The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is happy to report that the island has been spared the onslaught of Hurricane Charley and it’s business as usual.
There was no major damage, and tourism interests are pleased the weather conditions resulted in very little disruption in operations.
According to Tourism Director Paul Pennicook, “Now that the threat has passed, we anticipate that the industry will continue to experience the strong growth it has enjoyed since the post-9/11 recovery.”
Hurricane Charley, which was upgraded from a tropical storm on Wednesday afternoon, resulted in strong winds and heavy rains islandwide. However, by late evening, the parishes most affected were along the island’s southern coast.
“Our hoteliers and allied partners had taken all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our visitors and we wish to assure the traveling public that the hurricane had minimal impact on the industry,” said Godfrey Dyer, President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).
Both international airports in Kingston and Montego Bay have resumed normal operations.
“While the island has been spared the ravage of Charley, we are however mindful of the hurricane’s present path and hope our neighbours enjoy a similar outcome,” stated Aloun N’dombet-Assamba, Minister of Industry and Tourism.