Tourism Ties: Jamaica & the Cayman Islands

by Aug 11, 2022Pulse

Jamaica and the Cayman Islands have initiated discussions to facilitate collaboration on tourism, in order to leverage the strong historical ties and synergies between both nations to boost their tourism sectors. Among the areas being examined for cooperation are multi-destination tourism, airlift, enhancing border protocols, rationalising airspace as well as resilience building.

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett made the disclosure during a recent meeting today with members of a special delegation from the Cayman Islands, led by Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance & Economic Development and Minister for Border Control & Labour, Christopher Saunder along with Minister of Tourism & Transport Kenneth Bryan.

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett (centre) share lens time with Cayman Islands Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance & Economic Development and Minister for Border Control & Labour, Christopher Saunders (left) as well as Minister of Tourism & Transport for the Cayman Islands, Kenneth Bryan following talks on how Jamaica and the British territory can collaborate on tourism.

Minister Bartlett revealed that special focus will be placed on multi-destination tourism adding that he will be meeting with key players in the industry in Cayman next month.

“The meeting in Cayman with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in September, could be the steppingstone for coalescing our position on elements of multi-destination tourism,” said Bartlett who also noted that he would be “more so looking at airlift and airline collaboration”.

The minister stressed his readiness to ink an MoU with Cayman to facilitate multi-destination tourism.

“Jamaica has already signed four similar agreements with Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Panama,” said Bartlett who added that there are ongoing efforts to include “the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, and Belize, from this side of the Caribbean”.

The minister has also repeated a previously made call for players in the private sector to develop a special tourism package, with an attractive price, that can be presented to the market to promote multi-destination tourism and enhance the regional tourism product. He said the issue will be further explored at the next meeting of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) in October this year.

The CHTA will host the 40th edition of its flagship trade event Caribbean Travel Marketplace in San Juan, Puerto Rico from October 3 to 5.


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