John Lynch, Director of Tourism and Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board: Jamaica
The Honourable Edmund Bartlett, The Minister of Tourism, Caribbean’s Leading Destination: Jamaica
Jamaica is holding a prestigious cooking competition for its most talented chefs next month which aims to provide opportunities for young local chefs to showcase their cooking skills to holidaymakers..
Leading members of the Jamaican establishment have called on the destination to look toward South America in order to boost visitor numbers. With holidaymakers from the United Kingdom, the biggest source market for Jamaica outside of North America, hit by Air Passenger Duty, prime minister Bruce Golding and tourism minister Ed Bartlett have called for a change of focus.
Jamaica’s 2011 visitor arrivals have climbed 5.7% through August, as nearly 2.1 million visitors chose to holiday in Jamaica. The news comes as the holiday island prepares to welcome World Travel Awards for the annual Caribbean & the Americans Gala Ceremony, which will be hosted by Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island in October.
The government of Jamaica has approved an increase in the Tourism Enhancement Fee from $10 to $20, effective October 1st. The funds will be reinvested in the Caribbean destination’s tourism infrastructure to allow the continued development of the sector.
Jamaica’s ability to grow its tourism sector in the midst of the global recession has increased its attractiveness for investment, said Tourism Minister, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett
Luxury Caribbean holiday destination Jamaica is celebrating the official opening of the new Historic Falmouth Port, with the arrival of the first cruise ship. Last year Jamaica was recognised as the Caribbean’s Leading Destination by the prestigious World Travel Awards and the latest developments are set to cement its reputation as the best in the region.
Jamaican minister for Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has taken time out from important negotiations with the travel industry at ITB Berlin, to launch the cornerstone marketing strategy for 2011 - Brand Jamaica. The move comes at exciting time for Jamaica, with a number of new developments bringing the luxury destination to international attention.
BTN talks to John Lynch, Director of Tourism, Jamaica at ITB Berlin 2011