The island’s rich history, which is characterized by a formative colonial past, has contributed to the infectious warmth of our people, rich heritage, vibrant culture, pulsating reggae music and the unparalleled beauty of our landscape that so many visitors to our shores have come to love and cherish.
Jamaica’s tourism industry continues to shine. At the 2016 annual World Travel Awards (WTA) Jamaica took home 10 titles, including the prestigious World's Leading Personality for Outstanding Services to Travel - presented to tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett.
Jamaica emerged the World’s Leading Cruise Destination as well as the World’s Leading Wedding Destination. Among the awards received by several of Jamaica’s resorts and travel partners were the World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company (Sandals Resorts International), World’s Leading All-Inclusive Family Resort Brand (Beaches Resorts), World’s Leading Caribbean Attraction Company (Island Routes Caribbean Adventures), World’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa (Ian Fleming Villa at Golden Eye), World’s Leading New Island Resort (MeliÃ Braco Village), and World’s Leading Villa Resort (Round Hill Hotel & Villas). Jamaica’s Tourism Industry continued to shine at the annual World Travel Awards (WTA), taking 10 titles, including the prestigious World’s Leading Personality for Outstanding Services to Travel presented to Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.
Jamaica's Timeshare Act is now officially operational, 18 months after it was passed in the House of Representatives. Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett made the announcement during the opening ceremony of the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) tourism trade show on the weekend. He said the law took effect May 1, 2016 and revealed that Timeshare Vacations would be regulated by the Real Estate Board.
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said the introduction of Timeshare Vacations is another way to diversify Jamaica's tourism offerings, explaining that it has the potential to create new economic opportunities for Jamaicans while fueling investment and enhancing Jamaica's international appeal. "Vacation Ownership is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global hospitality industry, and there is significant potential for further growth and development of the Timeshare product in the Caribbean and, especially, Jamaica," Bartlett said.