Ben Kilbey in Jamaica
This years Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) is proving to be a roaring success as hoteliers meet at Half Moon Montego Bay to exchange business and strengthen relationships. Speaking of Jamaica’s success Hon. Paul Pennicook said that so far, “2004 has been an excellent year. We are up some 15-16 percent on the same period (April), last year!“The mood at the show is incredibly bouyant with the actual floor buzzing with activity. One exhibitor said of the event, “This year we are extremely busy. We have lots of appointments and business is good. We envisage that 2004 is to be an even better year then 2003.”
Jamaica is a very tourism dependent economy. Expenditure per visitor for the island is up by 11 percent and Mr. Pennicook believes that this will continue into the summer of 2004.
2003 was ‘the best year ever’ for Jamaica and it is forecasted that this will further flourish in 2004.
“In 2003 we had some 1.35 million stop over visitors, an increase of around 6 percent, if we include the figures for cruise arrivals that takes the collective arrivals to 2.4 million!”
JAPEX will finish today.