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  • The Government is continuing to make the development and diversification of the tourism product a priority.
  • A joint ministerial body has drafted a policy and strategy on health and wellness tourism in Jamaica.
  • The Tourism Minister noted that a strategy was also conceived to position new medical facilities that would “meet international accreditation".

The Government is continuing to make the development and diversification of the tourism product a priority, guided by the Master Plan for Sustainable Tourism Development,

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, notes that a joint ministerial body has, therefore, drafted a policy and strategy on health and wellness tourism in Jamaica, identifying medical tourism as the focal sub-sector.

Speaking at the recent launch of the rebranded and Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa, the Tourism Minister noted that a strategy was also conceived to position new medical facilities that would “meet international accreditation and, thereby, compete globally to take advantage of our proximity to the North American market.”

Dr. McNeill said the opening of the Eden Gardens facility, together with the recent press launch of the Hospiten hospital in Montego Bay and other projects, which are being brought on-stream, reinforces the policy and strategy, and signals the significant progress which is being made in the sector.

He noted that with Eden Gardens having already established itself in the growing wellness niche market, the continued development of the facility as a resort and spa will redound to the benefit of the investors, and the sector.

Eden Gardens, located on the outskirts of New Kingston, now offers 18 guest rooms, a world class spa, three restaurants, juice bar, banqueting and conferencing facility, fitness centre, herbal and gift store, and a number of retail shops.