Jamaica continues its path to recovery

In October, Jamaica welcomed its one millionth visitor since reopening to travel in June 2020.
In October, Jamaica welcomed its one millionth visitor since reopening to travel in June 2020.

Further reinforcing its position as one of the world’s leading destinations for tourism and meetings, Jamaica is poised to benefit from new and ongoing developments, programs and initiatives that point the way forward to a strong rebound for the island nation.

“While we’ve all experienced challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we in Jamaica remain so grateful for the success we have had and I am incredibly optimistic about the future of Jamaica’s tourism industry,” said Donovan White, director of tourism, Jamaica.

Two airline partners are adding services to Jamaica beginning this fall. Frontier Airlines is adding non-stop flights to Montego Bay (MBJ) and American Airlines is adding non-stop flights three times weekly.

In terms of accommodations, more than 4,800 rooms are scheduled to be added to the island’s current room stock by the end of 2023.

The health and safety of all visitors and locals continues to be Jamaica’s top priority. Therefore, it launched a drive to vaccinate and protect all 170,000 individuals and their families who work in the tourism sector. To facilitate the administration of the vaccines island-wide, a new Tourism Vaccination Task Force has been established. The Task Force has already organized a series of voluntary vaccination blitzes located at strategic sites across the country with additional blitzes being scheduled over the coming months.

This vaccination initiative is an extension of the groundbreaking JAMAICA CARES program, a nationwide response to COVID-19 that includes the island’s Resilient Corridors and comprehensive health and safety protocols.  These protocols were among the first to receive the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels recognition that allowed the destination to safely reopen to travel in June 2020. 

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