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Holness Announces Plans for new Jamaica hotels

The Jamaican President, Andrew Holness, has announced plans for nearly 16,000 additional hotel guest rooms on the tropical Caribbean island over the next few years. The island has seen a recent increase in the number of tourists taking Jamaica holidays.

Holness Announces Plans for new Jamaica hotels

Jamaica will see nearly 16,000 new guest rooms added to its collection of hotels over the next few years as the President of the island Nation, Andrew Holness announces plans for major expansions.

With more visitors expected to take Jamaica holidays in the near future, the hotel rooms will be used by both business and leisure travellers.

Last week the President said: "Despite several periods of global, economic and political turbulence, this institution [Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association], established in November, 1961, has continued to be critical for growth and development of the tourist industry in Jamaica. I feel proud to have such talent and commitment serving Jamaica."

Holness explained that five years ago when the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association was first established, approximately 224,000 travellers took holidays to Jamaica and 69,000 cruise passengers visited the island, bringing $37 million to the local economy.
The 16,000 new hotel rooms will also create 20,000 tourism jobs across Jamaica hotels and approximately $60 billion is being invested into the island’s tourism industry.

 Secrets Resort, Jamaica
Image by: Jamaica Mía, on Flickr

The period between January and September this year recorded 763,000 crew ship visitors and 1.5 million travellers from all over the world stopping over at the island for brief Jamaica holidays. Projections for the growth in the number of visitor arrivals in 2011 are expected to increase by six per cent.

Jamaica celebrated its success as a leading tourist destination at the World Travel Awards Caribbean & the Americas Gala Ceremony last month. The island country was awarded the titles of “Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Destination”, the “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination” (following the opening of the new cruise terminal in Falmouth) and the “Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board” after the island recorded a 5.7 per cent increase in visitor number last year.

 Botanical Gardens In Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Image by: The Nite Tripper, on Flickr

The island offers plenty of accommodation options for travellers on all budgets, from luxury all inclusive beachfront resorts, to charming B&Bs and boutique hotels.

Holidaymakers can enjoy stunning landscapes including white sand beaches, turquoise ocean waters, lush green rolling hills, the majestic Blue Mountains, cascading waterfalls, and dense tropical forests.

Popular tourist attractions in Jamaica include the Bob Marley Museum, Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, the Green Grotto Caves, the historic Rosehall Great House, botanical gardens, and plantations.

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