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Destination Marketing Manager for the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Janice Allen, has said that Jamaica was preparing to deal with the influx of visitors for next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC), including the upgrading of airports and the addition of more hotel rooms.
“We have undertaken significant expansion of both the Norman Manley and Sangster International airports and more than 1,000 additional rooms are being built,” she said, as she addressed a media luncheon hosted by the JTB in New York City on Tuesday (Dec.12).
Ms. Allen told more than 50 journalists from cricket playing nations including the Caribbean, Pakistan, India and Ireland who attended, that the high level team of CWC officials, who recently visited Sabina Park in Kingston and the Trelawny Multi Purpose Stadium recently, as part of an extensive venue tour, had left the island impressed with the state of readiness of the facilities.
She noted further that interest in the Bed and Breakfast Home Stay Programme was gaining momentum, and that Air Jamaica had created special packages affording visitors the opportunity to stay in Jamaica and fly to the other islands to view matches.
Meanwhile, Jamaican and West Indies cricketing legend, Ambassador Courtney Walsh, said that preparations were on track for the tournament and invited the international community to come to Jamaica for the staging of the event.
“Come for cricket and stay for the party because Jamaica is the place to be for cricket next year,” Walsh said.
Consul General, Dr. Basil K. Bryan, noted that the Jamaican Consulates in New York, Miami and Toronto, would be the only issuing sites in North America for the CARICOM Special Visas, which were required for travel to the region from January 15 to May 15, 2007.