Jamaica's minister of tourism, Francis Tulloch, came to New York to
reassure the travel community that it is "back to normal" on the
Last month, Jamaica's tourism business was hurt by protests over
a hike in gas prices and tax. The gasoline tax hike was then cut by
the prime minister.
Tulloch said arrivals to the the island have not decreased. "In
the first couple of days, there were some cancellations, [but
bookings] are stable for May and June." However, he reported that
bookings are down for July and August compared to the same period
as last year.
Jamaica also is bracing itself for reaction to an increase in
its departure tax, which goes into effect June 1. The minister said
his administration is working on cushioning the blow. "We are armed
with letters from tour operators and hotels and [want to] see what
can be done."