World Travel Awards winner The Jamaica Port Authority has gone for strength to strength since opening its US$220 Falmouth Port last year, a project which many believed to be impossible. Breaking Travel News checks in with William Tatham, Vice President of Cruise Shipping & Marina Operations to find out what’s on the agenda for the second half of 2012.
Breaking Travel News sits down with newly appointed Jamaican tourism minister Wykeham McNeill to discuss plans to celebrate the Caribbean island’s 50 anniversary of independence, the upcoming London Olympics and policies he is putting in place to make sure the destination continues to shine amid difficult circumstances.
Participants at the 4th annual Tourism Outlook Seminar being held at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Montego Bay, Jamaica, have been challenged to retool by pumping more investment into the tourism industry in order to appeal to the changing demands of consumers.
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.”
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.
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.
Jamaica’s tourism industry is on a roll after picking up a host of key honours at the World Travel Awards 2010 The Americas Ceremony, including “Caribbean’s Leading Destination”, “Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board” and “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination”.
Jamaica’s Minister for Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, is predicting a 6% growth in tourism arrivals to the island this year, almost twice that recorded last year. He attributed this to the time and resources spent putting the infrastructure in place to grow the travel and tourism sector, including deliberate strategies to increase air capacity.
Edmund Bartlett , Minister of Tourism for Jamaica talks to Breaking Travel News.
In the first of a series of interviews ahead of Caribbean Marketplace 2010, BTN talks to the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister for Tourism on his plans for 2010.