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JHTA optimistic as winter tourist season kicks off, but opposition concerned

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2015 | 12:46 AM
President of the JHTA, Nicola Madden Greig says her members have prepared their properties and are satisfied with bookings being made so far.

The 2015/2016 winter tourist season starts today and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) says its expecting the sector to perform well, although the Opposition has raised concern about the readiness of major resort areas.

President of the JHTA, Nicola Madden Greig says her members have prepared their properties and are satisfied with bookings being made so far. 

However, she says there are concerns about visitor harassment although the authorities have been making an effort to ensure the safety of visitors.

 

President of the JHTA, Nicola Madden Greig

The Opposition Spokesperson on Tourism, Shahine Robinson, had raised concern leading up to the winter tourist season that there had been no beautification of resort areas as well as other activities to enhance Jamaica's tourism offerings. 

She argued that it was important for the government to provide the necessary financial resources to ensure that Jamaica's attractions are competitive and distinguishable. 

In September, Tourism Director, Paul Pennicook said more than 60,000 airline seats were secured for Jamaica for the winter tourist season.

Of that figure he said, more than 50,000 are coming out of the United States.