PROVIDENCIALES: Jamaica won several awards at the 2012 World Travel Awards Caribbean and the Americas Gala, held recently at Beaches Turks & Caicos in Providenciales.
Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, attributed Jamaica’s success to the nation’s tenacity and determination to market its tourism sector.
“It is also attributed to the spirit of excellence that continues to drive the team in the ministry and its agencies and all our tourism partners,” said McNeill.
Among the honours Jamaica won were the “Caribbean’s Leading Destination” award for the seventh consecutive year and the “Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board” award for the sixth consecutive year. The country was named the “Caribbean’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination” for the second consecutive year.
Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay was named the “Caribbean’s Leading Airport”. Ocho Rios was named the “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination” and “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port”. The Montego Bay Convention Centre was named the “Caribbean’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre”, and the Port of Falmouth was named the “Caribbean’s Leading Tourism Development Project” for the second year in a row.
“I am proud of the overall achievement of the sector for winning numerous awards in various categories,” said McNeill. “I want to congratulate our hotel partners for their outstanding accomplishments as well as our valued travel and airline partners on their success.”
“We are very pleased to be recognized as the Caribbean’s top destination,” said Director of Tourism, John Lynch. “These awards serve to underscore that our tireless efforts to promote Destination Jamaica and to enhance our tourism offerings and tourism infrastructure, continue to reap rich rewards for the destination.”