First-time tourist worries about visiting Jamaica
THE EDITOR, Sir:
In a few weeks, my wife and I will be flying from England to Royal Decameron in Runaway Bay.
I understand the Government's need to address the crime problem at this time and can only hope it will achieve its aim.
However, from my point of view, as a first-time tourist to Jamaica, it is worrying.
We have travelled to many Caribbean islands, all without problems. Typically, we visit places of interest, have a coffee or a rum, buy souvenirs, talk to the people and spend our money.
It seems sad to fly for over nine hours to sit in a hotel compound. In fact, it makes us think whether to cancel the trip and lose our money. On top of that, we must pay $70 to leave the island!
Something serious must have gone wrong in Jamaica over time to get to this state of affairs, and I would be sad to see its tourist industry decline, like Egypt and Tunisia.
People need to feel safe when visiting foreign lands.