Jamaica Looks for Further Growth in ‘09


Travel Agent told you Wednesday about Jamaica’s strong 2008 and now here are a few reasons why we expect them to keep that momentum alive this year.

For starters, the Riu Montego Bay opened last fall with 681 rooms and the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Resort, Iberostar Rose Hall Suites and Iberostar Rose Hall Grand now offer 978 rooms combined.

Scheduled to open in June, Solis the Palmyra Resort & Spa, the island’s first luxury beachfront residential community, offers 299 guestrooms plus one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites, penthouses and private villas.

The Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort, part of the Fiesta Hotel Group, feature 1,056 rooms.

As far as attractions go, Mystic Mountain, which opened last summer in Ocho Rios, is one of Jamaica’s new environmentally-friendly attractions, which has been a magnet for new and returning visitors. In the air, JetBlue is adding new nonstop service from New York to Montego Bay in May 2009, providing another option for travelers.

Visit www.visitjamaica.com.