LONDON: Jamaica has won five awards at the prestigious World Travel Market in London, England.
The Caribbean nation won the Caribbean’s Leading Destination 2014 and Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board 2014, Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination 2014, Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port 2014 for Ocho Rios, and Caribbean’s Leading Heritage Attraction 2014 for Falmouth.
Prior to receiving the awards at the world’s leading trade expedition, which was held last week, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, gave a presentation on mega events and building a lasting legacy from tourism opportunities that arise from them.
MacNeill detailed the positive economic benefits gleaned from Jamaica House 2012, 2013 and 2014 to the audience of travel leaders. He also said the Jamaica Tourism Board’s promotional activity at the 2012 Olympic Games was a success, given that in 2013 United Kingdom visitor arrivals to Jamaica increased to 4.7 per cent and achieved a historic growth rate of 13 per cent this year.
Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook, was the honorary guest speaker at Playa Resort’s media launch for its first two Jamaican properties, the Hyatt Zilara & Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, which will open on November 23. His presentation pleased UK media and travel trade representatives in attendance, who were impressed by the credentials of Jamaica’s newest luxury all-inclusive properties, aiming to be the Caribbean’s only six-star all-inclusive resorts.
Kevin Froemming, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Playa Resorts, thanked the Jamaica Tourist Board for its continued support in promoting the properties and for offering all guests staying at Hyatt Ziva & Zilara a free round of golf in 2015.