitality industry, Community Tourism, is expected to convene in Montego Bay, Jamaica between December 6 - 9, 2002. Some 300 delegates including 100 from overseas are expected to attend the 3 day conference to examine the growing phenomenon of community tourism, and how to widen its spread and benefits around the world. The conference will be hosted by the Sustainable Communities Foundation (SCF) a local community tourism NGO in association with the Countrystyle Community Tourism Network and the US-based International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT). It will take place at the Wyndham Rose Hall Hotel in Montego Bay and will feature presentations. Discussions, case studies, a community trade show and a tour of a local community village 'community experience'. Funding is being arranged through a combination of international grants and local sponsorship. Among those being invited to attend are the new Jamaican Minister of Tourism, Aloun Assamba, the Founder and President of IIPT Louis D'Amore, the President/CEO of Counterpart International based in Washington D.C., leading tourism Caribbean tourism personalities including Hon. Gordon 'Butch' Stewart of Sandals Resorts which is one of the main sponsors and the President of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, Mr. Josef Fortsmayr. A number of local and regional trainees and community project leaders already registered and practising elements of community tourism in Jamaica and the Caribbean, are being invited to make presentations at the conference. Leading organizers include representatives of the SCF and Countrystyle Community Tourism Network team: Valerie Dixon, Diana McIntyre-Pike, Barry Bonitto, Desmond Henry with the assistance of senior representatives from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, Jamaica and the UWI Hospitality and Tourism Institute. Major outcomes are expected to include raising awareness about community tourism, access to international expertise and training, developing worldwide case study materials, developing a forum for community tourism networking, developing standards for community tourism practises, establishing mechanisms for financing community tourism projects, demonstrating community tourism as a viable hospitality venture capable of improving the region's quality of life. For further information, please contact: Valerie Dixon/Diana McIntyre-Pike SCF/Countrystyle (876) 962-7758 email: Countrystyle@mail.infochan.com
The fourth staging of the annual Jamerican Film and Music Festival will see popular entertainer, Slinger ‘the Mighty Sparrow’ Francisco being honoured at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica November 20-24, 2002. The Jamerican Film and Music Festival is a powerful force in attracting a multidimensional group of filmmakers, actors, writers, producers and film lovers from the global village in partnership, to exchange knowledge and ideas as well as to screen their work. The festival also has a major economic impact on the tourism sector of Jamaica, which is the main source of income for the country. The career of the Mighty Sparrow spans over 40 years, starting with his 1956 hit - Jean and Dinah. Since then he has had numerous hit songs and won many awards for his popular social commentaries. The songs from this international entertainer cover issues such as racism, national unity, animal rights, taxes, development of indigenous music, drug abuse and other socio-political issues. Francisco has received many honours for his efforts such as an Honorary Doctorate Degree, Doctor of Letters, from the University of the West Indies as well as honorary title of Chief of the Yorubas, (which is Chief Omo Wale of Ikoyi). To top this off, the Mighty Sparrow has had Mayor Ed Koch of New York proclaiming March 18th 1985, The Mighty Sparrow Day. Not to be outdone, the Brooklyn Borough President, Howard Golder, proclaimed June 24th 1990, the Mighty Sparrow Day also. The tradition of honouring humanitarians at the Jamerican Film and Music Festival goes back to Harry Belafonte who was the first recipient of the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement award. This award was named after Marcus Mosiah Garvey because this Jamaican national hero embraced the qualities, that the Jamerican Film & Music Festival wishes to honour. He was a man of extraordinary vision, whose life and teachings continue to make a difference in the lives of many persons both at home and internationally. Contact: Tyrell Morgan/Charlene Ashley Email: email@example.com
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