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Tourist Arrivals Up

first_imgMinister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the winter tourist season, now in its second month, is performing well, with growth in arrivals over last year.Dr. McNeill, who spoke with reporters on February 6, while touring several sites in Trench Town, St. Andrew, as part of activities to mark the 69th birthday of reggae icon, Bob Marley, said the preliminary figure is showing an increase of 4.7 per cent over last year.The Minister noted that the figure could have been better if weather conditions in the United States (US), had not affected flights coming to Jamaica.“We are talking to our partners to see how we can arrange it. There is nothing to really worry or panic about, but the big picture is that Jamaica continues to do very well in its tourist arrivals,” Dr. McNeill said.He lauded the effort of groups and individuals as well as agencies, to keep the Bob Marley celebrations going on his birthday. “We market Kingston as the cultural capital of the Caribbean, but there is so much more we have to offer, and what we want to do is to determine how we can develop this into a more formal tour,” the Minister said.Dr. McNeill said people come to Kingston, and “they want to see what it is we have to offer, and we have to ensure that we package it in a way where it is saleable to the maximum.”The Minister urged more Jamaicans, especially students, to visit the Trench Town area and to understand the history and heritage.Dr. McNeill was accompanied on the tour by his State Minister, Hon. Damion Crawford; Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, community leaders, and agency officials. RelatedTourism Ministry Pushing Entertainment to Attract Visitors Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill (left), conversing with a group of Belgian tourists, while touring Culture Yard, in Trench Town, St. Andrew, on February 6. The visit by the Minister along with other Government officials, was part of activities to mark the 69th birthday of reggae icon, Bob Marley. RelatedJamaica Jazz and Blues Festival A Success – Tourism Minister Tourist Arrivals UpJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Tourist Arrivals Up TourismFebruary 6, 2014Written by: Garfield L. Angus RelatedStudents Urged to Get Rid of Bling Culture Story HighlightsThe winter tourist season, now in its second month, is performing well, with growth in arrivals over last year.Dr. McNeill said the preliminary figure is showing an increase of 4.7 per cent over last year.The Minister noted that the figure could have been better if weather conditions in the United States (US), had not affected flights coming to Jamaica.last_img read more

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Bloomberg construction director pleads guilty to tax fraud

first_imgTagsConstruction “Bribery and tax evasion each impose hidden, unfair costs on the law-abiding public,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement. “The sort of criminality admitted to by Anthony Guzzone imposes that burden widely, on customers, on employers, and on taxpayers.”Other employees, including Bloomberg construction manager Michael Campana and former Turner Construction employees Ronald Olson and Vito Nigro, were also involved, authorities said. In total, the four defendants were charged with failing to pay taxes on more than $5.1 million in bribes.In October 2017, state officials and investigators from the Manhattan district attorney’s office raided the offices of Turner and Bloomberg. After the raids, Guzzone and top executives in Turner’s interior construction division — Ronald Olson and Vito Negro — were fired.Guzzone could face up to five years in prison for his part in the pay-to-play scheme. Campana was sentenced to 24 months in prison. [Crain’s] — Sasha Jones A former Bloomberg construction director pleads guilty to tax fraud after accepting bribes for employment (iStock)Bribes are taxable income, as a former Bloomberg construction director was reminded when he pleaded guilty to tax fraud yesterday.Anthony Guzzone, who worked as director of global construction at Bloomberg from 2010 to 2017, took part in a scheme to receive bribes from subcontractors in exchange for promising them construction contracts and subcontracts on Bloomberg projects, Crain’s reported. On Tuesday he admitted to evading taxes on more than $1.45 million in bribes.Read moreLandlords, tenants slam Cuomo’s latest eviction ban“25% is a starting point”: Indoor dining returns to NYCAfter Industry City, is Ulurp dead? Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more