Jamaica welcomes one-millionth cruise visitor

In a year that has seen a significant rise in visitor arrivals, Jamaica on Wednesday, December 3, welcomed its one-millionth cruise ship passenger of 2003. The figure set a record for this leading Caribbean destination, and marked a milestone in local history.
Orest and Maria Olchowyj arrived aboard the Mariner of the Seas,
disembarking in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, the island’s most popular port of call. They were warmly welcomed by a large gathering of officials and communitymembers, among them The Hon. Aloun N’dombet Assamba, Minister of Industry and Tourism; Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Transport and Works; and representatives of the island’s Port Authority and the Jamaica Tourist Board.From Chicago, and on their sixth cruise visit to Jamaica, the Olchowyjs were the toast of the town.  A marching band and a dockside tourism trade show added to the festivities, and a dazzling presentation of gifts to the couple
included: * a return trip to the island, courtesy of Air Jamaica
* a free vacation at the San Souci Resort in Ocho Rios
* lunch at Evita’s Restaurant in the area
* a swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove
* a US$2,000 gift voucher from the In-bond Merchants
Association of Jamaica