Edmund Bartlett, Jamaican Minister of Tourism, stated that Jamaica will waive visa requirements for several Latin American countries so that it attracts more visitors from there. Poland and the other European countries will also be included in this list.
JIS News quotes Bartlett as naming Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Ecuador among the countries that they were targeting. Saying that adequate spade work was being carried out to allow Latin American visitors coming into Jamaica, he felt that they would manage to lure some more by making travel to their country easier.
Bartlett expects that, of the millions of Latin American tourists who travelled abroad in 2014, they would be able to attract a big chunk. Citing the locational advantages of Jamaica and the tourism services it offered, he expected Jamaica to be a key competitor in this market.
According to him, 2014 saw 24,000 tourists from Brazil going to Aruba, followed by 9,300 to the Bahamas, but Jamaica was only able to attract 2,925. Same was the case with Colombia, 23,000 of whose citizens visited Aruba as against only 4,100 to Jamaica. Aruba also managed to attract 12,000 Argentinians as against only 4,000 that Jamaica managed.
Figuring on Jamaica’s radar also were Asian countries, mainly Japan, India and China, according to Bartlett.
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