Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, officially opened Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) 2010 last night (May 11) in Montego Bay, praising local stakeholders in the tourism industry for their hard work in selling the island.
He said that despite the downturn in the global economy, Jamaica continues to attract a record number of visitors, outdoing a number of leading Caribbean and Central American destinations, which he credited to the courage and determination of local players.
“We try to be humble about it but the figures do not lie. Last year, we led the entire Caribbean region in terms of improving our stopover arrivals – 3.6 per cent, when so many other destinations were in the negative column,” he said.
The Action Boys stilt walkers capture the attention of Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding (centre) at the official opening ceremony for Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) 2010 last night (May 11) at Sandals Cay in Montego Bay. The three-day show will be held at the Half Moon Hotel in the tourist capital.
“As a nation, we are proud of the Jamaican product, a great part of which is the people involved in the industry,” the Prime Minister stated at the function held at Sandals Cay.
He also expressed gratitude to the wholesalers and tour operators for the focus they have maintained on the island.
Meanwhile, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said that from one million available airline seats, Jamaica was able to attract a record 700,000 visitors for the winter season, which ended on April 15.
“We now have 1.3 million seats for summer and if we (achieve) the 70 per cent projection that I make, it will be another record, because we would be bringing in over 900,000 visitors throughout the summer,” he stated, while calling on the wholesalers to keep up the good promotion and sale of the island.
Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett, addressing the official opening ceremony for Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) yesterday (May 11) at Sandals Cay in Montego Bay. The three-day show will be held at the Half Moon Hotel in the tourist capital.
JAPEX, which is the premier trade show for the local travel industry, provides the ideal forum for leading suppliers of the Jamaican tourism product to meet, interact, network and negotiate with travel wholesalers and tour operators from around the world.
More than 200 wholesalers from across the world are in Montego Bay for the three-day event, which is being held at the Half Moon Hotel in Rose Hall.
Now in its 20th year, JAPEX is staged jointly by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), and is supported by every Jamaican organisation involved in the development, promotion and sale of the island’s tourism product.