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TripAdvisor ranks Jamaica among world's best destinations

Published:Monday | March 27, 2017 | 5:00 PM

TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice, among the world’s largest travel site, has ranked Jamaica number 12 on the World’s Best Destinations list.

It has been ranked number one in the Caribbean.

It ranked Jamaica among destinations such as Bali, London, Paris and Rome, according to a release from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveller booking interest on TripAdvisor, it said.

“Jamaica is honoured to have been recognised as one of the top destinations in the world by the TripAdvisor community, not to mention the number one in the Caribbean,” said Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett.

“Our hospitality offerings and especially our warm-hearted people make each vacation unforgettable. We want to thank all of our visitors for choosing Jamaica and we are ready to welcome them back again and again,” he added.

Jamaica has a large variety of accommodation for travellers looking for a memorable trip, including boutique hotels, all-inclusive resorts and expansive villas, the JTB emphasised.

Some of Jamaica’s top accommodation offerings on TripAdvisor include Geejam, Hermosa Cove, The SPA Retreat Boutique Hotel, and Jamaica Inn.

The island has the most attractions of any English-speaking Caribbean country including natural wonders such as Dunn’s River Falls and Seven Mile Beach to thrill-worthy adventures like Mystic Mountain’s bobsledding and zip lining experiences.

"We're excited to reveal our community's favourite travel destinations for 2017 and recognise these iconic places with Travelers' Choice awards," said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.

"Travelers wanting to explore these fabulous destinations can shop for amazing attractions and tours on TripAdvisor and compare hotel prices that are up to 24 per cent less when booking off-peak," she added.