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McNeill off to China for Outbound Travel and Tourism Market

Published:Saturday | April 5, 2014 | 9:48 AM

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham McNeill, left the island yesterday for Beijing, China, to attend the China Outbound Travel and Tourism Market being held April 9-11.

The tourism ministry says the event is considered the leading platform to access the Chinese travel market and is a prime marketplace to meet Chinese trade buyers, leading outbound tour operators, and travel agents.

Jamaica is moving to attract more Chinese visitors to the island and it is expected that participation in the event will assist the Ministry and its agencies in positioning Jamaica to better cater to this market.

The ministry notes that in 2012, China’s expenditure on travel abroad reached US$102 billion and in 2013, the United Nations World Tourism Organization declared China the number one international tourism source market in terms of spending.

In February, the Jamaican Government approved the conditional waiving of visa requirements for Chinese nationals travelling to Jamaica for tourism purposes for periods of up to 30 days.


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