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Jamaica: Top Caribbean destination for high-end accommodations say, tourism interests

Published:Sunday | November 12, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett gives an update on the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank Global Conference on Sustainable Tourism, which is set for November 27 to 29 in Jamaica.

Tourism interests in western Jamaica are confident that the upcoming United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Global Conference will further confirm Jamaica's status as the top Caribbean destination for 'high-end' accommodations.

They point to the recently opened Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort & Spa and Zoetry Montego Bay as two of the newest additions to the elegant corridor of Rose Hall, St James, giving that area additional bragging rights as "the home of some of the region's finest hotels".

"Without a doubt, our high-end properties, particularly those located on Rose Hall's elegant corridor, will shine brightly during the three-day UNWTO, Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnership for Sustainable Tourism," declared Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett.

"And when you visit some of the other properties on the Rose Hall strip, such as the Hyatt Ziva, Iberostar, Hilton and Holiday Inn, there is really nothing that can be compared with them anywhere in the Caribbean.

"It really helps that many of the dignitaries and officials, inclusive of the overseas media, who are flying in for the conference, will be staying at some of these properties," added Bartlett, as he pointed to some of the benefits that Jamaica will receive from the conference which will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from November 27 to 29.

According to Bartlett, the Government is also doing its part to create an investor- friendly climate and further attract more of the top luxury hotel brands in the world, "and, inevitably, we will be earning revenues that were once unthinkable".

For his part, president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Omar Robinson, said the luxury brands, including high-end villas, have also been attracting many celebrities to the country.

"We note that a large number of A-list celebrities have been making Jamaica their choice destination. Believe me, the word is getting out there in a very powerful way, to our benefit," said Robinson.

In the meantime, Dave Johnson, president and CEO of Aimbridge Hospitality, the management company for the Jewel chain of resorts, said, "It is an honour to launch one of the most exciting luxury all-inclusive resort properties in the Caribbean."

According to Johnson: "This prime beachfront location here in Rose Hall provides the ideal backdrop for distinctive and elegant experiences, which are personalised for all our guests. Unparalleled hospitality and accommodation are our inspiration at the new Jewel Grande."

Adding her voice to those touting the quality of accommodation in Jamaica was Sheryl McGraw-Douse, group manager, public relations, at Sandals Resorts International, who said the group offers just what visitors want in terms of high-end travel.

"From the stunning over-water suites and bungalows at Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals South Coast to the soon-to-be-opened beachfront swim-up one-bedroom butler suites at Sandals Montego Bay and the swim-up Crystal Lagoon honeymoon suites at Sandals Negril, we offer an extensive range of unique accommodations, all reflecting our commitment to innovation," said McGraw-Douse.

"The exciting over-water suites and bungalows are the first of their kind in the Caribbean. Each suite features a private outdoor jacuzzi tub and shower; private hammock for two over the water; steps leading from the sundeck to the ocean; and an oversized walk-in shower and indoor soaking tub," the Sandals executive added.