Insider's Jamaica program rates set

NEW YORK -- The organizers of the popular Insider's Jamaica program announced rates through June 16.

Created two years ago by the Jamaica Tourist Board to promote the island's small inns and less-visited attractions, the Insider's program has become one of Jamaica's most successful tourism marketing campaigns, according to the tourist board.

The program combines a minimum five-night stay at a small inn or hotel with discounts on car rentals, dining and admission to attractions and sightseeing tours.

Participating are 58 of Jamaica's finest small properties (they were all screened for the program), each with fewer than 100 rooms.

The total includes the 10 inns that were added last year: the Beachcomber, Negril Cabins, Rock Cliff, Sandi San, Shields Negril Villas, Tigress II and Xtabi, all in Negril, and Dragon Bay Beach Hotel, Goblin Hill and Hotel Mockingbird Hill, all in Port Antonio.

In addition, five new restaurants -- Bar-B-Barn, Hunan Garden, Tan-Ya's and Xtabi, all in Negril, and the Hub in Port Antonio, recently were added to the program.

The participating properties offer a variety of accommodations, including mountain inns, old estates, family-run beach hotels and villas.

The organizers of the program said they selected the inns based on their ability to offer guests a "high degree of personal service" and tips on exploring the "real" Jamaica.

Rates start at $399 for a five-night package, including roundtrip air fare from Miami on Air Jamaica, the participating carrier.

In addition, rates include a Jamaican "house party" hosted by a local family; priority access to a Meet-the-People program; a Jamaica Membership Card good for 25% off the cost of admission to historical plantation houses, art museums, river rafting tours and other activities and attractions; 15% discounts at restaurants, and a one-class upgrade at select car rental companies.

Upon arriving at their hotels, guests are greeted by the owner or manager and provided with a personal orientation of the property, along with advice about the best places to shop, sightsee and dine on the island.

Insider's Jamaica
Phone: (800) JAMAICA

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