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Canadian Arrivals Jumped in Winter 2009/2010

According to the latest figures, over 130,000 Canadians visited Jamaica during the 2009/10 winter tourist season, reflecting an increase of some 11 per cent over the same period of the previous season.

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, who was speaking with a group of Canadian travel partners recently in Toronto, said this is the "strongest numbers" ever for Canadian visitors to Jamaica. The Minister also pointed out that during the recent unrest in Jamaica, the tourism infrastructure remained unaffected and continues to be open to serve Canadian travelers.

He told the group, "Despite some of the concerns last month, we have had a healthy spring and we have good indications for the summer."
Reminding the travel partners that Jamaica is a safe destination for tourists, the Minister said the statistics reflected this fact, noting that crime against visitors is 0.1 per cent.

"Every year Jamaica welcomes millions of visitors from around the world, and the overwhelming majority of these visitors experience festivals, events, attractions and shopping completely free from incident," he said.

He also noted growth, which has blossomed over the last decade, has continued and that Jamaica offers more attractions than any other Caribbean destination.

Turning to the Montego Bay Convention Centre, which is expected to be completed by January, the Minister said it is being designed as a modern state of the art facility, capable of hosting large and small meetings, conferences, exhibitions, banquets and other events.

The two airports on the island too had undergone upgrades. Jamaica is expecting a high number of visitors during the remaining summer and winter season.

If you are planning a visit to Jamaica, consider staying in Silver Sands villas which prides itself in ensuring that the guests receive a warm, hospitable welcome and that their vacation begins and ends with a high standard of service that has become the hallmark of this secure villa community located on the North Coast of the island.

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