British Airways & Thomson Airways have announced additional flights to Jamaica. The news comes as figures reveal that the number of British and Irish holidaymakers visiting the island has increased by nearly a third (31 per cent), in the last three years.
The official grand opening of the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall and Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Hyatt’s first dual-branded all inclusive resort in Jamaica, has been celebrated in Montego Bay. Addressing an industry audience at the event, Jamaican prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, described the opening as a “monumental milestone for Jamaica’s tourism”.
VIP Attractions has launched two outlets offering luxury airport services for travellers to Jamaica: Club Kingston and Club MoBay. These airport experiences offer travellers access to VIP lounges while at the airport, similar to American Airlines’ Admiral’s Club.
Jamaica’s ability to grow its tourism sector in the midst of the global recession has increased its attractiveness for investment, tourism minister Edmund Bartlett said earlier. The declaration comes as the Fiesta Hotel Group confirmed it would start the expansion of their 1,056-room Grand Palladium Resort and Spa in Hanover.
On the eve of the UK Budget, Jamaican minister for tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has presented his final case to the UK government for a reduction or redesign to the current APD system. Speaking in the UK earlier, Bartlett said: “In the knowledge that this week is a very important Budget for the UK and its Government, I would ask that they do not lose site of the APD problem that Caribbean destinations such as Jamaica are currently experiencing.”
From the new Pinewood film studio set to open in the Dominican Republic to the $3.4 billion mega Baha Mar resort that recently broke ground in the Bahamas, all eyes are currently on the Caribbean.
Voyager of the Seas – operated by Royal Caribbean - has become the first ship to call at the new Historic Falmouth port in Jamaica. The port - which is situated between Ochos Rios and Montego Bay - is the first themed port and has 60 excursions available for cruise passengers.
Jamaica has continued to weather the financial storm over the third quarter, with international arrivals continuing to increase. A robust tourism sector has seen visitor numbers rise by seven per cent over the three months to September, prompting tourism minister Ed Bartlett to praise the efforts of the sector.
Jamaica’s tourism economy is continuing its resurgent form with the announcement that UK visitor arrivals rose a record 13 percent over the summer holidays. The paradise island also remains on target to beat its record for total international arrivals for the year.
The beautiful island of Jamaica, voted “World’s Leading Cruise Destination” by World Travel Awards, is set to star in a destination video filmed entirely in 3D. The film has been created by eXposure4 Ltd, in partnership with the Jamaica Tourist Board.