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Canadian visitors flocking to Jamaica in record numbers

Published:Wednesday | February 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is pleased to announce that 2014 was a hallmark year for Canadian visitor arrivals to the destination. A record 419,898 Canadian visitors was tallied for 2014 (January to December), an increase of 5.2 per cent over 2013. This figure is the highest number of annual Canadian visitor arrivals recorded to date.

"We are thrilled to report our best year ever in terms of Canadian visitors to Jamaica," said Philip Rose, regional director of Canada for the JTB. "It is clear that Canadians love Jamaica and continue to visit year after year as well as tell their friends about their experience."

Rose expressed gratitude for Jamaica's travel partners and credited them with much of this success: "We couldn't reach these impressive numbers without the hard work and dedication of our travel agent partners who recommend and sell Jamaica to their clients on a daily basis. In addition, we count on our tour operator, airline, resort and attractions partners to continuously deliver an unforgettable experience to visitors."

Jamaica is easily accessible via non-stop flights from most major Canadian gateway cities. Alluring sunscapes, lush mountain backdrops, friendly people, spicy flavours and island beats make Jamaica the vibrant heart of the Caribbean and one of the top destinations for Canadian travellers. Jamaica is truly unique, with her gifts to the world including reggae music, fine rum, exquisite coffee and jerk seasoning. The island is also home to the widest variety of attractions in the Caribbean, from stunning waterfalls to cycling tours in the Blue Mountains, to some of the region's best golf courses.