JTB reinstitutes 'Meet-the-People' program

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Tourist Board here said it is relaunching Meet-the-People, a tourism program pairing visitors and locals that was first introduced back in 1968.

Vacationers taking part in the program are teamed up with Jamaican hosts who share a common profession, hobby or interest, according to the JTB.

David Shields, deputy director of tourism, marketing, said he's enthusiastic about the Meet-the-People revitalization.

"This is an excellent way for our visitors to explore Jamaican culture," he said, "[It] can be very rewarding for visitors and hosts alike [and] in many cases, the friendships that have grown out of these social gatherings have flourished for decades and led to subsequent trips in both directions."

The JTB's Visitjamaica.com Web site features online registration for the program; U.S. applicants who submit online forms will be contacted by organizers.

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