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First-time tourist worries about visiting Jamaica

Published:Monday | January 29, 2018 | 1:10 AM


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.

Bruce Hipgrave