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Jamaica Becomes First Non-Mexican Site for Karisma Hotels  

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – October 11, 2012 – The island of Jamaica popularized the "all-inclusive" concept in 1976, providing a cost effective way for travelers to fully experience hotel and resort offerings at one neatly packaged price. Jamaica is now set to introduce Karisma’s “Gourmet Inclusive” model to its product offering, featuring world-renowned chefs, sommeliers, and high-end epicurean cuisine served a la carte, with the opening of Seashore Bay Beach Resort by Karisma Hotels & Resorts in Sandy Bay, Negril.   

 Jamaica refined the all-inclusive option as a way for visitors to experience the island in an efficiently packaged deal,” said John Lynch, Director of Tourism for the Jamaica Tourist Board. “The island then took the all-inclusive experience and upgraded it with all-inclusive specialty vacation offerings, targeting travelers who enjoy specific experiences during their vacation. The opening of Karisma Hotels & Resorts affords value conscience foodies the opportunity to sample the cuisine of world-class chefs, wines selected by master sommeliers and participate in interactive culinary presentations using distinct, indigenous Jamaican flavours.”

According to the National Restaurant Association, in 2012 the restaurant industry yields US$1.7 billion in industry sales on a typical day. These healthy culinary industry statistics coupled with the bourgeoning exposure of foods through media networks such as The Food Network and The Cooking Channel validates the significance of Karisma Hotels & Resorts inauguration of its “Gourmet Inclusive” brand.

Following a 60 day transition period, the 128-room Seashore Bay Beach Resort will operate as an all-inclusive property for couples, singles and families. It will be ready to welcome guests as of December 1, 2012.  Guests can choose from nine categories of rooms and suites with garden and ocean views, two pools, four specialty restaurants, a spa, various activities and entertainment, and a kid’s club.

Reservations can be booked through a preferred wholesaler, or by calling 800-726-3207 (international) or 876-957-5100 (local), or by visiting www.seashorebaybeachresort.com. Rates start at US$181 per person, per night based on double occupancy, which represents introductory savings of 53 percent. Children ages 3- 12 years old are US$32 per night; children under three years old are free. 

For information on a Jamaica vacation, please go to www.visitjamaica.com or call your local travel specialist. 

About Jamaica Tourist Board

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2011. Also in 2011, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the fifth consecutive year. Additionally, the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port was recognized as the World's Leading Tourism Development Project while Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port and Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport. The destination also received recognition as the World's Leading Honeymoon Destination.           

JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo.   


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