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Jamaica targets more than one million visitors for winter season

Published:Monday | January 13, 2014 | 3:01 PM

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer



WESTERN BUREAU:

Jamaica is targeting more than one million seats for the upcoming winter season.




"This represents an increase of nearly 50,000 seats or 4.7 per cent increase over last winter season," Director of Tourism, John Lynch announced at a Caribbean Travel Marketplace luncheon at the Half Moon, A Rock Resort, this afternoon.



Lynch who declared 2014 would be a banner year for Jamaica, said through the country's partnership with Thomson Airways and its parent company TUI, the first Dreamliner to the region landed in Montego Bay in November 2013.



According to Lynch, with ships such as Platinum's 'Thomson Dream' home porting in Montego Bay in November 2014 and flying in passengers to pick up the ship here, there would be a need for seats.



He said the country continues to benefit from the upgraded service by Russian carrier, Transaero Airlines which replaced its Boeing 777 aircraft with a Boeing 747 with capacity of over 500 seats into Montego Bay.



"As of last month, we have flights of the Czech Republic and two flights out of Stockholm, Sweden while Condor operates from both Munich and Frankfurt in Montego Bay."



In addition, Lynch said Jamaica's tourism product is the best it has been in years and he is able to say this with assurance because of the diversity and the range of Jamaica's tourism product offering which includes: culture, nature and adventure.



"We have it all," he boasted.



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