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JHTA's best attraction, expands operations and enrich Jamaica holidays

  • 21-Jul-10 10:00
  • Jamaica
  • JIS Jamaica

The award-winning Dolphin Cove, a popular attraction for tourists on Jamaica holidays and local residents, is expanding its operations by acquiring extra land, introducing new programs, and creating numerous jobs for local Jamaicans.

JHTA's best attraction, expands operations and enrich Jamaica holidays

The popular tourist attraction, Dolphin Cove, is undergoing extensive expansion plans which will see the creation of numerous jobs for local residents and the introduction of programmes involving sharks, dolphins and stingrays for travellers on Jamaica holidays and school trips.

The Jamaica tourist attraction won the Best Attraction Award for 2010 which was awarded by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).

The original Dolphin Cove is situated in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, and the new development will be upon 20 acres of land in Hanover where there will be a large park, jungle trails, and programmes where visitors can swim with dolphins, snorkel with stingrays and pet sharks.

Public Relations Manager of Dolphin Cove, Roger Kerr, explained: "We broke ground for this attraction in September last year, and it is scheduled to be opened in a few weeks."

Nearly $500million has been invested into the new attraction which is scheduled to open in different stages and giving 200 Jamaicans jobs.

The attraction is recognised for its programme offerings and high level of customer service and is often recommended by luxury Jamaica hotels and resort to their guests for a fun day out for all of the family.

As well as tourists enjoying holidays in Jamaica, the attraction also sees many local visitors. Kerr said:

"We expect to have a lot of Jamaicans, as part of the experience Jamaica campaign that the Jamaica Tourist Board is having, to help encourage Jamaicans to experience the Tourism products.

"In terms of our overseas visitors, as long as the hotels are doing well then we will get the guests and with the steady arrival of cruise ships to the Ocho Rios Piers, we are sure that the tour companies will bring the visitors here as well."

The aquatic attraction will also provide an excellent learning experience for school groups.

"On that jungle trail you get to see and interact with a variety of birds. We also have iguanas that you can see and pet and touch, and we have the Jamaican Yellow Boa here too as part of our attractions," Kerr added.

There will be three programmes where visitors on Jamaica holidays can enjoy an experience of a lifetime.

"Firstly, there is the "Touch Programme" where you get to touch, pet and kiss the dolphin and the dolphin does tricks and splashes and jumps, and it is an intimate activity that brings you up close and personal with the dolphin and it is a great programme for children and persons who are non-swimmers to participate in," Mr. Kerr explains.

The second programme allows advanced swimmers the chance to swim with dolphins in the lagoon for 30 minutes where they can ride on the dolphin's belly and enjoy interaction with the beautiful creatures.

The third programme will enable swimmers to spend half an hour in the lagoon with two dolphins and enjoy a foot push and a dorsal pull.

"The foot push is when two dolphins come behind you while you are floating and they push you from the soles of your feet at high speed through the water, and elevate you above the surface of the water; and the dorsal pull is when you lie between the two dolphins, holding on to their dorsal fin, and they pull you around the lagoon for a few seconds."

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