Jamaica sales blitz to tour the country beginning Sept. 11

The Jamaica Tourist Board's annual Fall Destination Product Launch takes to the roadways again with a kickoff Sept. 11 in Charlotte, N.C., before wrapping up Nov. 12 in Davenport, Iowa, after a two-month swing of major U.S. cities.

The fall sales blitz will focus on Jamaica's ongoing property renovations and expansions; new products; and enhancements to meetings and conventions facilities.

"Jamaica is in the midst of a development surge, with a variety of new construction throughout the island's main resort areas as well as refurbishments to existing resorts and attractions," said Basil Smith, director of tourism.

More than 15,000 new rooms are coming on stream in Jamaica over the next five years, according to Smith.

These include several planned luxury developments, including Harmony Cove Resort in Trelawny; a residential complex at Goldeneye at Oracabessa on the north coast; and a condominium and villa project at the Palmyra Resort & Spa at Rose Hall near Montego Bay.

In addition, a multi-billion-dollar transformation is underway at both international airports in Kingston and Montego Bay and a new convention center is being built in Montego Bay, scheduled to open in December 2008.

The schedule of stops includes:

Southern region

  • Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 11
  • Atlanta, Sept. 12
  • Birmingham, Ala., Sept. 13
  • Orlando, Oct. 1
  • Tampa, Oct. 2
  • New Orleans, Oct. 4
  • West/Southwest region

  • Seattle, Sept. 24 and 25
  • Portland, Ore., Sept. 27 and 28
  • Northeast region

  • Philadelphia, Oct. 8
  • Baltimore, Oct. 9
  • Long Island, N.Y., Oct. 10
  • Boston, Oct. 11
  • Midwest region

  • Louisville, Ky., Oct. 29
  • Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 30
  • Cincinnati, Oct. 31
  • Green Bay, Wis., Nov. 1
  • Rockford, Ill., Nov. 5
  • Indianapolis, Nov. 6
  • Springfield, Mo., Nov. 8
  • Davenport, Ohio, Nov. 12
  • For details, contact the JTB at (800) 233-4JTB.

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