Jamaica reaffirmed its position as a top travel destination, being voted “Best Caribbean Destination” by readers of leading US travel industry magazine, Travel Weekly, in its eighth annual Readers Choice Awards.
The award was announced on Thursday (December 16) at a gala dinner at New York City’s Plaza Hotel. Jamaica edged regional counterparts Aruba, Barbados, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to win the award for the second consecutive year.
Director of Tourism, John Lynch, said Jamaica was delighted to receive the top honour from readers of Travel Weekly, again.
“This award is testimony to our ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of Jamaica’s tourism industry, with continuous product development and expansion of our attraction offerings,” he stated. “We look forward to continuing to boost our appeal to travelers, by offering the region’s best and most comprehensive tourism product.”
Jamaica’s variety of accommodations and its more than 150 attractions continue to broaden the island’s appeal. Combined with convenient non-stop airlift, it makes Jamaica easily accessible from a number of major markets across the United States.
“This award, voted by our trusted readers, represents the views of travel industry insiders,” said Arnie Weissmann, Travel Weekly’s Vice President and Editor-in-Chief.
“Travel Weekly’s readership understands what it takes to impress even the most discerning traveler. To be voted a winner in any category, is confirmation that American travel agents and their customers view your travel product as one of the best in the industry.”
Readers of Travel Weekly, the leading US business-to-business travel industry publication reaching some 150,000 readers in the industry each week, were invited to nominate the most outstanding travel product and service in the past 12 months.
Votes were cast over the summer in 59 categories, through an open ballot process. The leading recipients were identified as finalists and voting on the winners took place in the Fall.