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Jamaica issue hurricane contingency plans

Hurricane contingency plans to ensure the safety of all visitors to Jamaica will come into effect immediately, the Jamaica Tourist Board announced today.Paul Pennicook, director of tourism of the Jamaica Tourist Board, would like to reassure guests, potential visitors and family and friends overseas that the safety and well being of Jamaica’s guests are of the utmost importance. Efforts are underway with hotels, tour operators and airlines to facilitate the safe evacuation and shelter of visitors currently on the island.

“We have a clear set of precautions laid down and hoteliers and other operators have been advised to follow these procedures immediately,” said Mr. Pennicook.Ê“Staff are trained to deal with these situations and we want to reassure our visitors and their loved ones that we will continue to ensure that their safety is our utmost priority.”

In addition, Godfrey Dyer, president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) announced today that persons holding confirmed hotel bookings at most JHTA-member hotels, for today, Thursday, September 9 through Thursday, September 16, can be assured that rescheduled hotel bookings, due to the hurricane, would not incur any penalties.Ê Visitors who have confirmed hotel bookings from September 9 - September 16 may reschedule their hotel bookings for a period of 12 months from the original date.ÊSome restrictions and conditions may apply.

Some properties have their own individual hurricane-protection programs.

Concerned travelers should contact their tour operators, travel agents, airlines or hotels for more details.ÊÊ