Jamaica received financing to construct a convention center "large
enough to host the region's largest meetings, such as the annual
Caribbean Hotel Marketplace," said prime minister P.J. Patterson
during the keynote speech at last week's Marketplace event here.
He said that
Mexico's president, Vicente Fox, had confirmed BancoMex's loan for
the center; details on size, opening and cost will be released
The center is
sorely needed. This year's Marketplace, held in Jamaica for the
first time since the 1980s, "was the largest ever, drawing more
than 1,540 delegates from 46 countries," said Berthia Parle, head
of the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA).
paralleled the "phenomenal growth for the Caribbean in 2004, with
an estimated 6% overall visitor increase to 21.6 million and a 12%
jump in cruise passengers to 20 million. These figures well surpass
2000, our benchmark year," said Alec Sanguinetti, CHA director
In other news:
· More than 12,000
new rooms will open in Jamaica within the next eight years.
· Air Jamaica's new
governing board, appointed for six months on term Dec. 23 when the
government assumed ownership, "will continue in business,"said Paul
Pennicook, Jamaica Tourist Board's director of tourism. "Other than
the loss of Antigua service, reduced London flights and three
planes cut from service, Air Jamaica's schedule remains intact."
· It's business as
usual at Air Jamaica Vacations. "Agents can book with confidence,"
· Grenada is
bouncing back from Hurricane Ivan, with more than 50% of its
2,000-room inventory back in operation.
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to[email protected].