Jamaica insists it remains open for business

Jamaica remains safe for visitors, according to the island’s tourism minister the Hon. Edmund Bartlett.

The ministry of tourism claims that the country continues to be safe for tourists and locals alike, despite the British Foreign Office issuing a security message urging tourists in the parish of  Saint James - which includes Montego Bay - to stay within gated, guarded compounds except on hotel-operated excursions or airport transfers.

“Security, safety and seamlessness is the standard that defines ‘destination Jamaica’ and the country continues to be very much open for business and we continue to welcome tourists from all over the world to enjoy the warm Jamaican hospitality,” said Bartlett.

These enhanced security measures are not out of the ordinary in international tourism markets and the Jamaican residents have shown great support of this action with a resident from the affected area declaring: “This is the best thing that could have happened at this time”.

Every year, Jamaica - which walked away with the trophies for World's Leading Wedding Destination 2017. Caribbean’s Leading Destination 2017and Caribbean's Leading Tourist Board 2017 at the 2017 World Travel Awards - welcomes winter-weary Americans and Europeans to its sunny shores. 

Provisional data shows a record breaking 4.3 million tourists visited Jamaica in 2017, which represents a 12.1 per cent increase over arrivals in 2016.

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