What do you think Montego Bay needs to do to recapture the glory days of the 1960s when it was considered the premier tourist destination in the Western Hemisphere?
If Montego Bay is to reclaim its stake in the tourism sector, there must be a revival of the Hip Strip, and it must be designated a no-all-inclusive zone. There needs to be the creation of a marquée attraction for Montego Bay, while all-inclusive operators must create a window that allows their guests to get the Jamaican experience.
Davon Crump, former president of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
We must create an environment that (allows) our visitors feel safer on our streets. The harassment issue must be addressed expeditiously. I want to see more tourists from our all-inclusive hotels experience our bars and local entertainment. We must remember that they are here for the Jamaican experience.
Janet Silvera, coordinator of Hospitality Jamaica
We need to transform the Hip Strip to create the South Beach of the Caribbean. That is to remove what is on the waterfront, push back the beach to where the road is now and build on the other side of the road, creating a whole new tourism park; the hotels on one side and entertainment on the other side. This will create a new product, which will drive a new market appeal.
Edmund Bartlett, Opposition spokesman on tourism
If you check the hotel occupancy in Montego Bay, it is still doing a lot better than the other resort areas. The only problem is the all-inclusive concept and, as a result, you are not seeing a lot of the guests in our streets. However, I don't think the present all-inclusive operators will change their concept so Government needs to offer some incentives for investors to build some European Plan (EP) resorts or for those all-inclusive hotels on the Hip Strip to be converted into EP offerings.
Godfrey Dyer, former chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF)