Accommodation

Symposium Venue

Sunset Jamaica Grande LogoMAM-10 will be hosted at the renowned
Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and SPA,
Montego Bay (Ocho Rios),
Jamaica, West Indies.

www.sunsetjamaicagrande.com

The Sunset Jamaica Grande is the Official Symposium Hotel at which all sessions will be held and accommodation for delegates has been reserved. It is a "Family all inclusive" resort perched on Jamaica's beautiful north coast line. It offers "ALL INCLUSIVE" service, which comprises for the quoted prices below:

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  • Comfortable accommodation rooms
  • All meals and snacks are included
  • Also alcoholic beverages, Jamaica Grande signature cocktails and tropical and other non-alcoholic drinks are included
  • Entertainment (daytime and evening) and non-motorized water sports at the beach are included
  • Children entertainment programs are provided, so that mom and dad can have fun of their own.
    

Please check the hotel website for details at:
www.sunsetjamaicagrande.com


Hotel Cost

The special prices offered to MAM-10 symposium participants are as follows:

You have to book in advance by June 30, 2010 to benefit from this special symposium offer, otherwise much higher prices will apply, if not booked out. The fees outlined below are for Resort view rooms only.     

  • US$80 per person per night for triple occupancy (three persons sharing one room)
  • US$80 per person per night for double occupancy (two persons sharing a room)
  • US$140 per night for single occupancy (one person in a room)
  • US$45 per night per child 4-12 years old (staying with parents in a room)

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In this way, students and other participants with limited resources are able to take advantage of sharing a room while enjoying the full all inclusive services described above.

Hotels other than the official Symposium Hotel (Jamaica Grande): There are many higher and lower-end hotels and guest rooms near the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa, which may be accessed, should this official symposium Hotel not meet your requirements. Please let us know what your needs are. You may want to check the web for hotels in the Ocho Rios area.

To book a room at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa please follow this link and book by June 30, 2010 using the code: "392820" (valid only until this date).


For tourists: General Information

Climate

Jamaica has no distinct seasons. Throughout the year the temperature varies between 32oC and 20oC with November to March being the coolest months. In August temperatures can be as high as 32oC and as low as 22oC; please pack accordingly. Business casual attire is recommended for the conference.

Currency/Accepted Credit Cards

The unit of currency in Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar (JMD); however, in resort towns such as Montego Bay, the US dollar can also be used. As at February 10, 2010, the exchange rate was approximately 89.00 JMD to 1.00 USD. If one chooses to take travelers cheques kindly ensure these cheques are in US Dollars. Please note all major credit cards are accepted.  

Electrical Appliances

Jamaica operates on a voltage of 110V and a frequency of 50Hz. The type A & B electric plugs are used in Jamaica (Please see http://electricaloutlet.org/type-a).

Time

The Standard Time in Jamaica is Greenwich Mean Time – 5.

Travel Insurance

The organisers of the MAM-10 Symposium are not liable for any expenses or losses incurred by participants throughout the duration of the trip. Participants are advised to obtain travel Insurance to cover medical expenses, personal accidents, luggage, etc. in his/her home country. 


For Tourists: Attractions

Montego Bay is Jamaica’s tourism capital and home to the Popular Reggae stage show, Reggae Sumfest, which is hosted annually in the month of July. There are many things to do in and around the town ranging from bird watching, river rafting to navigating your ATV through hilly terrains. A list of tourist attractions can be seen below along with corresponding links. 

Animal Farm

A six-acre property dedicated to the breeding and rearing of birds. Over seventy different varieties of birds can be observed. The farm is also home to pigs, goats, rabbits, sheep, guinea pigs etc. If one is so inclined, you can have a picnic by the river. There is also a playground facility for kids. More information can be obtained from http://animalfarmjamaica.com.

Outameni

Go back in time and gain a firsthand feel of the evolution of the Jamaican people. You can experience Jamaican music, art, dance, film, drama and cuisine in a 90-minute interactive tour. More information is available at  http://www.outameni.com.    

Montego Bay River Rafting

Experience the splendor of Jamaican countryside on a carefully crafted 30ft bamboo raft as you float along the Great River. Thereafter, you are afforded a 30 minute city tour of Montego Bay and an opportunity to purchase souvenirs from local craft vendors. Read more at http://jamaicacruiseexcursions.com/RiverRaftingJamaica.html.

Green Grotto Caves

The Green Grotto Caves is of international repute and has been open to visitors since the 18th Century. It is a large labyrinthine limestone cave with numerous rock formations, stalactites, stalagmites and an abundance of overhead ceiling pockets. Being 1,525 metres long and 12 metres deep, the cave has a number of chambers, light holes and even a lake. More information can be obtained at http://www.greengrottocavesja.com.

Croydon Plantation Tour

Learn the history of one of Jamaica’s National Heroes, Samuel Sharpe, while touring the Croydon Plantation. Taste exotic fruits and juices made from them. Tour the coffee groves while your tour guide explains coffee cultivation and processing. A barbequed lunch served with world famous Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is also included in the tour. For more information see http://www.croydonplantation.com.

Mystic Mountain

Mystic Mountain is an environmentally friendly attraction located on over 100 acres of land which contains natural springs, tropical plants, trees and a variety of birds. The Attraction offers unique activities which include the Skylift explorer, Bobsled Jamaica and Tranopy.  Dining facilities are also available.  More information can be seen at http://www.rainforestrams.com.

Dolphin Cove

Have an “Experience of a lifetime” at the World Travel Awards 2007 nominee Dolphin Cove at Treasure Reef. Expect to spend the day observing marine wildlife up close and personal. Dolphin Cove offers dolphin and shark interactive programs where one may swim with dolphins or sharks, interact with stingrays (barbs clipped), captain your own mini-boat or experience the water world on a glass-bottom kayak ride. In addition, patrons have access to a jungle trail with exotic birds, snakes and Iguanas. White sandy beaches are available to persons who prefer to relax under the sun. More can be seen at http://www.dolphincovejamaica.com.

Rosehall Greathouse

Decide for yourself if this place is haunted! The Rose Hall Great House is a 19th century home rich in history. The house is rumoured to be haunted by the former owner, Annie Palmer, who tortured her slaves. Tour the grounds and visit the tomb of Annie Palmer. In addition, there are several gift shops and snack counters. For more information see http://www.frommers.com/destinations/montegobay/A31872.html

White River Valley Ultimate Adventures

Welcome to adventure land. A number of activities are available at White River Valley. Some include river tubing; horseback riding; River kayaking and a combination tour. For more details see http://www.wrvja.com.

Dunns River Falls

Are you up for a challenge? Then Climb over 600 feet of the world renowned Dunn’s River Falls. More information can be obtained at http://www.dunnsriverja.com.

All Terrain Vehicle Tour

Gear up for an adventure through the hills and dense forests of Jamaica on all terrain vehicles. Guided tours are carried out by experienced tour guides or “Bushmasters” who will take you up the highest peak in Ocho Rios where you w have a breathtaking view of the entire coastline. More information can be obtained at http://www.wildernessatvtours.com.

 


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