Jamaica Tourist Board claims violence will not affect business travel

Violent clashes in Jamaica's capital city Kingston will not impact on business, claims the tourist board

Jamaica tourism not affected by violence
Jamaica tourism not affected by violence

Inquiries have been good at Imex Frankfurt, despite reports that 60 people have died on the island during police raids to find a local drug baron.

Jamaica Tourist Board district sales manager Torrance Lewis told C&IT: "As always, the interest in Jamaica is very good."

He added inquiries were fuelled by the planned opening of the Montego Bay Convention Centre in June 2011.

Jamaica's director of tourism John Lynch added: "The Prime Minister of Jamaica has issued a Limited State of Emergency as a precautionary measure in the two parishes of Kingston and St Andrew to contain any disturbances."

A curfew has been set from 6pm until dawn for the duration of the order - expected to be a month.

"Travellers to the North Coast of Jamaica - the main areas including Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Port Antonio, Negril and the South Coast are some four hours away from the area of concern," said Lynch. "Tourist areas remain safe, and normal daily activities continue in the resort areas and both international airports remain open."

He said the Government is working towards a "quick resolution" of the situation.

The British High Commission in Jamaica had been closed, but re-opened yesterday with limited staff numbers.

A spokesman said: "British nationals should avoid the areas of West Kingston - Tivoli and Denham Town in particular - and Mountain View.

"There remains an increased risk of civil disorder and street violence in other urban areas in Jamaica where British nationals should continue to take extra care if travelling away from their homes or hotels."

 

 

 

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