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Hotel room capacity in Jamaica set to increase by 1,000 by the end of 2017

The number of hotel rooms in Jamaica is set to increase by more than 1,000 by the end of 2017, according to the Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. The investment in the new rooms is said to exceed US$1 billion, and they include 150 rooms at the Azul Beach Resort in Negril, 600 rooms at the Hideaway at Royalton and Royalton Negril Resort, and 12 rooms at the Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay.

Hotel room capacity in Jamaica set to increase by 1,000 by the end of 2017

The Tourism Minister of Jamaica has announced that the island will get more than 1,000 new hotel rooms by the end of 2017. The investment of the rooms is expected to exceed US$1 billion.

The hotels include the recently opened Hideaway at Royalton and Royalton Negril Resort and Spa with a total of 600 rooms and suites. The Azul Beach Resort in Negril with 150 rooms, and 12 new “Over the Water Villas” at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay. The Spanish Court II in Montego Bay will bring another 124 rooms; Breathless Resort and Spa in Montego Bay will have 150 rooms; and the R Hotel in Kingston, will added 58 rooms to the hotel market in Jamaica in the next few months.

As well as more rooms being added to the market, many hotels on the Caribbean island are under construction or renovation over the next year. These include the Wyndham and Oceana hotels in Kingston, Dragon Bay Hotel in Port Antonio, and Oyster Bay in Trelawney.

Mr Bartlett added that as well as new hotels and an increase in rooms, more investment is being ploughed into new attractions on the island to boost tourism. Projects include the redevelopment of the fisherman’s beach in Ocho Rios in St Ann by the Port Authority of Jamaica, and the US$7.2 million upgrade project to the popular Appleton Rum facility.

The country’s government is looking to target 5.5 million tourists a year, and US$5 billion in annual tourism earnings by 2021. There are plans to diversify Jamaica’s tourism offerings, and bring lesser-known areas to the forefront.

Mr Bartlett, stated:

“We are trying to bring the wealth of tourism into the communities that are in rural areas like the Blue Mountains and our cities, starting with Kingston.”

“The concept is a low-density, soft tourism, which drives a different type of demographic. It will bring a mixture of nature and creativity with additional efforts on our part to include some hard infrastructure to enable access.”

While many travellers visit Jamaica via flights, the cruise industry on the island is growing and the number of passengers is expected to reach two million by the end of 2017. The country’s cruise sector has been steadily growing over the last decade.

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