hopes to add 15,000 hotel rooms over the next five years, bringing total
inventory to 40,000 rooms,
according to Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett.
at the Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Certified Partner Conference
2015 at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Ocho Rios, Bartlett mentioned three Sandals projects: a $350 million investment into its first city hotel in Kingston, expansion of the Sandals Negril, and development of Dragon Bay in
acquired the shuttered Dragon Bay Resort more than 14 years ago, but
development is contingent upon sufficient air and road access for visitors to
the Dragon Bay development is a government plan to lengthen the runway at
the Ian Fleming Airport in Boscobel on the island's north coast near Ocho Rios
to accommodate larger aircraft and open up air access for the eastern end of
big jets that fly into Montego Bay cannot fly into Ian Fleming, but the Lear
jets and the ATR aircraft can be accommodated,” Bartlett said.
access will open up opportunities for villa and small hotel operators in the
region and hasten the development of Port Antonio, according to Bartlett.
airport, formerly the Boscobel Aerodrome, is named after Ian Fleming, the
British novelist who wrote 14 of his James Bond thrillers at his estate in
Jamaica called GoldenEye, now part of the Island Outpost group of boutique