Minister: Jamaica’s tourism can cash in on winter storm in North America

Jamaica's tourism sector could benefit from the massive winter storm gripping sections of North America.

Minister: Jamaica’s tourism can cash in on winter storm in North America

Jamaica’s tourism sector could benefit from the massive winter storm gripping sections of North America.

Dr. Wykeham McNeil, Tourism Minister says the freezing temperatures will likely result in more persons travelling to Jamaica in coming weeks to escape the Arctic air.

“We’ll have persons who will translate it and say that they want to go to a warm destination so normally we see an upswing in bookings. I think that the bookings going forward will be strong. Whereas we will get some discomfort from what is happening, we are also expecting to see an increase in bookings and it will help us a little later down in the season. Probably the bookings from now will be translated into February, March, and April.”

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Meanwhile, despite thousands of flights in the United either being cancelled or delayed the local tourism sector has so far not suffered any fallout as far as bookings are concerned.

“What you have is discomfort because you have had delays on flights coming in and going out, yesterday it was a very busy day in the airport especially Sangster International. What you will have is delay with the discomfort that that causes, you may get some disconnections, but all told in terms of persons coming, we have not seen any fallout,’ McNeil said.

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