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Winter season in Jamaica "performing well" according to tourism minister

Dr. Wykeham McNeill, the Minister of Tourism and Entertainment in Jamaica, ha said that the winter tourist season is "performing well" and is already recording an increasing in tourists compared to last year. The winter tourist season is now in its second month and the tourism official said that he was pleased to see the continuous efforts made by travel agencies and individuals to celebrate the birthday of Bob Marley.

Winter season in Jamaica "performing well" according to tourism minister

Jamaica's Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has announced that the winter season is "performing well" so far.

During a visit to Trench Town, St Andrew in Jamaica last week, the tourism official said that visitor arrivals were up compared to the same period last year. McNeill praised the efforts of travel agencies and individuals who continue to celebrate the birthday of reggae icon Bob Marley, who would have been 69 years old this year, through activities and events in the country's capital, Kingston. Dr McNeill said:

"We market Kingston as the cultural capital of the Caribbean, but there is so much more we have to offer, and what we want to do is to determine how we can develop this into a more formal tour."

The preliminary figures show that in its second month of the tourist winter season, visitor arrivals to Jamaica are up by 4.7 per cent compared to the winter season in 2013. The tourism minister believes that the recent severe weather in the United States has affected the number of America tourist arrivals because many flights to Jamaica have been cancelled or postponed.

Jamaica is an island nation situated in the Caribbean Sea and it is one of the world's leading tourist destinations. With white sand beaches fringed with warm turquoise ocean waters, soaring mountains, cascading waterfalls, verdant undulating green hills, and dense forests, travellers will have plenty of opportunities to soak up the country's stunning natural scenery.

Holidaymakers can explore the island's natural wonders such as Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios, the five-mile-long Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay, lush botanical gardens, and the majestic Blue Mountains.

The famous Bob Marley Museum, Kingston Harbour, and Rose Hall House, a former sugar plantation, are just a few of the attractions that entice tourists to the tropical island.

Last year, the island nation received more than two million visitors; a significant increase compared to 1.3 million visitors in 2003. Popular places to enjoy sun, sand and relaxation in Jamaica include Montego Bay, Negril, and Ocho Rios.

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